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(Rated 4.9 stars with 4 reviews)
Rated #13 of 83 Riveria Maya Corridor on BDW
La Amada Hotel Playa Mujeres Cancun > > Lote 34, Manzana 1 Condomino > Playa Mujeres > > 77400>Location.Voted as world’s best for Relaxation and Spa, this property lays in Punta Sam near Playa Mujeres Golf Club and the Archaeological Site of El Meco.Features.La Amada Hotel Playa Mujeres Cancun has a private beach, a tennis court, an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. La Amada Hotel Playa Mujeres Cancun features a full service spa. Business amenities include a business center, complimentary wireless Internet access, and meeting rooms for small groups. La Amada Hotel Playa Mujeres Cancun has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. 24 hour room service is available. Event facilities include conference rooms.Guestrooms.Amenities featured in guestrooms include DVD players, air conditioning, and coffee/tea makers. Turndown service is offered on request. Additional amenities offered include minibars, clock radios, and slippers. 42 inch LCD televisions with premium TV channel(s) and pay movies are available in guestrooms. Business friendly amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, voice mail, and in room safes (accommodate laptop). Bathrooms feature bathroom phones, scales, and bathrobes. Guestroom services include in room massage and housekeeping. Guestrooms are accessible via exterior corridors. Rollaway beds are available on request.Notifications:Additional fees and deposits may be charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out. >The preferred airport for La Amada Hotel Playa Mujeres Cancun is Cancun, Quintana Roo (CUN Cancun Intl.) 24.6 km / 15.3 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0. 1 mile and kilometre.

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By nicolam, · 0 Comments

Pros: Excellent accomodation, service impeccable, food was fantastic... everything about this place was amazing!!!
Cons: Pool water a bit too warm (I had to try hard to think of a negative)
This hotel is now called The Beloved hotel but this was the only place I could find to write a review.  Hopefully it will come up in people's searches.   Ok - here is my review - I stalked this site for about 9 months before we got married looking for ideas for our wedding so hopefully this will help someone else decide to get married at the Beloved.   So we are in our early 30's and we live in Australia - husband is American and I'm English.  We were looking for somewhere to get married where we could have a holiday and where our family would be able to get to - so although it was not quite half way for our families it was an excellent choice.   My mum found the hotel just by doing some internet searches - in the beginning we were toying with the idea of the Azul Sensatori or even may Dreams Riviera - however, we eventually chose the Beloved hotel as the price was better for our overseas travellers and there was only one wedding per day.   There were a few hiccups trying to get all of the rooms sorted - a bit of red tape hiccup but all in all it was ok and we did it and there were no issues when we got there.   We left Sydney on 25 July and we spent a few days in Los Angeles with family on the way to Cancun.  We flew Virgin America from LA to Cancun and the flight was fantastic.  We landed in the airport and didn't get stopped on the random push button test - although we didn't really know what it was.  As you're walking through customs they make you push a button if it turns red then your bags are checked and if not then you go straight through.  We went straight through.  We booked our transfers directly through the hotel just for ease of travel and when were met by our driver.  When inside the car there were cold drinks and cold towels available for us.  We had a beer en route to the hotel.  The drive is not very scenic but the method of transport was nice and luxurious.   We arrived at the hotel and our luggage was unpacked and we were sat in the lobby and greeting with a cold glass of champagne.  We waited a while to check in and family who had already arrived kept coming up to see us.  We were given a guided tour of the hotel and we were shown to our room.  Cristian at reception was wonderful.   We had booked an ocean view terrace room with a plunge pool on the balcony.  More about that later.   After quickly changing we went downstairs to meet up with family to have dinner in Lupita - a modern mexican restaurant - it was lovely and they catered for all 16 of us just showing up on the spot.   Hotel - the hotel is lovely - it's small and everything is very close - the beach has ample sun loungers - there was some seaweed - which was worse on some days than it was on others - but that's normal for the area and it didn't really bother us - they did clean it up with big trucks that came along the waters edge a few times each day.  There were ample towels that you helped yourself to before you walked on to the beach and you could change as frequently as you wanted.  There was waiter service on the beach - drinks and food - there were non motoroised water sports on the beach too - the paddle boards were fun!  The swimming pools were a little too hot but they were nice - the main pool where the pool bar is was the busiest and there was often live entertainment which was fun in the afternoons.  Everywhere is spotlessly clean and the staff in the hotel will do anything to assist you.  The gym is very well equipped  and there are even gym classes - we started out well wiht going to the gym each morning - but I have to say that didn't last too long!!!   The spa was also very very good - I had a full body massage the day before our wedding and it was fantastic - make sure you go in early though to make use of all the facilities in there.  It's well worth it and it's so peaceful and relaxing.   Restaurants - all of the restaurants were fantastic - we loved meeting up with family every day in Aroma Terrace for breakfast - the buffet variety was great and they even had menu service and the staff would do what they could to assist you.  