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Starfish Trelawny Resort Bellagio UK
March 2003

I visited here for two weeks in December with My Travel from the UK. It was a long flight stopping off in La Romana in the Dominican Republic on the outward leg of the journey. I had an ocean view room on the 5th floor and found it quite satisfactory. The hotel has benefited from a refurbishment which was completed in February 2002 - pity they didn't refurbish the bathrooms though as some of the fixtures, fittings and tiles had seen better days.

The food in the buffet restaurant was only average - not even tablecloths on your table, but you have a choice of three a la carte restaurants - Japanese, Italian (both these carry a supplemental charge) and the Casablanca gourmet restaurant, where with careful food and wine selection you can avoid charges. The Seashell bar and grill was open from noon until 6.30 pm for snacks and around 2.30 pm the jerk chicken arrived from the main restaurant and this was superb.

Entertainment I found to be very good compared to the rubbish usually found in the Dom Rep. Starfish actually had proper artists performing on the stage in front of the dining area (not the usual animation staff you seem to get in most places these days). The piano bar also proved to be quite a hit, where everyone joined in and sang until just after midnight. Once a week the circus performers would take to the Flying Trapeze in the pool area - you can try your hand at it yourself if you care to for $3. They also have a small ice rink (simulated ice) and a mini golf course - neither very good, but at least they have made an attempt. The reception (lobby) area has a bar, a pool table and quite an array of slot machines (mainly 25 cents or 'quarters')

The jewel in the crown of this resort is the pool area and the beach. Three brand new pools and sun decks have been built close to the beach and these are maintained in superb condition. The beach itself is clean and very pleasant. They have also built a small island about 20 yards out from the beach where you can sunbathe (room for about 30 sunbeds) or laze in one of the two hammocks that have been strung up.

Water sports are available - kayaks and hobie cats, however one of the water sports team has to sail the cat, you are not permitted to take one out by yourself. There are also 3 hot tubs close to the ice rink, though these were usually either far too hot or too cold for me. All in all I found this to be an excellent value for money hotel. The Talenquera Beach Resort Hotel in the Dominican Republic, from which I have just returned, is a 3 star hotel the same as Trelawny Beach. Someone has got there sums wrong here because Trelawny Beach is miles and miles ahead on all fronts. If you are thinking of booking it, go ahead you will enjoy every minute.

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