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#971 JessiTaylor

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    Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:54 AM

    Well i did a quick site visit at sandos last tuesday and loved it!! Ive decided its definitely going to be the hotel that all the guest stay in (my catholic ceremony and reception are at xcaret). Im debating whether to have the legal ceremony at the hotel ( i live in mexico so doing it back home in england isnt really an option) or trying to squeeze in a legal ceremony before dinner at xcaret withotu cutting into reception time

     

    one thing that worries me is that one person has to take responsibility for group bookings in terms of payments etc. i know its not all upfront, but still...if people flake out of me or are late paying i dont want to be financially responsible for the rooms!!



    #972 msts82675

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      Posted 13 June 2012 - 08:15 PM

      Just came back from my wedding at Sandos.  There were many good and bad things about the hotel itself.  Check in and check out were horror stories.  My one suggestion to all is have your vouchers ready when checking in (even if they forget to ask for them), take your bags with you (dont use the bell hops at all), be aware that the keys are magnetic and will lose their ability to work easily if placed near anything magnetic.  We had many guests (including ourselves) have to get new keys over and over and it sucks if its in the middle of the night. If you are in a large group your rooms wont probably be ready until after 3.  I wont go into details but some rooms have broken acs and people were given the wrong rooms.  When checking out also just hold on to to your bags yourself until you are in a cab.  Double check your room bills, as many of my guests had mistakes, including myself (wedding bill is wrong).  They also placed me in a double standard room which Lupita quickly fixed and upgraded for us the next day.  Thank goodness! We had a beautiful room near the beach/pool.  BTW this is the place to be, all the action is here and the other parts are far and quiet.  If you are looking for quiet and relaxation, I would say stay in the suites or haciendas. 

        As for the food and the entertainment, these were fabulous.  The food and service in restaurants is great except the steakhouse.  The beach is beautiful but the current can be very strong.  The pool is always happening and they have good entertainment at night.  The party can continue in the disco which has so much potential but smells badly and needs to be kept in better condition but they have a good dj and many of my guests enjoyed dancing there each night.  BTW the bars close at 12 am, to get drinks after that, you must use the disco or the free beer in your room.  I loved the 24 room service. 

        The wedding was on the beach and beautiful (hot and windy too!) at 4:30 PM.  I had a turquiose theme and it looked great!  Unfortunatley, the speaker system kept stopping the song as I was walking down the aisle and didnt play my song at all to exit.  I was very disappointed by this but of course stuff happens so I'm  not letting that ruin my wedding.  We had a sit down dinner at the Mediterainan rest.  which was delicious and the sit down service was excellent as well.  The waiters were very attentive and did a great job.  Although its not air conditioned, it was fine and we wanted something more formal for our wedding than a buffet.  The cake was beautiful and I thought delicious.  I ordered chocolate but for some reason it tasted like it had a lot of cinammon in it which was fine for me but some people didnt like it too much.  We then had a beach party which was tons of fun.  I got flowers from the hotel which were pretty but roses werent opened which I would have preferred and the flowers died right away in the heat.  The petals I ordered also came in the wrong color but lupita found ones that matched better.  I did not get to keep the large bag to decorate with since I think they dyed a few white ones quickly.  They still charged me for this though which I think they shouldnt have.  So all in all, there were many bumps in the road, did it ruin my wedding?  No but it wasn't what I expected either.  I still had a great time and I loved it, I wasn't going to let "the small stuff" affect one of the most important days of my life.

      All in all, despite the hotel issues, we had a great wedding and a great time there but I would not return.   Being with a large group of people who like to have a good time made it fun and I feel like we would have had fun anywhere but I felt terrible there were so many mistakes and management was not quick to do anything about it or even compensate me or my guests in any way except Lupita.  Lupita was great and fixed our problems as best as she could.  Please make sure to tip her!  She works so hard and I saw her there all day everyday from morning to late at night.  Lupita certainly made me feel better when I almost lost it...lol.  Although I know most reviews are very positive I wanted to be honest and help people be prepared.  If you have any questions feel free to PM me.

