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Has anyone seen an updated list of weddings lately? I'm pretty curious whether I'm sharing my date/week with anyone!

The bridal roll call has been moved to the Official thread (which I have been keeping up to date!) http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/t/84306/official-azul-sensatori-thread

 

Just click on the bridal roll call (section #17).:pinkie:

 

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So very excited.

Thanks everyone

So happy to hear you feel relaxed and prepared! Best wishes for a wonderful wedding and a memorable time with all your friends and family. Can't wait to see the photos when you return!:thewave:

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LilPumpkin, have an AMAZING time!! So very excited for you and looking forward to seeing lots of pictures! Best wishes!!!

 

Jackie

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LilPumkin, so excited for you!  Have a great time and I look forward to seeing some pictures.  I cant wait for our day to come.  Just a little under 2 months left.

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The hotel is also sold out for my wedding.  But my WC was able to get them to waive the fee for anyone on the wedding date (i'm hosting a private event) and for anyone who's staying with another Karisma hotel, free entrance for the full stay.  Try to push harder, you have lots of rooms with them, i'm sure they would not want to lose your business.  Good Luck!

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Alright Ladies,

 

I just got back from my sight visit at Azul Sensatori and Azul Beach.  We were undecided and went to check out both resorts. We stayed at AS for our stay. I loved both resorts and am sad to say we are STILL undecided as to which resort we will chose. Here is my report on both resorts.

 

ARRIVAL/TRANSPORTATION

 

We arrived there with no problems. As soon as we walked into the airport there were transportation booths set up to get you to and from the hotel.  We paid 52 dollars (total, not a piece) for a shuttle van to and from the airport. You could pay more, about 75 dollars, and got a private taxi thru the same company. Our travel agent looked into getting us transportation and told us it would be 80/pp!!! So glad we told her no and just waited until we got there. 

 

We arrived at the hotel very late, around 11pm and was tired and just went to the room and ordered room service. 

 

ROOMS

 

When we got there we were upgraded to a swim up suite.  We loved the swim up suite.  It has a nice sized terrace with chairs and a couch you can relax and tan on. Eventhough we were not in the premium swim up suite there was still a personal waiter that came around and got drinks for us.  The rooms were very  clean. Housekeeping cleans the room twice a day. Every time they cleaned the room they left an animal design on the bed with roses. There was a bottle of champaigne on ice waiting on us in our room. I thought this was really nice. I will say that the room wasnt as modern as I thought it would be.  The rooms at Azul Beach were much nicer. Azul Beach standard rooms werent that nice but there suites were wonderful!!! Their swimup suites dont have the terrace that AS has. The one thing negative about the rooms at AS was our room was located close to the sewer and had a egg like smell outside. You can not smell it inside the room so this wasnt really an issue for us.

 

FOOD

 

The food was the best food I have tasted at an AI resort.  We ate at every restaurant except the Mexican restaurant and the Tapas restaurant.  Every meal was wonderful!! We didnt get to experience Le Chique either which was dissapointing bc after November they are going to start charging 25/pp to eat there. So when we go back for our wedding we will have to pay.  I will say that the lobster isnt included in the price and anytime you order lobster you have to pay. Also, you have to pay for wine other than the house wine. We loved Spoons and the Carribean restaurant and ate there most of the time.  When we went to the presentation for the dress rehearsal we got to tast the menus for the cocktail party, reception, and deserts. Everything was AMAZING!! I can not stress how wonderful the food was. We tasted both Itallian and Family style menus. I loved the family style and this is what we will get for our wedding. Its so much food and options your guests have to choose from. I feel like you cant go wrong with this option. Lobster is included with this option at no additional price!  At our site visit to AB we also tasted food from every restaurant and their food was amazing too. AB also has a sushi bar that we like.

 

The desesrts were pretty good as well. We LOVED the tarimizu cake and the strawberry flavored wedding cake. Neither one of us liked the vanilla or chocolate cakes. The cupcakes were just average however, the icing on the cupcakes were delicious!! They used a cream cheese tasting icing and everyone at our table loved it!!!  I did ask if it was the same chef that bakes all the cakes for weddings and they said NO! The chef we had only caters to the El Dorado Royale resort. With that being said there is no way to tell what the deserts will taste like at AS or AB. I have read past reviews from ppl that have gotten married and said that the wedding cakes and cupcakes were horrible.

 

LOCATIONS

 

We went to look at all the locations for weddings, cocktail hour, and receptions.  We are set on the sky wedding!! We like the Zavaz plaza for the reception.  Not sure where we would do cocktail hour. AB has a smaller sky deck which we liked as well but we didnt like the reception places too much.  I will say that the beach at AB is WAAAAYYYY better than AS.  The reviews of AS beach is true. It was a horrible beach and is absolutely not swimable. Black seewead all thru the beach and it has a brown color. I will say that they do clean it up thru the day but it doesnt really help. AB had a pretty nice beach. We walked there from AS and just a warning there is a nude/swinger resort inbetween and we got an eyefull! Just a caution for anyone wanting to walk down there to take pics or go to beach.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

We arrived at AS around 1100 1130pm and the hotel was dead. There isnt much entertainment and no club/disco. The Mojito Lounge plays lounge music but not damcing music and noone was really dancing. There really wasnt any excitement at the hotel.  The adult pool was dead. We enjoyed the Family pool better. They had more action. They also had activities at the FAmily pool.  There is PLENTY for children and teens to do. They have so much activities and game rooms etc etc. Adults will def have to make their own party!!! We are having around 60-75 ppl so we can be our own entertainment but small wedding parties might be bored at night. AB was even more dead as far as entertainment. Both places do have live shows everynight but they end around 930. after that you are on your own!

