Belize Destination Wedding Location: Belcampo Lodge

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Belcampo Lodge in Belize is Central America’s perfect place to touch down for your destination wedding, especially if you love a little adventure in the great outdoors! The luxury lodge is perfectly sized for a buyout (16 suites) and promises to take care of you and the environment too! With a 3,000 acre organic farm on site, Belcampo is doing more than its part to protect the environment and create an authentic experience for you and your guests to enjoy it too! The property plants thousands of trees each year to support the local wildlife, they make their own furniture on site from sustainably harvested wood, serve up fresh seafood caught locally by fishermen, while 70% of the delicious food you’ll taste comes from their very own farm. Talk about a true farm to table experience! We chatted with the experts at Belcampo to give you a look into what a wedding in Belize (or honeymoon) would be like. Don’t miss these amazing tips!

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JF: What does Belize have to offer destination wedding groups that is so special?

BL: Belize is a small but diverse country with beautiful beaches and pristine jungle scenery. It offers the potential bride and groom the opportunity to have a wedding that is both unique as well as memorable in whichever environment they choose. The hospitality at Belcampo Lodge is second to none with friendly and genuine staff that aim to please but at the same time want to share their culture with those they serve.

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JF: What makes Belcampo Belize so perfect for weddings (or honeymoons too!)?

BL: Belcampo is on of the most unique lodges in Central America. Our farm to table food concept, location, and attention to detail make it a Southern Belize destination that offers a bride and groom the ideal location for their wedding or a romantic honeymoon. The lodge itself offers 3 different accommodation options that cater for those looking for both privacy, exclusivity and enjoying the jungle environment.

The 16 suites and 3 bedroom villa provide an opportunity for a buyout of the property, catering for up to 40 guests that will allow the couple a custom tailored wedding using all the different areas to create their guests experiences – cocktails at sunset at the Ridge palapa , a wedding ceremony on the farm under the Sabre Tree, organic food, wine , champagne, activities and spa treatments, Belcampo has it all to offer.

For a honeymoon couple, Belcampo is the perfect destination to both relax in privacy as well as get out and about and explore the area. Mayan ruins, caves, the Caribbean sea and our on-site coffee & chocolate classes, the newly-wed couple is able to spend their honeymoon with us and truly experience every aspect of Belize, all from one luxury lodge.

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JF: Belcampo is known for its organic fare, tell us what couples can expect from the food and beverage?

BL: Belcampo’s chef, Renee, believes in offering guests the best our farm and the nearby Caribbean sea has to offer. For weddings, she likes to design her menu’s with the bride and groom in mind and what sort of food experience they wish their guests to have. Gourmet tacos, Belizean family fare, lobster and midnight feasts, food is really the center of what Belcampo is all about.  Guests staying at Belcampo Lodge will be treated to organic, sustainably farmed and harvested, gourmet meals, which is creative and inspiring and made with passion by Renee and her team.

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JF: For the adventurer couple or guest, what do you suggest?

BL: Those couples looking for adventure will find that Belcampo Lodge offers the best the land and sea activities.  Cave swimming, Zip Lining, our exclusive Snorkel with the Chef, Scuba Diving, Horse Riding, Hiking Trails, River Kayaking and jumping off of the Rio Blanco Waterfalls, all these experiences are offered by the lodge. Led by our team of expert and award winning tour guides, guests will be able to  swim, explore, experience and enjoy Belize in unique ways, making memories to last a lifetime. We are the ideal destination for couples looking for an adventure destination from the comfort of an eco-chic, luxurious compound, made up of our lodge, restaurant, rum bar, agritourism center, farm, and vast property and hiking trails.

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JF: What’s a “not miss” activity for every couple who comes to Belize?

BL: The “Not Miss” activity at Belcampo has to be Snorkel with the Chef.

JF: Best time to travel?

BL: The best time to travel to Belize is February to April.

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Thanks so much Belcampo for sharing your insights into an “I do” in Belize!

