Baja is the Ultimate Wedding Destination: Find out more about places like Villas Santa Cruz (featured in the Dec. 2012-2013 National Geographic Traveler!)
by Jim Pickell
Couples looking to find everything they need to know when planning their wedding destination and honeymoon spot in beautiful Baja California, Mexico should look no further than Baja.com. Whether coordinating an elegant ceremony, an elaborate reception or romantic honeymoon, this region offers couples fantastic dining and seamless service in an idyllic setting for memorable celebrations: In fact, Baja is the ultimate wedding destination.
For an intimate ceremony, couples can book their wedding at boutique hotel Villa Santa Cruz in Todos Santos. The fantastic high-end lodging was recently featured in National Georgraphic Traveler’s Dec. 2012-Jan. 2013 issue! With just four luxury suites and a warm, casual atmosphere, Villa Santa Cruz feels like a private oasis for wedding parties. Villa Santa Cruz can accommodate up to 150 guests and includes ceremony sites on the rooftop terrace, stone patios, or on the beach. To take the worry out of wedding planning, Villa Santa Cruz works closely with Baja.com to offer wedding coordination services. With firsthand knowledge of the talented vendors in Todos Santos and extensive experience at the venue, Villa Santa Cruz ensures couples a carefree celebration.
Couples seeking a luxurious wedding destination will be delighted by the oceanfront offerings at Rancho Pescadero, also located in Todos Santos. Rancho Pescadero delivers unparalleled wedding accommodations with 27 oversized suites, almost all with breathtaking ocean views. Rancho Pescadero’s personal wedding planner will assist in arranging a tropical cocktail hour at the pool or rooftop lounge complete with Mariachi band and fireworks, and sumptuous reception dinners in the restaurant or at the pool. Following the reception dinner, guests can dance the night away in the courtyard or pool lounge. The ranch provides overnight accommodations for up to 64, and wedding packages also are available.
Pampering does not have to cost a fortune, as evidenced by another gem in Todos Santos called Serendipity. This spacious hacienda-style oasis on the Pacific Ocean provides natural beauty on 12 acres of lush landscaping with a large pool, spa and ample areas to dine or dance the night away under the stars. Miles of unspoiled beaches left to discover and the hotel’s traditional Mexican hospitality combine to create a tranquil ambiance for a romantic honeymoon or destination wedding. Serendipity offers a comfortable assortment of 10 king suites and private casitas with the personal touches of a bed and breakfast. Serendipity’s owner and on-site wedding planner ensures couples have an impeccable wedding experience.
Just a short drive from Southern California and located on the shores of Ensenada, La Casa de Los Siete Patios is designed to delight wedding guests and pamper honeymoon sweethearts. The private estate offers colorful bougainvillea flowers contrasted against white-washed walls, along with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, to create an enchanting Mediterranean atmosphere throughout the villa’s seven patios for which it was named. Every detail, from hand-painted Saltillo tile floors to hand-carved wooden furniture, make this exclusive yet comfortable estate the ideal venue for a destination wedding close to home.
For the ultimate in wedding day sophistication, the Costa Baja Resort & Spa offers five-star luxury paired with personalized service. Nestled in the red rocky, cactus-studded cliffs in the Bay of La Paz, the resort overlooks both the colonial city of La Paz and white sandy beaches leading to calm turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez. Every inch of the hotel has been designed to enhance the vistas, all while keeping Baja authenticity. The resort has a selection of indoor and outdoor venues, and wedding packages are customized by on-site wedding planners who make wedding dreams a reality.
Those looking for exquisite views of Baja California are never disappointed at Sunset da Mona Lisa restaurant. Located at the tip of the bay in Cabo San Lucas, the spectacular restaurant is the premiere spot to say “I do” while watching the sun set with the famous Arch in the background and having access to a secluded, pristine beach for flawless wedding photos. Sprawling over several levels, Sunset da Mona Lisa is an idyllic setting for an enchanting wedding for two or a lively celebration for up to 200 guests. Italian Master Chef Salvatore Messina will create a customized menu for the reception, combining local flavors from the Sea of Cortez. Sunset da Mona Lisa offers first-class service with many solutions to customize weddings to any couples’ needs and tastes.
Couples in search of unique activities to entertain and educate guests will find limitless options on Baja.com. Guests will lavish in leisure aboard one of The One Baja’s luxury yachts in the Sea of Cortez while enjoying up to three gourmet meals, such as fresh yellowtail sashimi matched with mango margaritas. Arrange a day for the guys sport fishing or fly fishing at Leo’s Baja Oasis, while the gals attend Surfari, a surf school for women in nearby Todos Santos. Guests that are not interested in sports will enjoy a week of cooking lessons at Todos Santos Cooking Adventures. Days are spent in the glorious nature of Baja, learning about the local plants and fish that give the area such a unique cuisine, while nights are spent with Dany Lamote, head chef of the famed Hotel California and Iker Algorri, owner of the Todos Santos institution Café Brown, learning to prepare these savory local dishes. Todos Santos Eco Adventures will elevate the level of any wedding activity in or around Todos Santos. The local guides and instructors share their deep knowledge and love for Baja through hiking, surfing, whale watching, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, snorkeling, cooking, margarita-making and wine-tasting while getting to know the likes of local ranchers, potters, artists, chefs, spiritual leaders and fishermen.
When wedding festivities conclude, couples can head to picturesque Arriba de la Roca for a lavish honeymoon retreat about 45 minutes from Cabo San Lucas. Perched on the peak of a cliff 165 feet above the majestic Pacific Ocean, the exclusive adult-only boutique hotel is worlds away from the hustle of Cabo and offers both privacy and easy access to explore the natural sites and wonders. Arriba de la Roca ensures that couples will be pampered with four uniquely designed casitas offering the ultimate in luxurious accommodations. Complimentary home-cooked breakfast is served in the privacy of guests’ outdoor patio or in the great room. Couples may spend the day lounging around the pool or the Jacuzzi enjoying the outdoor kitchen’s complimentary snacks, tropical fruit and beverages. When the sun sets, the hotel celebrates with specialty cocktails and appetizers. Each night features a different offering and is the perfect way to settle in for a quiet, star-filled evening in one of Arriba de la Roca’s romantic rendezvous spots.
For additional information about these Baja California wedding and honeymoon accommodations, plus more destination information and assistance coordinating your trip, visit Baja.com or call toll free 855-BAJA-411. For assistance in wedding travel and accommodations plans, contact Lisa Green, email@example.com.
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