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 contemporary NOW Amber resort overlooks peaceful Vallarta Bay. Appreciate the signature Puerto Vallarta sunset from your room, a memory you’ll cherish every night, where the sky lights up in vivid hues of tangerine. The NOW Amber has much to offer for your destination wedding: like a beautiful terrace and beachfront venues, and ample space for large receptions of 20 or more guests. In fact, you know that stunning lobby that greets you upon arrival with ocean views? You can even host your ceremony there as well!
The amazing Hyatt Ziva Cancun wedding resort has so many inclusions, spaces, restaurants, bars and more, it will make your head spin. In every direction you face, you’ll find unbelievable ocean views, as this resort rests on its own private peninsula within Cancun’s hotel zone. Expect amenities for every wedding guest to enjoy to do as they like, with adults-only upgrades available, and babysitting services for kids as well. There are 6 ceremony venues to consider, but the latest is the jaw-dropping Lighthouse Gazebo terrace, with unobstructed ocean views.
The sparkling Dreams Playa Mujeres all-inclusive resort is now the flagship property by the portfolio of renowned AM Resorts. From waterslides to adults-only pools, guests 18 and over enjoy freeform exchange privileges between this resort and Secrets. With the flagship property comes exciting new upscale dining experiences to be fond of, along with hand-tailored wedding venues that range from lavish Presidential Suites to terraces overlooking the expansive beach. Also included: a wedding team ready to make your dreams come true.
The sprawling Hard Rock Riviera Maya resort features everything, with a heavy emphasis on ‘everything’! For your wedding: wedding chapels, overwater gazebos, restaurant reception venues, and the Las-Vegas style nightclub for your after-afterparty. For your guests: a skatepark, obstacle course, waterpark, more bars then you can count on your fingers, and did we mention that nightclub and how it has a pool instead of a dancefloor? Extend beyond the 20+ guests and invite your second aunts and second uncles too, there’s room for everyone.
The new RIU Palace Baja California puts a new twist on the trusted RIU name, with a new contemporary resort-style, amongst a sky-high complex that capitalizes on the Pacific ocean views. Exciting nightlife is just a short cab ride away to downtown Cabo San Lucas, but you need not leave the RIU complex to enjoy exciting entertainment amongst the recently revamped pool party program. Make your entire wedding week a party, with themed club nights, and stop to appreciate the exciting new a-la-carte offerings after your romantic beachfront ceremony.
The adults-only Secrets The Vine Cancun makes our top destination wedding resorts for 2020, not just due to the chic accommodations, but for its location as well. Smack dab in the heart of the Cancun hotel-zone, host an unforgettable destination wedding on the beach or one of the overview terraces, and then take the party out on the town. There is space for all to revel in, from those seeking romance and intimacy, to those ready to keep the party going. No matter your style, guests will revel in the immaculate service and furnishings Secrets provides.
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 Iberostar Grand Rose Hall offers a lot for our top destination wedding resorts for 2020. From idyllic beachfront to its location tucked away between the ocean and rolling mountains, to the ultimate pampering the included personal butler services provide. Couples will enjoy a laid-back environment, with numerous restaurants to explore for nightly meals or even for a private reception. Ceremony venues are lush and plentiful, like the beachfront of glass dome which will welcome your wedding of 20 guests and then some.
The Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall offers an adults-only choice when it comes to Jamaica’s top destination wedding resorts. Inside you’ll find a mature atmosphere and a well-appointed pool complex that focuses on the beachside views. The intimate beach offers wedding parties of 20 or more a stylish ceremony, and before you even arrive, you’ll be treated to the Hyatt lounge at the Montego Bay international airport, and free transfers for before and after your vacation. For an added touch, book a suite that utilizes private butler service.
Located along the breathtakingly blue waters of Fletcher’s Beach on Jamaica’s northern coast, the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton offers a large wedding resort ideal for extensive guest lists. Guests of any budget will delight in the tiered-room rates and private balconies, and couples can choose between classical ceremony venues, like the Angel’s Atrium or the Promise Pergola. Easily love the downtime too, amongst delicious dining options, or visit the neighboring resorts for further amenities and pools to relax at.
What Royalton Negril offers is a contemporary escape for destination wedding couples and their guests alike. With access to gripping ceremony venues that include picture-framed stone gazebos, and intimate piers that extend of the cerulean waters. Beyond the wedding events, there is much to relish, from steakhouses and authentic jerk chicken cuisine to gorgeous suites that include signature Dreambed mattresses, swim-out suites, butler service, and more. Negril is famous for its sunsets, and here you won’t just view them, you’ll experience them close up.
The recently revamped RIU Ocho Rios resort now offers a modern concept, and remodeled rooms. It also offers updated pools, new event spaces for welcome parties and receptions, and a new gourmet restaurant that ups the ante for culinary exploration. Plan for plenty of wedding photo opportunities amongst the Victorian-like architecture. With the RIU brand comes an affordable entry-point for destination weddings with 20 or more guests, along with a wedding team readily equipped to make your ceremony fantasies a reality.
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.
The brand new Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana all-inclusive resort offers a little something for everyone during your destination wedding. From the signature white sands to the fascinating architecture, along with separate resort sections for either families or adults-only. Delight in unique services only the Hyatt brand can deliver, like a hand-tailored wedding experience, thoughtful decor options, and brand new gastronomy offerings sure to entice the pickiest of tastebuds. Whether staying at Ziva, or next door at Zilara, expect a world-class establishment ready and beckoning.
The NOW Onyx resort offers an all-inclusive stay designed for guests who desire chic surroundings and current design. From the slated panels separating room balconies, to the ultramodern pools that offer space for everyone to relax, the sprawling property has much to offer the top destination wedding resorts list for 2020. Venues include the elongated beachfront, or the contempo fountain, where brides enter with fountain jets shooting off overhead. Guests will also enjoy a new family-friendly section in 2020, and delicious restaurants throughout.
Upon opening, our previously mentioned Dreams Playa Mujeres resort may have some stiff competition for the new flagship AM property. The Dreams Macao Beach all-inclusive wedding resort promises a lot, like topical decor, architecture that utilizes its surroundings, a dedicated wedding team, and a state-of-the-art pool complex that will leave guests astonished. Easily invite over 100 guests to your big day, with plenty of space to appreciate the quiet moments in-between.
Continuing the trend of modern Punta Cana wedding resorts is the Royalton Bavaro all-inclusive luxury resort situated on the famous beach from which it gets its name. Wedding couples can expect ample ceremony venues to choose from, but perhaps the best is the sky terrace, which is private and offers Caribbean ocean views. For a unique dinner rehearsal, you can book the C/X dining experience, a fabulous meal where the chef-created courses are paired with musical selections. Another signature treat is the expansive lazy river, set dead center in the resort.
The trio of Majestic resorts in Punta Cana is iconic at this point, known for its tall wedding gazebos inspired by colonial architecture. The best seller of the three: Majestic Elegance, offers 5-star digs and midrange value, with gardens and a pool that lead directly to the beach. At Majestic, despite being a large resort, guests will still feel the family-owned business practices that run the daily operations. On offer is a personalized service many other resorts can’t compete with, which makes it ideal for our top destination wedding resort’s guide.
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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