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Hello everyone - I want to announce a Girl's Scouting Trip to the Tulum area November 11th-15th. We'll be visiting:

 

Hidden World's Adventure Park

Tulum Ruins

Akumal for snorkeling

Local hairdressers

Local florists

Hotels

Restaurants

 

PM Malisa!

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I will be at the GBP Tulum starting Nov 13 for a week. Doing a girl's vacation and combined site visit/meeting with the wedding coordinator.

 

Happy Scouting!!

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Good Luck with your scouting trip!

 

We have a trip planned in early October to visit a few resorts-- do you have a list of questions for the resorts already- if so, would you be willing to share it? I am trying to compile a list of questions to ask each place and I am sure I am forgetting something!

 

Thanks!

Tracy

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Good Luck with your scouting trip!

We have a trip planned in early October to visit a few resorts-- do you have a list of questions for the resorts already- if so, would you be willing to share it? I am trying to compile a list of questions to ask each place and I am sure I am forgetting something!

Thanks!
Tracy
Hi Tracy,

Do you know which resorts you are planning on visiting in October? I am wondering if the Palladium would be one of them?

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In Tulum there are many questions that you probably don't need to worry about:

Do you have enough electricity to run a DJ booth & lighting (20 amps)?

If not, will you provide a generator and set up?

May I use a caterer of my choice?

Are there additional charges to do so?

Do you have european plan pricing as well as all inclusive?

Do you have someone at the resort available to steam wedding clothes?

What is the server to guest ratio?

How late can your event run?

Is it possible to pay an extra fee for a longer reception?

Do they have decorations that you can rent vs their standard free decorations?

I recently learned that an all-inclusive resort was charging an additional event fee for dinner, when I asked why I was told that it was because they had a special event menu. I also learned that if I wanted to use their regular menu I didn't have to pay the special event fee.

If you have a small group or group that will not likely stay the minimum number of days for your wedding package ask about group rates instead of wedding packages.

Of course you'll want to see pictures of past events, locations, and transportation options.

How will your plans change if the weather doesn't cooperate?

Outside vendor fees?

I think there is a broad range of questions you can ask. I think it's easier to just go knowing what you want and making sure they can provide it. Always ask for samples or photos.

 

If anyone would like to join us in Tulum just let me know.

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I just wanted to post an updated itinerary:

All of the hotels have offered a standard site visit rate for a total savings of over $600 for the 4 nights

 

Hotels:

Nov. 11La Reve (Playa del Carmen)

Nov. 12Blue Tulum

Nov. 13Mil Amores

Nov. 14Ocho

 

Excursions:

Hidden Worlds

Tulum Ruins

Snorkeling in Ak-ul Lagoon

 

Meals/Cocktails

Casa Miel

Mil Amores

Ocho

Blue Tulum

El Pez

Hechizo

Personal chef that we could use to cater

Ginger

Cesiak

Charlie's

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Sounds like fun! I'll be particularly interested to hear about the activities if you are going to post reviews. I'm booked for Dreams Tulum May 2010- and would love to know more about the area!

 

Also, i have a random question-- which will probably sound silly-- but if you happen to note how much postcards are - on average- in the area- the info would be super helpful! I'm thinking of having my guests fill out a pre-stamped postcard that my fiance and I will get when we get home, instead of having a guest book.

 

Buying the postcards for Mexico in New York is, i think, more expensive... just trying to be sure.

 

Can't wait to hear all about it!

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So we are back. Here is what we learned on our trip.

 

Le Reve Tips

Look for the "Tides" sign off the 307

The Le Reve sign is very small.

 

Don't judge the hotel by the approach

This is one of the craziest roads I've driven in Mexico. After rain, some of the potholes could be mistaken for ponds.

 

Other Tips

Don't park by the yellow or red curbs

That is a no parking zone. Police will take your license plate instead of issuing a parking ticket.

 

Lodging

Hotel Lunata

My favorite place on 5th Ave. It's a very cute, garden style pure old Mexican style hotel. I'll be staying here the next time I want to spend the night on 5th.

 

Mesquito Blue

Beautiful fun decor and pool area. Very quiet for being on 5th. 45 rooms or suites. Great for large parties, but will not host weddings.

 

Mesquito Beach

Related to Mesquito Beach, this also has great decor and pool. Set on the beach, it has a great restaurant. This part of the beach is very busy. One of the girls mentioned that it would be like getting married in front of 500 of your not so closest friends.

 

Blue Parrot

Didn't tour the property but wanted to mention that is on the beach right next to Mesquito Blue. For those of you looking for a private wedding on the beach - this is not the location.

