Which island v. where in Mexico?

Feb 17th, 2005, 05:32 PM
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Which island v. where in Mexico?

My husband and I are celebrating 25 years of married bliss (right!) and want a 5-7 day get-a-way. Anniv. is in June, but we might go in the fall. We've traveled extensively to Europe & love it, but want to try something closer to home and a bit more relaxing and less expensive. No kids are coming with us & don't want a lot of kids around us. I thought of an AI because I've heard people rave about the bargains. But am concerned about quality of food. And where are the bargains?

We would like to do some sightseeing, some shopping and maybe some gambling.

An suggestions?
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Feb 17th, 2005, 07:06 PM
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AI resorts are a good value. And of all the AI resorts the best value is usually the Mayan Riviera south of Cancun. There are many new great resorts that have really good package deals with several vendors. I can recommend several. For resorts without a lot of kids try the Aventura Palace which is adults only. Or, even Royal Hideaway (very deluxe). Also, the Iberostar resorts (family, but nice) are very nice and there are many to choose from www.iberostar.com. This destination has great beaches, good sight seeing, but no casinos. If you want all three then you might consider Aruba, but you really should have a full week to travel that far. Another plus to Aruba is that it is out of the hurricane belt. If you want to book Mayan Riviera less chance of a hurricane in June and then November. Last point, food is good and plentiful at top AI resorts, but consider that a 5 star AI usually has 4 star resort food quality. The Royal Hideaway has top notch everything though, so there are a few AI resorts that have the best of everything...just usually the food is not what they get the highest marks on. I personally enjoy all inclusives and find plenty of good food to eat.
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Feb 17th, 2005, 08:41 PM
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If you really like good food, there are tons of excellent hotels in the Riviera Maya in Mexico that aren't Als, and don't have too many kids. Check out tripadvisor.com for Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula.
Le Meridien often has very good rates and is a beautiful, more "adult" hotel, but there are tons of great places...

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Feb 18th, 2005, 03:16 AM
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If someone even mentions in passing that food quality is important to them, I do not recommend an AI.

For sightseeing and shopping, Cancun is a good bet as you have the ruins and very good shopping. Or, if you want someplace with access to both and don't want the glitz and "Americanized" feel of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is a good option.

There are several islands with gambling and shopping - Aruba comes to mind, but it is also very commercial.

The USVI's/BVI's are also a very good choice for shopping and sightseeing.

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Feb 18th, 2005, 04:49 AM
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Caneel Bay in St.John Our rent a villa there and cook for your self (you could also have a chef come in at times)
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Feb 18th, 2005, 01:31 PM
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Thanks for all your suggestions.
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Feb 18th, 2005, 05:18 PM
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I would recommend you check out St. Maarten, but wouldn't recommend an AI on this island. There are so many wonderful restaurants there that you would miss out if you did an AI. There are so many things to see and do, and they do have gambling on this island. We really like this island because it has a French side and a Dutch side so you get to enjoy two different cultures. The island is close to Anguilla and St. Barths that you can do side trips there as well. And the island has great jewelry shopping - we would highly recommend DK Gems if you are looking for a special anniversary gift - they will take great care of you. Good luck with your decision.
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