Celebration-worthy resorts in the tropics

Have a special occasion coming up? Take your celebration to the next level by hosting it at an all inclusive resort! With everything included and then some, all you’ll have to focus on is having a good time. Whether you’re planning an anniversary getaway, a family reunion or a bachelor/bachelorette party, we rounded up some of our favourite resorts that are ideal for hosting tropical celebrations.

Two people sliding down a water slide
For birthday extravaganzas

Whether you’re celebrating a milestone birthday or just another year around the sun, there’s no better way to make your birthday extra-special than by hosting it in the tropics! The recently-renovated Riu Ocho Rios in Jamaica is the perfect spot to host your party, with amenities and activities that everyone on your guest list will love. Plus, the resort just added a ‘Splash Water World’ water park – a first for RIU Hotels & Resorts in Jamaica! Take your party to the next level with the resort’s add-on Birthday Bash package for you and up to nine friends – you’ll get to host your very own private beach party for two hours with an open bar and a DJ playing your favourite tracks. After your beachfront bash, toast to your big day with a group dinner at one of the resort’s specialty restaurants and blow out the candles on a special birthday cake.

Couple toasting with champagne glasses at an outdoor bar
For romantic milestones

Commemorating a special anniversary with your other half? Nothing says romance like long walks on the beach and candlelit dinners! Located on the pristine white-sand shores of Punta Cana, the adults only Riu Republica offers a tranquil ambiance that you and your sweetheart will love. Soak up the sun poolside with your favourite cocktail in hand from the swim-up bar or channel your inner kid at heart as you zoom down one of the thrilling slides at the on-site water park. Upgrade to an Ocean View Room to watch the sunset on your balcony while sipping on a drink from your in-room liquor dispensers. For an extra touch of romance, add-on the Romantic Getaway package and make memories with a candlelit dinner on the beach underneath the stars, a picture-perfect photo shoot at sunset, a relaxing 60-minute couples massage and more during your stay.

Sprawling pool area overlooking the beach
For fun-filled family reunions

If you have family members flying in from across the country for your family reunion, hosting it at an all inclusive resort down south can actually be much more cost-effective than a celebration back home. Everything is already included, plus everyone gets to spend more quality time together instead of worrying about cooking, cleaning and keeping everyone entertained! Top-rated family resort Riu Emerald Bay in Mazatlán has features that everyone will love, from the tots to the grandparents. The resort recently added a brand-new section with a new water park, RiuLand kids club and two new pools – including one with a swim-up bar! While the youngest members of the family play, the grown-ups can unwind at the swim-up bar or sample delicious cuisine at the steakhouse. Best of all, the resort offers accommodations that sleep five or more – perfect for larger families travelling together.

Girl dancing at an outdoor party at night
For bachelor/bachelorette parties

Celebrate your last days of singledom by partying it up poolside at Riu Palace Baja California in Los Cabos. This adults only resort features a glamorous infinity pool overlooking the unique rocky landscapes of Pacific Mexico – perfect for getting that ultimate Instagram shot. You won’t have to lift a finger with poolside wait service exclusively for Sunwing guests! Head next door to Riu Santa Fe to experience the famous RIU Pool Parties, with different themes throughout the week like the Pink Pool Party and the Neon Night Party. Plus, the resort’s #BACH Party package will ensure you make memories to last a lifetime with your wedding party. The package includes a bottle of sparkling wine to toast to your upcoming nuptials, special shirts and hats, a two-hour private beach party with a DJ and open bar, poolside games with prizes and more.

Wedding arch decorated in flowers on the beach
For wedding day bliss

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life – so you want to make sure you pick an ideal resort to exchange your vows. Riu Dunamar in Cancun is a perfect choice with romantic setting and activities suited for everyone on your guest list. Flower girls and ring boys will have a blast at the RiuLand kids club and at the water park while you and your soon-to-be-spouse can enjoy some wedding week pampering at the Renova Spa. The resort offers a number of inclusive wedding packages, including the RIU Free Wedding Package. Walk down the aisle with bouquets and boutonnieres included for you and your sweetheart, with recorded music and décor for your ceremony spot. After you’ve tied the knot, head to one of the resort’s specialty restaurants for a semi-private reception dinner, a sparkling wine toast and some wedding cake.

Located in some of the most picturesque destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, RIU Hotels & Resorts are a long-time favourite for Canadian sun-seekers. You can look forward to spacious and comfortable accommodation options, world-class service, exciting activity offerings and all inclusive amenities at both family-friendly and adults only properties.

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