From the trendy hotspot of Tulum to the calm waters of Mayakoba, the Riviera Maya is one of Mexico's hottest wedding destinations. Rich in history, and full of swimming holes galore, this beautiful region is home to ancient ruins and some of the best beaches of the Caribbean. From moody jungle restaurants to exclusive white sand beach resorts; private villas to all-inclusive hotels, this gorgeous wedding destination is packed to the brim with awesome wedding backdrops of all styles and sizes. Surrounded by beaches, lagoons, caves, cenotes, waterfalls, jungles, and wildlife, we bring you some of the best hotels in the Riviera Maya region where you can elope or host a fiesta-worthy wedding.
Reporter: Alyssa Brown | Venue: Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
One of Tulum’s best restaurants snuggled in on the jungle side, Casa Jaguar has a moody sense of magic in the air. If you find yourself cozied up to this bar, be sure to try the ceviche and the spicy tamarindo cocktail. Check it out for a small rehearsal dinner or post-wedding fiesta. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE
Probably the most notable bragging right around this stretch of the Riviera Maya is the powdery white sand beach. Belmond Maroma is a luxury hotel with cozy palapas and swimming pools tucked away in lush tropical gardens. Exchange vows in the courtyard, on the beach, in the gardens, or by the pool. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE
Most known for it's world-class dining and modern accommodations, Banyan Tree is the ultimate getaway for relaxation and rejuvenation. Set up wedding shop in the courtyard, under the grouping of whitewashed beachy palapas. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE
A fave of the stylish set, Be Tulum is one of the most gorgeous hotels in Tulum and their big roof deck is the perfect place to throw an incredible wedding reception. See you at the smoothie shack on the beach for cocktail hour after you swap vows with your toes in the sand!
Is there anything more romantic than dinner in a cave? One of Playa del Carmen’s coolest restaurants, Alux is a great place to throw a welcome party or rehearsal dinner your guests won’t soon forget. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE
A modern villa tucked into the UNESCO-protected Sian Ka’an biosphere, just below the town of Tulum, Casa Naiik features our favorite rooftop infinity pool. This 4-bedroom retreat can be rented for a weekend-long epic party on the edge of the world, during which you maybe just happen to get hitched. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE
If traditional Tulum bungalows are more your speed for a getaway, Casa Violeta has a collection of thatched-roof rooms that are cozy and casual. One of the most popular wedding venues in Tulum, this hotel is an easy party destination. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE
A haven for the celebrity jet setters, Hotel Esencia is tucked away in its own strip of beach that’s just close enough to Tulum to check out the scene, but removed enough to feel exclusive. Arriving at night here is pure magic, as you’re taken via golf cart through the jungle to arrive at your all-white stone room just to wake up in the morning to rainforest birds and little fruit-loving monkeys outside your windows. Lest we forget to mention, you can take over the whole place for a wedding that’s out-of-control chic. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE
A luxury eco-friendly boutique hotel in Tulum, this dreamy little villa would be the perfect launchpad for a wedding weekend. Styled to the nines, weddings here make use of the gorgeous restaurant and rooftop terrace.
For those planning a gorgeous wedding in the Playa del Carmen area, be sure to check out the Viceroy. This enclave of bungalows on the beach are high-end and the spa options will have you wishing you could pop by every day of the week. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE
Known as one of Tulum’s hottest party spots, Papaya Playa Project is made for celebrating. Whether you’re booking a welcome party, late night after party, or wedding itself, there are plenty of hangout zones at this beachy venue.
One of the Riviera Maya’s most luxurious hotels, Rosewood Mayakoba is known for its modern rooms that float on the lagoon surrounds. This is an epic spot for a honeymoon or a seriously swanky special occasion (read: gorgeous wedding).
A thatched roof resort and guesthouse with a wonderful restaurant, Ahau will have you feeling connected to the local scene in no time. One of Tulum’s best kept secrets, this little spot would be awesome decked out in wedding glam.
Interested in a Mexico wedding but don’t want to commit to booking a hotel block? Check out Blue Venado, an open-air venue on the beach with its own Mediterranean restaurant and a covered palapa for partying.
For a wedding that’s one hundred percent off-the-grid, check out this water hole where you can exchange vows and invite all your guests to hop in for a dip post-ceremony. Or, you know, have cocktails by the pool if you want to keep your festive attire dry.
Arrive on boat to your traditional Mayan shaman-led ceremony or venture out to a historic archaeological site to exchange vows at XCaret. This large Playa del Carmen resort proves that the sky’s the limit when it comes to planning your deam Mexico wedding.
An all-inclusive that feels totally exclusive and luxurious, Grand Velas is in a prime location that’s secluded and only 30 minutes from Tulum. If exploring cenotes, caves, and ruins is on your wedding weekend agenda, this is one of the best Playa del Carmen hotels for convenience and coziness.
Located on a stunning strip of solid white beach, Al Cielo is one of the oldest restaurants in this area. They’ve now expanded to include some super cute, modern hotel rooms. As for weddings, this spot has an ideal ceremony backdrop with the Caribbean blazing blue from every view.
With more than 800 rooms, Sandos is the kind of resort you go to for a destination wedding without the guesswork. Everything is pretty much done for you, with as much or as little customizing as you’re into.
The only Playa del Carmen hotel with a golf course on this list, Grand Coral is perfect for anyone who appreciates the comforts of home while they travel. The location is great, just 45 minutes from the airport, making it a wedding destination that’s easy for guests to get to.
For those wanting the comforts of home while they travel to Tulum, this is the only spot on the main strip of Tulum where you’ll find rooms with Air Conditioning and TVs. The location is right in the middle of the beach, so easy walking to restaurants and the service level is top-notch.
Home to the Riviera Maya’s top hotels, the Mayakoba area is about as luxe as it gets in these parts. As Fairmont is known for luxury, this resort does not disappoint. With event lawns and formal ballrooms, weddings here are simply the cream of the crop.
Celebrate your wedding ceremony on the beach or a private pier at Zoetry, then meander to the gorgeous lawns and restaurant for a reception with authentic Mayan cuisine. Don’t forget to hire a Mariachi band for cocktail hour!