HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT – THIS HAVEN IS A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN THAT WELCOMES LGBTQ GUESTS

Author: , July 3rd, 2019
HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT – This haven is a little piece of heaven that welcomes LGBTQ guests

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

If we could build the perfect resort in the perfect location with the perfect atmosphere, HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT would be it. The brand new $100 million oceanfront peaceful sanctuary made us feel like a sliver of Mexico coastline had been reserved just for us.

HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort located between Cancun and Riviera Maya. This isn’t your standard party hotel, HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is a peaceful, luxurious hideaway. This haven is a little piece of heaven.

We were invited to experience this amazing Mexican resort just seven months after it opened. We have been to the Mexican Riviera many times and have explored Mayan sites, nightlife areas and other hotels but we have never experienced a resort so stylish, welcoming and relaxing. We never felt the desire to leave the property!

Mauricio Levya the Mexico and Latin America Director told us, “We call our design Mexico Modern. Other resorts have someone with a microphone announcing things all day. We create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. We have a large, private beach. We have 333 suites. All of our dining and entertainment venues are in one area, not spread all over. We welcome all adult guests. We have many gay guests and gay employees. We welcome gay weddings. We offer the perfect wedding venue.”

Ernesto Luna the Managing Director told us, “I think we have an excellent product for the LGBTQ market. In just six months, we have hosted multiple gay weddings.”

As a gay, married couple ourselves, we can testify that HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is LGBTQ welcoming and celebrating. We met at least a dozen LGBTQ couples during our stay and had wonderful experiences with hetero couples as well. HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT seems to generate an atmosphere of peace, joy and relaxation.

It’s not all about relaxation though. The Haven pool is for relaxing but the main pool has a DJ and is more energetic. Several times, musicians came out onto risers in the pool and performed! There are four restaurants, a café, six bars, 2 swim-up bars and a nightclub!

Moon’s Cabaret & Lounge Is everything you could hope for in a nightclub. The female vocalist from the Dominican Republic flawlessly covered Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera note for note along with songs from Burlesque, The Greatest Showman, Chicago and more.

There are also 3 outdoor pools, a hot tub, yoga classes, a tennis court, plus a spa.

Jelena Ilic the Haven Spa Director told us, “My Senses Spa is here to bring you relaxation, peace and a bit of heaven at Haven! Our services help replace and flush the bad from your body and allow the good to come in.”

Jelena led us through a world-class hydro-therapy routine, ice plunges, saunas and massages that invigorated us from head to toe.

We were happy to try the fabulous dining venues and bars at HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT ranging from fine dining experiences to toes-in-the-sand hot dogs and burgers!

FLAVOURS
Get ready to be “wowed” by Flavours at Haven. Here, you’ll find an endless array of delectable dishes in a casual, unique and comfortable setting. It’s a social gathering spot; a place to relax and to enjoy your favorite foods, including a wide variety of artisan and local fare, all presented in distinctive culinary stations.

AGUA BENDITA
A contemporary blend of traditional Mexican cuisine and hospitality with a classic steak house. Modern décor fused with the deep traditions of Mexico. Visually stimulating yet incredibly comfortable.

OLIOS
Our Mediterranean restaurant is about fine dining at its best. Here our master chefs have curated an outstanding culinary experience based on the flavors and ingredients of the land and the sea. The restaurant features an exciting à la carte menu with each incredible meal complimented by an exceptional selection of wines, liqueurs, coffees and infusions. Nothing is overlooked.

VORA MAR
Drenched in beautiful ocean views, Vora Mar is a visual and gastronomic experience. As you enter you’ll be met by a pair of imposing cooking stations — a Basque charcoal grill — where the fish of the day and other delicacies are cooked to perfection.

SATSU
A multi-sensory culinary experience, our Asian Fusion restaurant is truly a memorable dining experience in an open kitchen format featuring distinct approaches to Asian cuisine. Enjoy your favorite sushi and sashimi, prepared fresh to order by expert chefs using the freshest of ingredients. Or try our Robata Grill where you’ll indulge in delectable charcoal-grilled small plates. Our traditional Teppanyaki stations highlight the art and show of Japanese food. Finally, choose from a range of individually prepared meals using classic cooking techniques from various gastronomic regions of Asia.

