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#2561 jerzshortstuff

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    Posted 17 April 2011 - 05:51 PM

    We leave in a week and I am getting so nervous! I can't wait to get away! We aren't staying in the RST but I am hoping we have a blast anyway! I can't wait to be married!!! I am glad everyone sounds like they are having a great time.

     

    Can someone remind me if they accept credit cards or cash for the wedding packages, flowers, and spa?

     

    Also, does anyone know what hdc accepts?

     

    Thanks!



    #2562 isa2214

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      Posted 18 April 2011 - 11:04 AM

      Hey everyone,

      I just came back yesturday from our wedding and honeymoon.  I got married on April 5 and it was beautiful.  I just wanted to say to all my group was upgraded to the Royal Suites too and it was AMAZING.  All 27 of my guests enjoyed the extra services, free internet, private pools and butler service.  No one had any issues with the rooms has they are really beautiful.  Some other guests that didn't book in our wedding group said they had nice rooms too but nothing compare to the ones they saw in the Royal.  I dont think it was an issue for meeting the people staying at the Palace, our group seems to have this meeting place so no one was ever left out.  We were really grateful to be upgraded and wouldn't have change anything about it.

      The wedding was great really beautiful, we had a semi-private dinner at Le Arrecife and it was great.  I didn't even notice there were other people in the restaurant.  We then had the beach party.  It was the BEST part of the day and so worth it.  It is expensive, I paid $720 for 35 guests, but seeing everyone up and dancing and having a blast, it made us so happy and glad we did it.  So anyone not sure about doing this, please do it, you wont regret it.

      We paid the wedding package by credit card.  I dont know about flowers or hair as I brought my own flowers and did my own hair.

      For HDC I had prepare a money order before I left for the exact amount, I think that was the best way to go.

      I will try to get a full review soon, but if you have questions in the meantime, just ask



      #2563 jerzshortstuff

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        Posted 18 April 2011 - 03:58 PM

        Sounds INCREDIBLE! I wonder why so many upgrades lately? All we have our 3 rooms booked- us, and both sets of parents. An upgrade would be nice lol, but I am sure well have a blast regardless! I am so happy for you! Congrats on being a MRS! Can't wait to see pics!
         

        Originally Posted by isa2214 View Post

        Hey everyone,

        I just came back yesturday from our wedding and honeymoon.  I got married on April 5 and it was beautiful.  I just wanted to say to all my group was upgraded to the Royal Suites too and it was AMAZING.  All 27 of my guests enjoyed the extra services, free internet, private pools and butler service.  No one had any issues with the rooms has they are really beautiful.  Some other guests that didn't book in our wedding group said they had nice rooms too but nothing compare to the ones they saw in the Royal.  I dont think it was an issue for meeting the people staying at the Palace, our group seems to have this meeting place so no one was ever left out.  We were really grateful to be upgraded and wouldn't have change anything about it.

        The wedding was great really beautiful, we had a semi-private dinner at Le Arrecife and it was great.  I didn't even notice there were other people in the restaurant.  We then had the beach party.  It was the BEST part of the day and so worth it.  It is expensive, I paid $720 for 35 guests, but seeing everyone up and dancing and having a blast, it made us so happy and glad we did it.  So anyone not sure about doing this, please do it, you wont regret it.

        We paid the wedding package by credit card.  I dont know about flowers or hair as I brought my own flowers and did my own hair.

        For HDC I had prepare a money order before I left for the exact amount, I think that was the best way to go.

        I will try to get a full review soon, but if you have questions in the meantime, just ask



         



        #2564 isa2214

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          Posted 18 April 2011 - 05:44 PM

          Thanks,

           

          I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that you will be upgraded but like you said i'm sure you will have fun anyways, it is a great resort, so much to see and do.

           

          Originally Posted by jerzshortstuff 

          Sounds INCREDIBLE! I wonder why so many upgrades lately? All we have our 3 rooms booked- us, and both sets of parents. An upgrade would be nice lol, but I am sure well have a blast regardless! I am so happy for you! Congrats on being a MRS! Can't wait to see pics!
           



