But let’s say you want to spend it on a wedding (yes!). At the Viceroy Riviera Maya, a superchic study in rattan, glass, and mahogany on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, $125,000* covers an all-inclusive three-day wedding that wraps up every detail you can imagine, along with a few you probably can’t. Here’s what it buys:
Three nights in 41 villas (Wi-Fi equipped, of course), accommodating up to 82 people • All meals, drinks, and snacks (mmm, pineapple mint popsicles by the pool) • Exclusive use of all the facilities, including the spa’s wet areas, the gym, both restaurants, even the resort’s van • Airport transfers • Group butler service • A Shaman’s blessing for guests on arrival, and photos so nobody forgets it • Arrival and depature gifts for everyone • The services of an on-site planner, who’ll organize every last detail so you an relax and go snorkeling • For the couple of the hour (that’s you), a few extra goodies, like massages.
The Viceroy has a fun party menu that lets you choose from fiestas, jungly gatherings, street food lunches, and beach barbecues. For the wedding itself, they’ll decorate a gazebo on the sand, bring in bucketloads of flowers, and host a reception with an open bar featuring free-flowing margaritas, a seated dinner, and dancing under the stars. And they’ll put together a restorative brunch the next day before whisking everyone off to the Cancun airport, 35 minutes away.
So what do you get out of it? How about one extraordinary weekend full of love and luxury; 80 very, very happy guests; and enough memories to take you through the next 50 or so years.
All told, not a bad way to spend your bucks.
*This three-day, off-season price is available June 1st to October 31st.