I just got back from my wedding at the Riu Santa Fe (was held on January 17, 2013) and wanted to pass along some information on hair and makeup. I was originally torn between paying the extra to use Suzanne Morel outside of the resort, so I decided to use the on-site Renova Spa. I booked a trial for my hair and had it done two days before the wedding day. I cannot express how disappointed I was. The esthetician was very nice, but very limited English, and just did not have the skills required to give me what I was asking for. I was using a style that Taylor Swift had used, and brought multiple photos of the style to capture all angles so that she could see exactly what I wanted. Throughout the appointment, I kept asking her try change things to make it look more like the photos I brought, but no matter what she tried it just did not look anything like what I was asking for. For the rest of the evening I was panicking because I knew I would not be happy on my wedding day if I used their services. I frantically ran to the sports bar the following morning to use their internet to send Suzanne Morel's spa an email to see if they had any availability. I knew I was taking a shot in the dark seeing as my wedding was the next day, but at this point I would have done anything! All I had stated in the email was that I was staying at the Riu Santa Fe, and Suzanne Morel herself took the time to contact the resort and use my name to find out my room number. I was delighted when the phone rang and she was on the other end! Thankfully, she was able to get me in for 11:30 the morning of my wedding.
So, my photographer and I took a taxi to her salon the next morning (only an $8USD ride) and had the wonderful Melissa greet us upon arrival. Melissa was very attentive to what I was asking for, and translated everything to the stylist that was doing my hair and makeup. I cannot express how happy I was with the service there - constantly checking to see if we needed anything to drink, etc, and even offering to go to the store to pick us up chocolate treats if we wanted! Melissa routinely checked in on us to make sure that everything was going how I wanted and to see if anything with my hair or makeup needed to be changed. Right from the moment I sat down though, I knew that the stylist was an expert and I put all my trust in her hands. She had set my hair to curl, and turned me away from the mirror to do my makeup. Once she turned me around, all I could say was WOW! and found it very hard to hold back the tears! She had given me exactly what I had asked for. I don't usually wear a lot of makeup, so I had asked for something natural looking. My skin looked flawless, yet I felt like I was not wearing any foundation at all (I should point out that all MAC cosmetics were used). Then the curls were taken out and she got started on my style. Again, I put all my trust in her and it more than paid off. I can honestly say that I left there looking even better than I had ever dreamed of.
During the appointment, Suzanne even called the spa to talk to me to make sure that everything was going ok, and to see if there was anything that I wanted done differently. I could not have been more impressed with this personal service!
I cannot thank Suzanne Morel enough for her efforts in contacting me and for fitting me in on such short notice. I recommend her salon in a heart beat to any bride getting married in Cabo. In the end, I didn't even pay much more than I had at the salon at the resort, but the difference in experience level of the stylists is well worth any extra penny I spent!
Hope this helps anyone that is trying to decide on what to do for hair or makeup.