           



           



          #2565 chell44

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            Posted 19 April 2011 - 04:43 AM



            Originally Posted by isa2214 

            Hey everyone,

            I just came back yesturday from our wedding and honeymoon.  I got married on April 5 and it was beautiful.  I just wanted to say to all my group was upgraded to the Royal Suites too and it was AMAZING.  All 27 of my guests enjoyed the extra services, free internet, private pools and butler service.  No one had any issues with the rooms has they are really beautiful.  Some other guests that didn't book in our wedding group said they had nice rooms too but nothing compare to the ones they saw in the Royal.  I dont think it was an issue for meeting the people staying at the Palace, our group seems to have this meeting place so no one was ever left out.  We were really grateful to be upgraded and wouldn't have change anything about it.

            The wedding was great really beautiful, we had a semi-private dinner at Le Arrecife and it was great.  I didn't even notice there were other people in the restaurant.  We then had the beach party.  It was the BEST part of the day and so worth it.  It is expensive, I paid $720 for 35 guests, but seeing everyone up and dancing and having a blast, it made us so happy and glad we did it.  So anyone not sure about doing this, please do it, you wont regret it.

            We paid the wedding package by credit card.  I dont know about flowers or hair as I brought my own flowers and did my own hair.

            For HDC I had prepare a money order before I left for the exact amount, I think that was the best way to go.

            I will try to get a full review soon, but if you have questions in the meantime, just ask


            so glad you had a great day!  the 720$ for the beach party, are you including the dj in that price? and what did you do about music did you bring your own cd's/ ipod?

             



            #2566 isa2214

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              Posted 19 April 2011 - 05:01 AM



              Originally Posted by chell44 




              so glad you had a great day!  the 720$ for the beach party, are you including the dj in that price? and what did you do about music did you bring your own cd's/ ipod?

               



              That is including the DJ yes.  I only brought my song for the first dance on a CD and I let him take his own music.  The music was very good, everyone was up and dancing there were new hits and classics. 

               



              #2567 jacobderosenoir

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                Posted 19 April 2011 - 03:30 PM

                REVIEW OF OUR WEDDING - April 5th 2011 - Grand Palladium Punta Cana

                 

                I'm not going to make a detailed review as many did here. I'm going to make a bullet point review of things I had trouble finding info on along with some advice. Just know that our wedding was 100% the wedding we dreamt of for us and our 14 guests

                 

                PARTICULARITY of our Wedding : I know we are among the few who took the basic package. I know NOT not a lot of people go with the basic so here you'll have it -  Basic packaging - We didn't took anyhting in extra apart from the dress cleaning! No video, photograph, DJ, musicians, beach party, cake, bouquet...NOTHING! Only the basic package. Just wanted to have a wedding with the sea in the background photo. Nothing more. 

                 

                - FIRST ADVICE AND MOST IMPORTANT - Relax! People in this forum told us to relax and don't get worried. They kept telling us not to plan too many things in advance and don't get too much into details. You were right! Carolina is wonderfull. She knows her stuff. Relaxe. It's so easy. She takes care of everything. 

                 

                - SECOND ADVICE AND MOST IMPORTANT- Relax once you get there. We were so stressed out about the wedding. Carolina told us that we would get a paper in our room telling us when we would meet her. We were so stressed out that we asked her twice when that would be and if it was normal that we didn't get the paper. We met her only 2 days in advance (we were there a week before) and for us it seemed too close. But inside an hour, everything was settled. You're not in the city. Get down to the Dominican Republic rythm and relax! It's going to be all Right!

                 

                - THE QUESTION : WEDDING CEREMONY ON THE BEACH OR IN THE GAZEBO? If you're like us, you were dreaming of the wonderfull ceremony with your feet in the sands and the sea at 2 yards from you. Well, yes you can have this. But you'll also have all the people in swimming suit around you and they don't really care if they get in your photo. The Gazebo in the Punta Cana section (just beside the Palace) is BEAUTIFULL. Once decorated with the drapes and ribbons (color of your choice) it look so much more like a big wedding movie than on the beach. The water is so close that in most of your photos you'll see it in the background. Plus, at the Gazebo, the wind is not too strong where on the beach it is often windy! The Beach ceremony looks great but you'll only have an arch with flower and the chairs (rows of 5) with swimming suit all around looking at you and getting in your photos! Unless you are a photoshop expert, the ugly fat guy in the blue speedo will ruin your photo. 

