Smitten Spotlight

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Villa Esmeralda

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Property: Karisma Villas at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya

Country: Mexico

Region: Riviera Maya

Time difference: GMT -5 hours

Property size: Three luxury villas, each measuring more than 10,000 square feet

Best time to travel: October to April are the driest and sunniest months in Mexico, though weather varies between regions. May to September tend to see more rain and hotter temperatures, with an average high in July in the low 90s with heavy humidity.

Flight time: Minneapolis to Cancún three and a half hours nonstop.

Why I’m smitten: Karisma’s three villas at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya are why couples dream of saying "I do" with their toes in the sand. The newest of the residences, Villa Esmeralda, is an 11,000-square-foot stunner with six bedrooms and six and half baths. It boasts a private beach, pier, and pool with suspended Bali beds, as well as a private tennis court, home theatre, and sauna. The exclusive hideaway also treats guests to the luxury of 24/7 Majordomo service, an aromatherapy and pillow menu, a private chef, room service, and more. As an added bonus, the villas have full access to the neighboring 148-room Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya, including its six restaurants, four bars, five pools, kids’ club, beach, and spa.

Travel tip: For a luxe and effortless destination wedding, reserve Villa Esmeralda (and/or Villa Carola and/or Casa del Mar) for your soon-to-be hubby or wife and closest family and friends while the rest of your guests reside nearby in rooms as Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya. That way everyone attending the wedding has easy access to your ceremony site, but you and your wedding party are afforded the privacy and exclusivity of a luxury villa experience.

(Photos courtesy of Karisma Hotels & Resorts)