Catalonia Royal Tulum: A Paradise for Two in Riviera Maya

Fancy staging your same-sex wedding on the powdery white sands of Riviera Maya, Mexico? With marriage equality a legal reality across the entire country, you are welcome to tie the proverbial knot in any Mexican state and come home with a recognized marriage. So how about the state of Quintana Roo on the Caribbean coastline?

The adults-only Catalonia Royal Tulum on Riviera Maya nestles in an unspoiled, lush tropical jungle about 53 miles south of Cancun International airport. This highly rated all-inclusive resort has a deserved reputation for an extremely LGBT-friendly staff. It’s a smaller, more intimate and relaxed property, ideally designed for recharging and romance. And of course honeymoons!


Stroll the gorgeous grounds and wind your way to the pristine beach where your comfy chaise awaits under the shade of a palm tree. Tropical birds, iguanas, and cuddly coati cross your path. Surrounded by lush vegetation 24/7, you’ll never forget that you’re in a jungle.


The resort’s 288 rooms all provide furnished balconies or terraces, but your best bet is to book the Privileged Honeymoon suite so you can cuddle under the elegant bed’s canopy. Celebratory newlywed bells and whistles include special floral decorations and towels, in-suite wedding breakfast, and a personalized candlelight dinner for two. 


Choose the 24-hour room service and nest, or frequent any of the property’s seven restaurants as often as you like, no reservations required. The “Privileged” upgrade grants unlimited access to three daily meals and snacks at the BLoved organic restaurant right on the beach! Late breakfast under the palm tree canopy? Privilegeds get a private beach area where doting staff attends to your every desire, delivering drinks and meals to your beach lounger.


Other dining choices include the sophisticated and stylish Terrace Tapas Lounge & Bar, promising perfect martinis and delicious tapas outside next to a cenote. The Centenario Mexican restaurant boasts a rockin’ mariachi band on Monday nights, and Tao-Cat offers Asian cuisine outside by the pool. Or grab a wood oven pizza or burger poolside from Deli-Pizzeria Sorrento.

Dine on grilled meats at the beachside Royal Grill. The casually elegant Toscana Italian restaurant and two buffets, one al fresco and en la playa, round out the culinary riches.


You’ll sip on Mexican alcoholic beverages at the discotheque or one of the trendy bars. Las Margaritas in the hotel lobby blends up an exclusive menu of margaritas and rich coffees. Also found in the lobby, Cats Disco & Sports bar has five flat screen TVs for catching the game and morphs into a Disco Bar at dark. The Tequila Bar is poolside; find Ma Loo’s 100 percent natural fruit bar on the beach. And remember to tip your wonderful servers!


Royal Tulum’s fantastic pool hosts aqua-aerobics, water polo, and pool volleyball. Multiple daily activities keep you jumping, and four outdoor Jacuzzis with ocean views soothe your muscles.


The Alegria Spa contains a fitness center and all the hedonistic luxuries you’d want for replenishing body and soul at a tropical jungle resort. Your honeymoon and Privileged package come with a 30-minute couple’s massage, and the spa provides a totally isolated master suite for exclusive relaxation and restorative treatments. Personally, we’d opt for a massage at the beach!

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