I actually have done tons of Tripadvisor research already, so I'm not flying blind. I just got back from a trip not too long ago to the Palladium Kantenah--and I loved it--but won't be choosing it because a)The weddings seem really expensive (esp. for ours which will probably be really small) and b)I like to try new places.
The first place on my shortlist WAS Grand Riviera Princess--but certain reports on TA made me nix it. If I was only choosing a resort for myself I would still go--but I can't be sure that my guests will take the extra precautions that I would take--
Still on my short list is Barcelo Maya Palace--the only thing that gives me pause is some reports of poor service, but I'm not really all that fussy--and a couple of people in my party get bad vibes due to a serious crime that happened there at the Barcelo Complex a few years ago.
Also, the Sensatori Azul--looks really fabulous, but the bad beach may be the dealbreaker. Same goes for the Moon Palace.
Also looking at Now Jade--and the Dreams resorts. I guess one good thing about having so many places that I'm taking into consideration is that if one place doesn't pan out, I still have lots of options!
This forum is very helpful. Thank you all.