I was visiting this hotel last week and decided not to get married there,(the ones tha already booked here dont feel so worried caise is a nice place but not what I was looking for)
1- price for a private reception 1000$ for a small part of the restaurant Il capriccio ( max 50 people) more than this you have to do it in the barbacue ( public place with others)
2- restaurants: if you stay in bavaro or punta cana in 7 nights you can only choose 3 days to dinner at special restaurants (mexican, italian, etc) the other days you eat at the buffet with the rest of the guests of the hotel
3- transportation, the hotel ia too big, so you have to use different small trains to get to your rpmm, or the lobby or the beach but this is a complete mess, the drivers dont know the hotel so they can be ridding around like 30 min sometimes
4- outside vendors: my case is specific about the photographer I have to pay for 500$ extras to bring a photographer from outside ( i didint liked arrecife at all because of the excess of photoshop they use in their pics)
5- beach gazebo be careful with the ceremony time, cause is in the middle of the beach and you have thousands of curious people like naked making a none perfect backgruond to your pics (i think 5pm would be the perfect time
6- night shows are amazing! Change every day! Dont miss those
7- the rooms of the bavaro and punta cana are very bad! ( i was at Hard Rock Punta cana the week before and it was perfect!) but the rooms of esmeralda are very good, clean and new.
8 the service and the workers of the hotel are very poorly prepared ( again cpmparing with hard rock)
9- an extra 750$ fee for the civil or religious ceremony.
Ok this is the resume! Feel free to ask any other detail!