Latin America

Say "I Do" to Central America

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2011

Contact: (800) 819-5053; fourseasons.com/costarica

victoria house Let’s hop on over to Belize, where Victoria House is a top choice for intimate destination weddings. Located about two miles south of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye and a member of the Signature Travel Network, Victoria House has only 42 accommodations, including casitas, plantation rooms and suites. For a wedding party, book the 2-bedroom villas (there are three), with a spacious living area, dining area, full kitchen, two travertine bathrooms, romantic indoor/outdoor shower gardens that are completely private, and furnished private terraces overlooking the infinity edge pool with views to the gardens, beach and Caribbean Sea. Pre-ceremony, the wedding party can indulge in myriad activities, including fishing, diving, snorkeling, birding, cave tubing, and helicopter tours, or just sit back and admire the Belizean barrier reef, clearly visible off the resort’s beach. The onsite wedding coordinator will assist in planning every detail for the big day, from the ceremony itself to legal requirements, flowers, photographers and reception, as well as cocktail parties and private rehearsal dinner. The couple can choose from a beach bbq to a sit-down dinner for the ceremony, and can opt for a Mayan flutist or a band that plays Belizean punta music. The resort can accommodate up to 20 guests for the wedding during high season and up to 30 guests during low season, and the hotel does require that all guests stay at the hotel.

Wedding package rates start at $1,115 and include the essentials for a small wedding party.

Contact: victoria-house.com

sunbreeze hotel Belize is also home to the 43-room SunBreeze Hotel, encircled by tropical gardens and with the Caribbean Sea front and center. Guests come here for the great watersports, including diving the famous Blue Hole, Turneffe, Lighthouse and Glovers Reef, snorkeling shark and sting ray alley, and fishing. Of course, this is also a country where visitors can see numerous Mayan ruins or go cave tubing, so tell clients to take advantage of the countless activities. The resort has a few very spacious rooms that are ideal for families and wedding groups, as well as a few adjoining rooms with connecting doors. Onsite ceremony ideas include a beachside event under a coco-palm flanked arch adorned with exotic flowers or a private ceremony at the open-air seafront wedding gazebo.

The resort offers a Wedding and Honeymoon package, starting at $2,750 per couple, that includes the wedding day essentials and adds in a pretty wedding palm arch, as well as 7-night accommodations in a Premier room with jacuzzi and ocean views, 1-hour massage (1/2-hour pp), candlelit dinner, bottle of champagne and one snorkel trip.

Contact: sunbreeze.net

hidden valley inn Hidden Valley Inn, located on a 7,200-acre private reserve in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of Belize, adds a unique feature to its weddings—a Mayan minister who performs the ceremony against the backdrop of a jungle waterfall. This eco-resort is idyllic, with access to hiking and mountain biking trails, secluded pools and waterfalls set in a tropical rainforest, canoe trips, horseback riding, and access to modern-day rural villages. The 12 cottage accommodations surround a central lodge housing a bar, restaurant, small library and several lounges, and the two deluxe suites boast an outside waterfall, rock-themed showers, claw-footed tubs, and matrimonial hammocks. Recommend guests take advantage of the onsite yoga classes, which takes place at three platforms (it’s a serene experience that should not be missed).

For the wedding itself, couples can choose between the Butterfly Falls—a jungle-clad venue ideal for an intimate wedding (two to eight guests) and featuring a 90-ft. waterfall—or the Awat Balam (meaning “roar of the jaguar” in local Mayan), a scenic 2-level structure that’s perfect for two to 20 guests and nestled nest to Tiger Creek Falls and affording gorgeous views of the valley. Other options include the Yokol Chen Platform or poolside amidst beautiful orchids.

The resort’s wedding package includes all of the essentials for the wedding day and costs $850 for up to four persons.

Contact: (866) 443-3364; hiddenvalleyinn.com

parrot tree plantation In Honduras, the luxury resort Parrot Tree Plantation is paradise on earth, set against a tropical forest backdrop in a palm grove, and located on the slender island of Roatan, with picturesque coves lining its southern coast. Here, guests can stroll along a private powder-soft beach, dip their toes in the warm waters or sneak a well-deserved afternoon nap under a shady beach palapa. For more action, recommend they go kayaking, swimming or snorkeling in the resort’s turquoise lagoon. The residential-style Marina Villas, which border the Parrot Tree Marina, are ideal for wedding parties. They are decorated with granite, exotic hardwood and imported ceramics, and feature fully equipped gourmet kitchens, separate living and dining areas, and verandahs with ocean views. You can choose from 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom/2-bath villas with 1,600 sq. ft. to 2,600 sq. ft. of living space. With its stunning natural landscape, there’s no better place here to exchange vows than on the beach, with rose petals strewn down the sandy aisle and an intimate gazebo framing the happy couple.

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