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HELP PLEASE - I'm having trouble picking a resort for our wedding Jan. 2012

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#1 drmunoz

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    Posted 04 July 2011 - 07:56 PM

    Hi Ladies,


              I really need some help please. Every time I think I find the resort, something I read or hear makes me start the search again. We're not picky but we are accustomed to staying at 5 star resorts all over the Caribbean - we want a great beach/ocean, great food (most importantly at the buffet), and a nice looking resort for our guests and wedding.


    The resorts I have looked at are the following:


    - Dreams Riviera Cancun: We were told that the ocean has a lot of rocks and you can't walk in without water shoes.


    - Now Sapphire: I was about to book this resort yesterday until I was told by a few people that the ocean is not swimmable at times due to seaweed or way too windy to be allowed in the ocean. I really liked the online package for the weddings - they looked beautiful


    - Marcelo Maya Tropical: We were told the food is only a 3.5 star at best and the rooms are really outdated.


    If we were to continue booking through Air Canada Vacations (which we would prefer) - our options are:


    - Grand Sirenis

    - Gran Caribe Real

    - Now Saphire

    - Now Jade

    - Iberostar Paraiso Beach

    - Grand Riviera Princess

    - Barcelo Maya Tropical

    - Gran Porto Real

    - Dreams Riviera Cancun



    I am open to any suggestions or input for anyone kind enough to help me choose a resort - I SHOULD HAVE ONE PICKED BEFORE THE END OF THE WEEK!




    #2 future mrs k

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      Posted 11 July 2011 - 08:15 AM

      We are going to the Grand Sirenis in November 2011 for our wedding.  We are partial to this resort as we go there every year for our trip without kids!  We love the staff, rooms, food and the grounds.  Pretty much everything about the resort we love.  It is going to be based on your own personal preferance but we are thrilled with our choice and the response from the wedding planners has been fantastic!  Good luck with choosing!

      #3 futuremrstgun

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        Posted 11 July 2011 - 08:33 AM

        i'm an iberostar rosehall bride so i'm partial to iberostar...their properties are beautiful....i know you can't go wrong with those...


        good luck w/your choice! 



        #4 preciosa41987

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          Posted 11 July 2011 - 10:34 AM

          iam on the exact same boat as you....i start looking and i find something i like but there always something i read that makes me change my mind! i was looking at the NOW Jade but then i read that its surronding property is really ugly and there pools arent that big. Then i was looking in Iberostar Praiso and i love that place but there rooms are really out dated ...then i was looking at Barcelo Maya Tropical but didnt know if wanted to stay at a place that HUGE and its like an hr drive from the airport sooo i dont know...


          i just want

          -all inclusive

          -NICE beach , you can swim in..

          -good food

          -family friendly

          -and not more than 30 min away from the airport

          -complimentry wedding


          HELP ME.... :[

          #5 barefoottravelr

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            Posted 12 July 2011 - 12:08 PM

            You may have already picked a resort but I've been to all of those and Dreams Riviera is my favorite.  It is just stunning.  We were able to swim in the ocean, maybe a little rocky in areas but not in all areas, most areas actually.  Some seaweed comes up on the beach, depending on the weather but they are very good at cleaning it up.  Their wedding department is amazing and the do offer a free wedding program.  And the Wedding Gazebo is very "south pacific" looking - just beautiful!  Good luck!  I'm sure whichever one you choose, it will be spectacular!

            #6 barefoottravelr

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              Posted 12 July 2011 - 12:10 PM

              Did you look at Dreams Riviera or Dreams Tulum - both have great beaches and complimentary wedding packages. Secrets Resorts are owned by the same company and Capri & Maroma are just beatiful! 

              #7 torilynnsmith

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                Posted 12 July 2011 - 12:28 PM

                Are you set on mexico?

                #8 canadiangirl

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                  Posted 12 July 2011 - 07:56 PM

                  im with tori:


                  Are you really in love with mexico??? the only reason is that we have booked the GPLH in Jamaica and serious you cant  go wrong with it. Every resort is going to have its pros and cons... what u need to look at is whats important to you and yours... this is what i got from my resort:


                  ALL INCLUSIVE

                  GREAT WEDDING PACKAGE

                  GREAT FOOD

                  GREAT STAFF ( WEDDING STAFF)

                  GREAT LOCAL VENDORS

                  BEAUTIFUL BEACH


                  and kid friendly..with kid section and baby sitting optional


                  you should talk to your TA and ask her opinion...and stay with the resort and stay with your first choice.... its normally the right one! thats what we did a year later and we couldnt be happier!!


                  Two hands will join together on their special day and look at each other and say I DO on April 14 2012 in Montego Bay Jamaica

                  #9 drmunoz

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                    Posted 13 July 2011 - 07:17 PM

                    Thanks for all of the replies! I personally am set on Mexico and I've finally taken the leap of faith..... we have chosen to go with Now Sapphire.


                    Future Mrs K - Congrats on your wedding at Grand Sirenis! My first trip with my fiance 4 years ago was there and we loved it. Best of luck!


                    Happy planning and best wishes for your weddings!!

                    #10 torilynnsmith

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                      Posted 14 July 2011 - 04:37 AM

                      Congrats on making a decision!!!!! Happy planning!

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