Moderate & Superior Resort Hotels

Looking for something that provides a good value, yet still has a few bells & whistles? Moderate and superior resort hotels offer a good range of services and activities that would fit most group demographics.

Check these out!

  • Riu Guanacaste

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    Pool at Riu Guanacaste

    Resting on the brilliant shores of Matapalo Beach against a backdrop of verdant mountains and lush tropical foliage, the Riu Guanacaste is the perfect place to escape to while exploring the beauty of Costa Rica.

    Be dazzled by the perfect fusion of nature and luxury at this serene and lavish oasis and indulge in one of 700 luxurious guestrooms that feature top-notch RIU amenities. Dining options abound with 3 la carte restaurants and a buffet, and drinks can be found at one of 5 bars on the property. Take advantage of an abundance of land and water sports or simply lounge by the extraordinary pool.

    Children will enjoy supervised games and activities at the Kids Club while adults can pamper themselves at the Renova Spa.

    From its prime location, the hotel offers a wide range of activities on its beautiful beaches such as diving or fishing in the Pacific Ocean and ecotourism in the volcanic regions. During the day, we also offer you several entertainment programs for all ages, whether you’re travelling with your family, as a couple or with friends. The hotel includes a gym, table tennis, volleyball, a tennis court, windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling, kayaking and other water activities. If your favourite sporting activity is Golf, the Four Seasons golf club boasts fantastic views over the ocean and a challenging course.

    Travel costs from Toronto – Range $1400-1900 CAD including airfare & taxes. (Low/High Season)

     

  • Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica has two available options for couples looking to marry in the country.

    The first is a civil wedding presided by a Costa Rican lawyer. The second is a Catholic Church ceremony, directed by a Costa Rican priest in the local language (Spanish); both the bride and groom must be Catholic and follow the appropriate conventions and documentation through the church.

    Requirements for a Civil Wedding:

    • Passports for the couple and each witness (valid throughout your stay in Costa Rica.)
    • Occupations
    • Current address
    • Names and addresses of both of the couples’ parents
    • Original birth certificates
    • If divorced, a Certificate of Divorce
    • If widow/widower, a Certificate of Death for the former spouse
    • 2 Witnesses to attest that they know the couple and that they are each entering marriage by their own free will, and are each legally able to marry.
    • The documents you bring here do not need to be translated into Spanish. Couples are not required to apply for a marriage license from their country of residence or in Costa Rica. According to local law, women do not change their last name when they marry. In the legal documentation and in the marriage certificate, names will read as they currently appear on the passports. Couples can change their last names in their country of residence if they wish to do so after the marriage certificate is received.

    There is no minimum stay period for visitors to marry in Costa Rica. The day of the ceremony, the required information is put into a sworn statement which the couple signs and their lawyer submits to the National Registry. Once the marriage license is recorded, they must translate it to English and have it authenticated by the country of residence’s consulate, then mailed to the couple.

    One antiquated but still upheld law in Costa Rica to be wary of; there is a 300-day wait period between divorce and a new marriage for women.

  • RIU Weddings

    The perfect balance between simplicity and extravagance, our Royal package is intended to make your special day perfect in every way.

    ROYAL Wedding Package Includes;

    • Wedding coordinator to assist you in your special day.
    • Decoration set up for the ceremony location.
    • Bouquet & Matching boutonniere.
    • Recorded Music during the ceremony.
    • Semi private dinner at one of our specialty restaurants.
    • Wedding cake.
    • Sparkling wine (during the main toast only).
    • Special decoration in the room.
    • Witnesses if required.
    • Judge/Minister service.
    • Marriage Certificate.
    • Complimentary room upgrade for the wedding couple subject to availability upon arrival (External Jacuzzi Suites are not included).
    • Riu “T-Shirts” for Bride and Groom
    • Surprise Spa gift
    • Romantic massage for the wedding couple.
    • 10% discount on all Spa treatments for the wedding couple.
    • 10% discount on all Spat treatments for the wedding guests (available only if reserved on line)

    Cost – $1560 (2015) Package includes 20 guests, extra guest subject to a fee of approximately $20 USD.

    Classic package for bride & groom, or Caprice packages available ranging from $900-2500 USD.

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Ocean Turquesa, Mexico

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Relaxing Pool Areas

Beachfront bliss for the entire family awaits at the Ocean Turquesa.

Located in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean, this fantastic resort keeps mini-travellers, teens and parents joyfully entertained from sunrise to sunset. The “Daisy” mini-club dazzles with its treasure hunts, sand castles, water balloons, sports and mini-disco for ages four through 12. Video games, Guitar Hero concerts, movie screens, terrace swings and a snack bar make the teens club a real hit.

