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I was there for my cousin's wedding in June. The beach was beautiful and the rates were good consideing they included breakfast and dinne. The resort is not luxurious so I think it depends what you are looking for. It is definitely casual and beachy.

 

There were some issues with the air conditioner - My dad's room didn't have air conditioning the first night and I know at least two other rooms had air conditioining issues too. Overall, though I dont think there were any major issues.

 

I am getting married at the El Dorado Royale which is much more upscale. I am having lots of issues that I dont think my cousin had with Shangri-La caribe. The EDR is putting all these restrictions on outside vendors and my cousin I believe could use who she wanted in terms of a photographer, band, etc.

 

Anyway, I think if you are looking for a laid back casual resort this would be a good place. I personally wanted something with beautiful grounds and big lobby etc.

 

Let me know if you have any other questions :)

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Hi! I photographed a wedding at the Shargri-la Caribe a few months ago, there are some photographs on my blog, they may give you an idea of what the resort is like.

I think Lauren summed it up quite well, it is super casual and beachy, lots of tropical vegetation, wood, etc. that gives it a more laid back "ecological" kind of vibe than some of the other resorts, but at the same time an upscale atmosphere. I really liked it there and the wedding was a treat to photograph.

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Here is the bad news. Shangri La Caribe isn't taking reservations after April 2008 because they have sold. I am incredibly disappointed because I was ready to put my deposit down last week and learned this new information. I am trying to find a replacement and having trouble finding similar "specs" like the Shangri La. If you come up with anything, let me know. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I wanted to save you all the research time!

 

Let me know if you have any other questions about this, Lorien

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Ah yes, sadly I found that out too today when I received a reply from Shangri-la Caribe. I'm getting a bit frustrated with Riviera Maya - I love Azul Beach but they don't love me - they determined my group is too big, even just to stay there! They mentioned Azul View but then did not provide me with any follow-up info on the new hotel that is opening. All the other pretty boutique hotels which are big enough to accommodate my guests (100+?) are either adult only or non-AI super pricey, or way too small (25 rooms) and would force us to all stay in separate places. Then I saw Shangri-la Caribe, which yes is a bit "beachy" and not as upscale, but at least it is "beachy" and not too mega-resorty. And now they are closing. Argh!

Now I'm wondering about Playa del Secreto / Casa del Secreto / Hacienda del Secreto in Puertos Morales - I guess I'll post separately about it, but they seem to maybe be able to accommodate everyone, I'm just not sure how complicated it is to organize the accommodations and everything. Is anyone getting married there or has anyone already been married there, with a large wedding party?

Any other suggestions (now that you see what I like)?

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I contacted Shangri-La Caribe early in my planning and was really disappointed at their "services". Bottom line: If you are having more than 85 people at your wedding, you get a private palapa for your event. However, if less than 85 people, they MAKE your group dine in the common dining area with all the other resort guests. That's right - no privacy at all. If you want to "buy out" the private palapa, it is $7500!!!!! CRAZY! And that does not include the food ($40 p/p), which, I've read about on Trip Advisor is mediocre at best. (they will only do a buffet - no sit down and no custom menus). Search elsewhere...you can find better.

 

I also looked into Playa Secreto, but the folks in our group are not the self-catering kind and wanted a resort. But if your group can hang in a bunch of villas for a few days, go for it - it looks beautiful there!

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Yeah I'm kinda worried about the self-catering aspect as I will have a pretty big group (around 90 at least?) and things might get difficult to organize. What resort is your group staying at on Isla Mujeres, out of cusiosity, and will Zamas Beach Club do a sit-down dinner (vs. buffet)?

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Contact Tiffany at SunHorse Weddings and she'll send you some info re: weddings at Zama. My fiance and I chose this location because nothing on the mainland Riviera Maya could come close to this: 100% private, beachfront, covered dining area, great food and formal sit-down dinner (their menu looks amazing). Isla Mujeres Mexico Beach Weddings Isla De Mujeres Outdoor Wedding Services Wedding Packages The photos that Sol posted earlier and other wedding pix I have seen from events held there are just incredible!!!

 

We cannot wait! We're doing a scouting trip April 2008. Wheeeeeee!!!!!

 

As for hotels/ resorts - Villa Rolandi is gorgeous but pricey. We will be staying in Playa Norte at Ixchel Condo-Hotel in one of the penthouses.

Isla Mujeres Hotel, Ixchel Beach Hotel

 

There are many options on the island, just depends what you're looking for.

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FI and I are looking into Shangri-La for our wedding in December 2008.

 

I have read that they've been sold and are closing either this summer or next summer. worried2.gif

 

At this point, I have to assume next summer, because the coordinator, Christine, has been working with us to create a wedding package that suits us.

 

I'll ask her tonight and post again if she gives me a definiative answer re: the selling of the resort.

Apparently condos are going to be put up on the spot (I read this on Trip Advisor). Seems like a major shame, because it looks absolutely gorgeous. And it really suits us in terms of the vibe and size, etc.

 

There are 3 different types of accomodation: pueblitos (basic rooms in an apartment-style building furthest from the beach), beach bungalows (on the beach) and other beach-front houses.

 

Here are some pics from Trip Advisor. I hope they work - it's my first time trying to post pics!

 

Aventura Section

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View from one of the beach-front rooms' balconies

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Children's pool

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Lobby

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View from the restaurant

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Pueblito section

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A wedding pic someone posted on Trip Advisor:

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