Myriad hotels offer wedding, honeymoon plans

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MEXICO CITY -- Looking for a resort in Mexico where your clients can get married?

It shouldn't take you long to find one, as many of Mexico's hotels and resorts, large and small, offer on-site coordinators to handle almost every detail of planning the ceremony.

And once the wedding is taken care of, planning the honeymoon can be as easy as booking a honeymoon package.

The following is a sampling of resorts and operators that offer honeymoon and destination wedding packages, all commissionable at 10%:

• Its Web site boasts of celebrity guests like Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Robert De Niro and Sting, but ordinary mortals can stay -- and honeymoon -- at Las Alamandas, too.

The 14-suite resort, which is situated on a secluded section of Pacific coastline halfway between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, sells a honeymoon package priced from $2,999 per couple for a six-night stay.

It includes one dinner for two with wine and a guitar serenade; a couple's massage on the beach; a picnic lunch for two served on the beach; and photographs snapped during a two-hour photo session.

For reservations or information, call (888) 882-9616 or visit www.alamandas.com.

• Mexico Boutique Hotels, the association of 35 small, upscale hotels and resorts throughout Mexico, said its properties can tailor a honeymoon or wedding to satisfy most any client's wishes.

The Hacienda Los Laureles, for example, can arrange a wedding in the property's lush gardens. The property, which is situated in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains about 10 minutes from Oaxaca, also sells a honeymoon package.

A favorite of celebrities, Las Alamandas offers a honeymoon package for everyday people. Honeymooners are treated to a couple's Temascal (steam bath) spa treatment; an Oaxacan dinner prepared by the property's chef; and a day trip that might include horseback riding in the surrounding hills or a visit to one of the area's important archaeological sites.

The package also includes daily breakfast; a bottle of wine; a souvenir gift; airport transfers; and a gift certificate for a two-night stay on the couple's one-year anniversary.

A two-night package costs from $499 per couple in a junior suite or $655 in a master suite, both with Jacuzzis. Taxes and gratuities are included.

For additional information or reservations, call (877) 278-8018 or visit the Web at www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com.

• The 90-room Paraiso de la Bonita on the Riviera Maya offers a honeymoon package that incorporates the resort's 22,000-square-foot spa, which has the distinction of being the only resort in Mexico to offer a dedicated thalassotherapy center.

Thalassotherapy treatments incorporate heated seawater and algae. The center is overseen by a physician who works with guests to create a therapy regimen. Treatments might include a seawater massage, shower jet therapy or algae body wrap.

The resort's three-night honeymoon package includes an oceanview suite with a hammock or private plunge pool; a couple's massage on the beach; daily breakfast; a bottle of champagne; and beachbags.

The package costs $1,700 per couple through Dec. 25. Additional nights cost $435 each. For additional information or reservations, call (800) 327-0200 or visit the Web at www.paraisodelabonitarsort.com.

• The Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort invites couples to leave the details of their wedding to its team of on-site wedding coordinators.

The resort's three-night wedding package includes the wedding ceremony with a civil judge or minister; blood tests and health certificates; bride and bridesmaid bouquets; a photographer for two hours (including prints); and airport transfers.

The package costs $2,499 per couple. The resort also arranged special rates on blocks of 10 rooms or more per night.

For additional information or reservations, call (800) HILTONS or visit the Web at www.hiltonloscabos.com.

• A number of resorts in Cozumel are offering honeymoon packages that include everything from candlelight dinners for two to gift certificates applicable toward the couple's next vacation.

At the Coral Princess Hotel & Resort, all honeymoon packages include a room with an ocean view (with an upgrade to a junior suite, if available), daily breakfast, a bottle of wine, one dinner for two at the resort's restaurant, a 20% discount on massages and all taxes and gratuities.

Packages cost from $273 per couple for three nights to $584 for seven nights. Extra nights are available for $78 per couple. Packages are valid through Dec. 20. To book, call (800) 253-2702.

Honeymoon packages at the Costa Club Cozumel include a room with an ocean view, daily breakfast, a bottle of wine, fresh flowers, one dinner for two at the property's restaurant, airport transfers and taxes and gratuities.

Three-night packages start at $516 per couple through Dec. 23. For information or reservations, call (877) 454-4355 or visit www.costaclubcozumel.com.mx.

• Aeromexico Vacations markets a number of honeymoon packages that include roundtrip air fare from Aeromexico's U.S. gateway cities.

Packages to Puerto Vallarta begin at $772 per person, double, from Los Angeles. They include roundtrip air fare and a seven-night stay at the Crown Paradise Resort, where honeymooners receive a room upgrade; one dinner for two served on the beach; and a bottle of wine.

Prices are valid from Oct. 27 through Dec. 8 for Saturday and Sunday departures.

Packages to Cancun begin at $724 per person, double, from Atlanta. The plans include roundtrip air; seven nights at the El Dorado Resort, with accommodations in a junior suite with a Jacuzzi; and one dinner for two along with a bottle of champagne.

Prices are valid from Oct. 6 through Dec. 1 for Saturday and Sunday departures. Aeromexico Vacations can be booked through the major GDSs (for a 1% commission override) or by calling (800) 245-8585.

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