14 of the world’s most beautiful beach weddings
Looking for a romantic beach wedding? Our wedding experts have travelled around the world to find the most beautiful beach wedding destinations. Here are a few of our favourite beach weddings abroad.
This stylish retreat enjoys a beautiful setting overlooking the golden sands of Sri Lanka’s less-visited east coast. The beautiful backdrop of the ocean and a romantic beach ceremony is a speciality here. While the ceremony will follow a Hindu tradition, the wedding package can be tailored to you both – for instance, you might like to celebrate with traditional Sri Lankan drummers, have the ceremony on a decorated ‘poruwa’ or add a candlelit dinner on the beach. For a truly unique wedding, the resort can arrange a sunrise ceremony on the beach. The east coast of Sri Lanka is renowned for its incredible sunrises, so exchange vows just as the soft morning light begins to flood the golden beach.
An iconic Mauritian hideaway for a luxurious wedding, highlights here include the picture-perfect views and two private island retreats. The resort offers a sophisticated ceremony for both large and small wedding parties; and venues include the beach, the Hibiscus garden, your own luxury villa or even the private island of Ilot Mangénie. Shangri La’s service and style are impeccable, and special touches range from pre-wedding facials to a stunning wedding breakfast on the beach.
You can’t officially get married in the Maldives – but we can plan an incredible wedding blessing or renewal of vows ceremony, leaving the legal paperwork for another time. Kuramathi Maldives is our most popular island in the Maldives and one of the real draws here is the island’s mile-long sandbank – a beach stretching into the sea and the best spot on the island to experience the sunset. The island is big for the Maldives and appeals to families as well as couples, so suitable for a wedding party with family and friends. There is a wedding coordinator to make sure everything runs smoothly; a big choice of restaurants or dinner on the beach; and extra touches – from spa treatments to the indulgent bath and bubbles experience.
This boutique resort is often voted one of the most romantic hotels in Thailand and the service and welcome will make you feel like family. There are secluded cove beaches to have your wedding, where you can choose between a western or Thai style ceremony conducted by Buddhist monks. The hotel’s small size means it can cater for up to 60 guests or hold a ceremony for just the two of you. You can have a water blessing, a long drum parade, or Thai flower girls and umbrella bearers adding an impact to your entrance down the aisle. Take a look at Our Guide to Getting Married in Thailand for a first-hand account of getting married at Rocky’s Boutique Resort in Koh Samui.
This area of Koh Samui is really laid back and we love nearby Fisherman’s Village, home to some chilled-out beach bars and restaurants. Bophut beach also has a slower pace and the resort is great for families, with the hotel able to host a wedding party of up to 40 guests. Wedding locations include the Banyan Tree lawn, the beach and the enchanting beachfront lawn complete with dancing, a wine bar and dinner for the whole wedding party on the sand. At Bandara Resort & Spa, you can also plant your very own love tree in the gardens with your names engraved on a plaque. It’s also possible to add in a magical Khom Loy lantern ritual as part of the ceremony.
Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, this is the perfect resort for a romantic getaway in a unique and remote spot. Rayavadee fringes three pristine National Marine Park beaches and, due to park guidelines, you can’t get married on the beach – but you can get married in an ancient limestone cave with a sand floor overlooking Phranang beach; or the coconut-palm lined gardens. After a beautiful ceremony – choose from a Buddhist monk’s blessing or a traditional Sai Mongkol ceremony – you can have a cocktail party overlooking the beach complete with dancers; or a stunning poolside reception. Then lap up the glamour with a private speedboat tour of the surrounding islands.
The Sarojin is one of Thailand’s most romantic hotels and it edges a secluded seven-mile beach. Dining here is an unforgettable experience with tables set in extraordinary locations. Breakfast is à la carte with sparkling wine served until 6pm. Private experiences include candlelit dining on the beach and there’s also a striking infinity pool and an award-winning spa. You can get married on the beach, under a magnificent ancient Fiscus tree in the Sarojin gardens, or a candlelit ceremony by a glittering jungle waterfall. Weddings here are tailor-made to your every whim and can be Thai style or western; and experiences include taking a sunset cruise on the Lady Sarojin across the Andaman Sea.
