10 destination wedding resorts that are ripe for romance

A tropical breeze and the promise of “I do” sets the perfect scene for a dream destination wedding. Here, we take you to warm countries and seaside settings that make for stunning ceremonies.

A destination wedding offers a unique and intimate experience in a beautiful location. We have found ten stunning resorts in Bali, Fiji, Australia, Thailand and Dubai where you can say your vows with a beachfront backdrop in an intimate chapel and dance the night away at an outdoor restaurant or opulent ballroom. With jaw-dropping locations, unique wedding venues, attentive staff and luxe accommodation, there’s no better place on earth to tie the knot.

Conrad Bali

With golden beaches, lush landscapes and sacred temples, Bali makes an idyllic setting for a destination wedding. At Conrad Bali, you can say “I do” barefoot along the resorts 350-metre stretch of beachfront, opt for the elegant and iconic Infinity Chapel, choose a tropical garden setting, or wed in the opulent ballroom. From intimate nuptials for two to celebrations of up to 300 guests, you can bring a dream Bali destination wedding to life at this five-star resort. Conrad Bali’s wedding packages make planning all the more stress-free.

After the nuptials, stay in modern and vibrant deluxe or suite rooms showcasing sweeping views over the ocean, garden or pool, or a spacious Conrad suite with an exclusive private entrance. Dine in your room, beachside or at the three on-site restaurants, and spend your days enjoying the sand, engaging in wellness activities, or exploring authentic Balinese cuisine through immersive cooking classes. Just don’t forget to take time out to simply stop, sip champagne by the pool and soak up the serenity – because this place is divine.

Conrad Bali's Infinity wedding Chapel
Conrad Bali’s Infinity Chapel

Langham, Gold Coast

And for a chic, luxury beachside destination wedding on home soil, it would be hard to find anything finer than Langham, Gold Coast. The dedicated bridal team helps couples celebrate their happily ever after, where the biggest decision for the day – besides “I do” – is whether to exchange vows at the shimmering beachfront or in the sumptuous ballroom. Either way, every detail for an unforgettable day is perfectly planned for and executed, from theme colours and flower arrangements to catering, event coordination and accommodation. Sitting on absolute beachfront in the striking Jewel crystalline towers, the five-star Langham, Gold Coast caters to weddings of any size – from intimate gatherings to big soirées – with a 400-banquet capacity in the Diamond Ballroom. And let’s not forget about the food; couples will get to choose from menus brimming with fresh, local produce at a personalised tasting before the event.

Pop champagne corks in the opulent Bridal Suite, replete with private lift, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, dressing room, two bathrooms and a lounge. Your wedding party will be spoiled for choice too, with 169 hotel rooms and 170-apartment-style options ranging from spacious oceanfront suites to rooms with panoramic bushland vistas. Wake up to sweeping sea views on your first morning as wedded couple in the Junior Ocean Suite – boasting a large bedroom and bathtub, as well as entertaining area.

Pamper yourself before the big event at the on-site Chuan Spa, featuring eight treatment rooms, two couple rooms, and male and female saunas. Here you and your guests can primp and preen with a plethora of treatments, including full-body detox, acupressure massage and holistic facials.

Oceanfront wedding at The Langham, Gold Coast
Oceanfront wedding at The Langham, Gold Coast

Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel, Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Nothing says romance like a seaside ceremony. For an all-inclusive destination wedding in Sydney, the picturesque Northern Beaches are hard to beat. Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel delivers dazzling views from its perch overlooking Whale Beach. Book out the venue exclusively to exchange vows in the private garden with stunning ocean views. After saying “I do”, you can capture the memories with your wedding party and photographer on the stunning seashore and manicured gardens.

Take advantage of the services of a dedicated wedding planner, who will be on hand to take care of every small detail of your day. Then kick off married life enjoying canapés and champagne on Jonah’s spacious terrace, boasting sea views. You’ll relish the exceptional food and wine at your restaurant reception. Vino enthusiasts will particularly appreciate the wine list, recently awarded ‘Best Hotel Wine List in the World’ by the World of Fine Wines. And when your wedding clan is all partied out, the hotel offers 11 lovely rooms to retire to – all with balconies showcasing those spectacular sea views.

