Destination I Do
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

26 Destinations For Your Wedding

Words by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Preferred Hotels

Ideal Resorts for Your Wedding Away 

When it comes to selecting the perfect place to tie the knot, the world truly is your oyster. Narrowing down your options can be harrowing, so we’re here to help you select the perfect locale for your destination wedding. From the beaches of the Pacific, Atlantic or the Caribbean, to sparkling city landscapes or something a little in-between, each one of our Preferred Hotels & Resorts properties offers something a little different, yet something for everyone.

Tropical Getaways

Nizuc Resort & Spa – Secluded Modern Elegance In Mexico
Perched on the edge of the cerulean blue Caribbean waters is NIZUC Resort & Spa – a tropical oasis set in paradise. Oversized, stylish suites and private villas complete with plunge pools and luxurious amenities begyou to linger, but the warm ocean air and pristine grounds entice you to get out and experience all the activities the property has to offer. From kayaking on still waters to sailing on a luxury yacht or taking a class on sushi making, you and your guests will enjoy every moment of your destination wedding. With over 274 suites, five pools and residence-style suites, groups of up to 150 will be well taken care of.

Grand Isle Resort & Spa – Beachfront Indulgence In The Bahamas
Grand Isle Resort & Spa offers a home-away-from-home in a tropical paradise. Their 58 coastal-inspired villas offer private balconies with endless ocean views, full kitchens and up to four-bedroom luxury configurations. When traveling for a destination wedding with groups and families, having residence-style accommodations is paramount. Select from up to five different event spaces for your destination wedding, hosting up to 100 people. From swimming with nurse sharks and indulging in a Thalassotherapy spa treatment at their world-renowned Seastar Spa to playing around at Emerald Reef Golf Club and ending the day with a private meal under the stars you will start your marriage off right.

Haven Riviera Cancun – Your Own Piece Of Mexican Paradise
As you sink your toes in the powder-soft sand overlooking the breathtaking Caribbean waters that grace the beaches of Haven Riviera Cancun, saying “I do,” is as natural as the environment you’re in. For wedding groups, this adults-only, all-inclusive property exudes style and sophistication. With three pools to choose from, a 15,700 square-foot spa, multiple restaurants and 333 total guest rooms (all with ocean views and 88 swim-out suites), you’ve found your slice of heaven. Wedding groups and honeymoons are a perfect match for this resort. From nearby shopping and exploring in Playa del Carmen to boat excursions to Cozumel and myriad on-site activities (such as water spin classes and yoga), everyone will have something to look forward to. 

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel – Historic Oceanfront Opulence In Puerto Rico
History meets modern luxury in Puerto Rico at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. This legendary icon was first constructed in 1919, but has been refurbished for the 21st century. Enjoy the stunning views of San Juan and Condado while lounging by the pool, take in a salsa class or unwind at their relaxing spa. Wedding guests will have plenty to do with the proximity to San Juan, water activities and complimentary wine and hor d’oeuvres served nightly. If you want a grand, sophisticated event, Condado Vanderbilt Hotel is a perfect match. White glove service, sleek, stunning backdrops and the beauty of the ocean all come together for an unforgettable fairy tale destination wedding.

Santarena Hotel – Boutique Costa Rican Getaway
With 45 guest rooms and flats, Santarena Hotel offers a luxurious getaway in total seclusion. The town of Las Catalinas, where the property is located, doesn’t allow cars, enhancing the feel of being one with nature in a truly spectacular setting. Accommodations are built for intimate pairs or big destination wedding groups with families, so there is something for everyone, regardless of the length of your stay. Just steps away from the resort, enjoy hiking, biking, shopping, kayaking or bask in the gorgeous Costa Rican sun. This sustainable hotel offers the comforts of home with the convenience of resort living.

Best of California

Carneros Resort & Spa – Sip, Savor And Celebrate
Surrounded by rolling vineyards, Carneros Resort and Spa is luxury and relaxation in a modern farm-inspired setting. Offering high-end, cottage-style accommodations paired with fine-dining and sumptuous varietals, this property is as special as it is romantic. Alfresco showers, private gardens, poolside panoramic views of the nearby vineyards and exclusive dining selections offer guests an unparalleled experience in the heart of Napa. Enjoy an intimate ceremony or an event of up to 210 people with an unforgettable backdrop either indoors or out. The perfect balance of rustic charm and modern luxury, weddings at Carneros Resort and Spa are sophisticated, understated and personally tailored to your tastes and personality. 

