The Seychelles is a fabulously exotic, and incomparably romantic, destination for a wedding and – at the Savoy Resort & Spa – a unique, paradise-island ceremony is straightforward to arrange.
More and more couples are opting to hold their nuptials at the luxurious Savoy Resort & Spa five-star resort, realising that a once-in-a-lifetime occasion is made even more special with a spectacular backdrop of sparkling blue ocean, shimmering white sand and gently swaying palm trees.
The Savoy Resort & Spa specialises in organising wedding events, big and small, with the attention to style and detail that ensures an unforgettable experience for the bride and groom and their family and friends. Every element of the Savoy Resort & Spa is designed with luxury, relaxation and romance in mind – the lush tropical gardens, gorgeous beach, fabulous rooms and superb cuisine immediately put guests in a serene state of mind.
The Savoy Wedding Package includes a multi-tiered cake, champagne toast, decorations, flower bouquets, and canapés, along with a candle-lit seafood dinner under the stars for the bride and groom and a Romantic Couple treatment at the Savoy Spa.
What’s more the Seychelles, a group of glorious tropical islands off the east coast of Africa, are now easily accessible for Chinese visitors. Visa-free access and a new direct flight mean it is certain to become hugely popular for wedding parties, honeymooners and discerning visitors who want to experience a dream destination, well off the well-beaten tourist track.
The Savoy Resort & Spa is less than a half-hour drive from the main Seychelles island airport, where arriving guests can immediately kick of their shoes, feel the sand between their toes and marvel at the soothing sight of sparkling turquoise ocean.
It is perfect for wedding parties, offering glorious outdoor locations – weather permitting – where couples can exchange vows under palm trees, with a background soundtrack of gently crashing waves. Guests return home with indelible memories of a day that is a celebration of love, nature and harmony, on a dramatically-beautiful paradise island.
The dedicated wedding planners of Savoy Resort & Spa can organise every element of the wedding, including delivering the paperwork to local authorities, booking a priest to officiate and securing a photographer to capture special moments. There is a choice of outdoor locations – by the pool, under the palm trees, on the beach – with the option of holding the ceremony indoors if the tropical-climate rain arrives unexpectedly!
The newly-weds will return home with a book of photographs that will be the envy of their friends. Instead of a bland civil ceremony, in a city location, they will treasure life-long memories of starting their married life in a picture-perfect place, surrounded by their nearest and dearest.
They will also retain warm feelings towards the people of the Seychelles who are known for their friendliness and easy-going nature. There is even the option of adding an element of the local Creole culture to the wedding ceremony.
“It really is a special place, just made for weddings and honeymoons,” says Savoy Resort & Spa’s Acting General Manager Derek Barbe. “You could not get more of a contrast to city life than the Seychelles and here at the Savoy Resort & Spa we love to help people unwind and really recharge their batteries.
“Organising a wedding is a lot easier than people think and, as it is such a special day, why not make it totally unique by holding the ceremony in the Seychelles? We love to pamper our guests – and we also know how to hold a great party!”
Say ‘I do’ in the romantic and scenic Yorkshire countryside
Natural Retreats is delighted to announce that they are now offering weddings at their beautiful Yorkshire Dales location, a truly picturesque setting boasting endless views of rolling hills and acres of unspoiled countryside. The area is idyllic, perfect for a romantic and memorable wedding. With a variety of packages available to suit every bride and groom, Natural Retreats weddings at the Yorkshire Dales are tailored to meet couples’ every whim.
Offering a unique venue at The Sanctuary, versatile outdoor space, awe-inspiring views across Swaledale and a rustic ambience, Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales is the ideal spot for a charming English countryside wedding. With a personal wedding planner on hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly, couples barely have to lift a finger. From pre-wedding spa treatments to fresh flower arrangements on the big day, all aspects can be taken care of, ensuring that the bride and groom are completely relaxed to say ‘I do’.
Stylish and spacious, The Sanctuary is the perfect venue for both the ceremony and the reception. Bathed in natural light with an expanse of glass, The Sanctuary boasts incredible views and creates a wonderfully romantic atmosphere. Whether the bride and groom want a sit-down breakfast reception for up to 100 people or a lavish evening event hosting up to 200 guests, The Sanctuary provides the perfect setting. There are three rooms of varying size to choose from, or couples can hire the whole space for larger weddings. Indeed, for the grandest affairs, add a marquee or quirky tepee-style tent on the adjacent land, adding even more space for revellers to celebrate and dance the night away. On the other end of the spectrum, those looking for a small and intimate ceremony can enjoy the beautiful Aislabeck room; a beautifully presented and delightful suite perfect for a more private affair.
