For an authentic Mexican dining experience that truly awakens the senses... look no further than Rosa’s at The Fives Beach Resort!
If you’re a foodie staying at The Fives Beach Hotel, then you’ve got to be sure to make a reservation at Rosa’s house! Here, you’ll experience the diversity and cultural richness of a true Mexican home. Allow Rosa and her friends to guide your taste buds through the rich aromas, flavors, colors, and textures of the region’s culinary offerings…is your mouth watering yet?!
Find yourselves right at home at the best “at-home” restaurant in Playa Del Carmen! Rosa will serve you the best Mexican food in the area, where the ingredients are sourced from only the finest and freshest ingredients. This culinary experience is inspired by the customs of a traditional Mexican home, where you’ll be completely immersed in the folklore, traditions, and cuisine of Mexico!
As you can imagine, La Casa De Rosa is a popular experience for tourists. Be sure to make your reservation at Rosa’s House 24-hours in advance with your hotel’s concierge service or directly with Rosa herself, who is available between 11am and 9pm. If you need assistance, feel free to contact us for more information as well.
About the Hotel
The Fives Beach Hotel is a luxurious Playa del Carmen retreat. The chic, modern, and authentic atmosphere is perfect for travelers of all kinds. Here, you’ll indulge your senses in the “all senses inclusive” experience, with lavish rooms or penthouse sky suites. You can also rejuvenate yourself at the Fives Spa, lounge on the beach, or enjoy the delightful flavors of the region.
Getting hungry yet? We sure are! For more information about Rosa’s dining experience or The Fives Beach Hotel, contact us here and we’ll be in touch!
Planning your honeymoon, but not sure which resorts best fit your budget? Well, not to worry! We have recommendations to accommodate any budget range
Hideaway at Royalton Cancun
At Royalton Riviera Cancun lies Hideaway, a private oasis for adults with an extra layer of elegance and service. Here, you’ll be presented with beautifully styled suites, world-class dining, and dozens of romantic perks. You’ll also enjoy complimentary extras, private pools and enhanced service, something that only Hideaway guests have the privilege of enjoying. Sounds like perfection to us!
Riu Palace Tropical Bay
Situated on one of Jamaica’s most stunning beaches, Riu Palace Tropical Bay provides dreamy honeymoon experiences on a completely renovated facility. Here, couples can take advantage of an in-room minibar, a satellite TV, and a balcony or terrace overlooking the gorgeous tropical surroundings. Plus, you can enjoy the 24-hour room service, which provides everything you need to go “all out” on the vacation of your dreams!
Not only do the little details and authentic touches make UNICO 20º87º a breathtaking place to honeymoon, but its romantic atmosphere makes it the perfect escape for just about any special occasion in your adult life. We also love its exceptional value, authentic cuisine, and modern amenities, not to mention the included spa treatments, select tours and excursions!
Secrets Cap Cana
You’ll be blown away with the variety of honeymoon suites available at Secrets Cap Cana! We recommend the Preferred Club Master Suite, which features everything from a swim out pool and spacious living area, to rain showers and endless amenities! In addition, the resort is popular for its incredible sugar-sand beach, sparkling pools, and private location.
If you’re looking for unique, then you’ll find it here! The Elite Overwater Bungalows by Karisma Resorts is one of our favorite places to send couples for its fantastic location, private infinity pool, glass bottom floors, indoor jacuzzi, and so much more. You also have access to the nearby overwater spa and restaurant to round out the whole “overwater” experience. Does it really get much better than this?
Le Blanc Cancun
If you can imagine the ultimate romantic getaway for you and your sweetie, chances are, it looks a whole lot like Le Blanc Cancun! Known for its upscale setting and perfect elegance, this property is a great place for all things romance. So, sit back and prepare to be pampered by your very own personal butler and live the palace life in complete sophistication.
Think one of these dreamy resorts could be the perfect honeymoon for you? Then, contact the honeymoon experts for a custom quote! We look forward to working with you!
The Fives Hotels collection offers something for just about everyone! Keep reading to see which property best suits your travel preferences:
The Fives Beach Hotel
For a glamorous beachfront hotel situated on the white sand coast of the Caribbean Sea, look no further than The Fives Beach Hotel! This luxurious Playa del Carmen retreat is chic, modern, and authentic – perfect for travelers of all kinds. Here, you’ll indulge your senses in the “all senses inclusive” experience, with lavish rooms or penthouse sky suites. You can also rejuvenate yourself at the Fives Spa, lounge on the beach, or enjoy the delightful flavors of the region. Planning a destination wedding? Look no further! This resort checks all the boxes and offers something for every guest.
The Fives Oceanfront Hotel
Say hello to the brand new The Fives Oceanfront Hotel – where you can relax and recharge your senses on the peaceful shores of Puerto Morelos. The seaside escape will immerse you into the natural beauty of your surroundings and introduce you to new adventures every day. Explore the pristine beaches, cenotes, and some of the best snorkeling and fishing sites in the area – or just lounge on the soft white sands with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Whatever you choose, you won’t want to leave here anytime soon. Be one of the first to indulge in this oceanfront gem.
The Fives Downtown Hotel
For a vacation with a touch of glamour and vibrancy, you’ll just love The Fives Downtown Hotel. Begin every day with a new experience – whether it’s a night out on the town, shopping and dining at Quinta Avenida, or exploring the Yucatan Peninsula’s most treasured attractions. This boutique hotel also has two infinity rooftop pools, loungers, and music – not to mention a fabulous rooftop restaurant. I think we’ll cheers to that!
