High-end destination wedding venues around the world
06 Oct 2017
If you’re looking for a lavish and luxurious destination wedding venue, take a look at these opulent offerings
Located on the Place Vendôme, the Ritz Paris possesses that indescribable charm, featuring 71 exquisiting appointed rooms and suites which bear the names of French luminaries such as Coco Chanel and Scott Fitzgerald. Offering a total of eight wedding venues, Ritz Paris caters to large and small ceremonies and receptions – from the drama and decadence of Salon Vendôme which can accommodate up to 240 guests for a ceremony and 270 for a cocktail reception, the Salon Auguste Escoiffier – surrounded by timeless Parisian chic - seats 11. The Grand Jardin with its manicured lawns and topiary is also a remarkable spot in which to wed. The Ritz Paris is a place where dreams come to life with many bars and restaurants, while the Ritz Club Paris and its sumptuous Art Déco pool with ‘CHANEL au Ritz Paris’ area is a holistic space to relax.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Capturing the ambience and charm of ancient China, the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore – located near Orchard Road, will take your breath away. Set amid 15 acres of lush tropical gardens, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is a haven of tranquillity in the heart of a bustling city. An award-winning banquet venue renowned for its luxurious grand ballrooms and signature service, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is one of Singapore’s most sought-after wedding destinations with venues including the pillarless Island Ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, the historic Dutch Pavilion perfect for intimate events, and the outdoor Banyan Deck which showcases the gardens verdant gardens.
The Waldhaus Flims Alpine Grand Hotel and Spa, Switzerland
Where breath-taking Alpine scenery meets the Grandezza of the Belle Époque, Waldhaus Flims has been named the sixth most beautiful wedding location in Switzerland at the Swiss Location Awards. For a truly fairytale wedding this mountain retreat in the heart of the Swiss Alps offers an expert team of professionals, with wedding planner, Marco Wahl, guiding and advising couples in their choices. Couples can tie the knot in the open air, while the magical Art Nouveau ballroom caters for up to 500 guests. Enchanting extras such as a romantic carriage ride and fireworks add the perfect touch.
Canaves Oia Luxury Resort, Santorini
Say “I do” in the lap of luxury in Santorini. Perched high above the Aegean Sea, with views of the ancient caldera, Canaves Oia Luxury Resort provides a bespoke approach to delivering the wedding day of your dreams. Wed on a panoramic balcony overlooking the magical caldera views, by a blissful infinity pool, or on your own private catamaran. Traditional Greek dancers, classical harpists, fireworks and sky lanterns can make your special day even more memorable. The Canaves Spa and the Petra Restaurant in Canaves Oia Suites provide facilities to ensure your stay is as comfortable as can be, while sailing cruises, scuba diving and helicopter tours can be arranged by the dedicated team of wedding planners.
St. Regis Mauritius Resort
The St. Regis Mauritius Resort is a five-star property situated in the sought-after location of the Le Morne Peninsula, the most south-westerly point on the island of Mauritius. The St. Regis Mauritius offers various wedding ceremony locations, from The Beach (with the ocean, or the mountain as scenery), to The Jetty – a wooden frame that makes for a beautifully rustic archway with the vast blue ocean backdrop, and The Tea Garden for a serene botanical setting that incorporates the island’s natural beauty. Surrounded by lagoon and white sands, the resort houses 172 bedrooms which includes the luxury St. Regis Villa. The villa is the Indian Ocean’s largest four-bedroom villa, featuring four ocean-facing suites and private chef and St. Regis butler service. There are also five distinctive dining outlets contained within the resort, as well as an infinity pool, children’s area, three plunge pools, a private gym and steam room, and more.
Wynn, Las Vegas
Las Vegas – the Wedding Capital of the World – offers a myriad of spectacular destination wedding venues. Discover luxury like never before at the Wynn. The Primrose Courtyard, ballroom and two chapels (Lilac and Lavender) offer an attention to detail that will delight both couples and their wedding guests. The gorgeous Lavender and Lilac Dressing Rooms are available to the bride before the ceremony. Only one wedding is conducted at a time, ensuring the attention and service of the Wynn’s talented team of co-ordinators. Superior catering (including cakes), photography and floristry are also available to take the stress out of planning every aspect of your big day. The Wynn offers various packages and prices start at $1,790 (approximately £1,470) for the introductory package – The Love Affair Ceremony. Guests have the choice to stay at the Wynn or adjoining sister hotel, the Encore.
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Château du Grand-Lucé, France (Loire Valley)
Château du Grand-Lucé is a magnificent and architecturally splendid example of the French Neoclassical era. This incredible piece of history is less than a one-hour train ride from Paris in the Loire Valley, and is set amongst some of the country's most picturesque gardens, the ideal backdrop for exchanging vows. A former home of Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay, the Château has been returned to its original splendour following a careful restoration by the government. Having once hosted great minds of the Age of Enlightenment, the property now opens its doors to the modern day bride, with room for friends and family in the multiple guest suites.
Mondrian Doha, Qatar
Featuring a 2,000sq/m ballroom - one of the largest ballrooms in Qatar - and 600sq/m Opal Bridal Suite, sbe's first hotel in the Middle East, Mondrian Doha, provides a world-class wedding offering abroad. Situated in Doha's West Bay Lagoon, the hotel offers couples a beauty salon, wedding cakes designed by Magnolia Bakery, an on-site florist and chocolatier, as well as exquisite catering. Reached from a 24k gold Swarovski encrusted private elevator, the Moonstone Ballroom can accommodate 1,500 guests and offers the ultimate space for a reception. Guests are also invited to stay overnight with 211 bedrooms and special room rates available.
Four Seasons Resort Bali
Located in a quiet corner of Jimbaran Bay, Four Seasons Resort Bali’s ocean-view water weddings include Bali’s longest overwater aisle, measuring 57 metres. Blending traditional Balinese architecture with chic sophistication and 35 acres of tropical gardens, the 147 villa resort is a sensational venue for a water-based wedding. The Ultimate Water Wedding package includes five nights’ exclusive use of Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay or sister resort Four Seasons Sayan, which includes VIP airport arrival and transfer, luxury accommodation for guests and a dedicated service from the staff. The wedding day itself features a ceremony held at one of the new water wedding venues, accompanied by a traditional blessing and vibrant Balinese dance performance.
Oheka Castle, Long Island
This magnificent Gold Coast Mansion is situated on the highest point of Long Island. Oheka was once used for entertaining in 1919, during the Gatsby era, when financier and patron of the arts, Otto Hermann Kahn, commissioned architects to design his palatial country residence to host lavish parties. Today, Oheka is recognised as one of the most prestigious wedding and event venues in the world and is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official programme of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognising and celebrating the finest historic hotels across America. The Castle features 32 luxurious guestrooms and suites where guests can sleep like royalty, historic mansion tours of the estate and gardens, and the Oheka Bar & Restaurant offering patrons a unique culinary experience.
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