Originally Posted by shaeshae18
I was told that the PPC just underwent a $10mil reno. The group rates are around $280/night per couple. But, if you check the reviews, while it looks stunning and Gabi beach is open to everyone, the reviews state that the service isn't great and it's ranked #60 or something like that on tripadvisor, whereas PPR is ranked #7 and the group rates are around $360/night per couple. To me, the extra $40 per night per person was worth better food and better service. I really wanted to give my guests a true luxury experience and I limited myself to a resort ranked in the top 20 of tripadvisor. Also, you can check out reviews on oyster.com. I personally haven't been to either one, yet. But, I just signed my contract for PPR w/ my travel agent and gave her my cc to put down the deposit ($50 per person - so $100 per room, I did 20 rooms).
We chose PPR for the same reason. While doing our TTD, our photographer took us to another resort my husband and I were considering in our initial search and we looked at each other and made that "ugh face" and shook our heads no and knew exactly what each other meant. Any resort can look nice in photos, but PPR impresses just as much in person and I think that is the key. The resort looks EXACTLY like it does in pictures. Where we did our TTD- it looked amazing in pictures but I can tell you from being there in person it did not impress in the least. My husband said he would have been pissed had we booked that resort. We wanted our guests to have the luxury experience too and PPR definitely does not disappoint. We had 2 bridal party members stay at Catalonia and while they said the service was nice, when they came to PPR they said they regretted not splurging a bit and staying with us. Yes PPR is probably one of the most expensive resorts- but you get what you pay for. We considered staying somewhere cheaper for guests but look- even our guests wished they had spent the extra money for the extra luxury.
There are MINOR glitches- that someone picky like my mother complained about. To me- they were things that happen everywhere, I have been to several all inclusives and know what to expect so they didn't bother me. For example- making a reservation for dinner and getting to the restaurant to be told you aren't on the list. Even in the event that happened- we ended up being seated or we just went to the buffet. You're on vacation! Who cares about silly little things.
I took a TON of pics of the various locations- Apollo ballroom, Apollo Terrace, the restaurants, the beaches, the rooms etc- to give you girls some insight but my phone was stolen at my AHR I have a few of the Chill out chic ceremony set up on the beach and the Aqua reception set up on the beach (from our wedding)... : ( I am planning on writing my review shortly and I will come back and post a link so you ladies can see it. I took a ton of pics- 1,000 to be exact and then my phone was stolen. I still have from my guests though, so I will definitely post for you girls. The resort photographs beautifully. You are all going to love it!
You did not make a mistake choosing this resort.