Set on a destination wedding but not sure where to stay? Then take a peek at our ultimate Top Destination Wedding Resorts for 2020, featuring a variety of resorts spanning beautiful locations like Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and beyond. From small-island resorts to sprawling properties where guests can partake in every type of entertainment imaginable, there is just so much on offer for your destination wedding.
Consider this the only guide you’ll need for selecting your wedding resort with wedding guestlists that extend beyond 20 travelers, with both family-friendly and adults-only options detailed below. No matter which you choose, you’ll have access to impeccable service, unbeatable beaches, and some of the best ceremony venues across the globe. Without further ado, let’s get started with the Top Destination Wedding Resorts for 2020:
Mexico welcomes all to a land of pristine beaches, exciting jungles, deserts, and so much more. Whether you choose the Pacific Coast or the Caribbean Coast, guests can expect authentic experiences enriched by their natural surroundings. Stay on-site and be pampered on 24/7, or head off-site to visit Mayan ruins, local culinary hotspots, natural cenotes for swimming, or even scenic hiking excursions.
Our list below takes you through all the major tourist hubs of both coasts, from the cobblestones streets of the old town in Puerto Vallarta to the world-famous beach resorts along the Caribbean, in thrilling destinations like Cancun and Riviera Maya. If neither is your speed, you can always amp things up in the thrilling nightlife capital of Los Cabos, and unwind after the festivities amongst truly stylish furnishings.
From modernist to classical, Mexico has the highest presence when it comes to 2020’s top destination wedding resorts, and is our top destination overall.
The lush and full jungles, crystal clear waters, and the colonial architecture of Dreams Tulum wedding resort will leave you speechless. Sitting on 2 miles of powdery fresh sand, a secluded adults-only section, and every room offering a hammock on the private balcony, this resort has endless opportunities to feel serene. With Mayan traditions of holistic well-being creating a leisure atmosphere, this is the perfect resort to unwind and enjoy yourself at with all your wedding guests.
From breathtaking, white-sandy beaches to gorgeous ballrooms and garden terraces, a Hyatt Ziva Cancun wedding is equipped with all the necessities for a ceremony of your dreams. The resort is located just outside of downtown Cancun and offers endless amounts of activities and relaxing options to make your wedding experience all that you could ever desire.
Resting on the edge of El Medano Beach at the end of the Cabo San Lucas boardwalk, allow yourself to be as calm and relaxed or active and social as you wish at this adults-only resort. With certain restaurants that offer communal tables, themed parties at the different pools, and next door to a beautiful marina, a Breathless Cabo San Lucas wedding offers non-stop entertainment for a thrilling and exotic ceremony!
The Sandos Playacar Beach Resort is just 15 minutes from the vibrant town of Playa del Carmen. Its unique location, nestled on a long stretch of beautiful, white sandy beach, allows for a more private, intimate beach wedding ceremony with breathtaking ocean views. Sandos Playacar Beach Resort wedding guests will enjoy the four major resort areas, including one that’s adults-only. Beyond the wedding festivities, there’s plenty to enjoy, including over 9 pools to explore, a sweat lodge and full-service spa, and even a mini-eco park on site to get close to the local wildlife and vegetation.
The Hard Rock Riviera Maya is a Caribbean paradise, featuring oceanic lagoons with private beach access, sure to make your destination wedding truly photogenic. The grounds feature lush flora and the rooms feature rock n’ roll details which will hit all the right notes for you and your wedding guests. A Hard Rock Riviera Maya wedding is perfect for couples looking for a ceremony that is equally beautiful as it is fun.
Mexico’s Caribbean coast is an ideal location for a destination wedding, and the RIU Palace Las Americas will take your breath away. This adults-only resort allows you to have your wedding ceremony in the velvet sands on the shore or at the beautiful gazebo overlooking the Caribbean Sea and infinity pool. Relax at any of the pools on the property, feel one with the beach as the infinity pool appears to be overflowing into the ocean. A RIU Palace Las Americas wedding provides you with everything needed for an unforgettable ceremony.
Jamaica, home to many things: Bob Marley, Reggae music, and overall cultural epicenter of island vibes. Book now to book your slice of paradise, with a destination wedding sure to enthrall each and every guest that attends your picture-perfect ceremony. From the prime location to wedding packages that cover every last detail, expect it all and more when it comes to the top destination wedding resorts for 2020. Below we cover a variety of resorts that can meet any budget big or small, and entice guests of any age amongst some of the most scenic beaches in the Caribbean. Wedding couples can also expect lavish ceremony venues and resorts resting on coastlines that span a variety of landscapes and stylings.
The Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall resort is an adults-only haven in beautiful Jamaica that shares many of its facilities and wedding venues with its sister resort Hyatt Ziva next door. It’s the perfect escape for destination weddings that want it all, from an intimate beach and elegant decor options, to a gorgeously appointed pool complex and a mature atmosphere, all in a major hub for exciting nightlife and shopping. With two resorts at your disposal, your Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall wedding is sure to be a memorable occasion for all who attend.
Located along the breathtakingly blue waters of Fletcher’s Beach on Jamaica’s northern coast, rests the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton along a scenic enclave. With buildings from the 19th century, modern facilities, and a natural environment full of rich landscapes your Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton wedding will provide you with an incredibly unique experience. The domed buildings and white columns surrounding the property emit a Roman vibe, placed against the gorgeous oceans creating the most beautiful setting for your wedding ceremony.
Located along the most western coast of Jamaica, a Royalton Negril wedding takes advantage of a breathtaking beach with crystal clear waters, a setting that will make any ceremony a memorable experience. The laid-back Jamaican culture blends seamlessly with the floral surroundings with beach access to azure waters both North and South, making a true destination wedding.
The beautiful Hilton Rose Hall all-inclusive resort has it all, with access to a historic property filled with ancient aqueducts, to a world-class waterpark that will please thrillseekers of any age. A Hilton Rose Hall wedding ceremony features multiple venues such as the tropically appointed grounds, or the immaculate beach perfect for a ceremony of any size. Beyond the wedding festivities, guests will love the delectable dining and the hand-crafted cocktails that greet you around every corner.
The RIU Ocho Rios wedding resort places you and your loved ones in the beautiful Mammee Bay, surrounded by Caribbean waters, tropical rainforests, and spectacular waterfalls. Your wedding ceremony can be set upon the white sandy Jamaican beaches as the ocean breeze rolls in. The huge resort often feels like its own living and breathing city, with vibrant colors splashed across the Victorian-like buildings and an endless amount of activities including numerous pools and an authentic jerk chicken shack.
The Dominican Republic has perhaps become the star of the Caribbean islands when it comes to economical destination weddings, amongst new builds and lavish resorts splayed across some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Just take a look at the newer properties along Bavaro Beach, known for gorgeous ceremony venues and crystalline white powdery sands. With new properties comes impeccable service too, and resorts outbid each other with great rates and personalized service every couple will appreciate.
There are plenty of top 2020 destination wedding resorts in the Dominican Republic to choose from below. You can choose to stay at your resort, which can feature everything needed to keep guests entertained, like fullscale nightclubs and exciting casinos. Or for the more adventurous, venture off-site to take part in enticing excursions, like snorkeling, rum tastings, or a visit to the many world-class golf courses that dot the coastline.
Nestled on the pristine shores of Juanillo Beach, Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana is an all-inclusive paradise that is perfect for families seeking to indulge in the finer amenities of life. A stone’s throw away from the beach, a Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana wedding offers immaculate seascapes and expansive venues capable of accommodating large destination wedding parties. Featuring a selection of personalized wedding packages, the resort ensures that your dream wedding is both elegant and uniquely yours.
The Dreams Onyx Punta Cana takes luxury to the next level, situated on a palm tree-clad beach along the most Northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, ideal for a destination wedding. The Dreams Onyx resort is recently renovated, with modern decor and a plethora of pools thoughtfully designed, a landscape that’s lush and inviting, and the glistening Caribbean waters just moments away. A Dreams Onyx Punta Cana wedding is best for couples looking for a modern ceremony set in a luxurious tropical setting.
Located on one of the Caribbean’s top beaches, Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana offers wedding guests luxurious villas with direct access to the resort’s four pools via swim-up pathways. This resort hub has no shortage of day and night time entertainment with many activities interwoven with the area’s natural beauty. Dreams Macao Weddings showcase the finest Punta Cana seascapes as backdrops to your unforgettable day.
The all-new Royalton Bavaro welcomes wedding guests of all ages to luxury, with service that will translate beautifully to your tropical wedding ceremony. Your guests can explore the multiple amenities, watersports, or simply relax on the iconic Bavaro white-sand beach. A Royalton Bavaro wedding has endless avenues to partake in, from a splash waterpark and lazy river to numerous elegant dining options.
The Majestic Elegance offers a true destination wedding, situated on the pristine soft sands of Bavaro Beach. A Majestic Elegance wedding is perfect for couples seeking a lively atmosphere at night, and younger guests will have fun too thanks to the large pool and activities available.
The many Caribbean islands offer a more intimate experience for your destination wedding of 20 or more guests. The dots of tropical landmasses sprinkled throughout the Caribbean ocean offer separately owned countries with their individual island cultures and European influences. Snorkeling and scuba diving takes front and center here, where guests can swim amongst sunken pirate ships and see colorful schools of fish that can only be found in these waters.