For parents, a gourmet coffee house, swim-up bar, on-the-beach palapas and Despacio Spa provide relaxation and welcomed quiet time. The six themed restaurants, including the favourite Route 66 American Diner, and a massive international buffet make it easy to find foods that picky eaters and discerning diners will love.

They offer exclusive rooms that stand out for their spaciousness and unique location with spectacular sea views, and for the beautiful greenery of the Caribbean coast. They can accommodate up to 5 persons (4 adults + 1 child).

For an extra treat, upgrade to the Privilege Club. With Privilege you can enjoy exclusive upgrades, personalized service provided by our staff, exceptional cuisine AND the best rooms in the hotel, equipped with full amenities in peaceful, relaxing surroundings.​

Wedding packages at Ocean Turquesa start as low as $600 USD for up to 10 people, including dinner reservations. Additional guests can be added to the package for $22 each.

Upgraded packages are available from $1500-4700 USD and will include up to 20-40 guests, with many more added features. Also available is a unique Sky Wedding video streaming of your wedding if purchasing a video package. Great for all those guests who couldn’t attend!

Travel costs from Toronto – Range $1200-1900 CAD including airfare & taxes. (Low/High Season)

Coconut Bay, St. Lucia

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Wedding Gazebo at Coconut Bay

Whether you’re seeking adults-only bliss or the most unforgettable family vacation, the Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa has you covered. Set into 85 lush tropical acres on Saint Lucia’s South Coast this resort offers two worlds in one.

Located only five minutes from the international airport, this AAA Three Diamond resort features: 250 air-conditioned rooms, 4 restaurants, 6 bars, and 5 pools.

For families, the Splash section features the island’s largest waterpark, the only paintball court in the Caribbean and a kids’ club complete with mini zip-line and pirate ship. While Harmony is the adults-only oasis complete with an oceanfront spa, relaxing hammocks and an intimate pool and bar.

For everyone from the young to the young at heart, the resort features a mix of casual and elegant dining (make sure not to miss the cold stone ice cream bar) and a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach perfect for kite surfing, sandcastles and lounging under Tiki huts.

Weddings at Coconut bay can be held at the oceanfront gazebo, or depending on your package, in a private area on a secluded beach.  Basic packages for just bride & groom start at $725 USD, with 3 upgraded packages available ranging from $1750-3575 USD.

Travel costs from Toronto – Range $1500-2200 including airfare & taxes. (Low/High Season)

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Verandah Resort, Antigua

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Trademark View – Verandah Resort

The Verandah Resort and Spa is an eco-friendly luxury retreat which provides a stunning setting for both romance & family fun.

It’s 178 Villa styled suites feature it’s namesake, over-sized verandahs with incredible water views.

Three on-site restaurants offer a la carte & buffet style dining throughout the week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with full kids menus offered.

The Verandah Resort is in a fantastic location, historic Devil’s Bridge is just a brief walk from the resort and the uninhabited nature sanctuaries of Green Island and Bird Island are only a boat ride away.

For weddings, there’s nowhere more enchanting than The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua. Its panoramic terraces, scented gardens and breathtaking beaches are all suitably romantic venues for the ultimate destination wedding. As part of the Elite Resorts chain, a FREE wedding is available at the hotel, for up to 6 guests.  Upgrades and extras are available to personalize your day.

Travel costs from Toronto – Range $1500-2100 including airfare & taxes. (Low/High Season)

Now Sapphire, Mexico

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Now Sapphire’s sugar white beach

Just a mere 15 minutes from Cancun International Airport, Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort offers Unlimited-Luxury® with an updated collection of amenities.

Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun provides a collection of amenities, led by unlimited gourmet food and top-shelf beverages in five reservation-free, gourmet restaurants and seven stylish bars and lounges, pool and beach wait service, and 24-hour room and concierge service.

All this comes with the freedom without wristbands that many resorts require.

Its oceanfront setting, alongside a collection of pools featuring luxurious Bali beds and oceanfront palapas, treat guests to the ultimate in relaxation, elegance and tranquility. Suites boast such comforts as daily refreshed mini bar, 24-hour room service and private furnished balcony or terrace.

Endless activities include snorkeling to windsurfing, four swimming pools, nightly entertainment, and complimentary greens fees at nearby Grand Coral Riviera Maya Golf Club. Not to mention the Spa, with indigenous treatments to full-body massage.

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FREE wedding packages are available if booking a minimum room category, or number of rooms within a group. The most popular “Divine” package is just $3299 USD and includes private cocktails, private dinner, hairstyling & make-up for the bride, photos, video and live music with saxaphone or guitar.  All included for 25 guests.

Travel costs from Toronto – Range $1200-2000 CAD including airfare & taxes. (Low/High Season) 

 

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