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Destination Weddings: Pelican Bay

Words by Jennifer Stein

A "Grand" Destination in the Bahamas

If you are looking for an up close and personal experience, surrounded by breathtaking views of the water and a stunning landscape all found within the beautiful destination of Grand Bahamas, than look no further than Pelican Bay at Lucaya Hotel.

Given the unique Caribbean architecture and colorful village-like buildings with verandas, Pelican Bay is “the” go-to destination for honeymoons and weddings away. 
It is the only hotel offering a ferry boat ride to a private secluded beach and after being recognized and awarded by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism as one of the “Small Treasures of the Bahamas,” it is one of the best locations to get married with a guest list of up to 100 destination weddings in the bahamaspeople. They can plan all the details of your wedding for you, with their extensive “preferred partner list” or let you take the reins and do it yourself. The property also only allows one wedding per day, so you will truly have the resort’s wedding staff all to yourself.
Marva Munroe, Sales and Marketing Director for Pelican Bay, says they decided to forgo the “all-inclusive” concept for a reason. “We are so close to everything. Over 30 restaurants and bars are within walking distance, plus the casino is right across the street, so we didn’t think it made sense to limit our guests’ experience. We have destination wedding place cardseverything a couple and guests would want just steps from the property. From a full service spa to the ferry that can take travelers to the private beach or other parts of the island for snorkeling, scuba or sun bathing. We have on-site guest services that can accommodate just about any request.”
As far as the guest rooms and accommodations, every room has a water view, comes complete with breakfast and is quite affordable with rates starting at $129 in the off-season and $199 in high-season. Just want to check it out to see if it’s right for you? If you book your wedding with them after your scouting trip, they’ll credit back the cost of up to two rooms (plus tax) to your final wedding bill!
Opening at the end of April, you’ll find one other special place to tie the knot on their property – the Canal House. To enter the property, guests must pass through a very unique stunning lush garden to their wedding paradise. “Canal House completes Pelican Bay, as we weddings in the bahamastruly needed an indoor option for couples. Plus, it gives us the opportunity to offer other experiences for brides and a solid ‘Plan B’ if necessary,” says Marva.
The hotel is also child-friendly and offers some really amazing experiences for families. Horseback riding and the stand-out Dolphin Sanctuary, can be coordinated with the hotel’s staff as a possible group outing before or after the wedding event.
With the flexibility, beauty and location, Pelican Bay at Lucaya should be one of the first on your list of places to check out.
 Images above (except top image) by Clau Photography.
This article was sponsored by Pelican Bay
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