Jump to content
erica12

2013 Paradisus Palma Real

Recommended Posts

Originally Posted by angelnjewels View Post

 

Hi amy, 

 

Well Royal service is the adults only portion of the resort. with royals service you are able to access gabi and palazzo along with other private areas of the resort for adults only. The reserve is the family area of the resort (but many people stay there). You would have to take a golf cart from there to get to the main resort and beach areas.  

 

I love the reserve but my fiance and i are thinking of staying in the main building since we have our families and friends staying there. We are going to do royal service instead but may ask to do a few days after at the reserve. 

Thank you angelnjewels! That's what I was thinking but wanted to make sure! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Originally Posted by Kel123073 View Post

 

Okay so here is our review.......

 

We chose to spend more money on the room and airfare than a lot of upgrades to the wedding itself... just a personal choice. 

 

We stayed in the Reserve....worth every penny!  Upon check in the majority of my guests rooms were upgraded including ours.  We were upgraded to a Master Suite with my parents across the hall in a master suite as well.  This worked our perfect since we didn't rent the bridal suite.... guys got ready in my parents rooms and girls in our room.  We flew first/buisness class since I was bringing two extra bags worth of welcome bags, programs, placecards, table numbers and holders, wedding activity books for the kids, cake knife and server, cake topper, menus, thank you cards, and of course my wedding dress as well.  The groom also had a garment bag for his suit, his son's and his linens for the week, lol!  Also the kids have only flown once before and they were super nervous so we wanted them to relax and be comfortable flying. (  I used miles to upgrade my ticket, and we purchased their tickets early so the price was reasonable )

 

 Funny little side note, we ordered a limousine and they confirmed with us the night before, pickup price time etc.... We were scheduled for a 6 10 am pick up and they never showed and  no one answered the phone!  We had seven suitcases, my dress, his garment bag, two adults and two children.  My fiance is divorced and his two children!  We have a PRIUS!  Can u seriously imagine!!!  We somehow managed to pack it all in and get to the airport and not miss our flight!!!! So if anyone is from the north jersey area DO NOT USE BERGEN LIMO!  I emailed them and got no response and no phone call back! 

 

Also we used Suntransfers and they were not at the airport to meet us, even though I spoke with them the night before... took about a half hour to get someone there to meet us and I had ordered a ten passenger vehicle and that isn't what we got....but we got to the resort our room was ready and we started enjoying ourselves!

 

We had arranged several dinners before arriving with Massiel from the onsite Romance Dept.  Definitely take advantage of this.... I didn't realize at first that you could make multiple group dinner requests until I saw another bride had!  We arranged for dinner with our parents the first the night and a large group dinner the second night!  Our rehearsal dinner didn't work out but that was just a little miscommunication!  

 

We arrived on Tuesday, had a meeting with Massiel on Wed morning to go over the ceremony and all the details....and the photographer Wed afternoon!  She was wonderful, we brought everything up to her office including my IPOD for the music to be played when I walked down the aisle etc....

 

The day of the wedding, I went out to the beach relaxed and when I came back to the room, houskeeping hadn't cleaned yet and it was 1pm.... advise them the night before that you need the room cleaned early.  When I called they were great and they sent two girls up immediately and whipped the room into shape!  We headed to the spa for my 3 pm appointment for hair and makeup for myself, my mom and my sister.  They did them fast but they took their time with me!  My sister also had to go back to room she did the younger girls hair which by the way came out amazing!  They gave us 15% off my mom and sister as well!  Carmen did my hair and makeup and she was AMAZING!!! I showed her a pic and she copied it exactly.  I am very picky with my hair and makeup and she blew me away!  I even brought MAC #7 eyelashes with the glue which I told her I would put on if she couldn't at the end and she did them for me!  They looked amazing...  The only issue was they took so long that I was late getting back to room.  Everyone was waiting for me and I had no time for pictures in the room because I was later for 6pm ceremony and was losing the light for beach photos!  I had a couple of quick shots in the room and the photographer gave me the choice but i wanted the pics on the beach.....

 

The beach was all set and cleared of people in that area! Everything was amazing!!!!!  The minister was lovely from the resort, only issue was they hadn't given her my cousin's reading so she just said we would come back to it. She handled it like a pro and we just laughed!  They sand ceremony I had printed wasn't given to her either.... the coordinators ran back to the office to get it while the ceremony continued... The minister winged the sand ceremony and it was beautiful...guess she has done them before...lol

 

They whole ceremony was beautiful and my family members couldnt get over how beautiful it was... they didn't know what to expect and said it was just like a wedding at home.

 

We then began group photos at the beach which were great!  Our photographer was a bit new I think and my dad stepped in to help him.... My dad was a wedding photographer for years so that definitely helped!  Everybody just laughed and enjoyed the photos as you can see!  

