A ring was brandished on bended knee, an ecstatic ‘yes’ was declared in return… what’s next? The wedding, of course! Make your once-in-a-lifetime oath a topic for years to come. Location is key – pull out all the stops with these hotels keen on making your dream wedding a reality. You’ll find yourself walking down the aisle ‘witnessed’ by some of the best sights in the world!
To execute their dream wedding, it’s only fitting for a couple to work on a blank canvas and Iniala Beach House offers a new space, ‘Iniala White’, for this very purpose. The stunning grounds feature an environment studded with natural beauty, versatile enough to host up to large banquets of 350 guests with beautifully manicured lawn, spacious enough to accommodate banquet tables, scatter bean bags, drinks bar and an elevated stage. The bride and her wedding entourage’s can retire to the ‘White House’ furnished with a bridal suite, indoor dining and lounge are, and a picturesque outdoor-terrace overlooking the Natai Beach shores. Complete your wedding day with a Michelin-star dinner menu designed by in-house, award-winning Aziamendi restaurant.
Ulusaba, South Africa
If you and your betrothed are game for an unconventional type of ceremony, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve offers the mystical South African bush as a backdrop. The reserve boasts various locations fitting for your ‘I do’, such as the lower deck at Rock Lodge for a stunning backdrop of the setting sun, the Mabrak dry riverbed at Safari Lodge shrouded with African Jackalberry trees, the secluded Xikwenga dam, the sprawling grassland spot that’s perfect for a lively ball, and even a ‘beach’ site by the Safari lodge best for intimate dos. Toast to your union with beautiful receptions ranging from the Stargazing Observatory, the Treehouse Suite and the main Rock Lodge or Safari Lodge. While you’re at it, why not mark the union with a beat or two from tribal bands and dancers?
Hotel El Convento, Puerto Rico
Strike off ‘fairy tale wedding’ from your bucket list at the old-world charm of Hotel El Convento in Puerto Rico. The former 17th century Carmelite nunnery prized for its high ceilings, thick stone walls and cobbled walkways has been restored into a luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of Old San Juan that oozes with tropical Carribean appeal. The hotel’s certified wedding planners will deftly custom design your big day for parties from 20 to 200 guests, and take care of all arrangements to the last detail. Choose to exchange vows in the prehistoric San Juan Cathedral or onsite chapel, which will follow with a courtyard reception of either a sumptuous four course plated dinner or Puerto Rican dinner buffet.
LUX* South Ari Atoll, Maldives
Turning your wedding into an event of a lifetime, set in the tropical paradise of the Maldives that's made even more extraordinary in the cradle of the LUX* Resorts & Hotels, Maldives. The resort’s Island Dream wedding package consists of a wedding ceremony steeped in island traditions as the newlyweds walk down the sandy ‘aisle’ to the beat of bodu beru drummers and confetti of flower petals. The couple will then symbolically cement their marriage by mixing two different types of sand in a vase, toss a coconut filled with their ‘vows’ into the ocean, then plant a baby palm tree to symbolise their growing love… among other thoughtful details.
Edgewater, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
Express the height of your love on the stunning Southern Alps at Edgewater, Lake Wanaka, looking out to the pleasing views of the lakeside and mountain range. A sprawling, manicured lawn is all yours for a garden ceremony, and photo opportunities abound with an on-site helicopter pad to whisk you to the mountaintops! Edgewater offers various reception venues for up to 140 guests, and menu options include buffets, plated wedding menus, a picnic hamper and additional tray service canapés for post-ceremony nibbles. The highlight, though, would be the double views of the stunning lake and mountainous horizon!