VISTAS SNACK BAR
Whatever your pleasure, you’re never more than a few steps (or a quick swim) away from satisfying those cravings at our Vistas Snack Bar. A convenient alternative for a casual poolside meal, featuring contemporary small plates. Serenity Club guests can also enjoy à la carte breakfast in a prefect open-air ambience.

MISTRAL
Soaking in the sun on the beach or relaxing by the pool? You’re never more than a few steps away from a great bite or refreshing drink. Mistral is the casual, fun place to eat, drink and enjoy the Mexican Caribbean.

MOONS
The hub of nightly entertainment, Moons brings  glitz and glamour to Haven. This is where you will want to enjoy after-dinner cocktails, socialize with other guests and be entertained in a vibrant, neon-infused, lounge setting. This cabaret comes alive with exciting stage shows, comedians, live bands, performance art, magicians to name a few.

LIMES
An American-style bar, Limes is a place for everyone. Choose from wide variety of international and local beers, wines and spirits, watch your favorite team on centrally located televisions and snack on contemporary finger food. This bar features indoor and outdoor seating and is located next to the Agua Bendita Restaurant.

HAVENS LOUNGE
The perfect place to start your evening or take a break from the midday sun, Havens Lounge serves refreshing beverages throughout the day and evening with a choice of comfortable indoor or outdoor seating.

MOCACCINO
Located in the main lobby, Mocaccino is a great place to enjoy your favorite specialty coffee drinks, teas and an assortment of pastry specialties and baked goods anytime throughout the day.

DOCKS POOL BAR
Featuring ocean views, our pool and wet bar serves up a tasty array of international and local drinks, Margaritas, cocktails and more.

VISTAS POOL BAR
Located at the resort’s expansive Havens Pool, our Vistas Pool Bar features swim-up seating as well as shaded outdoor seating and serves refreshing drinks, beer and wine. With spectacular ocean views, Vistas is a perfect cooling off respite while enjoying a sun-drenched day by the pool.

Our suite was luxurious and comfortable with an amazing ocean view.  They call it “an ultra-luxury fusion of sophisticated design with the five-star amenities and personalized service expected from the world’s best all-inclusive resorts. Within each of our 333 suites, the splendor of our oceanfront setting is reflected in upscale Mexican décor, ocean or garden views and indulgences like whirlpool tubs, aromatherapy menus and plush King beds with personal pillow menus. “

And…we had our own butler!

WEDDING & ROMANCE PACKAGES

 We cannot imagine a better choice for a destination wedding. HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is such high quality in every area that their weddings are equally amazing.  Mauricio Levya the Mexico and Latin America Director took us to the photography office where we viewed wedding videos and photos. They were spectacular! One of their photographers won several nationwide contests. They have “crafted three unique wedding packages that will make your special day a truly memorable event. Choose the package that best suits your style and taste and leave the rest to our experienced wedding coordinator.“ https://www.havenresorts.com/weddings.html
HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORTis located at Ctra. Federal 307, Chetumal – Pto. Juarez, ​​Km 335, Puerto Morelos, Cancún – Q. Roo 77569 Mexico
Phone: +52 998 889 9600 | Reservations: +52 998 889 9600

For more information, visit https://www.havenresorts.com/

 HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is the ideal vacation resort with a tremendous, welcoming staff, delicious dining and extraordinary amenities.If we could build the perfect resort in the perfect location with the perfect atmosphere, HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT would be it. This haven is a little piece of heaven.
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Article by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
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Where to Have a Gay Wedding in Italy -The Nomadic Boys

Author: , August 24th, 2018

Since our engagement in Cartagena in Colombia, we’ve been researching wedding venues and ideas for destinations for our own ceremony. We attended our friends’ gay wedding ceremony in Gallipoli in South Italy and completely fell in love, feeling totally inspired at the same time.

Gay Wedding in Italy

Although Italy remains one of Western Europe’s more conservative countries with regards to LGBTQ rights and still has a ban in place for same sex marriages, steps are slowly being taken in the right direction. In particular, civil unions for same sex couples (called “unioni Civili” in Italian) were introduced in June 2016. This has spiked interest in Italy as a destination wedding for LGBTQ couples.