*Rental prices of The Sanctuary for ceremony and reception start from £2,500
Wining & Dining
Natural Retreats offers a mouth-watering selection of dishes to suit every taste and every budget. Carefully selected caterers ensure that guests receive only the very best in food and service. Upon arrival, guests receive welcome drinks, with a delicious selection of canapés, from succulent tiger prawns to tasty quail’s eggs, as an optional extra. There are a variety of menu options available; the Silver Wining & Dining Package offers delicious delights such as honey roast duck breast, tenderloin of pork and profiteroles, while the Platinum Wining & Dining Package provides pure indulgence, with treats such as caramelised red onion and goat’s cheese tart and fillet of English beef with béarnaise sauce. With delicious wine throughout the meal and crisp champagne for the toasts, attendees will feel well and truly spoilt. Traditional English touches such as cans of Pimm’s and miniature Yorkshire puddings add a real sense of quirky British character to the proceedings.
*The Silver Wining & Dining Package costs £68pp, The Gold Wining & Dining Package costs £75pp, and The Platinum Wining & Dining Package costs £87pp
After experiencing this unique location and truly impeccable service at Natural Retreats, guests will never want to leave; and they don’t have to. With 18 beautiful 3-bed lodges on site having recently undergone impressive refurbishment, the award-winning lodges boast floor to ceiling windows and open-plan living, reinforcing the rural location and emphasising the endless stretches of beautiful countryside in all directions. Featuring state of the art commodities, stylish interiors and eco-friendly timber frames, these stylish lodges seamlessly combine sustainable living with luxury accommodation. Wood burning stoves make the properties delightfully cosy on those chillier evenings, creating a wonderful setting, while welcome hampers full of fabulous treats are sure to be an added bonus on top of the celebrations.
*Lodges are available for hire at the price of £360 per lodge for a 2 night stay when the entire site is hired.
*Lodges are available for hire at the price of £395 per lodge for a 2 night stay when smaller groups of 6 lodges are hired.
Whether it’s a hen-night, stag-do or simply an excuse to prolong the celebrations, guests can enjoy an extra 2 nights at the Yorkshire Dales properties and take part in a variety of exciting excursions. From a pampering spa session in the comfort of your private lodge, to an exhilarating day out paintballing, all interests are catered for. The wedding party can also enjoy their pre-wedding celebrations in Natural Retreats’ other fantastic properties. How about a weekend surfing and horse riding in picturesque Cornwall or whiskey tasting and embarking on a sea safari in John O’Groats? Whatever guests are after, Natural Retreats offers the very best outdoorsy activities for pre-wedding trips.
*Pre-wedding trips to the Yorkshire Dales start from £150pp, trips to John O’Groats start from £125pp, trips to Llyn Peninsula start from £140pp, and trips to Cornwall start from £155pp
For more information visit http://www.naturalretreats.com/uk/weddings-yorkshire-dales/ or to book a consultation call +44 (0)844 384 3166 or email email@example.com.
Notes to Editor – About Natural Retreats
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain’s quote is as relevant today as it’s always been and reflects the sense of freedom and adventure we like our guests to experience on a Natural Retreats escape.
At Natural Retreats we pride ourselves on being a unique leisure and travel company offering extraordinary experiences at a selection of stunning coastal, countryside and wilderness locations around the world. We all work and live by the principles that underpin the company forever on a quest to help or guests and customers explore, dream and discover.
We are your guides to life’s most amazing experiences and guardians of quality time understanding how important your leisure time is to collect moments to form memories that will last a lifetime.
Natural Retreats truly believes in sustainability, the communities and landscapes within which we develop are the real amenities. We have a real passion for these rural communities; after all, this is where its founder, Matthew Spence, came from having developed the first location in the Yorkshire Dales on his family farm back in 2006.
Now, Natural Retreats operates 18 destinations across Europe and the USA, each offering extraordinary experiences, activities and accommodation. Highlights include John O’Groats, North Highlands, Scotland, Trewhiddle, South Cornwall, England, Tsaina Lodge in Alaska and South Fork Lodge, Idaho, USA.
