Posted 19 September 2014 - 08:33 AM
I stayed at the Riu Palace Riviera Maya in December. Beautiful resort great food. Located in a private community. We saw a few weddings at the gazebo. We weren't completely satisfied with our room, reviews on travel advisor are true. So we were considering Riu Palace Mexico for our wedding, friends that stayed there had no complaints it's about 6 resorts down from RPRM. But we found Palace resorts then we debated between Moon palace and Playacar Palace. We originally chose Playacar Palace since we know the area, it is literally on 5th Avenue right next to senor frogs. We visited it and it smells amazing like a spa, service was great, you don't even have to open a door, perfect location for us, but it may be too small for our amount guests. So we chose moon palace. I have heard good things about iberostar as well. It all boils down to what you are looking for, if you want more group benefits, stlye etc.
The travel agent we are using is Teresa from Wright she's with BDW. She's pretty awesome and the best that we have spoken to
RPRM wedding venue at the gazebo was not private at all, it's right outside of the gym/spa and in the area of the pool. The pool is very lively with a DJ and activities. Rain location is a terrace, which is the outside eating area for the buffet. Im not sure of RPM weddiNg locations. I'd really recommend a Palace resort, I'm expecting a group of your size as well and Palace and Hard rock had the best group benefits. I looked in other countries for different resorts and couldn't find anyone that topped them.
So far 79 adult guests + bride and groom + 13 kids = 164 room nights. Focused on planning without stressing.