Nice Day for a Just-Right Wedding
With a verdant landscape interrupted mostly by the swells of the Pacific Ocean, Riviera Nayarit has
become the go-to place for fairy tale weddings. Big or small, most properties in the area are
welcoming enamorados with packages and options they can fine-tune to fit their expectations.
Villa Bella can coordinate a gorgeous ceremony for up to 50 people.
In fact, through Nov. 15 the hotel is offering those who book the entire
property for at least four nights complimentary wedding coordination,
a bridal mani/pedi-massage combo, flowers, and concierge services. The rate for booking the entire property is $1,300 per night, plus
Punta de Mita
A destination wedding in opulent style seems to be the raison d’etre
of Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. Whether held at a grand ballroom or
by the sea, ceremonies here take a spin in Four Seasons’ trademark
splendor, with tiny details tweaked into submission by an expert staff.
Four Seasons’ wedding packages are varied. A good alternative
for some over-the-topness is the Nakahue option, priced at $15,552.
When choosing this package, the bride-and-groom-to-be start off on
the right foot with the help of their own personal wedding coordinator
and roundtrip private airport transportation. When they arrive at the resort, they have a welcome Champagne Rose Vanilla amenity and flowers waiting in the room. They receive an 80-minute Punta Mita Massage at Apuane Spa’s couples-only Apuane Suite, which comes with
its own whirlpool, sauna and terrace. Their wedding regalia is pressed
and the bride has a practice run for her hair and makeup.
On the big day, tiki torches, a full floral arch and rose-petal path are
arranged for the ceremony, along with two topiaries. The couple has
their choice of either a cello or a harp for two sets as the ceremony—
whether traditional or non-denominational—takes place. The bride can
go off to get her choice of specialty scrub, manicure and pedicure (as
well as getting her hair and makeup done), while the groom can enjoy
a round of golf at the 7,014-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature Course or
Beachside romance at a 50-minute massage. (Yes, this is all still part of the Nakahue pack-
the Four Seasons Resort
Punta Mita. age). The Four Seasons’ florist takes care of both the bouquet and
the boutonniere, and a bottle of Cristal is at hand for a celebratory sip
post-ceremony. The newly betrothed will also receive a wedding album
with up to 50 photos, along with a CD with the photos and a DVD of
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle the ceremony.
Love and restoration seems to be the guiding forces behind B&B Villa For dinner, Four Seasons’ own executive chef prepares a 4-course
Bella in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. This delightful boutique alternative meal (with an accompanying bottle of fine wine) that is set with candles
captures the beauty of the region with a prime location atop a cliff, over- and tiki torches and served with a solo guitarist playing songs of love.
looking the mountains and Banderas Bay. The property is actually made They also get a 1-tier wedding cake. When they retire to their guest-up of two casitas that together fit up to 14 people and share a garden, room, chocolate fondue and sparkling wine awaits, followed by break-with plenty of outdoor corners for soaking in the sun, daily full breakfast fast in bed the next day. ❂
by the infinity pool and elegant Mexican decor. And although lunch and
dinner can be ordered and enjoyed at Villa Bella, most guests choose
nearby towns for dinner—everything is close by. At La Cruz itself, clients
can find assorted seafood restaurants as well as others specializing
in Mexican, European and international fare. La Cruz also has a new
marina with 400 slips, which is being followed by a resort, shops, restaurants and residential homes, all part of a grand development that’s
breathing new life into this tranquil fishing village.
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita: (800) 334-3442;
Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau: rivieranayarit.com
Villa Bella: (877) 273-6244; villabella-lacruz.com