Riviera Maya Wedding Location: Banyan Tree

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If you’re seeking a swanky destination wedding spot, one with a ceremony site on the sand, exquisite food from the region and beyond, and suites or villas that are possibly better than anywhere you might call home, then take a look at the beautiful Banyan Tree Mayakoba for your wedding in Mexico.

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What stands out most in this idyllic spot isn’t its breathtaking beachfront or even its grand entry and lobby, open on all sides and complete with a boat dock for departures, but the suites that you stay in when you wed or honeymoon here.

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When you check in to this paradise, you find yourself in a villa oasis complete with a full size swimming pool, jacuzzi, set of beach cruiser bikes, and floor to ceiling walls that open up to the great outdoors within your absolutely private compound.  That’s right, each guest or family stays within their own private walls which protect a garden or a rooftop pool, and even secluded views of the mangroves.  Life doesn’t get much better than this when you’re tucked into your home at Banyan Tree Mayakoba.

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If and when you decide to emerge from your villa, which is actually hard to do since it’s so special, you’ll find modern event spaces, world-class cuisine and even cooking classes for families who like to experience the culture they find themselves surrounded by.

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For your reception, this stunning beach palapa in a rustic white style just steps from the sand makes for a great party site for up to 350 of your closest friends and family.

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You might even consider the nearby Catholic Church in El Pueblito for a religious event before you’re ushered back to the beach to celebrate.

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No matter how you choose to wed at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, this is how you’ll retire at the end of the night, and even entertain, should a family BBQ in your villa be on the menu.

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If a full size private pool, jacuzzi and even romantic outdoor bathtub is your style, then honeymooning here is the way to go too.  Even with friends and family on property, you’ll feel a sense of privacy that allows you to unwind – just for two.

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Just be sure to make time for their famous Thai massages in the spa and award-winning restaurants.  Once you set foot at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, you’ll never have to leave…and you certainly won’t want to!

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New Wedding Location in Riviera Maya: Andaz Mayakoba

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Today we’re sharing a “fake wedding” from a brand new destination wedding location in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  The swanky, modern resort, Andaz Mayakoba (part of the Mayakoba compound in Playa Del Carmen), was home to this fantastic fake fete where we got a sneak peek at what weddings at this beautiful property will be like.

Some of the best and brightest wedding talents of the region got together for the Mayakoba Casar, produced by the talented Just Moments Events, to showcase everything Mayakoba has to offer brides and grooms and the finale was this spectacular evening under the stars!

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To kick it off, famed designer, Gabi Lavor and her team at Canteiro Weddings created this posh rose gold wedding ceremony on the Andaz wedding lawn.

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As night began to fall, guests moved to one of the Andaz’s pool decks surrounded by jungle and a perfect fit for a celebration with bold, bright colors and even a few fireworks too!

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During dinner, guests dined on delicious mushroom soup and other of chef’s specialities, all while enjoying the floral beauty by the lovely ladies at Blossom Cancun.

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Overall the venue is the picture-perfect place to party and at the end of the night, you simply walk or catch a golf cart back to your room to retire.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

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The service at the Andaz Mayakoba was wonderful, and the food was exceptional.  But I think the most standout moment to me was when they brought out hard plastic sippy cups for guests on the dance floor.  Once the party got underway, cocktails were served up in dance floor-safe cups so no spills occurred!  So smart and such a fun way to brand your after party!

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Be sure to check out the brand new Andaz Mayakoba for your destination wedding in Riviera Maya and don’t forget to call on all the wonderful talents (listed below) that helped make magic happen at this ‘fake’ wedding!

