First off, so you'll know what I'm expecting out of a resort, my favorite resort is the IB Grand. I've been there three times. What I love about it, is the wide, beautiful beach, the stellar service, top shelf alcohol and the comfortable rooms.'
With that said, my husband won't go back unless we try staying somewhere new. I had my original reservation at Le Blanc, and changed it, simply because the resort just isn't me. Plus, I don't want to be in Cancun - I like the more laid back feel of the Riviera Maya.
I then switched my reservation to SMB. I've walked from the Grand to Maroma Beach many times and have always thought that SMB looked like it was sitting on top of the Catalonia. The beach looks so packed, and I'm having a difficult time with the fact that even though we're staying somewhere new, I'm still so close to the Grand, that I know it'll drive me nuts.
Now I've been researching EDM. I can get a honeymoon suite for the same price as my PC OF room at SMB. I have a few questions about though.
I know the beach has sandbags, but I read nothing negative about them. I'm surprised by that. Everyone seems to think the beach is incredibly beautiful. Either the pics aren't doing it justice, or my definition of beautiful (the IB Grand's beach) and their definition is off. What is the water color like? Is the beach always as calm as it looks? I love to sit and listen to the waves crash. On Youtube, all I hear is a gentle lapping of water. Stupid, I know, but it seems so quiet.
Do all of the honeymoon suites have the outdoor showers? Obviously the swim-up suites are on the bottom, but what floor are the honeymoon suites *without* the pools? It's really hard to tell from the photos. Karisma's website shows a photo of the remodeled Mi Hotelito rooms. They look nice. Is there any reason to stay in a honeymoon suite?
Do people tend to congregate at Rick's Bar in the evening? We enjoy getting to know people and like to have a few drinks after dinner. Is the resort completely dead at night?
One last question - we'll be there in November. I'm in Texas. We like our pool water warm. Are the pools heated? The pools at the Grand are way too cold during the fall for my taste.