LOVING Vallarta Palace and PV!
Posted 18 May 2009 - 11:57 PM
Posted 19 May 2009 - 03:28 PM
| Originally Posted by Mishka Designs |
Thank you for writing this - I could yak until I'm blue in the face about how great it is down here right now, but it doesn't mean squat compared to an actual bride . Poor Vallarta has been hit so hard this month with untrue bad press, that EVERYBODY are doing somersaults to see any tourists at all .
p.s. and, of course, why am I not surprised to see comments from E and N? :) awesome :).
Posted 20 May 2009 - 01:31 AM
Posted 29 May 2009 - 10:45 AM
Posted 29 May 2009 - 11:01 AM
Posted 30 May 2009 - 01:10 PM
Meghan - feel free to private message me, and I can tell you more about our experience at Vallarta Palace. I will post the thank you letter I wrote to the staff a little later - I promised them I would keep spreading the word about what a wonderful stay we had there - and my letter reads much like a review. If I remember correctly, we had to book either 25 rooms or 75 room-nights to get our 7-day stay paid for, and also unlimited private functions. We had about 48 people attend, and I think we ended up booking 20 rooms, but we had 92 room nights. So, we ended up having a welcome cocktail reception, a rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, the post-ceremony reception, and a farewell brunch. We selected the free ceremony and just added on the things we wanted, rather than selecting a package price with things we would not have used. The hotel throws in lots of surprise perks here and there for bridal groups... our guests were delighted from start to finish.
As far as getting our guests to use our travel agent, we never mentioned anything about using a TA to earn perks for ourselves. We actually worded our letter to explain that the hotel works with travel groups, and to be included with the wedding party group (and to get the perks that come with that,) they would have to book with the rest of the group through the travel agent. Most were fine with it, because it saved them a small amount of money per night anyways. We also explained that if you had any problems with cancellation, delay or itinerary changes, TAs could get much more flexibility from the hotel than you could individually, and that Expedia, Orbitz and other online services offer you virtually no recourse should you encounter any problems. This was all we needed to convince our guests to use our TA for booking the hotel rooms. No one ever questioned it, and it ended up coming in handy as people needed to make changes because of the health epidemic. The point for using a TA was also proven when as part of the "wedding group" they were greeted upon arrival with champagne, upgraded to the Concierge level, received $250 to use in the spa, and $250 to use at local golf courses. Our guests were giddy with delight when they came back from their free 80 minute massages! Most people went ahead and booked their flights on their own, and fortunately also listened when we told them to book directly with the airlines, rather than online discount services. Again, that tip came in really handy with the outbreak - they were able to deal directly with the airlines, who were able to accommodate everyone efficiently.
I hope that helps. I can answer any other specific questions you have. Happy Planning!
PS... I can't figure out how to post photos from our trip. We literally have over 3500 (and counting) photos taken by the resort and our guests to go through. I'd like to pick a few to post. Any tips anyone?
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