Where to Celebrate Life’s Major Milestones in the Caribbean and Latin AmericaBy Jillian Dara
Milestones earned their title for a reason — these major moments in your singular lifetime should be recognized and celebrated. And traveling somewhere phenomenal is the ultimate way to mark such occasions, from anniversaries to family reunions, babymoons to retirement.
Whether you’re celebrating life, love or friendship, check out these spots where you can make the most of your milestone travels throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.
As always, check for travel guidelines and closures before planning your trip.
Throw a Quinceañera
Widely celebrated across Latin America and the U.S., a quinceañera marks a girl’s transition into adulthood on her 15th birthday.
In Paraguay, Aloft Asuncion, provides a stunning backdrop for the teen and her attendees to dance the night away against the glittering skyline of this capital nicknamed “the Mother of Cities” — a fitting homage to a teen entering a new era.
The rooftop terrace and splash pool make for a striking outdoor venue, while the hotel’s private indoor event space is more intimate.
Aloft Asunción offers a group rate on bookings of 10 or more rooms, so there’s room for everyone, and there’s nearby shopping at delSol, a contemporary bi-level mall, for snagging the latest gifts to spoil the birthday girl.
Find Paradise on Your Anniversary
After your nuptials, there’s still plenty of celebrating your married years to come, from your first anniversary to your 50th and beyond.
There’s no better place to celebrate love than at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, nestled among 50 lush acres, where couples can disconnect from exterior stressors and focus entirely on romance.
This Puerto Rico hot spot recognizes that every couple is unique, so their embajadores curate itineraries for each guest’s specific needs. A particularly relaxing experience is the Noche Romantica Botanica, which includes a Champagne toast, personalized 90-minute couples massage and, finally, a soak in the resort’s purification gardens.
Have One Last (Single) Bash
Whether you’re celebrating a bachelor or bachelorette party (or both!), Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino overflows with features to make it an unforgettable and seamless party weekend in sunny Aruba.
The Sunset Beer Yoga session is perfect for groups — you and your besties will sip local beer from Balashi Brewery while working on your serenity. Or try forest bathing at Arikok National Park for even more Zen.
If you’re looking for a little more action, there are Jeep tours offered through the property, and the 24-hour Stellaris Casino and H2Oasis adults-only pool are fantastic spots to while away the time with your best buds.
Get the Whole Gang Together
Sometimes the whole crowd wants to mingle for an epic friends’ reunion, and where better to live it up than Mexico City?
Renowned for its hip atmosphere, the W Mexico City, with its prime location in the Polanco neighborhood, keeps the party going at the Living Room Bar — snag a VIP spot and groove as the DJ spins. Or take your pals to Trivvu, an ethereal outdoor terrace, for shareable bites and drinks.
W Mexico City’s suites, including the Marvelous and Extreme WOW, are spacious enough (up to 1,300 square feet) to ensure there’s plenty of room for catching up or kicking back between meals and space to get ready together for a night out in this action-packed city.
Reunite the Family
The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club knows family comes first. So when it’s time for your family reunion, make it one for the record books at this resort set along a pristine white sand beach in a 15,000-acre resort and club community in the Dominican Republic.
Bond over lazy days spent on the beach or shared adventures like exploring the 500 species of plants and 12 freshwater lagoons of the Ojos Indígenas Ecological Reserve. For a bit of family-friendly competition, there are tennis courts and two golf courses.
A kids club delights the youngest among you, and teens can hang out at their own club while the grownups hit the spa. Then reunite for a tour of the resort on horseback and make some truly unique memories.
Turn a Year Wiser
From 18 to 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 and beyond, milestone birthdays are worthy of a splurge. The perfect place to celebrate? Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buenos Aires, which welcomes guests into an era of opulence and gilded luxury in the heart of the pulsing city of Buenos Aires.
The oversized rooms are fit for (birthday) royalty, with vistas of one of the city’s main throughways, Alem Street. Fill your days with the history, culture, arts and architecture right outside your door.
Then greet the evening in the hotel’s elegant dining room with world-class steak washed down with the country’s premier Malbec. Afterward, it’s time for salsa and dancing the night away in snazzy nightclubs.
Celebrate a Babymoon in Style
When it comes to a babymoon, many soon to be parents seek relaxation and warmth — and a lavish resort in Bermuda is just the place to celebrate.
Show off your bump against pink-speckled sands and lapping aquamarine waters at The St. Regis Bermuda Resort, an oceanfront haven in the town of St. George. Take turns hopping from one of the property’s two infinity pools to the next — with cabana service in between — or wiggle your toes in the soft sand of the private beach.
When you’re ready to unwind (well, more than you already have), retreat to your luxurious room with an oversized soaking tub and sprawling terrace, an ideal spot for room service. Or pamper yourself at the spa, where a prenatal massage nurtures and nourishes.
Leave Work Behind for Good
After working hard for all these years, you’ve certainly earned some serious rest and relaxation. So seek a true sanctuary at Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Los Cabos, where the perfect combination of desert and seaside await.
If you’re worried about how to transition into a less-scheduled lifestyle, those cares will immediately melt away at this blissful sanctum where bespoke excursions bring you close to the land and culture and a paradisiacal spa brings true healing and transformation.
Spend your evening indulging in the resort’s inspired restaurants, where traditional cuisine is elevated to new heights. Or visit the wine cellar, with 1,000 wines on offer, for a tasting and a hearty toast to a retirement well deserved.