Long time lurker here. My husband and I (leaving our son at home with his grandparents!) will be visiting TCI for the first time this December to celebrate my 30th, his cancer remission, and surviving our first couple years as new parents! We have been in contact with Val at T&C Reservations and want to book our accommodations soon. We (and by 'we' I mean 'I') are torn between The Sands and Villa Del Mar. My husband could care less as long as we are in paradise together. These resorts fit best within our budget (I'd like to have the ability to splurge in other areas....food, drinks, rental car), but I have a few very minor questions/concerns I was hoping you could help me with:
-Is parking readily available at both resorts? What about at the restaurants and grocery stores?
-How long of a walk is it from The Sands to VDM?
-Is beach service more readily available at The Sands? I feel like it might be due to Hemingways being on-site. This is pure speculation on my part.
-I keep reading that The Sands is a 'family friendly' option. Do you think we will regret staying there, as we are hoping for general peace and quiet (mainly at night)? We are going early December, so hopefully the amount of children will not negatively affect our relaxation :-)
I think I like the overall location of VDM better, but I like The Sands' pool area, beach views from the pool, and overall beach-like ambiance more. I also like having the ability to be extremely lazy and stroll on over to Hemingways for 3 meals a day (we will NOT be doing this, I promise, but i like to know the option is there!) versus knowing we have to plan for some type of trek to a restaurant OR cook for ourselves (gasp!). As you can probably tell....I'm leaning towards The Sands, just hesitant that it may not be as serene as VDM.
I look forward to everyone's advice; and please, be as blunt as possible. I respond surprisngly well to harshness!