If you’re planning a luxurious destination wedding, pack your wedding dress and tuxedo and say “I do” at one of these idyllic locations.
From the lush Mexican jungle to the French Riviera, Madrid’s historic city centre to Rajasthan’s leafy parks, luxury hotels in these destinations all offer some of the most exotic wedding locations. Whether tying the knot with the dazzling Mediterranean Sea or a vine-covered historic hacienda is your preferred backdrop, any one of these locations is destined to make your big day one to remember, so it’s no surprise destination weddings are gathering speed around the world.
Today, almost one in four weddings are considered destination weddings and since their rise in the 1990s they’re only gaining in popularity. Where weddings once mostly took place in religious sites or as intimate elopements, more and more couples around the world are choosing to tie the knot in locations that inspire them in other ways.
So open your Pinterest board, call your wedding planner and start turning your dreams into a reality at these unforgettable wedding venues around the world.
SIX SENSES FORT BARWARA
Reinterpreting the gracious and luxurious ambience of a bygone era dating back 700 years, the Six Senses Fort Barwara in Rajasthan, India is a picturesque 14th century fort that has been converted into an idyllic luxury resort. Amid the two original palaces and two temples within the walled fort, and just a stone’s throw away from the Ranthambore National Park, guests can get married in a luxurious and natural setting. The fort was once a Rajasthani royal family’s home and since the hotel opened in late 2021, it simply exudes understated opulence.
ROSEWOOD VILLA MAGNA
Another reimagined and redesigned ultra-luxury hotel that showcases a clear commitment to contemporary design and landscaping is the revived Rosewood Villa Magna in Madrid. Channelling the original spirit of the 19th century Anglada Palace that once stood at this site, as well as the original Villa Magna hotel from the 1970s, the current Rosewood hotel perfectly balances the ambiance of a contemporary Spanish villa with the signature aesthetic of the original buildings. Located right in the centre of Madrid’s most coveted boulevard, Paseo de la Castellana, the hotel is at the doorstep of some of the city’s most sought-after shopping, dining, and cultural attractions — it’s the perfect blend of historic and contemporary in which to tie the knot.
HOTEL DU CAP-EDEN-ROC
Staying in southern European warm and sunny climes, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes offers guests a grand Great Gatsby-style chateau wedding venue right on the French Riviera. Combining an exquisite and perfectly balanced blend of modern and historic, the hotel’s magnificent tree-lined allée leads you down to a private seaside haven in which to say your vows. As France is hailed as one of the most romantic countries in the world, this idyllic wedding destination that delicately combines a traditional French chateau with Mediterranean glamour is the definition of la vie en rose.
HACIENDA SAC CHICH
Moving away from pristine beaches and over to a unique private oasis tucked in the lush Yucatán jungle, Hacienda Sac Chich near Mérida is steeped in authentic Mexican heritage in which to share your vows. Equal parts old-world charm and modern design, the ornate gardens, hand-carved wood furniture, elegant tile floors, and sweeping archways of the hacienda make for a historic and exotic ceremony venue. This high-end hacienda was once the home of a nobleman and today you can dance the night away with a breeze flowing through the surrounding jungle and under the twinkling lights and stars overhead.
HOTEL VILLA CIPRESSI
From verdant Mexican jungles to delicate and manicured botanical gardens on the shores of Lake Como, Hotel Villa Cipressi in the charming town of Varenna will make you feel like your nuptials are part of a James Bond movie. As far as backdrops for your wedding photographs go, it doesn’t get much better than the shimmering Italian Lakes—and Lake Como is the crown jewel of this slice of Italy. Golden statues, ornate fountains, and the soft lapping of the lake’s water surround you on your big day as you tie the knot at this authentic Italian villa surrounded by its lush botanic garden.
Whether you’re inspired by the sea, the jungle, the city, or by a historic location, any one of these unique wedding destinations around the world is sure to forge unforgettable memories of one of the most important days of your life. So, where will you say “I do”, “Oui, je le veux”, “Acepto”, or “Si, lo voglio”?