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Hey girls,

I would not put too much into the Trip Advisor reviews. I have been on there quite a bit for other trips and people are so much more quick to complain than compliment.

 

We have to remember that the resort has only been open for a month and most of the issues are minor. I'm sure once they are a little more operational, they will start spending more time grating the beach.

 

Feel free to vent I just wanted try and put some people at ease. Trip advisor can be a good and bad thing!

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About the reviews...one of the things I was thinking about is that most people only do reviews for really BAD experiences or really GOOD experiences. What we are probably not seeing are the ones in between. Although this is not a whole lot of consolation, what I am trying to do is look for consistencies between the reviews and worry about those only; i.e. water, beach seaweed etc. We have strength in numbers, if we keep asking and relaying concerns about the same things, they are bound to fix the issues. The reason I booked here (because I have had such bad experiences with brand new resorts), is all their other resorts in the area are so good. They have the experience, they just need to get the kinks out.

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Very good point Beckerba!

 

For those of us getting married within the next few months (myself included) we just have to be very open minded, and maybe give our guests a little 'heads up' that the resort may not be 100% yet....

If it doesn't rain and the drinks are flowing, I think I can manage just about anything.

 

It's hard not to worry about everything, but I'll make myself sick if I keep dwelling on the negative.

This is, after all, supposed to be one of the happiest days of our lives!

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I think some of the opening problems will be worked out in the next several months but I dont feel right telling my guests who paid $1800-2000 pp that they need to go with an open mind. That is a lot of money my guests are paying and I know some of my guests have been saving for this for months and months.

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Jiffer...I agree with you, however, most guests have booked already and it's too late to have them rebook somewhere else so hopefully they will not see the reviews :) I am sure everything will be fine very soon. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. My travel agent is there now and will let me know how she made out and send me pics so as soon as I have them I will post them.

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On the makeup application subject, the prices are always inflated. For those of you that don't want to pay the $165 at the resort. Consider getting it done at home and have the artist teach you how to apply it yourself for when you get down there.

 

And this is super important, be careful which sunscreen you use on your face under your makeup too. You want to make sure it's the type that absorbs the rays not reflects. Otherwise, it will affect the turnout of your pictures and you will look white or pasty and blurry in your photos.

 

Another thing I wanted to let everyone know is that if you are getting spa packages while you are down there. Please do not get a facial before or the day of your wedding! I'm an esthetician, and especially if your skin is not used to getting facials regularly or if you have a reaction to the skin care line they use, you could end up with a face you're not happy with for the wedding! They bring out impurities.

 

Just FYI :)

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Oh, and you want to wear more/heavier makeup than you normally do for it to show up in pictures. For those of you who don't wear much or none and think it looks like too much. Have someone take a picture of you and you will see that it does not actually look to heavy at all.

 

And wear lipstick not gloss! It needs to be the at least the color of the inside of your lip. If you're a gloss girl, put on lipstick then just a smudge of gloss in the middle of your lower and upper lip.

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Originally Posted by jhawkev View Post
On the makeup application subject, the prices are always inflated. For those of you that don't want to pay the $165 at the resort. Consider getting it done at home and have the artist teach you how to apply it yourself for when you get down there.

And this is super important, be careful which sunscreen you use on your face under your makeup too. You want to make sure it's the type that absorbs the rays not reflects. Otherwise, it will affect the turnout of your pictures and you will look white or pasty and blurry in your photos.

Another thing I wanted to let everyone know is that if you are getting spa packages while you are down there. Please do not get a facial before or the day of your wedding! I'm an esthetician, and especially if your skin is not used to getting facials regularly or if you have a reaction to the skin care line they use, you could end up with a face you're not happy with for the wedding! They bring out impurities.

Just FYI :)
This is really great! Thank you so much for sharing!
Do you have any particular sunscreen brands which you would recommend?
Thanks again! :)

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