Do any of these fabulous properties catch your eye? Then, message us here to request a quote!
In search of some decorating ideas for your upcoming destination wedding? Then, keep scrolling for some of our favorite looks we’re starting to see this year!
For the bohemian bride, you’ll feel right at home with this “free spirit” theme we’ve been seeing lately. The trend has been on the rise in the last year and we don’t expect it to go anywhere anytime soon! The natural wood and textures like macramé and dried arrangements give you perfect blend of nature and paradise. We’re especially loving the uniqueness of the pointed arbor and wooden aisle. Curious how to pull this look off? Then, click here to learn more about Hard Rock Hotel’s new wedding packages.
For our lavish brides, look no further than this dreamy setup! The golden chairs and white petal runner will make you feel like you’re walking on cloud nine as you make your way to say “I do” to your handsome groom. The dramatic floral-draped altar, stunning decor, and elegant touches will be a daydream that feels too good to be true! The best part? You’ll have the turquoise sea as your backdrop for the day –talk about vows with a view! Click here to learn more about Hard Rock weddings.
For a stunning beach wedding with a modern twist, couples choose this enchanting ceremony theme. This setup has the ultimate blend of luxury and fun with whimsical decorations, callas-topped columns, and a dramatic circular floral arbor. Couples also adore the unique acrylic napoleon chairs and modern touches in this collection, as it’s quite the eye-catching display. Think this wedding setup could be for you? Then, click here to find out more about our favorite Hard Rock properties.
For the tropical wedding you’ve been longing for, this is the ceremony you’ll want to see! Tropical Paradise offers you and your guests everything you need to pull off an incredible beach wedding –from the lush greenery and palm leaves, to the exotic flora and sound of the ocean in the background –you really can’t go wrong with this classic tropical collection. Truly elegant. Truly simplistic. And truly amazing. Click here to see why we love Hard Rock resort weddings.
So, which ceremony theme will it be? For a nudge in the right direction, contact the destination wedding experts, here. Want more wedding inspo? Then, be sure to follow our boards on Pinterest!
Melissa & James were married at Hard Rock Vallarta!
Photo credits go to Nick Vaquerano @NickVaquerano on Instagram
Wedding Gown from Chantilly Place in Chelmsford, MA
Travel coordination provided by Romance Travel Group
Why did you choose Romance Travel Group?
To be perfectly honest, we had no idea where to start when we started planning this. I googled “destination wedding planners” and came up to another wedding planner. I started off by saying I knew NOTHING about this but this is what I had in mind. They were super condescending and after that first call, to this moment almost two years later, still never received their quote. I didn’t need to though, I knew I didn’t want to hear back from them. Romance Travel Group was a website I had stumbled on while looking for resorts so I looked into my history to find them. That’s when I reached out and scheduled a call with Shelli. Again, I told her I knew absolutely nothing about wedding planning or destination planning and she said “that’s okay! Tell me what you want to know.” I knew then that I’d be working with her through this process.
Were there any objections from your wedding guests about your decision to have a destination wedding? If so, how did you handle overcome those?
Yeah, definitely. No one really *said* anything about it directly, just dealt with more “it’s so expensive” remarks. Shelli set up our website super early (August 2018 to be exact) and so when guests came to our engagement party (we invited the same people we were going to invite to our wedding) we had this whole set up talking about where to go to book. One of the biggest things I guess I didn’t realize was such a big deal until like yesterday when I went to book my cousin’s wedding was that Romance Travel Group offers you the ability to pay the wedding off slowly. From the date of our engagement party to the final payment due date, there was exactly 12 months. That was plenty of time for people to make payments. So we let everyone know that they could book online, pay a small deposit and then make monthly payments. For our loved ones that still couldn’t swing it, we just told them we totally understand and would miss them there. At the end of the day, it’s our special day and we were doing it our own special way.
How did you come to decide on your wedding date? Is there meaning behind it?
I honestly never thought I would choose a wedding date so close to Valentine’s Day- the 14th and my birthday- the 17th. But when we started talking about dates, James brought up that his late father’s birthday was February 15. We looked at the calendar and realized it was on a Saturday. I swear it just felt like it NEEDED to be on that day. It’ll be a little hectic for James every year around that week but I’m sure we’ll always find a way to make it special.
Describe what it was like working with the wedding coordinator at the resort? What went well? Any challenges?
The coordinator at the resort was actually fantastic. Edmundo was swift, incredibly helpful, personable and just overall a pleasure to work with. I had no challenges with him. However, I did have a challenge with the person that comes before Edmundo. I don’t want to name any names so we won’t do that but there was someone who worked offsite (the first person related to the Hotel company itself that you’ll talk to.) As part of the contract with Hard Rock, we were able to use “number of room nights booked” as a benefit towards the wedding; for example: 40 room nights booked gets you a two-hour reception and then you pay for the additional hours. Well, after weeks of not hearing from the coordinator and final payment date having come and gone, I reached out to try to get the last minute details ironed out and get a total. Well, for months she quoted me that I could use 1 of my hours towards cocktail and 1 towards reception and then pay for additional hours of reception. Fantastic, right?! Not so fast- that day, she tells me she can’t honor what had been told to me for months (by her.) She ends her emails for the day saying I would have to pay out of pocket for the cocktail hour ($800) and there was nothing else she could do. Anybody who is planning a wedding knows they are counting every dollar! I was shocked! Fortunately, after pushing it up to Shelli, she escalated it to Hard Rock and they were luckily able to honor it. That whole ordeal was super super stressful so my advice to anyone doing a destination wedding and looking to take advantage of the perks: don’t delete emails.
