My fiancé's sister got married in Antigua in 2011 and she got $200 off each package based on the amount of people they had. I have heard that from a lot of people. Does that not exist?
I am trying to look into April as well for a date but it looks like Transat (which is the only company that flies from WPG to Cancun) only flies there from December to April 1st - so my options are limited. I also want to stay away from Spring Break and reading week.
@kmk2016 - Did you get a better price that you got when looking online? Are you flying with Transat?
@Lilgabri03 - Do you mind if I ask how many guests you will be having?
yes, transat is the only company that goes to azul fives from Canada starting in 2015. This is good and bad at the same time. Bad because there are no other options so you either like their price or move on, but good because it deters people from booking on their own and outside of your party. Basically if your guests are finding a better price, then chances are you can find a better price. Both kmk2016 and I have the same travel agent and she has been able to block our rooms a year and a bit in advance. I'm sure she won't have a problem getting quotes for you either, let us know if you want her contact #.
We had another hotel in mind before booking Azul Fives. The prices were about the same but they gave us less free people (1 every 20 rooms that booked vs. 1 every 10) and to reserve the room block they required us to pay $150 for all of our guests upfront (non refundable, so you can see the problem with that). We had also really liked Beach Palace in Cancun but we had the same problem was you, we didn't want people to spend an arm and a leg. The quotes we got for Azul Fives was really reasonable and around our budget of $1500-2000 per person. The most expensive room comes right under $2000 with taxes included. You will not get a deal as you would if you book last minute for two people but they give you 30% off for wedding parties booked 9 months in advance or more. This means the prices will probably go up from your quote up until a few weeks before the wedding, when they're trying to sell off any leftover rooms they might have. Of course, you can't book a whole wedding on sell-off rooms because they might have 3 rooms left, if any. That's the trade-off. If the prices do go down for whatever reason our TA told us we can ask for an adjustment with Transat (as long as they're not sell-offs).
Unfortunately, most hotels only allow to have outside parties until 11 or maybe 12 max. This is a huge issue for me and one of my biggest compromises to have a destination wedding. If this is the only reason you're not choosing Azul Fives I'd recommend that you think about it because you won't find many differences with other hotels. We're planning on hitting the hotel club afterwards or getting some kind of transportation for everyone to go downtown to a club there. Playa is quite safe from what I've heard, of course always use common sense. I've only been to Cancun and we used all public transportation there to get to the clubs, I never felt unsafe.
@khmciver getting the $1700 waived? lucky you! how many people are you bringing?