The Huntington Hotel – History Meets Luxury In Nob Hill
San Francisco exudes romance and The Huntington Hotel encapsulates the history and panache of famed Nob Hill. Once a luxury apartment building in 1924, this historic landmark is now a modern icon offering couples a stylish retreat. With an unparalleled location, The Huntington Hotel overlooks Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park and the city skyline. The elegant, oversized guest rooms and three-story penthouse, on-site luxury spa and relaxation pool provide couples and guests respite from wedding planning and sightseeing. Indulge in a meal at the iconic Big 4 Restaurant and Lounge (named after the big railroad tycoons who developed the southwest) where live music and delectable dinner options unite. 

Hotel Californian – Where The City Meets The Sea
Sandwiched between the sandy beaches and quaint downtown of Santa Barbara is Hotel Californian. This historic (yet recently renovated) property boast 123 guest rooms each with ocean, garden or mountain views. Built in 1925, the property has been reimagined by celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard with a cool, Moroccan-inspired vibe. The sophisticated color palette and vibrant patterns found throughout the property’s three buildings lend themselves to gorgeous wedding celebrations. Choose from beautifully appointed ballrooms (room for up to 285 guests), a rooftop terrace overlooking the Pacific or other outdoor venue spaces for your destination wedding.

Hotel Casa Del Mar – Seaside Serenity In Santa Monica
One of only two hotels on the sand in Los Angeles, Hotel Casa Del Mar is a marriage between Renaissance splendor and modern luxury. The Mediterranean-inspired historic property offers panoramic ocean views, 129 indulgently appointed guest rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, on-site spa and Palm Terrace Pool – all overlooking the sand and sea. Imagine getting wedding-day ready in one of their two-story penthouse suites, offering the ultimate in seaside luxury. Saying “I do” on property is a dream come true with their sweeping staircase for the ultimate of entrances, seriously glamorous ballroom or outdoor terrace, allowing you and your guests to enjoy dinner under the stars after watching the sun slip below the horizon.

Shutters On The Beach – Coastal Chic In Southern California
If you envision a lively beach wedding with the Santa Monica Pier in the distance, a secluded location and five-star service for your guests, Shutters on the Beach might be your perfect home-away-from-home for your wedding away. Situated in the heart of Santa Monica you’ll find a quintessential Southern California hotel that’s iconic for its nod to Cape Cod’s architecture. Enjoy all the area has to offer along with the welcoming residence style Shutters on the Beach is so well known for. Gather around oversized fireplaces in the lobby or back in your upgraded room, surrounded by your wrap-around deck as the sun sets over the Pacific.

Florida Escapes 

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa – Colorful Coastal Escape
Palm Beach is known for luxury. Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa takes that notion to the next level. From cabana hosts indulging your every need as you bask in the sun and wedding guests dining on farm-to-fork cuisine or hitting the greens at their world-class golf course, they deliver the exceptional treatment Palm Beach is iconic for. With one of just 48 spas in the world with a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating, don’t pass up the opportunity to pamper yourself and your bridal party. With countless wedding backdrops to choose from, Eau Palm Beach can accommodate groups large (up to 600) and small. There’s no end to the type of wedding you could celebrate here or the level of service you would enjoy.

Marco Beach Ocean Resort – Suite Seclusion
Head to the Gulf of Mexico to find an island respite with AAA Four Diamond ratings and immaculate reviews. The property can host up to 150 guests and offers groups exceptional service in a luxury setting. This all-suite property boasts one, two and three-bedroom suites complete with fully-equipped kitchens, living rooms and private balconies or terraces to enjoy a sunset cocktail or morning coffee. Wedding guests will love the spacious, home-away-from-home feeling along with the myriad activities that are offered just steps from the resort. Work with their concierge services to book an afternoon activity such as paragliding, tennis, golf or stay on-site and indulge in a pampering spa treatment or bask in the sun.

