Looking at resorts for a trip next May. We have never stayed at a large resort, but I am trying to talk my husband into considering one. I like the look of the pools being near the ocean and facilities at Barcelo. We like the idea of not having to make dinner reservations and unlimited ala carte dinners at Grand Paladium. The beach looks about equal at both resorts.
I always have thought I would book Paladium if we did book a mega resort for the unlimited ala cartes, but everyone that I know that has been to Barcelo has loved it. And the one person I know that went to Paladium did not love it. She didn't hate it, but would not book again. Looking for peoples opinions and thoughts on these two resorts.
We like a comfortable room, good food and good drinks. We also like a resort that is easy to get around and to go from beach to pool to restaurant. We really like resorts with a restaurant close to the beach and pool for lunch. Bars and restaurants with outdoor dining is a huge plus. Live music is best, but we can be quite happy with recorded music and somewhere to sit and have some drinks or dance in the evening.
We have always enjoyed the convenience of a smaller resort and wondered which of these resorts would be the easist to navigate and would have the best chance at rooms close to restaurants, beach and pool?
We also wonder which would have the best food and in particular if the buffets at Barcelo were good, since we would have to eat there some nights.
Another question, what are the beds like at these resorts? Hard as a rock? We try and pick resorts that do not have hard beds. Iberostar Tucan had a bed that was like sleeping on a slab of concrete. Even with a topper, my husband woke up sore.
Any help would be appreciated. I always worry before booking and try very hard to make sure that we will be getting the right resort for us. This will be a snorkeling trip, so close proximity to Akumal might be nice. Thanks again!