Love, laughter and happily ever after. Getting married can be one of the most exciting days of your life. Saying ‘I do’ to the one you love is a day you want to remember, forever… even if it isn’t your first time around! Destination weddings can take so much of the stress out of home-grown weddings, with almost every detail planned before your arrival, you can turn up, have the time of your life, and actually leave feeling refreshed, and hopefully even more in love than when you arrived. We’ve handpicked a selection of our swoon-worthy favourites, all you have to do is say yes to the one that’s perfect for you. Love might not make the world go round, but it certainly makes the ride worthwhile!
Designed by acclaimed architect Miguel Angel Aragonés, the out-of-this world design of Viceroy Los Cabos, is a spectacular backdrop for your dream wedding. Channel your inner Barbarella (or Blade Runner) as you say your vows at this futuristic oasis. From the all-white cubes to the elevated walkways, everything about this location is pure fantasy. Set beside the mesmerizing blue Sea of Cortés, this Mexican dream resort boasts unrivalled amenities that will keep you and your guests entertained every moment of every day… but only if you want to. Choose from six outstanding restaurants, a state of the art gym, and 11,000 sq-ft of spa space dedicated to helping you float on air… this is five-star treatment all the way. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the guest suites bring the glorious outside in, as you relax and unwind and let your new journey begin. Rest assured that your bespoke package will be managed by a dedicated team of experts on hand to ensure your special day is as unforgettable as your entire stay. Prepare to have your breath taken away at this architectural masterpiece… uniting the beauty of nature, with the genius of design. All that’s required of you, is quite simply to say, ‘I do’.
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Popular amongst the jet-set, Sardinia is well-known for its stunning beaches and the glamour of the Costa Smeralda, but there’s a lesser known part of the island which offers a more unpretentious charm. Just 10 minutes from the picturesque town of Tempio Pausania, sits L’Agnata di De André, a vine-cloaked 19th-century farmhouse and former retreat of Italian singer-songwriter Fabrizio de André, and his wife, Dori Ghezzi. Off the beaten track, this deeply charming boutique hotel offers the ideal setting to start your happily ever after. From the moment you step onto the narrow, winding road, and meander through the vine-entwined pathway up to the house itself… expect your heart to be stolen. Weddings at this Eden-esque location are for those looking for the simpler things in life. Love, nature, and genuine hospitality that is second to none. There’s no need for opulence when nature already provides what man cannot. Cocooned in an atmosphere of unadulterated peace and tranquillity, a celebration of love at this magical setting allows amore to take centre stage. With 10 comfortable rooms, couples can rent out the entire house, and enjoy a romantic table set underneath the branches of the weeping willow tree. Celebrate your big day here and savour every moment that brims with pure joy, laughter and happily ever after.
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Dhaalu Atoll, Republic of Maldives
Pure white sands, crystal clear turquoise waters, and a backdrop of lush vegetation and palm trees… we all know the score. Now throw in a heavy dose of love and romance into the mix and you have yourself a recipe for a wedding of a lifetime. Whether your toes are sinking into the soft warm sand, or standing on the floating platform surrounded by the cobalt blue of the Maldivian lagoon, saying yes to the one you love at Kandima Maldives is sure to be a dream come true. In the very capable hands of Kool wedding planners, every last detail of your big day will be taken care of, so all you have to do is bask in the joy. Tailor-made just for you, if you can think it, they can create it. Picture a private dinner on the pristine beach with the sunset casting a glow upon the glittering shores… kayaking along the island with your soul mate or dancing the night away with a fun-filled after party. Guests can choose total seclusion or revel in the buzz of the venue. With 10 bars, pool, and infinite romantic hot spots, whatever you heart desires, consider it granted. Kandima Maldives is the ultimate beach wedding destination, for a true taste of the tropics.
