|The new “Ever After Vow Renewal” package is an option for couples visiting a Dreams resort, such as this one in Puerto Vallarta.|
Sometimes, it is best to stick with the classics. The Caribbean and Mexico are the ultimate getaways for a destination wedding or honeymoon, and for good reason. We take a look at some of your favorites for an update on what’s being offered in the world of romance.
Sandals Resorts is raising the luxury bar for its newly married clientele through personalized honeymoon experiences at select Caribbean properties in St. Lucia, the Bahamas, Jamaica and Antigua.
The complimentary “Perfect Package” entitles honeymooners to chilled wine in room on arrival, breakfast in bed the morning after arrival and rose petals strewn on the bed at turndown. Note: To be eligible for this treatment, couples must check in online prior to travel and provide a copy of their marriage certificate within 30 days of travel.
Guests in the Bahamas and St. Lucia can opt for the “Sandals Luxury Package,” which includes a personal butler for the entire day, a private four-course candlelit dinner for two in the courtyard with wine pairing, in-room couples massage, dinner at Gordon’s on the Pier, one-day poolside chair reservation with beverages and snacks, sunset photo on the beach, private transfer from the airport and personalized robes. Note: This is available at all St. Lucia properties and at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island.
Finally, we recommend the Sandals “Romance Package,” which provides a chauffeur and private car stocked with fruit, champagne and chocolate at the airport, breakfast in bed, rose petal bath for two, private couples’ massage lesson at the Red Lane Spa, couples’ champagne massage treatment, private four-course candlelit dinner on the beach, picnic for two, romantic sunset cruise and one complimentary 5x7-inch photo. Note: The Sunset Cruise is only available at select resorts.
Travel agents can reach out to Susan Mangan (305-248-1300, ext. 4317, [email protected]) for details.
AMResorts boasts a slew of luxury all-inclusives across the Caribbean and Mexico. A brand-new offering has been rolled out for those looking to renew their vows at its Secrets, Dreams and Now resorts. The package, named “Ever After Vow Renewal” at Secrets and Dreams and “Soul Mates Vow Renewal” at Now Resorts, is complimentary when booking five nights in the required room category or higher. It comes with an onsite wedding coordinator, renewal of vows ceremony, corsage, boutonniere, sparkling wine toast for two, certificate of renewed vows, special dining arrangements for two the evening of the ceremony, romantic turndown service and a “Honeymoon & Anniversary” package, which includes fresh fruit basket on arrival, wine, one special turndown service and a champagne breakfast in bed.
Travel agents are encouraged to register on the AMResorts website, www.amragents.com.
Breezes Resorts, a part of the SuperClubs family, has launched a “Breezes Dream Weddings Collection” at six resorts in Jamaica, Curacao, Panama and the Bahamas. Couples who stay six nights or longer receive a complimentary ceremony complete with wedding cake and champagne toast. Nice touch: As a special gift to the bride and groom, Breezes will absorb all of the government and administration fees. The resort will also give newlyweds a complimentary first anniversary stay.
The “Breezes Dream Wedding Collection” lets betrothed couples customize their wedding through new à la carte options. The ceremony package already includes the services of a wedding planner, wedding cake, a non-denominational minister, marriage license, bouquet, boutonniere, music, champagne and decorations, four guest passes, as well as a few keepsakes. For extra fees, couples can add on services such as a private cocktail party, dinner for two, turndown service and fresh cut flower centerpieces. For details, agents should contact Shelly-Ann Dixon (877-Breezes or 954-925-0925, ext. 4625, [email protected]clubs.com;), weddings reservation specialist.
After your clients have exhausted their funds creating the perfect wedding, a complimentary honeymoon may be exactly what they are looking for. Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts has unveiled a “Vow to Get Away with Marriott” experience that automatically rewards newlyweds with a romantic getaway for use any time of the year.
Betrothed couples who book a destination wedding at one of the participating Marriott resorts throughout the region will receive up to 150,000 Marriott Rewards points, which can be redeemed for vacation days of their choosing. This offer is available to those who make reservations by Dec. 1 of this year for weddings to be held by Dec. 31, 2012.
Participating resorts include Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort, JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and many more. For a full list, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com. To find the appropriate contact for your area, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com/ta-sales-contacts.
The new “Ever After Vow Renewal” package is an option for couples visiting a Dreams resort, such as this one in Puerto Vallarta.