December 2010 – James & Champagne – Renovations…
We visited the “new” Hidden Beach the first part of December to check out the new model, set to re-open just before Christmas to welcome guests and the New Year in fine style.
Although the “new” Hidden Beach outside will look familiar to returning guests, areas you can’t see represent the biggest changes….especially the guest rooms. They’ve been completely remodeled, brought into the 21st century with the latest amenities and designs. A welcome improvement: Existing piping, plumbing and power distribution systems have been replaced with the latest technology, including eco-friendly air conditioning units in each guest room.
New guest rooms look nothing like the prior models. New decorations mirror a style consistent with current guest quarters in the El Dorado Resorts nearby…slick furnishings, contemporary designs and tastefully decorated wall treatments with local art are on display.
Ocean front rooms located upstairs with beautiful brick-domed ceilings have been converted into suites with special furnishings. The other two room designations continue to be offered: Swim Up Suites on the ground floor and the Ocean Front Suites on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
A new set of restrooms near the restaurant and a new fitness center have been built, twice the size of the old one. Both are adjacent to the reception area.
The palapa upstairs above the restaurant is gone. In its place is a terrace for additional sunbathing as well as an open air theater for viewing movies projected on the white walls of the guest building nearby. Another welcome addition pool side: A permanent grill station has been built on the pool terrace nearest the beach. A new pool deck with non-slip tile has been installed around the pool area. The pool itself has been edged with new ceramic tile.
Butler service is being added once the resort re-opens along with a revamped gourmet inclusive menu for dining day and night.
OH……………………the pool is HEATED!!!!
Bottom Line: While some returning guests may miss the old Mexican colonial decorations in the rooms, everyone should welcome the latest improvements and functioning amenities in each guest room.