 

The guests were taken to cocktail hour which was at Olympus Terrace as well..... we paid for an extra hour for the DJ so  we would have music for the cockail hour and it was lovely!  In hindsight I would add a couple more appetizers..... 

 

The reception started and the DJ was good but didn't play some of the songs we requested I guess he didn't have them.... not sure  but overall he was great..... soundsystem and lighting great as well.  Menu was awesome... our family was glad we chose buffet.... lots of options and my cousins girlfriend I found out has a lot of food allergies,  Massiel handled it very well and went to main buffet to get her food, since she was unsure of some ingredients used in preparation of our food.

 

Cake was delicious!!!!  

 

Everyone was up dancing the whole  night and we had a lot of onlookers wishing they could join the party.   In fact our bartender as well as servers hit the dance floor a couple of times with us!  Even the wedding coordinators were hanging out enjoying themselves.... we are a pretty fun laid back bunch! They really do make it a private event. We did have one beligerent woman walk right thru and they tried to stop her and she refused!  lol  

 

To sum it all up we had the wedding of our dreams.  It meant more to us that our family traveled so far to celebrate with us and our day was more than I ever imagined it to be!  

 

Post wedding we had a lot of trouble getting dinner reservations, also the hotel was at full capacity..... we never met our concierge she called once and wanted to come up but we were on our way to meeting with photographer.  The desk helped me as well as our old concierge from previous stay... Dalmy.  She remembered us and was gracious enough to get us one of o ur dinners.  We also tipped a lot so when we mentioned to one of the hostess's at lunch we had no dinner reservation we just got married here and it was our last night she immediately got us one!  

 

With the photographer our package included 50 photos for $600 for getting ready, ceremony, and the beach shots.  We had family taking pics at reception so we didn't add that on.  We ended up getting 94 photos for $750.... my fiance negotiated.... Originally they wanted $900 ( just a tip to negotiate for extra photos)

 

We did an amazing excursion our last day if anybody is curious about excursions.  Mike and I took the two kids on the private speedboat snorkeling adventure... they picked us up right on the beach in front of hotel and it was a 2 hour excursion....we road the coast, went to an amaziing snorel spot, were I saw the most tropical fish I have ever seen and then headed to the natural beach area to hang out have some drinks and relax, they drive the coast back to the hotel.... We paid $210 it was amazing!!!

 

Hope my review helps.... any questions feel free to ask!

 

Kelly and Mike

Thank you Kelly for your review! I'm definitely putting your negotiating tip to use! I have read in the past that the in-house photography/videography service waives the tax fee if paid in cash.. I emailed Marisol to see if they are still honoring that deal.  I also have a question about the buffet?  Did they allow you to swap out certain things on the buffet options? If so, did they charge you? 

 

Amy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@luza87,

 

You looked amazing! Beautiful dress! Very similar to mine! I am waiting for it to come in from CC Boutique! I can't wait! And your wedding looked like it was so much fun! :) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here is my perspective on the reserve vs. royal service.... Hope it helps! I stayed in royal service at paradisus punta cana a couple of years ago! I loved it at the time, but then I stayed at the reserve at the palma real and hands down wouldn't stay anywhere else! I think it is a personal choice though..... For us we loved the room.... It was like having a condo! We loved the hydro grill for lunch in the reserve and also the breakfast buffet there as well! Then there is gabi beach! Amazing for lunch or dinner and right off the beach! We took the golf carts as well as walked.... It was about a 7 minute walk to the beach! The whole atmosphere is super chill and relaxing even though kids club is in that area! My sister was the only one of our group staying at the main hotel. I asked before arriving if it was possible to forgo our upgrade and if they would possibly upgrade her and her family to the reserve with the rest of us. Massiel was great she explained she would try and get back to me. Unfortunately they couldn't. She explained they consider it two separate hotels and they do upgrade but to the next level room in the hotel u booked it. Also the hotel was really full compared to a previous stay.... So maybe if it was less crowded they might have! She had a rough check in. She was 7 months pregnant and they gave her a room on the third floor! They asked for another room and it took several hours. My brothers law works in the hotel industry and emailed the resort in regards to the rough check in... Not only did they wait several hours they told him to go find his bags himself.... The hotel was very apologetic and actually comped them the fee to eat at Passion restaurant and she said it was phenomenal! They had an amazing time and the room was nice. Only downside was no privacy in the bathroom....there are shutters that u can see thru from the bedroom area. For a couple it would be fine but with kids it lacked privacy! The rest of my group was upgraded to all kinds of rooms in the reserve.... Master suites...swim up suites, master suites with private gardens etc! As far as the photography we paid cash and avoided the taxes! For the buffet we requested they swap quite a few items.... They agreed to all our swaps! Also with the table linens I was able to choose from the brown with swirls, white or ivory with no charge. They really were very accommodating and a pleasure to deal with! The best advice I could give after all the planning would be to enjoy every minute of it! Don't stress and have fun! For me I totally relaxed once I got there and had my meeting with Massiel because then it was just time to celebrate and enjoy every moment with my family that traveled so far to be with us!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Originally Posted by Vspb1213 View Post

 

Hello previous PPR brides-

 

Is there any stylist you would recommend at the spa to do the bride's hair??

