Thinking of tying the knot at an all-inclusive resort? Here are some of our favorites in Jamaica, Barbados and Mexico.
Sandals takes things up a notch with the top-of-the-line Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. This 74-suite hideaway offers A-list amenities like a swanky caviar-and-champagne bar and four-poster king beds. The private Villa Plantana is an ideal reception site - the three-bedroom beachfront retreat comes with a personal chef, 24-hour butler and private freshwater pool. It's so cool Preston Bailey even designed a wedding package around it. Rooms from $670.
Hitch in a Hurry
Lots of all-inclusives give you a free wedding with a seven-night stay. But at the Aventura Spa Palace in Mexico's Riviera Maya, a three-night stay is all you need to earn the free basic wedding package. For the honeymoon, move to Palace's newest baby, Le Blanc Spa Resort, with in-room Jacuzzis and a custom pillow menu. (President George W. Bush stayed there last spring during a two-day Mexico summit.) Rooms at Aventura from $614; Le Blanc from $902.
Kid Friendly/Kid Free
Some people love kids; others prefer them at a distance. Please both types at Almond's sister resorts on Barbados. The Almond Beach Village is a tyke-friendly playground with 10 freshwater pools, a nine-hole golf course and a Kids Club. Guests seeking quieter environs can retreat to Almond Beach Club & Spa, an adults-only enclave with a romantic two-level pool and a relaxing spa. Beach Club guests have access to everything at the Village, and a free shuttle connects the two properties. Rooms from $516.
People flock to Negril, Jamaica, for the nightlife, but if you crave a more serene atmosphere for your ceremony, try Couples Swept Away. Rooms have a laid-back charm, with neutral tones and balcony hammocks. There's also an extensive fitness complex to work off some of those alcohol-related calories. They recently introduced Wedcast, so loved ones back at home can watch a live webcast of your ceremony. Rooms from $565.
Wedding relaxation is a reality at Riviera Maya's Iberostar Paraiso Maya, thanks to the new El Spa. Guests enjoy free access to the wet area, complete with a saltwater swimming pool and massage fountains (treatments are extra). When you're all pampered out, make things official at the new Mexican-style chapel in the adjacent Playa Paraiso resort complex. Rooms from $466.
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