Our first trip there in April was so good that my husband and I have decided to return next Spring, sans enfants. :)
We stayed at the Hilton and quite enjoyed it, especially good with kids, but are looking to stay out towards the west end this time. We want to get away from the resorts and tourists a bit. We're looking for a studio or 1 bedroom that has a kitchen so we can cook up some feasts and not have to eat out every meal. Also desired is it be walking distance to the beach, pool nice but not required, and that it have an outdoor space where we can chill. We plan on snorkeling, reading, writing, chatting with locals and just wandering.
We really liked Lagun, so that's towards the top of our list, but I wanted to know if anyone had thoughts on the following places I've seen on TripAdvisor: All West Apartments, Mondi Lodge, Rancho El Sobrino, Blue Bay Lodges (will they be non-touristy enough?), Sun Reef Village, Flamingo Park Bungalows, or West Hill Bungalows. Knowing that these are the places that are interesting us right now, does anyone have any other suggestions?
We've got plenty of time to figure this out, obviously, but we're hoping that my sister and brother-in-law will meet us again and they are more into planning. Chances are they'll end up at the Marriott again, but we don't want to stay at a resort.