Marry In MayakobaWords by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Mexico es mi amor. I’ve loved it since the first time I stepped onto its sandy beaches and sipped my first “real” margarita. What I love about this illustrious destination goes far beyond the cuisine and beautiful sunsets. It has everything to do with the culture, the people and the hospitality.
In the era of Covid-19, Mexico is doing a phenomenal job of making travelers feel comfortable and is doing all they can to ensure your guest’s safety from the moment they arrive all through their stay. From disinfecting luggage and taking temperatures when you land to touch-less check-in and sterilized rooms, every measure is in place to make sure your entire visit is thought through to make sure you and your loved ones don’t have to stress.
In an area, just 50 minutes drive from Cancun airport, fit for any wedding away is Mayakoba. This sprawling 590-acre destination is connected by mangrove-lined waterways. Consider Mayakoba the “Venice of Mexico,” as you can travel from one hotel property to another via their interconnecting canals. What makes Mayakoba even more special are the four distinct properties that stretch from one end of the area to the other. From the modern lines of the Andaz and traditional feel of the Fairmont to the luxury Rosewood is known for to the Thai influence at Banyan Tree, no matter what your style or your price range; one of the four resorts will fit your needs.
True to its Thai roots, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba feels like a fusion between south of the border and Southeast Asia. The architecture is jaw-dropping, yet feels entirely indigenous to the area. With private villas and personal plunge pools for all, luxury and exclusivity go hand-in-hand.
Weddings here are second nature: effortless and totally stressfree. Choose from sprawling, white sand beaches overlooking the Caribbean Sea, poolside or fireside, gardens and terraces, no matter what you desire, paradise is found.
The most recent update to Banyan Tree Mayakoba’s venue line up is MK Blue. With a high-pitched white palapa-style structure, offset by the deep greens of the surrounding forest and oversized wooden deck, the space is large, but the white billowing curtains make it feel intimate.
The biggest selling point at MK Blue is the noise curfew. There isn’t one. Most resorts have a nine or 10PM noise curfew forcing groups to go indoors into a ballroom or private area. Not here. You can literally party the night away under the stars in paradise – perfect for social distancing and ideal for celebrating your union.
In 2021, the five-diamond resort will add 40 new accommodations including overwater pool villas and beachfront suites. Their beach club, swimming pools, kid programs and dining options are expanding as well.
If you’re considering going to visit our amazing neighbors to the south – Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the place to stay and celebrate your future.
This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Special Digital Edition 2020.
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