I recently (October 3-10, 200
visited the Barcelo Maya Palace. I really loved the place, but I wasn't there for a wedding and wasn't looking at anything specifically with a wedding in mind. We've been there, done that already this year and so this was a vacation just for the two of us. I feel really guilty saying that. . . I'm sorry girls.
You do have to wear a wristband and there are different colours for the different sides of the resort. We did see a guard on the pathway to the palace stopping guests who were from another side of the resort.
We did drink premium alcohol at all bars all over the whole resort, but not all bars had what we wanted. If they didn't we just moved to another one or drank something else. e.g. my husband wanted 10 year old port and went to three different bars to find it but once he did I think he drank the whole bottle. Our wristbands were checked when we ordered premium alcohol at the bars on the Tropical/Colonial side.
We had unlimited al a carte reservations, but I don't know if it is always like that, because it was not busy, or because we were with Transat Holidays Prestiege Class. I loved the al a carte restaurants at the Palace. We've been to the resort before but stayed at the Tropical/Colonial side. The Palace is definately a class above the other sides. The decor is amazing. All the rooms are junior suites or above.
I would reiterate that the best place for information on the Barcelo is UNOFFICIAL BARCELO MAYA | Your unofficial guide to Beach | Caribe | Tropical | Colonial | Palace
and sign up for the forum Unofficial Barcelo Maya - Index
For pictures I would say the best collection of pictures on the palace are this persons here Picasa Web Albums - Jasper
- he has them divided up into the different areas of the Palace.
I do have some pictures, from 2007 of the chapel which is on the Colonial side (it might be the Tropical) and they are here: IMG_1081 pictures from entertainment photos on webshots IMG_1082 pictures from entertainment photos on webshots IMG_1083 pictures from entertainment photos on webshots
I hope that helps someone.