Sandy beaches and turquoise, calming waters are the perfect backdrop for your special day. Not all resorts are created equal and when you’re asking friends and family to travel for your vows, you want to make sure that you all have a perfectly curated experience. That’s why we’ve pulled together this list of our top five resorts for luxe destination weddings in Mexico. Each one offers signature special touches for your special day.
For a Grand Entrance Via Boat & Award-Winning Spa
Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen
Beach weddings abound in Mexico, but Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers a dramatic twist — you can make your bridal entrance via boat. This Mexico destination wedding venue not only provides beachfront views and experiences, but the 11 spaces within are available for every type of event associated with your nuptials, from welcome parties to farewell brunches and everything in between. One of our favorite weddings at the resort took a cue from Mexico’s rich and colorful culture with beach vows followed by a reception adorned with vibrant florals and traditional Mariachi performers. We love that a luxe destination wedding at Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers you and your wedding party a chance to relax, with villas featuring indulgent private plunge pools and an award-winning spa. With alternating hot and cold thermal cabins, the spa’s hydrothermal circuit is designed for maximum wellness with 10 curated experiences. A wedding and a facial go together like you and your intended.
La Copa Terrace: 150 (seated) – 200 (standing)
Private Beach Capacity: 300 (seated) – 350 (standing)
For a Traditional Chapel & Cliffside Dining
One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
We know that a special day is often special because of its traditions. At One&Only Palmilla, brides can have a Mexican destination wedding and have a traditional ceremony as well in the resort’s beautiful chapel — which also happens to include views of the Sea of Cortez. The cliffside resort offers 8 event spaces and a welcoming staff who place their hand over their heart with each greeting throughout your stay, making your guests who’ve traveled to celebrate your wedding feel at home. One of our favorite destination weddings at One&Only featured sunset vows on the chapel steps followed by a reception dinner at one long family table. We love that the resort is perfect for a wedding and romantic enough to stay for a honeymoon.
Outdoor Chapel Capacity: up to 150
For a Tiered Terrace & Intimate Private Beach
Esperanza, Los Cabos
Three-tiered doesn’t only apply to your wedding cake at Esperaza — the resort’s oceanfront, tiered clifftop terraces as well as their multi-tiered pool provide views and gorgeous picture spots galore. We love how this beautiful Esperanza wedding had the happy couple exchanging vows against a backdrop of crashing surf before the dance-all-night reception ended with an outstanding fireworks display. To top it off, this Mexican resort is the only private beach resort in Los Cabos and is one of the town’s smallest resorts, making it a celebrity favorite for its intimate nature. Go ahead, write “I Do” in the sand.
Capacity: up to 150
For Amazing Variety in Activities & Cuisine
NIZUC Resort & Spa, Cancun
Mexico can be your playground at NIZUC Resort & Spa. We love this resort for its array of activities like sushi-making classes, yacht excursions, and Cuban jazz concerts, all of which are a great way to spend days with your well-traveled guests. The spot also boasts varied cuisine — from traditional Mexican fare and Asian fusion to Mediterranean and Peruvian delicacies at six resort restaurants. NIZUC’s 15 event spaces include a luxe ballroom, panoramic views, and powdery white sand which means lots of spots for saying “I do.” We especially love how this gorgeous wedding made beautiful use of the beach for vows then a stunning clear tent for a picture-perfect reception. And once you’ve had the time of your life, the Cancun International Airport is a convenient 15-minute drive so you can start your happily ever after right away.
NIZUC Beach Capacity: 250 (seated) – 300 (standing)
Sian Kaån Ballroom Capacity: 400 (seated) – 430 (standing)
For Glamping-Style Accommodations & Jungle Vows
HABITAS Tulum, Tulum
When your love can’t be tamed, you need a wedding venue that lets you run wild. We love that you have the option to carve your wedding aisle through the middle of the jungle at HABITAS Tulum, for an exotic and special exchange of vows. When it comes to your wedding fare, head chef Federico Cappi, and his team, expertly pair the fresh simplicity of the Mediterranean with the vibrant flavors of Latin America. Of course, sometimes the best part of a destination wedding in Mexico is lingering. At HABITAS Tulum, that means lying inside a luxe tented room on a pillow-laden bed, strolling up the wood docks to lay in a hammock, or relaxing in the calming ocean. You and your love have the option to spend time with family and friends in the spot’s courtyard garden where you can enjoy a candlelit concert and then explore the depths of the jungle. And if you’re looking for a little bit more adventure, Tulum Beach, Tulum Mayan Ruins, and Tulum National Park are all just a few miles away.
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