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RWI vs. Windsong / Pros. and Cons.

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RWI vs. Windsong / Pros. and Cons.

Hi,

Trying to figure out if I should switch our trip to Windsong from Royal West Indies. I've searched the existing threads, but still not sure. Windsong looks beautiful, gets great reviews, the prices are pretty good right now and I know it has that nice big reef for snorkeling. What is within walking distance of the WIndsong in terms of food or shops? How is the on-site restaurant at the Windsong? I know the beach is supposed to be wider at the RWI, but is the beach nicer? RWI looks like it offers so much bang for the buck. Also, it sounds like there is probably more stuff within walking distance at the RWI (shops, restaurants, casino.) Which one has better amenities? So confused, but it's not too late to switch.

BTW - I know everyone recommends renting a car, but we are not big fans of driving in foreign countries. Especially after being to Barbados and Aruba. Driving just looks too scary and we would prefer to walk and take taxis.

Thanks in advance :)

Rob

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1. Re: RWI vs. Windsong / Pros. and Cons.

no real need to switch, RWI is a beautiful resort ....plus you can always stay at Windsong next time. While you are on Grace Bay walk the beach and check out the other resorts they all have their own charm and personality.

"but is the beach nicer?" thats kinda like trying to decide between a Lexus or a BMW, they are both nice,. GB beach is beautiful top to bottom....IMO!

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2. Re: RWI vs. Windsong / Pros. and Cons.

Thanks for the reply ttewks1. Nice comparison. It's a tough decision choosing between a Lexus and BMW, and I totally catch your drift. Both look very nice. The Windsong looks very updated and clean and the beach looks gorgeous, but narrow, but you have the reef. The RWI grounds look amazing and the beach looks incredible and huge, but the rooms look kind of dated. It seems like the Windsong gets a little bit more positive reviews and it ranks higher than the RWI, although the RWI is a little bit more expensive for when I am planning on going. I am wondering if there were any deal breakers here between the two.... Anything that would make one more preferable over the other.

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3. Re: RWI vs. Windsong / Pros. and Cons.

Windsong is a much newer resort so its rooms do tend to be more updated than RWI, although RWI has been getting the owners of the condo's to update their units to flat screens, new appliances, furniture etc. so some units are more updated than others. When we stayed at RWI we rented thru VRBO so we knew exactly which condo we were getting. Windsong is closer to off the beach snorkeling but you are right the beach tends to be somewhat wider in front of RWI, although that could change with the next "weather disturbance". Lots of good restaurants with-in walking distance of both. RWI closer to the casino, but if that is important to you then Provo is probably the wrong island anyway. IMO> You can't go wrong with either.......plus there will be a next time!

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4. Re: RWI vs. Windsong / Pros. and Cons.

Yeah... I probably shouldn't be gambling anyways especially after my trip to Vegas a few weeks ago. lol I probably would have been better off booking through VRBO, but got a pretty good deal through Expedia. I think I'm going to check some of the units out on VRBO anyways just to see some more pics of the interior. I guess what is really important is if it is clean and comfortable. I can't wait to see the island whichever resort we choose to stay at. Thanks again ttewks1.

Rob

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5. Re: RWI vs. Windsong / Pros. and Cons.

Rob, the reality is you're going to be limited by walking distance dining and shopping from both resorts. We've stayed at both locations -- once at RWI, and seven times next to (but not at) Windsong.

IMO, you need to decide:

1. Are you content to mostly hang around your resort all week, and only eat at the nearby tourist restaurants?

2. Do you like to snorkel once or twice a day, whenever you please? Royal West Indies is three miles from shoreline snorkeling.

3. You need to seriously consider renting a car for at least a few days, no matter where you choose to stay. Or, lay down the cash for taxis.

Your choice.

Edited: 10 September 2011, 11:37
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6. Re: RWI vs. Windsong / Pros. and Cons.

To add to Caribdesi, driving in TCI is much easier than Barbados, which is huge, and Aruba. A car here will get you everywhere with nice flat straight roads.

No one resort is close to anything. Everything is in clumps. If you're close to shopping, then you probably need a car to snorkel and vise versa.

Windsong and RWI are not really the same league. Windsong is more luxurious, newer, has better beds, but RWI is always a good bang for the money. Windsong is also where you'll find Snuba, which if you like snorkeling it's a do not miss. RWI is closer to the clump of shopping, some great restaurants and supermarket.

With a car, you can also explore the other beaches, each different from each other, go to a little bit of nightlife. (it is low key though). Driving is much easier than your past experiences.

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7. Re: RWI vs. Windsong / Pros. and Cons.

Thanks for the suggestions Blamona and Caribdesi. I will definitely consider renting a car at least for a few days. The Windsong rooms sound so nice, but the RWI sounds like it has so much to offer at the same time and the beach looks amazing. Looks like I have some serious soul searching to do. Snuba sounds great too.

Rob

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8. Re: RWI vs. Windsong / Pros. and Cons.

We have booked the Calabash Suite from VRBO and it is very updated and super nice. You may want to check out vrbo before you rule out RWI. Not all condos there are out dated. The Calabash is front oceanview and second floor with a great view of the ocean. You could rent a car for a few days as was suggested and snorkle at Coral Gardens by the Windsong. There is public parking there and you just walk down to the beach.

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9. Re: RWI vs. Windsong / Pros. and Cons.

I don't understand the nead for a "wider beach." We stayed at the Windsong and one of the things we liked about it was the fact that it was literally 10 steps away. Who wants to walk down to the water? There was always, always beach chairs available, and it was never, ever crowded - EVER. We went at the end of July and there were times we were the only two out there at 9:00 a.m. snorkeling or swimming. The rooms are amazing, we got a free upgrade actually. The bed was very very comfortable. The restaurant is sub par, not a lot to choose from, but we only ate breakfast there every morning and I didn't want a huge breakfast anyway, fruit, bagel, pastry etc. was plenty. We took a taxi to the restaurants each night because it was so hot, but we took a sunset walk on the beach back - about 40 min. each night, which was the highlight of the trip. As for shoppping, nothing around Windsong, but in general you need to keep in mind this is not a place for many shops anyway. The shopping is trinkits, tshirts, expensive jewelry etc. - not a lot of options and a lot of the same stuff in each shop.

I vote for Windsong, but that was where we stayed.

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10. Re: RWI vs. Windsong / Pros. and Cons.

As for the width of the beach - it gets wider twice a day - its called low tide.