RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICAN CARIBBEAN Aff ordability meets warm hospitality and sugar sand in this Mayainfl uenced area. At Excellence Riviera Cancun a 440-suite, adults-only property located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen swaying palms fringe six free-form pools, and suites overlook a pristine beach, one of three possible ceremony sites.
The Excellence of Love package, which includes a ceremony, cocktail hour and private reception for up to 20 people, is $1,500 (from $45 per person for extra guests). Rooms from $360 per person (seasonal group rates available on request). Forty-fi ve minutes down the road, Xcaret Park eco-reserve hosts custom ceremonies (civil, Catholic, Maya) for parties of 20 to 500 in one of two chapels, on the beach or in a colonial hacienda.
Prices are a la carte, but a ceremony in the oceanview Saint Francis of Assisi Chapel or the historic Chapel of Guadalupe plus a fi vehour rental of the Natural Pools beachfront reception area, a Mayan Buff et, a fi ve-hour open bar, a DJ and round-trip transportation from nearby hotels starts at about $15,000 for 50 guests.