Thanks so much for all your posts.. it was really helpful in our planning our vacation.. So here's some of our thoughts..
Things we liked.. We stayed at the Marriott and I was concerned, having read some positive and negative comments.. Our stay was great. Resort was really nice.. beach was large and comfortable and this was during a very busy week. In fact it seemed larger than Hyatt. Staff was pleasant, attentive and took care of any problems promptly and restaurant, Solana, was one of our favorites.. Lovely harp player and delicious food. Even went to the Bucaneer's Feast, yes, it was a little hokey, but we had our son with us, and the Fire eater and the limbo dancing was fun.. Really enjoyed Neptune's and Pappagallo's as well. Best of all, long walks on Seven Mile Beach. We also enjoyed the Butterfly farm, you only need about an hour to visit, but guide was very informative and it was relaxing watching the butterflies flit around you.
Things we didn't like... I'm very glad we didn't stay at Hyatt.. no lobby to speak of and a rather small beach.. also resort next door must rent chairs to cruise lines so when cruise ships came in.. beach was overcrowded from there to beach where outdoor restaurant and beach where cruisers stay... Can't remember name.. Did notice several of the resorts in between actually hire guards to keep cruisers away from their resorts.. On one day, eight ships were in and people were all over.. some quite rude leaving beer bottles,etc behind.. Other thing we didn't like... Northwest (I think) winds that hit Saturday, Sunday and Monday... really stirred up the water and because we booked our trip to StingRay city via catamaran we were cancelled, as well as, the underwater explorer excursion.. Not that we minded, we sat on the beach while our son jumped the waves..
Lastly, we had a connecting flight through Miami and had to reclaim our luggage and recheck them and go through security once again.. be sure to leave enough time between connecting flights, this can take awhile...