Rehearsal Dinner in T&C.....suggestions
Posted 21 May 2010 - 06:40 PM
So far this is all I know:
Bay Bistro looks nice but I will admit it is kind of pricey.
Coyaba is rated #16 on Trip Advisor, not very good ratings, but I tend to not always go according to those reviews.
Anacaona I simply love the way the venue looks and would have put it at the top of my list except they don't allow children under the age of 12 and my fiance's niece will be 16 months.
Magnolia had wonderful ratings online but from the looks of the pictures I saw there didn't seem to be much of a view/ambiance.
Coco Bistro was rated #1 on Trip Advisor but again I couldn't find any contact info to find out about pricing.
Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 21 May 2010 - 11:35 PM
We are having our rehearsal dinner at Horse Eyed Jacks in the Blue Hills to get a little change of atmosphere! The venue looks amazing, and there should be live music.
I would also highly recommend Kissing Fish Catering Co. and Bay Bistro. They are catering and putting together our wedding dinner on the beach in front of Bay Bistro. Planning the menu, dinner, and details with Joan (owner of Kissing Fish) has been really great and easy. She is very organized and responds quickly. They also have a lot of options to choose from.
Posted 22 May 2010 - 12:29 AM
Posted 22 May 2010 - 08:15 AM
Anacaona is more "upmarket" as the hotel is more grand. It's a bit back from the beach but also a nice setting as well. You could check with Grace Bay club about having the rehearsal at their Grill Rouge...Children are allowed there. It's a bit further back from the beach but nice as well (everything at GBC is beautiful).
Coco Bistro is owned by dear friends of ours and is a favorite of mine in terms of food and location. The owner Stuart, and Clive (of Bay Bistro) actually worked together in the UK and owned and ran a great restaurant on island together for a long time and then each took on their own restaurant. The setting of Coco Bistro is in a garden of Palm Trees each lit up with white "fairy" or Christmas lights. Food is fabulous and generous. (This is where hubby and I go for any and all special occasions). It is also a favorite of everyone else. Even during our slow season, Coco Bistro is packed (right now you need to make reservations 2-3 days in advance which is unheard of here). Because they are popular, Stuart does not do any special pricing for groups, you have people order from the menu so my guess it will be the most expensive of the bunch.
The location and layout of Coyaba doesn't have anything special in my opinion that would make a great rehearsal dinner. It's nice, just not "magical" or beachy. I find it feels a bit closed in. Food is nice but they use a lot of heavier sauces and such that aren't to my tastes, (Others absolutely love them, I am just not a fancy/saucy food kind of gal)
Horse eyed Jacks is in Blue Hills (another part of the island). A big thatched roof open air pavillion on the beach. They do grilling and local food as well as great casual dining. Arlene has really done a great job with it. It's right on the beach and more of a casual food atmosphere with dancing etc.
Of the ones you mentioned, I think you're on the right track...Bay Bistro or Grace Bay Club will be great. Horse eyed Jacks is also a fun option. Once you check around you will probably find that Bay Bistro is good value for money. The other thing is that Joan will be prompt and attentive through the whole process in getting back to you and planning. I find sometimes in other places they may be on island time (worry about now vs something months from now) and the lack of communication can be frustrating. I can send you Coco Bisto's (Stuart's) email if you want menu/pricing from them.
Hope that helps
Posted 22 May 2010 - 10:07 AM
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I'll head over to the schooner thread, busy morning carting around kids to swimming lessons, hip hop lessons and sewing lessons....back now
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| Originally Posted by AutismPrincipal |
Janine and Krys: I have just started reading your threads as FI and I are now considering TC as our wedding and honeymoon location. I have already contaced Tropical Imaging, Ileana, and I am so impressed by her work and charisma. We are also working with a TA who is going to price The Somerset (which I LOVE!!!) and nearby hotels for our guests. Thank you both for such great information.
Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:01 AM
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