Maria was excellent too!  The omelettes that they make from the menu are fantastic and so was the fruit selection inside.  For lunch times they had beach service (shout out goes to Luis - he served quickly and always with a wonderful smile and he would do anything to assist) - you could go to El Mar which is a casual dining option on the beach and you can go in your swim suit if you want!  Or there is Isla Grill which is the restaurant that overlooks the main pool - I loved the food there at lunch - amazing prawn fajitas!!! and a little salad bar too.  I would highly recommend that.  In the evenings Aroma Terrace was fantastic as was Lupita - we had sushi a couple of nights in Lupita lounge which was great too.  I couldn't have faulted the restaurants and even on day 10 there was enough variety for me and I could have stayed longer.   Natura bar does great crepes and smoothies - it had great variety- we didn't go there often enough!   Bars / Night time - the hotel is quite quiet after 11pm and that is nice.  We spent most evenings in Lupita lounge - only down side about this is that it's quite sheltered and it gets super hot - some outside fans might be good in there.  The bar staff are very helpful and will make you any drinks or cocktails you want.  The lobby bar is much cooler as it's air conditioned but the atmosphere is not as good.  Even though it was hot we still hung outside in Lupita Lounge.  Also the rooms are big enough and fully stocked with alcohol at all times and so you could even stay in your room.  This is not a lively party resort but if you're looking for nice cocktails with live music some nights then it's definitely the way to go.  However, we did manage to go to the nightclub in the Excellence - just a short walk away on the beach the night before the wedding and that was good fun - it was a late night.   We had 55 people at our wedding and we always saw someone from the wedding party wherever we went.   Rooms - the hotel is only small with 109 rooms - the rooms are top class and excellent quality - to be honest - we didn't need to spend the money on the room we got because we were hardly ever in it!!! but it was fantastic - the balcony wrapped around the whole room - the amenities were great - our shower was see through glass - but in some rooms we saw that this was frosted glass - the rooms were very spacious and the beds were very comfortable - balconies were amazing wiht lounge beds on them too.  you could spend the whole day in your room if you wanted!   Room service was fast and good - we only ordered it twice - one on the morning after our wedding for breakfast and then I ordered it while I was getting ready for the wedding.   Wedding day -   We worked with Alejandro at the hotel for some months before the wedding - I found him very easy to work with - I found when I sent him emails then it was always better to ask your questions in numbered paragraphs so that he answers all of them in turn.  He was fantastic - he responded quickly to all emails.  He did advise me during a couple of weeks that he was super busy wiht other weddings and that he would get back to me when that busy period ended and that was fine - my wedding was still 4 months off at that point.  I accepted that and waited for him to get back to me - and he did.    Alejandro put me in touch with Fernanda at Planner 1 for the decorations - I had email correspondence with her too and again - she was fantastic - I showed her pictures of what I wanted and she came back with a quote - prices are always negotiable.   So before the wedding I was working with Alejandro and Fernanda on a proposal and it was like a sheet that we would add things to for various parts of the wedding ceremony and reception and it set out the prices.  I had an idea of what I wanted the wedding to be like and we had a budget to work with and I put this to Alejandro and to Fernanda and they made it happen.  I had pre planned a meeting with Alejandro and my witness (we had a legal ceremony in Mexico) on the day after we arrived.  On the day this was rescheduled as Alejandro had a wedding - this was fine and he came to the lobby to explain everything and it was rescheduled for the following day.   When we met with Alejandro - we went through the ceremony and what we wanted, final numbers, ceremony details (we added a sand art ceremony to it to lengthen the ceremony), song details for first dance, cake cutting, etc etc to be honest - the whole wedding could have probably been planned in that meeting!    It was so easy for him - and he wasn't stressed or worried about anything, he came up with some good ideas for us, he made suggestions and he just made everything happen like we wanted it.  He confirmed everything with Fernanda too from Planner 1 and we confirmed the locations for each part of the day.  It was all very easy.  When we arrived we thought we wanted a mariachi band for the cocktail hour which we had in Lupita Lounge - but Alejandro told us that we wouldn't need it and he was right - he saved us about $1000 too!!!   In that meeting all the witnesses handed over their passports to be checked by the judge who would be marrying us and then we made an arrangement to have our blood taken by the dr the following day. We had bloods taken by the dr the following day then we met with Fernanda because she was going to be in the hotel for something else and she confirmed everything as per the proposal we were working from - nothing changed but meeting her was good as she really did make me feel at ease and feel like everything was going to be ok.  We arranged for a rehearsal with the wedding party on the evening of the rehearsal dinner. The walk through rehearsal of the day was good and it was worth it because then people knew what they were doing and where they were walking.  It was easier on the day as all of the chairs were set up and the aisle was in place but it was still good.   At the rehearsal for the wedding day - we did a walk through - I had 6 bridesmaids and 3 groomsmen - the walk through was fine - we made it fast as it was so hot on that day and everyone was sweating.  