Just got back from our wedding in OCT this past weekend....so I wanna give you guys all a detailed review of the wedding/resort stuff.
We had a fairly large group with us, 50ppl all imxed, young singles, families with young kids, older parentals etc. etc Everyone LOVED the rooms and the resort.
Our Transat associate, Mauricio, really treated us well upon arriving, and he does a lot of excursion bookings for the groups where he'll get the bride & groom free, so definitely make contact with him if your planning any excursions.
The resort itself is great, check in was super simple & fast, our rooms we're ready right away, a number of ppl in our group got upgrades for free & we never got hassled by any "time share" sellers, despite what the critics say on Tripadvisor.
Food is good, the Restaurants are definitely MUCH better than the buffets, although the Italian buffet was very good and they have several special theme dinners on the patio in front of the Restaurants.
The sensai, definitely one of the best....Mike's Café best cappuccinos/lattes/desserts
Route 66 I would skip for dinner, but it makes for a great late night snack spot as its open 24hrs.
The beach it is true isn't as clear & turquoise as im used to seeing in Mexico, although it is their winter there. But definitely the morning is clearer then the afternoon when the tide brings in the seaweed. But the waters super calm, soft sand and shallow....great spot.
the pools are amazing, pool bar definitely the most fun, but the kids area offers lots of stuff for the kiddos too.
Everyone loved the place, so its a good spot for a wedding!
OKIE so the wedding....
First & foremost let me tell other brides DO NOT USE THEIR SALON!!!! even if it is included in your wedding package, trust me skip it!!! you're better off doing your own makeup & hair or hiring someone else or any other option.
I brought pics and everything with me, & I didn't even want anything fancy, just hair down with curls. Turned out a disaster!!! with no time to re-do, so my MOH had to do damage control & luckily I had a veil so it covered it most of the night....but that is the #1 thing I was disappointed with. I coulda done better on my own. It was SUPER crispy hairsprayed and she didn't even finish....told me to come back at 1 to take out the curlers...my wedding was at 2. not impressed.
The makeup....she did aok on the foundation etc....but the eye makeup: it looked like I got punched in the face with 80;s frosty white shadow!!! like cheekbone right around to eyebrows. NO JOKE. I had to hide my face walking back to my room so no one could see me. I wiped it off & redid myself. So overall total waste of my time. I could have been doing it myself or having my friend do it & been so much happier.
The wedding coordinators: Claudia & Maria, both super sweet and they did a really good job. it was basically stress free and they did everything I asked. The only thing I would suggest is confirm what time they pick you up in your room & also confirm about the champagne bottles. I had to call for ours & they ended up sending us both the girls and the guys one loll Not too big of a deal but just maybe confirm those details. They really set up everything and even though, you literally have no idea whats going on, they do everything & it all works out.
Another thing to mention is they do a seating board for you if you mail them your seating plan. I did not know this, so just letting you girls know to save you some time.
Also, the Ipod music playlist worked beautifully!!! they have a guy who takes care of it, he's very good! you don't have to stress or pay extra for a DJ! Also the wait service was great, food delicious! and they set up your own bar on the terrace area...totally like having your own hall back at home.
Be aware they do do a lot of weddings at this resort....on our day there was a smaller group on the next door terrace but honestly it didn't affect our party at all, so I wasn't bothered. Its pretty far off so not like your side by side.
My flower arrangement was BEAUTIFULLLLLLLL and I really gave them no direction, I just said the colours & picked a bouquet from the catalogue & it was soooo pretty!
The wedding was everything I wanted....stress free! and so much fun. everyone had a blast, loved the food. I heard no complaints!
Also, don't even bother paying for extra time, as the Pool bar has DJ set up at night, so its literally like a little club every night on the pool deck by the bar...SO MUCH FUN!!! they have lights, DJs, MC and a bar. done!
we had a blast!
All in all ladies, don't stress they have everything set up & in the meeting you just go through everything you'd like them to do. They are so nice and accommodating honestly! Just don't use their hair & makeup!!
I also got my dress steamed at the resort $30USD, and they bring it in for you all ready to go.
The morning after breakfast delicious! with champagne and on the wedding night they dress up your room...more champagne! loll
have fun ladies and enjoy!