Destination I Do
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dearly Beloved, We're Gathered at The Cotton Tree...

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of the Cotton Tree

On the island of Grand Cayman, just steps from the Caribbean Sea, is the ultimate wedding take-over destination, the Cotton Tree. With four gorgeously appointed plantation cottages and ocean-front access, this luxury retreat is a “Dearly Beloved” pick for 2011.

If you have ever considered doing the home-away-from-home destination wedding, this is the place to do it and do it in style. Each cottage offers designer décor with spot-on color choices, lavish kitchens and baths as well as the option to work with on-site chefs and sommeliers to complete your experience.

Amidst the tropical landscape, inclusive of fruit and cotton trees (of course), your intimate wedding take-over can truly have a life of its own. Sleeping a total of 18 (total property buyout), the Cotton Tree works with the island’s finest wedding planning company, Celebrations, to make sure your event is the best it can be.

Personalized concierge service including spa appointments, grocery shopping, on-site cooking and art classes are all available at the Cotton Tree. You will also find a refrigerator stocked with breakfast items, fruit and snacks inclusive of your stay. The entire kitchen has state-of-the-art appliances and supplies, so it won’t feel like most rentals (the ones with high-end zip codes and furniture, but you are forced to use a $10 toaster).

Owner, Heather Lockington opened the hotel (the first of its kind) in 2009. Her vision and passion for Caribbean culture, design and giving visitors a “sense of place” brought Cotton Tree to fruition. “The cottages are as private as home, but of course not like home at all, unless one lives virtually steps from the beach and has a personal chef and sommelier!” says Heather.

The thought of renting out the entire property for a wedding is as natural as the setting it’s in. It’s only a short car ride from the major sites and activities on the island, yet it gives the solitude and flexibility you can only get from a private property.

Offering the perfect blend of luxurious accommodations, seclusion, flexibility, small boutique hotel feel and that personalized service so many couples long for, the Cotton Tree in Grand Cayman is one of our favorite hot-spots for 2011.

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