My husband and I arrived today to celebrate our first anniversary. We honeymooned here last year and - to be 100% honest - I liked but didn't LOVE EPM. But when we were planning our anniversary trip, we thought we'd give it another try. It's an easy flight and the all-inclusive aspect makes it even easier to start relaxing upon arrival.
So here we are. We did EC again (which I 100% recommend if you're looking for more of the high-end experience). Check in went soooo much smoother than last time and the resort feels less crowded. I emailed Vilma (thanks travelinman!) prior to arrival requesting 8b and my travel agent did the same. I was still nervous since I know it's a request and not a guarantee. I literally almost hugged the woman at EC checkin when she confirmed we were in a swim-up in 8b. My husband thinks I'm insane. :)
For those of you as obsessed with the construction as I was prior to our trip, I haven't noticed a thing other than its obvious presence when pulling up to the resort. We haven't been by 9 yet, but did have lunch at Lobster House (ceviche and shrimp tacos were delish). No noise whatsoever.
That said, when we were checking in, we weren't even told that the building 9 pool is EC. They only pointed out the pools by 7 and 8 as EC. So maybe they have decided to stop putting EC guests there now? 100% speculation, but that was interesting to me.
Currently sipping a margarita by the pool and may not update much, but for those who are wondering if the construction is affecting the experience, it's not. At least not for me and I am probably the pickiest person you could ever meet. :)