Every once in awhile, a resort comes along that steals our hearts. Maybe it is a new build, or a unique concept, or a special venue or location. The Fives Oceanfront checks all these boxes and then some. While the resort was built new just a few years ago, it has made a big impact on us and the couples we send there. Maybe it is just the place you’ve been searching for, too?
Let’s face it. As travel agents, we get to see a lot of different resorts. A big part of being a travel expert requires us to know the ins and outs of a seemingly endless list of properties across the globe. The experts at Romance Travel Group specialize in destination weddings at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and Caribbean. Because we are so highly specialized, we are able to dive deeper than other agents and really immerse ourselves in the products we recommend and sell. Think about it… if you have a heart condition, would you go to a general surgeon or a cardiologist? You’re planning a destination wedding, do you want a travel agent, or a destination wedding travel expert? We thought so. Ok, back to the blog!...
Located 2 blocks outside of the charming village of Puerto Morelos, Fives Oceanfront is a boutique 92-room all-inclusive property situated directly on the beach (we’re talking steps!) facing the Caribbean Sea. Sunrises here are spectacular. The north side of the property faces acres of protected, undisturbed beachfront. The south side leads to town.
The town of Puerto Morelos is a quaint, authentic Mexican village full of small shops, cafes, bars, street vendors, fishing piers, and artisans. Prices are very reasonable in town, locals are friendly and welcoming and the vibe is relaxing and chill. Skip the bustle and expense of Tulum! Puerto Morelos is where it’s at!
The Fives Oceanfront resort itself has a variety of rooms, but our favorite is the One-Bedroom Oceanview Residence. There is plenty of space to sprawl out and the view from the balcony is second to none. Upgrade to a Penthouse and bask in the sun from your private rooftop complete with a hot tub. There are three full-service restaurants serving meals throughout the day and night, and bar service to keep you hydrated.
There are plenty of wedding venue options, but our favorite has to be the private rooftop terrace. Atop the main building sits a pool, deck, bar and restaurant for you to host your destination wedding festivities. With 365 degree views of the ocean and jungle, complete privacy and the ultimate WOW factor for your guests, this venue is a complete stunner.
The wedding team at The Fives resorts has been partners and personal friends of Romance Travel Group for years. We trust them with our couples and know that they will take care of every detail.
BIG NEWS! In October 2022, Romance Travel Group was named “Top Agency” for The Fives resorts, taking the stage at the annual Asset Awards conference to claim this coveted award. With a resort like Fives Oceanfront, and the expertise and guidance of the destination wedding experts at Romance Travel Group, your wedding will be the one to top for years and years to come.
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Wedding Date: July 11, 2022 ~ Resort: Generations Riviera Maya ~ Photographer: Esteban Bahena
Why did you choose Romance Travel Group?
After speaking with many other travel agents, Romance Travel Group stood out. Shelli and her team were very responsive and professional throughout the initial consultation and booking process. All information was organized and everyone was so knowledgeable about what different resorts had to offer while keeping our wish list and budget in mind.
How did you select the resort? What were the deciding factors?
We chose Generations Resort in Riviera Maya because we were looking for a high end resort that was affordable for our guests, within a short driving distance to the airport, family friendly and within our budget. Generations checked off all those boxes and more. What made the resort even better was their countless beautiful wedding venue options and that they had 2 other adult only properties next door that we had access to if we wanted to take a break from the activities on the family side.
What were some of your biggest fears about having a destination wedding?
It is very hard to plan an event at a location that you have never been to before. We had visited Cancun in the past but never saw Generations in person prior to arriving a few days before the wedding. We were fearful that the pictures and reviews made the resort look much better than it actually was. It was also a little nerve-wracking selecting and booking vendors using email/Facebook to communicate and sending deposits via wire transfers and Paypal but luckily everything worked out perfectly!
Describe what it was like working with the wedding coordinator at the resort? What went well? Any challenges?
Working with the wedding coordinator at the resort was pretty easy as we got closer to the wedding date. Things started off slow and response time was up to a week but, around 6 months out, the response time became shorter and more details were confirmed. The details we were most worried about were the wedding date and venue choices but RTG confirmed those when we signed our wedding contract so we did not have to worry. At times, there was a bit of miscommunication with different languages and translation but our wedding coordinator was quick to fix mistakes and clarify details as needed.
