Essen

Essen is a city in the central part of the Ruhrarea in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Located on the River Ruhr, its population of approximately 579,000 (as of June 30, 2008) makes it the 9th-largest city in Germany. For the year 2010, Essen was the European Capital of Culture on behalf of the whole Ruhr area. Formerly one of Germany's most important coal and steel centres and historically linked to the centuries-old Krupp family iron works, the city has developed a strong tertiary sector of industry and (sometimes together with nearby Düsseldorf) claims to be the "desk of the Ruhr area". It is home to 13 of the 100 largest German corporations and seat to several of the region's authorities.


Return Visit

Just returned from our 2nd stay at SRC. Like the first visit and the previous 25 visits to other Sandals locations everything was as good as we could hope for. Food, Bars, Restaurants, Service, and the grounds were what we have come to expect at Sandals. Once again the Jamaican people who work here really make the difference. Some of the nicest you will find. If you visit be sure to check out the bartender at the pool bar named Roderick. His talents and work ethic are second to none. He can be mixing 4 cocktails while taking verbal orders for the next 4 and be joking with everyone else at the bar all while remembering everyone's name. It is quite incredible to watch. Once again special thanks to the G.M. Gerald Christ for keeping a check on us and spending part of his busy schedule to visit with us. One last special thanks for our travel agent Carrie Piekos from Sanditz Travel in East Windsor, Ct. She went above and beyond to get us out a day early before a blizzard that shut down the airport and surely would have cost us a couple of days of our vacation. Would definitely return.

By Brian R trip to Jamaica

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