Hard Rock Cancun Grand Opening

By: Tracey Manailescu

We have just gotten back from beautiful Cancun, Mexico.  Danielle and I were invited to the grand opening of Hard Rock Cancun.  Wow!  What an amazing time we had!

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

We seriously were treated, and lived, like rock stars while we were there.  BTW, we have a newfound respect for those peeps who can party all night, and get up and do it all over again for days on end. (We sure gave it a good try, though…)

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

We arrived on Thursday afternoon and the festivities started that very evening.

Pinktober Fashion Show, auction & Cocktail on the Sunset Terrace featuring Juanras (it was a pink & white dress code).  What a stunning set up, and beautiful clothing from top Mexican designers.  Tons of drinks, food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres:

Tracey with the Pinktober car

 

Tracey “Kissing” it up!

 

Tracey on the pink carpet

Danielle at the Pinktober Fashion Show

Gina Tsirmpas, Director of Sales, Meetings & Incentives – Canada for Hard Rock, Tracey Manailescu, Sylvia of Event Simple and Lise, a travel agent in Montreal

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Flo Rida concert on the beach under a tent with lounge furniture and mobile bars everywhere (Staff were always on hand to order drinks from, too!):

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

 

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

 

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

This was the infamous grand opening “Guitar Smash” ceremony.

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Then there was the amazing Goo Goo Dolls concert (we were right up at the front standing-room-only for this entire concert):

Danielle at the Goo Goo Dolls concert

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Believe it or not, we then went to the VIP After Party with DJ Aliyo where we danced, drank and ate our hearts out in the Rock & Roll Ballroom:

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Danielle with Wilmer Valderrama

Gina Tsirmpas and I at the after party.

The last day was a pool party with DJ Dhanai and host, Wilmer Valderrama (who you may remember as FEZ from “That 70’s Show” or “Handy Manny” if you have kids) and a farewell BBQ with steak and lobster…For real!

Wilmer Valderrama Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

 

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

*Photo courtesy of Gina Tsirmpas, pictured above with Flo Rida, Director of Sales, Meetings & Incentives – Canada.

Gina, thank you so much for inviting us.  You are unbelievable! Your dedication and passion is contagious, and you do it with a great big smile. You make the planning process that much more enjoyable. We look forward to working with you closely on our 8th annual Wedding Professionals Conference in November of 2013. www.weddingconf.com

A HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful staff and management that made this event happen.  Really and truly, the staff at the resort are amazing!  Very customer-based.  So many times they went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. Bartenders, servers, cleaning staff, entertainment staff and management; Thank you!

**All photos taken by Tracey Manailescu or Danielle Andrews Sunkel, unless otherwise mentioned.