The best tropical destination weddings to book now

Love and Marriage, Love and Marriage – Together Like …a double margarita and a hammock nap?

Rhyme fail. But forget the horse and cart bits.

In the twilights of 2021 and beyond, travelers yearn for the tropics and their many splendor.

Mexico, Anguilla and the Bahamas are among the top-booked destinations for travelers in the last quarter of the year, according to internal data from Vacay Processors at Virtuoso.com.

So, nomads, here are the best palm tree love nests to swap for that “I do.”

And if you’re still OK with it all “for richer or poorer”, you err on the side of the first.


It’s worth a shot

Aerial shot of Casa Salles.
It’s BYO-bellybuttons and questionable decision-making, but Casa Salles would otherwise provide tequila and family.
Casa Sales

It’s not a fictional setting set in a bad telenovela – tequila, Mexico, actually exists IRL. The name of the town of Jalisco means “place of honor”, and it is the birthplace of the fire waters of the same name. As such, Tequila (the place) has even been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You are encouraged and determined to return a little in a fitting tribute at its opening of 2020 Casa Sales Hotel (It’s convenient next door to the historic La Guarreña distillery, the makers of El Tequileño.)

With its intimate collection of 25 rooms, the boutique property requires a full purchase of just over $4,050 to host a party ($1,000 to $50,000).

The newlyweds can enjoy an elegant party after – a wink – with the help of Ashley’s bed and rain shower. Or, alternatively, any buyer’s post-wedding remorse can be addressed with a hot stone massage and facial at Reposado Spa.

Rooms start around $170 per night.


Walking on the island

Interior shot of a room at Quintessence.
Anguilla’s legendary Cap Juluca had his day in the sun – there’s a new tanner in town: Quintessence.
Anguilla Tourism

Not quite public, Anguilla Quintessence Hotel Minimum number of rooms as maximum in perks: There are only nine suites at Tropical Grand Mansion, which include butler service and private beach access.

Book a minimum of five nights and in any number of suites and you’ll cater to a wedding of up to 30 guests (but only 22 guests can sleep, so Sophie’s Choice awaits). The cost is $10,000, including photos, cake, champagne, a three-course dinner, thrones, corsor and bouquets, but necessary accommodations are not included, and vary by season. Call 264-498-8106 for a shock sticker on it all. Oh, marriage math.

The number of guests may increase this winter when Quintessence Quinn, a four-suite addition with more affordable options, opens. Either way, invite friends and family wisely.

Suites are priced from $1,250 per night.


Marital raids

The start of a beach villa in the Ocean Club.
The exclusive and gorgeous Ocean Club in the Bahamas exudes romance.
Ocean Club

It’s too dangerous for a bowler to be anything about the happy defensive end, JJ Watt, but his now-wife Kealia Ohai wasn’t in danger when she threw the bouquet at their wedding last year in the Bahamas.

An NFL site and a women’s soccer star? The Ocean Club, Four Seasons ResortOn an exclusive paradise island, even on a bad day.

The Gardens of Versailles have been a high-profile wedding venue for years, and while the resort will celebrate its 60th birthday in 2022, it’s planning to undergo a top-secret renovation (details to be worked out) for the Crescent Wing’s oceanfront accommodations. It has already rolled out two-, three- and four-bedroom villas in 2020. Perhaps age is just a number after all.

Party prices (from 2 to 50 guests) start at $6,500; Room rates start at $1,170 per night.


eruption warning

The exterior of Villa Bouquet.

Volcanoes ensure that Villa Bouquet is an area free from cold feet.

Bronwyn Knight

Guatemala is often off the radar. And like marriage itself, it requires a leap of faith.

Brand New, 12 rooms (starts February 15th) Villa BouquetRelais & Châteaux in Antigua, which colonized southern Spain, practically has a “flower bouquet” in its name, perfect for a wedding. They have private balconies, a lake, enclosed gardens with fire pits, and panoramic views of the volcanoes… Wait, what? Yes, that’s right, you’re not the only ones, Hawaii and Iceland.

Is it any wonder that Bouquet weekends fill insanely fast with couples’ heads? Weddings are organized to your taste, the 100-guest reception is $14,000 plus wedding planner/decoration/menu adjustments are all that jazz.

Rooms from $250 per night.

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