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    Posted 11 July 2012 - 04:13 AM

    Hello, we are planning a destination wedding in January 2013 to Playa Del Carmen, but are open to other locations.  I'd like to stay somewhere quiet, but also have the option of going out to good dinners and nights out with our guests.  We are only having about 14-16 guests and want something intimate overlooking the beach.  We want good food, good location and reliable service.  Any recommendations for hotels?  We don't want a resort feel, so probably a boutique hotel, or at least something that is more intimate.  

    #2 mandjphoto

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      Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:34 PM

      Hi KMOH,


      The only place in Playa that I can think of that is on the water and is intimate would be Le RevĀ© which is a little north of town.  Most places on the water have more of a big resort feel.  I'm sure there are others small places but I just don't know them.  Otherwise, if you are looking for intimate, on the beach, and good restaurants I would head to Tulum. There are MANY boutique hotels to choose from at varying prices.   The night life in Tulum is more mellow but some fab restaurants!  Dancing and night clubs are primarily in Playa.  Another place that you could check would be Al Cielo.  They are on a great beach south of Playa del Carmen but they might be too small to accomodate your group.  You'll need to check.


      As for wedding planners: here are a few I can recommend.


      Jennifer - Marry Me Akumal

      Maria - Weddings in Playa

      Denise - Euforia

      Maju - Leanne Marie Weddings


      Best of luck to you!


      #3 Ariel AMW

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        Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:59 PM

        Hi There!! 


        My husband and I spent a week in the Riviera Maya and Tulum recently while we were photographing a wedding, it's beautiful!! If you're not completely attached to Playa Del Carmen, I would highly recommend looking at Tulum if you're looking for something more intimate and quiet. There is still a lot going on in the Tulum area but it tends to be less night clubbing and partying (aka, quieter) :) 

          I'm not sure if this place is to small for your group but I would definitely look into Casa De Las Olas: http://www.casadelasolas.com/    or (for something a little bigger, without the resort feel)    Las Ranitas: http://www.lasranitashotel.com/    Happy Planning!!!    Best,    Ariel 

        #4 Sandy Planner

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          Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:28 AM

          Dear KMOH: Congratulations for your upcoming wedding , for resorts  I could recommend Le Reve and Petit lafitte , there are several private Villas also that would perfectly fit that amount of guests, so far I can recoemmend you Sol y Luna , Villa Caracol , both are near from Playa del Carmen .


          Some brides stay in a resort and have their weddin g in a private Villa  since there is no limitations in the wedding by itself.


          Please find  some reference of  our planning services below :




          For photography :


          Juan Navarro http://www.juanphotos.com


          Mexican Wedding Photos




          Videopgraphy :  Mike Cantarell Films  or Cancun Wedding Video.


          All of them member in this forum, you can find their information in the  vendor list


          Please do not hesitate  to ask if you may have further questions or need recomendations.




          #5 delmarchic

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            Posted 16 July 2012 - 05:13 AM

            Just Married July 6 2012, the NOW SAPPHIRE it is absolutely gorgeous. Our ceremony was on the terrace over looking the beach and Ocean. Our reception was in their air conditioned ball room. Everyone went out of their way to make things perfect. This is a small to medium resort. Small enough so you don't feel lost yet large enough to have some fun things to do. With 85 guests we felt like we had the resort to ourselves. They have 7 restaurants, a small pool which is private if you chose to go with a preferred package. The main pool is gorgeous and is huge. Swim up bar also an entertainment team that have water aerobics , spanish classes so much fun. The lay out of this resort is the very best in the area. You can ask for a shuttle to take you anywhere off the reort. The pictures on the Internet are exactly what you get and so much more. We have been too several different resorts in the area and this is our favorite. We hired a independent wedding planning team, which is not necessary. But Patricia and team were THE VERY BEST. I cannot say enough about their professionalism and their goal to make your every wish come true. Email patricia@weddingsincanun.com GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY PLANNING!

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              Posted 19 July 2012 - 06:26 AM



              I can help you, please contact me at laura@mesondesanpablo.com, or www.mesondesanpablo.comto havemore info about your event.


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              #7 Mikecantarell



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                Posted 24 July 2012 - 10:32 AM

                HHHHelloHi  KMOH,


                Congrats for your upcoming wedding, I know that planning a wedding can be very stressing and even more if it's a destination wedding, but I recommend you to take it easy take a deep breath and to enjoy everything, it will also be part of your BIG day!


