Took me a while to narrow down my list for a trip to Coz in early November to celebrate my 40th b-day, with my husband. After a lot of research and help from many of you, I've finally narrowed & CHANGED my list to the following, due to wanting a relaxing AI beach vacation with decent snorkeling/good pools. (Seriously considered the Palace - decided zero beach was a deal breaker.) Not that price is an issue but for those of you who have stayed at these places, Iberostar & El Coz are VERY close in price with FA slightly higher for an ocean view room. IMO all are great prices!
2. El Cozumeleno
3. Fiesta Americana
Background: We are not divers - just snorkelers. Stayed at El Coz 10 yrs ago and enjoyed it. Originally thought to try someplace "new" but won't be disappointed if we end up at El Coz again. We plan on renting a car for the week to eat out some nights/visit the East side of the island.
The Iberostar really intrigues me but there have been some strange & mixed reviews about theft (not sure if they're legit) and the place going down hill. Has anyone recently stayed there - I always take the reviews with major typos with a grain of salt. The grounds look so pretty & yes, I realize there is a rocky entry to the ocean.
We want to relax by the ocean/pools and snorkel from time to time - this is our first trip alone without our 5 and 6 year olds with us! Aside from wanting a clean room & clean pools (I'm a big pool person), we aren't very picky/high maintenance. We don't need to be entertained or have to have gourmet food. (You can't go wrong with a beer/book on the beach!) Since we've only stayed at El Coz we don't have anything to compare it to - is that our best bet for what we want or does one of the others fit just as well or better?
Thank you for your help/advice!!!