Describe the booking process for your guests. Did they find that to be easy to navigate?
Guests received invitations about a year in advance with our custom wedding website link that Romance Travel Group made for us. The website had all room, travel, and booking information available to guests with RTG contact info for and questions or concerns. Guests were given a deadline to put their deposit down on a room and the booking process seemed to be easy to navigate and use and if questions arose, guests were able to get quick answers from RTG.
Tell us about how you chose your bridal party and asked them to stand up with you.
Choosing our bridal party was easy. We both had a childhood friend who we wanted to be a part of our special day. We also had other friends who were unsure if they would be able to attend a destination wedding. We decided to only have a maid of honor and best man so that we did not have to worry about people bailing or being unable to attend the wedding or creating additional stress. We gave the maid of honor and best man a box early in the planning stages with a tumbler and other small items when we asked them to be a part of our special day.
Describe the meeting you had with the onsite wedding team when you arrived at the resort.
We arrived at the resort on a Thursday and our on site wedding coordinator met us in reception as we were checking in. She gave us a card with our meeting information for Friday and told us to go enjoy the rest of our day. On Friday we met her in the wedding office and went over every detail for the day of our wedding. We gave her all of our decorations and showed pictures so the onsite team could set them up for us. We could tell the resort is very comfortable with weddings because every question and detail was discussed and it all turned out perfect.
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?
Traveling with my dress was super easy. I bought a trifold garment bag that i fit my dress, my husbands suit and a few other dresses in and brought it as a carry on. We were able to lay the bag on top of suitcases in the overhead compartment on the plane with no issues at all!
Tell us about your wedding – did you have a traditional wedding with a cocktail hour, dinner reception and dance? What was different about a destination wedding compared to a wedding at home?
We had a symbolic ceremony which only lasted about 10-15 minutes, a cocktail hour and a reception. Our cocktail hour was a little different as we had a donkey carrying cold cervezas!
What was the best part of having a destination wedding?
The best part about having a destination wedding was seeing all of our guests having a great time that lasted more than 1 or 2 days like a typical wedding. Most of our family does not travel and rarely goes on vacation so giving them a reason to enjoy themselves for a few days and celebrate with us was the best part.
What surprised you the most about having a destination wedding?
The most surprising thing about having a destination was how easy it was to plan everything. Although we were a little skeptical about planning a wedding from a different country, the wedding team at Generations was amazing and took care of so many small details that I wouldn't have thought of on my own. This took the stress out of the planning process and made it so much easier to enjoy the day!
Would you recommend Romance Travel Group to other couples who are considering a destination wedding?
Yes! Romance Travel Group made our destination wedding experience perfect! From the first phone call we had to getting home from Mexico, RTG was available and responded quickly. They found us the perfect location and resort which checked all the boxes on our wish list within budget. I would 100% recommend RTG to other couples planning a destination wedding!
In search of the perfect location to have your destination wedding? Then, keep scrolling to find out our top recommendations!
Mexico Destination Weddings
Affordable, accessible, and SO. MANY. RESORTS. Mexico is our most popular place to send couples for many reasons, but the value-added luxury is at the top of the list. Think gourmet dining experiences, authentic details, and lavish suites. Here are two of our favorite locations in Mexico to tie the knot!
Cancun continues to dominate the destination wedding industry for its exotic appeal, an abundance of options, and affordability. It also has dozens of gorgeous, beachfront, all-inclusive properties we send travelers to each year, making it a preferred destination for weddings, family celebrations, milestone trips, and more!
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 wedding resorts for adults and families that will give you a true taste of Mexico and its culture.
Caribbean Destination Weddings
In addition to Mexico, the Caribbean is another popular place to say, "I do!" Thing laid-back, scenic, and undeniably romantic. Below are a our top Caribbean islands to get married at. And don't you worry...there are PLENTY of all-inclusive resorts to choose from!
If you’re looking for that laid-back, no worries vibe, Jamaica is where it’s at. Couples say “I do” here for the world-renowned beaches, adventurous excursions, and exotic property settings. Those who have their wedding in Jamaica have some great adventures awaiting them as Jamaica has lots of outdoor excitement. Jamaica also happens to be one of the easiest destinations to get legally married!
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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.