                 

                - IS IT TOO HOT TO WEAR THE BIG DRESS AND THE TUX? - If you're getting married after May, I would advise you to take a late afternoon ceremony cause at 2h00PM it could be a little hot. Before April, the wind close to the beach is perfect. My wife had a light wedding dress and I had a tux with a small vest but without the coat and I didn't swet. WARNING - 5h00PM is a little late as you'll only have an hour and a half to do all your photos. I'm a professional photographer so my brother-in-law was doing the photos under my artistic direction and I had scheduled every shot I wanted with him in advance...and the last ones were a bit too dark to my taste. Again that was in April. I Guess, the sun goes down later in the year. 

                 

                - WHAT ABOUT ALL THE EXTRAS? Well for us, we only had 14 guests total so it was a small wedding. The decors is well enough. You don't really need all the extras. Sure you'll get excited by the horse cart bringing the bride and the big cake in extra but all the extras are VERY expansive. The choices of bouquet is good and the basic cakes are beautiful. Sure the "extras" are better but remember that your guests have not seen the "other" extra one and I they'll see the "basic" stuff as beautiful as they are and NOBODY will say "Have you seen her bouquet...it's so basic". If you have a lot of people, the party on the beach might be a good idea though. As for the photographer and the video, well I can't really comment on that as I'm a professional photographer and I wanted some very special shot (nothing classic) so I decided to do my own. But I looked at other wedding while I was there and the photographer there were doing good and original shots. 

                 

                - WHAT ABOUT IF IT RAINS? - Carolina told us that in her two years of services there (3 weddings a day, 6 days a week, 11 month a year) only 3 wedding had to be made inside because of rain. So, as I said before...Relax.

                 

                - AND THE CHOICE OF RESTAURANT FOR THE WEDDING- I've made a lot of search on this forum to try and determine which resto was the best (Al Recife or La Uva). Don't do this. Chances are that you won't have the choice anyway because one will be closed. Anyway, let me reassure you that both are very well situated near the beach and that EVERY RESTAURANT have very good food. Because we were a small wedding, every guest could choose their meal (where over 15 peoples you'll have to choose a meal for everyone) and EVERYONE were pleased with what they got. 

                 

                - WHAT ABOUT DINNER AT THE BEACH - That was one of the big question for us. We wanted to have the diner reception at the beach but people in this forum said that it's a risk because of bugs, wind and rain. I don't know what to say about this one. Let's get the fact and you'll decide. You are in a small section where they normally play volleyball off the beach. You're about 200 feet away from the water where the restaurants are about 400 feet away. You have palm trees around you which is nice and all the chairs and table are decorated. This area are lighted by big white spot (like in arenas) so it looses A LOT of its charm and because the beach downward is in the dark, you don't really see the water anyway. But you get to eat with your feet in the sand. You risk having a windy night that's for sure. As for bugs, we only saw 3 in the entire time we were there. Could be the time of the season though. So what's my final verdict.  At 75$/guest, it's a bit expansive. We were outside the restaurant (AL Recife) in a VERY private section. I made my speech without problems and really thought that we were alone in the restaurant where in fact it we noticed that is was probably full of other wedding parties. This is confirm by a previous post here as a wedding of about 40 was at the same restaurant at the same time and we never noticed them. 

                 

                - IS IT A BIG HASSLE IF YOUR GUEST ARE IN DIFFERENT SECTION OF THE HOTEL - Not really. In fact it's almost better because everyone will go by their business and will not feel like they need to be with each other or with you all the time. You could meet at the Palace reception when needed and that's it. All of our guest were pleased with their accomodation. Since we had couple with children it was the best hotel for us. Our parents were in the Royal 18+ section and famillies were in the Punta Cana Section. We would meet some nights for diner and parted the rest of the day.

