• Wedding Ceremony in the Gazebo at Paradisus resort, Playa del Carmen

    Beautiful light during a Jewish wedding ceremony in the Gazebo - Paradisus, Playa del Carmen

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    Wedding ceremony on the Gabi Bridge - Paradisus, Playa del Carmen

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    Bride and groom's eye view of a reception at the Gabi Club - Paradisus, Playa del Carmen

  • Couple Portrait library Paradisus grand esmeralda

    Contemporary decoration lends itself to amazing wedding portraits - Paradisus, Playa del Carmen

  • luxury resort destination wedding at grand velas riviera maya

    Idyllic Caribbean beaches - Grand Velas Resort, Playa del Carmen

  • Garden reception destination wedding Grand Velas resort

    The garden at Grand Velas Resort in also a beautiful wedding location - seen here prepared for a Hindu ceremony and reception

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    A bride makes a grand entrance to her beach wedding - Grand Velas Resort, Playa del Carmen

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    Beautiful lighting and stunning reflections in the poolside reception area at Grand Velas - Playa del Carmen

  • luxury resort destination wedding reception at fairmont mayakoba

    beach club luxury resort destination wedding at Fairmont Mayakoba

  • waterways boat Rosewood Mayakoba

    A boat navigating through the canals of Rosewood Mayakoba

  • Wedding ceremony canal Rosewood Mayakoba - Plaza Dock

    luxury resort destination wedding in the canals at Rosewood Mayakoba

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    Incredible evening ambience at the pool and beach club of Fairmont Mayakoba

  • Bride groom wedding portrait boat canal kiss rosewood mayakoba

    The boats of the Mayakoba resorts are a unique wedding day feature, whether the bride arrives for a first look of ceremony or the couple sail away after the "I dos",

  • Nizuc wedding portrait lobby architecture sunset architecture

    An incredible combination of graphic architecture and beautiful sunset light makes for stunning wedding portraits - Nizuc Resort and Spa, Cancun

  • Nizuc bride getting ready beach Wedding ceremony location Cancun

    A bride looks out from the balcony of her suite to her beach wedding ceremony set up below - Nizuc Resort & Spa

  • luxury resort destination wedding on the dock at Nizuc hotel Cancun

    A sunset civil ceremony on the pier at Nizuc

  • beach wedding ceremony set up Belmond Maroma Resort Spa

    A beach wedding ceremony set up on the perfect white sands at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

  • Garden pool water fountain wedding portrait Belmond Maroma Resort Spa Mexico

    A bride and groom walking through the lush gardens at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

  • luxury resort destination wedding reception at Belmond Maroma Resort

    Stunning wedding reception set up - dusk on the beach at Belmond Resort & Spa

  • Caribbean beach pier Viceroy Riviera Maya areal drone photography

    The pristine Caribbean beach and pier of The Viceroy Riviera Maya

  • Table set ups fwedding reception beach Viceroy Riviera Maya

    Table set ups for a wedding reception on the beach - Viceroy Riviera Maya

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    Beach wedding ceremony set up at Viceroy Riviera Maya

  • Beautiful lighting at the poolside reception area - Viceroy Riviera Maya

  • Xpu Ha Caribbean beach areal photography Riviera Maya Mexico

    The pristine beach of Xpu-Ha bay, home to Hotel Esencia

  • beach wedding ceremony Caribbean blue ocean Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya

    luxury resort destination wedding ceremony in front of Hotel Esencia

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    Amazing night time ambience from the beach at Hotel Esencia

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    Poolside wedding reception at Esencia

  • Al Cielo Hotel, next door neighbor to Hotel Esenica in Xpu Ha Mexico

    Al Cielo Hotel, next door neighbor to Hotel Esencia in Xpu Ha Mexico

Top Mexican Caribbean Luxury Resorts for Destination Weddings

From chic and contemporary to boutique, colonial charm: the Mexican Caribbean has incredible locations for a destination wedding.

As a commercial photographer, I have traveled the world and seen many beautiful, one of a kind, unique boutique luxury hotels in my lifetime.   Staying at a hotel vs photographing a hotel teaches you a lot about the layout, how the time of day looks when a wedding might happen at the determined site locations for ceremony and reception. All of those elements play a large role in how the wedding looks and feels in the pictures.

This list is a summary from our experience, if you are staying in the Riviera Maya, what you might look for in a destination wedding location in some of our favorite luxury hotels.  -Matt Adcock Co Founder Del Sol Photography

Here are Del Sol Photography’s favorite Luxury Resorts for destination weddings in Mexico – Enjoy!


Paradisus Resorts – Contemporary Elegance

Paradisus is a luxury all-inclusive resort, perfect for contemporary brides. With modern architecture, bold colors and thoughtful lighting throughout, Paradisus offers diverse ceremony locations and easily accommodates wedding parties of 100+ guests.

The Paradisus complex is comprised of two resorts: family-friendly La Esmeralda and adults-only La Perla. The resort is next-door to downtown Playa del Carmen but still feels like it is in a remote paradise.

