It begins with the first trip together, then the proposal, and then comes the ultimate destination wedding followed by an extraordinary honeymoon. Say “I do” at one of these spectacular places that will be unforgettable not only for the wedded couple, but also for those attending.
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#1 Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
Bathe in the golden rays of a real Indian summer under the domes and walkways of the magnificent Oberoi Udaivilas. Situated in a place some call the “Venice of the East”, the romance reflected upon shimmering lakes and maze of canals in the city of Udaipur is matchless. After a day exploring the ancient footpaths marked with rich Rajasthani history, sail out onto Lake Pichola for an unblemished view of the Aravalli range as the sun descends behind it.
Back in the luxurious vicinity of the Oberoi, expansive pavilions and decadent courtyards await an opportunity for a lavish wedding ceremony, complemented by a palatial ambience rivalled only by that of an exotic fairytale.
#2 Mara Bushtops, Kenya, Africa
Indulge your spirit of adventure without compromising on comfort and appreciation of the finer things in life at the award-winning luxury tented camps nestled amid the 60,000 hectares of the Mara Siana Wildlife Conservancy. Mara Bushtops, your destination for wild luxury is ideally located on a private ranch bordering the dramatic plains of Kenya’s renowned natural reserve, the Masai Mara.
Five-star rooms designed as secluded havens under canvas roofs are each open on three sides to offer panoramic views and surrounded by an exclusive wooden deck of more than a hundred square metres. Soak in your private hot tub and enjoy the tranquillity of the wilderness or venture into the outdoor infinity pool with the same stunning scenery. Pampering sessions at the spa will prepare you for your big day, beautifully orchestrated in opulent settings, against the jaw-dropping backdrop of an African safari.
#3 49 Black Sand Beach, Hawaii, USA
Coastal ceremonies and saying”I do” beachside, has always been a romantic option for couples who like the wind in their hair and the sand between their toes. Set your nuptials apart by making that lifelong commitment in black and white, the way few couples before you really have—at a black sand beach in magnificent Hawaii.
Frothy waves and ivory gowns against the dramatic black shore at the picturesque sandy bay of the 800-year-old, 49 Black Sand Beach overlooking the Honoka’ope Bay in Kona will make for splendid wedding photos and be the answer to every monochrome-inclined bride’s dream come true. Neighbouring the ultra-exclusive, private enclave of 49 Black Sand Beach are the Mauna Lani Resort and the Hilton Waikoloa Village for a luxurious retreat come nightfall.
#4 Post Ranch Inn, California, USA
If sea views from an idyllic mountaintop are more your jazz, the scenic Post Ranch Inn perched upon a slope of the astounding Big Sur on California’s Central Coast could fulfil your wishes of a wedding venue. This is the stretch where the Santa Lucia Mountains are licked by waves of the Pacific Ocean, described as the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world”.
An architectural delight surrounded by nature’s wonders, this 19th-century homestead has rooms of marble, wood and slate, wood-burning fireplaces and infinity pools that end with the view of the Pacific which draws celebrities from far and wide. For those looking for an intimate setting to host a gathering of loved ones sharing your sacred moment of matrimony, look no further than this spot, where you could tie the knot in understated elegance on a cliff-side terrace overlooking the horizon that frames a glimmering ocean.
#5 Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Maincy, France
It’s called your big day for a reason. Honour it and tie the knot in extravagant grandeur at a romantic French château. The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is one of the most stunning palaces of France, located a mere 55 km from Paris. This privately owned château also happens to be classified as a historical monument and holds important significance in the history of France, as it is said to be the landscaping marvel and architectural structure that inspired the building of the world-renowned Palace of Versailles.
A luxuriant array of venues within the palace are available to select from, for an extraordinary gala—500 hectares of park, manicured gardens dotted with statuesque fountains, sumptuous halls and an opulent grand salon all deserving of your nuptial rite. Brides, you may be the queen of his heart but at this 17th-century mansion, you will be a true princess for a day.
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