Tell us about your wedding dress – How did you find it? Who went shopping with you? How do you feel wearing your dress?
Ah, my favorite subject! I found my dress at Chantilly Place in Chelmsford, MA. I went in with a whole different perspective of what I wanted than what I actually got. But when I put that dress on, words honestly cannot describe it. I went with my maid of honor, my mom and my aunt/godmother My mom is probably the least emotional person in the world but when I saw her crying I knew I found the one. It’s beautiful. It flowed. It held me in where I wanted to look snatched. I felt like an angel in that dress. I actually bought extra lace and “designed” a special dress for my daughter to wear too. I don’t know that anyone even noticed it was made of the same material, but I knew and I loved it.
Describe the booking process for your guests. Did they find that to be easy to navigate?
It was actually really easy through the website Shelli set up for us. I mentioned this a little before and I will again now - having it go through Romance Travel Group was so much easier than the other ways we’ve seen it (having to do it directly through the hotel’s website with a block code.) Trips are a big deal and they take financial planning. Being able to make monthly payments towards it (even for the bride and groom) is so much more convenient for your pockets than having to pay it all upfront.
What were some of your biggest fears or things you worried about as your wedding date drew near? How did you get through this?
I think honestly my biggest fear was that the wedding was going to be too simple. We opted to go pretty simple with the decorations because it was an outdoor wedding and really what’s more beautiful than being able to see the beach and the mountains in the same view? We didn’t go crazy with the tables - white linens, white chairs and a flower centerpiece to match the colors of the bridal party. I have to say, I’m so glad I was wrong about my concerns. As simple as it was, it was absolutely perfect. The color changing columns were awesome as it got dark out. Hard Rock did an amazing job making simple look so elegant.
Describe the meeting you had with the onsite wedding team when you arrived at the resort.
It was pretty simple. Edmundo met us when checking in and introduced himself. We set up an appointment to meet the following day to check out the sites. The following day, we met as planned. He took us to the sites (the gazebo.. just wow.) and to the salon. He explained to us how everything would work, what time he’d come get us, our guests, and so on. It was actually pretty cut and dry. No stress there, at all.
Were your guests wowed by the resort and the all-inclusive concept? What was their reaction upon arrival?
Every single person who went for our event commented about how incredible of a resort it was. The food was FANTASTIC. That’s honestly not something either one of us can really say for any other resort we’ve been to. We were impressed with every single meal we had. Every restaurant was included, they didn’t try to upsell you on food when you got in which was impressive. The lobby was amazing. The memorabilia was breath-taking, the staff was so helpful. At the end of it, every person said they wanted to come back. In fact, I’m pretty sure my sister-in-law and two aunts pre-booked their next trips through the staff there. We got comments the whole next day about how fun the wedding was. Overall just so happy with the experience.
How easy/difficult was it to travel with your wedding dress? Did you carry-it on, where did you store it? Did you get a lot of comments at the airport?
It was actually easier than I thought. We carried it on. Once we got into the airplane, I asked the attendant at the front if I could store my dress in the closet. All four flights (two there, two home) I was told I could. So many people asked if it was our wedding and congratulated us, I loved that part.
What was the best part of having a destination wedding?
If I’m being honest, I think the best part of the destination wedding was the whole vacation with everyone you love. At one point the day after the wedding, everyone we love was sitting around the pool party all interacting although many of them hadn’t met until that weekend. James’ best friend was hanging out with my aunts, my childhood best friend was back around my family like time hadn’t skipped a beat. It was enjoyable to see.
What is your most favorite memory of your wedding experience?
Honestly all of it. I’ve gone to so many weddings and one thing I’m always told is to enjoy it because it’s gone in the blink of an eye so I did just that. At points, I sat back and watched my family dance. I also danced the night away. I watched my bridal party get ready, we popped champagne, we took pictures, we laughed and all around celebrated. I feel like I took so much of that day in that I could replay it all.
In what ways did Romance Travel Group make the planning less stressful for you?
Many ways. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: guests. will. appreciate. payment. plans. But besides that, having someone to escalate issues like the one I had with the Hard Rock planner was a huge help. And I think without even trying to, Shelli helped me save like $800. She sent out what I would assume was a mass email about photographers that are willing to travel to do weddings. I had no idea that was an option, I thought we had to hire the one at the resort. Because of that email, we were able to contract someone James actually knew and saved a lot in doing so. Plus, they’re my favorite pictures ever.
What would you do differently? What advice would you give to couples just starting the planning process?
I don’t know that I would do anything differently, but I definitely have some advice:
Would you recommend Romance Travel Group to other couples who are considering a destination wedding?
Way ahead of you, I already have and will keep saying nothing but good things about you guys forever more.
Is there anything Romance Travel Group could have done to make the experience even better?
Not at all. You were so helpful throughout the entire process. Not a single regret.
Congratulations, Melissa & James!! Thank you for sharing your day with us!
Glass bottom floors, swim up pools, and an ocean right outside your doors? These are the best all-inclusive bungalows around.
Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma: The Elite Overwater Bungalow
Hands down, The Elite Overwater Bungalows by Karisma Resorts is one of our favorite places to send couples. There are 30 exclusive suites sitting over the glistening waters of Maroma Beach (one of the best beaches in Mexico, we might add), making it the ultimate quiet and romantic getaway you’ve been longing for. Your private bungalow comes with its own infinity pool, glass bottom floors, direct access to the ocean, an indoor jacuzzi, a private outdoor shower, an oversized deck with lounge chairs, and so much more. You also have access to the nearby overwater spa and restaurant to round out the whole “overwater” experience.
