We go to Gala in December, myself, hubby, 14 year old son and 11 yr. old daughter. Just some thoughts and questions..In regards to pools, to they really close at 7pm? Can you swim in the ocean then when the pools close? Also my daughter is 11 and wants to drink smoothies and fruit drinks, is it ok to have ice and drink the drinks that would use ice? We were looking forward to side trips to Xel Ha and or Xcaret does anyone recomend one or the other? I having been following the reviews for this hotel since August and I still am concerned that I might of not picked correctly(Gala) and should of went with a iberostar or Riu resort. I still have time to change what's your thoughts?