Fall Head Over Heels for These Destination Wedding Resorts

posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 6:22:45 PM

Planning to mix things up for your upcoming vows with a destination wedding? We’ve got the inside scoop on five of our favorite places to say, “I do” in style.

Make Maui Memories

Why not plan your dream day on one of the most popular islands in the world? You and your wedding guests can wake up to a dreamlike experience while in Maui, Hawaii.

Our Resort Pick

Located on the northwest corner of Maui, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua provides a scenic setting for exchanging your vows, and the resort makes guests feel like they are celebrating from the moment they arrive. Whether your loved ones would rather retreat to relaxation or engage in adventure, there is something for everyone. At the full-service spa, guests can experience centuries-old treatments based on native practices, or simply enjoy a deep tissue massage before the big day. In other corners of the property, there are opportunities for playing a few rounds of golf, stand-up paddle boarding in the bay or hiking along lush trails. After appetites have been worked up, cravings can be satisfied at one of the popular dining outlets right on site. The night before the wedding, couples can replace a traditional rehearsal dinner with an authentic luau that will dazzle guests.

The Wedding Day

With three unique ceremony venues in addition to three stunning reception venues, there’s no excuse for not finding a venue you love. All of the ceremony spaces overlook the ocean, and one is staged on the fifth hole of the Bay Golf Course with extraordinary views of the Kapalua coastline. From hula lessons to music requests, the on-site wedding coordinators can help couples tie in traditional Hawaiian elements throughout the day. After exchanging vows, your guests can move inside to the Plantation Ballroom, enjoy an elegant dinner in the Anuenue Room or stay beachfront on the Beach House Lawn. Whichever you choose, be confident knowing that the resort only hosts one wedding a day. Request a proposal.

Celebrate in Cancun

What was once home to just a few coconut plantation caretakers is now a world-class destination for beach getaways. If you’re planning a wedding away from home, Cancun has you covered.

Our Resort Pick

Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be stressful. JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa makes it easy to plan a memorable celebration in Mexico. Before and after all of the festivities, guests will appreciate a beachfront setting near underwater caves, rainforest trails and miles of white sand beaches – with the unique feature of not burning your feet. From three outdoor pools for adults and families to private Bali Beds, the resort provides plenty of ways to enjoy a view of the ocean, just steps away. Those in need of some rejuvenation or wishing to stay active can schedule Mayan-inspired spa treatments and take advantage of an Olympic-style pool, tennis courts and a steam room. Incoming wedding guests will also appreciate on-site dining at Gustino Italian Grill, Sedona Grill and BeachWalk, which provides poolside and beachside service.

The Wedding Day

The combination of the resort’s pristine beachfront setting and Marriott Certified Wedding Planners instills confidence in couples planning their special day in Cancun. With flexible venues, the resort’s spaces can be transformed to host casual celebrations, cultural weddings and elegant affairs. Start your celebration with a ceremony at the oceanfront gazebo or wedding chapel, then keep the party going in the Tulum Ballroom, which can host up to 1,100 in a reception layout. Customizable catering and high-powered AV equipment are available to treat incoming loved ones to a tasty dining experience and thoughtful entertainment. Get in touch with the resort.

Feel Butterflies in Fiji

Fiji is made up of 332 islands and 500 islets outside of Australia, and the country is the most secluded place on our list of destination wedding ideas.

Our Resort Pick

On the country’s western coast, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay provides a heavenly atmosphere in Nadi, Fiji. It’s easy to entrust your getaway to the resort’s professional staff and waterfront rooms and over-water villas. Whether planning a celebration with a few family members and friends, or inviting a larger guest list, everyone will appreciate the stunning setting near beautiful beaches and diving destinations. While it may cause your guests to never want to leave, the resort features a full-service spa and sunset infinity pool for ultimate relaxation. The resort is also home to cocktail bars and multiple restaurants. From a bakery to an upscale seafood restaurant, everyone’s taste buds can be satisfied. Room service is available for those wanting to make the most of their room with a view.

The Wedding Day

While an indoor ballroom exists should you choose to celebrate inside, why wouldn’t you dance under the stars on one of the most beautiful islands in the world? When planning your special day with the help of the resort’s wedding team, you can also choose from two unique settings for your ceremony: North Point and Vonu Beach. The former offers space for up to 400 ceremony guests, while the latter brings a wedding to life for up to 300 ceremony and reception guests. With preferred vendors and catering professionals, you don’t have to worry about the details of your day. You and your partner can also take advantage of special wedding packages that include perks such as live bands and tropical flowers.

Gather in Grand Cayman

While its island home may be small, Grand Cayman can host unforgettable events. If you’re wanting to get hitched outside of your hometown, the birthplace of scuba diving could be just right for you.

Our Resort Pick

Positioned on the west side of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort is a beachfront paradise that is picture-perfect for a destination wedding. From the moment you and your guests arrive, you will be greeted with gorgeous views and incredible services. For friends and family wanting to lounge around, the resort offers access to Seven Mile Beach and a freshwater outdoor pool. Those looking for a more holistic ritual can make an appointment at Botanika Union, providing an array of treatments to soothe the body and mind. Others wanting to stay active can engage in activities including biking, jet skiing, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and water skiing. Follow up activity with fresh seafood from one of the fine dining establishments on site. And the fun doesn’t have to stop at the resort – explore nearby destinations including Stingray City and George Town.

The Wedding Day

With a beachfront setting, experienced wedding planners and a beautiful ballroom, you’ll lack no good thing during a celebration in Grand Cayman. Start happily ever after as you exchange vows with the ocean as your backdrop, then plan an intimate after-party by the pool or a large reception in the 4,261-square-foot Orchid Ballroom. Your guests can get a taste of Grand Cayman when you utilize our custom catering options, and specialty lighting services allow you to set the mood you desire. Get more details on the resort and get one step closer to planning the destination wedding of your dreams.

Spark Romance in Costa Rica

With 800 miles of coastline and millions of pounds of coffee production, Costa Rica infuses life into destination weddings by the beach.

Our Resort Pick

Standing out among Costa Rican destinations, The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal - All Inclusive promises an experience for the ages. With 2,400 stunning acres and more dining outlets than any of our other resort picks, this all-inclusive, eco-friendly retreat is located along the North Pacific Riviera. With so many on-site amenities, there’s no reason for guests to leave our property – except for sightseeing. Before and after wedding festivities, everyone can stay together at the lagoon-style pool or split up between the 18-hole golf course and Heavenly Spa. Active travelers can take advantage of the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio and tennis courts before relaxing at the beach. If you have families attending your wedding, or have children of your own, they will love the Kids Club and nightly shows in the theater area.

The Wedding Day

Before saying “I do,” brides and grooms have plenty of ways to unwind thanks to the spa, golf course and beach. Once the wedding day arrives, you and your partner can celebrate in one of many vibrant venues. Indoor spaces include the Guanacaste Ballroom for up to 800 guests and the Arenal Ballroom for up to 100 guests. Outdoor options are the Beachfront Zen Sky Garden and Lake View Gazebo, which each accommodate a maximum of 20 guests for an intimate ceremony. Outdoor reception spaces include the pool area and open-air cabana. Wedding packages are available and include tropical bouquets and boutonnières, sparkling wine, a one-tier wedding cake and the option of cocktails and a seated dinner.

Ready to walk down the aisle in paradise? Take the first step in planning the destination wedding of your dreams when you book your venue visit through Vacations by Marriott. We offer exclusive rates on airfare and accommodations, so you can save more for your upcoming celebration.

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