Our background: Around of November of each year our family of 4 is going to one of the All Inclusive resorts in Mexico. For the last few years, our favorite destination is Barcelo Maya Palace ,as combination for beach quality, food, and amenities (in that order) we weren’t able (so far) to find anywhere else in Mexico.
This year, we decided to see what else is out there that can be a worth alternative to Barcelo Palace. What we are looking for is the best beach possible with calm waters, good to excellent food and good kid’s amenities. The only other resorts in Mexico that we tried are various Iberostar resorts – some of them are really good, but all have one disadvantage compare to Barcelo – beach quality. Barcelo beach is way superior to any of the Iberostar resorts. For some reason, in Barcelo, the ocean is always calm (compare to Iberostar) and the beach itself is very big and wide.
Started looking on tripadvisor, but I do not really see any worth alternatives within the price range of Barcelo Palace. Most of the resorts that we like are Adults only. Those that are not, don’t compare favorably to Barcelo Maya. So here is the short list of the resorts that we think might be worth alternatives to Barcello (excluding Iberostars due to the beach) –
Riu Palace – seems to be much older resort with very good beach and nice amenities (don’t know how it compared to Barcelo)
Grand Vilas – excellent resort but way too expansive
Beloved Hotel – same as above
Paradisus La Esmeralda – brand new resort, excellent food. Beach Is smaller and there are conflicting review on its quality. More expansive then Barcelo.
…That’s pretty much it…
Did I miss anything? I would really appreciate any advise. As I said, Beach is number one priority following by food and ammenities.