Picture the Hearst Mansion. An expansive pool area with grand staircases leading up to the house above. This is what the first glance of the Occidental reminded me of. The building you walk into first is perched above the rest of the resort and houses the majority of bars and restaurants, as well as the lobby. There is a poolside snack bar and the rooms are scattered out from the pool area. The rooms are currently being softly refurbished, meaning new linens, curtains, etc… The beach area, though gorgeous when you get there, can be a tricky path that is narrow and with many steps. Luckily, there are small buses that can help get you from point to point. This resort to me seemed much more for true romantics, there wasn’t as much activity as the others we saw, but all the love birds we spotted seemed more than content with what they found here. The restaurants all had impressive decor and the views would make wonderful candelit dinners. Either way, any resort that greets you with a refreshing glass of freshly-squeezed tropical juice upon arrival on a hot day is a good one in my book!