Post # 1
I need help finding a resort in mexico in the Maya riviera! I love the idea of a destination wedding but am so overwhelmed with all of the resorts available. I’ll be flying out of Toronto, and am looking for an all inclusive resort, that is on the smaller side (<500 rooms) for $1500 or less per person in November 2014. I’m open to other carribean places as well, like cuba or DR. If anyone has any advice or suggestions I would greatly appreciate it!
Basically I plan on purchasing a package through the resort, and am looking for a symbolic ceremony with private reception dinner. Finding a 5 star resort with a cheaper sister resort beside it would be ideal so guest have a less expensive option (we plan on upgrading our room, but don’t want to ask guest to spend >$1500 each). I keep reading that the average destination wedding cost is $750 – $1200, but I can’t find anything in this price range that’s a 5 star.. We’re not picky, but I know some family members will only want a nice resort and others will want a cheap one so I’m having problems finding a happy medium.
Finally, we will have a 9 month old with us so the resort must have family friendly options! Thanks so much for any help/suggestions or personal experiences/advice to help with the planning!
Post # 3
I loved the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya! It’s a 5-star, but we flew out of Ottawa for $1000/person including taxes and fees in May ’12.
EDIT: Just realized I missed the “smaller” part of your request… Sirenis is huge, but the buildings are all only 3-storeys!
Post # 4
I am planning my destination wedding at Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana. It’s kid friendly. Their sister resort is the very large Melia right next to it and it’s much cheaper. I’m not sure if it’s really in your price range or the right size, but check it out.
Have you contacted a travel agent?
Post # 5
@nala2009: We got married in Mexico 3 months ago but it wasn’t quite in the Riviera Area, but a little island off the coast of Cancun (it was a 20 minute ferry ride from the tourist zone in Cancun). We didn’t want the party/spring break cancun vibes but also didn’t want the total seclusion of the riviera, so we picked the island. We stayed at and had a ceremony package with Privilege Aluxes on Isla Mujeres. It is an all-inclsuve optional hotel so guests can either get AI or get breakfast only (there are a ton of delicious restaurants nearby at cheap prices- like a lunch sandwich and sides for 2 with beers and apps for under $20). The hotel is right on the beach and is less than 200 rooms and very well priced- they do discounts if you are booking a wedding there as well. It’s right on the beach but behind it is the main strip of town with all the restaurants & souvenier shops. We rented a golf cart while we were there but it wasn’t necessary at all as it’s all within a 5 minute walk.
We felt extremely safe there, even walking around at midnight drunk off our asses and lost. The people were all very friendly, and it was fun to get to see some of the resort staff outside their job at the resort. My brothers gf took a nap and wokeup without him there and freaked out (in all fairness she was under 21 and the AI hit her like a ton of bricks) and called the front desk worried he had disappeared. Let me tell you the front desk had the military police there within less than 5 minutes! Turns out he was at the bar the whole time…. But hey, if anything had happened they were on top of it with a quickness. Not alot of partying, thefts, kidnapping or anything on the island as it’s only 5 miles long, super narrow & has a large military police station there.
PM me if you want any more info or pics- I’ve got tons & would love to send as many ppl to our slice of paradise as possible!!
Here’s the view from our room (the second to top floor- fyi, the top floor is Platinum rooftop suites with your own outdoor shower, plunge pool & a gorgeous view across the ocean to Cancun)
Post # 6
I don’t know anything about their wedding packages, but I LOVED Gran Bahia Principe Tulum. Booking at that resort means you also have access to their other 2 hotels (including restauarants, shows, discos). SO and I loved it soooo much; we talk about it all the time and I’ve been to several other Mexican resorts.
Post # 7
LOVE LOVE LOVE royal hideaway — it might be at the top of your budget (we paid $2000 ish for both of us airfare, taxes, resort and all included for 4 days 3 nights just a week ago
200 rooms, adults only but not like swingers adults – mainly all couples some groups of like 3 or 4 couples but nothing crazy, a good amount of honeymooner (at least 11 mentioned in the “royal paper” each morning)
the food was really great — and I live in NYC and have a food blog so that doesn’t come lightly. I worked with consierge before hand to get all the reservations for dinner settled before we even arrived.
It was 45 min from the airport but it honestly was nothing for us — felt no different than 20 min right (we did upgrade to a private car)
also its about 45 min to Talum if you want to do a day trip
we seriously LOVED it … I can’t say enough! (but if you want a full review I actually have one typed on from another site… just PM me)
woops! sorry… no kids allowed (though it does have the less expensive resprts (riu) next door so that would have worked out