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If you dream of saying “I do” while surrounded by sun, sand, and margaritas, then a destination wedding in Mexico is perfect for you. And with more five-star beach resorts on the Riviera Maya than you can count on two hands, it's safe to say you have your pick of venue. To find the perfect one for you, first consider the size and vibe of your wedding. Most Mexican resorts have multiple event spaces, some of which are suited for larger weddings, while others have a more intimate feel that’s great for small guest lists. The good news is no matter which resort in Mexico you choose, you’re guaranteed two things: quality, flavorful cuisine, and damn good tequila.
And no matter which destination wedding venue you go with, rest assured that these Mexican resorts have teams of planners who are well equipped to handle all the details—a must-have, because you’ll want to enjoy your own wedding too, of course.
Best Beachfront: Hotel Esencia, Tulum
Every inch of this luxe Tulum property is impressive—including its mile-long beach, one of the most pristine stretches of sand on the Yucatan peninsula. Everyone from Lupita Nyong’o to Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid have visited this insider spot, and acclaimed fashion designer Jason Wu even had his wedding here.
There are trees and plants artfully installed throughout the property, so the property retains a magical jungle vibe that delivers an indulgent degree of privacy. The hotel only fits about 100 guests, so you’ll have to keep things on the more intimate side, but if you pull the trigger on the place you won’t be disappointed: there are 10 breathtaking ocean-view suites, as well as a can’t-miss Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant, plenty of scenic spots for cocktail hours and morning-after brunches, two oceanfront pools, and an all-natural spa.
Best of all? The late-night beach bonfires, complete with empanadas, chilaquiles, and a whole lot of mezcal.
Best for Foodies: Viceroy Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen
Every guest at your destination wedding will feel like a rockstar at this stunning all-villa property. The wedding package includes up to five complimentary nights for the couple, 2 complimentary nights for a return stay on your first anniversary, 30% off spa treatments for your guests, and 20% off all hair and nail care. If that isn’t reason enough to consider doing your wedding at this Playa del Carmen landmark, then the food absolutely should be—the property’s elegant fine-dining restaurant La Marea is one of the region’s top culinary spots, and your reception dinner can be outfitted with high-concept dishes like lobster medallions with tarragon aioli, fresh oysters with jalapeño mignonette, and duck confit with cilantro crème fraîche.
Best Out of the Ordinary: Hotel Escondido, Puerto Escondido
Cabo? Been there. Playa del Carmen? Done that. If you’re looking for an authentic glimpse into the heart of Mexico, and to bring your guests to a destination that’s just slightly further afield than the well-worn tourist tracks, consider heading south to Oaxaca. This Pacific coastline boasts some of the most pristine beaches in all of Mexico, making it a paradise for surfers and jet setters alike.
The property’s vibe is definitely more on the spare, contemporary and eco-friendly design, with a stunning 50-meter beachfront infinity pool, and bungalows with private plunge pools and direct beach access. Speaking of privacy, this place is a perfect fit for the couple who want some discretion from their wedding venue— since it’s 40 minutes from the closest town, the remote location means your party will be able to dance alone on the beach unbothered until sunrise.
Best Spa: Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen
Don’t worry if you see online that this popular Playa del Carmen luxury hotel is undergoing extensive renovations—the spa, the restaurants, and the event spaces are largely unaffected as the hotel creates new over-water villas and beachfront suites and renovates its beach club to include two expanded oceanfront pools. (The renovations are set to be completed by December 2020, anyway.) Trust us, this Asian hotel brand known for its exceptional service and world-class spas is still at the height of its game.
Keep your rehearsal dinner on the smaller side and you might just be able to fit in La Cava, the hotel’s intimate and romantic wine cellar. Once the main event gets going, however, have everyone gather at Pueblito, Mayakoba’s central event space fashioned after a traditional Mexican village, or to Mayapán Garden, a manicured outdoor space where you can feel the breeze and watch the stars all night long.
Best West Coast: Solaz, A Luxury Collection Resort, San José del Cabo
A true Cabo wedding should be all about the azure ocean, clear skies, desert vibes, and the best that Mexico has to offer—and this Luxury Collection property delivers all of the above. The property’s clean lines and ultra-modern design is the jaw-dropping creation of an acclaimed Mexico City design firm, so you can expect plenty of terraces, trellises, walkways, and vistas to stage some epic wedding photography. (And don’t worry if you have a hard time finding a wedding photographer down here—the hotel has one with an on-site office.)
Plus, with so many different spaces around the property, Solaz can make every wedding dream a reality. You can hire a private chef for an intimate rehearsal dinner in one of the elegant Residence Suites one night, then take over the Calypso Oceanfront Terrace which can accommodate up to 600 guests. Sound like a bit much? You can always opt for an intimate beachfront ceremony with just your closest family and friends—the hotel occupies a pristine stretch of sand overlooking the Sea of Cortez.
Best Hacienda: Hacienda Santa Rosa, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Santa Rosa
When it comes to Mexican destination weddings, most brides head to the beach. But if you’re looking for a quiet, private oasis replete with authentic Mexican heritage in which to share your vows, consider this high-end hacienda located in travel hotspot Merída, located a few hours west of Cancun International Airport.
It’s a region known for its authentic culture, its history, and food, a far cry from the tourist trap cities found along Mexico’s coasts. The former home of a nobleman, the property features ornate gardens, hand-carved wood furniture, elegant tile floors, sweeping archways, and even adorably painted historic chapel on-site, ready for your ceremony.
Just imagine—after exchanging vows in one of the property’s immaculately manicured gardens, guests dance the night away, with a breeze flowing through the surrounding jungle and the only light coming from a beautiful campfire or the stars overhead. It’s an authentic approach to Mexico that is world’s away from the beaches of Cancun or Cabo.