Weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways in Mexico almost seem like clichés, but that’s for a good reason. People travel from within and without to this Central American hotspot for its warm weather paired with beautiful beaches, intoxicating tequila and a culture teeming with excitement.
From the party-hard action of Cancún to the pre-Hispanic mystique of the Riviera Maya, the Mexican Caribbean has loads to offer couples planning a destination wedding or a simple parents-only vacation. Celebrate with mariachis and margaritas, or just go with a beach theme at these best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico.
Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma – Cancún
Families with young ones flock to this 148-room boutique resort for the great kids club as well as loaner cribs, strollers and other tough-to-transport supplies, but there are plenty of cool toys for adults, too. Try the made-to-order sangria, the all-lobster dinner menu and the 100-variety-strong tequila bar. Beach butlers also stand ready to deliver drinks and sunscreen here.
Weddings: Opt for the free wedding, or choose from five stylized Memorable Moments wedding packages (each paired with its own specialty cocktail). Marry on the beach or above it on the sky-wedding deck.
Honeymoons: A beachfront dinner, a rose-petal turndown and breakfast in bed are yours with the honeymoon package, which is free with a five-night stay in an upper-level room category.
Barceló Maya Palace – Riviera Maya
Love to supersize? Head to Barceló Maya Palace, the jewel in the crown of a hulking, five-resort, 2,500-room complex (the Maya Palace Deluxe alone has 756 suites). Find ocean-sized pools with built-in lounges and tiki huts, 20 restaurants, two spas (one just for kids) and a water park.
Weddings: Choose from three settings, including an indoor chapel. Five wedding packages range from free to nearly $10,000, with discounts available on upper-tier packages for additional room nights. Make a splash with extras like a jet-ski arrival or a fire-dancer performance at your reception to get the most from some of the best wedding packages in Mexico.
Honeymoons: A honeymoon registry lets friends and family contribute toward your stay.
Beach Palace Cancún – Cancún
The party’s always on at 287-room Beach Palace, be it at the rooftop pool bar, the beachfront infinity pool or just outside resort grounds in Cancún’s action-packed Hotel Zone. Each contemporary room has a double-whirlpool tub and a private terrace to go along with savvy amenities like an iPod-docking station and a flat iron. Overnight stays earn resort credits, which are good toward spa treatments, upgrades and excursions.
Weddings: Color-themed wedding packages – peacock blue, fiery scarlet, regal purple – make a striking statement against the bleach-white sand. For a different perspective, check out the hotel’s sky terrace.
Honeymoons: Add to your postnuptial bliss with a mini-honeymoon cake, breakfast in be, a candlelit dinner and other treats.
BlueBay Grand Esmeralda – Playa del Carmen
Like a beautiful bride, BlueBay Grand Esmeralda makes a dramatic entrance, appearing at the end of a drive through a tangle of mangroves. Inside, the resort’s 979 rooms all have private balconies and foldout beds for children. Swim-up suites open onto a pool and, just beyond, a grassy lawn. Expansive resort grounds comprise of gardens a large lagoon.
Weddings: For tradition-minded couples, the Love in Blue package ($1,000) will grant the groom his own room the night before the wedding for one of the best all-inclusive Mexico wedding packages.
Honeymoons: Get PADI-certified, and you can explore the world’s second-largest reef and the region’s cave-filled freshwater “cenotes” (sinkholes).
Secrets the Vine – Cancún
Open since 2012, this pair of sleek David Rockwell-designed skyscrapers soars 18 stories into the sky and is filled with modern touches like designer exterior lighting, poolside chandeliers and glass-walled balconies (book an upper room for never-ending views). Wine-lovers will feel right at home at Secrets the Vine, thanks to sommelier-led tastings, wine-inspired spa menus and a glass-wall “cellar” storing more than 3,000 bottles of vino.
Weddings: Evening ceremonies are particularly stunning on the ocean-view pool terrace. Webcams let you share your vows with friends who can’t attend.
Honeymoons: Stay a week, and you get all the perks of the $999 honeymoon package – spa treatments, a beach dinner, nightly petit fours and more – for free.
Dreams Riviera Cancún Resort & Spa – Riviera Maya
This sprawling, 486-room resort manages to offer the personal service you’d expect at a smaller resort but with the amenities (nine restaurants, round-the-clock activities, a kids club, a spa) of a large one. Octagonal-shaped rooms have open floor plans – the bed is in the middle of the room – to maximize the views.
Weddings: Although the Mayan-inspired gazebo is a favorite for ceremonies, it’s just a start: Creative planners can transform the beach or pool terrace into spectacular, unique settings for one of the best all-inclusive wedding packages in Mexico.
Honeymoons: Two jacuzzis, preferred-club access and, of course, your own pool make plunge-pool rooms aqua-romantic.
Grand Oasis Palm – Cancún
Families rule at this 345-room resort, with kid-themed lodgings that connect to Mom and Dad’s as well as teen disco and kid-only Internet and craft rooms. Grand Oasis Palm also celebrates all things Mexico with tequila tastings, performances of Mexican dances and music, regional dishes in the restaurants and a Mayan craft boutique.
Weddings: All Oasis hotels and resorts are LGBTQ-friendly (same-sex couples have their own wedding package), but all couples appreciate options like the free wedding and the Mayan ceremony performed by an authentic priest.
