First, let me say that of all of the TA forms I've read in planning trips, this is hands down my favorite. The passion you all share for this beautiful place is palpable and makes me that much more excited to experience it for myself!
My wife and I are planning our first trip to Provo in January. It's a badly-needed getaway from our kids. We're in our mid-30s and love traveling, but to be honest, while I have been dreaming of Grace Bay for over a year, my wife is a true NYer who thrives on active vacations and doesn't see the appeal of relaxing on a beach. I hope to include enough outings and activities to keep her feeling busy and enable her to enjoy the beauty of the area.
So even though we technically could afford to splurge and stay in one of the high-end hotels, she doesn't appreciate T&C enough to see that as a worthwhile use of money, and to her, some of the prices sound exorbitant.
So I need some help choosing the right place to stay to make sure that she has a good enough time to want to come back (coming back solo just won't be the same!). What's important to us is: spacious room, kitchen, nice furnishings, quiet (not too many kids), balcony, and an ocean view (ideally).
Not important to us: Restaurant (due to dietary restrictions we'll be bringing and preparing our own food), bar, entertainment, service at the beach, and proximity to stores.
From looking at prices at T&C Reservations and Wiol.com, here are my choices and the prices for a 1-BR ocean view room: RWI (327), La Vele (498), Alexandra (358), T&C Club (445), Villa Del Mar (320/450), Coral Gardens (399), Sands (510), Ocean Club (378/462), Leeward (399). On the cheaper side I found La Vista Azul (253) and Harbour Club (245) but have a sense that they're a big step below the others, and for a lot more money are Windsong (677) and WBC (683) which I would only consider if they are heads and shoulders above the others. The extra 21% in tax and fees adds up quickly.
I'm basically looking to get the best bang for my buck and would appreciate any feedback about which of these would be best for us, and which you'd advise looking into further and which should be crossed off the list, and why, and any places I may have overlooked. We will be renting a car.
Thanks for taking the time to read and for all of your help - can't wait to look out of the plane windows and see it for real!