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Upscale Family Friendly AI (w/Good Food/Drinks) [XPost]

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** I wasn't sure which was the best forum to post this...so I'm cross posting in the forums associated with the two main resorts I'm currently considering. **

Upscale Family Friendly AI (w/Good Food/Drinks)

We are looking for an upscale family friendly AI resort for a short stay (probably 5 nights) before school starts back. We will be traveling with our 6 year old daughter. Here are some of the things we are looking for:

* Upscale, modern family friendly AI

* Nice, spacious well-appointed rooms, preferably with a sitting area and stocked mini-bar

* Room service available

* Very good food / drinks – I know food is subjective…but this is the area that tends to get the most criticism from hubby when we are considering resorts in Mexico…so I would appreciate any and all feedback on resorts that you consider to have good to very good food (Jamaica tends to be our ‘go-to’ vacation destination…and he loves the food there)

* Number of restaurants available with A/C

* Very good service

* Nice kid-friendly pool(s) with a good ratio of shaded loungers to the number of guests (would like to still be able to find loungers even if some guests play the ‘towel game’)

* Activities available for 6 year old

These are the main two that I’ve been looking at…

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda

Finest Playa Mujeres

Here are a couple others that have been suggested for me to check out as well…

Royalton Riviera Cancun

Hyatt Ziva

Are there others that I should consider or any of the above that I should not consider? TIA!

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1. Re: Upscale Family Friendly AI (w/Good Food/Drinks) [XPost]

You might also want to add Azul Beach Resort to your list as well as Dreams Riviera Cancun (not in Cancun)

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2. Re: Upscale Family Friendly AI (w/Good Food/Drinks) [XPost]

Thank you. I will take a look at those too.

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3. Re: Upscale Family Friendly AI (w/Good Food/Drinks) [XPost]

Also look into the Iberostar Paraiso Maya.

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4. Re: Upscale Family Friendly AI (w/Good Food/Drinks) [XPost]

We loved the royalton Riviera Cancun. Great modern resort. The service was great too. We really enjoyed the food there. Restaurants are a/c'ed and no reservations required (huge plus in my book).

We've been to Jamaica 3 times (sandals and secrets) and have always preferred the food in Mexico.

What is he looking for in food?

The only resort we've been to that I would say the food was not the best was the Iberostar Tucan. It was cheaper, so you get what you pay for LOL

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5. Re: Upscale Family Friendly AI (w/Good Food/Drinks) [XPost]

Grand Velas is an outstanding resort. Excellent food and service.

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6. Re: Upscale Family Friendly AI (w/Good Food/Drinks) [XPost]

I don't know if Grand Velas would have activities for the OP's six year old daughter though.

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7. Re: Upscale Family Friendly AI (w/Good Food/Drinks) [XPost]

@schmerl, thank you. I will check out Iberostar Paraiso Maya as well.

@shoney, thanks for the feedback. We actually prefer no reservations as well. We prefer to go eat when we are ready…as opposed to following a strict schedule. As for food, it tends to be selection and overall quality that he prefers in Jamaica. We’ve stayed at a number of resorts in Jamaica and, of course, some resorts have had better food than others, but, for the most part, he tends to like the food there. In Mexico, it has been hit or miss. We’ve actually stayed in Mexico twice and visited via cruise ship a few times. We stayed at a budget resort years ago…it was just ok. More recently we stayed at a Dreams Resort…the food was ok to good…but there were no real standout meals…he usually has one or more standout meals when we visit Jamaica.

@swami, thanks for the suggestion…Grand Velas may push us above our preferred budget though.

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8. Re: Upscale Family Friendly AI (w/Good Food/Drinks) [XPost]

I am not a buffet person, but the Royalton's buffet was amazing. Tons of cooked to order stations...lots of seafood...fresh calamari tuna shrimp etc that they would grill in front of you. Meat too. Then the normal pasta and asian station.

Loads of variety there.

We liked the food at Dreams Riviera Cancun too. To give some perspective. I tend to lean towards seafood though, which I found both resorts in Jamaica didn't have enough of or quality of in comparison to Mexico.

There is an unofficial fanpage on facebook for the Royalton if you are interested.

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9. Re: Upscale Family Friendly AI (w/Good Food/Drinks) [XPost]

Maybe one of the Riu Palaces. Located on a great beach and they do have a kids club. All rooms are jr. suites with a sitting area plus balcony. Well stocked mini bar/fridge and 24 hour room service at no extra cost.

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10. Re: Upscale Family Friendly AI (w/Good Food/Drinks) [XPost]

@shoney, we have stayed at the Royalton White Sands in Jamaica and liked the food there. Our daughter had a fantastic time…she loved the water park at that Royalton. And, we too tend to lean towards seafood as well. I will probably take a closer look at Royalton Riviera Cancun. We actually stayed at the Dreams Puerto Aventuras...the Dreams Riviera Cancun is a newer resort and seems to get better reviews for their food than DPA.

@swami, thanks…I will take a look at the Rius as well.

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