SusieQ's Gran Bahia Principe Tulum Review
Posted 15 February 2010 - 12:04 PM
We booked with Air Canada and are we ever glad we did. Air Canada has a huge bagage allowance. 2 pieces per passenger at 50lbs each.. We checked in at 208lbs 4 pieces and they didn't charge me extra. I did have other people bringing stuff for me aswell... Yeah I got carried away!!!
Arrival into Cancun, the airport in very un organized and you feel like your going in the wrong direction when you arrive, because you are walking around the departure people to get to immigration.
Immigration was a huge line up (100s of people) I was very nervous, to back up a little I had a fainting spill at the Toronto airport earlier in the day. I was ok, it was busy in Toronto aswell and I was lucky and someone caught me in time. Very nice people standing in the line, ended up on the same resort as us.
Immigration line up went pretty fast and then off to luggage pick up and customs... I got searched.. My two bags with all my OOT bag stuff. They were really kind to me once the seen it was all wedding stuff.. Helped my OOt bags were right on top with our names and hotel name.
The bus ride is long.. Whatever your on holidays!!!!!
The hotel check in Super Fast... beautiful room and Champagne and fruit waiting for us. Also letter from the WC Jazmin, confirming our meeting time the following day.
WC meeting (I had concerns due to lack of communication from her) It went amazing... She met us with open arms and hug and a kiss. Jazmin is very sweet. She had everything I ever sent her and she had the detailed list of how the day would go. Back-up plan if needed... I bought all my stuff for table decorations ect... She listen wrote notes on pictures i had bought for her. I felt so relaxed and confident my wedding was going to go off without a hitch.
The hotel: I have been there before so i knew what to expect. It is very big and spacious.. Extremely clean
Pools are one quiet by the Diamond Section, Large pool with swim up bar is very crazy and loud. You can sit further away and it is quieter.
Staff - Bartenders, servers,maids front desk, hospitality totally awesome!!!!
*** However*** if you are traveling with teenage girls*** please PM regarding the Animation Staff***** I don't feel comfortable posting the details online. However if you want details please pm me.
Our group arrived two after we arrived: Flawless flight arrival (no line ups) again speedy check in. All of our group were in the same area in two villas. That worked out great. We were about a 10 minute walk away... Totally kool with that. lol
Our wedding day: I had my gfriend help me get dress, hubby got dressed before me and left to meet our group in the front lobby for the trams to take them all to the wedding site.
I ordered champagne the day before at hospitality (it was free) and it got delievered just after hubby left the room. Gfriend and I enjoyed a glass, giggled and got me dressed.
Knock came on the door and I was off to my wedding site.
Everything.. timed perfectly and the day couldn't have been more sunny.
I walked to the alter with my hubby and it was amazing.... totally breath taking..** this is the point when you realize why you choose destination wedding... simply breath taking!!!
We had a english speaking officiant. She read the standard vows and then she gave up the opportunity to read ours. I felt like we said vows twice, who cares? I was in paradise!
Photographer: I am not a picture person so we went with the basic 10 pictures offered in the package we choose. He took 60 pictures and we bought them all on a cd. They were beauitful.
Dinner was at the "Gran Tortoga", it was totally amazing.. My group filed into the restaurant and Jazmin held us back for a grand entrance. Everything looked amazing.. center pieces just like the photo I gave her.
My cake didn't look like I had invisioned.. I totally could care less...
Food and service was great. We were tucked in a corner and it was great for speeches.
Our pool side reception:
Beautifully decorated with chair bows from the wedding and lights that resort had hung up.
I cheaped out on the DJ and opted to use my ipod and docking station. Well if music is important to you and your group. Get the DJ, the wind was strong and the show was very loud next door and you could barely hear our IPOD.. Totally my fault for being cheap... we made do!!!! In the end it was the dream I dreamed...
The restaurants were totally awesome and service +10
We tried 6 of them names I don't remember all of them. You have questions about them PM me.
Again friends thank you for all your support and creative ideas, you helped make my wedding day the beautiful memory that it is.
Good luck and Best Wishes to each and everyone of you.
Posted 15 February 2010 - 12:19 PM
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Posted 15 February 2010 - 12:33 PM
Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:57 PM
Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:53 PM
I am bringing an 11 (almost 12) year old... I'll be PMing you about the Animation Staff... not sure what that's about.. hoping if it's bad my daughter is too young to be affected. Also can't wait for pics! I also have some questions about your dinner at La Gran tortuga and the set up/decor... will ask those ?s on the GPB thread so those girls can hear any advice you have on that topic.
Congrats once again and thanks for sharing!
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