We stayed next door to the Paradise Resort Hotel when we were there last month. We were at the Paradise Villas, a nice condo type facility, and while they were okay, they were just basicly efficency appartments.
The Paradise Resort Hotel looks really cool with their grass thatched cabanas and beautiful grounds. I think it would be pretty romantic for a honeymoon!
I had seen alot of debate about the hotel on the board so I took a few minutes to see just what they had to offer. I asked to look in the cabana closest to the beach and the water.
What I found:
Very Clean and nice looking wood furnishings.
Grass thatched roofs on the cabanas. A couple of these were facing the ocean, all faced the beach.
Some hotel type units further back (I think they may have had kitchenettes).
A beutiful garden / sunning area with lots of chairs.
No pool (but we only got in the pool a couple of times where we stayed).
Hammokcs on most porches.
Fairly secluded but still very close to the restaurants and bars.
Some of the rooms have AC, but I don't think the cabanas have AC - they have ceiling fans.
The windows looked like wooden slats that open (not sure if they had screens).
A cool looking open bar/deli next to the beach open during the day.
Beach has a sea wall as does most of AC in this area (not much swimming unless you go out on the pier, which some folks do).
I didn't see any TVs.
Pier with dive shop right in front.
The cabanas look really cool, but I need AC most of the year in the tropics. I could probably do them in the cooler months.
We thought that if we went back for 3-5 days, these would do nicely. If I stayed longer, I would need more creature comforts than they offer.
Congratulations, I know you will enjoy AC no matter where you stay.