Travel - A Weeklong Wedding Party at a Puerto Vallarta Hotel
February 20, 2005
Seeking to redefine the term "destination wedding," the San Francisco hotelier Adam Burgess bought Playa Fiesta in Puerto Vallarta Mexico two years ago and renovated it, turning it into a weddings-only boutique hotel. He plans to expand the niche concept into a chain of hotels in the coming years.
The hotel, which requires a four- to seven-night minimum, allows guests to reserve all of the 24 oceanfront units for a house-party atmosphere for up to 78 guests, and provides in-house wedding coordination for an extra $600.
Food and accommodation packages, with names like I Can't Take Another Day With the In-Laws (four nights), or Thank God Uncle Bob Didn't Show (five nights), range from $59 to $79 a guest a night. These include a welcome buffet, a Mexican barbeque and a Sunday brunch for all the guests.
Other packages start as low as $39 a person a night in low season, June 15 to Sept. 30, and $59 in high season.
Ceremonies and receptions for up to 250 guests take place on Playa Fiesta's sun deck and restaurant, which overlook Banderas Bay and the Los Arcos rock formation. Customized pre- and post-wedding activities - from wedding buffets and mariachi bands to flowers, fireworks and spa services - round out the wedding day.
"It takes people back to a time when weddings were a weeklong celebration," Mr. Burgess said.
Information: (52-322) 221-6109 or www.playafiesta.com