Your clients will be saying “I do” to your destination wedding recommendations
when you show them these heavenly resorts we’ve handpicked for their special day.
A Mayan Fairy Tale
Tell your clients to imagine themselves getting married among Mayan temples, with the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop, and then recommend the Occidental at Xcaret Destination in Riviera Maya, where they can opt for a traditional Mayan ceremony, performed by a local Shaman in his original Mayan language (English translation, of course). Wedding party guests will be catered to with a Mayan welcome in the lobby and easy access to the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Xel Ha at Chichen Itza, as well as the Xcaret eco-archaeological park, with 40 attractions that speak to the destination’s culture and landscape (think snorkeling, ancient caves, and swimming with dolphins). Couples that book 10 deluxe rooms for five nights, or a minimum 50 room nights can opt for the complimentary wedding option. barceloweddings.com
Oceanfront Chapel I Do’s
A wedding with the only ocean-facing Catholic chapel in the Cancun region just became possible with the opening of Panama Jack Cancun, part of the Playa Hotels & Resorts group. The resort offers a trio of packages, including the For Just the Two of You, which is complimentary Monday to Wednesday between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for couples choosing seven room nights. There’s also a 2-night Big Day Preview that includes a resort tour and optional special food tastings with an onsite wedding planner. panamajackresorts.com
Dancing With the Stars
It seems natural for couples to want to check out where they’ll be saying “I do” before the actual big day, and Velas Resorts in Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos are offering special upgrades if they move forward with booking their wedding within 30 days of their inspection visit. The special upgrade at Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta includes pre-wedding beautification for the bride and her party, while the guys spend an afternoon participating in craft beer pairing and special cigar rolling. For the big day, Velas Resorts offers couples the opportunity to have a first dance choreographed by a dancer from the TV shows “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” There’s even a multi-day Billionaire’s Wedding Package that starts at $2.5 million. velasweddings.com
The all-suite Haven Riviera Cancun will open this fall and with it comes an array of VIP touches catering to the couple, including the private bridal suites at the 15,000-sq.-ft. MySenses SPA, and The Serenity Club, an exclusive selection of oceanfront guest suites that come with a private lounge, butler service, a la carte breakfast option and daily room deliveries. The complimentary Haven in Love package is offered for couples booking five rooms with a minimum 4-night stay in any category or one 7-night stay in a Serenity Club Romance Junior Suite Swim-Out Ocean Front. For a limited time, the resort is offering a Grand Opening special of 15 percent commission to travel agents on romance and wedding packages. havenresorts.com/wedding.html
The Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya is a hidden paradise set amidst six miles of freshwater canals surrounded by exotic mangroves, lagoons,
and flora and fauna. Here, couples can opt from a variety of wedding venues such as the beach, ballroom and a traditional chapel in the resort’s Pueblito, designed to resemble a Mexican village square. Recommend the 4,575-sq.-ft., 2-floor Presidential Suite, which is located directly beachfront on the Caribbean Sea and features a private pool, personalized host service, home theater and option for one of the resort’s chefs to cook a private meal in the suite or on the beach. The new Happily Ever Andaz package includes
a room upgrade upon availability, private eco boat cruise with sparkling wine and canapes, 20 percent discount on Naum Wellness & Spa treatments, early check-in and late check-out, and a welcome amenity of sparkling wine and signature pastry.
Beachfront Indian Nuptials
For clients looking to celebrate a traditional Indian wedding with the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa delivers with Indian weddings being a specialty of the resort’s certified wedding planners. They can coordinate the nuptial rituals of the Indian culture, such as the Pitthi, Mendhi, Baraat, Sangeet, and Milni, and can choose from authentic Indian wedding catering menus. There’s also Indian-inspired decor and a Mendhi artist available.
How do dimmed lanterns strung along coconut palms while the couple says “I do” barefoot on the beach sound? Or what about a natural tropical jungle setting for the big day? At the Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen, couples can opt for these wedding venues and they can also buy out the resort’s Aventura section, which features bungalows clustered together located near the resort’s fab infinity pool. For pre-wedding day bliss, recommend pampering at the Mayan-inspired Revive Spa, featuring couples’ cabins nestled in a tropical forest. mahekalbeachresort.com/weddings