                Here are some videos of weddings that took place in Cancun and The Riviera Maya


                J.W. Marriot


                Iberostar Paraiso



                Le Reve



                The Royal Playa del Carmen


                #8 CriCri

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                  Posted 25 July 2012 - 11:43 AM

                  Originally Posted by KMOH 

                  Hello, we are planning a destination wedding in January 2013 to Playa Del Carmen, but are open to other locations.  I'd like to stay somewhere quiet, but also have the option of going out to good dinners and nights out with our guests.  We are only having about 14-16 guests and want something intimate overlooking the beach.  We want good food, good location and reliable service.  Any recommendations for hotels?  We don't want a resort feel, so probably a boutique hotel, or at least something that is more intimate.  

                  If you want the best beach in the riviera Maya you must choose Secrets Maroma Beach!!

                  #9 LCB803

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                    Posted 25 July 2012 - 02:47 PM

                    Hi KMOH, 


                    My fiancĀ© and I just returned from a fact-finding trip to Cancun and Playa del Carmen for our May 2013 wedding. We saw 17 locations in three days! While we saw mostly resorts, I can positively say that there are some great options for what you are looking for. Here's what I have from my notes. Also, you may want to consider indoor reception options for January since our wedding coordinator tells us it can be chilly and very windy during that month. Good luck!


                    Boutique hotels outside Playa del Carmen

                    Le Reve - Amazing! Very rustic and natural. Quintessential boutique hotel, very intimate (25 rooms), right on the beach, very open/airy, and the beach and reception locations are actually BOTH very nice (seemed a unique combo, frustratingly, during our trip). There is a buy-out option since it's so small, but sounds like you may not have enough guests for that. Aprx. rate is $165/nt. for standard rooms (called Garden Suites). EP only (European Plan, i.e., not all-inclusive). About 15 min. from downtown Playa del Carmen. 

                    Pros: No charge to use/bring in outside vendors. Good "Plan B" option (i.e., rain) under the main palapa, which houses the open bar and dining area. Nice room upgrade options for those who want it, like private plunge pools

                    Cons: Outdoor reception location only.


                    Omni Puerto AventurasSmall boutique hotel (30 rooms) offering either EP or all-inclusive options. Right on the beach. Indoor or outdoor reception locations. Rooms are clean, nice, and spacious, but not as luxurious as a more modern hotel/resort. Room upgrade options available; Aprx. rate is $139/nt. for a room with private outdoor jacuzzi. Rooms have terraces with hammocks!Great property offering a boutique hotel feel with all the activities, amenities, and conveniences of a resort-- it's in a gated community where there are private condo residences,free-standing restaurants, and shops. Nearby activities include golf, tennis, snorkeling, billiards, catamarans, and swimming with dolphins!  On-site travel agent to help guests plan day trips. 

                    Pros: Budget friendly! Breakfast is included in the EP, but all-inclusive is also offered (though your group must be all one or the other). Tons for guests to do. Discount at nearby restaurants for Omni guests. Supermarket nearby.  

                    Cons: To have an event outside past 11pm, you must have rented out 25 rooms. Events inside are not limited. (This is a municipal restriction for all activities on a public beach, which apparently all beaches in Mexico are owned by the state). Further from the airport (1 hr.); about 20 min. from Playa. 


                    Boutique hotels in downtown Playa del Carmen

                    I didn't go into any rooms in the following hotels, but I walked through the lobbies, and they're all very nice. My favorite was Hacienda Real!

                    Hacienda RealA couple (short) blocks up from the beach, but worth it! It's really beautiful and charming. A pretty small property, so it will definitely feel intimate. I don't know what the reception options are, but just down the street is Wicky's restaurant, right on the beach (delicious!). You can have a lovely reception at Wicky's, either inside or outside. I am specifically looking for outside options, but the indoor option at Wicky's was appealing enough to make me consider it; all-glass walls, very open, airy, and modern. 

                    Corto Maltes - Right on the beach, above Wicky's. I think this may be the most expensive of the ones listed here. 

                    El Fuerte - Right on the beach, across the street from Wicky's. I believe it's owned by the same company as the Corto Maltes, but less expensive, so contact them if you're interested. 

                    Kinbe HotelAbout 100 yards from the beach, just up the street from the El Fuerta and Corto Maltes. Modern, luxurious. A couple doors down from the Hotel de Plaza (below).

                    Hotel de Plaza -  French-owned, I believe. Looks very charming. About 100 yards from the beach, and a couple doors up from Kinbe Hotel. 

                    #10 nybride

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                      Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:18 AM

                      We visited Le Reve- it sounds right up your alley for what you're looking for. The inhouse coordinator was really great, very professional and friendly. The food was delicious, too, way above typical hotel or wedding food.


                      We used Concepto Rosa for our wedding coordination. Mayalen@conceptorosa.com or emma@conceptorosa.com They have great taste, style and tons of fresh ideas!

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