Wedding season is in full swing, so we’re looking at five of the best venues for destination weddings; the perfect places if you’re wanting to escape the UK and say your vows with a stunning, exotic backdrop.
Dana Villas, Santorini
Located on a cliff side in Santorini, Greece, Dana Villas has a dedicated wedding terrace with breath-taking panoramic views of the Caldera. With the capacity to hold just 36 guests for the ceremony and 24 guests for the reception, this is the perfect place for an intimate, relaxed wedding in a beautiful location. In true Santorini style, Dana Villas’ architecture is traditional and all-white, contrasting beautifully with the deep blue sea and stunning sunset behind it. Visit the Dana Villas website for more information.
Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek
Founded over 300 years ago, the Grande Provence Estate in Franschhoek, South Africa, is set over 47 acres and surrounded by rugged mountains. The ceremony can either take place outside in the garden, or indoors in ‘The Jonkershuis’, with different options for the reception. This estate is steeped in history, and has a beautiful, traditional Cape Dutch exterior, while its interiors are contemporary and complementary, full of rich fabrics in dark and neutral tones. With French doors leading from indoors to out, this venue is free-flowing and offers the best of both worlds. Plus, the entire estate can be hired out and accommodation is available for all wedding guests, meaning you’ll have complete privacy. Go to the Grande Provence website for more details.
Il Salviatino, Tuscany
Hidden away in the Tuscan Hills, Il Salviatino is a truly impressive location to say your vows. The hand-restored 15th century villa sits on a hillside just 15 minutes away from Florence, and is surrounded by lush gardens; wedding ceremonies can take place either inside the villa or outside in its private parkland. For an authentic Italian wedding full of luxury, charm and historical features, Il Salviatino is the perfect place. For more information, visit the Il Salviatino website.
Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco
At the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco sits Kasbah Tamadot, a magical riad full of courtyards, winding staircases and beautiful gardens. The riad comes with 27 rooms including nine luxury Berber Tents – perfect if you want guests to stay under one roof – an infinity pool with views of the mountains, and a roof terrace to hold your reception. It also comes with its own spa, should you wish for some pre-wedding pampering. Combining luxury with traditional Moroccan style, this is a place that will guarantee a truly special occasion. Go to the Kasbah Tamadot website for further information.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes
The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is located in the prestigious Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera, and dates back to 1870 when the elegant Villa Soleil was built as a writers’ retreat. In 1887 it was restored, opening as Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc two years later. Named one of the world’s finest five-star hotels, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is the epitome of luxury. With secluded grounds, a private coastline and a number of event spaces (including an outdoor Champagne lounge), this hotel encapsulates the glamour of the French Riviera – plus, it can be reserved in its entirety for true privacy. Visit the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc website for more details.
Words by Angharad Jones