Perks of These Destination Wedding Locations
In addition to each of these destinations’ unique characteristics, all of them offer the same great perks! Here’s a few examples:
Easy to Get To
All of these destinations are easily accessible from major U.S. airport hubs, and have international airports that are close to the resorts.
There are plenty of fantastic all-inclusive options at all of these destinations, making your wedding budget that much more manageable for you and your guests!
Great Value for What You Get
Mexico isn’t the only destination with value! In fact, the DR and Jamaica have a wide-variety of luxurious hotel options at a price you can handle.
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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.
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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.
Why We Love St. Lucia
The island of St. Lucia is as breathtaking as they come. Here are four things we just love about this enchanting destination…
Great for Honeymooners
St. Lucia is easily one of the most romantic places in the world. Aside from its obvious natural beauty, the island presents visitors with an array of cozy boutique hotels that are perfect for honeymooners. In fact, it’s oftentimes called “The Hawaii of the Caribbean” for its iconic landscapes and laid-back atmosphere. It is a fabulous option to kick off your new life together, that’s for sure!
More Than Beaches
Whoever said paradise consisted of just beaches hasn’t been to St. Lucia! While the island has some of the best white and black sand beaches out there, you’ll realize its beauty goes way beyond that. St. Lucia is home to some of the most breathtaking natural wonders including waterfalls, reef diving sites, volcanoes, a national rainforest, botanical gardens, and more! This is what paradise looks like, if you ask us!
Home to An Iconic Backdrop
Situated between the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul, stand the iconic Pitons, one of the most breathtaking backdrops in the Caribbean. The two volcanic plugs are covered in lush vegetation and exotic plants and soar between 2,400 and 2,600 feet high. Travelers often gush about this natural wonder for its dazzling views and hiking experiences, not to mention its extensive range of wildlife!
World-Class Water Adventures
Because St. Lucia is comprised of numerous fishing villages, it’s a popular destination to explore the area’s marine life and exotic plants. It’s also famous for a variety of world-class diving sites, coral reefs, underwater volcanoes, shipwrecks, and so much more. Visitors are encouraged to discover rare species through snorkeling and diving excursions and guided tours to make the most out of their experience!
Think St. Lucia could be the perfect place for you? Then, message us today for more info on some of our favorite accommodations and itineraries! We look forward to working with you!
Costa Rica’s combination of volcanoes, tropical rainforests, and incredible wildlife make it one of the most biodiverse destinations in the world! Here are some reasons to make the visit as soon as possible:
Interested in scoping out some majestic waterfalls? Well, at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, you’ll find everything from exotic frogs and butterflies, to jaguars and spider monkeys…not to mention the garden’s five flowing waterfalls! There’s so much for wildlife and nature-lovers to admire here, that it’s considered a must-see for every first-time visitor.
Glide over Costa Rica’s lush and vibrant landscapes on an ever-popular canopy or zipline tour –an integral part of any Costa Rican trip. The concept began back in the 70's when scientists and students climbed and rappelled trees to discover the rainforest’s flora and fauna. Today, adventure enthusiasts participate in the activity just for fun!
Naturally flowing hot springs is a widespread and popular attraction in Costa Rica. Here, you’ll find that they range in just about any size, shape and temperature imaginable, and are perfect for relaxing in after a long day or splashing around in with the kiddos!
Want to do a little exploring of your own? Then, be sure to take advantage of some of Costa Rica’s famous national parks for some endless sightseeing opportunities. Here, you’ll have a chance to hike along dozens of nature trails and coastlines, and even get up-close-and-personal with rare birds, iguanas, playful monkeys, and more!
Ever seen a volcano? Well, in Costa Rica, you can! With over 200 volcanic formations that date back almost 70 million years, these natural formations create the majestic setting Costa Rica is best known for. Today, just five are classified as active volcanoes, yet still remain a sight to see for many tourists.
Since Costa Rica is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and rare wildlife, the locals dedicate themselves to preserving and providing protection to those animals that are endangered or will be endangered in the future. There are also many wildlife sanctuaries that have on-site veterinarian clinics to care for the sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife. Many refuges are open to the public where you and your family can learn about these amazing efforts.
Costa Rica’s ecotourism industry has grown drastically over the years, making it one of the “greenest” countries in the world. Since its efforts to protect and utilize its natural resources are a priority, you can rest assured knowing your tourism dollars will be going toward local sustainability projects to help preserve the culture of Costa Rica!
