Top Tropical Wedding Destinations

From floating nuptials and fire dancers to private yachts and monk blessings, these island ceremonies promise to be unforgettable affairs.

BALI

Conrad Bali infinity chapel

Infinity Chapel ceremony at Conrad Bali

Tropical destination weddings are growing even more popular. In 2014, Chinese actress Yang Mi tied the knot in Bali, sending brides everywhere packing their sunscreen. And there’s no better place for an unforgettable ceremony than Conrad Bali.

Modern Style: Say “I do” in the resort’s Infinity Chapel, featuring floor-to-ceiling Indian ocean views and marble walkways surrounded by crystal-clear reflection pools. “We purposely built a wedding venue named Infinity, which is designed like a ren Chinese character and means ‘a person,’” says Conrad Bali’s Ade Mulya. “The building’s architecture represents a couple’s life where one supports the other with respect. The wedding road is also built 22 meters long to the entrance of the venue. From the entrance door to the altar is 11 meters, which marks the future bride and groom walking as two persons, and as they approach the altar, they become one.”

Classic Tradition: For added Balinese flair, don traditional sarongs, batiks and golden headdresses to receive a marriage blessing from the Besakih “Mother” Temple priest. Opt for a choir accompaniment or traditional rindik music.

Photo-worthy: Embrace the natural island surroundings on the floating garden pavilion covered in frangipani flowers. The gazebo rests in the center of the resort’s tranquil lotus pond, surrounded by grass terraces that can host more than 100 guests.

Conrad Tip: “Bali is known as the Island of the Gods,” Mulya says. “Therefore, choosing the island for your wedding has this magical attraction, and it’s believed to be a good blessing, especially for a new life journey.”

Celebrate love in the “Island of the Gods” at Conrad Bali.

KOH SAMUI

Koh Samui monk blessing

A monk blessing ceremony at Conrad Koh Samui

With five venues all boasting panoramic Gulf of Thailand views, an exceptional island “I do” is the standard at Conrad Koh Samui.

Modern Style: Celebrate your wedding on water at the resort’s main Infinity Edge pool. With a beautiful backdrop of the surrounding five islands and a transparent walkway, couples can exchange their vows while floating beneath a hibiscus and orchid arch.

Classic Tradition: For an authentic Thai experience, plan a Monk Blessing or a Water Ceremony. “The Monk Blessing ceremony is for prosperity in married life,” explains Conrad Koh Samui’s Jantakarn Aimpitaksa. “On the morning of their wedding day, couples invite monks to their place and serve them food. In return, the monks will bless the couple to have happiness and wealth.” Family and friends can also share their well wishes through the traditional Water Ceremony, pouring water from native conch shells over the couple’s hands to bless them.

Photo-worthy: Make your special day more intimate with a private ceremony along Aow Thai Beach under the shade of palm and coconut trees. Add a Long Drum procession to march down the aisle or incorporate traditional fire dancers to light up the night.

Conrad Tip: “Our biggest tip is to have fun and celebrate,” Aimpitaksa says. “With beautiful beaches and treasured islands, the blue waters promise a day to enjoy.”

Incorporate cultural blessings into your ceremony at Conrad Koh Samui.

MALDIVES

Maldives wedding ceremony

A floating wedding ceremony at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Personalization is a major wedding trend. Every bride wants something uniquely her own, and at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, customization is as easy as an island afternoon. “We have four popular locations for weddings, but the ceremony is very much personalized to each couple,” according to Stefano Ruzza, Conrad Maldives general manager.

Modern Style: For a water-inspired wedding, plan a floating ceremony in the turquoise Quiet Zone pool. “Suspended over the Indian Ocean in the resort’s lagoon, the Quiet Zone is surrounded by tranquil shades of blue throughout the day and cotton candy pastels at sunset,” Ruzza says. “This venue makes for a unique and inspired experience for your ceremony.”

Classic Tradition: Cast away on the resort’s traditional Turkish yacht, Rangali Raani, for a ceremony at sea, or select a beachfront affair on the white sands of Rangali Island’s Sunset Tip.

Photo-worthy: Why not take the celebration underwater? Have an intimate ceremony surrounded by coral reef and tropical fish at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the world’s only undersea chapel. After you tie the knot, stay for a six-course meal featuring duck rillette and Nori crushed légine.

Conrad Tip: Be sure to end the day on a sparkling note: a bottle of bubbly and a couples private sunset cruise across the Indian Ocean on a traditional dhoni. “As an idyllic dreamscape, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island personifies bliss,” Ruzza says. “It’s the place to renew vows and celebrate love, and it’s the perfect location to wake up to each morning, continuing the incredible journey as a married couple.”

Create a romantic floating ceremony at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.

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