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#1 Bostonbride37

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    Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:05 AM

    Hi everyone!

    Newbie here, of course in need of some help. Kinda long winded, sorry!

     

    Backstory:

    My DH and I are planning to renew our vows for our 20th July 2014. The original plan was to do the Boston to Bermuda cruise. I had everything planned out and set. Ceremony, music, OOT bags with welcome book, website info, precruise meeting, travel arrangements to ship and back, reception, preceremony activites, flowers, dress- everything.

     

    It was brought to my attention that requesting the financials and the time needed for a week long cruise would be alot to ask of people so we started looking at all inclusives. My Brother in law and now sister in law did one in Mexico and it was beautiful. So I went about finding a place.  And I found one I liked, scratch that loved. Majestic Colonial Punta Cana DR. It had everything I was looking for.

     

    After some research, I came to find out that there were alot of stomach issues in the reviews. It has been said it could be caused by a few things, the water or the malaria shots taken by some guests and some said the food but I take those reviews at face value as we all have different tolerances. Anyways, when my DH saw the same thing, the location was nixed. My heart sank... again!

     

    So Cruise, out. Dom Rep, out. Mexico, last resort as we have already had a family wedding there. Any help in finding a place ould be so helpful so I am picking your brains for ideas.

     

    Here are some of the things I want in my location:

    All inclusive

    Beach or non beach option

    Palm Trees ( easiest one)

    Kids allowed ( we have kids randing from 12 mo to 18 yrs so far) with kids clubs

    swim up bar ( just love these)

    swim up rooms (if we can)

    can accomodate 40 people I am inviting with 25 family I know for sure that will be attending

    great excursions ( family and guests will be there for 5 days and my dh and I are staying a total of 10)

    Rates around 220-250 a night.

    great entertainment.

     

    Ok If you want to see my perfect choice to know what I am looking for it was the Majestic Colonial in  Punta Cana.http://www.tripadvis...n_Republic.html

     

    Any help or suggestions would be fantastic.

    Thanks in advance!



    #2 Moments That Matter

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      Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:10 PM

      Congrats Bostonbride37! and welcome to our forum community :) You're already off to a great start by knowing what you want and are looking for, and having ruled out a couple of options already - so well done! Wishing you all the best with the rest of your planning process and that you have the vow renewal celebration that is Perfect for you ! Cheers :)

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      #3 Marymack

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        Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:55 PM

        Hi Bostonbride!!! Try Jamica,lots of resort chains and cheaper than the Bahamas!!! Iberostar, Beaches,and Wyndham all are family friendly and all inclusive... Hope this helps!!!!

        #4 JayKay

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        Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:39 AM

        Welcome!

         

        You will find with any resort you choose there will always be negative feedback.  Try not to base your decision soley on that.  I highly recommend you work with a travel agent.  They will help you narrow down your search based on your critieria you have listed.  Good luck with your search!



        #5 AllieH

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        Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:11 AM

        I totally agree with JayKay on both points. Some people just post reviews on TA to get their gripes out. I'd probably be a little leary of stomach problems myself, though they are pretty common on cruise ships and big resorts.

         

        A good travel agent will help you find exactly what you're looking for, and also take a lot of the work of booking everyone's travel arrangements off your shoulders. I'd highly recommend a destination wedding expert too - they'll know the ins and outs of the wedding packages, what's included, incentives, etc.

         

         

        Originally Posted by JayKay 

        Welcome!

         

        You will find with any resort you choose there will always be negative feedback.  Try not to base your decision soley on that.  I highly recommend you work with a travel agent.  They will help you narrow down your search based on your critieria you have listed.  Good luck with your search!


         

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