 

AB VS AS

 

better rooms AB

better reception locations AS

better beach AB

more to do AS

better beach ceremony locations AB(only bc their beach is prettier)

better things for kids AS

 

Both are great resorts and we feel we cant go wrong either way. I still like AS as our first choice bc i want my reception at the Zavaz Plaza.  The good thing about AB is that it is a small resort so if we had it htere we would have the whole resort to ourselves basically. Also bc of the size of our wedding we would be the only wedding there that day.

 

Oh i Forgot. The Spa's were great at both resorts. AB had a sauna and jacuzzi steam room in theirs, so i guess they win that category but both were wonderful!

 

I will upload pictures sometime this weekend. In the meantime if anyone has questions please let me know!!!

 

Sorry so long!

 

This is super helpful! Thanks for sharing!

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Hi Ladies, 

 

My Fiance and I are leaving on Thursday to head down to AS for the Bride's Dress Rehearsal. We're very excited! :)

 

While we already booked AS, we are looking forward to get a better idea of the options available to us for the wedding and reception: decorations, menus, spa services, etc. 


Does anyone have suggestions on how to best utilize our time down there? Questions to ask?  Things to make note of?

 

If anyone else is heading down this weekend let us know.  It would be great to meet up!

 

Thanks as always!

 

Elizabeth
 

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Hi Elizabeth, We are booked at AS for June 6 2014 with our wedding at the Sky Terrace and the reception at Zavas Plaza. While you are there, can you check out the Wedding Cakes? I really can't see a wedding without Wedding Cake but would like to know if they are as bad as others say. We visited last May while staying at the resort next door, Secrets Silversands. We thought it was a beautiful resort and the seaweed on the beach didn't bother us since we spend most of the time at the pool. Also, can you check how late the bars are open at night. My family tends to stay up late playing cards, drinking and talking. It would be good to do that in a bar instead of someone's room. Have fun! Let us know what you think when you get back. Jenny

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Heyyyy!!! :pinkie:

Wow! This site is amazing! So many great ideas. 

Our wedding date is set for June 7th 2014 at AS. I just recently started looking at the photographers and DJs. Any good input on who to go with? Is it better to go with outside vendors and pay the fee? 

 

What are the 2014 brides doing right now? I look on this site and feel like I need to get on top of stuff. I never thought to bring my own decorations!! 

 

For me save the dates are out and rooms are beginning to get booked. I start dress shopping the beginning of October, and I have started researching photographers and DJs. I have also started purchasing stuff for the welcome bags. 

 

Thank you so much for the help in advanced!!

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Hello Ladies.

I have been lurking for 3 weeks and want to introduce myself.  My name is Lola and I am recently engaged (Aug 17th).  I am getting married at Azul Sensatori June 20th, 2014.  I was happy, at first, to have finalized a Resort and date, but now I'm freaking out.

We have until Friday to submit our room block contract.  Prior to planning, my fiancé and I were sure that we would have 25-30 guests.  I have since realized my best friend (and hopeful maid of honor) starts IVF next month and would be due in July. Therefore, no out-of-country travel. I just realized my next choice for maid of honor has lupus and is very sensitive to sunlight (she would need sunglasses throughout the ceremony). His proposed best man, just relocated for a new job, has a toddler and has already expressed concern about expense. Between us we have 4 friends getting married between April and Labor Day weekend 2014 (one will also be destination and the other 3 will be in 3 different states). So, I am seeing some mutual friends having to make a choice as to which wedding they can attend.  I burst into tears after my brother said he intends to use his time-share in Mexico and offer it to other family members as well.

I'm seeing our number of potential guests being less than the ten rooms needed for us to have our group rate.

Has anyone had this happen?

I'm scared to ask people to book under one rate and then find out 2 months prior that the rate has increased because we can't book 10 rooms.  I also see no need in having a wedding if we have a very small turn-out.  I would prefer to elope, but my FI refuses.

My mom says I'm overthinking things and shouldn't worry, but I am.

Can anyone share their experience?

Thank you,

Lola

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Hi Elizabeth,

We are booked at AS for June 6 2014 with our wedding at the Sky Terrace and the reception at Zavas Plaza. While you are there, can you check out the Wedding Cakes? I really can't see a wedding without Wedding Cake but would like to know if they are as bad as others say. We visited last May while staying at the resort next door, Secrets Silversands. We thought it was a beautiful resort and the seaweed on the beach didn't bother us since we spend most of the time at the pool. Also, can you check how late the bars are open at night. My family tends to stay up late playing cards, drinking and talking. It would be good to do that in a bar instead of someone's room.

Have fun! Let us know what you think when you get back.

Jenny

 

Hi Jenny, I'll definitely look into it and let you know. :) I'm hoping the night life is somewhat promising as well. Our party is growing by the day and, ironicallly, mostly with our firends. I thought is would be a lot of families with kids but only a few have committed so far.

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