Friday, February 05, 2016

The Perfect In-Town All-Inclusive Caribbean Beach Wedding Resorts

When it comes to all-inclusive beach resorts in the Caribbean, it's often difficult to find one that isn't situated far away from all of the action. For those destination wedding groups that want to be able to walk right out the front gate and into town, we have compiled a list of our favorite resorts that offer just that. 

Souvenir shopping in Playa Del Carmen
Playa Del Carmen is a bustling little fishing village and tourist town located in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, Mexico. It's famous for the shopping along it's 5th Avenue where vendors warmly and sometimes boldly welcome you into their stores. Here you can find everything from high-end goods to little Mexican trinkets. 

5th Avenue is a safe and lively place day or night. In the evenings, you can sit back on a rooftop patio eating authentic Mexican cuisine and sipping on a margarita while people watching below or stroll through the many shops, hang out at a beachfront bar with your feet in the sand or get energized and dance the night away at one of the local nightclubs. 

Playacar Palace: This is one of our top picks for destination weddings. It's literally a two minute walk to 5th avenue, it's located on an expansive and gorgeous stretch of white sandy beach, the rooms are modern, the service is impeccable, it's family-friendly, and it's a quaint and quieter property but located in the bustle and heart of town. The Palace Resorts chain also offers designer destination wedding collections and every room receive a whopping $1500 resort credit that can be used anywhere - towards the wedding, spa, golf, tours, upgrades etc. It usually prices around the $2000 - $2200 range per person, all-inclusive with air and tax from Canada for seven nights.
Paradisus Las Esmeralda: This is my other favorite in Playa Del Carmen. It's newer, modern, great wedding packages as well, with 5-star service. It's on the beach but it's set back a little as there are mangroves. The plus here however, is the beach is more private than being right central in town so better for a more private beach wedding. You could move over next door to the Paradisus La Pearla (adult only) for the honeymoon. This is pricing at approximately $2000 per person, taxes in.
Sandos Playacar Beach Resort and Spa
Sandos Playacar: This is a little more authentic than other properties, with incredibly friendly service. Every time we have wedding groups here, they keep going back as it's the kind of place that it's easy to befriend the staff etc. It has all of the amenities you could ask for. The property is more a 4-4.5 star but here you get the very best price. It's looking at around $1500-$1600 per person, taxes in so an incredible value!
Gran Porto: This is in the very heart of town and one street from 5th avenue. It's a smaller, quaint property. Good food. It doesn't offer a lot of amenities because most people explore the town for this, but it still offers that all-inclusive feature. The beach is busier here than the other properties above. It's pricing at about $1700-$1800 taxes in pp.
RIU Palace Riviera Maya: This is a popular one for weddings as it feels like a palace. It's great for families and offers a gorgeous beach. It often quotes around the $2200 range.
Divi Resort All-Inclusive

Aruba is renowned for it's gorgeous beaches, neat architecture and dutch culture. Although it has the furthest flights from Canada to the Caribbean, it's worth the extra 30 to 60 minutes ride. 

The Divi Aruba is our top pick for an in-town all-inclusive destination wedding resort. It has stunning white sandy beaches, nice rooms,  and a quaint and friendly feel. This is quoting around $2400 - $2700 per person, all-in.

Nassau is definitely a hustle and bustle destination with loads of things to see and do. It's considered America's playground since its so close to Florida and offers casinos, shopping, cruise ports, etc. We love the Melia Nassau Beach for all-inclusive destination wedding groups here. It's quoting around $2200 pp. For the honeymoon, we would send you off to one of the Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma, just a short island hop flight away, for that adult-only, spoil yourself luxury that you deserve.

Rodney Bay Village, St. Lucia
Rodney Bay Village is the happening place for locals and tourists alike and where you can get off-property to explore a little more of island life. The best situated all-inclusive destination wedding resort here is the Bay Gardens Beach Resort. The beach itself is expansive, the rooms are spacious and clean, and the staff are ultra-friendly. It generally prices out at around $3000 per person from Canada all-inclusive.  

