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Anyone Who Was Torn Between Dreams Riviera Cancun & A Karisma Resort?


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#1 MandM2014

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 11:43 AM

I am torn between Dreams Riviera Cancun & going with one of the Karisma resorts (Azul Sensatori or Generations Riviera Maya).  I have found they both have their positives and negatives.  So far I have seen Karisma charges an $800 outside vendor fee (which is outrageous) and Dreams charges a $300 outside vendor fee.  They both have free wedding packages with different things included.  I will be going to visit in July and I am hoping this will help.

 

I was just curious if there was anyone else who was torn between Dreams vs Karisma and how you decided?

 

Thanks!



#2 kmk2016

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 12:23 PM

I was going back and forth but in the end chose Karisma... The good is far surperior from what I have been told (I have stayed at Dreams previously), and the modern decor with amazing family amenities sold me on it as the perfect destination to have our guests join us for our wedding. The vendor fees are rediculous with Karisma but the resorts are second to none and the on site planners are amazing from what past brides report.


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#3 angelajackson

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 07:25 AM

I too have been going back and forth between AM Resorts - (Dreams / Now) and Karisma ( El Dorado / Generations)! I live in Edmonton AB and just returned from EDR and Generations Maya Riviera! I was blown away at the amazing service, food, and decor! The only complaint and reason to consider any other Hotel Group was the beach.  I wish Karisma had a property in the Domincan as my indecisiveness would be no more!

 

May I ask who you used for a Travel Agent for your group booking? I have guests from Calgary and Edmonton and want to find that amazing agent who will negotiate a great rate and get it done!

 

Good Luck with your wedding!



#4 MandM2014

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 12:45 PM

@angelajackson

 

I agree.  The beaches are not that nice and that is the one thing I really want considering I will be getting married on the beach.  The beaches at the majority of the Karisma resorts aren't as nice as some of the ones we have in the United States in Florida.  This is truly what I am having the hardest time with.  The Dreams Riviera Cancun looked like it had a little nicer of a beach but I won't truly know until I go visit in July.  



#5 KathyandEthan

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 06:22 AM

I was torn between the two but then I found Now resorts price dropped a lot after April so we went with them.
I also like the lower vendor fee since we are for sure using an outside dj. For the photographer we are saying they are a guest and will just get a room for the night- since the hotel cost for a night is cheeper than the vendor fee.


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#6 AllieH

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 06:34 AM

@MandM2014 - FWIW, the EDR/EDCR beaches are BEAUTIFUL for wedding ceremonies. just not so wonderful to swim in (rocky). here's a shot from our wedding day:

 


 

@angelajackson

 

I agree.  The beaches are not that nice and that is the one thing I really want considering I will be getting married on the beach.  The beaches at the majority of the Karisma resorts aren't as nice as some of the ones we have in the United States in Florida.  This is truly what I am having the hardest time with.  The Dreams Riviera Cancun looked like it had a little nicer of a beach but I won't truly know until I go visit in July.  


 

Official El Dorado Royale/El Dorado Casitas Royale Thread <---check here for all info about EDR/EDCR

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#7 MandM2014

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 12:18 PM

@AllieH

 

Thanks!

 

It's just so hard because I would want the water in some of my pictures and I'm not fond of big whale looking things in the pictures.



#8 Kardev

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    Posted 17 May 2014 - 04:18 PM

    Planning for April 2016 still deciding between Cancun & Puerto Vallarta...any suggestions would be appreciated...We have checked out Now Amber in PV.

    #9 Sofi23la

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      Posted 27 May 2014 - 11:26 PM

      @Kardev I choose Vallarta after seeing my friend's wedding the vegetation and sunsets are just completely worth it. Also, if your working in a budget like I am, cancun can get pretty mad expensive.

      Edited by Sofi23la, 27 May 2014 - 11:26 PM.





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