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Iberostar Grand fan looking at EPM. Crazy?

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Iberostar Grand fan looking at EPM. Crazy?

The last two years we have stayed at IBG Rosehall Jamaica and Playa Paraiso. We really have enjoyed the Grand properties. Everything is top notch! We are planning on taking another trip in 2014 and our first thought was to go to the Grand in Punta Cana but the flight options stink and in order to get a flight that we like it would be at least $4300 to stay there. I also am looking for something a little different. The Grand has been fantastic but I saw a lot of similarities between Rosehall and Play Paraiso. So I would like to try a different resort. EPM Was our second choice last year so I am naturally gravitating to it. I'm just wondering if I am crazy for choosing to go to EPM over returning to the Grand. Will I be disappointed?

And if we do go to EPM is it worth it to go with the Excellence club level?.

Thanks

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1. Re: Iberostar Grand fan looking at EPM. Crazy?

I have been a devoted guest of EPM for the past several years and decided to to give Iberostar Grand Rose Hall a chance at my daughters suggestion a couple of years ago. While Iberostar Grand Rose Hall had a slight edge over EPM in the food area, the service and amenities found at EPM were of no comparison whatsoever. I couldn't wait until I could return to EPM. My boyfriend and I just returned from EPM in September and are already planning our next trip for October 2014. IMO you can't go wrong booking EPM.

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2. Re: Iberostar Grand fan looking at EPM. Crazy?

I'm not sure I would compare the Grand in Jamaica. I thought the service there was not at all what we were accustomed to at any resort in Mexico including Grand Paraiso.

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3. Re: Iberostar Grand fan looking at EPM. Crazy?

Jamaica and Mexico are apples and oranges and we enjoy both for different reasons. If you go to a destination specifically for a resort, then not sure how to compare.

We would never stay at Iberostar in JA as it is not at all what we enjoy for a Jamaica vacation. I have been to JA more than 35 times and stayed in all kinds of accommodations but a Spanish owned hotel chain on a man made beach has zero appeal for me.

We stayed at EPM and the Grand in Mexico within months of each other and would not return to either, but much preferred The Grand to EPM in every aspect.

Edited: 20 November 2013, 10:12
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4. Re: Iberostar Grand fan looking at EPM. Crazy?

Hi

Can you expand a little on the things that are important to you on holiday / vacation

Thanks

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5. Re: Iberostar Grand fan looking at EPM. Crazy?

OH NO, not on the Cancun forum !! What difference does it make the nationality is of the resorts owners??Shouldn't food and service be the determining factor in choosing a resort. This is common practice on the Jamaica forum, but hopefully not on the Cancun one !!!

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6. Re: Iberostar Grand fan looking at EPM. Crazy?

<What difference does it make the nationality is of the resorts owners??>

No one said it had to matter to you. We don't care for generic resorts and would not choose to stay in one. When in JA, we prefer a resort that reflects the destination.

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10. Re: Iberostar Grand fan looking at EPM. Crazy?

I don't think it's odd at all for a destination expert to have prejudices both for and against resorts. It's not like she's getting paid to be impartial.

Personally, I'm glad to read about a properties poor environmental policies. It would certainly make me do some further research before I would book a property.