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#931 Jessamaka

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    Posted 27 February 2012 - 07:46 AM

    We leave in three days and in one week from today I will be a Mrs.! Lupita emailed me on Friday arranging a meeting on Saturady to go over the details. My stomach is already in knots but we are all very excited. I'll check back in when we return with a review and pictures. You can also PM me if you want me to check anything in particular out at the hotel or if you have any questions for Lupita.



    #932 msts82675

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      Posted 27 February 2012 - 11:58 AM



      Originally Posted by Jessamaka 

      We leave in three days and in one week from today I will be a Mrs.! Lupita emailed me on Friday arranging a meeting on Saturady to go over the details. My stomach is already in knots but we are all very excited. I'll check back in when we return with a review and pictures. You can also PM me if you want me to check anything in particular out at the hotel or if you have any questions for Lupita.



      Congratulations!  I know everything will be perfect.  Enjoy!!!!

       



      #933 dreamyeyez

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        Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:15 PM

        jus reading all these posts.. wow looks like u had the same check in issue we had.. glad it all got resolved though! and hope no one else has to deal w that! congrats on ur wedding :)



        #934 dreamyeyez

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          Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:17 PM


          us reading all these posts.. wow looks like u had the same check in issue we had.. glad it all got resolved though! and hope no one else has to deal w that! congrats on ur wedding :)

          Originally Posted by JLMS 

           

          Hi everybody!

           

          I got married at Sandos Playacar on November 24, 2011. Yup, just last week!

           

          We had a group of 27 people, and we arrived at the resort late in the evening on Sat Nov 19th. We were so excited to see the beautiful lobby, but then began the check-in nightmare! It was completely unorganized and chaotic, but after about an hour, we all headed off to our rooms. We had booked the standard rooms because we wanted to be close to the beach and the action. Nobody mentioned during check-in that the actually put us in the junior suites. So as we made our way to our rooms, we quickly discovered that they had stuck us at the very back of the resort, absolutely as far away from the beach as you could be! When I went back to the front desk, they tried to convince me that we should be happy for the mistake because we were in better rooms. I’m sure some people would appreciate the upgraded room, but we specifically selected the standard rooms for location and were absolutely furious that they moved our entire group without even mentioning it to us. The worst part was that they had stuck us in the adults only section, so the members of our group with kids were put in a totally separate location, away from everybody else! After much fighting with the front desk, they finally agreed to move our entire group to the standard rooms (2000 block building) but told us that we would have to wait two days. So on Mon Nov 21st we were finally moved to our proper rooms. They moved all of our luggage for us and it went smoothly but we really never got an acceptable explanation for why it took 2 days to get us into the rooms we had booked 8 MONTHS in advance. The standard rooms were very nice and we loved the central location, so it was all good after the move.

           

          A couple good things did come out of the room mix-up. First, because we were initially placed in the junior suites, our whole group ended up with the gold wrist bands, instead of the blue wrist bands that we would have got if placed in the standard rooms in the first place. The gold wrist bands granted us access to the premium lounges, which had excellent drinks and snacks (and air conditioning). We ended up spending a lot of time in these lounges. Also, because of all of the problems, Lupita gave us some free extras including a private beach dinner for my husband and I (which was AMAZING!!!) and also surprised us with a sand ceremony for no charge, which we loved and have the jar of sand as an amazing keepsake.

           

          As for the actual wedding, it was perfect and Lupita was amazing. We had the ceremony on the beach, and then we had dinner at the Italian restaurant. We got really lucky because, although we hadn’t booked a private reception, the Italian buffet was shut down due to a broken oven so we got the whole place to ourselves, complete with a microphone and sound system. We just had to go through a set of doors to get food from the main buffet. It was perfect! The flowers were beautiful and the cake looked and tasted so good! After dinner, we danced the night away at the disco (which was super fun every night we went there)!

           

          I had my hair and makeup done at the resort. The hair turned out alright but my makeup was awful and I ended up having to wash it all off and do it myself so they didn’t charge me. The girls in the salon seemed alright but they didn’t speak any English so it was impossible to explain what I wanted. Lupita and the salon manager ended up showing up at my room with another girl to help fix my make-up so it ended up alright.

           

          As for the resort, it was very beautiful, especially the beach. The drinks were really good (very strong). As for the food, some people in the group loved it and some people not so much…but there was lots of variety!

           

          As I mentioned previously with the rooms, if you want to be near the action then you’ll want to book the standard or ocean front rooms (room numbers in the 1000s or 2000s). If you prefer peace and quiet and a slightly nicer room, then the junior suites are good but be prepared for a lot of walking and taking shuttles to get anywhere. To avoid the problems we had, I would call a few days prior to arriving at the resort to confirm that you will be placed in the rooms you booked.

