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Destination weddings are all about providing memorable experiences for couples and their guests, and the best resorts host a lavish and exotic affair while delivering everything from fine dining and unique event settings to exciting activities that help seal the bond between the bride and groom and their guests, says destination-wedding expert Marianne Weiman-Nelson of Special Occasions, Inc. Mexico is home to resorts that can do it all, with style. "These properties are able to offer a wide range of activities without guests ever having to leave," says Weiman-Nelson.
Blue Diamond Riviera Maya
Located on Mexico's Caribbean coast, the Blue Diamond Riviera Maya is an excellent choice for couples seeking a "retreat resort" that provides world-class luxury service. "You just walk in and you feel relaxed," Weiman Nelson says of this lush tropical resort, which has a huge spa offering treatments inspired by Asian and Mayan traditions. The Villa Presidencial is a private beachfront hideaway for newlyweds.
"It has 128 rooms but doesn't feel like a big hotel," says Weiman-Nelson. "It's for couples who want their guests to be together but also want some privacy." The lagoons on the property provide a wonderful backdrop for rehearsal dinners; a beach wedding is a "must-do." A large ballroom accommodates weddings of up to 200 guests.
Also located on the Riviera Maya, the 129-suite Rosewood Mayakoba resort is described by Weiman-Nelson as "luxury surrounded by jungle."
"You can hold events in four different settings -- in the jungle, on the beach, on a boat for a lagoon party, or even at the Mayan ruins -- without every crossing over locations," she says. The 1,600-acre resort complex has a Greg Norman designed golf course, spa, and long private beaches.
Beach Palace Cancun
Palace Resorts pride themselves on hosting high-end on-site weddings, and the Beach Palace Cancun is no exception.
The Sky Terrace, a long stretch of rooftop real estate perfect for wedding receptions, offers a 360 degree Caribbean view, with the Caribbean sea on one side, and the lagoon on the other.
Practiced in delivering successful and high-praised wedding events, the Beach Palace is a great choice for soon-to-be-newlyweds looking to "wow" their guests with a wedding experience that no one will soon forget.