Concierge.com's insider take:
Comparing this all-inclusive resort with its newer, more stylish competitors might lead you to the initial conclusion that it needs a face-lift. The sprawling collection of stucco Med-style buildings can inspire Brady Bunch flashbacks, and the outdated decor inside the 280 rooms and suites—mahogany wood furniture, watercolor-patterned fabrics, and lamps that resemble Grandma's—isn't much better. Still, there are real reasons why this old-school property has a following among celebs like Bill Clinton and hometown hero Sammy Sosa. First, there are the property's newer and much swankier Excel villas—150 private, waterfront houses that come with all-day butler and maid service and your own touring cart for getting around the property. The expansive grounds are the other draw: Between the three Pete Dye–designed golf courses, stables full of horses for pleasure rides and polo games, bicycles, tennis courts, shooting excursions, water sports, and spa treatments, the property can feel like a summer camp for adults. There's a boatload of kids' programs, too, including Kidz 'n Casa, a toddler-friendly option that keeps the little ones busy with arts and crafts, playground games, music, and puppet shows. Of the resort's eight restaurants, La Piazzetta has the most peaceful, romantic ambience—which you'll want after your day of running around. Or try the latest addition, a beachy outpost of New York City's Le Cirque.