When it comes to planning a wedding, getting the venue right is arguably the most crucial element to ensuring the perfect ‘big day’. Counting over 520 of the world’s finest boutique hotels within its portfolio, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) offers some of the most stunning settings to say ‘I Do’. Whether the dream wedding involves a huge, joyous party or a smaller intimate affair, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ offers the perfect match to suit all requirements.
For the sophisticated: Naumi Hotel, Singapore – REOPENED NOVEMBER 2013 AFTER A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR RENVOATION
At the hippest hotel in downtown Singapore, husbands and wives-to-be head to Cloud 9 to get hitched…literally. Following an extensive refurbishment in 2013, Naumi’s famous rooftop infinity pool is now one of the city’s more unique marriage settings, where couples exchange vows at sunset against a panoramic urban backdrop of skyscrapers, national monuments and architectural landmarks. Wedding parties have exclusive access to Cloud 9 pool and bar for the ceremony and subsequent drinks reception, where the city lights, sparkling waters and moon shimmer will create a vibrant and exciting ambience for the celebrations.
For night-owls: Aleenta Resort and Spa Hua Hin, Thailand – NEW PACKAGE LAUNCHED SEPTEMBER 2013
In a twist to the stereotypical tropical seaside wedding, Aleenta offers a lunar beach celebration where nuptials are exchanged under the ethereal light of the moon next to the glittering ocean. The wedding party is led to the moonlit beaches of Pranburi, where they stand under the stars to watch the bride and groom walk down a candle-lit aisle. During the moonlit ceremony, the newly-weds carve monograms into the sand to declare their eternal love and guests launch a handmade loy kratong float out to sea along with their hopes and wishes for the happy couple. As the sun rises on their first day as a married couple, the wedding breakfast is served back at Aleenta with liqueur coffees and bucks fizz.
For the fairytale: Schlosshotel Kronberg, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
It’s many a little girl’s dream to get married in a castle and the romantic Schlosshotel Kronberg, located in the hills above the picturesque town of Kronberg, just north of Frankfurt, provides the ultimate fairytale setting to make that a reality,. Originally named Castle Friedrichshof, it was built in 1889 by Princess Victoria, the daughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Prince Albert, in memory of her late husband, King Frederick III of Prussia. Wedding ceremonies take place in the impressive library of Princess Victoria, surrounded by many of her original antiques and paintings. Following the wedding, the newlyweds can choose to host a grand party in the castle’s opulently decorated ballroom, or an intimate family celebration in the imperial dining room.
For Naturalists: Bloomfield Lodge, Cairns, Australia
Bloomfield Lodge’s one-of-a-kind rainforest wedding is an experience that will remain forever in the memories of not just the happy couple, but their guests too. The beautifully remote Bloomfield Lodge is set within the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest and the longest unspoiled stretch of rainforest in Australia. Its enchanting location makes for a wonderfully unusual tropical setting to exchange vows. Ceremonies usually take place on decking in front of the lodge’s poolside timber gazebos, with stunning views over Weary Bay accompanied by the sounds of the rainforest. What’s more, the Great Barrier Reef is just the other side of the bay – a perfect honeymoon destination.
For the cultural: Twinpalms Phuket, Thailand
The traditions and colours of Thailand are incorporated into wedding celebrations at the spa resort of Twinpalms on the west coast of Phuket. In return for an early morning offering of flowers, food and a bowl of rice from the couple, Thai Buddhist monks will conduct a marriage blessing and prayer, inviting the wedding party to discover the open-mindedness of the Buddhist faith. Twinpalms also offers a Thai Water Ceremony, a traditional ritual at wedding ceremonies in Thailand, where guests pour water over the hands of the couple from an ornate silver bowl filled with lotus flowers, symbolising fertility. A string is draped between the bride and groom’s heads to represent their union as their guests take it in turns to wish them luck in their new life together.
For more inspiration from Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH), visit www.slh.com
Experience a tropical dream wedding on an idyllic Fijian island or afloat in the middle of Fiji’s picturesque waters with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Yanuyanu wedding package. As an early wedding present book the ceremony and reception for 80 guests or more and honeymoon for free!
The Bride and Groom are given so much choice with the Yanuyanu wedding package, they can plan their perfect seven hour wedding day down to the minute with the help of a dedicated wedding planner.