In addition, as a guest at El Dorado Maroma, you’ll receive outstanding service and luxury every step of the way, from the food and drink, to the amenities, taxes, and gratuities... it’s all included in your stay. You’ll also find plenty of included activities and entertainment to keep you busy during your stay. Does it really get much better than this?
Royalton Antigua: The Chairman Overwater Bungalow
The all-new Chairman Overwater Bungalow experience at Royalton Antigua is the Caribbean’s latest hype, with its attention for detail, picture-perfect views of the sea, and over-water hammock, it’s no wonder we all love it so much! Here, couples will enjoy a beautifully-decorated master bedroom with a spacious seating area, a dining room, a swim-out plunge pool, and so much more!
And on top of the luxurious overwater accommodations, Royalton Antigua is privately located on one of the dreamiest white-sand beaches in the Caribbean! Guests will also enjoy the resort’s “all-in luxury” experience, where the room service, food and drink, non-motorized water sports, WiFi, and daily beach parties are included. Sounds like this Caribbean retreat is calling your name!
For more information on our favorite all-inclusive bungalows, click here to get in touch with a travel expert. We look forward to making your romantic getaway a reality!
Looking for an affordable place to tie the knot? Then, be sure to look into one of these fabulous tropical destinations!
Why We Love It
To start, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most amazing coastlines for its natural beauty and exotic surroundings. Visitors are pleased to find a variety of reasonably priced luxury resorts for adults and families that will give you a true taste of Mexico and its culture.
Resort of Choice: Villa Premier Boutique Hotel
Puerto Vallarta is considered one of the most romantic and spiritual destinations in Mexico, and is filled with possibilities! At Villa Premier Boutique Hotel, your dream wedding can come to life at one of the most breathtaking oceanfront adult retreats in the area. Here, your wedding planner will take care of the details – so all you have to worry about is soaking in the memories.
Why We Love It
Cancun continues to dominate the destination wedding industry for its exotic appeal, family-friendly options, and affordability. It also has dozens of gorgeous all-inclusive properties we send travelers to each year – making it a premier destination for weddings, family celebrations, milestone trips, and more!
Resort of Choice: Azul Beach Riviera Cancun
This multi-generational property has mastered the art of luxury for the value. Here, the entire family can partake in a variety of fun activities during their stay – so no need to worry about entertaining your wedding guests! You’ll also receive everything you need to pull off the perfect wedding with the complimentary “Always & Forever Package.” Sounds like a great choice to us!
Why We Love It
Punta Cana is the very picture of paradise – and if the turquoise water and powder-white sand won’t convince you, then we sure know the resorts will! Not only are the prices fair, but you’ll be able experience luxury and adventure all-in-one, as most properties throw in a variety of activities for free. This gorgeous Dominican destination also has some pretty incredible wedding options.
Resort of Choice: Hard Rock Punta Cana
Generous resort credits and amenities are just a few of our favorite things about Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana! Here, you'll have access to numerous activities, including a vibrant nightclub and casino, plus legendary Hard Rock entertainment – the best way to celebrate as Mr. and Mrs.
Ready to start planning a destination wedding without breaking the bank? Then, click here to get in touch with a romance travel expert!
Looking for some wedding photo inspiration? Then, keep reading for some suggestions on creating the most memorable photos ever!
We hope this goes without saying… but remember to relax and have fun! Obviously planning a wedding can be stressful and tiring, but the day of should be enjoyable and nothing less than perfect. Don’t let the little things get to you so it’s written all over your face during your photo shoot. After all, candid photos really are the best photos – so be sure to let go and enjoy every second of it!
Communicate with your photographer ahead of time about what you’re hoping to capture on your wedding day. Do you know your man will cry the first time he sees you? Then, make sure your photographer is all over it. Have a special dance you want to share with your bestie? Then, tell your photographer to take those shots. We also suggest doing a little research ahead of time to get some fun ideas on poses, unique angles, etc. Your photographer should also have some fabulous ideas, so be sure to ask!
Find the Best Time
Golden hour happens to be a favorite time to shoot among photographers – and we can’t disagree! The sky is so dreamy and romantic, while the ocean pops against the golden sand. Sunset is another fabulous time to shoot because many beach-goers have gone in for the day, leaving tons of space and privacy for those gorgeous silhouette pictures. Discuss with your photographer what timeline they recommend based on the destination and season you’re getting married in as well!
Determine Photo “Musts”
This is super important and can be forgotten if not planned out ahead of time! Be sure you write down your photo “musts” and give it to your photographer to ensure all the important pictures are taken on your wedding day. Note the photos you definitely need, like photos of the bride and her siblings and the groom with his parents, college buddies, etc. You also might want to discuss a timeline with your photographer, so people are flowing in and out of photos with ease.
Trash the Dress!
While the thought of it might make you cringe, taking a splash in the ocean with your new husband or wife has become a huge trend for destination weddings. There’s just something about being all dressed up and running into the ocean that feels so liberating and free – something that is truly remarkable when captured on camera. Don’t be afraid to let your hair down at the end of the night and just be in the moment with your partner.
We hope you keep these tips in mind when your big photoshoot rolls around – and don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our destination wedding specialists for more assistance when you start planning!