The Sonesta Maho Beach is located in the heart of Maho Village and the entertainment hub of St. Martin/St. Maarten with duty-free shopping, casinos and nightlife at your doorstep. It's competitively priced at around $2000 per person. A further recommendation is to move up to the luxurious Sonesta Ocean Point next door for the adult-only honeymoon afterwards.

For more information on planning your upcoming destination wedding or honeymoon, please contact one of the certified specialists at Romantic Planet Vacations at or 1-866-247-8123.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sixth Annual Romance Travel Show: Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Expo Is Coming to A City Near You


January 21, 2016

Toronto, ONT., (TNWS) - The long-awaited Sixth Annual Romance Travel Show: Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Expo for those who are planning a destination wedding or honeymoon returns to Canada to once again help brides and grooms make their holiday dreams come true.

The popular Romance Travel Show will take place on February 17th, 2016 at Ramada Plaza Calgary Airport, February 18th, 2016 at Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre in Edmonton, February 23rd, 2016 at Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, February 25, 2016 at Park Inn by Radisson Airport West, Toronto. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

There will be dozens of leading exhibitors from top hotels, resorts, tour operators and popular tourist destinations including Jamaica, Cuba, Barbados and St. Lucia.

"This is an invaluable event that happens only once a year and has been gaining in popularity," says Laurie Keith, President of Romantic Planet Vacations, which was established in 2004 and organizes the popular show. "People love the event because it's Canada's only national bridal show that caters to honeymooners and those planning destination weddings."

The firm serves a niche market and stages successful yearly bridal shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto.

"Almost 25% of all Canadian weddings are destination weddings and this trend is expected to continue to climb," Keith says. "The reason for the popularity is that destination weddings are exotic, affordable, stress-free, can be a meeting grounds for guests and because it combines a holiday-family reunion."

Brides and grooms will have the opportunity to learn about planning a destination wedding from the legal requirements to choosing the perfect destination. They will also have the chance to meet with wedding planners from around the world, hoteliers, airlines, tour operators, photographers, bridal shops specializing in destination weddings, unique invitation printing companies and many more suppliers.

There will be a lot to see and do.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - attendees can meet exhibitors in a trade show format to seek their expertise. These include hoteliers, onsite wedding coordinators, tour operators, tourism boards, photographers, and bridal vendors.

At 7:30 pm: there will be an hour-long presentation looking at different destination and resort options; working with an onsite wedding coordinator, steps of the planning process and tips on making your destination wedding or honeymoon dreams come true. 

You can also meet with members of the Romantic Planet Vacations travel team for a free honeymoon or destination wedding one-on-one consultation.

There will be appetizers and door prizes for attendees; including a chance to win FREE honeymoon.

People can RSVP for free at Space is limited.

For further information please contact:

Laurie Keith, President of Romantic Planet Vacations.

She can be reached by email at or call 403-255-2173.
Please feel free to visit our website for more information at

SOURCE: Romance Travel Show: a subsidiary of Big World Travel Marketing Group and partner to Romantic Planet Vacations.
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Air Canada Vacations has expanded its 2015/2016 winter season

Air Canada Vacations is significantly expanding its winter 2015/2016 program with the addition of new routes to Mexico and the Caribbean.

The newly announced routes include:

From Eastern Canada
- Ottawa to Cayo Coco operating on Mondays from December 21, 2015 to March 28, 2016
- Ottawa to Holguin operating on Tuesdays from December 22, 2015 to March 22, 2016
- Ottawa to Samana operating on Thursdays from January 7, 2016 to March 24, 2016
- Montreal to La Romana operating on Mondays from December 21, 2015 to March 28, 2016

From Western Canada
- Vancouver to Cancun operating on Mondays from February 15, 2016 to April 25, 2016.

The routes originating from Ottawa and Montreal will be operated by Air Canada.  

The route originating from Vancouver will be operated by Air Canada rouge on a B767-300 aircraft.

Contact Romantic Planet Vacations at or 1-866-247-8123 for more information.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Top 10: Destination Wedding Beach Set-ups

When we think of destination weddings we think of beach, sand, waves and ocean. Nowadays, with the popularity of beach weddings, many resorts have created simple wedding masterpieces as the perfect backdrop to a destination wedding made in heaven. Here are our top ten favorites beach destination wedding set-ups;

#1: White Rosette Collection - This simple yet elegant beach destination wedding collection is available at the Hard Rock All-inclusive Resorts in Cancun, Punta Cana, Puerto Vallarta, the Mayan Riviera and soon-to-be Los Cabos.

