Originally Posted by tram13
Thank you so much for your review and sharing your pictures! You looked amazing and I am glad to hear that everything worked out perfectly. Thank you for the tips on the taxi drivers, etc - do you know where you got your booze and how much you ended up spending? Also, thanks for the tips about the spa - my mom has set up a hair appointment for herself and a make-up appointment for myself for the wedding day. I have printed off the confirmation e-mails (thankfully, my mom forwarded all that information to me) and will take them with us. I will also inquire about a make-up trial, because I do believe that is included!
I was just wondering - you stated that the resort wasn't your favorite. May I ask why?
Congratulations on becoming a MRS!
I do not know the exact name of the market we went to, but I can tell you that from the front entrance of the Gran Bahia you turn left. Travel a couple of minutes down the road and when you hit the first stop light, the market will be right on the right... look for a bunch of taxis. Should be a 2-5 minute taxi ride. We bought five 750mL bottles at around $15+/- each: 2 Sky vodkas, 1 whiskey (some brand we have never heard of, but it was the only whiskey they had), and 2 rums (called Overproof and unless if you like STRONG alcohol, I would not recommend this because we thought it was nasty and none of our guests touched it LOL). Total I want to say was like $70ish. Still cheaper than the open bar price! We actually could have just skipped buying alcohol with the rum punch and champagne Vinnette provided us. As for the taxi, Vinnette said the ride shouldn't be more than a couple bucks. When we hailed our taxi, we immediately asked the driver how much for the round trip and he said $10; we bartered with him a bit and were able to get him down (his response was whatever works mon haha). We still ended up giving our taxi driver like $8 because he stayed with us at the market and even came in with us to help with the alcohol and to make sure we didn't get ripped off.
Yeah definitely take those confirmation emails with you for the spa!
As for the resort not being our favorite... there were actually quite a few things that were quite a bummer, but I will just name a few that bugged us the most...
1) We couldn't get any reservations at any of the specialty restaurants. We were there from a Sunday to a Sunday (a whole week). We went to book the reservations the day after we arrived and there was no availability in any of the restaurants. The only restaurant we were able to get booked in was the Grill at 9:30PM! And the food there ended up being all cold!
2) We have been to a lot of all-inclusives and the service at this resort was by far the worst. Most of the servers and bartenders had bad attitudes and were grumpy and some were just flat out mean. If you wanted any drinks in the restaurants you had to actually approach the servers and ask for them or go get them yourself.
3) The food was not great, not much variety... pretty much the same thing everyday with maybe a couple things different. Oh and the late night burger spot was NASTY. And I swear, I am the least picky eater on the planet, no joke I usually like everything! Wedding dinner was fantastic though... probably the only meal we really enjoyed there.
4) The beach is not the nicest... if you are a beach person and have been to a lot of amazing beaches, I think you will be disappointed... we were.
*But seriously, we chose this resort for the wedding specifically and we were so soooo happy we did. So I would recommend it for everyone looking for an awesome wedding, but for someone just looking for a vacation spot, I would say keep looking.
Hope this helps!