By Vicki Dill
Photography by Kathleen Axtell
The perfect destination wedding is a quick flight away. Soar from Houston to Cancun and get married on the sandy-white beaches of the Riviera Maya. The luxurious Karisma resort, Azul Sensatori, is a short 20-minute ride from the airport. Lomas Travel’s transfer van offers cold beverages to start your trip.
Upon arrival, the calm atmosphere and contemporary, yet peaceful architecture feed your senses. “Satori” is a Buddhist term meaning a state of sudden spiritual enlightenment. The beautiful property is not only a wedding destination. It’s a chance to stimulate your mind, body, soul, and relationships while escaping daily hassles.
The gourmet inclusive mantra at the Azul Sensatori compliments your stress free vacation. It’s all-inclusive and it’s fabulous! The food is high class; drinks plentiful. There is something for everyone from the nightly entertainment to the 24-hour room service. Put your wallet in the safe – you won’t need it until you leave. Now, that’s a vacation!
The resort is decorated in serene shades of tan and white with sultry, dark woods. The pools are extravagant, yet minimal with in-water lounge chairs and several sexy swim up bars.
The ocean sounds on this beachfront property allow you to focus and think deeply. There are no distractions from local vendors; just thatched umbrellas and attentive, unobtrusive, staff. Yards down the beach you’ll find sailboats, parasailing and other water sports available for an additional fee.
My balcony had a glass wall and a comfortable lounge chair with a view of the winding pools and ocean – the perfect location to enjoy the cool, calm vibe of the resort.
One of the highlights of the resort is the14,000-square-foot Vassa Spa and Fitness Center. Say thank you to your bridesmaids with a Beachfront Sky Massage. Patrons indulge in secluded outdoor massage just inches from the ocean. The spa reiterates the Zen feel of the resort with the sounds of flowing water, healing scents and natural light. Treat your body like a temple by choosing from many services utilizing elements of the earth such as clay, honey, obsidian and chocolate.
Your entire bridal party will be delighted with the resort’s cuisine. The variety of restaurants ranging from pool-side casual to elegant dining tantalize your taste buds. From the Italian restaurant Sienna to the Spanish restaurant Tapaz, the options are plentiful. The ocean front beach grill has a great atmosphere – much like an upscale beach picnic.
The room accommodations at Azul Sensatori are stylish in an organically elegant way. The natural rock used in the tiles, the dark woods and the fabrics used in the bedding prolong a peaceful feeling. In addition to an over-sized bathroom, there is a Jacuzzi tub so close to the balcony you can see the sky and hear the ocean waves. Combine your bath with a chilled bottle of champagne and all your worries are left behind.
Family-oriented suites that sleep two adults and three children are the perfect facility for large families in attendance. There is also the Azulitos Kids Club for the children.
This hidden gem is hip, affordable and convenient for the perfect destination wedding. It is secluded enough for a couple and entertaining enough for families with members of all ages. Use your time wisely. Book the 2 1/2 hour flight and head to the Karisma resort, Azul Sensatori for an escape that feeds ALL your senses.
Lomas Travel; www.lomas-travel.com
Azul Sensatori; www.karismahotels.com
Travel Agent: Designer Destination Weddings by Debra, www.designerdestinationweddings.com