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Can I ask you all how you're doing the room block? Do YOU choose the all inclusive plan for your guests or does each guest choose? I really want a boutique hotel that's all inclusive and Ceiba sounds like an option. Also, do they have a late night bar or does everything shut down relatively early? Last question...does anyone have a photo of the ceremony and/or reception locations? I'd ideally like everything OFF the sand. Thank you!!!

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The guests have the option to do the AI or the European plan.

 

When you do your contract, you need to give an estimate of how many rooms you think you will need. They will block these rooms and you must have 50% booked by a certain date (it will be in your contract) and then the remainder of the rooms need to be book 120 days prior to your wedding.  If you do not use all of the rooms by the 120 days you can "release" the rooms so you will not be held financially resposible.  If you  do not release the rooms and they "all" are not booked, you are responsible for some perctage (I don't have my contract in front of me).

 

When I did a site visit, I took pictures of everything.  PM me your email address and I will send you a kodakgallery of it.

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We used a travel agent who was fantastic and got us an amazing group rate for all our guests (it was off-season though).  We chose to do the all-inclusive plan for everyone mainly because it was a good rate and so much easier on everyone.  I would highly recommend doing the all-inclusive as I think your guests would wind up spending more out-of-pocket and Puerto Morelos (as quaint as it is) isn't a great alternative for dining. 

 

As far as nightlife goes, there's not a whole lot going on at Ceiba.  But it worked out great for our group because we got a ton of attention and service.  I believe the Arrifice restaurant bar and the tequilla bar (in the lobby) were open until 11pm.  We could generally get them to stay open til 11:30 as long as the tipping was good and then we would stock up on beers and drinks and hangout outside, but other wise things definitely shut down early.  The terrace bar was not open while we were there, probably because it was off-season, so I can't say if that would be any different. 

 

For a 4-night stay (which most of our guests did) this is what we had going on: 1st night Cocktails in the Lobby, 2nd night Bonfire on the beach, 3rd night Rehearsal dinner, and Finally the Wedding Reception.  Pretty much everyone was in bed by midnight every night, but trust me after drinking all day poolside/beachside, everyone was more than ready!  :) 

 

You absolutely can do everything off the sand, but still right by the beach with all the views.  We got married on the Pier (there are some pictures posted under my profile) plus they have a whole outside terrace area right next to the beach.  

 

I'm sure this is more info then you wanted but I hope that it helps you!  Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions. 

 

Good Luck!

 

 

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Can I ask you all how you're doing the room block? Do YOU choose the all inclusive plan for your guests or does each guest choose? I really want a boutique hotel that's all inclusive and Ceiba sounds like an option. Also, do they have a late night bar or does everything shut down relatively early? Last question...does anyone have a photo of the ceremony and/or reception locations? I'd ideally like everything OFF the sand. Thank you!!!



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It'll never be too much info for me! This has been one of the harder places to get info on - I should've asked you all sooner! I like your 4-day schedule A LOT. And the weekend we'll be getting married is October 22nd 2011 so good to know about the bar situation. 11:30pm isn't too bad...what time did your wedding reception end? Did you go to the restaurant bar after that? Oh and how many people fit on the pier? 40ish? We're thinking we might have around 70! Thanks everyone!

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Wow, 70 guests, that will be a great crowd there, close to half the hotel!  We had 44 guests and they all fit on the pier easily.  We had 6 rows of 8 chairs with an aisle down the middle all under the palapa. You could probably fit a row or two more under the palapa too.   Plus there is plenty of space surrounding it (as long as the weather isn't too hot or stormy) that I would think would be fine to extend seating out to the sides or the back.   We were married on October 24th!  Our ceremony started at 5pm, Cocktail hour was 5:30-6:30pm poolside, and the Reception was indoors from 6:30pm-10:30pm. The indoor room is off of the Lobby, so when the dancing ended the party continued at the lobby tequilla bar!  Again, the staff was excellent and more than happy to stretch their work hours for us and stock us up before last call.  I would imagine if you were to use the roof top terrace, that you would probably use the restaurant bar then due to proximity.  I also know for private events you can pay by the hour for private bar service for as late as you want.  

 

I still need to give an official review of the hotel, but overall I couldn't have imagined doing it anywhere else (which I originally was and changed 2 1/2 months prior, crazy long story I'll spare you).  This place just fit our dreams for our wedding so well, small boutique, all-inclusive, personal service.  Many of our guests are already hoping to make a trip back there next year. 

 

Originally Posted by 1106wedding View Post

It'll never be too much info for me! This has been one of the harder places to get info on - I should've asked you all sooner! I like your 4-day schedule A LOT. And the weekend we'll be getting married is October 22nd 2011 so good to know about the bar situation. 11:30pm isn't too bad...what time did your wedding reception end? Did you go to the restaurant bar after that? Oh and how many people fit on the pier? 40ish? We're thinking we might have around 70! Thanks everyone!



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savvybride2010 - Didn't the guests have the option to do the all - inclusive??  I was just wondering because we are encouraging everyone to do the AI since the prices of food and drinks will well exceed the difference between the European Plan and the AI plan.

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hello 1106wedding!!

 I have a lot of pictures of wedding set ups at the hotel! we are the hotel suppliers of decor, furniture rental and flowers, so in case you need any information, please do not hesitate in contact me and I can send you our information.

See our webpage and the facebook pics.

kindly regards and I look foward to hearing from you :)

 

Gabi

glavor@planner1events.com

 

 

Originally Posted by 1106wedding View Post

Can I ask you all how you're doing the room block? Do YOU choose the all inclusive plan for your guests or does each guest choose? I really want a boutique hotel that's all inclusive and Ceiba sounds like an option. Also, do they have a late night bar or does everything shut down relatively early? Last question...does anyone have a photo of the ceremony and/or reception locations? I'd ideally like everything OFF the sand. Thank you!!!



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Thank you to all of you for the quick information. I made a last minute appointment with Diana for tomorrow at 3pm! I couldn't resist. We're seeing 6 resorts, yikes! We have deposits down at 4 but Ceiba isn't one of them (mostly because I didn't know enough about it and thought it might be too small for our group). I'll report back next week! Thanks again!

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