In This Side of a Wilderness, Daniel Rice writes that "There are places which exist in this world beyond the reach of imagination". VERANA is that place. We knew right away the remote setting, which requires transportation by plane (to Puerto Vallarta), car (to Boca de Tomatlan), and boat (to Yelapa) to reach, was the perfect destination for our intimate jungle-meets-sea union in 2015.
The thought and care put into each of the 9 uniquely designed bungalows in VERANA and the property's stunning locale overlooking Banderas Bay make it a visual feast at every angle. Instead of inundating this post with wedding images; I opted to share a few of the many details that made this a dream setting to pledge our vows to each other, and hopefully return to for years to come.
Moments like waking up to the morning sun peeking through our open air bungalow (we stayed in the Tea House) still hasn't left us. The combination of thoughtful design and architecture that highlighted the mountain setting felt like such a gem in a country with no shortage of overdeveloped resorts. While the sea crabs and occasional critters that roam the property may not be for everyone, we found it charming that the ecosystem of Yelapa remained intact.
Our 3-day celebration was filled with moments of love and laughter with the friends and family who journeyed to join us on the start of our lifelong adventure and was made more so by the warmth that every person on the VERANA staff exuded. We were made to feel like we were visiting the home of a long lost travel companion and for all of the superb hospitality, nourishing meals, and enticing cocktails, we are forever grateful.
VERANA Yelapa, Mexico
While we booked out the entire property for our festivities (it holds 30-40 guests comfortably), it is possible to stay there individually as well. Meals by their incredible chefs are included due to the remote location. Go full-on retreat with their yoga classes and on-site spa services that all begin with a custom blend of tea.