We asked Alejandro if he would be able to arrange for some cold towels to be on the end of each row of chairs on the day of the wedding and he said that was no problem and he arranged that which we thought might be a good idea.    Nothing seemed like it was too much for him to do or to arrange.   For the rehearsal dinner - we'd arranged a bonfire on the beach with a Caribbean style buffet menu and we ordered some lounge furniture from Fernanda - the whole thing was spectacular - a bar was set up and there was waiter service - we arranged a sound system to play the ipod - there were marshmallows and it was all beautiful - everyone enjoyed themselves and I would highly recommend this for a rehearsal dinner .  The hotel set up tables and chairs too for the even so there was lots of seating.  Alejandro provided us with tiki torches which he arranged in the area too.  The only downside was that we wanted it to go on longer than it did!!!  it went from 6.30-8.30 or 9 pm by the time everyone left.  We all then went to the lobby bar after that for more drinks and some fun pre wedding activities.  The lounge furniture made it look nice but I wouldn't say it was a necessity - just make sure the hotel puts out tables and chairs as that looked really nice.   The day of the wedding - I just lounged around in our room all day and ordered some room service - I was actually putting together some program fans that I'd ordered from etsy - we used these as the program for the day ( http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/100997830/100-perforated-wedding-program-fan  ) and when they were made I gave them to Alejandro to place on the seats at the ceremony.   All the flowers were delivered to my room at 3pm (we confirmed this with Fernanda when we arrived at the hotel - that timeing for us was pefect as the flowers didn't drop at all ) - the flowers ordered from Planner 1 were the best I've ever ever seen - such good value for money - I ordered my flowers from Planner 1 - the bridesmaids and the flowers for the gazebo as well as for the centrepieces for the reception.  They were alll so much better than I had anticipated.    We didn't have any corsages for the mothers as they didn't want one - my dad did want a boutonniere though and we ordered this thorugh Alejandro - as this was the free one for the groom wiht the wedding package.  It worked fine.   We wanted the ceremony to be as late as possible so that it would be cooler so we chose 4.30pm.  Alejandro told my dad to be in my room at just about 4.20 so that he could come to the room to collect us to walk down to the ceremony.  All the bridesmaids were in my room with me and my mum and my aunt and we ordered champagne to the room (order this early as it might take a while to arrive)!!!!   Just when I was getting ready - there was a bit of rain - Alejandro delayed me in my room a little while and I was told later that he removed all of the seats and put them somewhere dry while it was raining then put them out again just as the guests started to arrive.  On the day there were a few sprinkles of rain before the ceremony - throughout the whole ceremony though there was thunder - I do not have any idea as to how the rain stayed away - but it was fantastic - it was cool - there was a nice breeze and a rainbow just behind us over the ocean - so pretty.   Our ceremony was on the beach - I wasn't keen on that idea when I first started looking at a destination wedding but Alejandro told me that was the only place available - I just went with it and I'm glad I did as it was beautiful - I picked the gazebo which was a basic one with white sheer on the sides - 2 large flower arrangements on each corner and then 3 small hanging pomanders at the back - I ordered a short bamboo aisle (the short one was enough) and a couple of bags of rose petals for the edge of the aisle and all of that was lovely.  I did not choose to upgrade the chairs - I brought my own sashes - the colour of the bridesmaid dresses and the chairs were covered in white cloth and they were fine - this was something i was a bit worried about for family sake but the chairs were totally fine and they looked fine too.   The ceremony was very nice on the beach too and I would definitely recommend it.   The ceremony itself was lovely - the Judge's words were lovely and the speech she reads was so very touching - I was very surprised by this as i thought it was going to be over really fast but it wasn't - it was a good length of time - probably about 1/2 hour with the sand ceremony too -= this was a lovely last minute touch that Alejandro recommended at the end - it was both of us pouring different coloured sand into a bottle and it being symbolic of our life together into the future.  I would recommend that. We had a harpist playing at the ceremony - all the guests said she was fantastic - I didn't really hear her with all of the excitement but it looked good.   After the ceremony we chose to have the cocktail hour in Lupita Lounge - there was music playing - the appetizers were a bit slow to come out at first.  It was a good opportunity for everyone to mingle together - I'm not sure I would choose Lupita Lounge again for this (if I could do it over again) - the palapa on the beach or the beach itself might have been nicer - cooler and enables people to stay in the same location as the ceremony was.  We didn't really spend too much time in the cocktail hour as we had to go off for photos for the sunset timing.  The appetizers that I tasted at the cocktail hour were good and reports back from other people were great too.  We chose to have a signature cocktail - Alejandro offered us this in one of our meetings with him a few days before the wedding and we just told him that we wanted a Bourbon based one - it tasted pretty good and went down well with the guests.    We chose to have the reception in Isla Grill - (best choice) which is the restaurant above the pool - this was a fantastic place to have it - we didn't need to rent any additional lighting and the lighting that was there was enough.  The seating was nice too.  We had DJ Mannia - who was excellent.  