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Trying to choose

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Trying to choose

We are a mid 40s couple who have traveled to PC several times. Our favorite was the Paradisus Palma Real, Royal Suites. We also liked the Royal suites at the Palladium Palace. We want to return and it's been a few years. We are considering Majestic Elegance with club level to maintain adult only atmosphere. Concerned the trip to casino at the colonial will be cumbersome. We also considered HardRock, but they do not appear to have an adults only section. We might like Secrets, but I fear Excellence will be sub par. We are looking at the week leading up to Christmas Eve day as our departure date for five nights the 19th to 24th. We have a $3,000 budget for air and room out of BWI. And as you can see want an adults only section, with club level perks, casino and would want ocean view or front. We do not care for swim up or first floor rooms. Suggestions from the experts please.

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1. Re: Trying to choose

You want an upgraded adults only resort ocean view suite AND your airfare for $1500pp a week at Christmas season? You're gonna need a bigger budget!

We go every year in January after the rates go down slightly and pay more than that from PIT. Unless someone is running a real deal from Balto. I can't see you finding your list of wants in that budget. Also don't forget ground transportation, tips, and incidentals, even if you don't take any excursions nor do any shopping.

Edited: 20 March 2014, 12:22
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2. Re: Trying to choose

I've hot a slew already in that budget. What are we missing?

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3. Re: Trying to choose

For ME, MC, Secrets, Hard Rock..I can do this in budget with ground. I have a separate budget for ancillary expenses and am looking at fares and room costs only. Spa, shopping, tips all come from spending budget. I do recall it being moe expensive to fly from Pgh. I grew up there. But haven't checked their rates.

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4. Re: Trying to choose

steelerschick you aren't missing anything, the budget you have in mind looks fine for those dates from what I can see. Maybe because its 5 nights total and not an entire week but in any case the budget looks good from BWI. Hope others can help you narrow the choices down to one :) Enjoy your trip

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5. Re: Trying to choose

Why you think Excellence would be sub-par is beyond me. I very much liked Paradisus Palm Real, but I'd take Excellence andy day. These things are based on personal preferences, but Excellence is top notch, and good bang for the buck.

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I agree with Mark, Excellence is top notch. To me a step above others. Service, location and quality of everything.

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Last year Delta had a direct flight from Pittsburgh which started around first of Dec. Didn't have to worry about connections in the winter going down, had to connect coming back but the flight was around $480 round trip. If they have it again this year a good deal and you can call the resorts on the phone and ask what their best rate would be.

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8. Re: Trying to choose

To answer one of your questions, it is no "hike" to go to the casino that is shared by Colonial and Elegance. It's only about a 3 minute walk from the Elegance buffet/courtyard to the casino.

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9. Re: Trying to choose

Thanks. This is good info. I don't know why I feel a Excellence would be sub par. I think the user pics put me off. I'll look at it again. Good to know about ME not being far from Casino. Anyone have thoughts on Secrets?

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10. Re: Trying to choose

<<<I've hot a slew already in that budget. What are we missing?>>>

Not a clue what hot a slew means, but what I was missing was that you are only going for 5 days, which usually means only 4 nights at the resort. We always do the 8 day/7 night packages. :-)

Hope you find something perfect for you.

Edited: 21 March 2014, 18:57