If you’re looking to get away for your big day, then a destination wedding is something to consider. With so many options out there, the task of choosing a location can be daunting . So, inspired by the rich and famous, we’ve put together a list of 7 of the best wedding destinations.
Taormina, Sicily – Italy
This small, charming Sicilian hilltop town adds a classic touch of old-world charm to any nuptials. Say ‘I do’ overlooking two grand, sweeping bays and the clear blue waters of the Ionian Sea. Taormina also boasts stunning views of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna, its snow-capped peaks best viewed through the crumbling ruins of the centuries-old Greek theatre. Twisting and turning cobblestone streets lend the town its medieval air. Taormina is also home to its very own annual film festival, the longest-running in all of Italy.
Aman-i-Khas Retreat, Rajasthan – India
For an unforgettable day with a bit of a difference, why not venture beyond the traditional beach setting of the destination wedding, and escape to the magic of this Indian national park reserve? It’s home to tigers, leopards, boars, hyenas, bears and crocodiles. Recite your vows a million miles away from the stresses of everyday life, taking in the landscape of the rugged bushland forest.
Enjoy the perfect blend of luxury and getting back to the basics for your wedding celebration at Aman-i-Khas. In between the wedding preparations, there are plenty of activities on offer – from guided nature walks, a pampering spa treatment, or just relaxing on the deck of your luxurious tent and watching the sun set over your vast, semi-arid surroundings.
Parrot Cay Resort – Turks and Caicos Islands
This Caribbean hideaway is ideal if you’re seeking the ultimate in luxury and privacy for the big day. Enjoy the seclusion of the resort, set on its very own private island, with no cars or street-lights. Set on more than 1,000 acres, the resort is highlighted by the white sands of the beach.
Soothe any pre-wedding jitters with a session in the vast yoga room, followed by a dip in the outdoor Jacuzzi, set amongst lush tropical gardens. There are plenty of adventurous activities to keep your guests occupied as well, with the diving rated amongst the best in the world, as well as deep sea fishing and a range of water sports. Parrot Cay is also ideally located for easy and convenient Caribbean island-h0pping.
Skibo Castle – Scotland
Nestled deep in the Scottish Highlands, 12th century Skibo Castle is one of the most exclusive hotels in the world, and a lovely option if you’re looking to feel like royalty on your wedding day – and who isn’t? The castle retains many slightly quirky customs from the 19th century, and guests will be awoken each morning by a kilted piper on the terrace, ad serenaded over breakfast with the sounds of an organ piping from the main hall.
After the ceremony overlooking the tranquil Dormoch Firth, you’ll be transported back to Edwardian times, with antique panelling throughout the rooms, ancient fireplaces dotted around, and luxurious bedrooms complete with enormous claw-foot baths.
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles
If you want to feel like a celebrity for the day, then Hotel Bel-Air, long-time haunt of the Hollywood crowd, fits the bill. The famous Swan Lake (yes, complete with real swans), set amongst lush gardens, with an imposing 100 year old Sycamore tree as the centrepiece, creates the a picturesque backdrop for your romantic ceremony. Complete the celebrity experience with catering by Hotel Bel-Air’s resident chef, the famous Wolfgang Puck – who has tempted the tastebuds of Hollywood for years.
Eco Beach Resort and Retreat, Broome
This pretty seaside town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia is ideal if you’re after a relaxed and casual atmosphere for your special day. Eco Beach alone boasts more than 15km of pristine, undeveloped beach, and the resort offers a range of options, with something to please everyone – for ceremonies from just two, up to 120 guests. You can go barefoot on the beach, or opt for something slightly more formal, with a garden reception in the grounds of the retreat, overlooking the turquoise waters. Eco Beach Resort and Retreat is also staffed by world-class chefs, so you can be assured of a taste sensation, to top off the perfect wedding experience.
The Plaza Hotel, New York
For a touch of big-city glamour and old-world charm for your ceremony, look no further than New York City’s iconic Plaza Hotel. The opulent, chandelier-adorned Grand Ballroom is a classic choice for the stars. The Plaza maintains the art-deco grandeur of the ballroom, and features an elegant Champagne bar, as well as an indoor Tranquillity Garden, complete with reflection pools – perfect for a spot of pre-wedding contemplation.
The hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps is all at your fingertips with a destination wedding at the Plaza. Central Park, Fifth Avenue, along with a vast array of galleries, shopping options and five star dining, will provide you and your guests with plenty to see and do in the lead up to the big day.
Find the perfect location for your wedding by speaking to your local personal travel manager.