Thursday the 30th of July
The Association of Bridal Consultants has recently paired up with NH-Hotels to provide us with exclusive discounts and deals for our brides and grooms. Having over 340 locations around the globe which are ideal for honeymooning, NH-Hotels expand to include South Africa, South America, and throughout Europe.
To kick off this fabulous relationship with the ABC, NH Riviera Cancun in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, invited 20 bridal consultants from the Americas to join them for a week of touring of the sites, learning about Mexican culture and what it has to offer and of course, some fun in the sun. Cancun DMC, a transportation company, joined NH Riviera Cancun to provide for our transportation needs between the airport as well as our off-resort activities.
I was lucky enough to fly to Mexico this past April to learn of this great new opportunity we are able to extend to our couples. Upon arrival, David from Cancun DMC was front & center waiting for me with a bottle of ice water and a cold wet hand towel. Believe me; it was well needed with the Mexico sun! Only a 20-minute ride from the airport, I was greeted and taken to my ocean-view suite. A modernly decorated room complete with a huge marble waterfall shower, a Jacuzzi with views of the ocean, a stocked mini bar, plush white bedding and a plasma T.V., I felt incredibly comfortable!
After spending a couple hours under a tiki hut on the beach, while being brought ice cold margaritas (hey, I had to get in the spirit of Mexico!) and enjoying the crystal blue waters, I showered and arrived at the front lobby to meet my fellow ABC group. I met with bridal consultants from around the nation, as well as Argentina and Mexico. We enjoyed the resort’s buffet restaurant which conveniently offers a side room which can be closed to the public for private events, such as welcome lunches/dinners for your guests or even as a rehearsal dinner space. The food was delicious and offered a wide array of items to suit anyone’s taste. The resort’s event coordinator, marketing coordinator and general manager provided us with a warm welcome and were honestly the friendliest people willing to assist with any requests.
Tuesday we began with a site inspection of the hotel and the abundance of rooms they have to offer. With 2,640 feet of crystal white sand, 27 acres of lush Tropical grounds and 12 premier restaurants & bars, it felt like Heaven on earth. As an upscale Luxury All-Inclusive resort, it featured 550 suites divided into two categories: Junior Suites and Paradise Club. The Paradise Club is for adults only and is carefully designed with suites and select amenities. The great selling point for their resort is the fact that they are all-inclusive (if you so choose). Nothing seems better to me than to eat and drink my little heart out, without having to worry about racking up my room bill or pulling cash out at the dinner table; I simply wore a colored wrist-band (which I made sure to move around while tanning to avoid the band line!) and gained access to all the resort’s offerings.
We visited their incredibly large theatre with a 550 person capacity, which can be divided into three separate sections, depending on the size of your event. As for outdoor locations, which of course are more ideal, we attended two mock weddings that evening. We first experienced a ceremony set-up on the plush green grass overlooking the ocean with an altar in-between two perfectly positioned palm trees. A second option consisted of having a ceremony upstairs on a large balcony under a large wood arch-like structure overlooks the beach, ocean, and has a perfect view of the sunset. There is also a conveniently located outdoor bar which could be closed for private parties and perfect for cocktail hour.
Tuesday we were also treated to mini massages at the resort’s spa and I have to say, it was one of the best massages I have ever received. The staff was extremely professional and friendly and their spa was state of the art. Included with my body massages, I also gained access to their sauna, steam room and hot tub. Great news for our couples, the spa offers generous discounts to our brides and grooms. In the evening, our group was treated to the resort’s semi-outdoor Asian restaurant where I tried sushi for the first time and loved it!
Stay tuned for more details of my Mexican trip soon…