 

 

Basico

Thumbs down. Very fun 80's look - that hasn't seen a paintbrush since. The place smells really bad.

 

Activities

Drive into Playa and walk 5th Ave.

 

Restaurants and Food

Le Reve

Tasty and nicely presented. I thought the tortilla soup was a little hollow but every one else raved about their food.

 

Transportation

Cancun Rent a Car

I highly recommend them. Their price includes all taxes and insurance. The car was clean and reliable.

 

Top picks in Playa

 

I've always been reluctant to consider Playa del Carmen for a wedding. This isn't a sleepy little fishing town any more and there are skyscraper hotels from Cancun to Xcaret. However, I found a gem at Le Reve. Next to the Tides, between Aventura Palace & Catalonia Maya, this hotel is found in the center of a small bay that hides the two mammoth hotels from view. The covered, open-air restaurant is large enough to host your dining and dancing. The 25 rooms have air conditioning and hair dryers. The hotel is decorated with locally made tile and light fixtures.

Doranna is also a fantastic hairdresser. Located just off of 28th St and 5th Ave. she managed to whirl up two great updo's that perfectly matched my client's tastes (pictures still to be posted).

 

 

The Road to Tulum

 

I had heard about Al Cielo on the road to Tulum. Word has it that it is on a lonely beach near Barcelo. The hotel has 4 rooms right on the beach and a huge restaurant large enough to feed 50. This makes it an interesting option for weddings that require blow driers.

Al Cielo certainly is on a lonely beach. It's quieter than Tulum - more like Sian Ka'an without the trash.

It's also next to Essencia, which is a gorgeous hotel. Once a hacienda built by an Italian Duchess, this is Mil Amores but larger and fully staffed. They have an organic spa that is to die for. They roast the herbs outside and many of the treatment rooms have dipping pools surrounded by the jungle. The treatments are reasonably priced at $130/massage. The hotel rooms are not at $600/night. Beautiful location though. I'm definitely recommending this for the girl's spa day.

 

 

 

 

 

My "To Do" List

 

Found a place to rent generators

Found local party furniture rental

Found two local florists

Found hairstylist & make-up artist

 

 

 

 

Dinner by Mindy

 

Mindy was kind enough to cater a private dinner for us at Mil Amores. We had the entire restaurant to ourselves. This is the way all scouting trips should go. Two fantastic couples, 3 amazing tasting courses, 2 bottles of wonderful wine in one of the most romantic places in Tulum. The wind was softly blowing, we were surrounded by candles and I fell in love - with everything.

Mindy really did an outstanding job. The shrimp was just spicy enough, the beef was juicy and the flan was creamy.

 

 

 

 

Tequila

 

My husband is a tequila connoisseur. We probably own 30 bottles of tequila. The last time we were in Mexico he fell in love with this really cheap bottle of Tequila "Orrendain" (the brand, not the type). He asked me to bring him home a bottle of Orrendain Joven. The last day in Mexico I wandered around and found him two bottles, paying no attention to the "EXTRA" typed below the joven, in a different font. Low and behold it's Extra Joven - extra young. Not the same. Oh well. I'll just have to go back.

 

 

 

 

 

Tips

 

Everything takes longer

It takes 20 minutes to drive down the beach road. So don't. Rent a bike or stay put.

 

 

Order a private dinner on the beach.

Everyone is so accomodating. Just ask and it will happen. It will be the most romantic night of your life - until you do it again.

 

Lodging

Mayan Hostel Tulum

Still don't like this hostel, but the client's were at Blue Tulum and it was close. Thumping music and drafty walls made this an unpleasant stay.

 

Blue Tulum

Was pleased to stay here in for two nights. Comfortable beds, hot clean water, and super accommodating staff. Really wish they had a beach and put the outlets in places I could find them.

 

Ocho

25 rooms. Some close to the ocean, some not so much. The selling point on this hotel is their great restaurant. It is a large raised palapa. Their beach has beds and both the restaurant and beach have plenty of helpful staff. They are currently closed, but we all have our fingers crossed that they will be up and running again soon.

 

 

Las Ranitas

I have hope for this property. 25 spacious rooms. They have a pool, tennis courts, massage cabana and a large restaurant. This hotel has good bones and a new owner that promises to have a remodeling project finished by the end of the year. They plan on repainting and replacing all of the textiles. I will be e-mailing them for frequent updates.

 

 

Mil Amores

Mil Amores - 1,000 Loves. My heart stays here every time I leave. The beautiful spacious rooms, the airy palapas, the intriguing architecture. The staff that bends over backwards to please your every whim. I heart Mil Amores.