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Mayakoba Casar Wedding Professionals: Curator Event: Ary Iturralde & Just Moments Events, Event Design: Bernardo Negrete,  Ceremony Design: Canteiro Weddings, Furniture Team: Moor RentalsPrimoresElements (LOVE Letters), Alquimia EventsEW Events, Floral Team: Blossom Cancun, Photographer: Del Sol Photography, Music Ceremony: Luis Gaviola – Scenic Music Shows, Lighting: Encore, PhotoBooth: La Cabina, FireWorks: Pyrotech, Location + Food + Beverage: Andaz Mayakoba

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Riviera Maya Wedding Location: Rosewood Mayakoba

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Did you know that there’s a Mexican destination wedding location and honeymoon hotspot that has both beach and lagoon views, overwater decks and private plunge pools, a spa you would marvel at and a culinary program that rivals the best around the world?!  There is such a place, a resort so special, the minute I leave I start to plan my next trip back.  Just 40 minutes outside of Cancun is the Riviera Maya region of Mexico – a lush tropical beach community peppered with luxury resorts and name brand hotels.  And tucked into the heart of Riviera Maya is an area called Mayakoba, a private gated community of sorts, and home to Rosewood Mayakoba – the ultimate destination wedding oasis!

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One of my favorite moments on property is your actual arrival.  When you drive in and check in, you board a private boat which takes you to your lagoon suite (a room category I highly encourage you to request) where you’ll tie up to your own private dock and be escorted in by your friendly, smiling butler.  If you have kids in your wedding group, this is a big hit.  And even if you don’t, it’s still a highlight!

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Just steps from the lagoon suites (or via beach cruiser bike that will be awaiting you outside your door), is the magical white sand beach of Rosewood Mayakoba, complete with an infinity pool and fabulous sunbathing deck with views for days.  The scene here is spectacular – great waters, soft sand, and a hip beachside bar that delivers all you could possibly want in amazing Mexican cuisine, right to your chair.  The attention to detail, even at the beach, is unparalleled at this property.  When ordering a Diet Coke, I discovered my ice cubes were also made of the drink, so in the heat they wouldn’t water down my soda.  Sometimes it’s these little things that make the big difference.  Like watching a Hawk and his trainer enjoy a day on the sand, technically to keep away other birds from getting after your lunch while you nap.  Rosewood Mayakoba has truly thought of everything to ensure your experience is one without a single care in the world.  Staying here feels so good you almost can’t help but feel guilty!

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If you’re a diehard beachgoer then ask for one of their signature beach suites, with plunge pool, giant tub, and some even with rooftop decks ideal for entertaining your destination wedding family when in town.  The sunsets and stargazing can’t be beat from these suites!

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But as I mentioned, I can’t say enough great things about the lagoon suites, you feel so disconnected from the world, so engulfed in nature, it’s the ultimate treat for honeymooners seeking real romance without any effort at all.  Nights on the deck or in your private deck pool are nothing short of spectacular here.

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The spa is also so special at Rosewood Mayakoba.  They’ll treat you to a sugar scrub bath ritual before your treatment and after, be sure to enjoy one of the relaxation areas to completely escape into the juggle of Riviera Maya.  Then head over to the nearby tequila tasting room and meet up with your groom before dinner.

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But the best thing about Rosewood Mayakoba isn’t the amazing food, festive cocktails, incredible event spaced (see our stories earlier this week), spectacular suites or even beautiful beaches.  It’s the people.  You smile and say good morning, afternoon and evening to so many staff members, you feel a little like a celebrity.  The warmth and community you feel from the team members at Rosewood is authentic, inviting, and the best in the business.  You meet as strangers and by the time you leave your butlers, bartenders, and especially the wedding department will be friends.  You’re in great hands at Rosewood Mayakoba.

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For a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon experience in Mexico, a fantastic (and oh-so unique) destination wedding location in Riviera Maya, and for memories that will remain close to your heart forever, say I do at Rosewood Mayakoba.  Based on my personal experience there, I know they will not disappoint even the most well-traveled couples.  I’ve been around the world and back and this place is tough to top…I can’t wait to go back again!

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Photos Courtesy of Rosewood Mayakoba.

