We did A LOT of research!! Unfortunately, we were unable to do a visit... But I have previously been to the Riviera Maya area for a friends wedding a couple of years back... She had her wedding at the Barcelo Tropical, which I believe isn't too far from the Gran Porto...it is also a great resort area!! It's is just further down the peninsula... My travel coordinator also has been to our resort and gave rave reviews for it!! Honestly, I would say that you probably couldn't go wrong with a 4 or 5 star resort in the Riviera Maya area.. The beaches are fantastic and there is an old charm to most of the resorts....
I hope that this helped!! I do know that the Royal across the street is their sister resort and you can find a TON of reviews and photos for it... It is more of a luxury Resort... It's been given 5 stars vs 4.5 for the Gran Porto.... The only reason we did not opt for that resort was due to the fact that it is adults only and we have guests bringing children... But we did book the oceanfront Gran master suite, which grants us full access to the Royal and all of it's amenities if we would like to "escape" from our guests!
Good luck with your destination wedding!!!!
I doubt that you're still keeping up with this blog.... But if so, could you post a few pictures of your wedding??!! We are trying to decide on whether to do the ceremony and reception on the North Beach or Central beach location... Any advise would be GREAT!!!!
Thanks a lot! We've been to Mexico several times and love it. We got married in Jamaica only because we're both divorced and Mexico's rules are stricter on the paperwork and translation and so on. We fell in love with Jamaica completely, but I want to go back to Mexico for our vow renewal. I've looked at resorts until I'm cross eyed and I've seen so many posts here of brides that are having a tough time with added expenses and fees. The resort that just seems to have everything I want is Gran Porto Real. I looked at The Royal but the price point on it is a bit higher than what i'll ask people to pay so GPR just seemed a better fit. I love the RM area and we love the bars and restaurants in PDC too so I'm familiar with the area and all the different things to do. I just wondered why out of all the other resorts, why you picked GPR? So many brides seem to go for the other ones. I've had a hard time getting reviews on Gran Porto. I'm hoping Tammy will be able to reschedule the webinar.
Thanks again for your comments!