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Sandos Stories: Heidi and Miguel’s Wedding

A Mayan Wedding at Sandos Caracol

When you picture a Riviera Maya destination wedding, you probably imagine a beautiful ceremony on the area’s stunning white sand beaches. The sound of soft Caribbean waves hitting the shore creates a serene vibe for a memorable wedding ceremony in paradise.

Of course we offer traditional beach weddings at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, but couples in search of something truly different will also discover amazing destination wedding locations at our all inclusive hotel. Such was the case for the couple Heidi and Miguel, who fell in love with the stunning natural locations for their dream wedding here in the heart of the Riviera Maya.

Playa del Carmen beach wedding

Photography: Susanna Antichi

The Mayan Ceremony

Heidi and Miguel said their vows with a Mayan ceremony on the deck of our Cenote Cristalino, a natural spring surrounded by lush jungle and filled with crystal clear waters. Heidi tells us:

“When I saw the wooden deck on top of the cenote, I knew that is was the perfect spot to get married.  Our home is in Playa del Carmen, we both love the fauna and flora of the region, the Mayan culture and therefore wanted a Mayan Ceremony, so taking all that into consideration, it really was the exact right location for our marriage.”

Cenote wedding Riviera Maya

Photography: Susanna Antichi

 “The energy, the beauty, the peace it radiates… it was natural to have the legal and Mayan ceremony there.”

 Cenote wedding Mexico

Photography: Susanna Antichi

The Mayan ceremony was done by Don Crisanto, the shaman from the village of Tres Reyes. Heidi and Miguel told us, “The wedding was performed in Mayan language. No one literally understood what he was saying, but everyone got it… complete silence, lots of emotions, shared with close friends and family.”

Playa del Carmen Mayan wedding

Photography: Susanna Antichi

The Reception Dinner

The couple also chose the beautiful rooftop terrace at our Royal Elite Beach Club for their reception party, and the setup was truly stunning. This space offers incredible views of the beach and the ocean, perfect for an event under the stars here in the Riviera Maya.

Riviera Maya outdoor wedding dinner

But the weather didn’t cooperate that night, so the reception dinner was moved to yet another beautiful venue at Sandos Caracol: Los Lirios restaurant, featuring modern style and a central dance floor.

Sandos Caracol Riviera Maya wedding

Photography: Susanna Antichi

At Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, you’ll find amazing ecosystems and romantic locations for an unforgettable vacation and dream wedding to celebrate your love with family and friends. Get married over the crystal clear waters of a cenote, on a spectacular terrace with views of the Caribbean Sea, or in the shade of a gazebo that looks like something from a fairy tale. All this is part of our Wedding Collection at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort.

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort weddings

To start planning a truly unique wedding at Sandos Caracol, visit us at or contact us via e-mail at It will be our pleasure to help you plan the wedding of your dreams!

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