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Fiesta Wedding Event Ideas: Rosewood Mayakoba Pre-Wedding Party

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If you’re entertaining the idea of a destination wedding in Mexico, then this story is for you!  On a recent trip to one of my favorite properties in the world, Rosewood Mayakoba, I got to experience a Mexican fiesta rivaled by no other!  The colors, the cocktails, the food carts around the garden, the live mariachi music and the churros, oh the fresh churros!!  This dinner was to-die-for!  And the decor was perfection.  For colorful wedding inspiration, consider a fiesta outdoors among the stars like this one at the famed Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  Whether you opt for the idea to be used as a rehearsal dinner or the big day, your guests will love the cultural experience you give them and the celebration that is sure to follow when arriving at a place as decked out as this!

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Events & Weddings in Cancun are credited with these fantastic bars and event accessories that really make a destination wedding in Mexico FUN!  How about a tequila and mezcal tasting during your cocktail hour?  Learn about the local flavors while you delight on the taste!

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Our dinner was under the stars and twinkle lights and was filled with vibrant orchids and flags overhead. Incredibly talented (and equally as kind), local floral designer Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design set the stage for this evening with her beautiful bright pops of color and details throughout.  One of my favorite things about a wedding in Riviera Maya are all the amazing professional talents in the region.  If you wed in Riviera Maya, you will not be disappointed by the beauty your team can create (like this!).

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As guests went from station to station, trying fresh tortillas and churros too, mariachis serenaded us with oodles of fanfare.

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Will you throw a fiesta at your destination wedding in Mexico?  After attending one as fun as this, we sure hope so!

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Photography: Dave Noonan – C10 Studios, Location + Catering: Rosewood Mayakoba, Floral Design: Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design, Furniture, Rentals + Bars: Events & Weddings

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Herb Garden Destination Wedding: Rosewood Mayakoba

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Today we’re taking a look back at one of my favorite events from last year – and somehow it’s taken me this long to share it…good things come to those who wait I guess!  I’ll start by setting the scene, in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  There’s a compound of sorts in the area called Mayakoba, complete with four luxury hotel properties, beautiful beaches, a wedding chapel and shopping square, and even waterways that you can travel on by boat.  The cornerstone of Mayakoba is arguably, Rosewood Mayakoba, a fantastic resort that could not be more perfect for a destination wedding.  You can get married on the sand, dance under the stars, and do everything you might come to expect at a destination wedding in Mexico.  But that’s not the best part.  It’s those unexpected elements that stand out most to me, and one of those is an event space known as La Ceiba.  It’s an herb garden, completely enclosed by fencing and complete with an outdoor kitchen for dining al fresco.  I was lucky enough to attend a dinner in La Ceiba and while most couples find it to be perfect for a rehearsal dinner, I found it to be so magical, it’s worthy of a destination wedding no matter where in the world you’re coming from.  So enjoy some of the fabulous photos of a slightly different destination wedding dinner in Mexico.  If you’re looking for that extra bit of wow, wonderment and magic, then Rosewood Mayakoba might just be the perfect place for you.

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One of my favorite things at a wedding is when the culinary experience is interactive.  In this herb garden, you get just that.  We were served up speciality cocktails upon arrival and invited to dress them up however we saw fit, with fresh herbs all around us that we could pick and put in our drinks!  What a fun way to start a cocktail hour!

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The talented Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design enhanced the outdoor space just right – it doesn’t need much with its already natural beauty, but with her attention to detail, the look was finished flawlessly.

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Just as special as the location was the meal!  Oh the dinner!  We feasted on their traditional La Ceiba dinner which included local favorites from Mayan kitchens and freshly caught fish from the sea.  Rosewood Mayakoba not only makes for a wonderful backdrop for a destination wedding, they create an unforgettable dining experience too!

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Stay tuned for more from our fantastic journey at Rosewood Mayakoba tomorrow when we bring you a more traditional Mexican fiesta you won’t want to miss!

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Photography: Dave Noonan – C10 Studios, Location + Catering: Rosewood Mayakoba, Floral Design: Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design, Furniture, Rentals: Events & Weddings

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