The room was set up beautifully - Alejandro had moved the chair sashes to the reception room like we had asked him too = the centrepieces on the table were very pretty - we had round ball shaped flowers on a glass vase with small candles on the tables.  All provided by Planner 1 - they were lovely - we had about 8 tables.    When we were planning the wedding we used wedding wire to set up our website and that was very helpful when we did the rsvp's and the meal choices because that's how we got people to pick their menu options and rsvp.  It was also what we used for the seating plans - which we send via pdf to Alejandro - that worked perfectly.  We brought the place cards wiht us and gave them to Alejandro to set out.  That worked fine and everyone was exactly where they were meant to be.  We didn't use a board or anything to direct people to the right table - people just found their names and it was ok.   The restaurant was just used for our wedding that evening so it was completely private and the set up was lovely.  We used the small balcony over looking the pool for the dance floor which was a bit small but it was ok and really there was not all that much time for dancing anyway - I wish it would have gone on longer.  DJ Mannia were great - played great songs and were the MC too.  I would highly recommend these guys.  They had a great selection of songs that everyone knew.  They give you a sheet to fill in your song choices before the day (Alejandro gave this to us at our meeting wiht him) and we filled it in and gave it back to him on the day of the wedding - it asks you for your song choices for various things like first dance, walking in of bridesmaids/groomsmen and bride and groom, then we also made some notes of the kind of music we wanted to play and they played all good music.   Alejandro was present during the whole day and night, he was always availabe,  he made everything run smoothly and the entire day was so much better than I'd expected, every single thing about it.   I wish we would have had longer at the reception dinner - that did feel a bit rushed - we arranged to start the reception at 7.30 - but I had some issues with bustling my wedding dress and that delayed us by about 1/2 hour and it ate into our reception time which was a shame .. we wanted to have some sunset photographs though so we had to have it late - I might have seen if we could have extended to 11pm though.   After the wedding we did go to Lupita Lounge though but it was just so hot in my dress that I got tired and left soon after we arrive but it was a long enough day that went by too quickly and in a flash and it was so much fun.   All of the waiters at the reception were fantastic!!!! Romeo was amazing, he does everything so well and with a massive smile.   I'm so happy I chose to have my wedding at the Beloved hotel - there was nothing that could have been better in my eyes - it was such a perfect day and even though it was almost 2 months ago - I would go back tomorrow!!! it was such a fantastic place.   Alejandro was excellent to work with - he made it go like clockwork - with no stress or fuss or anything - he was very calming and nothing was too much - even last minute changes or additions.  Fernanda at Planner 1 was great too!!!   We got one of  our wedding certificate before we left Mexico - there was another that I noticed a mistake on that the judge had to correct so that was posted out to us later.   Anyway - sorry this is so long and I hope someone finds this review useful!!!   If you have any questions or are still undecided about having the beloved as your wedding venue please get in touch I might be able to help!!   Happy planning everyone - make the most of it as it all goes by way too fast and I would love to rewind a few months.   Some pics:          
Future MrsO

By Future MrsO, · 0 Comments

Pros: Beautiful location, small, intimate setting. Flexible and friendly staff
Cons: Some slow service on the beach and at dinner
This resort is small, 109 rooms, and it was the perfect place for me to get married. 31 of our family and friends came, which was a great amount so we could spend time with everyone and everyone else got to hang out with new and old friends. We couldn’t walk anywhere without running into someone we knew. The staff knew who we were from the beginning, and gave us excellent service most of the time. They said 31 is a big number for this resort, so we did overwhelm the dinner staff and kitchen one night when we all went together to dinner. The idea was to split up at different restaurants but everyone wanted to be together so as a result, some people didn’t get their food at all and the rest of us had to wait a very long time. The beach service was also slow in my opinion, often just one person working the beach and pool.  Room service is 24 hours which is nice, but it took did take a long time, and you didn’t always get everything you ordered. For example, my friend ordered a cheeseburger, and got a cheesecake instead.
The food is amazing at all the restaurants! Small portions so you can order appetizers, and dessert! YUM! The staff at the Lupita Lounge, which is the only “bar” was so great we drank a lot as a group, and they made my friends fun and different drinks. They close at midnight but didn’t mind if we hung around there after. The mini-bar was always fully stocked with beer and liquor.   We stayed in the Ocean View Terrace Suite with Plunge Pool.The rooms are fantastic. There were three beds on the patio! Each room has a jacuzzi in the corner, ours obviously had a great ocean view. I personally didn't like the set up of the two story rooms, seems a bit awkward to me. Also, it is all very open in the bathroom, the shower is not frosted glass. Not a problem for couples, got a bit weird for our two single guy friends sharing a room! Wedding tip- having the big room was great for the wedding day as I was able to invite most of the female guests to get ready together and have a champagne toast. It was nice to get to hang out with them before the wedding. We also had a lot of people over for more intimate time with us so it was cool to have the plunge pool.
