Hello Ladies!! we just got back everyone had a great time!! Here's my review
Check-in: We were greeted with drinks and a cool towel. I was the first to arrive. we got there around noon, they told us they would get our room ready asap. It took about an hour which I thought was great. They took all of our bags and put tags on them with our room number, so we wouldn't have to lug them around. As we were waiting 3 groups from our party arrived, check in went smooth, no mess ups with any rooms. All of our guests were in the palace section. they kept mostly everyone close but our room was across the pool. We were close enough to everyone but still had our privacy. Ask for Domingo or Fernelis if you have any problems, they are great.
Rooms: We were in Bldg 93. we had a honeymoon suite. which basically is a loft suite but all the furniture and linens were white. Made me feel better for the pictures. The rest of my guests were in blg's 86 and 83. Some had loft suites and the others had standard rooms. They look exactly like the pics on the website. Some of them looked a little run down, some rust here and there on the sink and shower. But no one complained. Almost everyone had issues with their room phones. It's kind of hard keeping in touch with everyone. I wish I bought chalkboards or dry erase boards for all our doors, or walkie talkies.. lol
Grounds: the grounds are well kept, very pretty.. Be careful when it rains the walk ways become very slippery, I wish I had sneakers with me. We did run into the grounds flooding a little bit at night but by morning all was dry.
Pools: we mostly stayed at the pool in the palace section by El Bohio, the swim up bar is there. One of the best bars, the bartenders are so much fun
Food: we typically ate breakfast at Los Torres, and lunch at La Uva. El Bohio serves lunch and we did eat there just because it was convenient but no one liked the food. The buffets are alot easier to eat at because if you don't time it right you could be eating dinner at 10pm. We ate at the Rodizio and loved it, the Japanese was our favorite. The mexican restaurant took forever and no one was impressed with the food. My suggestion if you want to eat a la carte, go at 6pm and make your reservation and you'll most likely eat around 7 ish..
when we arrived we were told Carolina was on vacation and I would meet with Kenia, panic started to hit. But Kenia is great. we met with her the second day we were there, we picked the dinner menu, flowers and our breakfast for the next day. I gave her my centerpieces (show her how to arrange them), cake decoration, sand ceremony, fans and bubbles and my ceremony music. I had 8 people to a table at El Quijote restaurant. My ceremony was changed from 2 to 5 which I was so happy about
The day of the wedding, I was told to have my guests meet in the lobby and a train would pick them up. I'm assuming it worked because everyone was there..lol
I was called in my room and told when to come down, they had a golf cart decorated and brought myself and my wedding party to the gazebo
Everything was decorated the way I asked, sand ceremony made it there and my music was played correctly. Ceremony was great
we then had pics taken on the beach. We were told to be in the lobby by 6:15 for the train to bring us all to dinner. It was right on time. Dinner went well. we had the beef medallions with mashed potatoes and veggies. The wedding menu has changed so I would email and ask for the new one. The beef we got was suppose to come stuffed with ham and cheese but I asked without and it was fine, the beef comes breaded almost like a country fried steak. I didn't care for the breading so I took it off, some of my guests did as well but some liked it with the breading. Cake wasnt anything spectacular which I was anticipating. You have the option of chocolate or vanilla. I had the brownie for desert so I ordered vanilla. I brought cake boxes and had them cut the cake and put the slices in boxes for people to take back to the beach party or their rooms.. went fine. I did however have a guest bring my cake knife and server to the dinner because of past brides saying they didnt get theirs back. Dinner was an hour and a half. a train came to pick us up from the restaurant and brought us to the beach party. I gave the dj all my cd's. Yes I made 3 hours worth of music, I wasn't sure what kind of music they had so I did my own. It took the dj a little while to start our first song so we were standing there for a while but it was fine. We had ordered a dance floor for the beach party, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. we originally wanted the ones with the lights for 400 but it wasnt available so we got the one without for 200. It was a hot mess it was so small and it was just squares taped together and it was uneven.
so 3 songs into the wedding it poured so they moved our party inside to El Bohio, it was so much fun. after that I just had the dj play his own music. He has everything oldies, techno, dance, disco you name it he has it. We were at the disco the night before so I wasn't worried. All in all everything was great.;.. Any questions please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
I have pics all over the place since I really didn't use my camera. so if you want you can request me on facebook to see some. oh yeah photos, we had HDC AMAZING!! The professional pics came out great.. waiting for my access code and I will share