Just got back from the grand sirenis on wednesday. Well what can i say. One word. Amazing.
Hotel The Hotel is spotless. The rooms are really spacious. Unless you have the presidential suites which there are only 3 of all the rooms are the same size. the bath is huge and does take some time to fill but well worth it. The grounds are really clean and the pools are too. We were situated near the pool bar next to el rancho so we spent quite a lot of time there. the cocktails are fab. Miami vice a definate must.
Food The buffet restaurant has lots to offer and they do have themed nights which are really nice too. There is always pizza and pasta cooked fresh in your choice of sauce if you don't find anything else. Also steak, chicken and fish cooked fresh as you wait. The kids loved it because they could just eat what they wanted. The a la carte's , el rancho(steak house) I wasn't bothered about this one, my soup was cold and the steak a bit tough although the buffet starter was nice, didn't enjoy the mexican either i found it a bit bland. the Italian, japanese and brazilian are a must they were really nice the brazilian being my favourite, i tried to get in the second week but left it too late to book.
Wedding Absolutely amazing. I had most dealings with Cecilia although i did meet pamela and araceli. They are fantastic cannot do enough for you. I met with Pamela the day after we arrived and we went through everything with her. They really do know what they are doing. The flowers i wanted were not in season so i had to choose another flower for my bouquet which they helped with as i wanted the leaves wrapped back so they told me which would look the best and they didn't disappoint. flowers were stunning and the button holes were done the same way. We got married on the private beach in front of the palapa. It was rather a windy day the day we got married so we got a bit windswept down there but i'm sure if cecilia could have stopped the wind she would have. She couldn't do enough for us. we moved from the beach for photographs as i was worrying about my hair falling out because of the wind, we had some more photos done down in front of the sirenis on the beach there as the wind did calm a bit after the ceremony. From here we were took to the palapa which looked absoulutely stunning. We had the beach menu salad for starter followed by soup then steak or salmon followed by chocolate brownie then wedding cake. The food was gorgeous, The cake was lovely too. We did hire the dj and he did a great job. We had such a good night that we paid for an extra hour as we didn't want to leave.
Spa My hair and make up was perfect. I got married at 5 and we had to be at the spa at 10. both myself and my sister (bridesmaid) had hair and make up done. there is just the one lady that does both and she was amazing. i was very impressed with what she did. We thought that 10am was early but it worked just right for us it was about half 10 when she started and we were finished for around 3ish she also fixed my nail for me too. she takes her time she is a perfectionist but thats what you want on your special day. we then got ready down at the spa and the photographer arrived at 4 to take pictures. so although it might sound like a long time, as we though that too, it wasn't really it, was better as we didn't feel rushed, although i did leave my hoop for under my dress in the room so i had to get someone to fetch it down to us, still not sure who did that for me but it was down at the spa within 5 minutes.
We did have an upgraded room as we had the platinum package and it was stunning. four poster bed, 2 40" flat screen tv's and every games console you could wish for although we never used them the kids did sneak in there at times for an hour out of the sun. so wasn't a bad thing. we also had a shelf of top brand full bottles of every spirit you could wish for as well as the well stocked mini bar. We also had gourmet bites almost every day too. plus snacks such as pringles, chocolate bars and biscuits. It was beautiful. they went to town on the room on the wedding night too i'll not spoil your surprise but the room was stunning. They really made us feel special.
Photographer My photos are amazing. you wouldn;t know it was windy looking at my pictures. I was worried about this showing on the pictures but they are fantastic. They took over 300 pictures and i wanted them all. the dvd we had done is beautiful too although you can hear the wind at the ceremony it was hard to hear what was being said when we were actually there so i knew it would be like that on the dvd. It was just unfortunate that i picked the windiest day out of the 2 weeks to be married on. although we did have a really bad rain one of the days we were there and there was a wedding too so mine didn't seem that bad i was gutted for the bride that day.
I loved everything about the Grand sirenis, the people are so friendly. I would definatley return there and if i could i would get married all over again because i had such a fantasitc time and it goes by in a flash. so all you sirenis brides to be, enjoy. because i did. every minute of it. xxx Donna & Alec Lindsay