Vows with a view at Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel
Vows with a view at Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel © Averie Harvey

Daydream Island Resort & Spa, Whitsundays

Powdery sand, vibrant reefs, brilliant blue skies – the Whitsundays could be the ultimate destination to fall in love. Daydream Island Resort & Spa is a postcard-perfect patch of paradise that is the ultimate backdrop for your nuptials. Under coconut palms, on private beaches, beside an infinity pool, within a jaw-dropping glass chapel, in an underwater observatory, you can say “I do” at any number of exclusive wedding venues. Whether you want an intimate elopement among enchanting fairy lights or a grand reception, Daydream has the venue to suit you. Top chefs are ready to create delicious dining options to match your occasion and preferences, from creative cocktails to tasting menus.

Relax and unwind before your big day in the resort’s luxe rooms and suites, and wake up refreshed with breathtaking views over island pools, garden landscapes and azure blue waters. Plus, reaching the island couldn’t be easier – it’s just a short ferry ride away from Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island.

Plantation Island Resort, Fiji

White sandy beaches, aquamarine waters and dreamy sunsets. Romantic ambience is waiting for your beachfront wedding in Fiji. You can walk down the aisle at Plantation Island Resort stress-free as everything you need to celebrate your special day has been taken care of. Opt for one of the resort’s Fiji wedding packages for a seamless event. Well thought out and affordable, you won’t have to think of a thing except having a memorable celebration with your family and friends. For instance, a package from $5,099 includes your marriage celebrant and personal wedding coordinator; the ceremony and private set-up location; a bridal bouquet and groom button hole; the wedding cake; a reception for 20 guests (kids under 12 eat free); FJ$1,000 bar credit; and four nights of accommodation for the bride and groom. Sorted! All the lucky couple need to do is add flights and transfers. Another bonus: you’ll get to spend quality time with your favourite people for more than one day – and on a tropical island.

Romance on the sand at Plantation Island Resort
Romance on the sand at Plantation Island Resort © Icean Studio Fiji;

Elysian Retreat, Whitsundays

As soon as your helicopter lands, kick off your shoes and soak up the serenity at this lush eco-retreat tucked on a private cove on Long Island. The first 100% solar-powered eco-resort on the Great Barrier Reef, Elysian Retreat is also adults-only, so there will be children breaking the ambience. As the most secluded island in the Whitsundays, this is the place to escape if you plan to elope. For those who want an intimate destination wedding, book the entire resort and you’ll have all 10 oceanfront villas. Just enough room for you, your love and 18 of your family or friends. Marry on the pool deck for views across the ocean to the lush, rainforest-clad hills of Cape Conway National Park.

Stay on to enjoy complimentary twice-daily yoga classes and a dip in the magnesium infinity pool. Or head to the spa for Ayurvedic treatments. Dine on dishes made with produce fromthe property’s garden and local seafood, meals are included in your stay. Expect fresh prawns, Moreton Bay bugs and wild-caught fish. For more romance, jump aboard the resort’s vessel, Lotus, and have a picnic in a secluded bay. Or board a chopper for a scenic tour over heart reef. If staying in is more your style, while away your days in the complete privacy of your air-conditioned villa, lounging on your private deck and drink champagne.

Elysian Retreat © Brooke Miles Photography

Tokoriki Island Resort, Fiji

With a string of awards almost as long as the beach it sits on, it’s no surprise that couples swoon over the adults-only Tokoriki Island Resort. Say your vows in the volcanic rock stone chapel with stained-glass windows. Or opt for a barefoot beachside wedding. Then spend your days enjoying beach picnics, snorkelling and visiting the many nearby local islands. Come sunset, sip champagne while you dine on gourmet dishes of fresh local seafood at a private table on the lantern-fringed jetty, serenaded by the relaxing tunes of local musicians. You’ll be planning to renew your vows before you even leave. The Fiji wedding packages made it even more appealing.

Guests can stay in the 36 contemporary freestanding bures and villas that accommodate up to 72 guests and cocktails are served by your private pool. Dine in your villa, beachside or at The Teppanyaki Chef’s table for just four couples.

Destination wedding dining at Tokoriki Island Resort, Fiji
Private dining at Tokoriki Island Resort © Infinity Images Fiji

Kā’anapali Beach Hotel, Hawai’i

Few can claim they wed to a backdrop of breaching whales. But that’s exactly what awaits at your winter destination wedding at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel on the Hawaiian island of Maui. This beachfront property has panoramic views of migrating whales and neighbouring islands. Renowned as the ‘most Hawaiian hotel’ in the world, there are daily authentic cultural experiences.

Learn the local language, Ōlelo Hawai’i; the significance of lei; and about traditional navigation techniques. For something a little more romantic, book a sunset sail or indulge in a couples’ massage. And if you’re here in winter, cast an eye towards the sea and watch as those magnificent mammals make their way through the warm waters.