For a wedding that will make you feel like you’re the only two in the world, look no further than these ultra-private venues:
Generations Riviera Maya: Rooftop Terrace
Generations Riviera Maya Resort is not only one of our favorite family properties for destination weddings, but it’s one of our favorites for elevated privacy – literally! A sky wedding allows you and your wedding guests to experience breathtaking 360-degree views of the sand and sea on your very own exclusive rooftop terrace. This gives your entire group a chance to bond in paradise with some of the best seats in the house. And just like all of Karisma’s fabulous properties, Generations offers everything from gourmet cuisine and infinity pools, to excellent butler service and access to neighboring adult resort, El Dorado Royale.
Xolumado Inspiration Village: Secret Garden
Enjoy the tranquil sounds of nature as it greets you down the aisle with a secret garden wedding at Xolumado Inspiration Village. Here, your ceremony will be a true reflection of the history and culture that surrounds you! Choose from a variety of botanical setups and gazebos, which incorporates nature-inspired accents, florals and greenery. Then, take advantage of the unique cultural offerings they have available, like a Sangeet ceremony, Baraat procession, and of course –the big celebration reception!! One of the most immersive and secluded destination wedding ceremonies we’ve seen yet. But shhh – it’s a secret!
The Fives Azul Beach Resort: Beachfront Gazebo
Tie the knot over the breathtaking waves of the Caribbean Sea at The Fives beachfront gazebo! This location offers incredible views, not to mention the secluded and unique setup you’ve been dying for. Soak in all the romance under your tropical thatched-roof gazebo, while the sound of the waves splash in the background. And don’t think the fun stops after the I dos – because The Fives has plenty of things for you and your guests to do. Be sure to check out the area’s live shows, trendy restaurants and bars, or scope out the nearby white-sand beach, on-site spa, excursions, and so much more! The perfect combination of serenity and excitement in one fabulous location!
Interested in receiving more info on one of these private destination wedding venues? Then, message us today to get in touch!
Planning your honeymoon? Then, be sure to take a look at our favorite honeymoon suites this year
Interested in one of these dreamy honeymoon suites? Then, get in touch with one of our honeymoon specialists, here!
A vow renewal ceremony is the perfect way to celebrate years of marital bliss. Keep reading to view some of our favorites for the occasion.
El Dorado Maroma
If you’re looking to say “I do” all over again somewhere, you really can’t go wrong with El Dorado Maroma. Situated on one of the “best beaches in the world,” the fantastic all-inclusive property has an upscale elegance that is incomparable. From the gourmet dining and phenomenal service, to the attention for detail the resort provides, we guarantee your spouse won’t be the only thing you love after leaving here.
Not only do the authentic details and artful touches make UNICO 20º87º a breathtaking setup to tie the knot, but it also makes for a dreamy spot to “re-tie” the knot as well! Here, renewal ceremonies are celebrated under the Compliments of UNICO 20º87º package, which includes everything from ceremony décor and an officiant, to a bottle of wine and a romantic breakfast or dinner for two.
Le Blanc Spa Resorts
Famous for its upscale luxury and sophisticated elegance, Le Blanc Spa Resorts present the most gorgeous wedding packages and vow renewal ceremonies. Take advantage of their phenomenal dining options, luxurious suites, and oh yeah… the personal butler service. The one-on-one attention, customization options, and overall atmosphere make this the ideal option to re-tie the knot.
Generations Riviera Maya
Want to include the entire family in your special celebration? Then, Generations Riviera Maya is your best bet! Come here for dozens of daily activities and adventures, fabulous dining options, and endless all-inclusive amenities. Solidify your love once more in a variety of unique settings, from the Caribbean-inspired chapel, to a dreamy sky terrace or romantic pier.
Sensatori Punta Cana
Just like all of Karisma’s fabulous resorts, at Sensatori Punta Cana, you and your partner can celebrate years of love in one of the dreamiest locations in the world. Here, you’ll be blown away by the white-sand Uvero Alto Beach, delectable meals, and phenomenal service. We can’t think of a better way than to tie the knot once more in this tropical oasis!
Thinking of re-tying the knot this year? Then, message us today to connect with one of our romance travel specialists!
Minnesota, January 15, 2020 -- Romance Travel Group was announced a winner of the 2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire.
A leader in the global wedding planning industry, WeddingWire continues its celebration of local wedding vendors with the announcement of its twelfth annual WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards winners. To determine these distinguished wedding professionals, WeddingWire analyzed reviews across more than 20 service categories, from venues and caterers to florists and photographers and of course, travel experts, to find the most highly rated vendors of the year. These winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service, and quality when interacting with the millions of consumers who turn to WeddingWire to help ease their wedding planning process each month.
Wedding professionals who win WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards are members of WeddingPro, the leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million visitors per month who are planning weddings on WeddingWire and The Knot, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses. Romance Travel Group is honored to be one of the top wedding businesses on WeddingWire.com. For more information about Romance Travel Group, please visit us on our website. To learn more about the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.
Not only are destination weddings enjoyable for the couples, but the guests are loving it just as much! Here are some experiences we’re predicting your guests will love this year!
The Warm Welcome
The bride and groom recognize and appreciate their guests traveling all the way out to their wedding. That’s why welcome parties have become a growing trend, and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. This gives everyone a chance to get settled into the hotel and spend some time with each other before the big day. Welcome bags are also a popular trend we’ve seen in destination weddings and provide guests with everything from snacks and sunscreen, to an itinerary and map so everyone will know what to expect when they’re there.