We did the bonfire on the beach the night before the wedding. It was a lot of fun, they use the word “bonfire” liberally though it was a "smallish" fire on the beach. We were happy with that choice it was a special thing to do the night before the wedding. Everyone we know has been in lots of weddings so no need for a rehearsal. The food was excellent at the bonfire. Their ceviche is so good!! I couldn’t stop eating it the entire time we were there!!
I was stressed about the wedding before it happened for a lot of reasons. As it happened though no need for that! It was perfect! The WC’s and Planner 1 know what they are doing, just trust them. They have great taste! I forgot to ask about some things, and forgot to add some things and they just did it. The flowers were perfectly amazing. Seriously gorgeous and exactly my style!
One reason I was so nervous was that I had 3 different WC’s at the resort during the 10 months I worked with them. So I was concerned what I talked about with one wouldn’t get told to the new one but everything did. No problems. Alejandro is the newest WC. He is a sweet young man, and did a great job. The WC from Excellence was training him during my wedding. One thing that didn’t go as planned was they didn’t have the champagne toast ready after the wedding. We left the ceremony expecting that, but it didn’t happen. Luckily the best man asked Alejandro about it, and they started bringing it very quickly. No big deal.
The reception was fantasticl! We hired DJ Mannia for the music, they were so much fun. The only issue here is they only played AMAZING, fast songs all night -which means we were exhausted from dancing so much! The dance floor was one of our “splurges” and wow, so glad we did that! It was a blast! We also extended the reception an hour, which I highly recommend if you have fun dancing people going. By the time dinner, first dance, and father/daughter dance, and cake was done it was already 9 or so. It was supposed to end at 10, and that would definitely not been enough dancing! We ordered the steak as the main course. I don’t recommend it. We are from Texas though so probably have a different standard for steak. My husband’s was overcooked and dry, but some of them were better than others. The other dishes were good, and so was the cake (or so I am told, I didn't have any)
Our photographer was Photos In Cancun, Derek Campbell. He was so great! One of my favorite things is that at the end of the night we got 3 DVDs with every single picture on them. Many photographers have you choose a certain number that you get. We have over 2000 pictures. Then we choose 150 to be “touched up.” His partner Lorena was so great too. They interacted with everyone at the wedding, and really coached me on some things. They made sure I was where I needed to be on time, and had everything I needed. I really like the "journalistic" style, he took a ton of pictures in different settings and not a ton of posed pictures. So helpful and great pictures!
Pros: Too many to list!
Cons: We can't think of any!
My fiance and I got married at La Amada on May 20th, 2011 - We cannot speak highly enough of our experience. Our wedding completely surpassed our expectations by leaps and bounds!   We went through a grueling experience with planning our wedding. The first resort we booked closed down less than a year before our wedding, and we were in a total bind. When we took our second scouting trip to Mexico to find a new resort in August 2010, we knew that La Amada was THE venue for our wedding the second that we stepped on the property.   We used Wendy Hicks (you can find her on this forum) to help us and our guests plan our travel, get a group rate, secure transportation to and from the airport, etc. I highly recommend using a travel agent for your wedding if you have a larger group, and Wendy is really fantastic. It was her first time working with La Amada, so there were some hiccups along the way, and our guests did have to re-send emails to her a few times to get things situated, but in the end, working with her took such a load off of our plates! It just put us at ease, knowing that there was someone who our guests could trust and go to with their needs/concerns about booking their rooms/travel. And, she put together very simple documents for us before the trip, so we had everything we needed once we landed in Cancun - again, we just felt so at ease!   Here is a bit of a novel about my wedding experience, but I really hope it helps! Since La Amada is still so new, I worked off very little existing wedding advice/tips/tricks, so I wanted to be sure to pay it forward:   VENUE We had about 50 people come down for our wedding. We were looking for a chic, but intimate resort that offered the benefits and amenities of a larger hotel. And wow, did we find it. La Amada is in Playa Mujeres, about 30 minutes north of the Cancun zone/airport area. It is definitely a quieter, more serene area, but that is just what we were looking for. The hotel is just gorgeous. It's very clean and eco-friendly, and the vegetation on and around the hotel is breathtaking. They have built La Amada to be like a small community - there is a marina, beautiful condos and a golf course all surrounding the resort.   When you walk into the lobby, you are transported into paradise - The bell hops welcome all of their guests with a cool towel and champagne, and the front desk workers take you through all of the amenities. The hotel recently went to an all-inclusive, which was a huge plus for our guests. Everyone took advantage of this!   La Amada has 3 restaurants plus a lounge for nighttime cocktails, a swim up pool bar and great room service. There are 3 pools on the property - one main pool (with the swim up bar) plus 2 additional pools by the room buildings. The spa is UNREAL. It's massive and so serene/pretty. I used it for mani/pedis for my bridal party and they were just divine. My husband and I also had a couples massage and aqua-vive treatment the day after the wedding (such an incredible experience). The gym inside the spa is also amazing. We used it multiple days before the wedding - it's large, with modern equipment, stays very cool and the trainer is always around for questions, to get you water/towels, etc.   