 

 

Shambala Petite

Very cute almost oriental hotel. 9 Rooms and prideful owner on site.

 

 

Amansala So this is where the party people stay! This fun hotel is run by 3 25 year old hot boys. It's a bikini boot camp/yoga retreat/hotel for the single and fit. This is where your young single friends should stay.

 

Activities

 

Spa at Essensia

Absolutely beautiful and serene. I could spend the entire day here by myself, or with my girlfriends, or my husband....maybe I just wouldn't leave.

 

 

Massages by Margo

While I did not have time to receive a massage, one of my couples did. They both said that they were amazing massages. She even got the butt really well- which is usually a miss hear in the states. I look forward to my massage next time.

 

 

Hidden Worlds

I dropped Couple #1 off at Hidden Worlds while I went and finished my to do list. They came back happy and excited. The first cenote is a hoot to zip line into, the second cenote has very cool snorkeling. Skip the skycycle. It goes WAY TOO SLOW.

 

 

Friday night at Mezzanine

If you want to "club it" in Tulum, this is where you would go. The music was loud, the entertainment was - well, entertaining and Mezzanine is just a cool venue.

 

 

Sunday Night Salsa Lessons

My old friend Romero wasn't teaching this week, but I know he's still around. The salsa lessons let anyone join in and have fun. Afterwards the music continues so that everyone can practice.

 

 

 

 

Restaurants and Food

 

Cocktails at Cesiak Sunset at Cesiak can't be beat. There's no where else in town where you can watch the sunset of the lagoon.

 

 

Pizza at Om Eat your heart out Jim.

 

 

Mindy - caterer

She used to run an "intimate dining" company in San Francisco. Now she raises her family in Tulum. She has excellent roots in the community that allow her to find staff to cater private events. Her husband is a sommolier, so you could say they are a match made in heaven - and we reaped the benefits.

 

 

Teetotum Tulum

I don't think I ordered right here. I had the breakfast burrito, and it was ok. Everyone else had the coconut french toast and they all ooh'd over it. Very cute swedish interior.

 

 

Cetli

Yumm.... The appetizers were different spreads for our homemade bread. We greedily asked for more bread. Then we ordered the grilled fish and veggies, and the challa and chicken empanada with green mole sauce. It was earthy and rich with spices without being too hot. The owner Claudia is very sweet and is so proud of her restaurant. She is considering catering for us.

 

 

La Zebra

Always consistently good food and service. A great stage and dancing area for large parties.

 

Transportation

 

Collectivo

There is now a collectivo that runs up and down the beach road. Hooray!

 

 

Bike

After the second day of scouting I really get tired of driving this bike. I truly suggest getting a bike for a most relaxing stay.

 

 

Walk

I woke up every morning and took a walk on the beach. How fantastic is that? I met Ed, because I thought he looked like Kevin from the Tulum forum. A great guy from Canada who's been traveling for a whole year. I'm uber jealous.

 

Enjoy the pictures

http://www.flickr.com/photos/3582353...7622799699315/

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My FI and I just returned from our second scouting trip and we wish for a third. Tulum is the ultimate wedding and vacation destination for us. We spent one night at Playa Azul, one at Milamores and two night at Ocho. We dined at Charlie's, Daddy Blanco's, Playa Azul, Hechizo, Zamas, Ocho and La Zebra. In Akumal, we lunched at Turtle Bay Cafe.*

 

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Ocho Tulum

The hotel was built in 2007. The breezy beachfront cabana contains screen doors, a plush king size bed with ceiling fan overhead, plenty of lights and electrical outlets, seperate toilet room, bathroom with double sinks and double shower. The small porch at the entrance to the cabana has a table, two chairs, and a hammock. The grounds are immaculate and there are plenty of beach beds for guests. The restaurant sits under a large palaypa and has plenty of seating and lounge areas. The manager, Alejandro is professional and friendly. Coffee is available every morning at 6:30 am. Continental breakfast includes plenty of bread, fresh fruit and orange juice. Very good wine selection at the restaurant. For weddings, they offer half a dozen buffet-style and sit-down menus. Prices are competitive for wedding menus. Accomodation prices are very high and you must rent all rooms or accomodations for 46 people. Hotel is unfotunately closed.*

 

 

Playa Azul*

We stayed in a beachfront cabana. The cabana contains a comfortable king size bed and a step up to a small bathroom with one sink, a toilet and a small shower. Outside the cabana is a small sitting area with a table and two chairs. Continental breakfast includes 3 slices of toast, fresh fruit, coffee and orange juice. The restaurant is a double-level large palaypa with youthful funky wall art. The art can be covered with fabric for formal events. The grounds are immaculate. The hotel prices are very good. The hotel has a generous amount of beach and a beach bar with swings. The manager and chef are young and friendly. They offer exciting menus for events at very competitive prices.

