5 Up-and-Coming Destination Wedding Locations You Won’t Want to Overlook

Is it your dream to get away for the big day? Here, planner Alison Hotchkiss-Rinderknecht of Alison Events shares a few truly magical locales that are newly on her radar for those looking into a celebration abroad.


The Brando, Tetiaroa 

Once an island enjoyed by Tahitian royalty, this oasis 30 miles northeast of Tahiti was purchased by Marlon Brando in the ’60s. Fifty years after the actor’s death, this retreat was purchased by a hotel group and transformed into a luxury paradise. The Brando resort features one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas, all with private pools, beach access, and amenities that any tastemaker would come to expect, such as a world-class spa and restaurants.


Belmond Hotel, Ravello, Italy 

This majestic hotel, formerly an 11th-century palace, sits on the cliffs near the Amalfi Coast above the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel has been restored, and the old walls and original fresco ceilings shine in all their original beauty. There are manicured terraced gardens and areas to lounge next to the gigantic infinity pool, which is set in the highest point of Ravello and provides unparalleled views of the coastline. The Belmond also offers daily boat trips to Positano and Roman Pompeii. This is easily one of the world’s most historical and beautiful hotels; it makes for a truly spectacular wedding destination.


The Naka Island, Phuket 

This 67-villa resort located on a private island just off of Phuket, Thailand, is the newest addition to the Starwood Resort Collection. The resort features a spa specializing in Thai treatments, like massage, body wraps, and steams, and Watsu, a therapy in which the body is stretched while submerged in a warm pool. Water and other outdoor activities are endless: scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling off the private beaches, and anything else you and your guests desire.


Mara Bush Camp, Kenya 

Mara Bush Camp is actually a mobile camp located in a hidden forest on the banks of the Olare Orok River, Kenya. This small camp offers extremely personalized and detail-oriented services and provides everything you need to feel at home. Guests have a choice among 12 different walk-in luxury tents complete with patio spaces that overlook the river and its hippos below. Tents are far enough apart for guests to experience true privacy and are even equipped with flushing toilets. All meals are included in the cost, and the camp provides daily tours, activities, and of course, campfires. Guests get exposure to all that Kenya has to offer while basking in pure luxury.


The Bulgari, Bali 

The sophisticated and contemporary design and exclusive location for this hotel sets it apart from all the rest. The second addition to the Bulgari hotel group, this resort is made up of villas and mansions (each with their own garden, pool, and outdoor living room) with every amenity you can dream up. Situated on a cliff, the location feels removed and secret. White sand beaches far below the main lobby are accessible only by an elevator from above. The property also features a spa, a store selling locally made crafts, and several bars, restaurants, and exquisite event spaces.

About the Author

Alison Events

Alison Hotchkiss Rinderknecht founded Alison Events with a distinct goal in mind. She knew she wanted her company to be more than just a boutique event planning firm, so she assembled a talented, global team with the creative capacity to design and execute an unforgettable party—whether a destination wedding, a corporate gig, or a big-bash birthday. With every event they strive to...


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