Couples can choose to marry in the middle of the beautiful blue Fijian waters on the romantic tall ship Ra Marama, Spirit of Pacific or on the sophisticated sailing Catamaran “Fiji One”. For those who prefer a ceremony on land, couples can wed on the tropical beach setting of Tivua Island.
Both ceremonies are made even more romantic by the beautiful sounds of a Fijian singer and guitarist.
After the wedding ceremony the wedding party can celebrate on the tiny island of Tivua, surrounded by a white sandy beach and extensive lagoon. Guests can party all day or all night, and enjoy a Tropical Island Buffet meal and delicious wedding cake, while sipping on a champagne, beer or wine and watching the sunset.
The Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Yanuyanu Wedding package is for 30 to 200 guests and includes:
Sail out to Tivua Island with either tall ship Ra Marama, Spirit Of Pacific OR sailing Catamaran “Fiji One” departing Port Denarau for 7 hours – you decide when to start.
A dedicated wedding planner to make your day perfect
Use of a Bure on the island for the Bride to prepare
Marriage Ceremony performed by a celebrant on the tropical beach setting of Tivua with Fijian singer and guitarist accompaniment
Bride’s teardrop/trailing orchid bouquet, Groom’s buttonhole flower, box of petals, bottle of sparkling wine and wedding cake
Includes 3 hour beverage package including house beer/wine and soft drinks—extension available.
Tropical Island buffet meal with tea and coffee
A photographer to capture all the memorable moments, hairdresser and makeup artist and sole use of Tivua Island for less than 80 guests, are available at additional costs.
Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Yanuyanu wedding package is valid for sale and travel until to 31 March 2015.
As an added bonus book the Yanuyanu wedding package for 50 guests and receive a three or four night Yasawa Island Honeymoon Cruise, onboard the Reef Endeavour, for half price or book a wedding package for 80 guests and your honeymoon onboard the Reef Endeavour is free. The bride and groom can even board directly from Tivua Island following their Tuesday dream wedding.
NEW! Breezes Concierge Service: Further to its ongoing resort upgrades, Breezes Bahamas Resort & Spa has just added new Concierge Service. Conveniently located in the main lobby, or reached by extension 6215 on hotel phones, Breezes’ friendly and knowledgeable concierge is available to assist with virtually all guest needs, including airline and lost luggage assistance, private beach cabana rentals, room upgrades and maintenance, faxing, postal service, directions, resort information and activities, spa and dining reservations, VIP and repeat guest services and more.
Spring Savings Event: Travelers looking to book a Caribbean vacation can save big during Breezes Bahamas’ Spring Savings Event. Those who book by April 30 for travel through August 8, 2014 will instantly save up to $600 on their Super-Inclusive® stay. For a limited time, five nights at the Nassau property is just $1,560 per couple, double occupancy.
Breezes’ Super-Inclusive® stay includes virtually everything you can eat, drink and do—deluxe accommodations, all meals in a variety of dining options, unlimited premium brand drinks, land and water sports, daily activities, live nightly entertainment, complimentary Wi-Fi and more—with no tipping allowed!
For more information or reservations, visit www.breezes.com , call 1-877-BREEZES (273-3937) or contact a local travel agent.
Introducing Deluxe Beachfront Rooms: In 2015, Breezes Bahamas Resort & Spa will introduce a new room category—Deluxe Beachfront. The eight rooms in this category offer easy beach access and will feature a stocked refrigerator, patio terrace and personal beverage service at private shaded thatch huts.
Breezes’ current room categories include Deluxe Gardenview, Deluxe Oceanview, Deluxe Oceanfront, One Bedroom Oceanfront Suite and Presidential Suite.
Save at ROOMS: ROOMS on the Beach is celebrating spring by offering big savings on Jamaican getaways. Those who book ROOMS Negril by April 30 for travel April 16 – September 30, 2014 will receive a 4th Night Free and a complimentary room upgrade upon arrival, subject to availability. At ROOMS Ocho Rios, guests who book by April 30 for travel through June 14, 2014 will get twenty percent off their minimum four-night stay.
Planning ahead is also advantageous, as guests who book 2015 travel early—by July 30, 2014—will receive a fifteen percent discount at ROOMS Negril. Blackout dates may apply to all promotions. For more information, visit www.roomsresorts.com.
