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TammyWright

Riu Palace Riviera Maya (AI)

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My husband I stayed in one of the "Suite with Jacuzzi" rooms. These rooms are the same as the suite, except all rooms have balcony with an open air jacuzzi (which is up the winding stairs, on the 2nd floor of your balcony). They all have a fountain view and ocean view. We loved it! It was more expensive, but for perfect for the occasion. We were there for two weeks, had a lot of decorations, and wanted to be able to entertain in our room, so we needed the extra storage space!

There are only 8 of these rooms within the whole property, so if you're interested, request asap. If you can't spring for the "Suite with Jacuzzi" room, don't worry, all the rooms are nice! Much nicer than any other hotel rooms I've been in in Mexico!

 

Our room was the top two floors in this tower. Most the photos I've posted show the view from our room.

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Our living area

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Cocktails for the wedding party in our room

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Our bathroom - huge!

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Open air jacuzzi on the upper level of our balcony. Don't mind the goofy photo :)

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Bedroom, looking into the bathroom

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Walking up to the open air jacuzzi

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All rooms have these

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We were able to have all the bridesmaids up in our room for wedding hair do's!

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More images of our room. Read details on previous post.

 

Up to our bedroom area

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Wedding night romantic decor, done partially by the maids and partially by our friends.

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Our balcony

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Now onto the wedding pics. We were married in the gazebo, which we liked because it's SLIGHTLY more private than the beach. We always wanted to get married in the sand, but after seeing the beach (no barriers around it, wide open, in the middle of the masses of people), we decided we liked this area better. There is a small amount of landscaping dividing this area and the pool area, so strangers can't walk right up to your wedding. Don't get me wrong, we still had strangers turning around their lawn chairs to view our ceremony, but that's about a resort destination wedding is all about, right? :) We loved this location! We had dinner in the Mexican Restaurant. First dance to live music in the courtyard after. Then, we went to the Riu Tequila bar and disco for dancing.

 

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The Music - Trio - I think it was $450 for an hour. They did a great job, traditional mexican music. We asked if they knew anything by the Beatles - we were outta luck!

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Music at the cocktail hour, following the ceremony, outside of the Lirico Bar

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Wedding dinner in Mexican Rest.

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The cake. We paid an extra $25 for this flower topper.

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some other random pics:

 

Taking over the sportsbar

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Gourmet Rest. - yum!

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One of the run of the house rooms, regular rooms, very nice too!

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Good nightly entertainment!

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Within walking distance of 5th Ave, ruins on the way

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Yes, our wedding dinner was private. We ate in the Mexican restaurant at 6:30 pm. It was delicious! It was just open to our 50 guests. We had to be out of the restaurant for the second dinner seating though, which was at 8:45, which was fine.

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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! Reading your wonderful review and looking at your pictures has really pumped my fiance and I up for our May wedding!!!!

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Kelly,

 

Did you have to pay a lot extra for the Jacuzzi suite or did you get a free upgrade? My TA is quoting us at $1000 more to have this option. It does look really, really nice though...

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