Well, I am sad to say we are back from Mexico. It was so amazing! We didn't want to leave.
Arriving, check in was smooth and they truly do everything possible to make this a wonderful experience for you. They gave me my letter with the time to meet with the wedding planners and I had a trial hair appt at that time. They said "you're the bride, we will get this changed".
We knew ahead of time that we were upgraded to the honeymoon suite and oh-my-goodness! The room is a beachfront suite with a wrap around balcony with the most beautiful views at the resort. We were both in awe. I don't want to ruin any surprises, but they do some very sweet and romantic things for you throughout your stay. Def enhanced the experience. We got to pick the type of pillows we wanted and the scents for the bed and for the room.
The pictures I've seen of the resort don't do it justice. It's incredible. I'm a big traveler and this is by far one of my best experiences at a resort or hotel. Every staff member is kind, helpful, smiling and willing to go above and beyond.
Restaurants: we tried Spoon, Tapaz, Le Chic, the Mexican restaurant and Caribbean restaurant. I will fill you in on Le Chic in a moment. As for the regular restaurants, Tapaz was our favorite. So delicious with a great vibe and atmosphere. We went there the first night with a group of 13 and sat at 2 big tables and had a BLAST!
We didn't get to try the Italian restaurant but heard good things about it.
I would suggest doing Spoon for just breakfast or if you're in a hurry..not so much for dinner...we didn't make it there for lunch.
The Caribbean restaurant (for dinner) was our other favorite behind the Tapaz one. This was a big hit with the group. They also do breakfast and lunch. Lunch is strictly burgers.
We did the private candlelit dinner on the beach....DO IT! The food was delicious and it was a moment for my husband and I to have alone time after a crazy week..and obviously it was romantic. We did this the day after the wedding. My parents also did it and had an amazing time. They said it was their favorite meal and recommended my aunt/uncle to do it and they ended up booking it as well.
Now to Le Chic....WOW. If you are in the honeymoon suite or premium this is free. You can upgrade and pay for the wine pairings or the extended meal but the basic meal was MORE than enough. They will seat at most parties of 2 or 4, so you can't go with a group. This is similar dining experience as a Tapaz restaurant where you get small portions of different foods. We tried a total of 15 and it took 3 hours. I know it sounds long, but the time flew and we had such a great time and I tried some of the most amazing/unusual/creative/ tasteful food. To eat here you have to make reservations through the concierge in building 5. You will regret it if you don't try it.
We did our rehearsal dinner at Spoon. They sectioned off an area with curtains specifically for our group. We had arranged for maracas to be placed at everyone plate for when they arrived. The maracas were a big hit and into the dinner guests would start shaking them for us to kiss. When we arrived the wait staff was serving a signature cocktail to everyone in our wedding colors which I liked. The meal was not the regular food they serve for dinner. It was a 4 course plated dinner. They provided a printed menu with our names on it. There was a Cesar salad, soup, choice of chicken or steak, and then a dessert. I had the steak and was very impressed!
While tipping is not required, it is appreciated. We would tip at meals, but one time we didn't have cash on us and it was no big deal. We did tip decently at the rehearsal dinner and the reception. I will talk more about the reception later, but I literally had a wait staff member show up with a new drink for me any time my drink got below half full. They worked their tails off and we wanted to show our appreciation.
More to come shortly....
Edited by Cj1053, 02 August 2014 - 05:19 PM.