NEW! Beachfront Cabanas: Guests looking to enrich their vacation at Breezes Bahamas Resort & Spa now have the option of renting a personal beachfront cabana, complete with waiter service, for just $20 per day. Inquire on-site with Breezes Concierge Service for reservations and details about this luxurious offering. Guests at Breezes Bahamas can further indulge with a treatment at the resort’s full service, à la carte Blue Mahoe Spa.
Wedding Groups get a 6th Room Free: In addition to the plentiful complimentary features included in Breezes Bahamas’ Endless Love Dream Wedding package, wedding groups can receive a complimentary 6th Room Free with every five paying rooms, from April 1 – December 19, 2014. The length of stay for the complimentary room will be determined by the average paid nights of all paid rooms in the group.
For more than 30 years, Breezes Bahamas Resort & Spa, located on the powder white sands of Cable Beach in Nassau, has been making destination wedding dreams come true by allowing couples to tailor a variety of packages and Island Inspiration themes for a wedding that best fits their personalities – all while keeping budgets in check. In addition to the savings offered by the 6th Room Free promotion, Breezes Bahamas now waives all wedding-related government and administrative fees on behalf of every happy couple.
Upgrades at ROOMS: Next year will bring various upgrades to Jamaica’s ROOMS on the Beach locations. In an effort to make their accommodations increasingly family-friendly, ROOMS Negril will apply the Family Room rate to groups of three beginning in 2015. While the current rate is based on double or single occupancy, a family of three will soon be able to travel for the price of two people. Family Rooms will also include mini refrigerators and microwaves.
Forthcoming upgrades at ROOMS Ocho Rios will include fresh gym equipment and new 42-inch flat screen televisions in all Ocean Front Balcony rooms.
LAS VEGAS – TREVI Italian Restaurant, located at the heart of The Forum Shops at Caesars, offers a tasteful venue for wedding receptions, rehearsal parties and other special outings this spring with luxury group accommodations and specialty menus designed by Executive Chef Peter Scaturro.
TREVI features a selection of prix fixe lunch and dinner menus along with the options of carving stations, a variety of pasta selections and passed hors d’oeuvres. The contemporary Italian eatery boasts a spacious second-story group space reserved for private events. The upper level overlooks a three-way intersection of The Forum Shops highlighted by the impressive Fountain of the Gods and accommodates parties from 20 to 165 guests.
The Modena and Toscana lunch menus are offered for groups dining between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The three-course menus, priced between $29.95 and $34.95 per person, begin with a choice of Caesar salad or the TREVI salad, which consists of mixed greens, tomatoes and carrots with herb crusted crostini in balsamic dressing. Guests may then enjoy a choice of entrée with selections including capellini al pomodoro, chicken fettuccini carbonara, rigatoni bolognese chicken marsala with penne marinara or grilled salmon picatta with asparagus. Homemade lemon and raspberry sorbetto, or tiramisu, are served for dessert. Menu enhancements are also available.
The Campani, Abruzzo and Veneto dinner prix fixe menus range from $44.95 to $62.95 per person. Diners begin their feast with a choice between several appetizers, including the Caesar or TREVI salad, calamari fritti, bruschetta, minestrone soup, antipasti TREVI or shrimp cocktail. Entrée selections feature the capellini al pomodoro, chicken fettuccine carbonara, rigatoni Bolognese, lasagna, chicken scaloppini with green beans and linguine, pollo la griglia, linguine al frutti di mare, beef tenderloin with green beans or penne diavolo. The meals finish with choice of dessert such as sorbetto, tiramisu and torta di formaggio. Menu enhancements for each menu are also available.
Customizable trays of passed items are also available including items such as smoked salmon and caper mousse in a tartlet, chicken saltimbocca satay with prosciutto and sage, mini pistachio rolled cannoli with fresh ricotta cream and chocolate chips, and more. These items are priced between $2.25 and $3.25 each. The menu also offers platters, carving stations and pasta stations ranging from $5.95 to $15.95 per person.
Brides-to-be will celebrate their last days of single life with TREVI’s specialized bachelorette menu, priced at $38.95 per person, with items including the TREVI Salad, capellini al pomodoro and torta di formaggio. The meal also includes a round of complimentary ‘Ring of Fire’ shots mixed with Fireball Whisky and cider.
