For couples who desire a secluded tropical destination wedding, look no further than the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, tucked deep within rich jungle surroundings. No matter where you have your wedding ceremony at the resort, you will be surrounded by the environment, with rich mangroves and exciting wildlife that includes peacocks and spider monkeys.
The cenote is a true wow-factor at the resort, the Mayan word for the resort’s naturally crystal clear swimming hole, where your wedding guests can go snorkeling or relax dockside.
The waterpark has slides and sections for kids and adults, and with adults-only areas, there is plenty to do for every member of your wedding group.
The resort focuses on preserving and presenting traditional Mayan culture, and you can even utilize tribal drummers and the Tezmecal ceremony for your wedding.
At the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort your destination wedding can also interact with Mayan ideologies provided on site through numerous presentations and experiences throughout every week. The cenote hosts a celebration every Thursday, retelling a classic Mayan story of a forbidden couple who fall in love, who met at the swimming hole every night in secret. There is even an option for Mayan drummers to be used during your ceremony.
Each package welcomes up to 30 guests. Each package is designed with a different ceremony venue in mind, for example the Green Wedding package utilizes the cenote deck. A la carte weddings and Indian wedding packages are also available. Upgraded packages, additional guests, and add-ons are available for an additional cost.
$98 – $125 average price per person per night. Rooms include private balcony or terrace, and children 1 and younger stay free. There are adults-only rooms and sections available at an additional cost, and these areas do not allow anyone under the age of 18.
Symbolic ceremony | Natural setup on the dock of the cenote | Live Mayan drum music during ceremony | Sparkling wine toast during reception | Flower arrangement for minister’s table | 1 bouquet and 1 boutonniere | One-tier wedding cake
There are 956 rooms with garden, pool, or jungle views. The property is very large and recommended for more active guests. There are golf carts available at an additional cost.
Rooftop Terrace – 100 guests max, Beach Gazebo – 100 guests max, Cenote Deck – 70 guests max.
This hotel allows a maximum of 4 adults per room or 2 adults and 2 children ages 17 and under.
The resort is able to perform between 1 – 3 weddings per day. When more than one wedding is hosted per day they will take place at different times during the day and at different locations in order to guarantee privacy to each wedding. Daily schedule is 11am, 1pm, and 4 – 5pm for sunset.
For weddings, the resort’s busiest months are January and April – July. It is recommended couples book at least 10 months in advance if they want a specific date.
The wedding coordinator typically responds same day or within 24 hours. During busy months, the wedding coordinators may take 48 hours to respond.
The resort is located 33 miles from the CUN airport.
Q: How long have you been a wedding coordinator and how many weddings have you coordinated?
A: Since December 2016, 167 weddings in total.
Q: What compliments do the brides typically give the resort?
A: Brides comment all the time about the wedding venues being stunning and all the staff do an exceptional job during their weddings regarding the set-up, service and food.
Q: What makes your resort a great place for a destination wedding?
A: The natural environment with over 40 eco activities, kids club and waterpark with 29 slides (including 7 for adults) make Sandos Caracol a great resort for families. Adults have the option to book a room in Select Club adults only area which includes an exclusive pool, jacuzzi and beach club house for them to chill. For weddings our unique ceremony locations are very popular: our Cenote (natural lagoon), private rooftop terrace and uniquely designed beach gazebo.
Q: What are the challenges brides face when planning their destination wedding at your resort?
A: Privacy is very important, so we only confirm one wedding in each time slot (11am, 1pm and 4/5pm for sunset). With the sunset being the most popular slot we recommend to book the wedding 8-10 months ahead of time. Also, ask your guests to book their room ahead of time as the resort does tend to book up typically 1-2 months out.
Q: Can you tell us an anecdote about one of your brides when you saved the day?
A: Once a bride realized at the moment she put on her dress that she had forgotten the ribbon to tie the dress with at the back and there was no way of accommodating it without the ribbon. I have a show-dress at my office. So via walkie-talkie I talked to the bride, while I was already waiting for her at the wedding venue. So I sent my intern to the office to go and take of the ribbon from the dress and bring it to the bride’s room so she could tie up her dress 🙂
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“Gorgeous resort with many activities located on the property so there isn’t a need to venture out. The food is delicious and the drinks are great. no complaints. My family Stayed here for my wedding/honey moon and it was everything we desired if not more.” – Hailey S. 7/17
“Absolutely love it here, there is nothing I don’t like about Sandos Caracol. The staff are lovely and go out of their way to help You, the rooms are nice and are cleaned everyday with fresh bedding and towels replaced daily, the food is delicious, some of the shows were fantastic especially the fire of life show on Saturday nights, the resort jungle is perfect and clean, as is the whole resort. The cenotes are beautiful. The pools and water park are great. Whether you want to just relax by the pools or on the beach or go on an adventure this is the place to do it. Very highly recommended, I can’t wait for my next visit.” – Dawn H. 6/17
“The place is amazing. They do everything they can to make you feel at home. The wildlife is incredible. It’s only our 2nd day but I can’t imagine it being any better than this. This resort comes with a lot of walking so be prepared. But the walks are fantastic and the scenery is worth the walk. In fact you may find yourself taking the long way on purpose.” – Jimmy C. 5/17