“Where should I have my destination wedding?” – this is a question we get quite a bit, so in an effort to help you narrow the field – whether you are planning a wedding yourself or know someone who is – we polled our destination wedding experts for their tops picks; the places they always recommend to clients.
The resorts below give an overview of great places for large groups/families including kids, ones for adults-only, and smaller boutique-style resorts for a more intimate experience. Check it out!
This all-inclusive resort is one of our best sellers and for good reason – the Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay offers just about everything you could want in a destination wedding: beautiful setting, white-glove service and a refined ambiance. Located in Runaway Bay, which is about an hour from Montego Bay and 20 minutes from Ocho Rios, this adults-only property provides wedding couples with the ability and flexibility to invite guests of all ages thanks to its sister resort, Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica, located next door. Have your guests booked in at either resort and then you can all easily come together on the big day (and throughout the week too).
The Riu Palace Costa Rica is an all-inclusive resort that is open to one and all, however caters more to adult guests. Any wedding guests travelling with kids can opt to stay here, or go next door to the kid-friendly Riu Guanacaste, which offers more activities and entertainment designed for a younger clientele. Whichever resort you choose though, you are sure to enjoy Riu’s trademark quality and service while also enjoying the many great adventures that wait just outside your door. Located on beautiful Matapalo Beach, the Riu Palace Costa Rica offers upscale facilities and services, delectable cuisine, a wide range of activities, multiple pools, and spacious guestrooms (wedding couples should definitely consider the Jacuzzi suites!).
Offering their trademark All-In™ Luxury for families and couples alike, the Royalton Punta Cana Resort on Punta Cana’s beautiful Bavaro Beach offers its guests a luxury experience complete with exceptional service and incredible attention to detail. Should the wedding couple want to add even more luxury, we recommend upgrading to the resort’s Diamond Club™, an exclusive adults-only section that features swim-out suites (and other room categories), an exclusive beach area with a dedicated bar and waiter service, a private lounge, upgraded room service menu and more. As far as wedding packages go, there is a range to choose from, including a free wedding package that includes the services of a wedding coordinator, a free room upgrade (if available) and more. Ask for details!
Another Bavaro Beach beauty, the all-inclusive Grand Palladium Palace Punta Cana Resort & Spa is great choice for a destination wedding. Family-friendly and a ton of fun, there is no shortage of things for you and your guests to do! There are eight à la carte restaurants and five buffets, 14 bars, four pools, a full-service spa and wellness centre, a casino, and a kids’ club and teen’s club, both of which offer lots of age-appropriate fun. There is also a wide range of guestroom options, including deluxe room, junior suites and loft suites. As far as weddings go, the resort offers various packages, including a Love Birds package and traditional Indian wedding packages, all designed by renowned wedding planner Karen Bussen.
Great value and a ton of fun, when you stay at the all-inclusive Grand Bahia Principe Coba, you get to enjoy the facilities and amenities of the neighbouring Grand Bahia Principe Tulum while taking advantage of great pricing. Located in Riviera Maya, just a short walk/shorter shuttle to a beautiful white sand beach, guests of this family-friendly resort enjoy the nine restaurants and eight bars, the two pools and waterpark, and the spacious guestrooms, including family suites, and much more. When it comes to weddings, the bride and groom have a variety of packages and a wide array of locations for their “I do’s” to choose from, and Bahia Principe always offers the services of a personal wedding planning to assist with all the planning and details.
Sitting beachfront on the pristine white sands of Varadero Beach, the Ocean Varadero El Patriarca is a great place to say your “I do’s” and celebrate with family and friends. The guestrooms here are bright, airy and contemporary in look and feel, the spa is perfect for pampering, there are four restaurants offering a range of internationally-inspired cuisine, there’s a mini-club and teen club, two pools, and if you want to upgrade, the Privilege section offers a variety of exclusive extras and dedicated sections for you to enjoy. For weddings, there are a number of unique spaces for the ceremony, be it on the beach or in the resort’s lush gardens.
The Riu Palace Jamaica is an adults-only all-inclusive that could be just the resort for you and your destination wedding. Located alongside the fine white sands of Mahoe Bay, just outside of Montego Bay, this resort offer luxury-filled experiences from start to finish. Enjoy a wide range of first-class services and amenities starting from the moment you arrive and are handed your cool glass of bubbly. Enjoy 24-hour room service, a choice of five restaurants, three beautiful infinity pools, the full-service Renova Spa, Pacha discoteque, and spacious guestrooms you’ll love returning to at the end of every fun-filled day (we recommend the whirlpool suites for the wedding couple!). There are also a variety of wedding packages to choose from, including a free package when you book a minimum number of rooms.
Enjoy the ultimate service in an ultimate setting at the all-inclusive El Dorado Royale, a Spa Resort by Karisma. Voted one of Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 100 Hotels, this premier adults-only resort offers upscale services and luxurious suites – a perfect choice for a destination wedding! The wedding couple – and all the wedding guests – will be pampered by the resort’s Gourmet Inclusive® program, which includes gourmet dining at its seven à la carte restaurants, premium beverages at its eight bars, private Jacuzzis in the suites, a spa with services for couples, six pools, and more. When it comes to the wedding ceremony, this resort shines, offering a wonderful selection of wedding packages and bridal services. Religious services are also available at the resort’s on-site chapel.
Located on the soft white sands of Punta Cana’s Uvero Alto Beach, the adults-only CHIC Punta Cana by Royalton Luxury Resorts takes inspiration from the poolside atmosphere and luxury offerings of resorts in Las Vegas and Miami’s South Beach. Featuring 320 luxurious guestrooms, from junior suites to exclusive Presidential Suites, each offering beautiful ocean or garden views, guests here sip premium cocktails, savour gourmet cuisine, and spend sultry afternoons lounging inside private cabanas or cooling off in the intricately tiled Mermaid Pool. The wedding couple could upgrade to the resort’s Diamond Club™ and enjoy exclusive extras such as butler service, a pillow menu, exclusive pool and beach areas and more. As far as the wedding packages go, they are tailored for any taste and budget allowing the happy couple to customize their celebration any way they please.
Elegant and intimate, the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria is an all-inclusive tropical oasis set on the talc-soft white sands of Cuba’s picturesque Cayo Santa Maria. An adults-only property, it features just 122 elegant guestrooms, two pools, three specialty restaurants, butler service throughout the resort, and much more. Relax and soak in the Cuban sun as you enjoy the resort’s All-In Luxury™ concept, which guarantees superior facilities, luxurious features, elite services and world-class amenities. For weddings, the resort’s team of wedding planners will take your special day and turn it into a picture-perfect celebration. There are a variety of wedding packages available, including a free wedding option when you book a minimum number of guests, and even a ‘Just the two of us’ package for a private, intimate ceremony for the bride and groom.