I've been driving myself batty trying to figure out which AI would be best, balancing features and value.
Here are some of the things we're looking for:
--stuff for my boys to do (age 9 and 14) besides cheesy stuff designed to babysit little kids. Fun pool stuff would be nice - wave pool, slides, lazy river, etc.
-- decent beach for the whole family - calm, clear water, decent sand
-- connecting rooms available. Ideal would be a king room connected to a room with 2 doubles.
-- snorkeling available on site that is suitable for children
-- would really like the option of taking a resort scuba course
-- reasonable proximity to organize a fishing excursion and a scuba/snorkel excursion
-- we're not food snobs, but want decent food. we don't necessarily need a la carte every night, but want to be able to get in when we want to. And want snacks available for the kids as needed.
-- some places mention in-room fridge that's stocked with water/soda/beer. That would be a nice feature as well -- not sure if it's fairly standard or if some places charge.
-- available internet or wi-fi is also desireable
I'd specifically like some input on the Barcelo, Sandos, Catalonia, and Riu resorts. And I'm open to other suggestions as well. Barcelo and Iberostar seem to be quite a bit pricier than the others -- are they worth it?