My wife and I had an amazing wedding and vacation at Paradisus Punta Cana. We would go back in a second.
We'd like to give a big thank you to the "Romance team" who helped us plan the wedding, especially Jessica and Beatriz. They were very responsive in getting back to our emails and really made everything come together beautifully.
As for the ceremony, had a Catholic ceremony at the Gazebo overlooking the beach. It was beautiful. The only complaint we have is that the area they have for the aisle for the bride to walk down is very short, and kind of steep (it's a small hill). But thankfully everyone made it up the hill without any problems. The Gazebo itself was beautiful and had a great view of the beach. We're so glad we had it there. We're glad we had it at 3pm rather than 5pm...the lighting was just right for the pictures.
The reception was poolside, which was awesome. If any of you readers are thinking of doing the same, we'd strongly suggest making them have the reception in the area closest to the Gabi Beach Club. They tried to put us further away from there and closer to the pool bar, but we argued that it would be too cramped for our party (we had a little over 50 people there), and it definitely would have been. The area closest to Gabi was PERFECT. We brought most of our decorations (centerpieces, candles, lights, etc), which was kind of a pain in the butt while traveling there but saved us a ton of money. We did order the Chinese lanterns, though, which were beautiful. They are expensive but really added to the ambiance. The food, especially the cake, was very good.
Paradisus has its own "preferred" photographers and DJs--Aricefe Studios [photos] and RS Entertainment [DJ]. We were very happy with both. Our photographer, Alvaro, did a great job, and our DJ and MC--unfortunately I dont remember their names--were awesome.
Because we were the wedding couple, we got upgraded to the Royal Service at the hotel, which gets you a slightly fancier room, nice food treats and alcohol, and a butler. The room was okay--kind of small and little room for storage--but the butler was great and really came through for us on the day of the wedding (Hola Juan! Gracias amigo!). I'd also like to say hi to another butler I met while there--Wilkin. Great guy. Thinking of you buddy!
Wow, what can I say about Paradisus. It was HUGE and immaculately maintained. Easily the most beautiful resort I've ever stayed at. The grounds are spectacular, the beach is AMAZING, the staff is very nice and helpful, the food was good, and the nightly entertainment was surprisingly good. I have a couple of minor suggestions for the resort: 1) since it is so large, run more shuttles.. we had to wait a long time to get anywhere. 2) make sure that the doors inside the rooms (closets, balcony) work...ours kept popping off of the tracks, making it a pain to use. My final tip is for beachgoers--dont sign up for the dune buggy excursion... they basically take you from tourist trap to tourist trap. It wasn't very fun.
Anyway, that's all i've got. We had a great time and would go back in a second.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the unpretentious luxury of Paradisus Punta Cana Resort. An extraordinary island retreat offering a super balance of natural and man-made wonders. Open-air architecture, featuring indigenous organic materials like raw coral and exotic hardwoods, houses an impossibly sumptuous gallery of luxury suites and an exclusive garden villa. All-inclusive and all encompassing, Paradisus Punta Cana Resort is an ocean front playground for all ages. Tennis, championship golf, every non-motorized water sport imaginable, a magnificent array of restaurants, our own casino, an incredible spa for kids, an exquisite full-service spa and health club and personal world-class service all seamlessly unite to deliver you the relaxing, romantic, carefree, fun-filled experience of a lifetime. The resort features 688 oversized suites including 143 royal service suites and 4 ambassador ocean view suites, plus a one-of-a-kind oceanfront garden villa. ... more less
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