Overwater Bungalows, Boats + One Amazing Destination Wedding or Honeymoon Location in Mexico

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If you’re looking for a private place to honeymoon with easy access from the US and an expansive destination wedding deck to boot for a grand getaway with all your loved ones, then Rosewood Mayakoba is your answer.

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Set both along the beach in Riviera Maya and the lagoon of Mayakoba, you get the best of both worlds – sun and sand and the tranquil sounds of nature at its finest along the lagoon.

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I had the opportunity to experience this magical place not long ago and it truly does offer honeymooners all you could ask for and destination weddings just what you need.

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There’s a large palapa on the beach perfect for a wedding reception (for up to 300 people!). It’s open air, beautifully created with weddings in mind, comes complete with an outdoor lounge area, and of course, the beach just a step away for a sunset ceremony.

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For a rehearsal dinner or perhaps a party not on the water, the lovely La Ceiba Garden is the place to be. Incredibly unique, this outdoor event space comes complete with an outdoor kitchen, flooring to dance and dine on, a fire and water fountain, and better yet, a fully functioning vegetable garden to celebrate within. That’s right, each morning chefs at Rosewood Mayakoba cultivate and pick what they need to cook with (true farm to table style) and come nightfall, you get to dine and dance under the stars surrounded by the sweet smells of all the local ingredients you could imagine.

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But the best part about Rosewood Mayakoba might just be the overwater suites (I highly recommend those on the lagoon). You’ll arrive to your room by private boat, where you’ll be greeted by your smiling butler, waiting to comfort your every need throughout your stay. You’ll enjoy a plunge pool on your balcony, lounges and dinner area for two al fresco and inside you’ll find a beautifully minimalistic suite complete with telescope to stargaze at night. Choose from one of two showers (indoor and outdoor) or a beautiful footed tub to unwind after a day at the beach or visit to the nearby Mayan Ruins of Tulum.

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Rosewood Mayakoba feels like the ultimate honeymoon hideaway but offers the space, service, and amenities we’ve come to require at a destination wedding. The best of both worlds for nearly and newlyweds.

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For more information, visit Rosewood Mayakoba and ask for Magnolia to assist you in planning your dream destination wedding!


Luxury Destination Wedding Location in The Bahamas

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Quite possibly the best, relaxed luxury you’ll find in the Caribbean, The Cove Eleuthera is The Bahamas’ best kept secret. I got the opportunity to check out the boutique property recently and few hotels are designed more perfectly for destination weddings than this.   It would be hard to relocate for your honeymoon and ever leave, so I suggest you don’t.

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A destination wedding at this spot means picturesque nature 360 degrees. For your ceremony site, how about standing on a point straddling two bays in the Caribbean for views on all sides? You and your fiancé can literally say “I do” between two beautiful, white sand beaches.

From there, cocktails could be served at the Greecian-esque outdoor bar perched overlooking one of those breathtaking bays.

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When you’re ready for your group to reset and relocate for dinner, there’s an expansive infinity pool deck awaiting your wedding reception just steps away with equally as stunning of a view – from all sides.

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In the event of rain, the modern, white, and perfectly appointed restaurant will not only suffice but serve as a swanky spot to dance the night away in.

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Or, should a true beach wedding be more your destination style, celebrate in the sand on either private beach – just take your pick!

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And the best part about The Cove Eleuthera? With only 57 rooms (mostly bungalows and private villas), it’s built for a buy-out. Just imagine, you and all your favorite friends and family taking over this 40 acre property, strolling through 600 palm trees seeking out fresh coconut water, napping amongst the 30 hammocks, and bumping into each other not only at dinner, but perhaps around the point during an afternoon snorkel or paddleboard session.

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It’s truly the perfect home away from home for a wedding party – even the rooms are wedding chic white in color! And for the newlyweds, opt for one of the beachfront three bedroom villas complete with butler service and private infinity pool (and double it as a welcome cocktail spot or post-wedding brunch venue).

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Then bring in a rake and scrape band for some local tunes, serve up some fresh lionfish (that’s caught off the reef to help eradicate them from the area), and toast with an “I Love the Cove” cocktail – complete with fresh sage and you’ve got yourself the perfect destination wedding party.

