OK - We have done some major searching on the BBS and it seems that the negative info came from one user in December. Since then there is no real positive or negative info. Through the very kind and generous support of the users of this site we have gathered some information that I think you all could use. First are these pics that were taken in 2000 (I think). There may have been a huricane since then, but they show the layout and the proximity to the other resorts. http://ambergriscaye.com/wallpaper/art/casacaribe2b640.jpg http://ambergriscaye.com/wallpaper/art/barbeach6.jpg http://ambergriscaye.com/wallpaper/art/casacaribeb640.jpg
Next is the issue of being far from San Pedro. Based on my best estimation the treck can be made from San Pedro via golf cart. It would take 45 minutes. This is based on one account of taking 20 minutes to get to Journey's End from the ferry (3 Mile). It is app. 2 more miles to CMR. So use a gas cart or you may run out of juice. The roads are unimproved so it may be an adventure. One person recommended using the taxi's.
Lastly is the issue of the negative vibe from the users of this web site. There are a few sources of this from what I can determine.
1. The resort used Ebay to sell vacation stays in what may have been (by one user's account) a deceptive fashion. Based on my searching there are no more CMR packages on EBay.
2. The pictures on the CMR web site suck. By one user's account they are very old and not representative of the real thing. This lead to false expectations. The room layouts are also not correct, proven by the fact that they show a stove (so do the digital pics). They have no stoves there.
3. Interval International signed on to book time shares either early '04 or late '03. Amenities that were given to the II people to sell were incorrect. Each side blames the other for this mishap. This caused fear in the people that trusted II and did not expect this kind of a curve ball. I was one of those people, especially only 3 weeks before the book date is when we were notified. Here is the email from one of the resort personell when I emailed with concerns...
You are certainly correct in that there seems to be a great deal of
confusion about the amenities we presently offer at the resort.
The confusion started when II came to view our resort for affiliation. At
that time they saw what we presently have and went through our renovations
plans. Inadvertently on the part of II, someone in their office either got
confused or thought renovations were completed and advised all guests of
amenities based on renovation plans. As we have only started minor
renovations, we have the amenities as originally viewed by II.
Having said that, the resort is very nice, clean, modern and comfortable and
all villas are fully air conditioned. All units have a complete kitchen
except for a stove. In place of the stove we have a microwave over and a
large fry pan for cooking. The kitchen is also equipped with a blender, a
toaster, a coffee maker and the necessary dishes.
We have a mix of queen and king size beds. All one bedrooms have a queen
size bed and there are some king size beds in the two bedroom units.
All one bedroom units have a single sink and the two bedroom units have a
double sink. All units have counter space, cupboards and cabinets.
We have a full service restaurant on site that is opened from 7 a.m. to 9
p.m. and there is one resort with a full restaurant within walking distance.
Other fine restaurants can be accessed on the north shore and in town by
water taxi, our resort boat or golf cart.
We do not yet have telephones in the rooms but we do have a pay phone in the
Golf carts and bikes can be rented in San Pedro Town or at the resort. The
information that we do not rent this equipment at the resort is incorrect.
We have 3 - 4 golf carts at any time and 5 bikes.
We have 4 scheduled boat trips to town each day. As I am not yet aware of
your arrival time in San Pedro, I can not confirm your wait time, however 3
hours certainly does not seem correct.
For your information, we also have kayaks and snorkel equipment for the use
of our guests and these items, along with all other sporting equipment is
complimentary. We also have a pool, a pool table, darts, volleyball, soccer
and horseshoes and a dive shop and dive master on site. In addition, we
have special events several nights a week and some of the best snorkeling in
the area 300 yards off our dock.
Myself and our staff will do our best to make your trip memorable.
If I can be of any further assistance, please email me back.
Most of these three issues have caused all the problems. Only to be feuled buy the CMR not responding to any of the bbs posts. I have since asked a few more questions with no reply.
We are going to try this place out and put all the myths to rest. I'm even taking my GPS to get some freek'n actual distances between these places.
I can't figure out why more people who have stayed at the CMR are not chiming in.
Thanks to all of you for your support, I hope to return the favor. If anyone has information to the contrary of what I wrote above I welcome the input.