16 Chic New Hotels That Are Perfect for a Destination Wedding
Whether you're looking for a small, intimate affair for two or a grand, blow-out celebration with hundreds of guests, a destination wedding in a spectacular setting is the most glamorous way to celebrate your marriage. But where should you throw such an important party?
We partnered with the travel experts at Indagare, the bespoke membership-based travel company, who handpicked 16 brand new properties worldwide. The hotels and resorts chosen, including everything from a pampering retreat on a northern Icelandic peninsula to a private island resort in Fiji, are particularly special for a destination wedding. Each of the magical spots boasts superb staff who can seamlessly arrange all of the wedding details, removing most of the planning stress and allowing couples to focus on the momentous occasion. The retreats each have an endless array of activities, indulgent spas, and gorgeous landscapes that are sure to keep guests and—most importantly—the bride and groom happy, entertained, and relaxed.
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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge — Brooklyn
With direct views of Manhattan's iconic cityscape, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a prime wedding venue for city-loving couples who have an eco-friendly ethos. The sustainable practices of the 1 Hotel are perceptible in every corner of the hotel—from the décor of reclaimed woods, topiaries, and organic fabrics to the healthful cuisine. The spacious, glass-walled rooftop, which even has a sleek pool, is a particularly scenic setting for a ceremony that seems to almost float beside the city.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, from $268 per night, 194 rooms,
Casa Grande at Vermejo Ranch — New Mexico
Visions of a Wild West wedding with all of today's luxuries come to life at Ted Turner's lavish private home, Casa Grande, set on nearly 590,000 acres of pristine land in northern New Mexico. The sprawling Spanish villa has magnificent indoor and outdoor spaces and panoramic vistas of seemingly endless plains. The experiences include horse-back riding, fishing, hiking and, of course, roasting s'mores over a campfire.
Casa Grande at Vermejo Park Ranch, from $1,250 per night, 7 rooms,
SingleThread Farms — Sonoma
The Sonoma area's rambling terrain and array of excellent wineries and restaurants have long lured oenophiles, foodies, and peace-seekers. The region's newest retreat, SingleThread Farms, can exquisitely craft a memorable wedding, whether at the cozy, high-design inn or on the owners' five-acre farm. The exceptional property imbues a Californian eco-consciousness throughout, so the airy décor is carefully curated and the five-acre farm supplies most of the inn's produce for their nightly 11-course tasting menu.
SingleThread Farms, from $800 per night, 5 rooms,
Villa Marie — St. Barth's
Saint Barthélemy rises from the blue Caribbean waters, an island of wild and rugged landscapes. Situated high in the hills of Colombier and overlooking Flamands Beach, Villa Marie is a tropical hideaway with a boho-chic feel. With just 17 individual bungalows, the whimsical property is a chic setting for intimate nuptials but is also within close proximity to the island's gorgeous beaches, excellent shopping, and buzzy dining and nightlife scenes.
Villa Marie, from $380 per night, 17 rooms,
Four Seasons Lanai — Hawaii
One of only two resorts on the unspoiled isle of Lanai, the serene Four Seasons rests on a bluff overlooking Hulopoe Bay, an undeniably romantic perch. Lanai's wild, preserved beauty combined with the easy-going island pace and classic aloha spirit attracts couples wishing for a full-service hotel set in a stunning natural location. Weddings can take place on the hotel's crescent beach or on a bluff-side lanai.
Four Seasons Lanai, rooms from $1,150 per night, 217 rooms,
The Dewberry — Charleston
One of America's earliest cities, Charleston is also one of the country's most elegant, with its many churches, live oaks, cobblestoned streets, and Southern hospitality. The new Dewberry Hotel celebrates traditional charm with a mid-century modern vision, and the hushed garden or grand ballroom are perfect wedding venues for couples who love historic elegance but share a design-minded flair.
The Dewberry, from $299 per night, 155 rooms,
The Other Side — Bahamas
Eleuthera, a slender island in Bahama's Out Islands, is a dreamy retreat for a barefoot wedding under the stars. Scattered behind the property's white-sand beach are a series of tents hung with chandeliers and kitted out with comfy couches, quirky antiques, and vibrant island art. The magical property emanates a barefoot-chic ethos but retains a dramatic flair for design, with features like a negative-edge pool that juts out over the water.