#2: Coastal Bliss - This package captures the natural beauty of the Caribbean shore available at the Generations, Azul and El Dorado Resorts with Karisma. The chairs covers are coral-themed and the isle-way is bordered by beautiful metal latterns.

#3: El Sol Collection - This destination wedding package has been designed by famous celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie and is available at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Resorts. It has rich dark wooden chairs and alter with a touch of vibrant color. 

#4: Majestic Flair - This elegant Mayan Riviera inspired destination wedding package is available with Karisma Resorts and offers colorful flowers and festive ambiance.

#5: Blueberry Dream - This funtastic wedding package has been designed by the Barcelo wedding team.

#6: Elegant Ivory Collection - Another Colin Cowie masterpiece destination wedding package is available at Hard Rock Resorts and it's white provides the purity of that special day.

#7: Romantic Red - Add a little passion to your beach destination wedding with this  Palace Resorts wedding package.Red and white make up this cheerful wedding designer package beach set-up.

#8 - Chill Out Chic - With it's simplistic charm, this dreamy destination wedding package offered by Paradisus Resorts is sure to please any beach bride.

#9: - Exotic Peacock - This package is rich with flair and is available with the Palace Resorts in Mexico and Jamaica and is inspired from the gorgeous colors of a peacock.

#10 - South Asian - This colorful and lively package is rich in tradition. Its available with the Dreams and Secrets Resorts located in Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica, and The Dominican Republic.

These and other destination wedding packages are available through Romantic Planet Vacations, a travel agency who has been specializing in destination weddings since 2004. They can be contacted at 1-866-247-8123 or

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Headline News for Destination Weddings and Honeymoons

General Travel Headlines #destinationweddings #honeymoons
The 478-room Dreams Dominicus La Romana in Bayahibe will open before the summer travel season. It will be the eighth AMResorts location in the Dominican Republic.

Three properties inside the Baha Mar complex in the Bahamas have set March 27 as their opening date: the 200-room Rosewood at Baha Mar, the 300-room SLS Lux at Baha Mar, and the 1,000-room Baha Mar Casino & Hotel. The 700-room Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar is slated to debut May 1.

Bermuda announced its "Pink Sale" with 50 percent discounts off stays (three nights minimum) at any of 15 participating hotels when you book Jan. 14-28 for travel Jan. 15-April 30.

The 122-room Mahekal Beach Resort is now open in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, after a $10 million makeover (including two new pools, a new seaside Jacuzzi, three new bars, and two renovated dining venues).

The 67-cottage Le Guanahani resort in St. Barts (formerly the Hotel Guanahani & Spa) finished its four-year, $40 million renovation project with upgraded guest units and other major refurbishments.

Hard Rock Hotels is now offering its first free-night-stay promotion for guests in its Hard Rock Rewards loyalty program, with one-night certificates after members stay five qualifying nights through June 5 (redeemable Feb. 1-Dec. 20).

Starting next February, Hyatt Hotels will offer free WiFi access at its properties to all guests, with no limit on how many devices might be used by individual guests. Its loyalty program members will receive free upgrades next year to "premium" WiFi connections.

The Hotel Wailea in Maui will become the first property in Hawaii to join the Relais & Chateaux luxury collection. The hotel just finished the first phase of a $15 million renovation project.

Transat issued its 2015-2016 destination weddings brochure, including booking benefits such as $100 pre-booked excursion credits and $500 future travel vouchers per couple.

U.S. officials announced new rules easing travel to Cuba by Americans, including permission to travel for any of a dozen specified reasons without obtaining a special license before the trip. (This New York Times article offers more details.)

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Travel Headlines News

AMResorts welcomed the 447-suite Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rico on Monday in the country's Guanacaste region. The all-inclusive property sits 90 minutes from the airport in Liberia and close to two major national parks. It offers eight restaurants, five bars, several pools, kids and teen clubs, and other guest services.

