Welcome to the site!! I have been to both resorts and I have photographed weddings at both resorts. Both are lovely.
Are you thinking the gazebo or the beach location at the Barcelo?
Personally, I like the look of the Barcelo gazebo better than the Tulum Gazebo, however the Tulum Gazebo is far more private.
Beach location, I like the Gran Bahia better. I think it's more private and you have more options.
I enjoyed the private restaurant reception of the Barcelo where at the GBP it isn't private, however I like the poolside receptions at the GBP more.
End result... I'd select GBP. But I got married there so I'm bias
Here are some of the weddings I've photographed at both:
Thank you so much for this information! I love the photos from Nikki & Tim's GBP wedding, it's everything I want for mine! Is this the "hammocks" beach location? And do you know what they call that pool area where they had their reception? I read that they recently painted those posts (not sure what that thing is called) white and a lot of people don't like it and are switching to the Tulum beach site. Which area is more private - the Tulum or Akumal beach ceremony site?
My travel agent told me that the beach area to the far end at the Barcelo complex (opposite end then the Palace) is more private then at GBP. She thought it was a nicer, prettier beach area. Have you seen this location?
Does the GBP have a disco? I'd like to have somewhere fun to continue the party after the reception ends and I know the Barcelo has a good nightclub.
Which resort did you think had nicer rooms (have you stayed in an oceanview?) and did GBP give you a free room upgrade?
Thanks again, this helped a lot!