I've never been to an All Inclusive or to the Mayan Riviera, so I'm seeking some expertise. My family consists of my wife and me, an 8 yr old son, 11 yr old daughter, and 16 yr old son. We will be traveling to the area February 24-May 4, 2006.
My primary concern in a resort is a quality program for the 8 & 11 yr olds during the day, as well as something that will keep my 16 yr old interested.
I'd prefer somewhere with at least 5 or 6 restaurants for variety, but we're satisfied with simple fare - no need for gourmet (but if it's there, we'll enjoy it).
We would prefer an ocean location over a lagoon, and a couple of pools as well. We would also like somewhere with PADI training available or included. Also, somewhere that is relatively close to Playa del Carmen or that offers cheap or free shuttles to the location.
Finally, we're not looking for anything 5-star. 3.5 to 4 will be fine if the other qualifications are met.
I appreciate your guidance!