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      #973 Jodez

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        Posted 14 June 2012 - 04:59 AM

        I'm wondering if anyone has pictures of a ceremony site OFF the beach... I know there are other places, I'm just having trouble finding them.

        #974 msts82675

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          Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:06 AM

          That site is pretty but very small.  Lupita says it was for about 30 people max but it seemed smaller than that to me.  It is huts facing the beach on a hill.  She will show you when you get there if you cant find a pic.



          #975 JLMS

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            Posted 18 June 2012 - 06:47 AM

            Wow, it sounds like we had very similar experiences. We too had a lot of issues with check in/out, rooms, and a lack of response from management regarding these issues. Also, like you, we had a great overall experience with the resort activities, and especially with Lupita!

             

            I think that it is important to be honest with the review so that others know what to expect!



            #976 rebeccas

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              Posted 24 June 2012 - 10:25 AM

              Got married at Sandos 5/18/12 and we had a great time! We booked through DestinationWeddings.com/FunJet, which was a lot of help as far as all of our guests travel and bookings. The resort is nice, but it's definitely not the best in certain areas. The food wasn't impressive and my fiance and I actually got sick one day from it. Also the rooms aren't the best. I stayed in all 4 of the room options (long story). The beach rooms are fine, nothing special. The bed and pillows are very hard, but I was still able to sleep ok. It was nice being close to everything. The haciendas are fun because they have the pool out back, but they are not much different from the beach rooms aside from having a little extra room and a pull out couch bed. The Riviera rooms are a little nicer as far as decor and such, but I don't think they are that much better than the haciendas. The pool on the Riviera side is a lot quieter and that was nice. We stayed in the adults only side for our honeymoon night and that those are definitely the nicest rooms. The pillows are actually soft and the bed was decent. The resort always had lots of fun activities going on and the nightlife was fun each night with a show each night and everyone hanging out at the meeting point. That was always a fun time. Our guests all had a great time at the resort and the price is much more reasonable than many other resorts. However, we had a LOT issues with rooming. All of our guests came in on different days and such and pretty much all of our guests except maybe 2 or 3 out of 33 had some kind of issue with their room. I spend about 2 days in the lobby trying to get things sorted out with the front desk and trying to prevent further issues with incoming guests, but they always got it wrong. It was very frustrating because I spend a lot of time prior to arriving making sure everything was in order. When I arrived at the resort, they didn't even have a room for me (the bride) until 3 days later. Fortunately they weren't booked so they placed me in another room, but I was supposed to have an adjoining room with my bridesmaids and it got all messed up because they got everything wrong with rooming. Between all of our guests we pretty much had every issue you could think of. It was a very very frustrating time and I lost a lot of time with my friends and family trying to figure it all out. Fortunately each guest didn't have to spend much time on it as I did. I talked with other brides at the resort and they didn't have any problems at all, but their guests all came and left on the same day so it was easy to book them. So I would just say if you have lots of different schedules and rooming with your guests I would be cautious and make sure they have it right. 

               

