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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Seven Perfect All-Inclusive Resorts

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Finding the perfect place to say your “Destination I Do’s” is probably why you’re here! Well, you’ve come to the right place. Our friends (and travel experts) over at Vacationeeze, have selected seven of the best all-inclusive properties to hold your destination wedding – depending on what your group’s needs are. From child-friendly to all-inclusive, they provide specifics (including a five-point rating system) on everything that’s important when selecting the perfect destination to tie the knot in the Caribbean or Mexico.

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Large, Child-Friendly Resort

Hard Rock Punta Cana – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Food ****

Fun *****

Price $$$$$

Service ****

Rooms *****

Luxury *****

This resort has over 1800 rooms and much to offer. They have the largest casino in Punta Cana on-site, along with an amazing disco/club that throws a great party every evening. The resort has many locations for weddings and offers curated décor packages from Collin Cowie. Guests are provided with $500 to $1800 in resort credits that can be used for items such as massages, tours and excursions, spa treatments and room upgrades. There are over ten restaurants to choose from with cuisine ranging from American and Italian to Asian and even a steak house. All rooms have large in-room hot tubs, private liquor dispensers and mini bars. If you want a resort with non-stop action and you enjoy music, this is the place for you. Depending upon the size of your wedding, Vacationeeze can usually negotiate free cocktail parties and even free dinner receptions for your wedding.

Adults-Only Resort in Mexico

El Dorado Seaside Suites – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Food *****

Fun *****

Price $$$$         

Service *****

Rooms *****

Luxury *****

This resort has approximately 200 rooms and all of them are oceanfront. All rooms either swim out to the main pool or have an infinity pool next to their balcony. Each room includes a large Jacuzzi in the bathroom as well as large double showers, in-room mini bars, nightly turn down service and free resort-wide Wi-Fi. El Dorado Seaside Suites boasts ten restaurants, ten bars, five pools and two spas, as well as two different beach areas. El Dorado resorts are “gourmet all-inclusive” and it shows. Choose from Italian, Caribbean, Latin, BBQ, Asian and other international cuisines. They provide butlers to cater to your every need both on the beach and by the pool. Choose from countless backdrops to tie the knot: from the beach, a rooftop locale with 360-degree views, gazebos or even the end of a long pier. The resort offers many different décor and food options via their Memorable Moments collection. El Dorado Seaside Suites is located one hour from the Cancun airport and is a top choice for those seeking great food, high-end service and ocean views. Depending upon the time of year and day of the week of your wedding, Vacationeeze can provide perks such as free rooms, room upgrades, spa treatments for your guests or free cocktail parties and dinners. 

Easy Access from the West Coast

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Food ****

Fun ****

Price $$$$         

Service *****

Rooms ****

Luxury ****

Don’t want to spend all day flying to the Caribbean or the east of Mexico? Only a short flight from LA or Phoenix is Puerto Vallarta. The Hyatt Ziva is located 30 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta airport and has much to offer. With 335 rooms, Hyatt Ziva has a boutique, upscale feel with one of the few private beaches in Puerto Vallarta. The majority of rooms provide amazing ocean views and include free Wi-Fi, rainfall showers and hot tubs. The resort also offers the Hyatt Club for those that want extra perks. The spa is brand new and is very large for a resort this size. The property boasts five pools and a great beach serving up spectacular sunsets for your wedding pictures. With food carts throughout the property, as well as five restaurants and bars to choose from, you won’t have to go far to be satisfied. You can choose to have your wedding on the beach, by the pool, in the garden, or in a rooftop suite overlooking the horizon.   

