Originally Posted by thaodao
Hi girls! Iâ€™m back from my November 3, 2010 wedding at the Gran Bahia Principe Akumal. To all the brides that are still debating which resort to have their wedding at, all I can say is that if you chose this one, you wonâ€™t regret it! We had 66 guests not a single person had anything negative to say! Everyone was impressed by the service, resort and professionalism of those who work there. Ok, Iâ€™ll get to the reviewâ€¦
Check in/Front Desk
We arrived Sunday October 31, 2010 to the Golden Junior section at Akumal in the early evening and were promptly offered a drink while we waited to be checked in. We got the best room in the resort with a beautiful ocean view, which was close to everything! Martin at the front desk was awesome. We saw him through out the week for miscellaneous stuff. It seems like he is always thereâ€¦ and he always has a smile on his face! Martin was like our personal concierge! He handled all of our guestâ€™s requests and even set up a last minute scuba dive excursion for eight of us with no problem whatsoever â€“ we even got our own private boat! INCREDIBLE!
Itâ€™s HUGE! Youâ€™ll need to take the golf cart train to Tulum and Coba, they run until 3am! You can eat and go anywhere within Gran Bahia Principe. Tulum has a great lobby bar that we frequented and Coba has a better buffet than Akumal - do some exploring. Iâ€™m sure there were tons of things available at the resort that we missed. Everything was super clean and all the staff was super friendly! There are lots of activities you can do within the resort such as, snorkeling, Hobe cat sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, ect... There were plenty of lounge chairs available and you donâ€™t have to walk far to get a drink. We loved the resort and I am sure a few of the girls in our group will be booking their wedding at the GBP.
The Wedding Coordinator
Eugenia is AMAZING! She had everything under control. In the months leading up to our wedding she presented all of our options to us and answered all of our questions. She always responded to our emails quickly and addressed all of our concerns. Upon arrival, Eugenia met with us and had copies of our email communications. She was so organized and it was easy to trust her with our big day. All we had to do was make a few decisions and that was it. She took care of everything else. We brought our own paper lanterns for our private poolside reception and she took care of hanging them for us. Eugenia absolutely made our wedding stress free and the best day of our lives! We LOVE the service she gave us â€“ First class!
The Wedding Photography- Arrecife Mexico Studios
Some of you may or may not remember our battle we had with GBP about using Claudia Rodriguez photography (an independent company) for our wedding. At the time we booked, we were not informed that we could not use an independent photographer- GBP provided us with a form that indicated the photography was optional. We were informed only 2 months before our wedding that our only choice was to use Arrecife photography (the resortâ€™s exclusive photographers). We were devastated! Pictures were very important to us!
Arrecife promised to give us their VIP service and asked us to trust them. We were tired of drawing all the negative energy to our special day so; we reluctantly agreed to use them.
*Fast forward to our meeting on-site at the GBP*
After our meeting with Eugenia, we were introduced to Roccio (manager) and Juan (photographer) from Arrecife photography. Juan immediately set our minds at ease by showing us his portfolio and describing his artistic style. We then found out that both Nestor and Juan were shooting our wedding!
This is where I eat my words and apologize to Arrecife for causing such a fuss. The pictures are STUNNING!!! I canâ€™t begin to even tell you how gorgeous they are, but I would be happy to send you a few sample pictures (just PM me). Girls, if you are worried about the resort photography and contemplating about bringing your own photographer, there is NO NEED! Leave your photographer at home and trust Arrecife. They know the resort, the lighting and have expertise to capture your special day and give you incredible pictures! In fact, my friend (who is a director of photography for commercials) stated he was very impressed Juan and Nestorâ€™s knowledge and technique and would not hesitate to hire them. We ended spending more than we thought we would on photos- only because we could not decide on photos we didnâ€™t want. We ended up taking 90% of the photographs- they were worth EVERY PENNY!
My advice to GBP brides:
- Donâ€™t sweat it if the wedding coordinator doesnâ€™t get back to you right away- she has it under control.
- Use Arrecife for your photography! They know what they are doing and have the edge of knowing the best places to capture your special day.
- Budget a little more money for your photographs. We ended up spending a lot more than we expected, but when you see your photos, you wonâ€™t want to leave any behind
- TIP! They all work so hard.
Hope this review helps, but if you want to PM me for some wedding photo samples, advice etcâ€¦ please do so. Good luck!!! You wonâ€™t regret choosing GBP for your destination wedding.