 

Milamores

We stayed in Room 4 of Corazon Maya. Milamores has the widest expanse of sandy beach. We ordered and received our room super-sized. The bed was comfortable. The mirror was even super-sized. The bathroom is large with a mosaic tile tub/ shower. The terrace is large with a table and chairs. What is so special about Milamores, besides it having the best beach in Tulum, is the large tastefully decorated common areas and the staff.*

 

 

La Zebra

Lunched on grouper ceviche, guacamole and chips, chicken empanadas and chicken tacos. Food was good. Met a couple who raved about their prehistoric fish soup entree. The Sunday night salsa was sexy. Us white folk did not show off our steps. Left credit card and retrieved it the following morning from the honest staff.

 

Hechizo*

7:30 pm seating. We had way too many margaritas prior to dinner but we enjoyed every bite. The dining is comparable to the finest restaurants here in Boston. The food is French. We had the duck and also a beet salad as appetizers, scallops and yellowtail snapper for our mains.*

 

Zamas

We met the chef Paul Bentley and sampled his papas bravas, guacamole, beet salad and two homemade pasta dishes, one was a simple mainara while the other was braised short ribs and mole. His food had the most flavor and "levels" as foodies call it.

 

Had a makeup trial with Lili. She did a nice job creating a glamorous look for me. Her prices are very reasonable.*

 

Met Charlie at his restaurant. He explained the spiritual ceremony performed by him and his partner Maria. We booked him for our ceremony.*

 

We recommend the cenotes near Coba.

Choo-Ha and Tamcach-Ha. The second cenote was our favorite. It was a deep pool with an 80 foot ceiling. The are two diving/jumping platforms.*

 

Things to note for guests:

 

Topes noted with regular signage looks like lego (some do not have signage). Largest tope at Ana y Jose.*

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Other rules of the road-wear seatbelt!!! To pass you driver indicates with blinker and determined tail gate.*

 

Do not rent from Hertz over charged us.

 

Visit the ATM in Tulum Pueblo. Many places in Tulum are cash only.

 

Must haves: major credit card, bug spray, benedryl, anti-itch cream, bring sunblock, hat/visor, flip flops, phone charger, pesos.*

 

Wifi limited and turn off data roam on your cell phone.

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Make sure hotel provides free wifi

 

Playa for Starbucks and salons and partying.

 

Salt water shower in non all-inclusive hotels.

 

No hairdryers at non all-inclusive hotels.

 

Not all hotels have wide beaches

 

Kiddies - Xcaret Xplor

 

Akumal good shops lower prices than Playa for silver jewelry.

 

 

 

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      Whether you aren't the sentimental type or you're just savvy, selling your used wedding dress is an easy way to recoup some money from your wedding. If your dress is in good condition, consider listing it online over selling it to a thrift store, where your listing will reach a greater volume of potential buyers and can be more easily shared and promoted. A used wedding dress in great condition and under two years old can usually sell for 50 percent of the retail price. And, if your dress is a more recognizable brand like Oscar de la Renta or Vera Wang, you could make closer to 60 percent of its retail value. Even if your gown isn't designer, don't give up hope—since there's a large demand for all kinds of second hand wedding dresses, a designer label doesn't necessarily mean your dress will sell faster. Not to mention, mermaid dresses are also in high demand, so you shouldn't worry if you're not a sample size. Tips for Buying Used Wedding Dresses
      Buying a used wedding dress can be a bit of a gamble, but as long you're cautious, it's a thrifty way to snag a designer wedding dress for half the retail value. Plus, if you get lucky and buy a wedding dress from someone with a similar body type, you may not have to make too many alterations, which also cuts down on your costs. As long as the gown you found looks to be in good condition (if you can't see it in person, make sure photos show it clearly from all angles or ask to Skype with the seller to get a better look), a used wedding gown can be a terrific deal. A few tips: Since your dress will have to be custom-tailored to your body regardless, a larger size is easier to work with where alterations are concerned. Fabric can always be subtracted, but adding more fabric that perfectly matches the rest of the gown can be difficult (not to mention expensive!). And because you're getting the wedding dress for a steal, you can put some of the money you save toward making sure it fits like a glove (and some extra dry-cleaning if necessary).
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