Also on offer is a more relaxed vibe, even though the price tag may be higher as well. Planning wedding couples should note that not as many flight options are available to the smaller Caribbean Islands like to the more popular destinations of Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. But with the price tag comes an unforgettable destination wedding, in a much more unique setting then the larger destinations can share.
Located on the white sands of Druif Beach, the Divi Aruba resort offers a splendid option for destination weddings. Surrounded by lush tropical foliage, a laidback holiday will welcome wedding guests, and daily and nightly activity programming will keep them all entertained. For active couples, spend your downtime renting cruiser mountain bikes, or climbing the 30-foot rock wall, both complimentary with your stay. But it’s all about location, location, location, when it comes to that beautiful beach and what it means for your ceremony.
After hurricanes ravaged the area, the elegant Sonesta resorts came back stronger than ever, and make a lovely addition to our top destination wedding resorts for 2020. With a doting staff in tow and newfangled renovations which include a jawdropping new rooftop terrace for ceremony venues, guests won’t want to leave the resort during their stay. But you like, totally should leave the resort, if only to get dazzling wedding photos along famed Maho Beach, where airplanes land overhead.
Opening in 2020, the Secrets St. Martin all-inclusive resort will welcome wedding couples and their guests to a lavish destination. Once open, guests will have spaces for romance, dining, entertainment, swimming, relaxing, and so forth. It’s safe to predict that the well-equipped wedding team will swiftly coordinate any wedding preparations, and the new resort will provide fresh takes on trademark Secrets’ culinary a-la-carte restaurants. Even safer is the forecast for ceremony venues which will focus on the intimate Dutch-island surroundings.
The trademark RIU Palace resorts offer classical stylings, amongst some of the most beautiful locations in the world. The RIU Palace Aruba resort is no different, resting on acclaimed Palm Beach. The reputable gardens, fountains, and palatial pools drip directly onto the beach after all, and make for the ideal ceremony venue. Nearby guests can hit the shopping and entertainment district, or simply walk alongside the signature green waters of Aruba. Get out and explore during your destination wedding, as the multi-lingual locals make you feel truly welcomed.
Although the Caribbean islands typically offer steeper price tags, there are some options for more economical resorts. The family-friendly Sunscape Curacao all-inclusive resort is a great example of one, and features a winding property with small beaches and calm waters to wade within. Plan for a destination wedding in the garden with ocean views, and host a private reception just steps away. The resort is also a hotspot for snorkelers and scuba divers, and you can get certified on-site by trained professionals.
Central America, and more importantly Costa Rica, is one of the hottest wedding destinations for 2020. This is because more couples are seeking adventurous locations for their ceremony, and want more than just a pretty beach to explore during the downtime. Costa Rica offers it all when it comes to this, from dark sandy shores ideal for a wedding venue to rainforests and hiking opportunities aplenty.
The Central American country is also known for its friendly locals and unique cuisines. Wedding parties of 20 or more guests can plan for unique excursions directly from the hotel lobby, and can plan for zipline tours, rainforest sky bridge walks, or visits to natural spas. Arguably the hottest excursion is a hike to see splendid views of the Arenal Volcano, lying active but dormant, and providing a dominant focal point for vacation photos. But where to stay? Follow below as we finish up our top destination wedding resorts for 2020 in Costa Rica.
Dreams have made the list several times, and the brand has earned it. The Costa Rica resort of Dreams Las Mareas rests on palm-studded El Jobo Beach, which is a private beach perfect for wedding ceremonies. Surrounded by lush mountains, couples will enjoy easy access nearby to natural treasures like Santa Rosa and Guanacaste National Park. This was the first resort in Costa Rica to feature swim-out suites, and as one of AM Resort’s preferred partners, you may be entitled to room upgrades, romantic dinners, or even spa treatments.
The brand new Planet Hollywood Costa Rica resort was built into the secluded hillsides of Papagayo and is a force to be reckoned with for our top destination wedding resorts. Owned by Blue Diamond, and comparable to the Royalton aesthetic, expect modern design and an edgy entertainment focus. The showstopper is undoubtedly the wedding terrace with sky-high views. But there is much more for wedding guests to enjoy, like new restaurant concepts, several pools, a complete fitness program, and excursions bookable directly from your concierge.
The last on our list has become a staple of Costa Rica, the adults-only Secrets Papagayo. Take time away from the stress of real life, by inviting your family and friends to a quiet resort tucked within the Gulf of Papagayo. Wedding venues utilize the rolling hillside, and there are two areas of Arenilla Beach to explore unspoiled views of the Pacific Coastline, with the black volcanic sand being a standout feature. Overall the vibes are that of a boutique hotel, and should your guests choose to leave the resort, nearby is world-class sports fishing at Marina Papagayo.
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