Oh boy. The whole reason I booked the VIM for February is because it seems like its a nicer resort with better food, but also still FUN. The last several reviews have not sounded like there is much fun going on. If this is a boring, quiet resort like El Dorado Royale was - I am going to be upset.
And you know what else? If the staff doesn't do pool activities and games (someone wrote that the new management said to "tone it down") then people have to make their own fun, because they are BORED. This results in more drinking (more than they should, in many cases) and acting way worse than if there were games and activities to keep them happy and busy!
Well - I'll be going in February. Look for my review come March. I spend a LOT of money to get a fun trip. I can stay home and go to nice restaurants, and act fancy and snooty -- I don't have to go to there for that. No, I'm not some slob who is going to wear flip flops to the nice restaurants, or throw balls and splash people at the pool, etc. But Mexico is not the Mediterranian, and FUN is why I go there.
I hope the reviews turn. It really does amaze me how many people seem to want to put on the ritz and have a quiet, relaxing vacation. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but there are enough resorts out there for them. I just don't understand the mindset of that. But maybe that's because I live in Minneapolis, and we have great restaurants, a great theater district, museaums, all kinds of very cultural things -- so we don't need to travel to be able to dress up and go out on the town. Plus I work downtown. When I go on vacation, I want to get away from all the fancy smantzy -- but I did want nice food, nice beach, good staff, etc. Maybe a resort like that doesn't even exist -- a 4 or 4.5 star resort that isn't snooty?
Well, I may have to settle for the 3.5 star Golden Parnassus, which is GREAT, but I just thought we could splurge a little, and still have a good time. I guess that remains to be seen.