Tie the knot and honeymoon in style
17 May 2013
Tie the knot and honeymoon in style
With the wedding season fast approaching, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has chosen a hand-picked selection of idyllic hotels to ensure couples make the most of that special occasion, whatever the budget. From gorgeous hotels befitting a beautiful wedding, to stunning resorts in idyllic, far-flung locations for the dream honeymoon, hotels in the UK and across the world have been specially selected from IHG’s extensive world-wide collection as the best places to celebrate a wedding whether for bride, groom or guest.
Beautiful wedding venues
Brides and grooms-to-be can choose from a multi-national range of stunning hotels set in some of the world’s most iconic locations whether home or abroad, from Paris to Porto and Park Lane. Whether the choice is an ornate palace, a Victorian mansion-house or a canal side city setting, the IHG portfolio encompasses some of the most romantic hotels in the world:
InterContinental Paris le Grand, France Couples can say ‘I do’ in the original city of love at InterContinental Paris le Grand. With floodlit views over the Opera House, this luxurious hotel is located in the very heart of Paris. Opened in 1862, the hotel defines historical grandeur – for the ultimate wedding reception, the baroque Opera Ballroom is capable of seating up to 400 guests and providing a true taste of Parisian decadence. Following the big day, newlyweds can stay in the sumptuously decorated Honeymoon Suite, complete with its own private dressing room, lounge and romantic balcony overlooking the Palais Garnier.
InterContinental Porto – Palacio Das Cardosas, Portugal An opulent neo-classical building in the centre of Porto’s historic Old Town is the perfect setting for guests to marry in palatial elegance. Stylish and intimate, the hotel’s restored interiors beautifully reference Portugal’s French and Italian heritage, while the hotel itself directly overlooks the bustling 16th century Librade Square. Capable of hosting up to 130 guests for the reception, newlyweds can retire to the Honeymoon Suite following the celebration, where complimentary flowers and a bottle of luxurious Moët et Chandon champagne will be awaiting them. Following the big day itself couples on the Romance Package can even enjoy late check-out at 4pm to guarantee a truly indulgent wedding experience.
InterContinental London Park Lane, UK Perfectly located in the centre of London’s historic Mayfair, the contemporary InterContinental London Park Lane offers every amenity needed for a dream wedding reception. InterContinental’s invaluable Wedding Planner service will work with couples to create a tailor-made experience; from detailed menu-planning to specialist lighting effects, it will be truly unforgettable from start to finish. Couples can unwind before the big day at the stylish InterContinental Spa before enjoying a romantic meal for two at Michelin starred Chef Theo Randall’s award-winning Italian restaurant.
InterContinental Carlton Cannes, France
Enjoy a wedding in the warm sun of the French Riviera at InterContinental Carlton Cannes. Dating back over one-hundred years, the romantic Belle-Époque façade overlooks the Bay of Cannes offering stunning views across the Mediterranean Sea. With 10 opulent event spaces to choose from, the bride and groom-to-be can have their pick of the perfect backdrop for a glamourous reception. The hotel has been the setting of many a love story over its history: Grace Kelly first met her future husband, Prince Rainier of Monaco, here in 1958. Couples can celebrate their own love story with a beautiful wedding at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes.
Crowne Plaza Marlowe, UK
The lakeside location of the Crowne Plaza Marlowe, set in the remarkable Buckinghamshire countryside, makes it the perfect backdrop for a beautiful wedding. Ideally situated within easy reach of Heathrow Airport, Crowne Plaza Marlowe has over 160 modern bedrooms to choose from, meaning wedding parties can stay together comfortably at the same location. In addition, the hotel offers a superb banqueting suite, able to cater for up to 300 guests. Couples can relax before the big day at the Crowne Plaza Marlowe Quad Club which features an array of health and fitness facilities including a range of pampering beauty treatments.
Holiday Inn Resort, Goa, India
Tucked discreetly amongst lush tropical gardens that open directly onto the stunning Mobor beach, the 5 star Holiday Inn Resort, Goa is the ideal destination for an exotic wedding. The in-house banqueting team will work with you to design the reception of your dreams; from delicious menus to imaginative settings. Following the reception, newlyweds can spend their first night in the indulgent Sunset Suite, so named because the room’s private balcony is perfectly placed to take in the romantic Goan sunsets, complete with its own secluded Jacuzzi.
Holiday Inn Brentford Lock, UK Located on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, the contemporary Waterfront Suite, which can accommodate up to 550 guests, offers stunning views across the water. Couples can say their vows in a traditional London setting before moving seamlessly into the reception. Holiday Inn Brentford Lock is conveniently located for easy access to Heathrow airport – perfect for both arriving guests and for the Bride and Groom to jet off on honeymoon.
Stunning honeymoon destinations
What better way to celebrate newly married bliss than with a honeymoon spent on an exotic, sun-drenched coastline, a chic city-break, or a remote mountain retreat. Newlyweds can choose the perfect honeymoon destination from IHG’s extensive array of stunning hotels, scattered over 100 countries throughout the world.
InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort, Cyprus
Named after the Greek Goddess of Love, newlyweds can spend their honeymoon in a Cypriot paradise at the luxurious InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort. Perfectly positioned to enjoy breathtaking views across the Mediterranean Sea, the hotel also offers guests an award-winning Greco-Roman Retreat Spa to truly unwind in style after the big day. There is nothing more romantic than enjoying a sunset at the nearby ‘Rock of Aphrodite’ – where Aphrodite herself is said to have risen from the waves onto the shores of Cyprus. Legend has it that those swimming around the rock at sunset will be rewarded by a wish of good health from Aphrodite herself.
InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa, Mexico
Begin married life in paradise at this luxury hotel and spa situated on an idyllic stretch of Mexican beach. Set amongst the white sand and clear waters of the world’s second largest coral reef, the InterContinental Cozumel Resort is the ideal place to unwind. In oceanfront huts with unparalleled views of the Caribbean Sea, couples can indulge in the array of signature treatments that the Mandara Spa has to offer.
InterContinental Marine Drive – Mumbai, India
Beautifully located overlooking the famous ‘Queen’s Necklace’ bay, couples can soak up the exotic heat of the Mumbai coastline at the luxurious InterContinental Marine Drive. The 1,850 square foot Luxury Suite is the perfect place for romantics wishing to honeymoon in splendour, offering breathtaking views across the water. Furthermore, newlyweds can expect a stylish welcome to the InterContinental Marine Drive with a sumptuous rose-petal bath and complimentary bottle of champagne. The perfectly positioned Dome Bar offers unparalleled views across the Arabian Sea and is complete with an infinity pool, making this rooftop terrace the ideal place to enjoy a romantic sunset.
Hotel Indigo Barcelona – Plaza Catalunya, Spain Set in the heart of one of the Mediterranean’s most vibrant and dynamic cities, Hotel Indigo Barcelona is perfectly positioned to allow couples to explore the historic capital of Catalonia. Each bedroom is designed to reflect the local area, while the façade and interiors are inspired by Catalan Modernism. Newlyweds can soak up the Spanish sun on the poolside terrace before a romantic stroll to one of Barcelona’s many attractions; from Gaudi’s astonishing feat of architecture, the Sagrada Familia, to the buzzing near-by seaside resort of Sitges.
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