Exotic Family Resort

Beaches Turks and Caicos – Turks and Caicos

Food *****

Fun *****

Price $$$$$

Service *****

Rooms *****

Luxury *****

If you are looking for white sand and turquoise waters, then Beaches Turks and Caicos is the place for your wedding. The location has everything you can imagine. Located less than 30 minutes from the airport, Beaches offers a 12,000 square-foot water park and rooms and suites in various themes including French Village, Key West Village, Italian Village and a Caribbean Village. There are even rooms that provide butlers to cater to your every whim. If you are hungry don’t worry, there are over 20 different restaurants offering cuisine such as French, Italian, Caribbean, Asian and Tex-Mex, just to name a few.   There are over 15 bars to make sure you don’t go thirsty and more venues for your ceremony and reception than you can imagine. Beaches is part of the Sandals family of resorts and offers luxury and enjoyment for everyone that will be attending your wedding – including your little ones. Beaches has a special partnership with Sesame Street, so don’t be surprised if you see Big Bird or Bert & Ernie strolling around the property.

Small, Family Resort

Generations Riviera Maya – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Food *****

Fun ****

Price $$$$$

Service *****

Rooms *****

Luxury *****

This AAA, 4-diamond resort is located only 20 minutes from the Cancun airport and in 2015 was voted the “#1 Readers Choice in the Riviera Maya” by Conde Nast Traveler. It boasts 144 oceanfront suites (butlers included) and has many two and three bedroom suites, as well as second level suites with plunge pools. Generations also prides itself as a “gourmet all-inclusive” with five restaurants, three bars and 24-hour room service. Adult foodies staying at the resort also have access to a total of 16 restaurants at other properties and full admittance to the El Dorado Royale right next door. An on-site Catholic chapel is perfect for couples wanting tradition outside of their hometown. For those who want the view without the sand, Generations offers a pier or rooftop location. Clients who book through Vacationeeze will typically be provided free rooms as well as spa treatments for guests and, depending upon the size or day of your wedding, we may be able to provide free cocktail parties and receptions.

Adults-Only Resort & Family Resort Combination

Secrets Royal Beach / Now Larimar – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Food ****

Fun *****

Price $$$$

Service ****

Rooms ****

Luxury *****

Side-by-side on a white sand beach you’ll find Secrets Royal Beach, an adults-only resort and Now Larimar, a family-friendly resort. Guests at Secrets Royal Beach have full access to Now Larimar. This provides wedding groups the flexibility to have guests without children stay at an adults-only resort, but still host a family-inclusive wedding. Neither resort requires guests to wear bracelets and each provides unlimited luxury including restaurants with no reservations required, 24-hour room service and top shelf beverages. Each resort has five restaurants including French, Italian, Mexican and international cuisine. Each resort offers large rooms, several pools (including swim-up options) and countless backdrops for destination weddings including the beach, pool and gardens. A full casino, as well as kid and teen programs, makes this the perfect “crowd pleasing” property. Vacationeeze client perks at these resorts typically include a free room for the couple, as well as others.

Adults-Only Caribbean

Secrets Wild Orchid and Secrets St. James – Jamaica

Food *****

Fun *****

Price $$$$

Service *****

Rooms *****

Luxury *****

These two resorts in one location, less than 15 minutes from the airport in Montego Bay, have 700 rooms, most of which offer ocean views and all provide complimentary Wi-Fi, mini bars, Jacuzzis, 24-hour room service, oversized bathrooms and balconies. The resorts also have two Preferred Clubs, which provide their own private lounges, pools, beach areas and other special touches. If the beach is more your speed, enjoy whitesand beaches with plenty of shade and chaise lounges to choose from. The resorts offer several pools with swim-up bars and servers are everywhere to pamper you. There are nine restaurants to choose from including French, Italian, Mexican, Asian, Jamaican and international. Roving food carts offer local fare and ice cold treats throughout the properties. The staff at both resorts are amazing and always have an Irie in store for you. There are many great venues for your wedding including gazebos on a rocky outcrop, one in the garden and several on the beach. In the evening there is always some great Reggae to keep your group active, as well as a Piano bar, disco and casino.

Vacationeeze is a family-run travel company that specializes in helping clients plan their vacations. They focus on helping clients plan amazing, stress-free tropical destination weddings. The founders of the company each have over 25 years experience in the travel business. For more information, visit vacationeeze.com.

Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Hard Rock Punta Cana, El Dorado Seaside Suites, Beaches Turks & Caicos, Generations Riviera Maya, Secrets Royal Beach, Secrets Wild Orchid, Secrets St. James & Now Larimar.

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