Sueños Tulum: the venue that made me wish I'd had a destination wedding (or at least a tropical honeymoon)

Morning walk
Me and my son, out for a morning walk at Suenos Tulum
I was on vacation last week with my family and a couple friends, and I'd told myself firmly that I would NOT work. Being self-employed is awesome, but it's not so good for the work/life balance, and I desperately needed some time away from the internets. So, there I was in Tulum, about an hour and a half south of Cancun on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. I left my laptop at home. My cell was turned off. I was not working.

…And yet I couldn't stop thinking about weddings.

Specifically, I couldn't stop thinking about having a wedding at Sueños Tulum, the little eco-hotel where we were staying. I mean, yes: honeymooning there would be amazing. In fact, our upstairs neighbors were a tattooed couple from Brooklyn who'd just gotten married, and they appeared to be completely blissed out.

But oh man. Imagine getting married here:

Tulum

Owned and operated by a Mexican artist couple, the hotel is small (12 rooms) and completely off the grid — all power is supplied by solar panels. They have a kitchen on-site, are right on the most gorgeous beach, and the grounds feature all these amazing little spaces to dissolve into…


Tulum

Tulum

Suenos Tulum

I kept walking around, envisioning all these little corners filled with my friends and family drinking margaritas and laughing. And I realized that what I was envisioning was… a destination wedding.

Tulum

A destination wedding where everyone does yoga in the mornings in the palapa!

Tulum

Dre doing that thing he does.

A destination wedding where your guests spend their days on this beach with sand so white and fine that someone compared it to confectioner's sugar…

Tulum

A destination wedding where you stay in a master suite that looks like this…

Laying around

…where your view is this…

View from Arielv and Jesse's master suite

PEOPLE! Seriously. My wedding was awesome, and the location was gorgeous and I have never EVER had venue envy or even thought about what it might have been like to have a destination wedding… but Suenos Tulum totally changed that for me.

Meet Jorge and Elizabeth! Their kids also work at the hotel.
I finally went and talked to the owners, Elizabeth and Jorge. Do they do weddings? And oh yes, they totally do weddings. In fact, they're booking weddings for fall 2011 right now, including the coveted 11/11/2011 weekend.

Elizabeth and Jorge help Sueños brides coordinate by getting them in touch with a local Tulum wedding planner who organizes the whole shebang: catering, musicians, local eco-conscious flowers, etc. They've done several offbeat weddings in the past, including a pair of San Francisco twins who got married at the same time, and some rockstars from New York. The general range for weddings at the resort are in the $2000-$5000 range, plus accommodations. Since the hotel is small, it's ideal for couples who are thinking of having around 20 guests who want to stay up all night celebrating on the sand.

Suenos Tulum at night

Oh, and did I mention that Sueños is within biking distance from the cliff-side Tulum ruins? And that I fell in love with Elizabeth & Jorge's mexican hairless dog? And that even when hungover, sunrises there are epic?

Anyway, I'll spare you all my gushing (the New York Times says it better than I could anyway), but seriously: if you're thinking of a destination wedding or honeymoon with an eco-conscious angle, Sueños Tulum is for you. Tell 'em Ariel sentcha … and if any of you decide to get married there this fall, fully expect me to crash your wedding.

Not even kidding.

  1. Holy balls, I can't handle this. Fuckin gorgeous, everything I'd want in a venue. :::SWOON:::

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  2. Oh man. I think I found my honeymoon destination.

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    • …Can I crash your honeymoon? Seriously, I'm itching for any excuse to get back there.

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  3. Ariel…I think its hilarious that I was probably within walking distance of you at some point during this past week, as I stayed in Riviera Maya and toured the Ruins of Tulum myself…..without internet access, tho, I was seriously jonesing for a little OBB update.
    Happy that you got in a break, and this place is amazing!!!

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  4. I think we've found our (delayed) honeymoon spot! It looks like Hawaii isn't going to happen for us this year so we've been trying to find someplace to go in March/April for 5 days or so. Just emailed the link to the hubster & hopes he says yes!

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  5. I can't even look at this place. It's too beautiful! I don't regret booking my venue, but this almost makes me… Damn you Ariel! Kidding, of course, but geez… it's so f*ing beautiful… :)

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    • I know right!? Like I said, I've never EVER had a regret about my wedding location … until I went to Suenos.

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  6. My partner and I had been in major honeymoon destination crisis recently (what a lovely crisis, too) so this post is exceptionally well-timed! "Eco" has been our main searching criteria and it seems like there is a bunch to do in Tulum. Check and check! THANK YOU ARIEL!

    Also, I hope it's not too weird that I just said "Well, if Ariel likes it, it's probably great!" Such a fangirl.

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  7. I went to Sayulita, Mexico for our honeymoon, a wonderful hippie dippie surfer kinda place, and we stayed in a place that had a similar look. I highly recommend Sayulita and San Pancho both. Oh, and while we were there, we met a girl who was handing out drinks to promote her friend's new bar on the square–turns out she's from Austin, too, and is one of the Whitney Lee photographers! Crazy small world. We had a moment of offbeat sisterhood lol.

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  8. Love that you brought your hoop! (I assume that's your hoop Ariel.) I just started hooping and am officially addicted. So glad I bought a regular one and a travel one. And this place is making me rethink my small but non-destination wedding… It'd still be cheaper. It's incredible!

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    • Nope, Leslie: that's THEIR hoop! It lived in the trees for guests to use!

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      • OMG, that is amazing (The hoop sold me). Now I wish I hadn't booked a Vegas. (We were this close to going to Tulum, but decided we want to seriously party before starting a family. So Shambhala, then Vegas. But hooping in Mexico would be amazing.

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  9. Ariel, I assume the answer is yes since I think your man is vegan, but do you know if they are accomodating to vegans? If so, this just might be my perfect honeymoon destination.

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  10. I just emailed them to check availability for next summer for a destination wedding/honeymoon–if I have the balls I may elope/honeymoon here this summer just the FH and me. If I do, Ariel, you'll be the first to know ;)

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  11. Has anyone been there in October? Considering a honeymoon there, but I've heard Mexico can be risky that time of year.

    LOVE it – thanks for sharing!

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