The top choice for ceremonies at Paradisus is the wooden deck of the Gabi Bridge, which spans the mangrove and has a beach backdrop without touching the sand. Other gorgeous ceremony spots are the gazebo in the center of the resort and of course the beach itself. The wedding coordination team of Paradisus is world-class, offering highly personalized weddings and  a variety of romantic packages. This is a ceremony with amazing light  on Paradisus’s Gabi Bridge.

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*Clients who book Paradisus through del Sol receive these incentives* offer is subject to the approval of Paradisus*

This post breaks down everything wedding related to know about Paradisus Resort


Grand Velas Resort – Luxury on a grand scale

Grand Velas Resort is a suites only, luxury all-inclusive set in lush gardens on a spectacular Riviera Maya beach. With 539 incredible suites, Grand Velas can easily cater for large wedding groups of 100+ guests. The pristine beaches and idyllic jungle setting of Grand Velas is only 5 minutes away from downtown Playa del Carmen.

Destination weddings at Grand Velas are a reflection of the taste of each couple, unique and personal, from an intimate ceremony on the beach to a big celebration for hundreds in the gardens. We loved the Grand Velas Hindu Wedding of Chuck and Karen is one of the most exotic 2 day luxury resort destination weddings
in the gardens and showcases the entire property with the most vibrant mix of culture you can imagine.

Our entire best of the best photo collection and everything there is to know about Grand Velas


Mayakoba – Luxury and Nature in Harmony

Mayakoba is home to three world-class, luxury resorts: Fairmont Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Mayakoba. All three were created with a vision of maintaining the natural beauty of the region, preserving the local flora and fauna, mangroves, lagoons and the 6 miles of freshwater canals.

The architecture at each of the three Mayakoba resorts blend with nature, creating a variety of backdrops for Riviera Maya destination weddings. This Rosewood Mayakoba wedding shows the beauty of the canals and this Fairmont Mayakoba wedding on the beach is magic.  The arrival of bride and groom in the wedding processional by boat through the canals is something epic to see, for photo inspiration of the canals you can see this destination wedding at Banyan Tree Mayakoba.


Nizuc Resort and Spa – Chic and stylish luxury in Cancun

One of the newest and most exclusive properties in Cancun, Nizuc Resort and Spa is quickly becoming a venue of choice for destination weddings. Contemporary design surrounded by natural beauty, world-class cuisine and service and one of the most incredible places to capture a sunset in Cancun.

A wedding on the Nizuc Resort pier at sunset is romantic and intimate for a small group of guests, while this large multi-cultural Nizuc wedding shows their wedding coordination team’s expertise in managing weddings of all sizes.

Check out Sol Tamargo’s experience at Nizuc

Our entire best of the best photo collection and everything there is to know about Weddings at Nizuc 


Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa – Your own Personal Paradise

The Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is a secluded luxury resort located half way between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. With only 63 guest rooms, including ocean-view and ocean-front suites, the Belmond has an intimate, boutique feel.  Extensive gardens and traditional hacienda-style design stays true to the local setting and culture, while their Kinan Spa offers local Mayan healing rituals and was voted the “#1 Best Spa in Mexico and Latin America” by Conde Nast Traveller. We love this beautiful Cosmic Ceremony on the beach at the Belmond.

Find out more about the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Viceroy Riviera Maya – The definition of Boutique Luxury

The Viceroy Riviera Maya is adults only, with all private “suite” villas, each with its own butler. There are 41 private villas total, with 7 varieties. Each includes a terrace, plunge pool, hammocks and chaise loungers that are all private. They’re also all unique, fitting naturally into their surroundings and embracing local culture.  Have a look at these wedding photos to see why the dock at the Viceroy is one of the most epic ceremony locations to plan a destination wedding, with commanding views of the sunset over the Caribbean Ocean.

Located 45 minutes from Cancun airport and 20 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen the Viceroy is set on seven miles of white sand beach, settled seamlessly into lush tropical jungle. Blending luxury amenities with a relaxed vibe and local Mayan influences the Viceroy is fully-equipped to host a wedding of any size and even offers to let you book the whole resort for larger weddings. Being a Viceroy, their catering and menus are world-class and offer customizations and special requests. A Mayan beach wedding at the Viceroy was one of our favorite luxury resort destination weddings of 2015.

See many more photo inspiration and why we think the Viceroy is a good fit for your wedding.


Esencia – Boutique charm on the Perfect Beach

Esencia is found on one of our very favorite beaches at Xpu-Ha, 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen on the way to Tulum. The bay is free from large resorts and still has an old school, laid back Riviera Maya charm.

The 50-acre Esencia estate was originally the holiday home of an Italian Duchess, now housing 29 suites and the phytotherapy spa which offers Mayan inspired, organic herbal treatments. Caroline and Tyler’s Cosmic Ceremony is one of our favs while Christina and Anthony proved that rain can’t stop the party!

More information and images about Esencia

 *Esencia recently acquired Al Cielo Hotel and is currently planning a branding change and renovation to this amazing property (next door neighbor to Escenica).

If you have any questions get in touch, we would love to hear from you! We have over 15 years experience in the wedding business here in Cancun/ Riviera Maya / Tulum and we are sure that after a quick conversation with us, we can answer many questions and solve all doubts.

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