My husband and I are considering Gracie Bay for next trip in late April 2012.
We have stayed in various AIs and love the convienance of them but as T&C has so much else to offer, we are considering non-AIs as well.
We would like to be on a beach and have access to restaurant(s) there and a bar/swim-up bar for when we are lounging. I know a lot of places are more like condos, which allow you to bring all your own food/alcohol. This is great but there is something to be said about getting cocktails during the day served to you =)
We prefer to not have a lot of kids around and enjoy a social atmosphere during the day. We will be 30 next year so we don't want a bunch of spring breakers there but we also don't want the place to be dead.
In addition, I have concerns over how easy is it to get around at night. My husband and I love a few drinks at Dinner and therefore, would not want to drive. We would need to take a cab and I don't know how pricey it is.
Given these concerns, is there a right Non-AI for us?
We are wiling to go up to 5000 for 10 days, including airfare for a Non-AI. We will go higher for an AI if it is really worth it.
I would love some feedback.