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#121 murmel

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:07 PM

Originally Posted by CDC-SRW 

The countdown is on! 2 days until we leave for our Dress Rehersal at Azul Beach. We are really excited. We talked to our TA who helped us with the booking and have arrangements to go visit Azul Fives and Azul Sensatori while we are there as well. Hopefully between the three, we'll finally be able to pick a resort for our 2014 wedding.

 

Originally Posted by Stinah 

Hi CDC-SRW!
We leave Thursday for Azul Beach Dress Rehearsal, I'm sure we'll see you there! Have they given you any kind of itinerary? We rented a car because we wanted to check out some other resorts and do some shipping but I've heard they may have us booked with activities everyday? 

XOXO

Have a wonderful trip both of you!  You'll have an amazing time and hopefully find everything for your dream wedding!


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#122 CDC-SRW

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    Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:42 AM

    Originally Posted by Stinah 

    Hi CDC-SRW!
    We leave Thursday for Azul Beach Dress Rehearsal, I'm sure we'll see you there! Have they given you any kind of itinerary? We rented a car because we wanted to check out some other resorts and do some shipping but I've heard they may have us booked with activities everyday? 

    XOXO

     

    Hello Stinah, how was your visit? We had to cancel because my FH came down with the flu on Wednesday. We're going to go down for the February dress rehersal hopefully.



    #123 htztrtz

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      Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:32 AM

      Hi everyone!

       

      I'm wrapping up the planning process! My wedding is on Feb 16th and I'll be going out there on the 13th. Everyone's comments have been so incredibly helpful - from table measurements to makeup tips. (I'll be doing my own!) If anyone has any questions or wants me to take specific pics when I go - let me know. :)
       



      #124 Stinah

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        Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

        We had our "Dress Rehearsal" this past weekend and it went great.

         

        We are now back on the fence between AB and Sensatori for a few reasons:

         

        Azul Beach had a foul odor caused by the mangroves right outside of the lobby. For the most part, I was told they only release this odor after the rain, which would make sense because it had rained the night before. The smell was only in the lobby and villa 10 area. After you cleared that area it was gone. The next day it was faint, then the next day, gone. 

         

        The pools were all very cold, no one was swimming with the exception of villa 9 family swim up suite area that was heated. I was a little worried that we would be flying guests all the way out here for a cold beach and cold pools. We were told the pools are solar power heated, which, again, makes sense, because it was an overcast while we were there, therefore, no heat.

         

        We did a site inspection of Sensatori and the pools were full of people and warm water. However, it is a considerably larger resort, so you do lose a bit of that intimate feel you get with AB.

         

        So we are now checking to see if we can book Azul Villa Carola next door in addition to some rooms at AB because at the very least, our guests could  access the private, heated pools and jacuzzi's at the Villa.

         

        The venues at AB are amazing. Wave lounge and Chil terrace are open air and sit overlooking the water, yet have a roof and curtain access, so you have some protection, in case of wind and rain.

        The Blue Terrace is beautiful on it's own, you can save some money here with decor because it has beautiful chandeliers and candles lining the walls which light up so elegantly at night. Again, open air, so you see the water but are on hard floor. The sky terrace is also great one side already has lounge style furniture set up in it which would make for a great cocktail hour. 

         

        The restaurants were good. The Italian has a sangria menu of all different kinds and Chil has a great ceviche menu! Blue, of course has the all lobster menu as well. 

         

        As far as the dress rehearsal, day one was a site inspection of AS, day two a presentation from 9-1 at El Dorado Maroma and day 3 was a site inspection at AB.

        At the presentation, they went over packages, venues, vendors, etc. We were greeted with mimosas and tea, biscuits, etc. Then had a "cocktail party" we got to sample different cocktail menu options and drinks like rum punch, bloody marys, etc. Then, it was more presentations followed by dinner, all of the tables were dressed up with different options of centerpieces, chairs, bows, etc. At dinner we had their house wines which were not so great so we stuck with mixed drinks from the bar. We tasted steak, lobster, salads, cake, cupcakes, etc. The food was fine, but actually much better at the resort restaurants. It was very informative and there were a lot of planners to help answer questions.

         

        Hope to post some pictures soon!

        XOXO



        #125 Stinah

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          Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:45 AM

          So sorry to hear about your FI, hope he's doing better! I posted some info below. Hope it helps!



          #126 asposeep

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            Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:41 PM

            Hi everyone! 

             

            I am looking for some help regarding excursions while we are at Azul Beach.  We really want to take our guests out on a Catamaran for the afternoon but it seems like to arrange through the hotel it is super $$$.  They are quoting us $88 per person if they feed us lunch and $68 per person if they do not feed us.  This includes scuba dive gear but nothing else. Has anyone found anything along these lines (or another great excursion) that is less expensive? I just wonder if going through the hotel is the wrong way to approach this. 

             

            Thank you!

            Ashley



            #127 murmel

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            Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:57 PM

            Originally Posted by asposeep 

            Hi everyone! 

             

            I am looking for some help regarding excursions while we are at Azul Beach.  We really want to take our guests out on a Catamaran for the afternoon but it seems like to arrange through the hotel it is super $$$.  They are quoting us $88 per person if they feed us lunch and $68 per person if they do not feed us.  This includes scuba dive gear but nothing else. Has anyone found anything along these lines (or another great excursion) that is less expensive? I just wonder if going through the hotel is the wrong way to approach this. 

             

            Thank you!

            Ashley

            Unfortunately you will find most tours are about $50-100/person. So $68 seems about right- and it's likely snorkelling gear, not scuba diving gear! You can just search online and see if you could find a different tour operator with cheaper boat tours. (but I don't have any advice on those-sorry. I have only done deep sea fishing!) Here's a website I found- http://www.catamaran....com/index.html. But I don't know if that includes transport or how many guests you might have! But they have a lot of boat options.

             

            If you want to do something cheaper, you could possibly try to arrange a private bus transfer to the Mayan ruins at Tulum. It's about an hour drive, but the entrance to the site is about $4 US/person (last time I went).

             

            Some other excursions: snorkelling at Xelha http://www.xelha.com/, shopping and dinner on 5th Ave in Playa del Carmen, Xplor http://www.xplor.travel/ has underground caves to swim through and zip lines....


            Married my best friend on January 24, 2011 at Azul Sensatori! :wub:

             

            Ambassador for Azul Sensatori and Karisma resorts

             

            Official Azul Sensatori thread:

            http://www.bestdesti... azul sensatori

             

            Recommended Travel agency: Wright Travel

            http://www.wrighttravelagency.com/


            #128 Lyman

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              Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:39 AM

              Here's another tour option.........2 Amigos Cancun who can customize a tour for you with what you want to do and what you're looking for....... a good option to check  out.......wishing you all the best with finding some great things to enjoy :)



              #129 asposeep

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                Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:47 AM

                Originally Posted by Lyman 

                Here's another tour option.........2 Amigos Cancun who can customize a tour for you with what you want to do and what you're looking for....... a good option to check  out.......wishing you all the best with finding some great things to enjoy :)

                Thanks so much Lyman and Murmel! Appreciate your help!



                #130 SunwingWeddings

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                  Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:13 PM

                  Hi Newbies!

                   

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                  Extras:

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                  And on arrival in resort…

                  • Private Transfers for Groups of 15 or more (arriving on the same flight)*

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