Couples are always looking for fun ways to take their destination wedding experience to the next level. Group excursions are extremely popular for destination wedding groups, as it provides everyone not only something to do, but an experience with the couple that will be cherished forever. Popular excursions include snorkeling, archeological tours, sunset catamarans, and more.
And don’t think the fun stops there! Couples work closely with their resort coordinators to ensure everyone has something fun do in their free time. We’ve seen a lot of wedding groups partake in everything from cigar rolling and hat making, to rum tastings, cooking classes, beach bon fires, and so much more!
And of course, there will be times where you and your wedding guests will want to just chill out and relax. With that said, it’s not uncommon for your resort to have daily live entertainment, whether it’s a musical performance or show, live artist drawings, fire dancing, fireworks, etc.
In addition to a welcome party, the bride and groom typically choose to spread the wedding festivities out during the time everyone’s there. So, women close to the bride might be invited to partake in a spa day or girls’ lunch, while the guys might spend the day fishing or golfing. You also might want to include a farewell brunch as a thank you for everyone making the trip out.
Ready to say “yes” to a destination wedding? Then, click here to connect with a romance travel expert. We look forward to helping you create the best possible wedding experience for you and your guests!
With destination weddings becoming increasingly popular among the LGBTQ community, we decided to round up our some of our favorite LGBTQ-friendly resorts to tie the knot. Keep reading to see who made the list!
El Dorado Royale
With Mexico being the ideal destination for LGBTQ couples wanting a legal ceremony, it’s no wonder El Dorado Royale made it to the top of our list! Not only does this fabulous adult-only property offer the style, service and setting you crave, but its signature “Always & Forever Package” includes everything from expert wedding designers and décor, to a ceremony officiant, a semi-private dinner reservation, a honeymoon package, and so much more.
For a unique wedding experience with an attention to detail, look no further than Unico 2087. This is the adult-only wedding resort that redefines the meaning of “all-inclusive” by providing complimentary spa treatments, tours, and excursions, on top of everything else. It also provides experiential wedding packages for guests of all religions and backgrounds, making it a popular choice for LGBTQ couples.
Royalton Riviera Cancun
Another fantastic option to tie the knot is at Royalton Riviera Cancun. Here, couples can choose from a variety of romantic settings to wed, from the resort’s poolside terrace or white sand beach, to the glamourous sky wedding venue that is a unique experience in itself! We also love this property for its separate adult and family area, where everyone can feel free to do their own thing and regroup together later on.
Hard Rock Punta Cana
LGBTQ couples wishing to wed in the Caribbean will love Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana for its vibrant nightlife and legendary Hard Rock entertainment. Just like all these amazing properties, Hard Rock offers a complimentary wedding package that includes everything you need to pull off the perfect wedding day. It’s also a great option for couples who plan to marry legally prior to their trip, as this resort only performs symbolic ceremonies.
Riu Palace Cabo
Los Cabos is a breathtaking option for LGBTQ destination weddings for its picturesque coastline and mountainous backdrops. Couples are invited to start their forever in a variety of settings, like the property’s beautifully-decorated gazebo or expansive beach. There’s also a number of options to celebrate with a private dinner reception, a wedding cake, music, and so much more.
Well, there you have it! Our favorite LGBTQ-friendly destination wedding resorts. For more info or to speak to a romance travel expert, click here to get started!
Looking to incorporate an old-world tradition into your destination wedding day? Then, take a look at these popular cultural traditions from around the world.
For a Mexican bride and groom, El Lazo has become quite the tradition! It starts off when the minister drapes a "lazo" (i.e., lasso) made of rosary beads and flowers around the couple’s shoulders when they’re exchanging vows. The lazo is wrapped in the shape of a figure eight to represent the infinity symbol, in hopes of how long their love will last.
Jumping the Broom
Dating all the way back to the 18th century, “jumping the broom” has an entire meaning that goes beyond its obvious name. This African American tradition started because of the transatlantic slave trade and became a symbol of African slave couples’ unions in America – when marriage was an illegal and dangerous act. Today, couples still “jump the broom” on their way back down the aisle as a fun way to solidify their love.
Breaking the Glass
If you’ve been to a Jewish wedding, then you’re no stranger to the famous “break the glass” custom. The ceremony ends with a bang as the groom smashes a napkin-wrapped glass on the ground, with a joyous “mazel tov” and cheers to follow. The Jewish tradition is a subtle reminder that even in the height of personal joy and cheer, we need to recall the pain and loss suffered by the Jewish people.
Mehendi Ceremony and Sangeet Party
Some Indian wedding traditions you might not have known about are the Mehendi Ceremony and Sangeet Party. The Mehendi takes place just one day before the wedding, where the women gather to create intricate henna art on each other’s hands and feet. The designs represent the deep bond between the husband and wife and oftentimes, the bride receives gifts from the groom’s female family members. The Sangeet Party can be held in conjunction with the Mehendi or separately. This is a party filled with music and dancing and a celebration of the union of not only the couple but the bonding of both families.
This unity ceremony expresses the blending of two people or two families into one inseparable new family. Typically, the bride and groom have different colored sand and will take turns pouring it into a clear vessel to form a layered-effect. A sand ceremony is simply a spin on a unity candle ceremony, except it works much better for outdoor weddings since the wind can become a factor.
Thinking about tying one of these global traditions into your special day? Then contact us today for a nudge in the right direction!
