How did you go about researching resorts?
Posted 30 July 2008 - 02:18 PM
We are just starting research for resorts. There are so many up and down the Riviera Maya!!! How did you do your research as to not go crazy? It feels so overwhelming I don't know where to start. Thanks, Carla
Posted 30 July 2008 - 02:21 PM
Posted 30 July 2008 - 02:30 PM
| Originally Posted by Davematthews16 |
P.S you should join our January Brides thread http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t21722
I really wanted the January wedding but it looks like we going to be moving it to mid-December to reduce costs. Didn't realize that January was the busy season in the Riviera Maya. Maybe if we can get a deal on for January we still might be able to do it.....
Posted 30 July 2008 - 02:52 PM
Resort (not wedding related)
2)5 star resort prefered, 4.5 star would be okay
3) Good beach
4) lots of a-la-cartes (and preferably no limits on number of times you can go per week)
5) Size of resort (Mega resorts like Palladium, Barcelo, Bahia are great for escaping your guests and having alone time, but I didn't want to have difficulty finding the people in my small group so I prefered an average size resort)
6) disco at resort
resort (wedding related)
1) Cost of wedding package
2) Outside photographer allowed?
3) Location of ceremony and set-up (i.e. gazebo? whether the beach ceremony was in the middle of the beach or off to the side for a bit of privacy, etc).
I usually started with the cheaper hotels and then checked out the reviews on trip advisor. You have to ignore a lot of the negative stuff but if it seems like something is repeated a lot then I would consider it (i.e. I couldn't care less if housekeeping is inconsistent, but when several people complain about the rocky beach then I'm paying attention!)
I created a spreadsheet where I listed all those factors and I put information and comments related to my factors and to other things I learned about the resort. Helped me to keep track of everything and which resorts I eliminated and why.
Choosing the resort was BY FAR the most difficult and unpleasant part of wedding planning, once we booked everything else was so much fun!
Posted 30 July 2008 - 02:56 PM
I think it's impossible not to drive yourself crazy during the decision process. I think i didn't get one night's sleep until i picked a resort. I stressed myself out so bad.
Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:03 PM
Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:10 PM
-type of alcohol served. I'm not a beer drinker i like vodka so i wanted to find a place that served top shelf alcohol. or at least some. And i wanted an option for my guests beside the El Presidente beer for those who drink beer just in case they didn't like it.
- we looked to see how many restuarants were at the all inclusive and the variety of food offereings. I didn't want people to get tired of eating the same thing.
- i'm not a big buffet eater so i wanted a place that let you have as many dinner reservations at sitdown restaurants as you wanted
- i think the activities vary, i know a lot of them have dance lessons and aerobics in the morning. A lot resorts offer shows at night, which would probably be a good thing to look for in the Riviera Maya since it's not like Cancun with nightlife nearby.
-we liked having 24 hour room service because we like to eat after we get back from the bar. it wasn't a must but we kept it in mind
I looked at tripadvisor for most of that info. it would tell you how many restuarants, acitivies, and the reviews would usually talk about the liquor. If i were you i wouldn't focus on the bad reviews unless the resort has consistently bad reviews. I think most of the bad reviews are from people looking for something bad. I focused on the positive reviews and the so-so reviews.
I hope that helps, goodluck!
Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:13 PM
Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:25 PM
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