Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Cleveland, land of hope, heartache and wait till next year
I am envious of your travels.
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Join Date: Feb 2007
#l Barcelo Maya Tropical 2006
#2 Bahia Principe Punta Cana 2005
#3 Barcelo Maya Beach 2000
#4 Gala Grand Esmeralda 2007
#5 Occidental Xcaret 2004
#6 Occidental Grand Flamenco Punta Cana 2003
#7 Melia Cayo Coco 2001
#8 Bahia Principe Puerto Plata 1997
(#3 thruough #5 were really too close to call. Almost equal for various reasons in my opinion.)
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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Fredonia, WI
That's hard. Depends on if you are talking about locations or just the resorts themselves, or complete vacations. I've only done 3 AI's but am looking forward to my 4th in May.
In order of locations (town, side-trips, local people, weather, water):
1)RIU Negril (Jamaica)
2)Iberostar Dominicana (Dominican Republic)
3)RIU Jalisco (Puerto Vallarta)
In order of Niceness of resorts (food, entertainment, rooms, facilities, etc)
1) RIU Jalisco
2) RIU Negril
3) IB Dominicana
Actual Vacations (total trip, people we've travelled with, extra stuff all together):
1) IB Dominicana
2) RIU Jalisco
3) RIU Negril
So as you can see, there is not one thing in my mind that makes a place better than another. Each as it's own identity. We are hoping to make our trip to IB Quetzal the best yet in terms of 'complete package'.
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern NH
Haven't done as many AI's as you but I am sure you will enjoy the Quetzal Very, very much. We loved it so much the first time we aked friends of ours to come back with us...they loved it too. We don't have kids but, I will enjoy bringing my kids there someday just as much. I think it has enough for both adults and kids. Have fun!!!
Join Date: Mar 2004
1. Royal Hideaway (2006)
2. Royal Hideaway (2004)
3. Royal Hideaway (2005)
4. Riu Palace Mexico (2006)
5. Cieba del Mar - Puerto Morelos (2005)
(RPM has a better beach and nicer all-over resort than CDM, but CDM has better food by far).
6. Occidental Grand Xcaret (2005)
Hoepfully, Royal Hideaway in 2007 will move to the top.
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: ON, Canada
#1 Royal Playa del Carmen 2x's. Will be our third time there, the good Lord willing, nuff said.
#2 Iberostar Lindo 2 weeks, Great resort for families
#3 Copacabana 2x's once for one week, once for 2 weeks. Great beach. Loved it here too.
#4 Royal Solaris newbies first time to Mexico and Cancun about 12 years ago. We really liked it here too.
#5 Allegro Punta Cana. Loved the beach, hated the sand fleas.
#6 Holiday Inn Sunspree Jamacia three times. Great resort for families. Nice shopping across the street. Jamacian people are sooo incredible and super laid back and helpful and friendly. The food is awesome. Really good drinks here too.
way into it
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Marshall, WI
Quite a list. There are probably more, but I'm getting old and my memory isn't what it used to be.
1. Gran Porto Real
2. Royal Maeva (now Sandos Playacar)
3. Diamond Resort Cozumel (now Allegro)
4. Couples Ocho Rios
5. Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus
6. Iberostar Cozumel
7. Eldorado ( now Eldorado Seaside Suites)
8. Catalonia Royal Tulum
9. Hodelpa Caribe Club Punta Cana (now Caribe Club Princess)
10. Allegro Playacar
11. Palladium Vallarta - Way out in the middle of nowhere. The bus ride is like being on a roller coaster.
12. Grand Paradise Bavaro
13. Gran Caribe Real Cancun It was being renovated. I got what I paid for, but it could have been better.
14. Jack Tar Village Puerto Plata
15. Presidente Ixtapa - Worst food of any AI I have ever stayed at.
The Gran Porto & Royal Maeva really stand out. They were both brand new when I stayed there. Maybe it was the fact that I never had to leave my beach chair at either place. The drinks came to me and they were awesome.
Diamond Cozumel was my first all inclusive. The one thing I remember was they didn't have the bracelets. We had ID's that hung around our necks with our picture on them. They gave them to you when checked in and you had to show them for drinks & food or any time the security wanted to look at them. Lots of security!
Never stayed anywhere twice, but the Gran Porto Real tempts me every time I see it.
way into it
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Oroville, CA
We've onlly visited two, and they are not even in the same league, but here's our ranking.
1. Copacabana (we loved that it was small)
2. Adventura Spa Palace (had a great time, but missed the beach).
Next stop....Barcelo Maya Beach with the family......
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Ont, Canada
Barcelo I will keep returning to but here is my order
1 Barcelo 5x Great food,beach and pools (perfect for our likings)
2 Palladium Colonial (was really good if no food issues were going on)
3 Tryp Cayo Coco no frills, but fun resort with yucky food,great beach
4 RIU Tequila Overcrowded would not return,not worth paying big $ for
5 Oasis Playa was ok, Cancun is just not for us over 40year olds LOL
7 Pelicanos Complex PV, had a blast but would not compare to any listed above.
I am tired of trying new places, when your heart is in one area(barcelo)you just have to keep with it. The Palladium would have come close if not for all the food poisioning issues that are still going on. Its too bad hope they get it fixed up because I might consider going back it has so much going for it.
I also hope the Palladium Addicts board starts letting the truth be spoken.
Join Date: Dec 2006
here ya go
1.couples swept away jamaica 1st trip ever . very romantic atmosphere . 1 time
2. riu palace mexico playa 5 times
3. fiesta americana grand coral beach cancun 1 time
4. iberostar tucan playa 1 time
5. riu yucatan playa 1 time
6. iberostar punta cana dominican republic
7. palladium puerto adventouras 1 time
as you can see im hooked on the playacar resorts .
resorts that are on my list for future travel
1. royal in town of playa
2. excellence used to be secrets mexico
3. barcelo in puerto adventouras. probably for the next kids trip.
4. paradisius puerto rico
5. riu paradise island nassau
Join Date: Dec 2003
1. Royal Hideaway - Mayan Riviera
2. El Dorado Royale (Casita suite) - M.R.
3. Sandals Montego Bay - Jamaica
4. Riu Tropical Bay - Jamaica
5. Secrets Capri - M.R.
6. Royal Porto Real - M.R.
7. Sandals Inn - Jamaica
8. Riu Yucatan - M.R.
9. Riu Merengue - Puerto Plata
10. Sol de Mares - Cuba
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