Romance Travel Group Named Triple Platinum Agency at AIC Hotel Group's 4th Annual Stopstopper Awards
AIC Hotel Group, the experiential brand breaking out of the sea of sameness in the hospitality industry offering unmatched vacation experiences, recognized Romance Travel Group for its outstanding achievement at the Fourth Annual Showstopper Awards recently held at the all new Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos. With over 250 travel partners in attendance, Romance Travel Group proudly took home several awards, including the award for Triple Platinum Agency. Individual agents receiving awards include Tiffani Inserra, Shelli Nornes, Camille Sanders and Kate Breiter.
Exclusively created to honor those travel professionals who exemplify excellence in every aspect of production for the company’s brands, AIC Hotel Group’s Showstopper Awards recognize Tour Operator, Online Travel Agency and Travel Agent partners throughout the US and Canada for their loyalty, dedication and production to the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels of Mexico and the Dominican Republic, and UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya. Each winner was carefully selected based on production in 2018, with the Top Overall Sales category recognizing the top producers for the company’s brands.
“Year after year our travel partners show us their unwavering support and dedication to our growing portfolio of brands,” says Carilis Felipe, AIC Hotel Group’s director of Field Sales. “The Showstopper Awards are a way for us to not only express our gratitude, but also recognize them as a key asset to the company’s consistent growth and success. We are thrilled to see what the future has in store and look forward to more years of outstanding achievements alongside our travel partners.” This year, attendees also had the opportunity to be part of the grand opening celebration for Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos. Those who made monetary donations to Casa Hogar, a local organization that provides physical and emotional care for kids and teens in a camp-like environment, were able to receive a guitar and protective gear to participate in Hard Rock’s iconic guitar smash alongside A-list celebrities and key stakeholders while contributing to a great cause.
“It is always a proud moment to see so many of our hardworking travel agents on stage receiving recognition for their achievements,” says Shelli Nornes, President and CEO of Romance Travel Group. “I know and appreciate the level of dedication it takes to reach these goals and I commend each one of them!”
For more information on Romance Travel Group, visit www.RomanceTravelGroup.com or call 507-237-6133.
With experiences ranging from luxurious and romantic to active and adventurous, it’s no wonder Karisma Resorts has been a favorite for travelers year after year! Keep reading to discover which property is the perfect fit for you!
For Active Families: Nickelodeon Resorts
With a five-star family resort is situated in the most beautiful location in Punta Cana, d a brand new resort on the way in Riviera Maya, the Nickelodeon Resorts boast a new kind of all-age vacation experience. From the Aqua Nick playground, to the one-of-a-kind Pineapple Villas and playful decor, this Karisma property brings Nickelodeon to life right before your very eyes. So, come on and meet your favorite Nick characters with this fun-filled getaway! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? It could be you!
For Honeymooners: El Dorado Maroma
Planning a honeymoon? Then, you’ll want to hear all about the adult-only overwater bungalow experience at El Dorado Maroma! Here, you and your love will stay in an overwater suite on one of the best beaches in the world. You’ll also get to enjoy your very own infinity pool, glass bottom floors, a direct ladder from your balcony, private outdoor showers, and even an overwater spa and restaurant! Sounds like the ideal honeymoon to us!
For Foodies and Adult Destination Weddings: El Dorado Royale
Any foodies in the house? Then, keep reading. El Dorado Royale takes their signature Gourmet Inclusive experience up a notch with their fabulous 75,000 square foot, on-site greenhouse. Here, adult guests can put their taste buds to the test with fabulous and fresh culinary options. Spend the morning touring the gardens and seeing first-hand how El Dorado perfects their garden-to-table concept. It’s also a fabulous property for adult weddings, offering an elegant setting, personalized service, and casual luxury. Want to accommodate your wedding guests with children? Then, check out neighboring resort Generations, a family-friendly option within walking distance from each other! It is our #1 selling wedding combination!
For Family Destination Weddings: Generations
Generations Resort is comfortably nestled on the beautiful shores of the Riviera Maya and connected to sister property and adult-only resort, El Dorado Royale. Here, families can take advantage of everything from infinity pool balcony suites and excellent butler service, to gourmet bites and activities for the entire family. It’s also a great spot for family destination weddings and celebrations of all kinds. Want to know another secret? Adult guests are welcome to visit El Dorado Royale at any time, and don’t worry, the kids will be plenty occupied!
For Cultural Destination Weddings: Xolumado Secret Garden
Embracing zen, tranquility, and its natural surroundings, a Xolumado Secret Garden celebration by Karisma is perfect for couples looking for something beyond the beach wedding. Here, you’ll tie the knot in an authentic jungle setting surrounded by stunning décor and local artwork. Indian wedding? Take advantage of a traditional Sangeet ceremony, Baraat procession, and of course, the big celebration reception! This destination wedding experience is truly one-of-a-kind and a great way to dive into the rich Mayan culture and nature that surrounds you.
For The Margaritaville State Of Mind: Experience the new Island Reserve
Island Reserve delivers laid back luxury, where everything is included without any pretense. Offering exceptional Karisma service and top-quality dining and drinks with a Margaritaville flair, these brand new resorts are guaranteed to put you at ease. Under a swaying palm by a turquoise sea, you’re raising a glass with new and old friends. Sunsets are as colorful as the last mango. And every moment is filled with all-inclusive, beachside indulgence at the 5-star Margaritaville Island Reserve Resorts. Be one of the first to discover the tropical secrets Island Reserve has in store for you!
So, what’s the verdict? What’s your Karisma Resort personality? We’re dying to hear it! For more information, click here to connect with a travel expert, today!