Now, who’s ready to start exploring this scenic destination? For more recommendations, or to book your Costa Rica vacation with us, just click here to get started!
Private beach, overwater bungalows, and all-inclusive luxury? There’s so much to love about this dreamy new property!
Situated on an unspoiled private beach next to some of Antigua’s most breathtaking waters, here, you can relax in complete harmony while you soak in the ambiance that surrounds you. Royalton Antigua is nestled perfectly on Deep Bay, which is beneath the historic Fort Barrington.
Coming to you this summer, Royalton Antigua is offering the very first overwater bungalow experience in the area. Here, guests will have the chance to live in upscale luxury in their very own overwater suite, while enjoying picture-perfect views of the Caribbean Sea in the distance. The adults-only Chairman Bungalows include one master bedroom with a sitting area, dining room, swim-out plunge pool, over-water hammock, and the highest level of luxury and service available. Need we say more?
When you hear “all-inclusive luxury,” what sort of things come to mind? Luxurious bedding? Gourmet dining? Attentive service? Well, you’ve got it! Royalton’s signature All-In Luxury experience provides visitors with elegantly styled rooms, room service, and all-inclusive food and drink from sunup ‘till sundown. A few other highlights of this concept include a premium crafted DreamBed, unlimited free calls to the U.S., complimentary non-motorized water sports, WiFi, daily beach parties, and so much more!
Feast on gourmet cuisine from across the globe while you indulge in local international delights in a variety of casual and luxurious settings. Snag a signature cocktail and mingle around the property at numerous on-site bars and lounges, or treat yourself to coffee and dessert at a nearby café. Later on, you might decide to take advantage of the property’s 24-hour room service in the comfort of your own suite, while you watch the Antigua sunset from your private terrace.
The Royal Spa
At The Royal Spa, guests will feel refreshed and renewed after a variety of spa treatments and therapies. This wellness facility features a hydrotherapy circuit along with several other massage, body and facial treatments. Each and every one of its treatments showcase proven healing practices to ensure complete relaxation, rejuvenation and restoration when you’re there. In addition, the highly-trained staff is dedicated to their practice, so you can rest assured knowing you’re in great hands!
Anyone else hearing the overwater bungalows calling their name?
Charming hospitality, lively culture, and world-class beaches? There’s a whole ‘lot to love about a Mexico destination wedding!
One of the biggest destination wedding myths we hear often is that it’s too expensive. However, with the traditional American wedding costing around $30,000, it's no wonder most people assume a wedding in a remote location would be more. Luckily, most properties in Mexico can hold a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception for you and your guests for as little as $15,000… which is significantly cheaper than your average wedding!
Mexico is one of our most popular destinations for brides because of how flexible its wedding packages are. We partner with a variety of properties who value your uniqueness and creativity. That ocean pier ceremony you’ve been dreaming about? Done. The monogrammed dance floor and custom cocktail you requested? You’ve got it. The possibilities are endless.
Another reason why Mexico is great for destination weddings is the all-inclusiveness. Most properties include meals, drinks, entertainment, and some excursions during your stay, so everyone is taken care of all day and night. We also have a number of properties that offer free wedding packages, which include everything from a private ceremony location, to the cake and DJ.
How often do you hear the word “complimentary” associated with planning a wedding? Yeah, not so much. But in Mexico, it’s no surprise to see complimentary sky massages, champagne and strawberries, or private dinners thrown in as a way of saying “congrats” to the happy couple. We’ve even helped our brides and grooms get complimentary honeymoon nights as an added bonus.
Easy to Plan
Imagine having all the little details taken care of for you, as you watch your wedding dreams fall into place. That’s right! A destination wedding in Mexico isn’t as hard to plan as you think. In fact, we’ll work with you side-by-side to ensure your day runs as smooth and stress-free as possible. We’ll even introduce you to the onsite wedding coordinator to go over all the fun details like decorations, food, and seating arrangements, so everything’s covered before you get there. The best part? These services are complimentary when you book. Can’t say that about your average wedding, now can you?
Now do you understand why Mexico is our number one selling destination wedding?! It’s filled with great fun, great culture, and most of all, great people. For more information on planning your destination wedding with us, start here.
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