Honeymoons: Stay five nights, and get a honeymoon package that includes a free room upgrade, two bottles of wine, special dinner reservations and free use of one of the resort’s smart cars.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraíso – Riviera Maya
Give in to your inner diva at adults-only Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraíso, where your butler pre-stocks your mini bar with all your favorites, scents your suite with your chosen fragrance and confirms your dinner reservations, spa appointments and tee times – all before you even check in. Access to four other resorts within the complex expands your options for food and fun.
Weddings: The resort hosts only one wedding a day, so you’ll be treated like royalty. Choose a wedding package, or customize your day with the à la carte menu of wedding services.
Honeymoons: Keep it private: Stay in a secluded, bungalow-style honeymoon villa, and book a spa treatment for two in an exclusive couples cabin.
Le Blanc Spa Resort – Cancún
Stylish and all white, this 260-room, kid-free zone is all about luxury and tranquility. Ice pops and cucumber slices keep pool-goers cool, gauzy cabanas and wicker lounge areas decorate the beach, and boardwalks behind the lagoon-side pool lead to overwater gazebos.
Weddings: Stay just four nights, and you’ll qualify for a free wedding for 25, which includes generous extras like wedding-day butler service, take-home robes and special dinners.
Honeymoons: The free, four-night honeymoon package includes nightly petit fours, sparkling wine, bathrobes and late checkout.
Live Aqua Cancún – Cancún
In-room aromatherapy kits, poolside massages, seasonal sea-turtle releases – Live Aqua Cancún’s calming dose of zen is a soothing antidote to any lingering pre-wedding stress. To add more privacy to the experience, upgrade to the Aqua Club, where you’ll have access to an exclusive lounge and pool. But private doesn’t mean boring: An in-house DJ keeps things lively in the lounge.
Weddings: Each of the three wedding packages at this adults-only resort includes a free room upgrade for the bride and groom, if available.
Honeymoons: Call ahead, and a bottle of bubbly and petit fours will be waiting in your room when you arrive.
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla – Playa del Carmen
Yes, the beach is gorgeous, the spa is fab, and the rooms are posh, but it’s the unexpected touches that set this 394-suite, adults-only resort apart. Michelin-starred chef Martín Berasategui has a restaurant onsite, pool suites are decked out with submerged chaise lounges, and, at night, sultry lighting transforms the beach bar into a romantic outdoor lounge.
Weddings: Book a site visit through the Love at First Site package (doubles $420), and the cost of your room will be credited toward your wedding. The package also includes a menu-tasting.
Honeymoons: Royal Service guests receive access to an exclusive beach and restaurant as well as pool-concierge service and a butler who will iron clothes, shine shoes and brew coffee.
Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort – Playa del Carmen
Offering seven buffet-free restaurants, free activities (like sailing, kayaking, windsurfing), a cigar lounge and a piano bar, there aren’t many reasons to leave Royal Hideaway Playacar. But, if you do, the shops and cafés of Playa del Carmen’s famed Fifth Avenue are just steps away. The resort’s 200 rooms are spread out in 11 separate buildings connected by waterways.
Weddings: The mid-level Extravaganza wedding package ($3,499) includes a manicure and a couples massage, in addition to late checkout, music by a Mexican trio and a bottle of champagne.
Honeymoons: The resort’s child-free environment is already romantic. Up the ante with a special dinner at the resort’s exclusive chef’s table.
The Royal Suites Yucatán by Palladium – Riviera Maya
Want to be pampered? Head to the Royal Suites Yucatán, a resort within a resort where butlers handle any task (be sure to request a bubble bath to be waiting in your room after dinner one night). Bonus: There are no children to break the mood.
Weddings: Simply Stunning author and designer Karen Bussen has created a series of wedding packages that start at $700. Locations include the beach and the colonial-style wedding chapel. Continue your celebration with a private beach bash complete with a bonfire and a DJ.
Honeymoons: The super-private royal Mayan suites have sexy outdoor showers and come with canoes for paddling around the property.
Sandos Cancún Luxury Experience Resort – Cancún
Low-key and friendly, Sandos Cancún is geared toward couples and families with varied interests. Events and activities run the gamut, from champagne nights and reggae parties to cooking classes and beach yoga. There’s no charge to windsurf, kayak or sail a sunfish or catamaran up and down the coastline at one of the best all-inclusive resorts for weddings in Mexico.
Weddings: The expansive rooftop terrace is large enough for both your ceremony and your reception. Book enough room nights, and you’ll upgrade to a suite filled with chocolates, rose petals and sparkling wine on your wedding night.
Honeymoons: After dark, beach cabanas morph into romantic beachside dinner hideaways that are perfect for canoodling under the stars.
Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita – Riviera Maya
With just 90 oceanfront suites, Zoëtry Paraiso is one of the region’s smallest resorts, but you’d never know it from the amenities, which include private chauffeured airport transfers, a sunset sail on a 45-foot catamaran, greens fees and, best of all, access to the spa for a seawater treatment and a traditional temazcal steam-room ritual at one of the best resorts in Mexico for weddings.
Weddings: Be it a bonfire and fireworks on the beach, your own private after-party disco, a photo booth or a mariachi band, Zoëtry’s planners can make it happen.
Honeymoons: Tell the resort you’re newlyweds, and the staff will stock your room with fruit and sparkling wine. Plus, they’ll treat you to a mimosa breakfast in bed one morning.