(Closed) Riviera Maya for Honeymoon-Anyone go? Thoughts/suggestions?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This is where we want to go for a mini-moon (long weekend since we’re all out of vacation days. We’ll take a proper honeymoon for our 1-year anniversary.) I just want to get away and relax, cuddle, and eat! So we’re looking at the all inclusive resorts. Some think they’re cheesy, but for 4 days of relaxing they’re just what we need. I have a friend that swears that the Secrets Resorts on the riviera are the best and the further south you go the nicer they get (so she says.) She’s been to a LOT of all-inclusives so I trust her!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

We’re having a destination wedding/honeymoon at The Royal in Playa del Carmen. We’re actually having the wedding at the Gran Porto Real and going to The Royal for the honeymoon. They are sister resorts and right next to each other. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We went to a Destination Wedding at the grand palladium in the Rivera Maya… It was amazing!!! Definitely suggest it.. wouldnt go back to the grand palladium no night light, bars closed at dark, nothing but beer after that… other than that loved tallum, and the adventures off the grounds…

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I went to one of the RIU resorts with some friends for a week, and I wouldn’t suggest any of them as a honeymoon spot. They are definitely full of singles and families, big, not conducive to romance in my opinion! Some of the other resorts might cater to the couples clientele better.

We did start to get tired of eating basically the same food (even if it was supposedly at different “restaurants”) towards the end of the week and went into Playacar for a couple meals.

Safetywise, we didn’t feel concerned because much of the resort area is secured so only hotel employees and guests can get in. Out of 3 of us traveling, one had digestive problems for the first few days, the other two of us were fine eating fresh food and fruit and such — didn’t tempt it by drinking the water, though.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

We stayed at the Excellence Riviera Maya, and it was absolutely amazing!! I definitely got the honeymoon feel, and there were a ton of couples there.

The only thing that I would warn about is that it’s near the reef, so the beaches are full of seaweed. We’re big pool people, and went into the ocean once or twice. We mainly just walked the beach rather than lying out there. Plus, there was so much more to do than just lie around that we wanted to do! I would highly recommend the resort though…staff is amazing!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We went to the Grand sunset Princess and it was AMAZING!

I would go back in a heart beat!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception

We went to Maroma Resort and Spa in the Riviera Maya and LOVED it! Super secluded and totally relaxing if that’s what you’re looking for. We either cabbed it from the hotel or we rented a car one day and took day trips to Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, and to the cenotes at Dos Ojos. I def recommend staying here if you’re looking for private relaxation!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

@Dreamer12781: I went to Secrets last year. The beach was not so nice but then I’m not really a beach person but I was able to go for some excursions and the room service and restaurants were amazing. I’m surprised I didn’t put on any weight!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@HardyPooleParty: I did. Chichen Itza. It was pretty cool. I went alone. My bf didn’t want to leave the beach 🙁

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My husband and I went to El Dorado Royale (stayed in Casitas Suites section) for our honeymoon and WE LOVED IT!  It was absolutely beautiful there and the amenities/service was excellent.  Food was great overall and the rooms were gorgeous.  We stayed in the Casitas Suites section on a second floor suite – which includes a stone open-air shower, in-suite jacuzzi facing the ocean, cathedral ceilings and balcony with daybed + seating.  The beaches have awesome canopy beds.  We stayed for a week and it was absolute bliss!  Highly recommended… I can’t wait to go back.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

@HardyPooleParty: We did Chichen Itza as well. Definitely a very neat experience, but we got stuck in a thunderstorm that soaked us. So the 2 hour bus ride back was FREEZING in the air conditioning with our wet clothes!

We also went on a shopping trip to Cancun which was a lot of fun as well, and a snorkeling trip. We booked there, but I heard that if you book ahead of time, you can save yourself some money.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I went to Secrets Maroma beach and had an unfortunate experience at the front desk that just ruined my whole experience.  Basically they were extremely rude to me, made me cry, and were condescending. 

We had booked our rooms for a full ocean view and we arrived to a room with two double beds instead of a king bed.  They claimed that they had no other king beds in the whole resort and spent 10 minutes blaming us for not telling us that we were honeymooners.  Then we tried to say that we would take ANY room with a king bed even though we paid extra for the full ocean view since the bed was more important to us than the view.  Then, “out of the goodness of his heart”, the exact words from the manager, he switched our room to a king bed room in the preferred club, though “of course he could not provide us with the amenities of the preferred club.”  So we ended up paying $500 extra for a view we never got which we wouldn’t have minded so much if he didn’t keep rubbing it in our faces that it was not his fault. 

HOWEVER, I will say besides this first impression, the rest of the resort was pretty nice.  The service from the other staff was wonderful and the beach was really nice.  However, I will NEVER forget the way I cried in the lobby and having my husband having to ask for tissues three times from the manager before he finally handed us some.

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