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Site Visit: Esencia, Maroma, Ana y Jose, Al Cielo, Azu-lik, Eurostar Blue Tulum

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#31 San Fran Sarah

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    Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:26 AM

    Great to hear that Al Ceilo changed their policy. I imagined they would when they started to loose wedding over the fees.

    #32 blazn7s

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      Posted 13 November 2008 - 03:17 AM

      Hi there, all you lovely Tulum-y kinds of brides. I wonder if anyone has the latest/greatest from Eurostars Blue Tulum about their status. I spoke with Grace there a few weeks ago and she sounded confident everything will be status quo by April, although she did say something to the effect they would have fewer rooms. Thanks for any information - Julie in Indy

      #33 San Fran Sarah

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        Posted 14 November 2008 - 10:01 PM

        I have been speaking with Angelina who is the WC at Eurostars. I understand from her that the hotel is "partially" closed but that 44 rooms are open and all restarants and amenities are available. Still, if you are signing a contract with them, especially for a ceremony, I would specifically outline what will happen to your party if there is an unexpected closure. I don't think they have another Eurostars hotel in the region so they can't move your group. Our guests are still blocking rooms at the hotel but I am getting a little nervous what will happen if the hotel closes unexpectedly.

        #34 blazn7s

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          Posted 15 November 2008 - 04:52 AM

          I am so glad to have someone to talk to this about. Blue Tulum comes so, so highly recommended; we jumped on the package we got for our honeymoon. Although we aren't having our ceremony there, I still feel anxiety over whether our "perfect romantic honeymoon" will be a disaster - like if we get there and there is no resort.

          Grace, the reservations person I've spoken with, assured me if the resort is not the same quality/amenities we are expecting as we approach our arrival, Blue Tulum will refund our money and suggest another resort. She has also offered to send pix via email closer to our arrival date so I can see how things look.

          I am afraid I'll have to choose to either wait it out or cancel, and at this juncture, we are commited to waiting it out because we both want to go there so badly! :-)

          Sticky situation.

          Please do keep me apprised of any news/communication you have and I will do the same. Sarah, I seem to recall your wedding is in April or May, is that correct? How many guests will you have? Our trip will be 4/27 - 5/3.


          #35 blazn7s

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            Posted 15 November 2008 - 04:59 AM

            Sarah, P.S. If they are closing that many rooms, that may be all they need to do to be in compliance with the original permit. It seems I read something to the effect that BT's major violation was too many rooms. We can hope.

            #36 nylalany

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              Posted 19 November 2008 - 02:35 AM

              Wow, all of you came out of the woodwork after my wedding - but all those places on the original posting were on my radar - Eurostars, Esencia, and Maroma rooms were just too pricey for my guests. I want to go back and stay at all of them though!!!

              I did visit Ana y Jose (both the beach club and the hotel) too - but Jackie missed our meeting after we trekked all the way down there, and that didn't bode well with me. IF I had visited it before Al Cielo, I might have forgiven her and gone for it, but I had already fallen in love with Al Cielo, and even though I loved the beach beds that could make the lounge atmosphere perfect at night (I worked with what I could and rented lounge furniture for Al Cielo). And I was worried about having to plan on everyone meeting up all the time if they stayed at different places on the beach (Ana y Jose's rooms were kinda pricey for what you get) - but in retrospect, it would have been a cool adventur and probably a more authentic vacation experience, if your family and friends are up for it. Tulum is rustic, but that is refreshing after the rest of Riviera Maya. My mom and I had visited that area, and we still talk about having a family vacation down there.

              ANYHOW Re: Al Cielo I'm going to apologize b/c the attempt to make a package and Donaji's raise for $1000 to $1500 is probably my fault haha. I used 6 months of Donaji's time, exchanged endless emails about choices of flowers, lighting, music, various rentals, etc. - when I didn't like the options in the base pkg, she went out and found new options more to my liking. Even though I ended up using an outside florist, transportation, photographer, and videographer, I rented a lot of different things and hired all the musicians/dj through Donaji after she came back to me with numerous choices, b/c I was so picky :). Also, re: the package - I ended up paying a lot more than that just with a la carte for the extra stuff I rented (I had a smaller base package), so maybe they were trying to help? Who knows. Food and drink are pricey, but the bar flowed liberally, and the guests loved to food and wine, and all the other details were perfect (esp. the music and setting). And Donaji is amazing - so sweet, involved, never made me feel crazy, always tried to help.

              #37 poohshek

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                Posted 27 November 2008 - 07:58 PM

                Hi Sarah, do have have the quotes from Al Cielo? Thanks.

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