(I did post a version of these questions in another thread, re: best All inclusive beach & food, but thought I should probably put it in a thread of it's own) -sorry it's so long, but...
I really am having a hard time deciding in particular between Secrets Maroma and Iberostar Grand.
-the Secrets Maroma resort prices at about 400 each more than Ib Grand (with WestJet direct from Halifax in November), so if that price for Secrets doesn't come down, I'd say that might just make my decision for me :)
It lists the room selection for Secrets Maroma as 'Junior Suite Oceanview', so I wonder if it is actually an oceanview, or more like just a glimpse of the ocean. If it is actually oceanview, then I thought perhaps that's why there is such a price difference? But after looking at a map of the SM resorts, it looks to me like the Preferred rooms are the only ones that would have a true oceanview. Oceanview really isn't even that important to me - I'm just wondering out loud, why SM would be priced so much more.
The things most important to me are
- nice big beach for swimming and walking - clear water/not lots of rocks (definitely not into lots of fish or snorkeling),
- decent food (both resorts I'm sure have no problem here),
- looking for a bit of night time entertainment after the theatre shows (not hard partiers though) i.e. a place to go for a few drinks/good music with a bit of dancing.
- And from what I've read, it seems both resorts have lots of air conditioned places throughout the resorts, and that is very important to me also - not very fond of being hot and uncomfortable while trying to enjoy a meal or drinks.
Two other resorts I'm considering - the Catalonia Royal Tulum looks like it would have an amazing beach, but I'm hesitant to book there as it seems it may be too small and laid back. I do like it when people 'dress-up' at night, and I think it may just be too casual there?
The VIM looks pretty nice also, so this one definitely is an option also. Their beach seems like it may be better than Ib Grand?
Any comments would be helpful concerning any of these points. I just can't seem to make up my mind. All info I have already found on TA has been incredibly helpful. I realize I'm probably just analyzing things too much at this point. lol But sometimes just discussing things with others, brings stuff out that really does help with deciding points.