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Haven't been to Villa del Palmar, but it does look incredible and I wouldn't mind checking it out. With that being said, to me Lagunamar has a much better location when it comes to proximity to restaurants, shops, etc. and it was still a very nice place to stay for my family last year.
We have stayed at both properties as exchangers. Villa del Palmar is out of the way. Although more has been built in that area we didn't like the location all. We own at the Royal Sands and we like its location. In addition we always rent a car and my husband is bilingual. Also, as exchangers they wouldn't let us use some of the amenities on the property!! Personally I feel that is BS.
Westin Lagunamar is in a wonderful location. The villas are lovely and you are in walking distance from many restaurants and a grocery store.
IMHO Westin's Lagunamar wins hands down.
It depends. If your going to scuba, fish or day trip to Isla, the VDP is next door to a dock. If you want to golf the VDP is a very short walk to a golf course. It is far enough away from Cancun that it feels a bit isolated and we like that feeling. The sand is cleaned daily if need be. Isla Mujeres protects the beach from waves so it's easy to swim in the Sea. There are plenty of restaurants at the VDP. Week day evenings usually have some sort of entertainment. The one and two bed units have hammooks that can fit two people.
A normal day at the VDP for me was scuba all day and later having drinks on our deck with my wife while watching the full moon rise with a guy playing the sax in the bar below our deck.