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#1 armstronga5

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    Posted 05 February 2009 - 06:03 PM

    We are trying to decide on a resort for our wedding. My fiance and I are 24 and 26, we are getting married next year. We have 2 young children who we would like to bring with us. So we are looking for a place that is kid-friendly but also will be luxurious and entertaining for guests who range in age from 25to 60 years old. we have agreed that the things we are looking for are:
    -Price range of ~$1500 per person
    -Allows kids, but somewhere where we are not overwhelmed with kids everywhere
    -spa for bridal party
    -modern/clean with good food
    -Good entertainment, pool (swim-up bar?)
    -All Inclusive!!

    We have been looking at the Iberostar and Dreams Tulum... Any comments on either of these locations?

    #2 gemstone

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      Posted 05 February 2009 - 09:02 PM

      I have selected the Iberostar Paraiso Beach in Mayan for all the reasons you have mentioned above. Cost though I have found is very dependent on the month/time of you want to have your wedding. We had originally decided the last week of December (over Christmas) as many of our friends are teachers but found this to be the most expensive and busiest time to travel and at resorts. We then selected March spring break as our wedding date which happens to be about the 2nd most expensive time to travel:)
      We have now opted for mid April as conditions are nice in the Caribbean during this time and cost is a little less. Unfortunately though, this is not a convenient time for teachers and some cannot come but I have found through planning my DW there is no way to pick a date that is convenient for all. We finally decided on a date that was convenient for us:)
      I have read in reviews that Iberostar has a good kids club as well.

      #3 Gail

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        Posted 05 February 2009 - 09:30 PM

        I picked iberostar del mar as well. Much of what you both have listed. The WC seems to be great. All great reviews. They only do ONE wedding a day. A big plus!!!
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        #4 Mixie23

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          Posted 05 February 2009 - 09:45 PM

          Well, I went with Dreams Tulum. I prefer a smaller property so that my guests (especially since we have some less experienced travelers) didn't feel overwhelmed by the size. The Iberostars are beautiful, but just driving into the complex can be overwhelming. Dreams also has two sections, the Hacienda, which are the more standard rooms, and their newer suite-only Dreams section. I found that this gave my guests some choice, and about 1/2 are staying in the Hacienda and 1/2 are staying in the Dreams section. Everyone gets the same privileges, it all just depends on your budget and what youre looking for in a hotel room. Also, Dreams is really good about giving upgrades to the couple, and a lot to the families too. They have a kids club for when you need a little down time, and an adults only restaurant as well.

          #5 bcbride

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            Posted 05 February 2009 - 11:02 PM

            Hi there, I know youve narrowed your choices to the 2 resorts, but I thought I'd mention The Ocean Coral and Turquesa. We just actually made the choice 2 days ago and everything you have mentioned we wanted in a resort as well! The Ocean is new, (built in 2007), kid friendly, clean, spa, good enough entertainment (accdg to tripadvisor), nice beach, close to Playa Del Carmen and Cancun, and the biggest thing for us was the price! We were quoted $1699 + taxes, keep in mind we are coming from BC so chances are your quotes would be less. Anyway, just thought I'd mention it! Good luck!

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