Hyde Resort & Residences – Intimate Weddings In Paradise
Think oceanfront infinity pools, an award-winning spa, golden sunsets, world-class scuba diving, high-end accommodations and a prime location – all for your wedding away. Sound too good to be true? Hyde Resort & Residences offers all of this along with the option to rent a private residence for your wedding party or entire guest list. Situated on pristine Hollywood South Central Beach (only 20 miles from Miami), this modern, ocean-view property offers convenient amenities such as in-suite washer and dryers, open plan living areas and fine dining all in beachside elegance. Regardless if you’re planning an intimate wedding for two or ten or thinking of this as your honeymoon retreat, Hyde Resort & Residences offers a relaxing retreat in the heart of paradise. 

North American Escapes

Hotel Du Pont -  Delaware’s Gilded Age Hotel
Weddings and celebrations at Hotel Du Pont are a thing of magic. The storied past of this elegant hotel and the people who have graced the halls are interesting enough, but this 1913 hotel has kept its sophistication and grandeur all these years. Enjoy five-star amenities in decadent surroundings while sipping tea in the beautifully appointed grand lobby or take in high-end shopping, world-class museums and the nightlife of downtown Wilmington. Wedding guests will enjoy a sumptuous meal and impeccable service all inside the opulent Gold Room adorned with stunning chandeliers and a gilded ceiling.

Inn At Perry Cabin – Laid-Back Coastal Luxury
Off the banks of the Miles River on Maryland’s east coast, you’ll find five-star luxury paired with historic colonial charm. The Inn at Perry Cabin is near Washington D.C. and has become a popular respite for many. Relax in this secluded 26-acre nirvana complete with lush manicured gardens, tranquil infinity pool, on-site spa and 78 beautifully appointed rooms. Tying the knot here is as idyllic as the setting it’s in. To exchange vows, choose from a waterfront event, their grand ballroom or a storybook garden. It is no surprise this resort has been rated the best and most beautiful hotel in Maryland by both Condé Nast Traveler and Architectural Digest. 

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – Personalization In Pennsylvania
Located in Pennsylvania, an assortment of accommodations can be found at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Select from traditional hotel guest rooms, suites and even residences with different types of décor. From Parisian inspired surroundings with marble clad bathrooms to rustic-chic lodges, any guest will find a perfect backdrop for their personal tastes. Weddings at Nemacolin are only limited by imagination. They have their own certified event designers dedicated to making your destination wedding totally customized to you. Take advantage of their on-site ThemeWorks department, offering a large supply of décor elements and floral creations. No matter what type of wedding you envision – high-end and swanky or low key and casual – their goal is to create the perfect celebration just for you.

Pacific Gateway Hotel At Vancouver Airport – Quaint Convenience
Complete with dramatic views of the Coast Mountains and Fraser River, the Pacific Gateway Hotel is an idyllic combination of convenience, modern amenities, posh accommodations and style. Unlike most airport hotels, Pacific Gateway offers more than just expediency. This four-star resort-style hotel provides lush gardens, panoramic views, sumptuous dining and a multitude of backdrops for your big day. Saying “I do” at this waterfront property (with its own marina) provides you with stress-free planning – all in proximity of downtown Vancouver and the wilderness of beautiful British Columbia. Destination wedding guests will love the 24/7 complimentary shuttle, heated outdoor pool, plush accommodations and waterfront dining.

River Rock Casino Resort – Riverside Gaming Glamour
If playing your hand at love has paid off, why not consider the River Rock Casino Resort for your wedding away? Situated on the banks of the Fraser River, River Rock Casino Resort offers a AAA Four Diamond experience combined with the thrill of gaming, gorgeous accommodations and world-class entertainment, all in a stunning riverside location. Take in a show at the on-site theater or try Cantonese cuisine at River Rock Casino Resorts’ acclaimed Sea Harbour restaurant. Give your guests the gift of the unexpected. Between your ceremony and reception, instead of just enjoying cocktail hour, let them try their luck on one of the 1,100 slot machines, at a table or in the dedicated poker room.

Southwest Wedding Destinations

The Wigwam – An Intimate Retreat With Big Spirit
The storied past of an iconic Arizona property can be the backdrop for the beginning of your own love story. While you make your commitment to the one you love, imagine quaint courtyards set in lush gardens as the golden sun is setting over a charming hacienda. This intimate, desert retreat lacks nothing in celebration space. With 55,000 square-feet of outdoor venue options set on 440 acres, it caters to groups large and small. Paired with your own dedicated wedding specialist, you’ll be stress-free and feeling like a guest at your own wedding. With more than 90 years of hosting fairy tale weddings, they’re determined to make each couples one-of-a-kind dream come true in an idyllic desert oasis. 

