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fancy-filled MEXICAN WEDDINGS mexico C M Y CM MY CY NOW RESORTS & SPAS Wedding day beachside fun at Now Amber Puerto Vallarta. CMY K E sarah muñoz 76 june 2012 Well-versed in the art of romance, Mexico’s great hotels and resorts roll out the red carpet for brides. esencia, riviera maya An old pro at show-stopping nuptials, Esencia perfectly encapsulates the romance of a beachside Mexican wedding. The hotel of 29 rooms, suites and cottages sits right on Xpu-Ha beach between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, with Caribbean Sea breezes, hammocks and tropical flowers as main protagonists. With beach, garden, pool, cottage, and other onsite settings available here, couples can easily see their vision take shape. Esencia puts together beach weddings, legal and minister-led ceremonies, and a very spiritual Mayan ceremony performed by a shaman that celebrates the region’s traditions through cleansing, throwing flowers and seeds into the sea and more. One of the most unique aspects to saying “I do” here is “Inwichaam and Inyataan,” a 4-day Mayan spa ritual offered to couples before the big day. Each of the treatments—the welcome, the renewal, the final touch and the new beginning—“flows” into the next and offers both physical and spiritual pampering, with aspects such as a purifying ceremony, soothing bath in milk and flower petals and a steam massage and jacuzzi soak combo taken as a couple. The all-inclusive Essence of Summer Love package, priced at $4,365, is a summer wedding package good with a 3-night minimum booking for at least a 30-person group that includes couple’s wedding set-up of their choice and the help of the hotel’s wedding planner, the justice of peace/minister, an hour-long cocktail party with open bar and hors d’oeuvres after the ceremony, the wedding cake, and special guest rates starting at just $319 per night. Of course, they can add on to their day with everything from a mariachi band to a full reception dinner. Why we chose it: Options for traditional and non-traditional ceremonies, full of romantic details. Contact: (877) 528-3490; continued on page 78

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend June 2012

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Noble House Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Artisans of Leisure
Romance on Land & Sea
Out of Africa Come Romantic Retreats
Starry-Eyed Bliss in Exotic Surroundings
Enchanting Nuptials American-Style
Honeymoons that Stir the Soul
Latin American Gems Play to the Heart
Brazil Travel Planner
Fairy Tale Honeymoons in Europe
Island Weddings Pump Up the Volume
Once-in-a-Lifetime Honeymoons
Destination Wedding Powerhouses
Fancy-Filled Mexican Weddings
'Mooning in Mexico

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