Originally Posted by shrandle
I just got engaged but planning on having a destination wedding in March 2013 in Playa Carmen/Riviera Maya.
I am looking for a fabulous hotel with an affordable wedding package and a great group rate for our wedding guests ($300 or under). Can anyone recommend an oceanfront hotel for this? I am currently looking at the following but since I have never visited I don't have much experience:
- Aventura Cove
- Viva Wyndham Maya
- Barcelo Beach
- Riu Palace Riviera Maya
- Iberostar Paraiso Maya
- Grand Rivera Princess
Feel free to recommend anything off the list because again I really am starting from scratch. Your help is much appreciated!!!!!
Congrats! There are so, so many options... glad you found this forum for help!
My Fi and did a fact-finding trip this past July and it was really helpful! We found two wedding coordinators who helped us see 17 locations in 3.5 days in both Cancun and Playa del Carmen. I would highly recommend a visit if you can swing it. Look for travel deals on sites like Travelzoo.com, or even Groupon and Living Social.
As for recommendations... I would recommend looking for a resort that has an adults side and a families side, so that both couples and families can essentially enjoy being in the same place. The Royal Cancun has an adults-only side as well as a family side. We visited it, but it was not for us (I can provide details if you are interested). Another resort with both was the Paradisus La Esmeralda in Playa del Carmen. It is a newer location, and gorgeous! So quiet, serene, comfortable, and luxurious, yet affordable. Unfortunately, if you plan to hold the reception or ceremony at the resort, and you plan to have children attend, then you are limited to options on the family side only. The adults-only side must stay adults-only, even for special events. If you plan to have the ceremony and reception off-resort (like we are), then it doesn't matter.
Another option to consider is a small boutique hotel where you can rent out most or all of the rooms, so you can have as many kids as you want, and do what you please. Two good options are Le Reve (gorgeous!) and Omni Puerto Aventuras (so affordable! so much to do!), both in the Playa del Carmen area. (See my reviews of both here, at the bottom of the page.) Both offer either All-Inclusive (AI) and European Plan (EP, where guests pay on consumption),but not both, i.e., all guests must be on one plan or the other, you can split the group up.
Ultimately, we ended up choosing Hacienda Tres Rios because it's really nice, yet still affordable (feels more expensive than it is-- about $185 per person, AI). I would highly recommend this location, but consider that we were only looking for a resort for our guests' accommodation; our ceremony and reception are at a different location, so I dont know much about what the options would be on-resort for your ceremony and reception.
We also looked at the Fairmont Myakoba, which was AMAZING, but ultimately we decided was out of our price range. I wanted to look at Le Blanc, but we didnt spend the time on it for the same reason.
We have photos and more details I can share on these locations if you are interested.
Good luck! Be sure to update us on how it goes