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A Modern Playa del Carmen Resort

Words by Courtney Cox

Mexico is full of wedding-friendly destinations and Playa del Carmen is no exception. When I think of the Cancún and Riviera Maya area, large all-inclusives located right off the main road come to mind. These types of hotels are amazing for destination weddings, but if you’re looking for a more off-the-beaten-path feel, then Playa del Carmen might be for you. The Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort would make an excellent choice for a couple looking to say “I do” in a chic setting. Neither boutique hotel nor large all-inclusive, the Grand Hyatt represents a unique, luxurious middle ground.

Located only steps from Fifth Avenue (the “Rodeo Drive” of Playa del Carmen), the Grand Hyatt is in an area that is pedestrian friendly with lots of shopping, restaurants and cozy spots to listen to live music with a margarita in hand. While there is a lot to do in the area, you might not want to leave the hotel with its pretty pools, lively beach and lots of on-site activities including paddleboard yoga and Pilates. The real on-site stunner is the Cenote Spa. Set aside at least half a day to dedicate to this pampering paradise complete with a cave-inspired pool and extensive hydrotherapy circuit. For that signature W-day glow, be sure to book the Paakal Body Delight and Instant Radiance Facial treatments. Incorporating Vitamin C, relax as your body is seemingly massaged with sunshine and your face is spritzed with the scent of fresh citrus. 

Your guests will easily find their fit when it comes to accommodations with 314 rooms in 20 different categories, ranging from swim-up suites to the Grand Club level. As with the rest of the property, the décor is a modern Mayan mash-up with clean architectural lines contrasted by natural, local stone and wood. 

The Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort considers weddings their main business and even the most discerning couple will walk away impressed. Exchange vows under the architectural “bridge” that frames the ocean before celebrating closer to the sand on one of two massive decks that provide a sand-free, beachfront setting.

One of the best things about Mexico is the food and the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort more than delivers. Munch on fresh ceviche and guacamole at La Cocina by day and delight in surf and turf at The Grill at 1 26 by night. No matter how you choose to say “I do,” be sure to stick around post-sunset. It’s after dark that the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort really comes alive. The vivid lighting accentuates the dramatic overhead architecture of the resort, while the cocktails cool off and the live music heats up.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Fall/Winter 2017 issue. You can order a copy here.

Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort (1st through 4th), Courtney Cox (5th & 6th)

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