TREVI is also offering 10 percent off all group events booked on Sundays.
TREVI is located at the heart of The Forum Shops at Caesars next to the ‘Fountain of the Gods.’ TREVI has been voted “Best of Las Vegas” for Italian cuisine by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The restaurant offers classic and contemporary Italian fare, a gelato bar featuring fresh gelato made daily and a dynamic atmosphere. Executive Chef Peter Scaturro has designed the menu with a homemade feel. The laid-back Landry’s Inc. restaurant and bar is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday. More information and reservations are available at www.trevi-italian.com or by calling 702.735.4663. Follow TREVI at www.Twitter.com/TREVILV, www.Facebook.com/TREVILV and Instagram @TREVILV
Tailored to relieve tension and stress during the planning stages of a wedding
March 2014…//As one of the world’s leading health and wellness hotels, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is well-versed in relaxing, restoring and rejuvenating guests to the highest standard. With the wedding season fast approaching, the luxurious Swiss resort has launched a new Pre-Wedding Package to pamper and calm brides-to-be with their mother, sister, or girlfriends as they start to approach their big day.
The stress of planning a wedding can take its toll on energy levels, appearance and general wellbeing. Grand Resort Bad Ragaz believes that preparing a bride for her wedding is just as important as planning the wedding itself, and so the new Pre-Wedding Package looks to release tension and relax body, mind and soul, so the stress of organising a wedding doesn’t take its toll. The new offering is the perfect excuse for brides-to-be to take a break from wedding planning in the build up to saying “I do.”
Offering a blend of fitness, to release endorphins and help to slim and tone the body, along with a variety of specialised spa treatments to increase wellbeing and brighten the skin, the new Pre-Wedding Package is available for a minimum of three nights and includes:
v Three nights‘ half-board accommodation
v 36.5° Wellbeing Package
v Daily fitness lessons at the Body & Sports Centre (indoor and outdoor)
v Daily 3-course-lunch or dinner at the Restaurant Bel-Air (15 GaultMillau points) or at the restaurant Olives d’Or
v A Gold Temptation treatment in the Private Spa
v A Water Journey for deep relaxation of body, mind and soul
v A Body Peeling treatment
v A Pure Gold Radiance Facial by La Prairie
v A 50-minute personal training session
v Individual exercise plan to take home
The Pre-Wedding Package at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is available from 2,490 Swiss Francs (approx. £1,713) for three nights in a Grand Deluxe, with further upgrades available. A minimum stay of three nights is required.
Nightly rates at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz start from 490 Swiss Francs (approx £330) staying in a double room. Rates include breakfast, welcome aperitif, use of the 36.5° Wellbeing & Thermal Spa area and Tamina Therme, fresh fruit and Ragaz water each day and daily fitness and relaxation lessons as well as VAT.
With such a huge variety of wonderful wedding abodes now available to choose from in the UK its no wonder couples can sometimes spend months hunting before finding the perfect one.
So, to help makes things a little easier, Bespoke Hotels, who have an eclectic portfolio of boutique and independent hotels across the country have cherry picked the ultimate mix of wedding-ready-venues just waiting to be discovered by excited couples.
Whether dreaming of wellies, wild flowers and breathtaking landscape in a beautiful country retreat, bright lights and modern elegance in the city, impressive historic architecture within castle walls, or bare feet on a secluded beach, Bespoke Hotels has a dream location waiting for everyone.
For the perfect country wedding, Cotswold House Hotel & Spa in the heart Chipping Campden, the Cotswold’s ‘prettiest village’, and The Olde Bell, an original English heritage-coaching inn surrounded by rolling Berkshire countryside are simply idyllic.
Both venues have excellent reputations for creating innovative and delicious menus using only the very best locally sourced produce and both have private walled gardens, ideal for guests to raise a glass following the ceremony.
At the Olde Bell, celebrated British designer Ilse Crawford uniquely designed the guestrooms; offering couples an ultra smart country chic bridal suite, whilst the award-winning spa at Cotswold House is a deserving retreat for brides to be.
For couples looking for an urban wedding, The Bermondsey Square Hotel in the on-trend district of Bermondsey is an ideal destination. With rooftop hot-tubs offering views of the London skyline, quirky interiors and award winning food, couples will be hard-pressed to find a London hotel hot spot quite like this. Whether an intimate ceremony and sit-down meal or a larger scale party, Bermondsey Square is an elegantly cool choice for couples wanting guests to experience something a little bit different.