You cannot go wrong with any of the rooms you choose to stay in. We stayed in a two story casita for the wedding and just loved it! But, all of the room categories are super - Huge, clean and beautiful. We had a massive bathroom, with an amazon shower, his and her sinks; We had a jacuzzi in our room and a king size bed, there was a couch and an outdoor patio right off the main floor. On the second floor, we had a lounge bed, outdoor pool and outdoor shower. We would watch the sun set and rise every day from the second floor, and it was just breathtaking.   There was not one complaint about the resort - every single one of our guests said it was an amazing place!   FOOD Wow. That's all I can say. We did not eat or drink one thing that we didn't like. The resort has an emphasis on local, fresh, organic foods and they do an amazing job delivering top-notch gourmet dishes to their guests. Even breakfast, which is buffet-style, is out of this world. My husband and I hosted three dinners during our wedding week - a welcome dinner, rehearsal dinner and the wedding dinner. Each of them were spectacular!   Our welcome dinner was held at Lupita Lounge on Wednesday night. We had them set up a semi-private dinner and used the BBQ menu, as we wanted it to be more casual. It was delicious! They set it up in such an elegant way. We had amazing side dishes and salads, plus fish, chicken, beef, etc. The desserts were also delicious - as were the drinks! The staff served margaritas and mojitos to us during the dinner, but also had the open bar available. It was more of a relaxed vibe, and we played a "do you know the bride and groom?" trivia game after everyone ate - It was a great way to get everyone mingling!   We had our rehearsal dinner on Thursday night in Aroma Restaurant and they served us the Mexican Fiesta buffet. Again, so delicious and so elegant! There was a ton of food, and plenty of choices for everyone. We had them set up our tables on the outside terrace of the restaurant, and it was the perfect setting. I'll talk more about the wedding dinner in the "wedding" section, but no complaints at all! We held our wedding cocktail hour and dinner/dancing at the Isla Grill (the BEST spot for the wedding reception!)   For lunch, most people either ordered food on the beach or ate at the Isla Grill, and there were plenty of choices. We were more than happy with every dish! At night, after the dinners, most of our guests went to Lupita Lounge for cocktails. If there are enough people there, and you're tipping well, they will keep things open past hours to continue serving you and your guests. It makes for an awesome way to end a great night.   STAFF/SERVICE Out of this world. The staff at La Amada is so accommodating and so on top of everything. Even though we were on the all-inclusive rate, our guests could not stop tipping - they are just that amazing! They make you feel so welcome and they are so helpful with your questions/requests. Note: Ordering on the beach (drinks/food) takes a little bit longer than, ordering a drink at the pool bar or food in the restaurant - but that is our experience with any resort.   WEDDING COORDINATORS We worked with Ileana and Norma before the wedding on our food/beverage. To be honest, the communication is not amazing before your wedding and can be extremely frustrating. But, from what I gather from other brides on the thread, this is really how most destination wedding coordinators are. So, we knew what we wanted, but we were a little nervous about how everything would turn out. We worked with Gabi Lavor of Planer1Events on our decor/flowers and she is just amazing. We found her communication to be fast and thorough. She gives you great ideas, and is flexible with her options - she works with your vision to really customize your day to what you want!   All said, once we got down to La Amada, any worries we had were no more! We met with Norma and worked with her all week long. We met with her the day after we arrived, and felt very good about all of our plans coming to life. We met with Gabi later that afternoon, and again, felt very good about everything. Both of them went through our contracts with a fine tooth comb to make sure everything we wanted would come to life. Norma was at all of our dinners and on hand throughout the wedding to make sure everything went off smoothly. She worked very closely with the GMs of the restaurants as well. We were in great hands with Norma and Gabi!   My best piece of advice to any bride is to try to have patience and know that everything works out in the end. It's not easy planning a destination wedding, and can be very frustrating at times - you have no idea what anything will look like until you're at the resort and the event is happening. But trust me, it all works out in the end!   DECOR/FLOWERS We didn't use anything special for our welcome dinner and rehearsal dinner (the resort is pretty enough!). Our wedding colors were navy, fuchsia and orange. We used a combination of roses, calla lilies and orchids and they were so pretty and lush! My bouquet had a combo of all three flowers in the fuchsia and orange color; My bridesmaids carried just roses in the same colors. They looked amazing against their navy blue dresses! For our reception, we used beautiful white folding chairs and there was a small bundle roses attached to the end of each row. Our ceremony arch had a mixture of vines and white orchids. Everything was just breathtaking and exactly what we wanted!   