Originally Posted by primavera
Hello, I'm a newbie on this forum and getting married in 2011 as well (End of April- Beginning of May). I have read through this whole thread from the beginning and I feel like I know you all by now Lots of great advice, it has saved me from many head aches, so thanks!
I'm still trying to choose a resort. We want to give people the option to bring their kids and find an affordable option since most of our guests will be traveling from Europe and are spending a lot on their tickets already. I love, love, love the Azul Beach & Sensatori but it was a little too expensive for our guests so now I'm looking at Gran Porto Real. If you don't mind me asking, what prices do you feel is a good price for a room/night? I'm starting to think that maybe I'm being unrealistic
My search was long...and some brides may not be agree with what I am going to say...
When I first started my research, I went to a TA, she put a big cross on Azul Beach, she said it is a family resort, a bit old ..needed some reno. then also cross out the other Azul, because it is a family resort and not as nice as other newer resorts that she went to last fall in 2009. Therefore, I started without any Azul in consideration.
After that, I was looking at the Dreams resorts (because some of my guests have kids...ugh..so I need to find a kid friendly resort), Dream Tulum is nice, but too far from the airport, I stayed at the Gran Principe Coba last fall which was very close to the Dreams Tulum, I pee 2 times during the transfer, got drunk and took a nap before arriving. Dreams Rivera is closer...but the kids are CRAZY there, and noise isolation is poor. Dreams Cancun got poor rating on tripadvisor.
Air Transat offers wedding packages with Ocean Turquesa, but it is their first year, a lot of details weren't sorted out, the hotel doesn't allow beach reception during summer because turtles are clubbing on the beach. Tripadvisor said there are bed bugs! No thx, I don't wanna take chances...
Barcelo Mayan Palace has a beautiful gazebo, but their WCs take forever to reply my emails, it drove me nuts...and I would probably go CRAZY before my wedding.
I stayed at the Gran Porto Real with my mom in 2004, it was a nice place, very very nicely located, there is no need to take a cab to goto Playa Del Carmen. It is cheaper than the Royal and it is kids-friendly.
Therefore, I picked the Royal Playa Del Carmen, because guests who are on tight budget /with kids can stay at the Gran Porto Real, and come over to the Royal on my wedding day. I don't have to be stuck with kids. I went there for 1 week this June, it was perfect.