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Survived Site visits of 21 Riviera Maya Resorts!

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Well I made it back from my site visits of 21 Riviera Maya resorts!


The trip was exhausting but amazing and I have a boat load of video to go through!


Lomas travel was A+++- they assisted in arranging all of the site visits ( thank you Karla!) and transfers. Professional, courteous and more than accomodating I can't recomend them enough. I booked the private SUV ( which with all of the rain RM had received some of the roads into the more remote resorts such as Maroma an SUV was definately warranted!) The drivers were always kind and our guide Victor was fantastic. He did his best to keep us on schedule while all the time keeping in touch with the resorts and accomodating our every wish!


This was our itinerary:

Thursday,Oct 23rd:


11:20 - Arrive to Cancun, transfer to El Dorado Royale




Friday, Oct 24th:


Karisma Site inspections


08:30 Pick up at El Dorado Royale

09:35 Site inspection at El Dorado Seaside

11:00 Site inspection at Azul Fives

12:00 Site inspection and lunch at El Dorado Maroma

15:00 Site inspection at Azul Beach

15:50 Site inspection at Azul Sensatori

17:50 Site inspection at El Dorado Royale




Saturday, Oct 25th:


08:15 Pick up at El Dorado Royale


09:00 Site inspection at Riu Palace Mexico


10:00 Site inspection at Royal In Playa


11:30 Site inspection at Iberostar Paraiso Complex ( Lindo , Maya, Grand )


13:00 Site inspection at Excellence Riviera Cancun


14:15 Site inspection at Moon Palace


We also squeezed Valentin Imperial Maya in on Saturday




Sunday, Oct 26th:


12:00 Transfer to Secrets Silversand


The wedding coordinators and sales managers of the resorts do not work on Sundays so we were able to have a down day. This is when we walked back over to Azul Sensatori and met with the owner and GM.




Monday, Oct 27:


10:00 site inspection at Secrets Silversand


11:00 site inspection at Maromar


12:00 site inspection at Secrets Maromar


13:00 Site inspection at Ceiba del Mar


14:30 Site inspection at Sun Palace


15:15 Site inspection at Royal In Cancun


16:30 Site inspection at Excellence Playa Mujeres




Tuesday, Oct 28th:






I'll try to post brief synopsis of each resort and then longer reviews with a few pics later!

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El Dorado Seaside - this was a suprising favorite. I don't know exactly what I expected but this resort surpassed it with flying colors!


Azul Fives - The rooms are Oh My Goodness gorgeous! The suites with the rooftop lounge areas are worth every penny so that you could have a private party with an amazing view!


El Dorado Maroma -


Azul Beach-Best family boutique AI ! The little touches at this property made all of the difference! Great beach, great ambiance and amazing service. Highly recommend for those with little ones- they even provide babies with their own Azul bathrobe!



Azul Sensatori


El Dorado Royale- gets the vote for best Beach chapel. Also best service! Anything you requested was greeted with a smile and taken care of! The grounds while large were impressive in their beauty and how well maintained they were! The rooms were quite large and the beds were sooo very comfortable! I hated to leave this property!





Riu Palace Mexico


Royal In Playa- again one of my favorites. it's the little touches, great beach, rooms, eats, wedding packages that are flexible, spa and the close proximity to 5th ave make it a sure winner!


Iberostar Paraiso Complex ( Lindo , Maya, Grand )


Excellence Riviera Cancun- One of my favorites, very liberal outside vendor policy and they have an stunning beach, spa and of course grounds. I vote this one of the top Beach wedding sites- private & beautiful !


Moon Palace


Valentin Imperial Maya - this was a hidden gem of a resort!This gets my vote for the best Chapel. I don't know if pictures will do it justice but it took my breathe away! This also gets my vote for the most romantic honeymoon suite in the Riviera Maya- maybe the world! The understated Wow factor here is evident in every nook and cranny.The entire resort just oozes romance and physical beauty.



Secrets Silversand- Southbeach meets Mexico! Modern, hip and trendy this resort was made for those sporting logo'ed swim wear during the day and lounging at the bars at night!




Secrets Maromar


Ceiba del Mar


Sun Palace


Royal In Cancun


Excellence Playa Mujeres



That's it for tonight- as I get a free moment here and there I'll try to fill in and expand the rest!

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whew! sounds like you might need a good night's sleep:-)


I'm VERY interested to hear what you thought of Secrets Maroma! (am getting married there next month...and since it's so new, there aren't many reviews...well, none actually on this site yet!)



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thanks for the reviews - you have a hard life don't you? suppose someone's got to do it, eh?! i'd love your job!! hee hee


can't wait to read what you have to say about moon palace! :)

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Hi Jennifer,

Have you done a site visit to Playacar Palace? My Fiance and I are desperately trying to decide on a resort for our wedding!! We like modern, contemporary, good food with a nice # of redtaurants and bars, and preferably a beach.


If you have any suggestions, and/or have done a review of Playacar Palace, I'd love to know your thoughts!!





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