Recently, I was invited to join a group small group of destination wedding vendors to experience Etéreo Auberge Resort in Riveria Maya. The incredible FAM (familiarization) trip was put together by House of Joy Events and Epoch Events, and I am so thankful for the invitation.
Etéreo means ethereal, and the resort was just that, a spiritual and heavenly experience. The property was stunning, the staff was accommodating, and the food was amazing. Follow along as I share my experiences at this stunning destination wedding resort in Mexico.
About The Property
The Etéreo Auberge o Resort in Riveria Maya was named “one of the world’s best new hotels” in 2022 by Travel and Leisure. After only a few hours of exploring the property, it is clear why. With a focus on extraordinary cuisine, experiencing nature, and mesmerizing beaches, Etéreo is a place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in peaceful luxury.
The resort is nestled in the heart of the Riveria Maya and is surrounded by lush greenery and white sand beaches of the Caribbean. With one-of-a-kind event spaces, you and your guests will enjoy a memorable destination wedding on the beach, poolside, or in their open-air areas.
A Glimpse Inside Our Trip
Day 1- Arriving At The Etéreo
As I arrived at the property, the group was greeted by the Etéreo staff with agua fresco and blessing by a shaman upon arrival. Then my guia showed me to my room and ensured I had everything I needed.
The rooms at Etéreo are top-notch notch, with every amenity thoughtfully planned. I had a ground-floor room overlooking the mangrove with a private balcony and a soaking tub outside. Can it get any more relaxing than that!?
After freshening up from travel, I met our group for a casual lunch at Che Che, the resort’s Mexican-Japanese fusion restaurant. Later that afternoon, we did a Cacao Ceremony followed by a private tour and ended with an unbelievable dinner at Itzam, the resort’s main restaurant. The chef prepared multiple favorite Mexican dishes using local and sustainable ingredients. It was indeed an incredible dining experience.
Day 2- Exploring A Luxury Wedding Venue In Mexico
We started the day with breakfast at Itzam. Then, we had an extensive spa experience at the Sana Spa on the property. The spa experience at Etéreo, SANA, began with a multi-stage cleanse. In their modern-day cenot, we were guided through this ritual as we journeyed through heat, water, sound, ice, and rain. After the cleanse, we were treated to a massage and refreshments in the spa’s garden.
Lunch was a private cooking class at Itzam, where we learned how to make Guacamole, salsa, ceviche, and tortillas. It was so delicious! After lunch, a small group of us took advantage of one of the three pools on the property and enjoyed a refreshing cool-off.
Our evening began with a Mayan Calendar reading, which was super fun. We then headed into our final dinner, which was such a treat. We had cocktails and appetizers on the beach overlooking the Caribbean. Then, we had an incredible dinner on the dock, where we sat at a long table under a dreamy pergola with lanterns. All of the dishes for our dinner were inspired by the resort staff’s grandmother’s recipes. After dinner, we went back to the beach for dessert and dancing. It was a lovely evening spent dancing with new friends in a beautiful setting.
Day 3- Saying Goodbye
On our final departure day, we started our morning with a private yoga session and breakfast at Itzam before heading to the airport. During checkout, Etéreo gifted us a smudge stick so that when we burned it at home, it would remind us of the smell of Etéreo and bring us back to this peaceful and luxurious place.
Reflecting On An Unforgettable Journey
I am incredibly grateful to have been invited on this FAM trip with a group of truly inspirational destination wedding vendors. The experience and details included were authentic and genuine, which left a lasting impact on me. I want to share with you a quote that the property shared, which I love: “Honor the past, live in the present, create the future.”
As a destination wedding planner, I always aim to create unforgettable experiences that honor my couples and their traditions. My experience at the Etéreo Auberge Resort is one that I will never forget and that I wish for my couples and their families to enjoy. If you are considering a destination wedding and are looking for a luxury destination wedding venue in Mexico, I’d love to help you plan your wedding at the Etéreo.
Property Partner + Venue: Etéreo Auberge Resort
FAM Host Planners: Epoch Co + House of Joy
Photo: Pattengale Photography + Leslie Rodriguez
Video: Ashley + Jay Films
Dinner Rentals + Furnishings + Florist: Canteiro Weddings
Dinner Linens: Nuage Designs