Papaya Playa Project

Papaya Playa Project is located in Tulum Mexico. and offers 85 casitas and cabanas designed with palapa roofs, composite walls, and bamboo window coverings. The resorts offer yoga, tai chi, meditation  sessions, massages and spa treatments.  The Treehouse sits atop wooden stilts above the jungle floor and are also built with locally sourced materials and  recycled  wood. The Treehouse does come with air conditioning, a balcony and windows that allow for panoramic views of the jungle and the sea.

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Club Med All Inclusive resorts are Worldwide.

Club Med was the first all inclusive resort. The only thing that has changed is their all inclusive program now includes alcohol and they now have 70 resorts in 25 countries. Club Med will be opening new resorts in Sicily, French Alps, Southern Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Seychelles, West Africa. and Vietnam.  54 of the resorts include age specific kids programs ranging from Baby Club Med for ages 4 to 23 months to Junior club Med for ages 11-17. The resort offers bottle warmers, a gym for tots, a flying trapeze trampoline, water skiing lessons, horseback riding, cooking classes, beach parties, skiing  and movie nights.  Teens can receive age appropriate spa treatments and participate in golf, tennis, kitesurfing, sailing and diving.  (Baby Club Med and Petit Club Med are not included but kids under the age of 4 stay free).  Club Med offers free WiFi and digital bracelets in place of room keys.  Also a mobile app for each resort which includes property maps.  There is just one all inclusive in the United States and it is the Club Med  Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucia Florida that is on a lake rather than the ocean.

Lovely St Lucia

The twin peaks of the Pitons dominate St. Lucia’s natural skyline. The huge cone shaped lava spikes rise from the depths of the Caribbean Sea and are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.  English is the official language but you will Creole being spoken. St Lucia has worked hard to protect the island’s colorful reefs and marine life by offering responsible snorkeling and scuba diving.  Within the full moon in August, you can witness the “Coral Spawn”.  When this happens, entire colonies of coral reefs take their clue from the lunar cycle and the water temperature to release tiny eggs into the ocean.  The Ladera Resort is a eco-lodge that eliminates a wall in each suite to make the view of the Pitons and the Caribbean sea part of the room.  Jade Mountain offers panoramic views of the Pitons and is designed to capture the beauty of it’s surroundings.  The Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia is an adult only all inclusive resort in an idyllic island setting.

The Coal pot is a tiny, waterfront restaurant overlooking Vigie Cove. The Callaloo Soup is a must. The St. Lucia Jazz festival is in the spring, the arts and heritage festival is in October and reggae is anytime of year. The place to be on Friday night is the Gros Islet street party. Street vendors fire up barbecue frills and they crank up the giant sound system at the town center on the northern tip of the island.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico

The new Hotel Xcaret in the Riviera Maya area of Mexico (just south of Cancun) just opened December 2017.  The hotel has it’s own network of underground cenotes which form the long river through which guests can kayak, paddleboard, swim and snorkel.  The resort revolves around luxury where the bedside buttons control the room’s light settings, a touchscreen phone, and a glass bathroom window that switches from clear to frosted at the push of a button for privacy.  Your all inclusive package at the Hotel Xcaret includes seven eco-archaeological parks for you to experience.

Fit and Fun at Iberostar Bavaro and Rose Hall

Iberostar has always offered beach volleyball and dance lessons, it now offers guests six additional options: 60minute oceanfront yoga sessions with a little tai-chi and pilates, 30 minutes aqua fit classes, 3 mile running sessions, kickboxing, zumba classes, and 40 minute spinning classes.  The Iberostar Rose hall offers it’s own Bootcamp which is a 60 minute class the burns 600-1000 calories by incorporating TRX stretch bands, kickboxing and strength and conditioning, kettle bells, and abs and cardio work .

Sandals South Coast (formerly knows as Sandals Whitehouse)

Sandals South Coast all beachfront ultra all inclusive resort located on the south coast of Jamaica has been totally reimagined. It now offers 12 over the water bungalows with sea through glass floors, outdoor showers, over the water hammocks for two and a personalized butler. It also offers an over the water bar with breathtaking views and over the water hammocks. The over the water chapel boasts 360 degree views, a river stone alter and a glass floor aisle and seats up to 20 guests.

Social Media posts for your destination wedding

Create a cleaver hashtag for your guests to include in their social media posts.  Many couples are opting for a personalized snapchat filter which essentially replaces a photo booth.

Pop The Question

Secrets Resorts offer a “Pop the Question” package which features a photo shoot, bouquet of roses, sparkling wine , and possibly a rose pedal/candle line pathway to the words “Will you Marry Me” written in the sand.

Buddymoons

Bridal Guide Magazine says “buddymoons” are honeymoons where the recently  married couple invites their friends to join them on their honeymoon. Buddymoons are becoming popular after Jennifer Aniston from the “Friends” TV show  did this in 2015.

Zoetry over water bungalows

Zoetry in Aruba will be opening over the water bungalows. In fact, all of the roughly 130 rooms will be over the water.

Destination Wedding Social Media in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Los Cabos

Mexico resorts stay competitive by offering complimentary wedding ceremonies and honeymoon packages at most resorts, by hiring celebrity and Michelin-star chefs and award winning cuisine, and adding Social Media Consultant to their wedding team that provides live streaming for family and friends at home.  Some resorts offer packages that include landing pages, customized hashtags and pinterest boards to chronicle the celebration.  Drone Photography is increasingly appearing in high end package options.

South Asian Destination Wedding offered in the Riviera Maya area of Mexico

South Asian Destination Weddings are becoming very popular.  They include Sangeet /Garba, Mehndi Party, Modern Bridal Mehndi Art, Flower Garland for Jai Mala Ceremony, Authentic Indian Mandap options, Altar for Sacred Fire, Colored pillows and statues.