Say "I Do" at One of These Top Venues
Wedding planning is a magical time. For lovebirds looking into a future destination wedding or even a postponement from 2020, here are a number of top properties with beautiful venues that will have couples saying “I do” around the world:
Monkey Island Estate Located on a private island on the River Thames with a history dating back 800 years, Monkey Island Estate has been the haunt of monks, royalty, aristocrats, and a host of famous writers and performers looking for a secluded getaway away from the city. The property is surrounded by elegant gardens and seven acres of land, and is accessible only by footbridge, boat or helicopter, making it the perfect place for a quiet country wedding. Couples can choose from different locations on Monkey Island - The River Room, Marlborough Ballroom or the Monkey Island Temple Lawn - to host their ceremony and reception ranging from 100-300 guests. Wedding parties are also invited to take over the entire estate, including exclusive use of the Monkey Brasserie and Bar, 40 guest rooms and the luxurious Wedgewood Suite, until the next day for an unforgettable celebration. Hotel Eden Roc Just a few miles from the Italian border on the Switzerland side of Lake Maggiore sits Ascona, the perfect destination for an authentic Italian wedding - in Switzerland! Boasting colorful cafe-filled streets lined with palm trees and the Alps towering in the background, Ascona is a truly magical place where travelers can experience year-round warm weather and unparalleled scenic views. Located right on Lake Maggiore is Hotel Eden Roc, a charming Mediterranean-inspired resort. Featuring a private beach and yacht harbor, couples can say “I do” on the shore of the lake before dancing the night away under the stars on the property’s lush grounds. The hotel also boasts four outstanding restaurants ranging from Mediterranean to seasonal haute cuisine, meaning guests will have plenty of delicacies to indulge in.
Way out in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Fregate Island is the ultimate paradise for couples seeking an unforgettable wedding day. Couples can exchange vows nearly anywhere on the island, including barefoot in the white powdery sand on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, under a truly fairy-tale like flower arch on the highest peak of the island, surrounded by the majestic jungle landscape, or the islands very own historic chapel. Each wedding is tailored and exclusively organized for the couple with flowers picked from local fauna, resident photographers and more coming together to create an unique wedding day.
After the ceremony, lovebirds can enjoy a romantic stay in a villa (one of only 16 on the island) complete with their own pool and 24/7 butler service to cater to their every whim. Private dinners can be arranged anywhere on the island – including on the highest point of the mountain. Additionally, Fregate Island is home to the only privatizable beach in the Indian Ocean to truly make it feel like there are only two people in the world. The island is also available for buyouts. During their stay, couples can enjoy activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, windsurfing, kayaking, deep sea fishing and participating in hands-on conservation experiences. Guests can assist in turtle hatchlings and even cultivate sea coral, as well as walk amongst the island’s giant tortoises and observe the island’s “Little Five”. Ellerman House Ellerman House is a privately owned boutique hotel in Bantry Bay, a 10-minute drive from the centre of Cape Town. The hotel is not open to the public providing the ultimate exclusive location for a unique celebration, especially weddings. Perched on the slopes of Lions Head with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, mansion property provides breathtaking panoramic views of Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean, providing an idyllic setting and view for an event. With three dining terraces, a spa, library, restaurant, gym, Contemporary Art Gallery, Wine Gallery and world class cuisine and service, booking Ellerman House exclusively for a wedding is the most luxurious and unforgettable destination. Ellerman House has very close relationships with event coordination companies and can arrange any special requirements for a private events. Featuring one of South Africa’s most impressive private art collections, an award-winning wine list, and gourmet modern cuisine, Ellerman House is an entire destination in itself epitomizing the best Cape Town has to offer. Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa is Johannesburg’s most exclusive private retreat and the ideal venue for a small wedding or special occasion. Nestled in the tranquil, tree-lined avenues of Sandhurst, the Saxon is an exclusive 5-star, all suite-hotel situated on 10 acres of magnificent indigenous gardens. The elegant and private venues of the hotel are ideal for celebrating an intimate bespoke wedding, a private ceremony, or even the perfect elopement or proposal to a loved one. The hotel operates on high standards where every detail is considered, from the quality of the cuisine to the finer points of the property’s warm hospitality and the lavish facilities, suites and rooms. The highly experienced team is on hand to advise and assist clients with every aspect of a social event. From the initial planning and selecting the most suitable venue, to arranging the flowers and designing the menus, through to assisting on the event day to ensure that the special occasion is a resounding success. The hotel is also home to the nature-inspired and designed Saxon Spa, perfect for post or pre event pampering or to distress from planning and traveling. A private event, wedding for anything additional travelers are seeking can be organized with start-up premium travel company, Niarra Travel, a next generation tour operator that operates according to its two guiding principles of transparency and purpose to ensure that each trip has a positive impact on the ground.