Cyclades blue seas, balmy sunshine, the sound of rustling trees and shores of white sand stretching as far as the eye can see: isn't there something just so effortlessly 'wow' about a destination wedding?
Yes, the sun has just started to shine on our shores (!), but for guaranteed Para-para-paradise as Coldplay would have it, these are my (whispers) secret just-like-heaven wedding hideaways. These are the sort of places I really should keep to myself if I want to keep them special, but if you dream of celebrations with unparalleled luxury and blissfully relaxed romance wont to take your breath away, look no further...
DAIOS COVE, Crete: Striking ivory stone and sheer glass starchitecturally designed suites perch atop a private bay at Daios Cove for the essence of luxury. Host an open-air ceremony in one of many luscious green clifftop locations surrounded by the azure skies and soft breeze that carries a faint whiff of the nearby lavender and wild thyme. Daioscovecrete.com
AYANA RESORT AND SPA, Bali: The definitive retreat, all private infinity pools, tropical gardens of frangipani trees and divine style that is modern chic meets natural romance defined. Marry in the glass chapels overlooking the iridescent Indian Ocean or under the canopy of the 350 year old traditional Balinese pavilion before a rocking party at Ayana. Ayanaresort.com
PALAZZO MARGHERITA, Italy: Home of star-cross'd lovers, we love the almost too pretty Francis Ford Copolla owned Palazzo Margherita for its fabulous molto-glamour and homely, rustic edge (Sofia Copolla married here just last summer, which sort of says it all). Palazzomargherita.com
Photo credit (right) Tim Beddow
CHATEAU DE LA GOUJEONNERIE, France: Putting the ‘F’ in to Fantasy, this fairy-tale chateau deep in the vineyard dappled French countryside is run by the boys behind Les Trois Garcons and Lounge Lover and shares the same fantastical style. Chateau de la Goujeonnerie opens this summer for weddings. Lestroisgarcons.com/chateau
KOH SAMUI INTERCONTINENTAL, Thailand: The tangerine sunsets here never fail to astound, but for a beach wedding, there are few places more vibrantly beautiful or Eden-like than KohSamui Intercontinental. Turquoise seas, palms, pagodas and a huge deck reaching out into the waters, the hotel opens in July 2012. Samui.intercontinental.com