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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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Honeymoon Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico: Viceroy

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Viceroy Riviera Maya is unlike any place I’ve ever been before. Imagine a secluded spot where the jungle meets the beach and luxury meets the rustic elements of nature. Viceroy Riviera Maya is perfect for the couple who wants privacy, laid back creature comforts of home, and the feeling of being at one with nature all while getting to relax on a white sand beach as you sway from your four poster beach bed and the wind rocks you to sleep.

A true culturally-inspired getaway, you’ll be greeted by the property’s resident Mayan Shaman who offers you an energy clearing to send you into a state of pure relaxation to start off your experience right.

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Then you’ll head to your private villa with patio, sunbathing deck and lounge, outdoor day bed, and plunge pool. Honeymooners can expect rose petal turndown service at night, a soap concierge by day, and outdoor showers anytime you choose.

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The two restaurants on property offer a relaxed atmosphere for some excellent cuisine (don’t miss the ahi tuna stuffed peppers). But I think it’s the staff at this location that brings it home for honeymooners – every single person you meet has an energy that welcomes you home (something they actually say when you arrive).

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If you’d love to immerse yourself in the local culture even further, then you’re in luck – Viceroy embraces it all. For your destination wedding, consider having your union blessed by the Shaman. For the spa lovers, opt for a couples experience in the sweat lodge. Even indulge in local chocolates and customs from the ancient civilization that was once there before us. Or take a tour of their ruins only about 40 minutes away! You’ll feel the Mayan spirit all around you as the property embraces it in more ways than one.

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With only 41 rooms, this boutique hotel is perfect for a destination wedding buyout. Most opt to wed on the beach, but when you take over the Viceroy, the options are all yours! And with many resorts in the corridor nearby, you can always opt to hotel hop to get a bit more privacy from your guests for just the two of you when the big day is done.

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For more information on this fabulous place, be sure to check out Viceroy Riviera Maya.  And if you’re looking to register for your honeymoon to be gifted experiences on location or cash towards your hotel stay, check out Newlywish’s Honeymoons Registry where you can find Viceroy Riviera Maya waiting to be gifted to you by your friends and family!


Palm Desert Destination Weddings at Omni Rancho Las Palmas

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If you’re looking for a beautiful destination wedding venue in Southern California that’s kid-friendly, oodles of fun with plenty of event location options, then look no further than to Palm Desert at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa.  We had the recent pleasure of checking out the property firsthand and oh what fun!  The resort has over 465 rooms and suites to service your large (or small) party and several spectacular sites for your ceremony and reception (like this lawn overlooking a pond and the golf course).

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Or perhaps perch your party atop the roof for a view of the mountains and the resort below as you dance under the stars and celebrate in total privacy!

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The resort is just 20 minutes from the airport and about 20 minutes from the town of Palm Springs – for those of your guests who want to get out and explore the city, nightlife and shopping.  Of course, it’s not far from amazing shopping in Palm Desert too with great restaurants like the Tommy Bahama Restaurant to host your rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch if you want to get off property.

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But there’s really no reason to leave!  The Omni Rancho Las Palmas has a lovely spa with a variety of amenities and services to treat you and your bridal party before and on your big day (we recommend spending the afternoon lounging at the spa pool for a little more R&R and privacy away from the other guests).

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There’s also the entertaining Splashtopia waterpark on property for the kids and kids in all of you who want to float down a lazy river or splash on a few slides in the sun.  If your group has children, ask for rooms near this part of the resort.  For adults only, opt to be closer to the spa and lobby areas (which have great curb appeal and outdoor fire pits to enjoy at night with a glass of wine as you reflect on your wedding weekend).

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Needless to say, the resort really has it all for a destination wedding group.  But it’s actually the team behind it all that gives this place that something extra.  Pam Olson, the resort’s Catering Sales Manager is your go-to gal for all things wedding at the resort and we promise you’ll fall in love with her too as she dedicates herself wholeheartedly to making your big day the best it can be.  You get the sense that the entire staff lives like this – with open arms, warmth, kindness and dedication to your event so no detail is left undone and no guest leaves without feeling like they’re leaving home.

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For more information for your honeymoon or destination wedding, be sure to check out the Omni Rancho Las Palmas.