It’s the most important day of your life, and more couples are opting to celebrate in their dream destinations. These hotels can ease the burden of planning the wedding, while ensuring enough romance, gourmet pleasures and photogenic memories to last a lifetime.
Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam
Located inside the Núi Chúa National Park, Aman’s 42-hectare luxury resort overlooking Vinh Hy Bay offers 36 locally inspired villas and pavilions as accommodations. For the ceremony, couples can say ‘I do’ under the wing-tipped pavilion by the Lotus Lake, book out the resort’s private beach for a seaside party or host a more intimate reception with close friends and family by the 20-metre infinity pool.
The Peninsula Bangkok
Those with something more high-heeled but no less dramatic in mind will appreciate this venerable hotel’s enchanting riverside garden with a panoramic view of the legendary River of Kings. Guests can linger over one of Bangkok’s tastiest breakfast buffets while the couple get ready in The Spa, an impressive Thai colonial-style building. As the bride enjoys a Thai pressure point massage, the groom can calm his pre-wedding jitters with a signature treatment combining therapeutic oil massage with vibrational sound therapy.
Contemporary architecture fans should consider this GMP Architekten-designed boutique hotel-cum-cultural hub in Beijing’s Sanlitun district for their nuptials. One of the most Insta-worthy spots of the property is the 2,200-square-foot Glasshouse event space, and daytime ceremonies take full advantage of this awe-inspiring arched room with its glazed internal louvres designed to let in optimal natural sunlight. All 180 guestrooms harmonise clean lines, shades of grey, leather, warm woods and contrasting textures to create calming havens for the couple and their guests.
Six Senses Thimphu
This property is nestled among Thimphu’s apple orchards in a blue pine forest. Pre-wedding preparations here feature a visit to Pangri Zampa Monastery for a private astrology reading, followed by blessings from the resident monks in the incense-filled Prayer Pavilion. The surrounding snow-capped Himalayas provide an awe-inspiring backdrop to the wedding, partly thanks to the hotel’s reflecting pools and a 180-degree view of the Thimphu Valley.
Flights per week from Hong Kong Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon per week: Beijing: 49; Kathmandu: 10; Bangkok: 61; Ho Chi Minh City: 19. Flight and hotel packages are available from Cathay Pacific Holidays