Eletricity and Electrical outlets
The type of electrical current supplied in every hotel rooms in the “Jardines del Rey” is 220 Volts, except for the Islazul Aparthotel Villa Azul and the Sitio La Guira where the current is 110 Volts.
In the bedroom: 220 Volts sockets
The electrical outlets were cleverly designed so they can take both flat-prongs pulgs (North American-style) and round-prongs plugs (aka Europlug). But an adapter may still be required depending on which country you're coming from (like UK, etc.), or if you device has a polarised plug (one prong larger than the other) or a grounding pin. for more information see the Adapter section below.
Click the thumbnail to see some example of electrical outlets found in the hotels.
In the bathroom: dual voltage socket 110V + 220V (in some hotels):
In many hotels, a dual-voltage electrical outlet can by found in the bathroom, either on the bathroom wall or on the hair dryer wall mount. They sometimes have a slider button to choose between 110-125V or 220-240V. But please note that these are low-power outlets (aka Shavers Only Outlet), so they are suitable ONLY for low-watt devices such as battery chargers, shavers, etc., but NOT to plug a hair dryer, curling iron, straightener, or any other high-watt devices.
Click the thumbnails to see some example of dual-volatge electrical socket found in the hotels.
Where can I plug my device? What should I bring (converter, adapter...)?
CONVERTERS / TRANSFORMERS
FIRST, check if you device is DUAL-VOLTAGE.
Many modern devices are, especially electronics. If it's the case then it will be marked 100-240V or 110-240V on it. If your device is dual-voltage, then you won't need a voltage-converter.
If your device is not dual-voltage and works only on 110-120 Volts:
• For high-power devices (hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron, etc.): You need to bring a Voltage-Converter suitable for high-watt devices, and should plug it in the bedroom outlets, NOT in a bathroom "Shaver Only" outlet.
• For electronic devices: You need to bring a Transformer (voltage-converter for low-watt devices), and you'll be able to plug it in any outlet (bedroom or bathroom). Many converters operate as both a converter for high-watt electrical devices and a transformer for low-watt electronic devices; they are the most convenient if you travel with both electronic devices and high-draw appliances that generate heat.
If your device is not dual-voltage and works only on 220-240 Volts:
You won't need any converter or transformer. If it's a high-watt device (hairdryer, iron, etc.), you should plug it the bedroom outlets. If it's a low-watt device (electronics, shaver, etc.), you can plug it in any socket (bedroom or bathroom).
Do not confuse adapters and converters, an adapter do not convert voltage; it simply allows an electrical device from one country to be physically plugged into the electrical outlets of another country.
Outlet (wall socket) found in the Jardines del Rey:
• All hotels have at least a combined: Type A and C outlet
• Most hotels have a combined: Type A, B and C outlet (with grounding pin)
• Some hotels have a combined Type A, B, C and L outlet (with grounding pins).
So if your electric device has a plug that don't fit in a type A or C socket, then you may need an adapter.
Here's a quick guide based on plug type (click thumbnails to see a larger image) (see *Note below) :
*Note: If your electric device has a plug different from the 6 above, then for sure you'll need an adapter.
Here are some examples based on country of origin:
No adapter are usually needed for travelers from:
Canada, USA, Mexico, France, Spain, Italy (if type C or F plug), Germany, Netherlands, Argentina (if type C plug), Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile (if type C plug), Panama, Brazil (if type C plug)
Adapter needed for travelers from:
United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Italy (if type L plug), Argentina (if type I plug), Chile (if type L plug), Brazil (if type N plug), Hong Kong
Note that in some hotels the mirrors are not always close to an electrical outlet, so if you're bringing a hair-styling device (curling iron, flat iron, etc.) and need a mirror to see what you're doing, we then suggest bringing an extension cord, just in case.
Lily & Normand