AMResorts also opened the 35-suite Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun this past weekend. The former Villa Rolandi property offers a Thalasso spa with a natural saltwater pool, a private marina, and other features.

The famed 44-suite Malliouhana luxury resort in Anguilla is now open again, after being closed for three years for a complete overhaul. It's now an Auberge Resorts property. (In other news, the island's Cap Juluca resort re-opened last weekend for the winter season after repairing slight damage from a recent tropical storm, and the resort says there was no erosion on the nearby beach.)

The airport in Punta Cana (D.R.) opened Terminal B (its second terminal) this past weekend. The new facility features 50 check-in counters, a food court, a Champagne bar, a designated smoking area, and other services.

The owners of the 98-room Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, took over the property Monday, expelling the Capella Hotel Group managers on site. The property has been closed to fix damage from Hurricane Odile in mid-September. It's been renamed the Resort at Pedregal, but Capella Hotel Group plans to mount a legal fight to regain control of the hotel.

Princess Cruises christened the 3,560-passenger ship "Regal Princess" in a ceremony that featured the six original cast members of the TV show "Love Boat" as the vessel's godparents and a record-breaking 51 Champagne bottles being smashed against its hull for good luck (50 bottles for the line's 50th anniversary, plus one more for the future).

Carnival Corp. says it will introduce a new long-range broadband wireless Internet network on all of the ships across its nine brands that's 10 times faster than the current system. The rollout should be done by the end of 2016.

The Linq Hotel & Casino opened last week in Las Vegas. Formerly the Quad Resort & Casino, the property underwent a complete overhaul to appeal to "the under 40 crowd."

Signature Vacations reintroduced its Los Cabos packages from nine Canadian gateways, as more hotels there have reopened and repaired recent hurricane damage.

For more information, please contact your honeymoon and destination wedding specialists at 

Monday, November 03, 2014

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica Debutes

On November 1st, first guests Maximo Rodriguez and Yaniriam Campos joined in celebrating the resort's official opening.

Located on the beautiful Playa El Jobo, Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica is set on a shimmering white sand beach amidst a lush, tropical jungle. Built to achieve the highly coveted LEED certification, this 447-suite eco-friendly resort features a contemporary design, inviting couples and couples with children to enjoy all the benefits of the brand’s Unlimited-Luxury® experience, including: elegant suites featuring 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bars and Jacuzzi tubs in every room; 24-hour concierge services; eight gourmet restaurants, with five á la carte dining options, a buffet, a grill and a café; five bars and lounges serving international fare and top-shelf spirits; complete day and evening activities program and adventures for every age and interest; and access to the Explorer’s Club for kids with supervised fun and a Core Zone Teens Club with activities and social events.

Resort amenities also include the largest pool (44,000 sq. ft.) in the Guanacaste resort region, “La Cascada” water slide, kids pool and steaming whirlpool; non-motorized water sports; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and a daily activities center. The Dreams Spa by Pevonia offers a sublime atmosphere offering 10 therapy cabins for a variety of treatments, and a hydrotherapy circuit. The resort boasts a beautiful wedding gazebo and numerous reception spaces, making this an idyllic resort for destination weddings.
In addition, Dreams Las Mareas offers Unlimited Connectivity which allows guests free app-to-app calling, access to event/activity schedules, local destination information, and the ability to create a user profile to schedule spa treatments, excursions and directly contact resort staff.

Dreams Las Mareas is located on the northern coast of Guanacaste, approximately 1.5 hours from Liberia International Airport. This sanctuary for couples, families and singles is close to both Guanacaste and Santa Rosa National Parks, offering guests access to a variety of outdoor and nature activities that Costa Rica is known for.

As a part of AMResorts’ commitment to maintaining sustainability, Dreams Las Mareas was built to achieve the highly coveted LEED certification. The resort is being built with recycled resources, and upon opening ecological practices such as water and light-saving techniques will be utilized on a daily basis. The LEED organization will evaluate the resort six months after opening.

For your honeymoon or destination wedding quote, please contact the experts at Romantic Planet Vacations;  1-866-247-8123 or