10 intimate destinations for a wedding abroad

17 Jan 2018

If you're looking for somewhere secluded for your destination wedding, take a look at these settings which offer both romance and privacy

When seclusion and serenity are of the utmost importance in planning your wedding abroad, an intimate destination is crucial. From secretive beach settings to private spots with spell-binding backdrops, here are 10 of the best places for a ceremony and reception. 

1. Caldera’s Dolphin Suites, Santorini, Greece

Perched on a cliff edge against a backdrop of picture-perfect sea views, it's no wonder couples pick the Caldera's Dolphin Suites from Thomas Cook for their wedding. You will have the opportunity to get some spectacular photos for your wedding album, with huge windows framing the blue Aegean Sea‚ Thirassia Island and the sunsets. This idyllic little hotel at the edge of Megalochori only has 12 rooms and is perfect for quiet‚ intimate ceremonies. Wedding package based on up to 10 guests.


2. The Canadian Rockies, Banff, Canada

If you're looking to elope and desire stunning scenery that will make your big day extra special, the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies offer just that. Take a look at these breath-taking images from this couple's elopement in Banff, Canada. There are several wedding planners in Banff, such as those featured on Banff Bride, who can make your day as intimate as you'd like and create a heartfelt ceremony that is meaningful and memorable. 


Image: Terry Photo Co

3. Dominican Tree House Resort, Caribbean 

Located along the Samana peninsula, the Dominican Tree House Resort is a natural treasure. Offering a capacity for 40 guests in charming and eco-conscious tree huts, the jungle-based resort offers peace and tranquility. Newlyweds get special treatment with champagne on ice and candlelit dinners under a canopy of stars and ceremonies can benefit from local flower arrangements, live music, photography, a special menu and well-stocked bar.


4. Matangi Private Island Resort, Fiji 

The privately-owned island of Matangi boasts crystal clear waters surrounded by vibrant coral reefs, tropical rainforests, a private beach and exceptional hospitality. With just 12 luxury bures set either in the treetops or along the beach, fine dining, French champagnes and complementary activities including snorkelling, guided walks, spa treatments, kayaks and cultural entertainment, this adult-only resort is a dream come true.


5. Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort, Mexico

A relatively small hotel‚ when compared to other resorts‚ Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort from Thomas Cook offers impeccable‚ attentive service. Nestled on Akumal beach‚ celebrate your union with a snorkel in the crystal waters where youu'll find sea turtles to swim amongst for a truly memorable time. The hotel can conduct legal same sex marriages. It also offers a choice of two wedding packages for parties of up to 10 or 15 people with the option to upgrade your wedding package to include the Labana wedding location which is a completely private beach area at the end of the property overlooking the sea.


6. CasaSandra, Holbox Island, Mexico

Beachy bohemian chic awaits at CasaSandra on Holbox Island, off the coast of Northern Cancun. Holbox has its own Catholic church to conduct religious ceremonies, while mystical services and blessings can take place on the beach beneath the pergola adorned with bougainvilleas. The 18-room resort was set up by Sandra Perez, a full-time artist, who came to Holbox looking for solitude and a place to create art while renewing her childhood fasination with nature. 


7. Pigeon Island National Landmark, St Lucia, Caribbean

A picturesque 44 acre property located along the North West coast of Saint Lucia, Pigeon Island National Landmark offers something for everyone and perfectly caters to intimate weddings. With a choice of private sandy or stony beaches, wide open green spaces, a quaint gazebo tucked in among old growth tropical trees, alluring 18th century military ruins and dramatic vistas, Pigeon Island has much to offer in just one venue.


Image: Ron Delhaye Photography

8. Manoir de la Foulquetière, France

Hosting marriages since 1476 when the Marquise de Grenille married Jean de Valenciennes, Manoir de la Foulquetière is a charming venue for your intimate country wedding in France. Sitting in the heart of the historic regions of the Loire Valley and Berry, the Manoir has its own exquisite chapel set in 25 acres of beautiful grounds.


Image: Firehorse Photography

9. Bellagio, Las Vegas

When you want a small-scale introvert wedding, you don't usually think of Las Vegas, but the 'Wedding Capital of the World' is the perfect place for smaller ceremonies. Most wedding hotels offer varying sized chapels to cater to different sized wedding parties and the Bellagio is one such venue with its East Chapel accommodating 30 guests.


10. Lucca Luxury Wedding Villa, Italy

Originally built as a hunting lodge in the 1700s, this luxury wedding villa in Lucca has now been magnificently restored and sits tucked away in the Lucchese hills, just 10 minutes from the beautiful walled city of Lucca. The delightful Italian gardens and parkland with trees, ornamental fish-pond, fountains and statues is a perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wedding reception with your nearest and dearest. Civil ceremonies can be performed at the Lucca Town Hall, while symbolic blessings or Protestant weddings can be performed in the villa grounds. No Catholic weddings are allowed in the diocese of Lucca except for local residents.


Don't forget...

When booking your destination wedding, travel insurance is imperative. Fiona Macrae, head of client engagement at Travel Insurance Explained, advises: "Travel insurance is a must for a destination wedding and many policies will offer a wedding extension which covers items that do not fall under the tour operator or wedding planner’s responsibility."

"This includes cover for the wedding rings if they are lost or stolen, cover for your wedding attire, the loss or damage of wedding gifts given to you abroad and cover if your wedding photographs are lost or damaged. Just check the cover limits on your chosen policy are adequate as they will differ from provider to provider."

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