For our cocktail hour, we had clear bowls with floating candles and rose petals scattered on the high tables. Then, for the reception, we used round tables with chiavari chairs. Our centerpieces were composed of two clear vases of roses (one fuchsia and one orange bundle) - both of the vases were lower, so there was nothing blocking anyone's view. We scattered rose petals around the centerpieces as well. We had votive candles on the tables and some pillar candles on the outskirts of the Isla Grill, and had paper lanterns strung on top of the Grill. The soft light really created such a special and beautiful glow!   We brought down our table numbers (ordered on etsy) and we brought down our programs (also ordered on etsy) but Gabi helped us get maracas.  We used the maracas for after the ceremony (our guests shook them when we kissed as husband/wife!)    My recommendation is not to skimp on the decor. The hotel is so beautiful that you don't need to do much, but you also want to make your wedding ceremony, dinner and reception feel different then any other dinner you may have at the resort. We were thrilled with how everything looked - Our vision came to life in the best way possible!   PHOTOGRAPHER We hired Daniel Aguilar for our wedding. He was nothing short of incredible, from the very start. He is  a true artist, and produces amazing work. Just look at his website and blog - it's genius!   When we first inquired about his services, he set up a conference call to speak to us over the phone and review his different types of contracts. Amazing service! He took us through each and every detail. We felt so at ease right from the start! The photographer was the most important element to us, so we were very particular about who we got. In our opinion, the pictures are the most important thing you'll have to look back on.   We hired Daniel for 3 different sessions. On Thursday morning, the day before our wedding, we did an "e. session." This is essentially like an engagement session; We had already taken engagement photos in NYC a year ago, but we really wanted to have casual shots before the wedding. To be honest, it was one of the most fun times we had all week, second to the wedding! We had so much fun with each other; At points, it didn't even feel like we were taking pictures because we were just laughing and enjoying the time. We were planning to head into Cancun to take photos in the city, but once Daniel saw how pretty the natural light is at La Amada in the morning, he suggested we stay there. And we are so glad we did! We spent a few hours with him, taking shots in various places on the hotel property - At the hotel spa, the marina, the jetty, on the second floor of our casita, in the water. I cannot wait to see how they came out!   Daniel also shot the rehearsal and the beginning of the rehearsal dinner that night. I was getting a bit nervous and excited for the big day at that point, so I don't really remember him taking shots :) But, I am sure they will come out great! The wedding was just amazing. He and his assistant, Carlos, came around 1 PM that day. They took shots of my dress, the rings, our accessories, etc. Of course, they also got shots of us each getting ready, too! I know that Daniel captured some amazing pictures during the ceremony, the reception and the dancing - Even after the wedding, when my friends and I decided to jump in the pool in our wedding attire!   They were not obtrusive in any way - again, there were times that we didn't even know they were there, taking photos! We really cannot wait to see the final product. With all of the sessions, we purchased a larger package from Daniel, and in the end, we'll get color corrected shots, an album and originals. It takes about 2 months for everything to be ready. We're certainly excited to see everything! Do yourself a favor...and hire Daniel Aguilar!!   VIDEO We did not use a videographer for our wedding (we put the money toward other things) but we did buy a flip clam before the trip and it was one of our best ideas! We passed the flip cam around the night of the wedding - one of our friends taped the entire ceremony plus all of the big moments throughout, and then got a ton of great dancing clips. It certainly isn't professional, but we like it even better! It's authentic and fun to look at. One of our friends is in video production, so he is going to string them all together and edit the segments. We love watching the videos, and it was great to use the flip cam on our honeymoon in Italy!   DJ We used DJ Mannia - We secured them through the hotel. No complaints at all! We hired them for 5 hours (cocktail hour and wedding dinner/reception) and they also took care of our ceremony music. There was not one point in the night when the dance floor was empty! He has a great selection, will play all of the songs on your must-have list and his transitions between songs are seamless. We gave him a good size list of "must plays" and he mixed these in with others (our preference was a mix of new pop songs and old school songs). It was perfect! All of our reception songs - The bridal party entry, first dance, dad/daughter dance, mom/son dance - were played perfectly. You're in good hands with DJ Mannia!   FERNANDO FUENTES I hired Fernando Fuentes to do my hair and makeup for the wedding, and my bridesmaids hair and makeup as well. You are in GREAT hands with Fernando. He is more expensive than other makeup artists I had found online, but comparable to what I would have spent on someone here in NYC. I am telling you, it is money very well spent. I felt so beautiful on my wedding day - my hair and makeup were perfect! I gave him an idea of what I wanted, and he worked his magic. I did a trial with him the night before, and was more than pleased with how it all looked...but he did an even more spectacular job for the wedding! His friend Gamma (I believe that is how you spell his name) is his hair guy, and he is a rock star in every way too - everyone kept telling me that my bridal party looked unreal! And, as others have said on the forum, they are so fun to be around. We had a blast getting ready. They use great products (Fernando only uses MAC) and everything stayed put! I would recommend having hair spray and blotting powder on hand for the night, as well as whatever lipstick or gloss you wear because you'll naturally want to freshen up. Again, do yourself a favor - Hire Fernando for your wedding!!   