Riviera Maya: Ideal match for couples?

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico -- Whether your client's idea of a perfect resort for a wedding or to celebrate a honeymoon is a small, family-run property or a large, inclusive hotel, the 75-mile stretch of coastline known as the Riviera Maya may have the ideal place.

Beginning some 18 miles south of the Cancun Airport in Playa del Secreto, the Riviera Maya extends to Punta Allen, a small fishing village located within the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

The region features uncrowded beaches, top-notch golf courses, eco-adventure opportunities and proximity to many of Mexico's most significant Mayan archaeological sites.

The following is a sampling of Riviera Maya resorts that are offering destination wedding and honeymoon packages, all commissionable at 10%:

• Occidental-Allegro Hotels & Resorts offers honeymoon and wedding packages at the Occidental Royal Hideaway Playacar, Occidental Allegro Playacar and Occidental Caribbean Village Playacar.

At the Occidental Royal Hideaway Playacar, a seven-night, inclusive Royal Wedding package costs $2,150 per person, double.

It includes the marriage ceremony and marriage certificates; a bouquet for the bride and a boutonniere for the groom; a wedding cake and champagne; 24 wedding pictures; centerpiece flower arrangements; a massage for the groom and a beauty treatment for the bride; a set of china; and two luxury bathrobes.

For honeymooners, the resort offers two add-on packages.

The no-cost Extra Value Honeymoon package is for couples who stay at least three nights. It includes a room upgrade, a 10% discount voucher for massages and breakfast in bed one day.

The Premium Honeymoon package costs $250 per couple and requires a three-night minimum stay. It includes all of the components of the Extra Value package, plus one free massage per person, one dinner for two with wine, laundry service and a gift.

For information or reservations, call (800) 858-2258 or visit the Web at www.royalhideaway.com.

• The inclusive, 400-room Club Viva Maya and 234-room Club Viva Azteca resorts offer a complimentary honeymoon package for couples who stay a minimum of three nights.

The package includes a room upgrade, a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine, a fruit basket, a welcome tray of hors d'oeuvres, a souvenir picture and two Viva Resorts T-shirts.

For couples who want a destination wedding, the resort offers a wedding package priced at $690 per couple.

It includes the services of a wedding coordinator; the wedding ceremony and certificates; decorations; wedding cake and champagne for up to 10 people; bridal bouquet and boutonniere; 10 wedding photos; and music.

For information or reservations, call (800) 898-9968 or visit the Web at www.vivaresorts.com.

• The 64-room La Posada del Capitan Lafitte offers wedding packages that start at $1,500 a couple for seven nights.

The Turquoise Sunset package costs $1,500 and includes the wedding ceremony, legal fees and license; a wedding cake and champagne for up to 10 guests; a bouquet and boutonniere; and the services of an on-site wedding coordinator.

The Mayan Breeze package costs $2,190 a couple for seven nights. It includes the wedding ceremony, legal fees, license and marriage certificate; wedding cake and champagne for up to 50 guests; half-hour massages for the bride and groom; one-day car rental; breakfast; and the services of an on-site wedding coordinator.

For information or reservations, call (011) 52-984 873-0214 or visit the Web at www.capitanlafitte.com.

• The 57-room Maroma Resort and Spa treats honeymooners to a couple's massage as part of a honeymoon package that starts at $1,436 per couple through Nov. 24.

The package includes daily breakfast; one dinner for two with a bottle of wine; a spa treatment for two in lieu of the couple's massage; and a sunset cruise.

For information or reservations, call (866) 454-9351 or visit the Web at www.orient-expresshotels.com.

• The 75-room Las Palapas offers a seven-night honeymoon/wedding package that costs $1,819 per couple.

It includes the ceremony performed on the beach; breakfast and dinner daily; one bottle of champagne; a wedding gift; and taxes and tips.

For information or reservations, call (800) 433-0885 or visit the Web at www.laspalapas.com.mx.

• The 14-room Los Itzaes Hotel, situated one block from Fifth Avenue, offers a six-night honeymoon package that includes daily breakfast and dinner for two, airport transfers and a gift.

The package costs $480 per couple in March and April and September through November, and $560 per couple in July and August and December through February.

For information or reservations, call (011) 52-984 873-2397 or visit the Web at www.itzaes.com.

• The 34-room Hotel Paradise sells a honeymoon package for $41 per night, double, through Dec. 15.

It includes flowers in the room, a bottle of wine and one free night when guests stay 14 nights or longer.

The package costs $58 per night from Jan. 5 through March 31. For information or reservations, call (011) 52-984 873-1397 or visit www.hotel-paradise.com.

• Several Iberostar properties, including Playa Paraiso, Paraiso del Mar, Tucan and Quetzal, are offering a wedding plan priced at $1,400.

The package features a ceremony officiated by a civil judge; blood tests; music; a bouquet and boutonniere; a bottle of champagne; a wedding cake; dinner for eight; and flowers.

For more information or reservations, call (888) 923-2722 or visit the Web site at www.iberostarcaribe.com.

For more information about weddings and honeymoons on the Riviera Maya, call (888) 604-6044 or visit the Web at www.rivieramaya.com.

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