              As far as the wedding...we had the most beautiful day we could have asked for. It rained several times during the week and we were a little nervous about the weather whether it was going to rain or be uncomfortably hot (especially for me as I'm from SD where it's not so hot and very dry so I'm not used to humidity). Our wedding day was absolutely perfect weather. Wasn't too hot, no rain, and clear skies. The wedding coordinator, Lupita, was great to work with beforehand and got back to me quickly through our email correspondence. Once at the resort she met with us again to make sure we had everything figured out. She was very accomodating to make sure we had everything we wanted. After doing a lot of research on photographers we ended up going with the resort photographer. We had planned to get one off the resort, but then we learned there was a large fee to bring a photographer from off the resort (the first time we asked about it there wasn't a fee). The pictures from the resort photographer looked really nice and the price was significantly cheaper from the other photographers. You don't have contact with them about your wedding until you arrive at the resort. We get there and we were put with a guy who didn't know English well and he was trying to tell us what we had to do for our wedding. I knew exactly what I wanted and I explained it to him and I had even written out different shots that I wanted. He was set on doing things his way and it made me very upset because I was the one paying. Also, the prices changed from the pricing sheet we were given. They increased significantly. We were very upset at this point as everything was different than what we had been told perviously. So we went and talked to Lupita who let us talk to another photographer lady. She allowed us to get the package we wanted for the price we were originally told (it was an $800 difference). It was a terrible experience, but we finally got it worked out. Our actual photographer ended up being great. It would have been nice to meet with the actual guy beforehand, but he still did a great job and we were pleased. For the price we paid it was worth it. But now with their increased prices I would say that it would probably be better to just get a photographer from off the resort as the prices are now more comparable to them and they are probably more likely to cater to your wants compared to the resort photographer who is also concerned about running the photoshop at the hotel. The wedding setup was really nice and I loved our flowers. The one thing I don't like about Sandos is that the wedding area is right next to all of the lounge chairs. It's at the end, but there are still a lot of people there at 5:30. Fortunately there are photo editing tools and the photographer did a decent job at keeping people out of the photos, but there are plenty of photos of old men in speedos watching our wedding and I'm not super impressed with that! I asked about having it at another location on the beach, but that's the only place they let you do it. If you want a quiet wedding away from onlookers, this is not the place. I knew this coming to the resort and I was never excited about it, but I knew we had to go to this resort as many of our friends and family were on a tight budget. 

               

              The ceremony was nice (my fiance's dad did the ceremony) and then you go back to the wedding hut for a toast. I didn't want this portion and I told Lupita that in the emails, but then when we were there at the meeting she said we were doing it so I was like whatever not a big deal cause it was included so we just kind of stood there for a few minutes and then went and did our photos. We had our dinner at the Italian Buffet. We were supposed to have speakers there for toasts and such, but they didn't have them set up for us and we didn't find this out until we were ready to do them. They offered to bring them, but it would have taken too long that it wouldn't have been worth it. That was really frustrating because we planned a lot differently because of that (originally they told us we couldn't have speakers in the Italian buffet). The cake was ok, not great. We had the strawberries with hard white chocolate. We had our reception at the disco hall. We didn't have near enough time there, but they charge by the hour and we didn't want to spend too much on it if we didn't need the whole time. We still had a great time at the disco and did all the reception stuff and finished with dancing. We had a really great time at our wedding. A lot of the brides at Sandos had really great experiences with their weddings. I'm glad we did the destination wedding, but we did have a lot of issues with Sandos as far as booking and the wedding. It was nice having them do all the decorating and such, but it was not near as easy and perfect as a lot of reviews and such that I read. I'm not sure if it was just me having different requests they weren't used to or if I was just unlucky and they skipped over me a little. If you just stick to doing whatever they tell you to do then I'm sure it would be perfect, but if you want to change things up a little and they haven't done it before don't count on it happening right! I wasn't impressed with the communication with Lupita the day before and the day of the wedding. There were many frustrating things, but at the end of the day we had a really great time, a great wedding, and we're married now! Sandos was nice, but not fairytale perfect, at least in my own experience. 



              #977 rebeccas

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                Posted 24 June 2012 - 10:26 AM