For a bohemian wedding with unrivalled views of the Cornish sea, The Lugger Hotel located in the seaside village of Portloe in Cornwall is a unique wedding venue perfect for couples wanting a smaller, relaxed style celebration on the beach. The Lugger also doubles up as a truly sublime honeymoon destination for couples to stay on and reminisce their incredible day in tranquil surroundings.
Finally, for couples looking for a grand location, rich heritage and spectacular views, Scotland’s Stonefield Castle is a fine example of stunning Scottish baronial architecture.
With ceremonies usually held in one of the castles impressive banqueting rooms, during warmer months ceremonies can also be held outside on the terrace where guests can enjoy the shores of Loch Fyne and the castles 60 acres of woodland gardens.
And to top it all off, as an extra special treat, couples can request a champagne breakfast to be served in their luxurious bridal suite – pure bliss.
With the excitement of wedding bells in the air, when couples decide to book their wedding and holiday at participating Bespoke Hotels, the first and last nights of the honeymoon will be complimentary.
That’s the wedding night at the Bespoke Hotel where the reception is held, and the last night at any participating Bespoke Hotels, including international destinations, where couples spend at least seven nights of your honeymoon. Please see http://www.bespokehotels.com/pages/weddingbells for more details.
Say ‘I Do’ At The World’s Most Exclusive Wedding Venue -Antara Palace, Where All Your Dreams Will Come True!March 24, 2014 on 11:50 am | In Beachbooker, Cyprus, Weddings Honeymoons | Comments Off
Antara Palace is a new destination wedding venue in Cyprus, offering the most picturesque wedding location in the gorgeous Mediterranean, allowing couples the chance to luxuriate under glorious skies and get a slice of an entirely unique experience.
Planning a wedding can be a daunting task, no matter how excited you are about committing your life to your love. With the choice of either of Antara Palace’s Ruby, Emerald or Diamond packages, the luxury boutique hotel took the stress out of planning your special day by offering meticulous preparation services, ensuring everything is perfect down to the last detail, helping your dreams come to fruition.
The Diamond package includes a Menu Tasting for 6, a Wedding Buffet under several themes (such as Mediterranean and Wellness buffet), one Night in one of the Royal Suites, a complimentary Couple’s Massage, Limousine Service and many more. For the couple wanting it all, the entire Palace with its 7 Suites can be booked for exclusive use, for the ultimate in privacy and luxury.
Weddings take place in the Antara Palace Ball Room, however, they can accommodate beach and outdoor weddings as well. They believe that each couple is unique, so they strive to create something special that all couples crave and desire, making certain each of their weddings is never out of the box.
To make the most of the wedding experience, Antara Palace offers Bridal Retreats that aim at ensuring that the bride looks and feels her very best on her wedding day. The Retreats start with a wellness consultation, during which a tailor-made wellness plan is prescribed, based on the areas of well-being concerns. The wellness plan incorporates customized meal plans, spa treatments, fitness assessment, stress management and holistic treatments.
For more information on Antara Palace’s luxury weddings, please visit http://www.antarapalace.com/#/weddings-honeymoons.
About Antara Palace, Wellness & Destination Spa: Antara Palace, Wellness & Destination Spa is an ultra luxury boutique hotel established in October 2013 in Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus. Antara Palace is a one-of-a-kind development with architecture and interior design aimed at recapturing a piece of the flourishing, magnificent Hellas. The pride of Antara Palace is its spa and wellness services, with more than 50 spa treatments and several wellness retreats offered to help guests make positive lifestyle changes. www.antarapalace.com
If you’re a cruise specialist, you could be missing the boat if you’re not actively marketing shipboard and destination weddings. Yes, it’s a major market segment and one that is growing rapidly in the cruise industry.
“It’s definitely an emerging market and a great area for agents to specialize in, because it’s unique,” says Vicky Garcia, COO of Cruise Planners-American Express. “We’ve done a lot to focus and train our agents on it. We have a whole romance channel at our online university with five webinars and course work just on romance travel.”
Cruise Planners has partnered with a third-party company to coordinate destination weddings. The commissionable program includes wedding packages in more than 20 ports.