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Saying “I do” to the island of Eleuthera and The Cove means your happily ever after begins the minute you touch down in this paradise.

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All Photos from Enchantment Group.


Luxury Resort for a Destination Wedding in Cancun, Mexico

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Recently I had the pleasure of touching down at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach located in Cancun, Mexico, just a quick flight from the US. Cancun is known to be the perfect place to celebrate – beautiful white sands and crystal blue Caribbean waters, a quick trip from the airport and from most US cities, an easy transition into a foreign country where most people in the hotel zone speak English, and of course the amazing hospitality (and food!) of the Mexican culture. And that hospitality truly shines at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach.

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Perfect for a destination wedding, they’ve got everything your group could need. For starters, if you want an a la carte dinning option, you’ll find several delicious restaurants (some, like La Joya, with entertainment like mariachi in the evening), but you’ll also have the option of all-inclusive for your guests. So no matter what kind of experience your family and friends expect, they’ve got it for all kinds of travelers…in style. The five-diamond property has over 600 suites and plenty of party space (think wedding ceremony on the sand, cocktails on a deck just steps above, and a reception in several spots – like right back on the beach!). For weddings up to 600 people, they’ve got you covered. But the resort also has ideal intimate wedding options too! I recommend renting the presidential suit and entertaining on the expansive rooftop deck, complete with full size swimming pool and jacuzzi. A great option for a rehearsal dinner, post-brunch, or even a wedding reception with views of the city and sea from high above!

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Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach has it all. Like one amazing spa!!! The Coral Beach Gem Spa is something you do not want to miss during your visit. Unwind after the big day or de-stress before you say “I do” with an indulgent couples massage and hydrotherapy treatment for two. A must do!

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Then when you emerge an even more blushing bride-to-be than before, you just might return to your suite to find a warm bath drawn and rose petals surrounding your space for a special occasion.

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The wedding team at Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, and the entire staff on property are spectacular! Few places put as much love, heart, and personal attention into your experience, as if it was there own. The Romance and Celebrations Expert, Silvia Gutierrez, is a dream come true, and will not rest until your wedding is just as you imagined it to be.  When you wed here, you know you’re in good hands.

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When you say “I do” to Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, you say hello to your new family, one that will work tirelessly to make your experience unforgettable. And I assure you, it will be. I know I’ll be back!

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All Photo Credits: Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun


Luxury Destination Wedding Location in Riviera Maya

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Looking to plan a destination wedding or honeymoon in Mexico?  Look no further than today’s story.  I recently got to experience Banyan Tree Mayakoba, the idyllic spot for an oh-so private honeymoon but not too far off the beaten path from most US cities, and it might just be perfect for you. The all-villa property is located in the jungle of Riviera Maya, a destination only about 45 minutes from the Cancun Airport but eons away from the fast-paced life of home.  They welcome you with a lovely local fresh fruit juice, smiles all around and in-room check-in, when you’ll discover you have your very own pool and jacuzzi!  Yep, each villa comes with a private pool.  Never did I think I would wax on about a hotel room the way I do about these.

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The private pools, as they call them, are really more like the size of one you might find in a friend’s backyard. These infinity pools over look the ocean, the golf course, or in my case, the canals of Mayakoba (complete with 30 local crocodile residents who have been spotted swimming by from time to time). Should those new friends interest you, I suggest the complimentary eco-tour by boat rather than a dip in the water!

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If you love to swim, your private oasis is the best spot on property. There’s a lovely, small beach right off the casual dinning restaurant and main pool, but really, when on your honeymoon, there’s no reason to ever leave your villa! If you do emerge, one of my favorite charming elements of the resort are the beach cruisers you can ride around on.  Of course you can get from point A to B by butler-driven golf carts, I suggest you use your own beach cruiser bike to do the same. Take a spin with your new spouse and tour the area all on your own! You can even pack a picnic and stash it in your bike’s basket! And trust me, you’ll want to indulge in that picnic – as well as all the food choices Banyan Tree has to offer. The cuisine is incredible, as are the romantic dinning options (including a coming soon island on the canal set just for couples tables).