                Got married at Sandos 5/18/12 and we had a great time! We booked through DestinationWeddings.com/FunJet, which was a lot of help as far as all of our guests travel and bookings. The resort is nice, but it's definitely not the best in certain areas. The food wasn't impressive and my fiance and I actually got sick one day from it. Also the rooms aren't the best. I stayed in all 4 of the room options (long story). The beach rooms are fine, nothing special. The bed and pillows are very hard, but I was still able to sleep ok. It was nice being close to everything. The haciendas are fun because they have the pool out back, but they are not much different from the beach rooms aside from having a little extra room and a pull out couch bed. The Riviera rooms are a little nicer as far as decor and such, but I don't think they are that much better than the haciendas. The pool on the Riviera side is a lot quieter and that was nice. We stayed in the adults only side for our honeymoon night and that those are definitely the nicest rooms. The pillows are actually soft and the bed was decent. The resort always had lots of fun activities going on and the nightlife was fun each night with a show each night and everyone hanging out at the meeting point. That was always a fun time. Our guests all had a great time at the resort and the price is much more reasonable than many other resorts. However, we had a LOT issues with rooming. All of our guests came in on different days and such and pretty much all of our guests except maybe 2 or 3 out of 33 had some kind of issue with their room. I spend about 2 days in the lobby trying to get things sorted out with the front desk and trying to prevent further issues with incoming guests, but they always got it wrong. It was very frustrating because I spend a lot of time prior to arriving making sure everything was in order. When I arrived at the resort, they didn't even have a room for me (the bride) until 3 days later. Fortunately they weren't booked so they placed me in another room, but I was supposed to have an adjoining room with my bridesmaids and it got all messed up because they got everything wrong with rooming. Between all of our guests we pretty much had every issue you could think of. It was a very very frustrating time and I lost a lot of time with my friends and family trying to figure it all out. Fortunately each guest didn't have to spend much time on it as I did. I talked with other brides at the resort and they didn't have any problems at all, but their guests all came and left on the same day so it was easy to book them. So I would just say if you have lots of different schedules and rooming with your guests I would be cautious and make sure they have it right. 

                 

                As far as the wedding...we had the most beautiful day we could have asked for. It rained several times during the week and we were a little nervous about the weather whether it was going to rain or be uncomfortably hot (especially for me as I'm from SD where it's not so hot and very dry so I'm not used to humidity). Our wedding day was absolutely perfect weather. Wasn't too hot, no rain, and clear skies. The wedding coordinator, Lupita, was great to work with beforehand and got back to me quickly through our email correspondence. Once at the resort she met with us again to make sure we had everything figured out. She was very accomodating to make sure we had everything we wanted. After doing a lot of research on photographers we ended up going with the resort photographer. We had planned to get one off the resort, but then we learned there was a large fee to bring a photographer from off the resort (the first time we asked about it there wasn't a fee). The pictures from the resort photographer looked really nice and the price was significantly cheaper from the other photographers. You don't have contact with them about your wedding until you arrive at the resort. We get there and we were put with a guy who didn't know English well and he was trying to tell us what we had to do for our wedding. I knew exactly what I wanted and I explained it to him and I had even written out different shots that I wanted. He was set on doing things his way and it made me very upset because I was the one paying. Also, the prices changed from the pricing sheet we were given. They increased significantly. We were very upset at this point as everything was different than what we had been told perviously. So we went and talked to Lupita who let us talk to another photographer lady. She allowed us to get the package we wanted for the price we were originally told (it was an $800 difference). It was a terrible experience, but we finally got it worked out. Our actual photographer ended up being great. It would have been nice to meet with the actual guy beforehand, but he still did a great job and we were pleased. For the price we paid it was worth it. But now with their increased prices I would say that it would probably be better to just get a photographer from off the resort as the prices are now more comparable to them and they are probably more likely to cater to your wants compared to the resort photographer who is also concerned about running the photoshop at the hotel. The wedding setup was really nice and I loved our flowers. The one thing I don't like about Sandos is that the wedding area is right next to all of the lounge chairs. It's at the end, but there are still a lot of people there at 5:30. Fortunately there are photo editing tools and the photographer did a decent job at keeping people out of the photos, but there are plenty of photos of old men in speedos watching our wedding and I'm not super impressed with that! I asked about having it at another location on the beach, but that's the only place they let you do it. If you want a quiet wedding away from onlookers, this is not the place. I knew this coming to the resort and I was never excited about it, but I knew we had to go to this resort as many of our friends and family were on a tight budget. 