Following on from our travels in Italy and researching the best places for our own wedding, we’ve put together our 5 best destinations for a gay wedding in Italy:

Gorgeous Gallipoli in Puglia
Gallipoli is the main gay hotspot in the Puglia region of Italy. Over the years it’s grown massively with gay tourists, due to its mix of gay friendly beaches and fun gay events. This has made it ideal for gay wedding destination in Italy.

We attended our friends’ Unioni Civili at Villa dei Fiori Eventi, located just outside of Gallipoli main town and absolutely loved it. The registrar from the town hall attended to officiate the ceremony, which was held outdoors. Everything was spot on, from the choice of music, decor, food and music. Definitely one to consider, especially as Puglia has so much to offer gay travellers for a honeymoon. Also check out our 5 best gay friendly hotels in Puglia for more inspiration.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Italy Gay Travel Resources

Win a Dream Gay Wedding in Seattle

Author: , August 6th, 2014

Seattle Space Needle ViewSeattle is proud to announce Marry Me in Seattle, a celebration of marriage equality that includes special year-round, customized hotel packages and offerings for gay and lesbian couples.

To kick it off, Seattle is giving away four First Wednensday Weddings to same-sex couples from out of state. From now until December. Weddings include air transportation, hotel, ceremonies, and receptions at iconic Seattle venues—with everything you need to start your happily ever after.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport | Seattle Gay Travel Resources

Attend a Wedding Expo in Chicago, Win a Gay Wedding

Author: , March 11th, 2014

win a same sex wedding

Local Wedding Venue, Pine Manor and IL Wedding Officiant Rev Pamela in conjunction with Central Continental Bakery and Country Inn and Suites O’Hare Mt Prospect will be giving away a wedding and cake reception for one lucky couple who attend this years Gay Lesbian Wedding Expo.

The wedding would take place at Pine Manor in Mount Prospect. Chicago’s most Unique small wedding venue, and will include a digital wedding invitation, the venue for two hours, minister and officiation, flowers for both wedding partners, coffee and lemonade service, a garden wedding ceremony, weather permitting, wine toast, wedding cake, wedding decorations, photos with digital wedding gallery and a text message “just Married” photo of the couple, and overnight stay at the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson O’Hare Mount Prospect.

Attend the 6th Annual Wedding Expo Event in Chicago for your chance to win! Promoted by the founders of Rainbow Wedding Network, this Gay Lesbian Wedding Expo is a diversity of gay-friendly businesses that will participate including ceremony & reception venues, event coordinators, cake decorators, musical entertainment, photographers, florists, travel planners & realtors.

See the Full Story at the Chicago Tribune

Click here for gay travel resources in Illinois.

Win a Big Gay Wedding in San Diego

Author: , November 21st, 2013

Wedding ContestIt’s about time! Truly, that is how so many of us San Diego wedding professionals felt on July 1st, when we could finally celebrate our LGBT couples FULLY! For years we had happily been celebrating the love and commitment and connection of all of our couples, but with our LGBT couples we could only do so 98% of the way – as I could never pronounce them legally married and could never sign a marriage license. Now all of our couples’ relationships can be treated as equal, and a group of us wanted to celebrate that is a large and fun way!

So, some of my favorite wedding pros and fellow marriage equality supporters and advocates (Courtney of After the Engagement, Betsy and Jeff of La Vida Creations, and Joe of Joe Park Films) and I got together to talk about what we wanted to do, and the Marriage Equality Wedding Giveaway was born!

Authored By Bethel Nathan – See the Full Story at LGBT Weekly

Click here for gay travel resources in San Diego.

Win a Same Sex Wedding at Sweden’s Ice Hotel

Author: , November 6th, 2013

Visit SwedenTo celebrate the UK’s Marriage (Same-sex) Act finally coming into law in 2014, ICEHOTEL in partnership with Discover-the-World and VisitSweden UK are offering same-sex couples a once in a lifetime, truly intimate, personalised wedding at the ICEHOTEL in Sweden.

This fantastic giveaway coincides with the launch of VisitSweden’s LGBT tourism presence on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. The pages aim to provide fans and followers with up to date information on what’s hot for LGBT tourists to Stockholm, Gothenburg, West Sweden, Malmo, Skane and Swedish Lapland.

