Can anyone out there offer some insight that could help me pick the best resort for my family. I am planning a week long vacation in mid August 2014, for a total of 9 adults and 2 boys. Here's the break down of who's all going:
-me & my husband and our two boys, (ages 5 and 9)
-mom and dad (in their early 60's, active and plays tennis)
-my brother & his wife (early 30's, newly married)
-my sister & her husband (late 20's newly married)
-my brother (early 30's single)
We're a physically active family who all enjoy good food, (we're adventurous eaters), and to like to try new activities together. Non of us are big drinkers, but we do enjoy a good cocktail and glass of wine with dinner or beer with dinner. My dad requires tennis courts, and my mom would like a hotel room that feels fresh, clean and new. My boys are both very active and love to play on the beach, jumping waves and go swimming in the pool. I would like for the children's play areas to be suitable for boys their age, and not just designed for preschoolers. I would also like for the children's areas to be close to the adult areas so that if my parents and siblings are in the adult areas, I can still watch the boys while hanging out with the other adults.
This is a very special trip for my family, because it's a rare opportunity for all of us to get to vacation together like this... So there's a lot of pressure on me to find the perfect resort to meet everyone's needs, and fulfill everyone's wishes, without completely breaking the bank. And because it's A LOT of money we'll be spending for just one week, I don't want anyone to walk away disappointed. So I'm feeling a lot of pressure to find the perfect resort.
The only other all-inclusive resort we've stayed at before was the Iberostar Maya in Playa del Carmen. All-in-all we had a good time there but want to try something different. My family seemed to really like the massive size of the Iberostar Maya. My parents liked to go on long walks throughout the resort, and explore all the different areas of the resort. We all enjoyed getting dressed up and being able to go out to the al le carte restaurants every night. The rooms were large and fairly clean, but felt like they could have used a little freshening. The beds and pillows were on the stiff side. The bedspreads were a bit rough on the skin.
So with this next resort I'm looking for a similar sized resort with lots of activities to keep everyone active and happy, good food and drinks, bedrooms that feel fresh and clean, and with comfortable beds and bedding.
The resorts I've narrowed it down to are:
1. Paradisus la Esmeralda
2. Barcelo Palace Duluxe All-Suite
3. Barcelo Colonial (less expensive than the 1 & 2 but shares the same beautiful beach and snorkeling areas as the Barcelo Palace)
Has anyone been to all of these? If so, which do you think would be better for our family? Also, are there any other resorts that I should be considering? If you happen to have any other helpful information, please send them my way. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and respond. I greatly appreciate your help.