Hi I am getting married at Cayo Levantado on April 12/13. I am in desperate need of a good photographer, I do not trust the ones the resort will provide. Is there anyone who is getting married around the same time who might want to share the travel/accomodation costs of a really good photographer?
Also I have been to the resort before, March 2012. It is an amazing place very quiet and secluded. The way it works is the resort area basically shuts down after ten. They like to keep everything quiet as not to disturb the other guests. It actually makes sense and you will understand when you get there. There is a public beach "known as the Bacardi beach" during the day the beach bar is not all inclusive, the reason being it is a really nice beach and cruise ships and tourists from other resorts come in to see it. However, after hours people from off the island do not visit so the resort takes over the beach bar and drinks are free after 10pm for guests who want to party. Basically, the people who want to continue partying after the main lobby closes walk down to the public beach. This island is very small it is not a long trek from where you would be having your wedding dinner and there is only a small amount of other guests that will be there. I really don't think it will effect anyone's after party, it might actually be more fun because when I went everyone was was friendly and having a great time. My fiance and I met a couple from the States that taught us some crazy dance moves, it was a blast. But yes I understand that if you want your after party to be private this is probably not the resort to go to. This is NOT A PARTY resort. It is a romantic, secluded getaway. If you want to party all week long you probably should choose another resort.
I have booked the Don Pablo restaurant for my wedding, it is an additional $3,500 USD if you want the whole restaurant for yourself. I think it is worth it in my opinion but everyone has their own budget.
When I was there the public beach bar was opened the two days I did go in the week, I did not check every night. So maybe as a suggestion when you get there insist on the DJ being at the public beach bar for your wedding night.
Hope that helps.. and please message me if you want to share costs on a really good photographer. I wanted Phil Steingard but he is already booked in punta cana that week...