The prize, sponsored by Swedish Lapland specialists Discover-the-World and ICEHOTEL includes charter-flights for 2, 3 complimentary nights at ICEHOTEL (including one night’s stay in a unique ice room), a personalised wedding consultation with ICEHOTEL’s wedding concierge and some amazing added extras to make your celebration truly special. Discover-the-World will arrange your flight on their special charter and can also help book in any guests that you want to share your special day with at preferential rates.

See the Full Story at Gay Web Source

Click here for gay travel resources in Sweden.

Get Married in Baltimore

Author: , May 15th, 2013

Maryland mapNow that Maryland recognizes full marriage equality, why not get married in Baltimore? Passport Magazine has the details:

Since Maryland became one of the latest states to legalize same-sex weddings, Baltimore’s wedding business has been booming, and visitors to Charm City can enjoy a wedding with all the quirky style that is the city’s hallmark. Best of all, you don’t have to be a Maryland resident to marry here, though a 48-hour period in the city is required. You’ll find all the details at www.baltimore.org/lgbt-weddings, Visit Baltimore’s website, that also features a GLBT guide. For Baltimoreans, the new law is a revelation, as you can imagine. Wayne Gooch, who married his longtime partner at Gertrude’s on January 13 says the true moment of “wow this is really happening” came a few weeks later when he received a jury duty summons in the mail. “When I came to the marital status question, I checked married.’ When it asked for the spouse’s name, I filled in ‘Russell Keys.’ And I burst into tears that I could actually DO that.”

He’s not alone in his celebration of the new law. The city’s merchants have already sprung into action. Shortly after the law took effect, Baltimore hosted a major gay marriage expo with a wide variety of vendors proudly displaying their wares. Same-sex marriage is an idea that’s just been waiting to happen here, and it’s being welcomed by longtime gay-friendly establishments as well as potential brides and grooms. As Joey, the manager of Pazo Restaurant (a fabulous wedding venue) puts it, “Many of our most regular and loyal customers would have loved to get married here. And now we’re very excited that they can!”

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Maryland.

Wedding Planning is officially my thing…

Author: , May 13th, 2012

Wedding Planning is officially my thing…  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  As from last night, I am officially a Wedding Planner, such an amazing and rewarding experience. Thank you Alex Greenwich and Victor Hoeld for letting me be part of your LOVE STORY. Here is a brief Photo Album of your journey here in Buenos Aires with all my love and respect. What an inspirational couple and an amazing family indeed. As Alex’s brother said last night at Estancia Villa María during his speech to the Groom+Groom… Marriage equality is more than bringing two people together… It is about bringing two families together…. Que VIVAN los novios. (Special thanks to the staff of Estancia Villa Maria, Design CE Hotel and ROJO Tango for all their help and support.)
Planning to SAY I DO…. do not hesitate to contact me, I can assist you and your Groom plan one of the most special days of your life. Argentina, Canada, Thailand, United States, …. you name it, I am there.  CM

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Estancia Villa Maria the perfect venue for a Gay Wedding

Author: , January 6th, 2012


Estancia Villa Maria the perfect venue for a Gay Wedding  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Selected as one of the prime states in South America, conveniently located only one hour away from the city of Buenos Aires, in the district of Maximiliano Paz you find this stunning old British-style manor house built in 1924 by Alejandro Bustillo, renown Argentinean architect. Estancia Villa Maria represents with excellence the concept of a a true Argentinean Estancia of the Belle Epoque. Turn nowadays into a small countryside hotel, and event venue surrounded by 74 hectares of incredible parklands including an outdoor pool, a private pond and Polo fields. In 2010 this estancia was chosen by famous Canadian singer Michael Buble for his wedding  which took place en Argentina. Now I happy to announce that will bring my first big project as a Gay Wedding Planner, to Estancia Villa Maria.  This was my second visit to the Estancia and I always want to come back for more. > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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Hackett Groom & Groom Package by Mandarin Oriental

Author: , October 7th, 2011


Hackett Groom & Groom Package by Mandarin Oriental
 |  London. UK  |  Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is offering a new Groom & Groom Package in collaboration with Hackett London, renown British men’s clothing with worldwide reputation for quality and luxury. The ultimate ‘Groom Service’ to couples getting married in the magnificent ballroom in 2012. And I got to experience the full service today at their store over Sloane Street. > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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