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But yet, I go back to the idea of why would you ever need to leave your villa? Mine had two structures, perfect for one who likes to nap while your partner prefers to rock out to tunes. Others are three stories tall, designed for larger groups or families and entertaining on the rooftop (think destination wedding welcome party). Each comes with an outdoor tub, massively tall bedroom ceilings and enough square feet to move into. To say the villas are big and inviting is an understatement. They are home.

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With 117 suites on property, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is great for a larger wedding buyout but also lovely for an intimate party of 20 who perhaps want a bit more privacy on their vacations when not celebrating together. Then the newlyweds can honeymoon there too and never even have to cross paths with partygoers again, should they choose not to.

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And when honeymooning, don’t forget to hit up the spa. Ahhhh the spa!!! Suites for couples massages sit over the canal, so you can relax and unwind with the sounds of nature and the water flowing beneath you. One of their signature experiences, the rainforest indulgence is a must do if you want to try something different. Either way, just don’t leave without a massage, their staff is trained overseas and are some of the best in the world.

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The spa, the service, and the beautiful privacy and serenity at Banyan Tree, are what make this Mexican Resort a honeymooner’s dream. While the cuisine, the setting, the wedding ceremony locations and options (including a brand new chapel complete with courtyard reception space), make it just what your destination wedding ordered. And those late night dips in your private pool? Well, those will make you wish you never had to go home again.

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For more information on visiting Banyan Tree Mayakoba, be sure to check out their website here!  You’ll be happy you did.

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Cancun Wedding Location: Nizuc Resort & Spa


beach resorts cancunThanks to the amazing team at Engage!15, a luxury wedding business summit (which we’ll be chatting more about next week), I recently got to stay at one spectacular property that, even weeks later, I still can’t stop gushing about.  Pay attention – this one is the perfect spot for your honeymoon or destination wedding away!

If you want to wow your man (or gal too), you can be sure his jaw will drop when you step foot on property at Nizuc Resort and Spa, located just outside of Cancun, Mexico (a quick and easy trip to get to an incredibly modern and oh-so sexy beach oasis). Set on two bays, this fairly massive resort still manages to feel small and private at every turn. And when staying in one of their garden villa suites, you are almost in a hotel all your own (a must do when booking your stay).  I was lucky enough to call a garden villa home for a few days and it was painful to depart!

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You know a hotel room is worth revisiting when a Facetime tour is on the agenda to show friends and family your new home. That’s what one gentleman did during our group’s visit to this stunning place. My room was larger than most single-family homes, and complete with a spectacular outdoor shower, sexy plunge pool with waterfall, a cozy outdoor living space, high ceilings, beds you won’t ever want to get out of, and a large staff of butlers, gardeners, people everywhere to keep your pool perfectly pristine – no detail forgotten. Really, you might never leave your room. It’s a true honeymoon hideout with the best of everything at your fingertips and plenty of staff to cater to your every request.

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But should you finally venture outside your front door, you’ll find an incredible infinity pool overlooking the ocean complete with swim up bar, a children’s pool and play area for the ring bearers and flower girls in your life, and adult pool for some quiet time, beaches to stroll the sand, coral reef to tour underwater, and plenty of dining options for every kind of cuisine and mood you might find yourself in. This is no small property – you’ll get around by butler-driven golf carts but that also gives you all the options your group could want and all the privacy from your guests that you may be seeking once your destination wedding is done.

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Should you choose to wed here, those options include everything from saying I do on a deck overlooking one of their infinity edge water installations to a ballroom and conference center for indoor rain plans, and chic restaurant spaces already designed to perfection so you don’t have to do much to dress them up!

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If you want a sexy honeymoon he’ll love, a luxury resort you can fit all your friends and family in for a destination wedding, and the beauty of Cancun without the big city at your door step, then call Nizuc home for your destination I do. You won’t be disappointed. I truly cannot say enough great things about this property – the food, the decor, and the villas, oh the villas!!!  Just don’t forget to take a dip in that private plunge pool once the big day is done!

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Photographers: Carla Ten Eyck, C10 Studios, Love Life Images, John Cain Photography, Tammy Swales Studio 

Hotel Room Photos from: Nizuc