The Other Side, tents from $750 per night, 7 rooms,
Chileno Bay — Cabo
Sleek, sexy, and minimalist, this open-air resort commands a remarkable position on Cabo's windswept coast. The property can organize a beachfront ceremony on a secluded bluff followed by a terrace reception or an intimate dinner beside the negative-edge, multi-layered pool. Active couples will love the resort's swimmable beach (a rarity in Cabo) and the host of onsite amenities, including snorkeling, paddle boarding, boating, golf course, and fantastic spa.
Chileno Bay, from $625 per night, 92 rooms,
Chablé Resort and Spa — Mexico
Deep in the Yucatan Peninsula and surrounded by lush jungle, Chablé Resort is an authentic and eclectic wedding escape. Set in a restored 19th-century estate, Chablé retains many of the property's original structures (including the chapel) and has added 40 contemporary casitas and a spa that incorporates a Mayan cenote. The lush grounds with the medieval stone walls and colorful stucco buildings are a beautiful backdrop for a ceremony. Inside, the main hacienda is whimsically decorated with handmade Mexican furniture and vintage touches.
Chablé, from $1,747 per night, 40 rooms,
Il Sereno Lake Como — Italy
The majestic Lake Como has long conjured romantic images—forested cliffs that plunge into the lake's depths, charming towns dotting the shoreline and boats gliding on placid waters. Il Sereno, a sleek, 30-suite property right on the lake, is the perfect waterside venue for couples who are enchanted by history and glamour. The hotel boasts terraces with an infinity-edge pool and contemporary interiors with neutral tones, natural materials, and floor-to-ceiling glass.
Il Sereno Lake Como, from $1,500 per night, 30 rooms,
Deplar Farm — Iceland
For adventurous couples who want to tie the knot in an otherworldly locale, Iceland's Deplar Farm is an estate located on a former sheep farm in a Narnia-like wonderland. The country's most luxurious property blends almost entirely into the dramatic mountainous landscape, and makes for a striking backdrop for a wedding ceremony. Deplar's majestic environs offer a host of adrenaline-fueled activities including some of the best heli-skiing, Arctic surfing, and fly-fishing in the world.
Deplar Farm, from $1,750 per person per night, 13 rooms,
Leeu Estates — South Africa
With the dramatic backdrop of mountains cascading into a lush valley, the grand Leeu Estates manor sits atop a wide lawn. The elegant property is designed in the Cape Dutch style and the grounds encompass gracious gardens and a boutique winery. The Asian-inspired spa overlooking the vineyards offers organic treatments and an infinity-edge pool, which is the ideal place to relax after wedding festivities.
Leeu Estates, rooms from $667 per night, 17 rooms,
Six Senses Zil Pasyon — Seychelles
A private island paradise with sleek villas and a fabulous spa, this luxurious resort celebrates the island's breathtaking natural beauty—untamed hillsides brim with palms and flowers while rocky coves glimmer from the blues of the Indian Ocean. A wedding ceremony here is a particularly enchanting affair, whether on the beach surrounded by twinkling lanterns, in one of the open-air villas or atop the island's summit, or overlooking the limitless expanse of sea and sky.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon, from $2,050 per night, 30 rooms,
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort — Maldives
The St. Regis Maldives, which occupies its own private atoll in the Indian Ocean, is the newest luxury addition in an archipelago known for top-notch resorts. Centered around a lush, private island ringed by a white-sand beach, the resort offers palatial beachfront villas and over-water bungalows, all sleekly designed with teak wood, batik prints, and infinity pools. The property's excellent staff can seamlessly execute a castaway dream wedding on a secluded part of the beach followed by a candlelit dinner in the sand.
Kokomo — Fiji
Arriving by private seaplane over the glittering Pacific to this island jewel sets the stage for a truly spectacular beach wedding. This indulgent resort encompasses the entire island and delivers the utmost in luxury with its beachside villas and hillside residences, each boasting beach-chic décor, private infinity pools, and open-air layouts ideal for entertaining. Surrounded by one of the world's largest reefs, the property offers many water activities as well as rainforest trails, a tennis court, and a spa.
Kokomo, from $1,995 per night, 21 rooms,
Miavana — Madagascar
A nature-lover's nirvana, this private island off the coast of Madagascar is a one-of-a-kind destination for a secluded beach wedding. The property is sumptuous—the 14 ultra-luxe beachfront villas start at 5,000 square feet—and boasts miles of pristine beaches. Activities include world-class snorkeling and diving in the surrounding reef, water safaris to observe the local ecosystems, and day trips to Madagascar's lush rainforests.
Miavana, from $1,900 per person per night, 14 rooms,
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