Romance levels are set to sizzling at Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas. Like a magnificent castle in the sky, this stunning retreat offers 21 sensational private villas, with personal salt water infinity pools and gorgeous Moroccan elements for a dream stay that’s guaranteed to take your breath away. Situated near two of the best beaches in Costa Rica, along the spectacular Guanacaste coastline, this idyllic adults-only resort with a chic minimalistic design, is the perfect canvas for your very special day. From chocolate dipped strawberries and bubbles upon arrival, every moment of your stay is sure to be magical. Enjoy sensational panoramic ocean views from your terrace and take in the glorious sunset from the Sentido Norte Restaurant and Lounge. From dusk till dawn there’s always something to do… or just let the fun come to you. Bespoke spa treatments can be carried out in the privacy of your own villa, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, a myriad of activities are waiting right on your doorstep, from zip lines to rafting, surfing to diving, there’s a world of beauty both above ground and in the colourful underwater world below. Casa Chameleon offers some incredible romantic packages that range from the traditional, to a sunset Catamaran celebration or even something totally impulsive for those running away to get hitched. What could be more memorable than a Costa Rican love affair?
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
If you’re looking for something closer to home, you can’t go wrong with Cowley Manor. Set within the glorious Cotswolds, surrounded by 55 acres of stunning parkland, this grand manor is a picture-perfect choice for your dream wedding. With its impressive Italianate exterior, contrasted by an unexpected interior of bold funky designs, this award-winning property is effortlessly cool, and sure to be a hit with your guests. All of their 30 rooms are comfortable but listed humorously on the website from ‘Good rooms’ to ‘Better rooms’ right up to the make no mistake, ‘Best room.’ If you’re really looking to push the boat out, this favourite room is the crème de la crème of the manor, occupying almost all of the 1st floor, with a wraparound balcony offering panoramic vistas across the quintessentially British grade II listed gardens, and even has a bathtub for two. Now isn’t that romantic? A wedding here offers endless possibilities. From an elegant garden room for an intimate affair, to a takeover of the entire house, and even a marquee set on the Top Lawn. In possession of a coveted Black Book, the wedding planners can source just about anything you ask for. If you dare to dream it, they will realise it. Why not retreat to their C-Side Spa, voted best in the UK, and amid an aromatic cloud of bliss-inducing treatments, ponder that very thought…
Do you hear the call of the wild? Nature lovers will adore Las Alamandas Resort, one of Mexico’s most exclusive getaways, set on an exceptional 1500-acre nature reserve. A visual explosion of colour, with splashes of pink, orange and blue that enhance the existing vibrancy of this secluded Mexican resort. If you’re looking to get away from it all, you’ve come to the right place. Las Alamandas promises total privacy as you get to explore its stunning white beaches, and rocky islands. Designed by Isabel Goldsmith-Patiño (daughter of the late Sir James Goldsmith), this exclusive property offers unique architecture and attention to detail in each of its eight villas and 18 luxury suites. Nestled between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, there is every activity and experience you could think of from water sports to bird watching, depending on your mood. Often named as one of the most romantic hotels in the world, where better to host the most romantic day of your life. From a delicious picnic on your own private beach, to a candlelit dinner under the stars, there couldn’t be a dreamier setting for you and your loved one. Gorgeous wedding setups will ensure your wedding is the event of a lifetime. If you want to put the honeymoon on hold, why not dance the night away at the Estrella Azul Rooftop Bar, where bespoke cocktails made from the house tequila are served for a night you’re sure to remember… even if you don’t remember it all.
