Strolling around, we observed that the majority of the bathing beauties poolside at the J Dubs were British or American, mostly families or couples and very, very sunburnt. The resort is a resort after all, and there's not much encouragement to leave the property, or even the pools.
The North Pool appeared quietest, probably because it's furthest from the kiddie pool and not particularly large. The Main Pool has a small waterslide, the kiddie pool, a view back towards the hotel lobby and a giant infinity-edge area perfect for getting your Olympic laps done. Further on, the South Pool boasts the swim-up bar and proximity to a beachside restaurant.
If you desire a private pool, we're afraid your only option is a villa, set apart from the main hotel building and with a lagoon out in front of the pool for maximum privacy. Don't even trust the one bedroom oceanfront pool suites, because walking down the boardwalk we could see everything, including that they're open to the beach and anyone in rooms above can easily look down into the "private" pool area. Count out skinnydipping.
Overall, we kind of felt like we'd stepped into a sprawling resort in Mexico. Only the elephant and turtle sculptures reminded us of Thailand. Still, a solid option for a blowout vacation with a large family. According to their site, room rates start at 6,800 THB ($220) during high season, which begins around now.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]