           

          If you wanted to go with the garden area for the ceremony instead, it was quite beautiful and just steps from the beach so you can still see the ocean. It was quite shielded from the wind also so it may be a good option if you are concerned about that.

           

          Overall, our experience started out very rough but finished strong, and we left Sandos with a good feeling! Like most brides, I stressed a lot leading up to the wedding, but in the end, it was all good and I married the man of my dreams on a beautiful beach - what could be better than that!?!



           



          #935 dreamyeyez

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            Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:43 PM


            hey we had a private beach party after the dinner in the italian buffet.. we are really happy we did that and our guests really enjoyed it.. although i must say that it seemed our guests were really tired by the time we hit the private  dance party on the beach .. i think it was the combination of the long hot day and and being everyone being hungover and having such a great time the nights prior lol let me know if u have speciific questions about it :) i also have pics.. i wrote a review alot earlier on this thread and on my own review thread :)

            Originally Posted by msts82675 

            I am curious if a private beach or pool party is worth it and if you have details on how it worked out.  Anyone with info on this, it would be greatly appreciated. 

             

             

            Thanks,

            Tara



             



            #936 dreamyeyez

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              Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:45 PM


              how exciting!!! you are so lucky to be going there so soon! how i miss that beautiful beach!!!!!!! congrats on ur upcoming wedding! and dont stress the lil stuff! enjoy ur day! :) i was married at Aandos on July 2, 2011 :)

              Originally Posted by Jessamaka 

              We leave in three days and in one week from today I will be a Mrs.! Lupita emailed me on Friday arranging a meeting on Saturady to go over the details. My stomach is already in knots but we are all very excited. I'll check back in when we return with a review and pictures. You can also PM me if you want me to check anything in particular out at the hotel or if you have any questions for Lupita.



               



              #937 Jessamaka

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                Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:07 AM

                I'm back! Wow, all I can say for now is wow. I'll post a full review later, but that was the most wonderful experience of all our lives. The hotel, the wedding, the beach, the staff, Lupita, everything was so wonderful. A special thanks to our photographers Derek and Lorena from "Photos in Cancun". If you haven't booked a photographer yet, book them if you can. Wonderful rapport, quality, price and over 2000 pictures I need to sift through over the coming days. Also, a quick note, you should definiatly have the wedding in the wedding hut in the garden. It's right at the edge of the beach by the select club area, so there's no traffic, minimal wind and it's beautiful. And the view on the beach is spectacular. I saw a beach wedding later in the week, and I doubt that any guests heard what they were saying because there was so much wind.

                I can't wait to share my photos with you! 



                #938 Wedding4Mexico

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                  Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:28 PM



                  Hi Jessamaka!

                   

                  I soo look forward to your review! I am getting married at Sandos is 6 weeks!  I am still a little uncertain about where to have the dinner... for now, I have booked the Italian restaurant but am curious about the Gourmet ones too.

                   

                   

                   

                  Originally Posted by Jessamaka View Post

                  I'm back! Wow, all I can say for now is wow. I'll post a full review later, but that was the most wonderful experience of all our lives. The hotel, the wedding, the beach, the staff, Lupita, everything was so wonderful. A special thanks to our photographers Derek and Lorena from "Photos in Cancun". If you haven't booked a photographer yet, book them if you can. Wonderful rapport, quality, price and over 2000 pictures I need to sift through over the coming days. Also, a quick note, you should definiatly have the wedding in the wedding hut in the garden. It's right at the edge of the beach by the select club area, so there's no traffic, minimal wind and it's beautiful. And the view on the beach is spectacular. I saw a beach wedding later in the week, and I doubt that any guests heard what they were saying because there was so much wind.

                  I can't wait to share my photos with you! 



                   



                  #939 Ali12

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                    Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:48 PM

                    We leave in a month!! I'm sooo excited :) I cant wait to read your review Jessamaka, and happy to hear everything went so well!
                    Sandos Playacar Beach Resort - April 18th 2012

                    #940 msts82675

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                      Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:28 AM


                      Congratualtions!  I am glad you had a great time and can't wait to hear all about it Mrs!

                      Originally Posted by Jessamaka 

                      I'm back! Wow, all I can say for now is wow. I'll post a full review later, but that was the most wonderful experience of all our lives. The hotel, the wedding, the beach, the staff, Lupita, everything was so wonderful. A special thanks to our photographers Derek and Lorena from "Photos in Cancun". If you haven't booked a photographer yet, book them if you can. Wonderful rapport, quality, price and over 2000 pictures I need to sift through over the coming days. Also, a quick note, you should definiatly have the wedding in the wedding hut in the garden. It's right at the edge of the beach by the select club area, so there's no traffic, minimal wind and it's beautiful. And the view on the beach is spectacular. I saw a beach wedding later in the week, and I doubt that any guests heard what they were saying because there was so much wind.

                      I can't wait to share my photos with you! 



                       






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