The Lorenzo – Artistic Elegance, Deep In The Heart Of Texas
Remove any prior notions of Texas when you think of The Lorenzo. This art-forward boutique resort is located in the Cedars area of downtown Dallas, but is far from cliché “Texas.” What is big here is the art. Over 600 pieces of original pieces can be found throughout the property, as well as kitschy Shakespearean quotes and a myriad of murals. If your goal is a hip and lively event, complete with colorful, interesting décor, delectable food and over 10,000 square feet of event space, then The Lorenzo is the perfect backdrop for your big day.

The Art, a Hotel – A Modern Marvel In Denver
You’ll find a hotel with a mirrored exterior, unusual lines and an enchanting amount of art in the heart of Denver. Pair that with the sparkling city lights and mountain views out every window and creative romantics will rejoice. The common areas such as their rooftop FIRE Terrace allow for wedding guests to mingle, cocktail in hand under the starry skies of Colorado. Accommodations are a modern mix of classic minimalism with high-end touches such as marble bathtubs and private balconies. You and your art-savvy guests can take advantage of a complimentary art tour and get a full picture of the number of museum-quality paintings and sculptures throughout the hotel, as well as stroll around the corner to the Denver Art Museum.

European Wedding Destinations

Hotel Napolean – Classic Elegance In Paris
When you dream of visiting Paris, location has got to be the number-one factor in where you stay. Hotel Napoleon Paris offers not only a one-minute walk to the Arc de Triomphe, Place de I’Etoile and Avenue des Champs-Élysées, but also impeccable service, magnificent five-star accommodations and modern renovated rooms with a touch of classic elegance for your destination wedding or honeymoon. With a 100 out of 100 walking score on TripAdvisor, you’ll be able to take in the romance of Paris with ease at this high-end hotel.

Il Castelfalfi – Get Tucked Away In Tuscany
Imagine saying “I do” in your own medieval Tuscan village. Il Castelfafi offers three different types of luxury accommodations for your wedding guests in the enchanting setting of rolling hills filled with olive groves and vineyards. Select from Il Castelfalfi, a five-star hotel providing modern amenities and brand new accommodations, La Tabaccaia Hotel, a boutique hotel set in a repurposed ancient tobacco factory and lastly, Castelfalfi’s own luxury private villas and apartments – all marrying modern life with Italian pace. Like they say, you’ll willingly leave your laptop and iPhone at home as you delight in the surreal surroundings.

Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa – Old World Opulance In Prague
History buffs unite in this five-century-old boutique hotel in the heart of Prague’s Old Town. Having won awards by Forbes Travel Guide, Condé Nast Traveler, TripAdvisor and more, it’s no wonder their reviews are flawless. The central location (close to both Prague Castle and Charles Bridge) makes it a honeymooner’s paradise and a wedding group’s best bet. Pair that with the on-site luxury Indonesian spa and daily treats such as homemade pralines at turn down and fruit delivered to your door, honeymooners and destination wedding groups might want to linger a little longer. 

Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort – Get Married In Monaco
A destination wedding in Monte-Carlo is what dreams are made of. With multiple venues to choose from, 334 luxury rooms (including 22 suites) and an on-site casino all situated on the French Rivera, your wedding at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort would be the envy of all. The resort offers everything from private sundecks and a sandy-bottomed lagoon to a one-Michelin star restaurant (Blue Bay) and views as far as the eyes can see. Indulge at the on-site spa for a perfect culmination of your destination wedding dream come true. 

Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa – History Meets Luxury In Scotland
Located in the town of St Andrews, Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa is the perfect destination wedding locale for golf enthusiasts. Bordering the famed “Road Hole” of the Old Course (the oldest golf course in the world), the property blends a 15th-century tradition with unparalleled service and sophistication. Beyond golf, this property offers five-star accommodations in a gorgeous traditional Scottish setting. Enjoy their “quietly confident” service and views of both the Scottish coastline and rolling hills of the golf course. A wedding away steeped in tradition will set your married life off right.

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