You spend five months a year being battered by snow and wind, happily, but for your special day you want something different.
If a sun soaked afternoon spent sipping margaritas sounds like a heavenly precursor to exchanging nuptials, a destination wedding might be the ultimate choice for you and your love.
Thanks to direct flights from Denver, picture perfect scenery and its status as one of the safest cities in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is an ideal destination wedding location. From a barefoot spiritual exchange on the beach to a traditional ceremony in a historic chapel, options abound. Follow our choose-your-own-adventure map to find the type of destination wedding that suits you best.
You want something unique and fitting for you and your partner, so how do you choose? Here are five romantic wedding venue options guaranteed to surpass expectations.
Las Caletas Islands
John Huston created a tropical fantasy from the remote beach of Las Caletas in his 1964 film, "Night of the Iguana." Puerto Vallarta Adventures has turned that fantasy into your wedding reality. You and your guests will whisk away to the hidden cove that can only be accessed by boat. The candlelit oasis awaits, resplendent with tropical floral arrangements, dinner, drinks and music, all perfectly prepared for you beachfront wedding and reception. Take an earlier boat to pamper and primp for your wedding at the cove spa with your bridesmaids. If the words tropical, exotic and island paradise make your heart soar, Las Calitas is the perfect wedding venue. www.vallarta-adventures.com
The faint scent of plumerias and a glass of champagne greet you as you enter the beautiful Sunset Plaza hotel. This family-friendly resort is a wonderful option if some of your guests will be bringing children. The Kids Club will keep the little ones entertained while you enjoy pina coladas from your private cabana in the adult-only pool. The hotel offers a variety of wedding, honeymoon and anniversary packages, some of which are free if you simply inquire. Dinners on the beach, mariachi bands and fireworks await you. Every room offers an ocean view from a private balcony with nightly turn down service complete with aromatherapy options like lavender and plumeria to soothe you to sleep after a day in the sun. www.sunsetplaza.com.mx
Hacienda San Angel
Stepping from the busy cobblestone street through century old wood doors instantly transports you back in time. A world swathed in voluptuous fabrics, hung with chandeliers, with mission-era furniture pieces and antique decor awaits you at the Hacienda San Angel. This boutique property with its own historic chapel, Puerta de Cielo, is the ideal location for small wedding parties that desire an intimate, exclusive and unforgettable occasion. From atop your private rooftop patio, the city nestles up into the Sierra Madre Mountains behind while the ocean spreads across the horizon, gently serenading you and your closest friends. www.haciendasanangel.com
This inland, 80-suite boutique hotel is lush and secluded. Situated on the Marina Vallarta golf course, Casa Velas is an upscale all-inclusive hotel that will have you feeling relaxed, romantic and pampered. Personal service and attention to detail set this adult-only resort apart. Enjoy guacamole prepared tableside, delicious feasts using local and seasonal ingredients, the private beach club, world-class spa and access to three different 18-hole golf courses. For your dream wedding, Casa Velas offers several location options, ranging in sizes from two to 300 guests. www.hotelcasavelas.com
Just steps away from bustling city streets, the Secrets Resort is a surreal oasis: a brand-new, all-inclusive world-class resort that provides lavish, luxurious rooms for you and your guest along with more than eight restaurants, countless bars, a coffee shop and even it's own night club. Movies screened nightly on the patios, infinity pools with swim up bars and a pristine spa will have you and your guests feeling rested and ready for your big day. To accommodate guests with children, the Secrets Resort is connected to the Now Resort, which offers family friendly rooms, restaurants and even all-included child care for up to eight hours a day. The resort has wedding planners to help you with every detail. www.secretsresorts.com
Here are several gems around town you don't want to miss.
The malecon is the recently refurbished seaside promenade with P.V.'s most prominent landmarks. Stroll down this picturesque beachfront path and take in the local fare. Public art displays, restaurants, shops, discotheques and galleries line this friendly oceanside stretch. www.visitpuertovallarta.com
The recently revitalized El Dorado restaurant, bar and beach club is the perfect location for a rehearsal dinner. Enjoy signature Latin Asian dishes at a beachfront table as the soft sand below tickles your toes and hypnotic world beats play in the background. Situated in the heart of the Los Muertos beach, this lively, authentic and vibrant area is filled with locals, Mexican nationals and international visitors and expats alike. May 15 through 31 is Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week. www.eldoradopv.com
Indulge in a pamper session for you and your bridal party at the luxurious Ohtli Spa. From hot stone massages and Aztec chocolate body wraps, to facials, manis and pedis, a plethora of spa treatments are offered. Feel like a princess as you soak in one of the four hot tubs, the sauna, steam room or private showers before entering the "Transition Room" to enjoy lovely hibiscus tea prior to your treatment. Famous for their use of indigenous products (agave, herbs, flowers) and tribal spiritual rituals, the Ohtli Spa is the ultimate location to prepare you for your big day. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pvrmx-casamagna-marriott-puerto-vallarta-resort-and-spa/