| Originally Posted by BachataBride |
With trip advisor, just remember to take the reviews with a grain of salt.
How long did it take you to decide on the destination?
Posted 03 November 2008 - 12:46 PM
Posted 04 November 2008 - 02:30 AM
We finally agreed on Nevis as it will be a new destination for both of us but also because it's easiest in so many ways for our global guests.
Posted 05 November 2008 - 11:43 PM
Don't fret! It took us (well...me really) about 1.5 months - just did searches on google over and over for "destination wedding in Mexico". Just like you was totally overwhelmed by the choices.
I've made a list with names of hotels, links, tripadvisor rating, my own photo rating, and approximate price. Having the links readily available prevented from going to the same pages over and over.
I knew I wanted Mexico - we've never been there. Once I've narrowed down the hotels to about 7, I've looked at each hotel's package options/choices/prices. Again, listed out all options side by side.
Last step - sat down with my mom and sister for 2 hours, showed pics, ratings, links - I felt that I could not make the decision without them since they'll be the only ones invited and should have some say in it. My FI was totally cool with anything I choose... of course I showed him pics when I ran across anything really really pretty/magnificient/unusual.
My decision was solidified with mom and sister being really excited and approving the hotel I had my eye on (Riu Palace Las Americas in Cancun).
Also - if its just two of you - just decide what you want to do on your vacation. What would two of you do if it wasn't your wedding/honeymoon? Are you the type of couple to lounge around the pool all day? Are you going places to see?
My original choice was Moon Palace but I realized that its HUGE and that's not something I wanted, 2nd thing against it was that it was so secluded! RPLA on the other hand is in the middle of the hotel zone and walking distance to places!
One thing I regret that I will not get at RPLA and would get at Moon Palace - horse carriage ride at the ceremony
Good luck with choices!
Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:53 PM
Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:15 AM
We are also going through the decision right now!!!! We are actually planning on doing a site visit to Mexico (cancun and RM) next weekend. I am hoping that this will clear up my confusion as to what place I want!!!
I have been looking since we got engaged in September!!
Posted 13 November 2008 - 03:46 AM
We went all over the Caribbean ! I knew it would be on the Atlantic side because a lot of my guests are coming from France so Hawai wouldn't do it. I think I know all the hotels in all the Islands - I used Trip Advisor of course, and also Travel Impressions. So helpful. I usually start by the negative reviews - I know how to recognize the person that will complain about anything and everything... (some people even complain about the poor state of the road to the hotel... ) - when 3 or 4 reviews add up to the same thing (mosquitos... beach farther away than described... restaurants closed... etc), I take it as an objective observation.
We ended up eliminating Bahamas, Jamaica and Puerto Rico because we couldn't find a place we liked ; Antigua, St Lucia, St Vincent because it was turning too expensive for most guests ; Punta Cana, Curacao, too far and not enough direct flights from Houston ; then we ended up in Mexico and I thought it would be quick but NO ! Places I liked : did not accept children. Or imposed crazy room filling quota (like : 80% of the guests had to stay in theproperty... how can I guarantee where my guests want to stay ?) + daily pass fees + wedding packages with a lot of stuff I don't need and none of the stuff I need. Or were just too expensive.
When I finally found THE place, my TA warned me that it was not sold by wholesellers and so, it could mean taking a risk (if something happens, we stay with nothing...). But I finally decided to go for it. It's a very small boutique hotel (25 rooms only), secluded, no policy about outside vendors, no internal WC so I'm free to chose, and they have been so accomodating so far. I hope I won't regret it... I'll let you know
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