                 

                The ceremony was nice (my fiance's dad did the ceremony) and then you go back to the wedding hut for a toast. I didn't want this portion and I told Lupita that in the emails, but then when we were there at the meeting she said we were doing it so I was like whatever not a big deal cause it was included so we just kind of stood there for a few minutes and then went and did our photos. We had our dinner at the Italian Buffet. We were supposed to have speakers there for toasts and such, but they didn't have them set up for us and we didn't find this out until we were ready to do them. They offered to bring them, but it would have taken too long that it wouldn't have been worth it. That was really frustrating because we planned a lot differently because of that (originally they told us we couldn't have speakers in the Italian buffet). The cake was ok, not great. We had the strawberries with hard white chocolate. We had our reception at the disco hall. We didn't have near enough time there, but they charge by the hour and we didn't want to spend too much on it if we didn't need the whole time. We still had a great time at the disco and did all the reception stuff and finished with dancing. We had a really great time at our wedding. A lot of the brides at Sandos had really great experiences with their weddings. I'm glad we did the destination wedding, but we did have a lot of issues with Sandos as far as booking and the wedding. It was nice having them do all the decorating and such, but it was not near as easy and perfect as a lot of reviews and such that I read. I'm not sure if it was just me having different requests they weren't used to or if I was just unlucky and they skipped over me a little. If you just stick to doing whatever they tell you to do then I'm sure it would be perfect, but if you want to change things up a little and they haven't done it before don't count on it happening right! I wasn't impressed with the communication with Lupita the day before and the day of the wedding. There were many frustrating things, but at the end of the day we had a really great time, a great wedding, and we're married now! Sandos was nice, but not fairytale perfect, at least in my own experience. 



                #978 rebeccas

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                  Posted 24 June 2012 - 10:30 AM

                  Got married at Sandos 5/18/12 and we had a great time! We booked through DestinationWeddings.com/FunJet, which was a lot of help as far as all of our guests travel and bookings. The resort is nice, but it's definitely not the best in certain areas. The food wasn't impressive and my fiance and I actually got sick one day from it. Also the rooms aren't the best. I stayed in all 4 of the room options (long story). The beach rooms are fine, nothing special. The bed and pillows are very hard, but I was still able to sleep ok. It was nice being close to everything. The haciendas are fun because they have the pool out back, but they are not much different from the beach rooms aside from having a little extra room and a pull out couch bed. The Riviera rooms are a little nicer as far as decor and such, but I don't think they are that much better than the haciendas. The pool on the Riviera side is a lot quieter and that was nice. We stayed in the adults only side for our honeymoon night and that those are definitely the nicest rooms. The pillows are actually soft and the bed was decent. The resort always had lots of fun activities going on and the nightlife was fun each night with a show each night and everyone hanging out at the meeting point. That was always a fun time. Our guests all had a great time at the resort and the price is much more reasonable than many other resorts. However, we had a LOT issues with rooming. All of our guests came in on different days and such and pretty much all of our guests except maybe 2 or 3 out of 33 had some kind of issue with their room. I spend about 2 days in the lobby trying to get things sorted out with the front desk and trying to prevent further issues with incoming guests, but they always got it wrong. It was very frustrating because I spend a lot of time prior to arriving making sure everything was in order. When I arrived at the resort, they didn't even have a room for me (the bride) until 3 days later. Fortunately they weren't booked so they placed me in another room, but I was supposed to have an adjoining room with my bridesmaids and it got all messed up because they got everything wrong with rooming. Between all of our guests we pretty much had every issue you could think of. It was a very very frustrating time and I lost a lot of time with my friends and family trying to figure it all out. Fortunately each guest didn't have to spend much time on it as I did. I talked with other brides at the resort and they didn't have any problems at all, but their guests all came and left on the same day so it was easy to book them. So I would just say if you have lots of different schedules and rooming with your guests I would be cautious and make sure they have it right. 