Wed like royalty, in a 16th-century palazzo that has now been converted into a truly gorgeous boutique hotel. Framed by the Alps, La Villa offers chic country living, overlooking rolling hills, quaint villages and acres and acres of vineyards as far as the eyes can see. Blending original features with an elegant rustic décor, the result is a space that is at once relaxing and stylish. Known for their award-winning weddings, offering the finest location in all of Piemonte, this luxurious rural hotel is a genuinely enchanting spot to tie the knot. Book any one of their uniquely designed suites, some with romantic four poster beds and arched ceilings, and love is guaranteed to be on the menu. Entrust your special day to the La Villa family, and anything you wish will be granted. Take your pick from any number of charming churches, or stick to the hotel’s own garden, abloom with beautiful fragrant flowers. They even have their own pastor ready to conduct your very special service. The team are on hand to deliver everything right down to the finest detail, so you don’t have to lift a finger. For a true taste of Italy, why not partake in one of their delicious pasta making courses whilst you’re there, or sample any of the 200 plus vintages stored in the hotel’s own cellar... or for something a little different, take to the woods for a truffle hunt – how many newlyweds can say they’ve done that?
Located in the Polizzi Generosa region of Sicily lies a 200-year-old farmhouse that will take you back in time. Susafa, which has been owned by five generations of the Saeli-Rizzuto family, has successfully managed to hold onto its cultural roots. Set amid winding roads and rolling hills, with just the birds chirping in the background, this is the kind of place you dream of being transported to as you hustle through your morning commute. 13 rooms that can accommodate up to 40 guests provide total comfort amid an atmosphere of rustic charm. Expect stone walls, terracotta tiles and wooden beams, blending historic charm with contemporary style. Set in the heart of Sicily, and set beside its glimmering pool, Susafa appears like an oasis in the midst of the scenic countryside, and is truly a breath of fresh air. Weddings here are an intimate, and romantic affair. Picture all-white linen over a long banquet table under the twinkling fairy lights that drape between the house and the trees. The sun is slowly setting as it casts an amber glow over the distant hills, with the sound of laughter and the popping of Champagne, signalling the celebration of your union. Susafa will forever hold a place in your heart, and the memories you create here, will last a lifetime.
Open the wrought iron gate to the exquisite Palazzo Radomiri, and enter a world of fairytale bliss and romance. Meticulously restored to its former glory, this elegant 18th century palace sits on the bewitching waterfront of Boka Bay in Montenegro, not far from the old town of Kotor, providing a total escape from reality. Oozing rustic charm and captivating views, what was once the residence of the wealthy Radimiri family of ship owners and captains, is today an extraordinary historical hotel. The Moroccan-style exterior fuses seamlessly with a mouthwatering serving of delicious Mediterranean-Balkan fare, to create a truly international vibe. The 10 individually furnished rooms offer a peek into the owner’s personal travels, as antiques and trinkets found during their trips, tastefully adorn the eclectic interiors. The low-key and tranquil atmosphere of this property makes this European bolt hole a haven for yoga enthusiasts or just those looking for their very own Nirvana. Weddings, as you can imagine, are utterly spectacular. Book the entire hotel and take your pick from a casual gathering to a blissful ceremony on the pier, overlooking the glistening waters of the bay. Expect a perfectly orchestrated day that will capture your happiest moments forever.
Magelang Central Java, Indonesia
Close your eyes and imagine a mystical land of dense greenery, exotic wildlife, and ancient relics… and you just might just capture a hint of the reality that is Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa. Surrounded by teak forests and overlooking the ancient Borobudur Temple, set against an awe-inspiring backdrop of mist-covered Mount Merapi and Menoreh Hills, this eco-friendly resort really is a storybook location. Based on traditional Indonesian construction, this five-star boutique hotel boasts unparalleled hospitality, rich architecture and lavish private dining set within the most extraordinary setting, fully immersed in nature. Wake up and salute the sun then carry a sense of calm with you right through until nightfall. As you can imagine weddings here are truly one of a kind. Whether you’re looking for an intimate ceremony or going all out for something more extravagant, you can entrust the truly dedicated team to create a day you’ll never forget. Privacy comes with the territory and each of the 21 Javanese villas promise the utmost in peace and serenity. Indulge in sublime local gastronomy, and let your soul rejoice as all the stresses of the world float away whilst you enjoy the magical spa treatments available to you. This magnificent exotic retreat will immortalize your important day; just follow your heart… it knows the way. Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
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