We are potentially a party of 8 (ages 15, 22, and 25-54) looking for a resort type property with resort type pools and beach activities in the Playa area that is NOT an AI. Since it is the week between Christmas and New Year's the rates are quite high and spending 300+ per person per night is a bit steep since we like to try many different local restaurants when we travel. I have researched hours and hours and the place that seems to fit the bill is the Royal Hacienda's but of course it is full.
We recently stayed at the Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta and the teenagers had such a great time with so much offered right at the property, and it was not an AI which is what we wanted. I am happy with a couple of condo units at El Faro (which is where I am guessing we will end up as I don't think the other exists) but before I commit he would like to see what some other options might be, and quite frankly, I can't come up with any, so I think I will just have a margarita instead.
If you have any other suggestions, I would appreciate it. All of my research is worthy of a siesta, that's for sure.