We have booked a vacation at the Barcelo Palace Deluxe for 5/4-5/11/12. For the past week I have been reading repeated negative complaints about the Barcelo Palace and now I am having second thoughts. Almost everyone is saying you have to get up at 6am to have your pool chair or beach chair covered with a towel in order to have a place for the day. This sounds ridiculous and we have never encountered this traveling to Mexico and the Carribean for the past 12 years. This is giving my signicant other anxiety already because he is retired and getting up at 6am to save a relaxing spot doesn't sound like a vacation to him. We also heard getting an umbrella for the day is almost impossible. I am fair skinned and an umbrella or shade will be a necessity for me. Can anyone give me the straight truth on these two issues? Thanks.