A Luxury Collection Resort on Nusa Dua’s exclusive white sands, this elegant resort is a high-end hideaway. The perfect setting for both an intimate and larger wedding celebration, you can choose from the secluded white sand beach, the Laguna Gazebo in the beautiful gardens or the Temple Garden to host your ceremony and reception. Seating up to 150 guests, this serene outdoor setting enjoys a fantastic location in front of the resort’s Balinese Temple. You can choose between a western and Balinese-style ceremony at Laguna Resort & Spa and the dedicated wedding specialist will help you plan every detail.
This beachfront boutique hotel is just for couples, so perfect for just the two of you or a small wedding party looking for an all-inclusive stay. Fill lazy days with candlelit dinners and couples’ massages, have a picnic in one of the many secret spots or stick your flag in the sand for beach waiter service. The Trysting Place offers silver service dining and the Champagne Bar has free nightly tastings. You can get married on a beautiful private island with a conch shell aisle on the white-sand beach, in the resort gardens or under a pretty bamboo canopy. Champagne wedding parties are standard here, as well as luxury hors d’œuvres in the afternoon and outstanding dinner receptions. It’s all about exclusive service in a truly romantic setting where you’ll be spoilt throughout your stay.
This is a great oceanfront resort for a romantic wedding. There’s only one wedding a day at Ocean Two Resort and the views here are sensational. You can get married on the white sands of Dover Beach or the glamorous Panorama Rooftop Deck with 270° views over the South Coast and Oistins Bay. You can personalise your day, including bridal party spa treatments and engraved toasting flutes; and a private candlelit dinner on the Panorama Rooftop Deck makes for an unforgettable end to your big day.
With one of the best beaches on the Riviera Maya, this location makes the perfect venue for a luxurious beach wedding. Alternatively, you can get married under a beautiful poolside gazebo, later hosting your reception in the elegant ballroom, on the terrace or on the beautiful beach. Private cocktail hours and dinner receptions are a glamorous affair at this adults-only hotel and we can tailor-make your perfect day, adding newlywed treats such as breakfast in bed with Mimosas the day after your wedding.
Popular Preskil Island Resort edges one of the most beautiful lagoons in Mauritius. The resort is found on a private peninsula with a white sand beach overlooking gorgeous views that gaze out towards the nature reserve of Ile Aux Aigrettes, the Lion Mountain and Blue Bay Marine Park. A cool and contemporary island retreat, the watersports and aquatic activities are fantastic, and we love the new beach chic vibe in the renovated rooms. The resort is great for larger wedding parties and you can get married in a spectacular spot on the beach, under a gazebo or in the landscaped gardens. Add an extra special barbecue reception party on the beach or book a dreamy sunset catamaran trip, complete with photographer, to capture the beauty and romance of the big day.
This luxurious family-friendly resort is perfect if your guests include little ones, you enjoy fine dining and are looking for an all-inclusive resort to entertain and impress. Activities for children – and adults – are seemingly endless; there is a choice of pools where little ones can slide, party and listen to the resident DJ; and fantastic entertainment each night. The hotel’s Romance Team is on hand to help you with every detail, so you can personalise your wedding by choosing the theme, decorations and the wedding venue. The hotel is split in half – attached to the adults-only Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Perla if your guests are looking for a more grown-up vibe – and we recommend treating your friends and family to a pre-wedding open bar party the day before the wedding so everyone can get to know each other.
This adults-only resort in the Riviera Maya is sleek, contemporary and sophisticated. There’s a beautiful beach, seven à la carte restaurants and the lavish Secrets Spa by Pevonia®. You can exchange vows with a secluded ceremony on the private beach or in the gazebo with its gorgeous flower arrangements, and then hold your reception in the ballroom, on the infinity pool terrace or at the scenic Barracuda Bar. Personalise the day with special lighting, a tailored evening menu and the choice of a traditional Mayan ceremony. There are also indulgent wedding packages to choose from, many including spa treatments, flowers and a private cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres.