A Marriott certified wedding planner can help ensure your clients’ day is all they want it to be, from setting a budget, deciding on a menu, arranging table settings and finding all the elements they need for their event. And a new Vow to Getaway with Marriottprogram, which just launched in May, enables couples who wed at a Marriott Caribbean and Mexico resorts the chance to earn points for the honeymoon, anniversary or any romantic future trip. Couples who book any destination wedding at St. Kitts (there is a minimum spend), qualify for 150,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points, which can be used toward a 5-night getaway to any JW Marriott, Renaissance, Marriott hotel or resort property in the world. It applies for weddings booked by Dec. 1, 2011, and held by Dec. 31, 2012.
Contact: (800) 223-6388; stkittsmarriott.com
st. regis bahia beach This new 483-acre property is set on a coconut plantation between El Yunque National Rainforest and the Espiritu Santo River, only 25 minutes from San Juan in Puerto Rico. Couples will find plenty of hand-holding spots amongst the natural beauty, with a 2-mile beach and a private bird sanctuary. The local plant and wildlife were not disturbed when the resort was developed, and its efforts have been recognized with Audubon’s Gold Signature Sanctuary certification—something that might be important to your clients who favor “green” practices. Couples can enjoy nature walks, birdwatching, hiking trails and kayaking, as well as the 10,000-sq.-ft. Remede Spa and a golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Pre- or post-wedding, the bridal party can be pampered with locale-inspired treatments that incorporate Puerto Rican traditions and rituals as well as ingredients indigenous to the area, such as coconut, sugarcane, native obsidian stones and vanilla oil extracts. The hotel is also home to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first restaurant in the Caribbean, Fern. A stay in one of the 139 guestrooms pampers guests with St. Regis’ butler service.
All weddings here are customized, so no packages are available. Couples have a choice of indoor and outdoor settings, including the 9,000-sq.-ft. Estate Lawn or the Sea Breeze Lawn for smaller receptions. Other venues include the magnificent Astor Ballroom with 21-ft. ceilings and the Molasses Club House on the golf course and with ocean views.
Contact: (866) 716-8116; stregis.com
sandals whitehouse european village & spa What couple can resist a wedding planned by Martha Stewart? Sandals’ collaboration with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia last year has led to Sandals Weddings by Martha Stewart, with a choice of six wedding theme packages. And when it’s time to choose which of the 14 Sandals properties to host the big event, Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa on Jamaica’s South Coast, is an optimal pick having recently undergone a $10 million facelift with upgrades to all restaurants, main lobby area, and furnishings. For something really special, the top two categories of suites, the 1-bedroom penthouse honeymoon beachfront suite and the 1-bedroom walkout honeymoon beachfront suite, have been completely refurbished with updated furniture, soft goods and new plasma TVs. The 360-room property is set on a 500-acre nature reserve with lots of romantic spots. It has two private, white sand beaches, the largest freshwater pool in Jamaica and a renovated Red Lane Spa. Couples can choose to dine at eight restaurants set within the resort’s three unique villages: Italian, French and Dutch. Each area features its own architectural design and private pool.
The six wedding packages range from a complimentary one when couples stay a minimum of six nights in a concierge category or higher, to a package with pricing beginning at $6,000, all with a variety of inclusions. Sandals’ Finishing Touches a la carte selections enhance the wedding with extras for the ceremony and reception for an additional fee.
Contact: (877) SANDALS; sandals.com
secrets sanctuary cap cana Romance is built into the adults-only, all-inclusive Secrets Sanctuary Cap Cana. Located only 15 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport along the Dominican Republic’s east coast, the resort setting within the new Cap Cana destination is not only convenient for all guests, but pure beachfront bliss with ocean views, a Spanish-colonial design and grounds dotted with fountains and lush gardens. The 176-room resort caters to weddings, with numerous packages and a la carte options. The bride and groom will feel indulgent in the 1,300-sq.-ft. Honeymoon Suite with private pool and sun deck offering ocean views, separate living area with desk and coral stone bathroom with separate water closet and shower. Couples can relax with the all-inclusive rate featuring 24-hour room service, all meals, snacks and beverages, activities and live evening entertainment. The resort is located near a Jack Nicklaus signature course (with a second almost complete), boasts a 23,000-sq.-ft. Secrets Spa by Pevonia and fitness center, as well as a casino.