I am looking at a February trip next year and would like a first hand comparison of the two resorts. Usually the Grand is much more expensive than EPM but I have recently found, what I think is a very good deal on the Grand. This makes the cost of each almost identical. So with pricing being equal how does the Grand compare to EPM?
Things that are important to my wife and I; friendly staff, being able to take long walks on the beach, friendly and somewhat active night life but not spring break active. warm swimming pools, adults only, great breakfast buffet (my favorite meal of the day), and the availability of premium liqueur in the room. My wife really enjoys a tropical feel with lots of flowers and plantings. Food is important but we are always able to find something we like. The atmosphere in the restaurants is important to us, my wife likes to dress up for dinner. Because we are not able to get away from our stressful jobs more than once a year we do like to feel somewhat pampered when we get away. So far, the resorts we have traveled to have done an excellent job of making us feel very comfortable and relaxed.
We traveled to the Excellence last year and had a nice time but we enjoy trying different resorts each time we travel. We also enjoy the amenities of the 5 star resorts and like most people we would like to pay 3 star prices for them. So far the Excellence has offered the most and a return is not out of the question. The thing we liked the least at the excellence was the bathroom layout, there was no privacy. This isn't a major issue but could be improved upon.
I know this is a bit lengthy but I thought it may help you better understand what we are looking for when describing the Grand and comparing the differences. Thanks for your responses in advance,