Janet DeVito, a CruiseOne franchise owner from Freehold, N.J., says that roughly half of her business is wedding/honeymoon and romance travel, a segment that developed naturally. “When my five kids were younger, I was mostly doing family travel, but as everyone got older, I started doing more weddings.”
Garcia suggests building a destination wedding business using grass-roots methods — perhaps partnering with a bridal shop, seeking referrals from wedding photographers or bakeries, or sending information to couples who place an engagement notice in the local newspaper.
DeVito finds business develops from the wedding groups. Her son got married during a cruise on the Celebrity Reflection. The actual ceremony took place at the Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas and was followed by a luncheon at the resort and then a reception back on the ship for the 58 wedding guests. “It was wonderful,” DeVito says. “It was nice to be able to spend time with my daughter-in-law and my son’s friends. The families really got to know each other. Instead of just having stressful meetings, they got to spend a whole week with each other in a fun, tropical setting. Some people told my son, ‘wWe should’ve done it your way. I don’t even remember my wedding because everything was so rushed.’ ”
And that’s how the business grows. Wedding guests go home — DeVito says her wedding groups generally include about 60 people — and tell their friends and family how fun and stress-free the wedding was, with a built-in honeymoon. The positive word-of-mouth brings in new customers. In fact, the marketing starts before the wedding, when the invitations recommend calling the travel agent who is booking the group. “The bride and groom send out the invitation with the travel agent’s name and phone number listed. It says, ‘to reserve a room, please contact Janet DeVito.’ All the guests really do need to book through a single travel agent to make sure everything goes smoothly. The guest list might be 200 people and you might only book 60, but your name is on the invitation as a travel agent who does destination weddings.”
DeVito isn’t interested in the nitty-gritty details of planning the actual ceremony. She lets the wedding planners at the resort or cruise lines handle that. In fact, most cruise lines have wedding packages in which a third-party company organizes the ceremony and also handles the legalities of marriage licenses and such (see related story). “It’s not a very difficult thing to do if you use the resources the ship and hotel has,” DeVito says. “They know what they’re doing, and they know what strings they can pull. As a travel agent, I’m there to take care of people, get them there, make sure they’re happy there and get them home.”
But planning a wedding in a port of call during a cruise could be risky if the itinerary changes due to weather or other unexpected situations. Although it’s rare, it does happen. DeVito says she shies away from planning weddings for Grand Cayman, since cruise ships must tender there and might cancel if seas are too rough. She likes St. Thomas, which has docks and also is a U.S. territory.
But DeVito says things can happen when a wedding is planned at home as well — blizzards can hit, power can go out. If the wedding is at a resort, let them know the wedding party is arriving by cruise ship and the planners can prepare contingencies.
“Our partner can do weddings in over 200 ports, although we focus on 20,” Garcia says. “So they have connections in the next port of call and can actually redo the weddings in another port.”
Cruise Planners is also actively promoting weddings and commitment ceremonies to same-sex couples. “We’ve been offering same-sex commitment ceremony and wedding packages since the launch of our weddings program,” Cruise Planners CEO and Co-Founder Michelle Fee said in a press release. “This is a very progressive time, and it’s a turning point in history. As a result, we have seen an impressive increase in demand from same-sex couples looking to declare their love for one another.”
That spurred Cruise Planners to organize the “Sea of Love Cruise,” a seven-night Eastern Caribbean voyage on Norwegian Getaway that will include a same-sex group commitment ceremony on a beach on St. Thomas. The Sept. 27 cruise also will visit St. Maarten and Nassau, and the commitment ceremony will take place on Oct. 1. After the ceremony, couples and their guests will celebrate with a reception that includes a buffet, open bar, party costumes, a champagne toast, steel pan band and a photographer. Rates start at $2,599 per couple and include cruise fare round-trip from Miami, the beachfront ceremony and celebration, and special onboard activities for the couples and their guests.
Once you start booking weddings, you can look forward to booking anniversary trips, renewal-of-vows cruises and more. “So many people hit milestones of 10 or 20 years and want to renew their vows and have their children with them,” DeVito says. “It’s kind of a nice trip and might be a dozen people.”
Garcia agrees. “The repeat business offers a great opportunity,” she says. “You know they got married on Dec. 16, 2013, during this cruise, so next year when it gets close, send them an anniversary card and suggest surprising your spouse with an anniversary trip. And five years down the road with a babymoon.”
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