Dream Destination Weddings

Whatever your clients’ dream destination wedding, they’re sure to find it in the Mexican Caribbean, where gorgeous natural settings, top-notch hotel wedding departments and a range of customizable packages make it easy to plan the dream.

Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya

From an out-of-this-world underwater ceremony to a formal ballroom reception, the possibilities are virtually unlimited. An extremely well-developed wedding infrastructure allows clients to customize their wedding ceremonies and receptions exactly as much or as little as they want with the aid of professional resort wedding planning departments. Many packages also feature special add-ons for the couple, such as upgraded guest rooms, VIP check-in, spa services and more.

Of course, beachside ceremonies and receptions are among the most popular for nuptials, ranging from a barefoot ceremony for two to an extravagant reception for hundreds, but a host of other sites can set the scene for weddings, such as gazebos, wine cellars, ballrooms, manicured lawns, restaurants, Mayan ruins, theme parks and more.

TRS Coral Hotel

Couples have their choice of spiritual, religious and civil ceremony types, including non-denominational, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, LGBT, vow renewals and more. For example, about a dozen resorts feature on-site wedding chapels for religious ceremonies, including the new TRS Coral Hotel in Costa Mujeres, Moon Palace Cancun, JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Dreams Tulum, Hotel Xcaret Mexico and more.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Several resorts now also offer special packages for Indian and South Asian ceremonies and receptions, a niche that has become increasingly popular in the Mexican Caribbean, such as Hard Rock Cancun and Hard Rock Riviera Maya, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Palace Resorts throughout the region and others.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico

Authentic Mayan spiritual weddings, facilitated by a shaman, are another growing trend, and can be planned at resorts or off-site locales, such as at a private beach, by the side of a cenote or at any of the area’s many Mayan ruins.

Akumal: A Natural Getaway

Between Playa del Carmen and Tulum lie the big open beaches, coral reefs, cenotes, lagoons and other natural delights of Akumal, or “Place of the Turtles” in Mayan. The turtles still make their home throughout the region and are a highlight of any snorkeling excursion, as well as the focus of turtle conservation projects that visitors can participate in from June to September.  

Other highlights of this natural getaway include five bays with gorgeous beaches, Yal-Ku Lagoon, the crystal-clear waters of the Santa Cruz Cenote, and Aktun Chen, a natural park with plenty of activities for all tastes, including an underground river, cave and ziplines.

Along with natural beauty, clients will also find a range of first-class hotels throughout the area, including Secrets Akumal, Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal, Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya and more.  

Cozumel Carnaval

Colorful parades, island-wide street parties, costumed dancing competitions and live music are all part of the fun at Cozumel’s Carnaval, one of the oldest in Mexico with more than 140 years of history. Festivities in 2019 kick off on February 27 and run through March 5. Book clients now to join the island-wide party!

DINING SCENE HEATS UP

With flavors and traditions from around the world converging throughout the Mexican Caribbean, visitors can get a taste of anything from ancient Mayan recipes to classic Mexican favorites, new spins on traditional dishes and the latest international trends, whether it’s at an upscale fine dining restaurant or a quick beachside snack.

Le Chique at Azul Sensatori

When it comes to fine dining, the Mexican Caribbean boasts more AAA Five Diamond restaurants than any other part of Mexico. Just a sampling includes Le Chique at Azul Sensatori Hotel by Karisma, where modernist cuisine is accompanied by a multi-sensory extravaganza, and traditional Basque cuisine in a retro glam setting at Tempo by Martin Berasategui at the Paradisus Cancun Resort.

La Ceiba Garden & Kitchen at Rosewood Mayakoba

Resorts throughout the region have also put a focus on creating unique culinary settings and experiences to take dining to the next level. At the Rosewood Mayakoba, for example, the outdoor Le Ceiba Garden & Kitchen shines a spotlight on traditional Mayan cooking with chef’s dinners twice a week that feature foods cooked over an open flame, while at Nizuc, the executive chef personally designs menus for up to eight guests in a private room of the restaurant Ramona. Several AMResorts properties feature wine cellars as a unique dining and tasting venue, such as Secrets the Vine, Secrets Akumal and Dreams Riviera Cancun. And private oceanside dinners are a favorite at several resorts, including the romantic cabanas at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun's Casitas restaurant.

Wine Cellar at Secrets Akumal

Outside of the resorts, restaurants are also upping the ante, with a range of choices throughout downtown Cancun, in the Cancun Hotel Zone, in Playa del Carmen and elsewhere. Among the highlights are Cancun’s festive La Parilla, with authentic Mexican cuisine in a hacienda; the romantic Labna featuring local Yucatan specialties; creative new restaurants like Rosa Negra; and Playa del Carmen’s El Fogon for authentic tacos, and Alux, in a fabulous cave setting.

For more information about what's on in the Mexican Caribbean, check out the websites for Cancun and Riviera Maya. And keep your eyes open for ongoing updates, news, promotions and more in Travel Weekly and TravelAge West digital and print.

Cancun: Cancun.Travel/en/

Riviera Maya: RivieraMaya.com/en

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