Did you end up going to one yet? I am stuck on a very similar decision! Hope it turned out well!
We have been to Secrets Wild Orchid twice since it opened. The first time we felt that the Preferred Club was worth it because I was due for hip surgery, had troube walking and the Prefered Club rooms were closest to the restaurants. We stayed at the Preferred Club again when we returned in December, and I did not feel that it was worth it. Anyone can use the preferred beach, whether preferred or not, since they don't check and there are no arm bands and the closeness of the restaurants weren't that important this time. In addition, it would have been an extra $800 for 8 nights, but they charged us what we had paid the first time ($400 extra for 8 nights) since we were return guests, I guess. I would certainly return to SWO, but would not spend the extra $ on the preferred club. I have not been to the other resort you mentioned, so I can't compare.
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