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Destination weddings are all about providing memorable experiences and the best resorts host a lavish and exotic affair…exciting activities that help seal the bond between the bride and groom and their guests, says destination-wedding expert Marianne Weiman-Nelson of Special Occasions, Inc.

Located on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya is an excellent choice for couples seeking a “retreat resort” that provides world-class luxury service, says Weiman-Nelson.

“You just walk in and you feel relaxed,” she says of this tropical resort, which has a huge spa offering Asian and Mayan-inspired treatments. The “vast and extravagant” Presidential Villa is a private beach front hideaway for newlyweds, served by a private butler and chef.

Located on the Riviera Maya is the 128-suite Rosewood Mayakobá, described by Weiman-Nelson as “luxury surrounded by jungle.” She adds: “You can hold events in four different settings—in the jungle, on the beach, on a boat for a lagoon party or even at the Mayan ruins—without ever crossing over locations,” she says. The 1,600-acre resort has a Greg Norman designed golf course, spa and long private beaches.

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