Fourteenth Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America
Romance Travel Group pleased to announce that we have once again been selected as a 2020 winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest and top-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading wedding planning brand and app.
For 2020, only five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award. In its fourteenth annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2020, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories, including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more, to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique wedding.
“Our teams works extremely hard to be helpful, kind, fun and supportive with all of our wedding and honeymoon couples, so it is exciting to receive this recognition to share with everyone!” says Shelli Nornes, President and CEO of Romance Travel Group. “It is definitely a team effort, and I can’t wait to share this with them!”
The Knot has inspired 25 million couples (and counting!) to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing high-quality content and inspiration, The Knot makes it easy for couples to connect with and book the right wedding professionals to create their perfect wedding day. On The Knot Marketplace, couples can get connected to any of the hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot Best of Weddings gives couples the confidence to find and book the best local vendors to bring their wedding visions to life. In combination with years of trusted content, The Knot’s innovative technology makes planning one’s wedding celebrations easier and more enjoyable.
Wedding professionals who win The Knot Best of Weddings are members of WeddingPro, the leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million visitors per month who are planning weddings on The Knot and WeddingWire, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.
For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and this year’s winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.
About Romance Travel Group
Romance Travel Group is your key to a successful destination wedding, honeymoon or vacation getaway. As industry recognized leaders in the art of destination wedding and travel planning, our team of agents has dozens of awards and accolades, and thousands of very happy brides, grooms, couples and guests. Our specialists are seasoned pros who want the best for you. We can’t wait to help you plan the perfect wedding day, honeymoon or tropical vacation! Call us today to start planning the trip of a lifetime! 507-237-6133
Lush green mountains and sparkling blue waters don’t even begin to cover it. Here’s why people are falling in love with Puerto Vallarta…
To start, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most enticing coastlines for its natural beauty and exotic surroundings. It’s no wonder tourism is on the up-and-up here! Visitors are pleased to find a variety of luxurious all-inclusive resorts for adults and families that will give you a true taste of Mexico and its culture.
Looking for a getaway with great weather year-round? Then, Puerto Vallarta is a great option for you! Not only does it have a comfortably warm climate, the humidity levels are tolerable all year long.
Whale watching is quite the popular attraction here in Puerto Vallarta. With tours happening during migration season (typically the beginning of December through the end March), visitors make their way here to spot some of the most magnificent creatures of the deep blue sea!
The area’s coastline is a sunlover’s dream come true, with numerous soft sand beaches where you can partake in everything from surfing and snorkeling, to swimming and sunbathing. It’s also a spectacular destination for fishing! If you’re an avid angler, be sure to ask about chartering a fishing boat and test your luck and skills.
The city of Puerto Vallarta is great for travelers looking to dive into the Mexican way of life and experience new traditions. For example, the area has some pretty incredible dining options as well as numerous shops, where you can pick up handcrafted gifts and souvenirs as a token of your stay. You’ll also want to hit up the Malecón boardwalk for the area’s best shopping with a view!
Within an hour’s drive from the city you will find a quaint, vibrant little town called Sayulita. A local’s paradise, you’ll find authentic shopping, surfing, cafes, and artisans lining the original stone streets. Music oozes from the little bars as tourists and locals alike take respite from everyday life and enjoy a frozen treat with the great company of others.
Now, to find the perfect place for your Puerto Vallarta vacation! Message us for a quote and to connect with one of our amazing travel advisors.
Looking for a laid-back and exotic wedding experience in the “coolest” part of the Caribbean? Then, you’re going to love these affordable Jamaica resorts
Riu Palace Tropical Bay
Situated on one of Jamaica’s most stunning beaches, Riu Palace Tropical Bay provides breathtaking destination weddings in a completely renovated facility. Here, couples can take advantage of the hotel’s free wedding package, which covers everything from a variety of décor, ceremony music, and semi-private dinner, to a wedding cake, surprise gift for the couple, and a romantic and exotic setup for your ceremony. You’ll also work closely with the resort’s expert wedding coordinators to ensure everything runs smoothly on your big day.
Royalton Blue Waters Montego Bay
Royalton Blue Waters will bring your destination wedding experience to life with numerous complimentary activities, spectacular island entertainment and a charismatic staff that can’t wait to celebrate with you. So, whether you’re hoping for a small and intimate affair or something grand and elaborate, this is where you go to make those big wedding dreams a reality. The best part? There’s a complimentary wedding package out there calling your name…
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande
This affordable destination wedding property is a family-favorite for its generous resort credits, exciting tours and excursions, golf outings, and laid-back Jamaican style. And not only that, but Moon Palace Jamaica Grande has a great reputation for its customizable wedding packages and enhancements, which include everything from a beautiful tropical venue, flowers and décor, complimentary group benefits, and so much more. It also encourages weddings of all faiths and cultures, making it the perfect option for just about anyone. What about your guests with children? Not to worry… this destination wedding spot is great for kids!
Secrets Wild Orchid
Looking to wed in a chill and lively beachfront setting? Then, say "I do" at Secrets Wild Orchid. Here, you and your sweetie can tie the knot under an intimate wedding gazebo or on a private beach with your closest friends and family. This affordable adult-only retreat is filled with all the benefits of unlimited luxury, with abundant options to personalize and create a wedding package to call your own. And don’t fret about the little details, the resort’s full-service wedding coordinators and designers take care of all of that.
Sound like Jamaica is the perfect place to say, “I do”? Connect with one of our wedding experts today!