WEDDING DAY The best...best...BEST day of our lives! I woke up at 7:30 or so that morning, excited and anxious for everything. I met my mom, mother-in-law and bridal party for breakfast and mimosas at Aroma at 9 AM. It was hard, but I forced cereal and fruit down. I wasn't so much nervous as I was excited! My bridal party and I got mani/pedis at 10 AM in the Spa. This was a fantastic way to start the day. We felt so relaxed and they did a fantastic job (We all had brighter pinks on our toes, with lighter pinks on our nails). Fernando and Gamma arrived close to noon and we started the hair and makeup process in my casita (you get GREAT light there, perfect for makeup/hair). We had such a blast getting ready - We played music, drank champagne, ordered lunch in, and just talked about how much fun we were having! My gals got their dresses on around 3, and I got dressed shortly after 4. It was such an amazing feeling putting the dress on again! While we were getting ready, the boys were getting ready as well - the hotel gave them an empty room to get changed/ready in, which was fantastic.   We started the ceremony at 4:45 PM. This was the perfect time in the day, as it was getting cooler and the lighting was fabulous. The ceremony was just amazing. My husband's brother was our officiant (we wanted it to be more personalized) and we used a ceremony that I wrote (it wasn't easy, but all came together so beautifully). We had two readings (the Irish Wedding Blessing and a passage from "Oh the Places You'll Go!) and once of our friends sang one of our favorite songs, "Make You Feel My Love." We created our own vows and said those, exchanged rings, etc. It really was a perfect ceremony.   It goes by wayyyy too quickly, so we were both sure to take moments to really take it all in (look at our guests, take in the beautiful surroundings, etc). In your mind, you'll likely be thinking "Is this all really happening?" But, it is such a great feeling and experience!   The ceremony ended, and we spent some time just hugging all of our guests and taking the moment in. Then, we went to take pictures while the guests went to cocktail hour. The pictures after the ceremony were one of our favorite moments of the night - We went to the main lobby of La Amada for pictures with our family and bridal party and just had so much fun! Then, everyone else proceeded to cocktail hour while my husband and I took our pictures alone. We didn't get to much of the cocktail hour, but to be honest, we didn't mind that at all. In my mind, that is part of the beauty of a destination wedding - You see everyone and talk for the days leading up to the big event! Pictures were too important to us! And, we really wanted the time with each other, taking in our marriage and the moment.   We proceeded to cocktail hour around 6:45. We didn't eat much of the food there, but no complaints at all! We had a great mixture of appetizers: goat cheese crostini, beef skewers with peanut sauce, veggie summer rolls, coconut shrimp, prosciutto and cantaloupe and lobster corn pops. We then went into dinner, with the bridal party entrance. So, so fun! From there, Tim and I went right into our first dance. It was so special and romantic. We took dance lessons beforehand, so we popped out a few moves, but didn't stress and really just had fun with it!   Dinner was next and wow, we were so pleased with everything. Everyone loved the menu: crab cakes with spinach to start, a Caesar salad in a delicious parmesan shell next, a choice of prime rib or chicken and shrimp for the main course, followed by our dessert. We had a beautiful 3 tier tres leche cake - it was delish! We didn't want any crazy decorations on our cake, so we had simple flowers (calla lilies and orchids) streaming down the side. It was just beautiful..and cutting the cake was so fun!   The speeches made us laugh and brought us to tears, and the dancing was just terrific - As I mentioned, we didn't stop! The DJ ended at 11 PM, but we continued the party for awhile after :) All of our friends and family have been saying that it was the best wedding they have been to! For my husband and I, the entire week was nothing short of perfection.   Can you tell I had a great time at my wedding?! :) I really hope that this review helps and wish you all the very best with your planning!      

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La Amada -  It is a newer hotel (about 1 1/2 years old) and 15-20 minutes north of Cancun. The place is amazing - very chic, modern, pristine, and luxurious. The rooms are HUGE - each with a private jacuzzi. The shower is the size of my bathroom, with multiple shower heads (and we stayed in the basic room). The bride and groom (I believe) get an upgrade here to casitas w/plunge pools near the beach. The food was good, and they include a breakfast buffet with the room rate. It is not your standard free buffet - it has so many options, including authentic Mexican food, that I didn't know where to start! There are several locations for the wedding events, including this incredibly cool lounge space. It reminded me of some of the roof top lounges I find here in NYC. Ileana - the wedding coordinator - was very welcoming and helpful. AND, the room rates were the most affordable of all the places we checked out. If our room was double what we paid, we still would have felt like we got a good deal. We did not choose this place for our wedding because it was a little to modern for what we were looking for. La Amada reminded us of something we would find on Miami Beach - and we wanted a place a little more authentic Mexican. Overall, this place is incredible if you are looking for a more modern, chic place.