                   

                  As far as the wedding...we had the most beautiful day we could have asked for. It rained several times during the week and we were a little nervous about the weather whether it was going to rain or be uncomfortably hot (especially for me as I'm from SD where it's not so hot and very dry so I'm not used to humidity). Our wedding day was absolutely perfect weather. Wasn't too hot, no rain, and clear skies. The wedding coordinator, Lupita, was great to work with beforehand and got back to me quickly through our email correspondence. Once at the resort she met with us again to make sure we had everything figured out. She was very accomodating to make sure we had everything we wanted. After doing a lot of research on photographers we ended up going with the resort photographer. We had planned to get one off the resort, but then we learned there was a large fee to bring a photographer from off the resort (the first time we asked about it there wasn't a fee). The pictures from the resort photographer looked really nice and the price was significantly cheaper from the other photographers. You don't have contact with them about your wedding until you arrive at the resort. We get there and we were put with a guy who didn't know English well and he was trying to tell us what we had to do for our wedding. I knew exactly what I wanted and I explained it to him and I had even written out different shots that I wanted. He was set on doing things his way and it made me very upset because I was the one paying. Also, the prices changed from the pricing sheet we were given. They increased significantly. We were very upset at this point as everything was different than what we had been told perviously. So we went and talked to Lupita who let us talk to another photographer lady. She allowed us to get the package we wanted for the price we were originally told (it was an $800 difference). It was a terrible experience, but we finally got it worked out. Our actual photographer ended up being great. It would have been nice to meet with the actual guy beforehand, but he still did a great job and we were pleased. For the price we paid it was worth it. But now with their increased prices I would say that it would probably be better to just get a photographer from off the resort as the prices are now more comparable to them and they are probably more likely to cater to your wants compared to the resort photographer who is also concerned about running the photoshop at the hotel. The wedding setup was really nice and I loved our flowers. The one thing I don't like about Sandos is that the wedding area is right next to all of the lounge chairs. It's at the end, but there are still a lot of people there at 5:30. Fortunately there are photo editing tools and the photographer did a decent job at keeping people out of the photos, but there are plenty of photos of old men in speedos watching our wedding and I'm not super impressed with that! I asked about having it at another location on the beach, but that's the only place they let you do it. If you want a quiet wedding away from onlookers, this is not the place. I knew this coming to the resort and I was never excited about it, but I knew we had to go to this resort as many of our friends and family were on a tight budget. 

                   

                  The ceremony was nice (my fiance's dad did the ceremony) and then you go back to the wedding hut for a toast. I didn't want this portion and I told Lupita that in the emails, but then when we were there at the meeting she said we were doing it so I was like whatever not a big deal cause it was included so we just kind of stood there for a few minutes and then went and did our photos. We had our dinner at the Italian Buffet. We were supposed to have speakers there for toasts and such, but they didn't have them set up for us and we didn't find this out until we were ready to do them. They offered to bring them, but it would have taken too long that it wouldn't have been worth it. That was really frustrating because we planned a lot differently because of that (originally they told us we couldn't have speakers in the Italian buffet). The cake was ok, not great. We had the strawberries with hard white chocolate. We had our reception at the disco hall. We didn't have near enough time there, but they charge by the hour and we didn't want to spend too much on it if we didn't need the whole time. We still had a great time at the disco and did all the reception stuff and finished with dancing. We had a really great time at our wedding. A lot of the brides at Sandos had really great experiences with their weddings. I'm glad we did the destination wedding, but we did have a lot of issues with Sandos as far as booking and the wedding. It was nice having them do all the decorating and such, but it was not near as easy and perfect as a lot of reviews and such that I read. I'm not sure if it was just me having different requests they weren't used to or if I was just unlucky and they skipped over me a little. If you just stick to doing whatever they tell you to do then I'm sure it would be perfect, but if you want to change things up a little and they haven't done it before don't count on it happening right! I wasn't impressed with the communication with Lupita the day before and the day of the wedding. There were many frustrating things, but at the end of the day we had a really great time, a great wedding, and we're married now! Sandos was nice, but not fairytale perfect, at least in my own experience. 



                  #979 msts82675

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                    Posted 25 June 2012 - 11:24 AM

                    Yes I did, if they fix that, I would have no complaints.  It could be just because we had so many people.   I honestly did have a great time there and I loved my wedding. 



                    #980 Kray41

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                      Posted 26 June 2012 - 09:09 AM

                      We did have a seated dinner.  It was great.  I will write a review in the next couple weeks.






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