3 Hot Wedding Destinations
1. Idyllic Maldives
Where: One&Only Reethi Rah, The Maldives
What: One of the largest islands in the Maldives, the One&Only is the perfect location for a luxury destination wedding. Whether you’re looking for a white sandy beach, a beautiful wedding pavilion or one of the chic restaurants to get hitched in, the Reethi Rah is the ultimate in sheer romance and understated elegance.
Why: Why not! The island is what you would imagine paradise to be. A dedicated team of Celebration Consultants make this the easiest and most stress-free experience. Their Legendary Sunset Wedding package offers a choice of ceremony venues, decorated with fresh flowers and signature Reethi Rah orchids, a bridal bouquet, a bottle of bubbly, a wedding cake and a floral decorated golf buggy to transport you around. The resort hosted Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s wedding – if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us!
When: December to May is the best time, June to November is good but with occasional showers.
Price: The Legendary Sunset Wedding package starts from Dhs11,981 service charge per couple. Optional extras include a wedding photographer, who will set you back Dhs1,917 and a romantic candlelit dinner on a private beach for an additional Dhs808 per couple.
Entertainment: The hotel’s resident DJ is on hand for any music your heart desires. And don’t forget to send your guests snorkeling and on a booze cruise!
2. Ethnic Kerala
Where: The Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa.
What: Kumarakom’s man-made heaven rests on the shores of Vembanad lake in God’s own land – the blissful lapping waters of Kerala.
Why: The Expectation package includes a wedding toast with musical accompaniment, a bridal bouquet and boutonniere along with a host of other specifics, whereas the Traditional package is the ultimate Kumarakom wedding, with lights blazing your path at every turn, fireworks to herald your oncoming life and traditional dances and entertainment options that will leave you wanting more.
When: The months of October through February are fabulous, with December being the most popular.
Price: The rates vary according to the time of the year, the number of days and other specifics.
Entertainment: Send your guests on breathtaking house boat tours and cultural visits to renowned temples and churches. The area is also a rich repository of flora and fauna and is a great place for those of your guests who love nature.
3. Exotic Morocco
Where: Palais Rhoul, Marrakech.
What: With expansive gardens relieved by cool lakes, this oasis in the midst of Marrakech’s stunning cultural offerings is the perfect venue for a wedding steeped in luxurious heritage and exotic locales.
Why: Bespoke packages, created by the hottest event planners in the region, Boutique Souk, based in Morocco make your choice the only one that matters. Have the ceremony in the sprawling gardens, either with the pool as a backdrop, or in the Atrium, the palace’s dining room. The typical weekend includes a Henne, a welcome dinner, parties in between and a farewell pool-side brunch.
When: May through July and September through October.
Price: Rooms range from Dhs1,400 – Dhs3,000 per night.
Entetainment: Treat your guests to hot-air balloon rides, helicopter trips to the coast of Essaouria and a drive up the Atlas mountains. Throw brunches and parties at the chic Pasha and Silver night-clubs, Bo’Zin and Crystal restaurants and watch a traditional Moroccon cabaret at Comptoir.