                 

                - IS THE ROYAL TURQUESA WORTH IT?- The Royal Turquesa section is two notch over the other sections. It has beautiful rooms. We had a corner unit (5530)....HUGE... with two TV's, big tub, a bathroom the size of living room at home and everything in marble. You have a lots of previledges. You get private transportation all around the site. You can make reservation at restaurant where other section goes by with a paget system (NOTE: if you like eating early like us at 6h00PM, you don't really need that previledge as restaurant only get full pass 6h45). Note 2- The paget system works perfecly. At worst you'll wait 30 minutes while drinking at the lobby. You may take as many beach towel as you need were other section may only take one. So you can change your towel everyday without the need to dry them each night. Access to the Royal's restaurant is not a big deal. We only eat there twice in the morning prefering the buffet. Sure the breakfast is a bit more high class but in the end you'll have to wait for it where at the buffet you get what you want, when you want it. The buttler service is good...if your buttler is there. The first week our buttler was not very good and that's where we needed him the most. We had to ask several times to have our fridge filled with what we wanted. The second week, the girl was much more efficient. TRY THE ROOM SERVICE for food. The breakfast are BIG and delightfull. Afternoon and late night lunch are also good.

                 

                - IN THE ROYAL TURQUESA - SHOULD WE GO WITH THE OLD SECTION NEAR THE BEACH OR THE NEW SECTION  AWAY FROM THE BEACH BUT WITH THE SWIM UP? That was one of our biggest question. It all depends on what you want. Sure the room of the new section are beautiful.  The swim up is to die for BUT...of the 2 weeks we were there we never saw people in their swim-up chair (only sometimes at night). It's true that the beach is far away (about 5 minutes walk. It may not seem a lot but it's enough to make you think twice before leaving the room or returning to it just to get something you forgot). The decors of the old section is beautifull and the room are also good. You are near the lobby and all the facilities where in the new section, you'll have to walk a bit. So if you're really beach people and don't really care about the "Royal look" of the room, go with the old section. If you are picky about the quality of the room and would like to relax in your private pool at night go with the new section. Note that during the day, there is NO wind in the new section so staying at your swim up pool during the day may be painfull where on the beach, the wind makes the sun very tolerable. 

                 

                - IS THE A/C GOOD - Me and my wife need freezing like temperature when we sleep (we're from Quebec, Canada and sleeps window open in winter). We always bring a fan with us in case and this time we needed it. But the A/C is generaly good. The A/C is on all day in the ROAYL TURQUESA where in the other sections, it only goes on if you leave your card in the room. 

                 

                - WHAT ABOUT THE INTERNET - In the ROYAL TURQUESA you'll have wi-fi....but don't think you'll be able to download a 10meg file in 2 minutes. It's very slow at times. You have access to computer freely in the lobby

                 

                - FOODS AND DRINKS? - only one word - PERFECT!

                 

                - WHAT ABOUT HE INFAMOUS BEACH CHAIR BATTLE? - That's my only complaint about this hotel but then again it's like that in every hotel when they get at 80% capacity. At 6h30AM in the morning, all palapas were occupied and by 9h30 all beach chair were gone. People go out and reserve their palapas at early as 5h00AM. You cannot reserve the chair with your buttler. NOTE - I was very excited about trying the sun beds as I like to sleep on the beach. They are exposed to the sun without any protection over them. It's way too hot. 

                 

                - IN RESUM‰ - I've read EVERY critics on Trip Advisor before choosing this hotel and let me say that people who give less than 4 stars to the Royal Turquesa are very picky people at the limit of being dishonest! Me it's a 5 stars all the way down.

                 

                 

                 

                 



                #2568 Spins

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                  Posted 20 April 2011 - 12:30 PM

                  That is GREAT news!!!  That's exactly what I was hoping for!  Thanks!!!   Beach party sounds awesome!

                   



                  #2569 jerzshortstuff

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                    Posted 20 April 2011 - 12:33 PM

                    isa2214 ... thank you!

                     

                    jacobderosenoir.. great review! glad it went well! I can't wait to be there in a few days!

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                    #2570 LP123

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                      Posted 24 April 2011 - 05:39 PM

                      We are deciding between booking a deluxe room in the Palace section, a Romance Suite in the Bavaro section or the Royal Deluxe room. Our goal is to balance having something special for us and a bit more room to prepare for the wedding as was recommended in the earlier posts and being close with the family and the beach.  The extra cost of Romance Suite and the Royal Deluxe is about $700 on a 10 night stay for each room and we are paying for several, so really getting stressed about this decision.  Would be very grateful for any advice and perspective on this. 






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