 

Thanks!

Eudice did my hair and makeup and she was amazing. I was so nervouse because I didn't bring any physical pictures, nly pics I had stored in my phone. And I googled them the night before my wedding when I was in bed with a stomach ache because in all the chaos I hadn't thought of how to style my hair lol! Thank god she had an idea. 

 

She also did my makeup very natural. It wasn't over the top- subtle and just right.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi ladies,

To any past brides that had your reception on the beach terrace, how was it?!?! I requested the Olympus Terrace but it is not available. :( Just wondering if we should go with the beach terrace by default or pay the $1000 fee for a ballroom?? 

Amy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

HI Ladies

 

So I am going to be working with Eudis for my bridal hair and makeup. I wanted to know if any of you had brought clip on extensions for your updos and if so were the stylists at the resort able to work with the clip on extensions successfully. Thanks

 

R
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey ladies!

 

Just decided on PPR for my June 30, 2014, wedding. We're doing it at the Jellyfish that day, but we're all staying at the PPR for the weekend (most of my guests are extending).

 

So excited!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Originally Posted by shaeshae18 View Post

 

Hey ladies!

 

Just decided on PPR for my June 30, 2014, wedding. We're doing it at the Jellyfish that day, but we're all staying at the PPR for the weekend (most of my guests are extending).

 

So excited!!

 

So excited that I submitted before I was done lol

 

What is/did everyone do for the welcome dinner/cocktail hour? Where was it? How much did it cost? How long was it? Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Best Destination Wedding Sponsors



    Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter
  • Posts

    • Planning to get married? Let’s discover some great wedding venues in Bangalore. The increasing demand for the wedding venues in Bangalore makes it very difficult for both the bride’s and groom’s family to get hold of a marriage hall that is suitable for the marriage. As they say, marriages have to be organized in a grand fashion. The atmosphere and the ambiance of a wedding make it memorable for a lifetime. Though there are a plenty of wedding venues in Bangalore, there is only a handful of them that are really good, Offering the best possible experience.  Some of the most popular wedding venues in Bangalore are: THE TAMARIND TREE: Tamarind Tree has the old world charm. This is one of the best wedding venues in Bangalore that boast about its eco-friendly surrounding. Built in the middle of a few acres of garden filled with lush greenery and trees, which also includes the tamarind tree after which it was named, a pond, a stage for the band, classic looking pavilions for the guests to sit, and a lot of spaces around the area. The premise has two large kitchens with a very special fully stocked bar and a lot of space where the guests can dine comfortably. The place can accommodate up to 1000 guests. Customer Reviews : Address: 88, Kanakapura road, Anjanapura post, Avalahalli, Royal Park residency layout 2, 9th phase. JP Nagar, Bangalore 560062 THE COURTYARD HOUSE: The courtyard house is located off Sarjapur Road, the premise is a unique and unconventional property suited for various events, namely weddings. The outdoor space of courtyard house draws in people looking to get away from the traffic and noise in the city, well within the city limits. The green grass and tall trees make for great photographic backdrops making it popular for wedding events. Customer Reviews : Address: Janatha Colony, Gunjur Palya, Bengaluru 560087 RITZ-CARLTON:   The Ritz-Carlton has over 277 spacious rooms and suites and is one of the most luxurious hotels in Bangalore. Seven luxurious restaurants, the Ritz-Carlton spa, and tastefully appointed meeting spaces make it ideal to host marriage occasions. Customer Reviews : Address: 99, Residency Road, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru 560025 BALAN FARM CONVENTION CENTER: Balan farm is a green, wooded island of peace and serenity nestled quietly in the busy rapidly developing JP Nagar. Neighboring the Brigade Millenium Apartments and L&T South city it spreads across two acres of an old orchard retaining the ancient fruit-bearing trees and landscaped gardens. Balan Farm convention center JP Nagar has over 10,000 sq ft of the tiled canopy without any walls blocking and it makes for a really good view. Customer Reviews : Address: 99/4, Nataraja Layout, JP Nagar 7th Phase, Bengaluru 560078 HYATT MG ROAD: Hyatt a 5 Star hotels in Bangalore is located on MG Road. The guest rooms are colorful with a great view of the city, this makes it an ideal place for private ceremonies with 2300 sq ft of meeting and event space. The Hyatt MG road, Bangalore also has restaurants like the Pink Poppadom, Liquid Lounge, and Bar. Customer Reviews : Address: 1/1, Swami Vivekananda Road, Someshwarpura, Ulsoor, Bengaluru 560008 BUNGALOW 7 Bungalow7 offers a unique setting for a wedding, pre-wedding and post-wedding functions. The place hosts a variety of public and private events all within a stunning heritage setting of central Bangalore. Customer Reviews : Address: 7, Hall Road, Richards Town, Bengaluru 560005 GAYATRI VIHAR MANTAPA: Gayatri Vihar is one of the most luxurious wedding halls situated on Palace ground. It boasts of a massive one lakh sq ft area which can easily accommodate up to 5000 guests. The ambiance of the place makes it ideal for community gatherings and private parties. Customer Reviews : Address: Jayamahal Palace Ground, Bengaluru 560080
    • My best friend is getting married with his long-term girlfriend next month. As a best friend, I want to give them the best present they would ever receive on their special day. I am planning to buy them plane tickets and book them for a one week trip abroad. However, I am torn between Ukraine ski trip and a tour to Lima, Peru. My best friend loves skiing and his future wife is a chef, so I presume she would want to experience a Peruvian taste. Now, I am confused. Which is which? I would appreciate it if you guys will leave a comment to help me out with this. Suggesting a way better idea which will accommodate the two activities for the soon-to-be wedded couple is a big help too. Thanks!    
    • Hello all!! I'm getting married next week. Every arrangement has been done by my sister for my special day. When I joined in an MNC I was troubled with severe headaches and as per my colleague's instruction, I took an appointment in a nearby eye clinic. And after an eye examination in Toronto, the eye specialist diagnosed hypermetropia in me. And the doctor prescribed eyeglasses for me. The doctor suggested me to wear eyeglasses during the working time. But I used to wear it sometimes not every day. Then I was troubled with severe eye strain and headache and mom was scolding me to wear eyeglasses every day. I thought of saying goodbye to eyeglasses forever. I'm planning for a Lasik eye surgery soon before my marriage. I don't know whether I'm eligible for Lasik eye surgery. I'm tensed about its recovery time and its complications. Can someone help me by sharing your views?  
    • In the 2017 bridal fashion week, many styles of wedding dresses were gradually popular. From serious bling to regal capes and fun and flirty short numbers, ByCouturier've got all the hottest wedding dress trends you need to know. Allover Sparkle
      Over-the-top sequins, tonal beading and metallic embellishments turned the Bridal Fashion Week runways into a glittery affair. Perfect for evening nuptials under the stars, this trend is daring but sophisticated. Pro tip: If you're rocking a gown with lots of sparkle, keep your accessories minimal and let your glitzy frock do all the talking.  Bold Ball Gowns
      If you're looking to make a dramatic entrance, a classic ball gown is for you—and we saw plenty of them. Take a cue from long, lace sleeves, or get glam with an embellished strapless bodice. No matter the details, this voluminous style is sure to turn heads.  Captivating Capes
      Not into veils? A full-length bridal cape or shorter capelet is the perfect alternative: It still adds movement to your gown, but feels fashion forward. Plus, this trend is an easy way to pull off a mid-wedding outfit change. Wear a cape or capelet for a more formal look during your ceremony, then whisk it away to hit the dance floor at your reception. Short, Sassy Dresses
      Whether you show off your legs (and a killer pair of heels) in an embellished mini or opt for a more conservative midi-length number, a wedding dress with a flirty hemline is a chic way to mix it up. Not willing to give up your dream ball gown? Change into a shorter frock to spice up your reception or after-party.  Plunging Necklines
      The deep V-neckline is a must-try for two reasons: It flatters your upper body (even if you're busty!) and elongates your frame. A plunging V with scalloped lace is ultra-feminine, while a sleek V plays up the inherently sexy vibe of a curve-skimming silhouette. Just make sure you have fashion tape handy the day of to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. 
      Skinny Straps
      We love this trend for two reasons: A gown with barely there straps has all of the sex appeal of a strapless neckline, plus added support. We call that a bridal fashion win. 
    • Hello all, 
      I am here to get some suggestions on the best places to go on a honeymoon. I am getting married by the end of next month. 
      I was thinking of Bali or Maldives. But just wanted to know other beautiful and romantic places. The wedding banquet hall is a gift from our parents. The hall they have booked for us is one of the best banquet halls in Vaughan I’ve ever seen... Other arrangements like the videographer, photographer, wedding dress, reception dress are all finalized. The next week we have the pre-wedding shoot. Also, I'll start sending the invitations the same week. So, it is going to be hectic and I don't have time to rest or look for some nice places. So, if anyone here could suggest some places would be a great help. 
      Let me know your suggestions. 
      Thanks in advance! 
  • Topics

×