Garrya Tongsai Bay Samui, Thailand

“Love at first sight” was how the secluded bay that is home to Garrya Tongsai Bay Samui was described when chairman of The Imperial Hotel Group, Akorn Hoontrakul, first laid eyes on it. For three months he slept on the beach dreaming of his ideal resort and planning the layout. Two years later, in 1987, it was realised as the first five-star luxury hotel on Koh Samui.

Little could he know that more than three decades later it would become a place highly sought after by couples wanting to declare their love. This secluded paradise is the ultimate Thailand destination wedding backdrop. The 11.3 hectares of breathtaking nature wrapped around that pristine turquoise bay is frequently chosen as a location to say “I do”.

Here, villas tumble down a lush hillside, and there are sprawling contemporary suites with infinity pools. You’ll find romantic beachfront abodes overlooking the picturesque beach where many a wedding has been held. For those who prefer the hills, you can marry in the verdant countryside with the glistening ocean as your backdrop.

Dine at one of three restaurants where most ingredients are sourced from local farmers and the resort’s garden. Or opt for an in-villa barbecue or private beachside candlelit dinner. During the day, take a dip in the 50-metre freshwater pool or the hillside adults-only pool. Then indulge in a spa treatment at the soothing 8LEMENTS Spa.

Learn new dishes in a private Thai cooking class or try your hand at a traditional craft. For a dose of local culture, you’re less than a 10-minute drive from Wat Plai Laem temple and Wat Phra Yai, the ‘Big Buddha Temple’ overlooking the northern coast.

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Beachfront destination wedding at Garrya Tongsai Bay Samui
Beachfront vows © Anne Sophie Maestracci

AYANA Estate, Bali

AYANA Estate, Bali is perched on a clifftop overlooking Jimbaran Bay. The sprawling complex is so extensive many don’t leave until it’s time to check out. And who would blame them with 26 eateries, 14 swimming pools, a private beach and an 18-hole golf course. The pièce de résistance for romancing couples is Pesta Lobster, frequently voted the ‘most romantic dining venue’ in Bali. The restaurant serves a four-course degustation, including three dishes of locally sourced lobster, accompanied by some of the world’s best wines.

If you’re here for a destination wedding, there are 15 venues to choose from. For larger groups, marry among the 3,000 white frangipani trees in the Champa Garden. While ‘Sky’ will have you saying your vows while ‘floating’ 35 metres above the Indian Ocean. The Tresna Chapel with a see-through glass aisle and a stone-lined river underneath while the stunning glass-sided Astina Chapel is surrounded by water features.

When the vows are done, stay in palatial suites with marble floors, large four-poster beds, pools, deep baths and round-the-clock butler service. For the ultimate in couple indulgence, don’t miss the 180-minute couples’ wellness ritual – a purifying body polish, refreshing cleanse, detoxification massage and facial. Then end your stay under that pastel-coloured sky in a restaurant you are yet to try. Sunsets will never be the same again.

Read: Wedding romance abounds in this Bali hotspot

Destination wedding at AYANA Resort, Bali

Atlantis, The Palm Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm has a team of wedding experts to help plan your dream destination wedding, whether it be on a private beach, in the opulent ballroom or at its outdoor venue. Wow factor is everywhere. Stay in rooms and suites with amazing views of the Dubai Skyline and the Arabian Gulf or book your honeymoon at the Underwater Suite and watch the marine animals glide through your window.

A premier culinary destination, a honeymoon here will have you swanning between 36 restaurants, bars and lounges. There’s Michelin-starred Ossiano, a progressive fine dining experience where tables are seated next to the window of the Ambassador Lagoon Aquarium (home to 65,000 marine animals). World-renowned Nobu sits on the 22nd floor – Japanese cuisine with a Peruvian twist. For British classics, dine at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar. Or savour moreish morsels at the Imperial Club Lounge’s Sunset Terrace, or at the Imperial Club’s private beach.

Spend days partaking in myriad water sports or at Aquaventure Waterpark – the world’s largest waterpark. Then, back inside your spacious abode, have a couples’ massage in the Underwater Suite with its floor-to-ceiling aquarium window. Complete your stay at the adults-only White Beach Club. With two Instagram-worthy pools, a chic outdoor restaurant and a breezy open-air terrace, it’s easy to see why this is Dubai’s hottest beach club. There’s no better way to feel like an A-lister.

Honeymoon at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
Play, stay and live like an A-lister at Atlantis © Atlantis, The Palm


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