If rest and relaxation are your goals, Las Palmas is the place to be. My spouse and I wanted to spend a few days lounging in a hammock on the beach and that's exactly what we did. Las Palmas is only a few minutes from the airport, so it didn't take long once we landed to get into relaxation mode. We stayed in a beachfront 1 bedroom villa that had its' own private "yard" with a hammock and lounge chairs right on the beach, protected by plants and a rocky incline. We brought what beer and water would fit in our luggage and stocked our mini fridge so that we could enjoy our private plunge pool right away. We didn't think we would use the plunge pool as much as we did! Overall, we spent tons of time in our private beachfront area. The room itself had a beachy feel and beautiful view of the ocean. The bed was very comfortable and the fan kept the room quite cool, we barely used the AC. There was an outdoor shower which was a cool experience and lots of room in the bathroom for two to get ready at the same time. The downsides to the beachfront villa could be that you don't have the opportunity to cook your own meals, but our trip was short so we didn't mind. Something that is a big con for me though, was the "unwanted guests" that visited our room at night- and I'm not talking about mosquitoes or ants, although they were around too. Among the list of visitors we had to rid our suite of were a scorpion, two GIANT spiders, beetles and geckos. The doors and shutters in the room don't seal and with the suite being right on the beach, creepy crawlers could make themselves at home. Needless to say, I didn't sleep much during our stay, but I think this could be remedied by staying in a room on a higher floor.
The grounds of the resort were beautiful. The pool was the cleanest I've seen and had spectacular views of the ocean. The service by the pool and beach was fantastic. Very attentive, warm and friendly - in fact, the service over all at Las Palmas is a 10/10. The people here are kind, caring and always ready to help with a smile. I noticed many of the staff spoke at least 3 languages. Very impressive.
The beach - which was the reason we chose this resort- was stunning. The fine, golden sand stretched for miles and miles. The waves are big, but you can still play in the surf and the water is clear and warm. Las Palmas had a great beach set up with lounge chairs, swings and bali beds. I noticed not many of the other resorts on Playa Blanca had much on the beach.
The restaurant was good - fresh and inventive food and the staff was willing to make any accomodation (I am vegetarian and had no problems). If you plan to eat out every night at this restaurant, be prepared to spend. It was very expensive. I would say more than typical American restaurant prices - and tip is included in your bill - a fact we didn't notice until our last day.
Las Palmas is a very special place. These small boutique resorts are such gems compared to the AI giants that dominate. I will always choose a place like Las Palmas over an AI, even with the few setbacks I mentioned, we enjoyed a 5 star experience and can't wait to return.