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Old 01-04-2017   #31 (permalink)
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I don't mind 'family' resorts really. Would honestly rather put up with kids having fun and being noisy than obnoxiously drunk loud adults, ANY day.

Which is again why I want to avoid any 'spring break friendly' resorts at all costs- any others that you know of, other than the Barceló? And is the Barceló THAT bad? I loved the Palace.
There can be obnoxious drunkards at ANY resort, kid friendly or not. Bad behavior knows no boundaries. And you can never predict who will be at any resort at any given time. Luck of the draw there.
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that is true, obnoxious behavior knows no bounds. I guess I have just seen people who seem to think the absence of kids around means they can swear more loudly, get drunker, participate in more groping and over the top PDAs, etc.
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I second Angela Aventura Mexicana great staff and food has an AI option and well worth it! I would def go back.

We do the Barcelo last several years food is okay I go for the fantastic beach honestly and wide range of huge pools and swim up bars and with kids But we have gone with and without kids I think its great mix for both. I am not huge fan of The Palace having said that only been up for buffet and was a SH%& show with kids running like mad barefoot and I have kids and had one with me but was running back to Colonial Tropical area
The Catalonia Royal Tulum is a nice option for beach and adults only also stayed there felt food was very good and service as well.
Best of luck I have always wanted to stay at the Royal haven't made it yet.
And obnoxious can be anyplace but I find it to be pretty minimal when we go in May,
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The VIM is too big for me and when I was there the beach was not nice. Have you looked at Royal Hideaway Playacar? The beach and food are great! Same for El Dorado Maroma.


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What about the Iberostar Grand? I've never stayed there but there is a lady who blogs about her vacas there and it looks awesome....
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I thought the beach at the VIM was supposedly spectacular?! Hmmm....


The Iberostar Grand, like Secrets Maroma, is over $1000 a NIGHT per couple for my dates. Sadly, (really sadly! ) that is a bit over our price point.

Looking to stay around the $500 CAD a night range.
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I've started thinking about our anniversary in June. We have been to so many great resorts in the last few years and I'm trying to decide which one I would like to visit again....for the moment I am leaning towards checking out the new El Dorado Seaside Suites. We went two or three times to the old suites, which is now Sensimar and devoted to Thompson travelers from Europe (as much as I can understand it). It was never the fanciest place we stayed, but we always had SO much fun there. The new Seaside Suites is next door and more modern and I am eyeing those "private" infinity pool rooms...and while the new resort has its own facilities, you can use the ones next door, too. It might be a place you would want to look into, too.
I have friends from here in Sask who are staying there in February.
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Shammy!!! Booked four nights at Secrets Akumal! It looks amazing- have you stayed there?

Hoping that beach is protected enough that even if it is super windy it will be calm enough to snorkel in the mornings- before the hordes of snorkelers get there.
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The beach at the VIM is very nice, just have to catch it when the seaweed is down.
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Sue- I got the scoop about the El Dorado/Sensimar. Just talked to my co-worker this AM. He said yes, Sensimar is loaded with UK travelers. They put the Americans at the El Dorado next door, then "sprinkle the Canadians in with both, since we get along with everyone.".

He said the El Dorado was not amazing, just good. He said the beach is not in great shape- lots of erosion and seaweed- gave it a "6 out of 10". Said they were raking seaweed all day long some days.
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Sue- I got the scoop about the El Dorado/Sensimar. Just talked to my co-worker this AM. He said yes, Sensimar is loaded with UK travelers. They put the Americans at the El Dorado next door, then "sprinkle the Canadians in with both, since we get along with everyone.".

He said the El Dorado was not amazing, just good. He said the beach is not in great shape- lots of erosion and seaweed- gave it a "6 out of 10". Said they were raking seaweed all day long some days.
When was he there?
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When was he there?
Got back this past weekend.

he didn't say anything about seaweed anywhere other than at that specific resort though.
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Shammy!!! Booked four nights at Secrets Akumal! It looks amazing- have you stayed there?

Hoping that beach is protected enough that even if it is super windy it will be calm enough to snorkel in the mornings- before the hordes of snorkelers get there.
I have not stayed there...yet.
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I have not stayed there...yet.

It looks amazing!! I am very excited.
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We decided on El Dorado Casitas Royale.
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