Caribbean & Bermuda

Saying "I Do" on an Island

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2011

The following island resorts cater to destination weddings, making it easy to plan the big day with pre-set packages, a la carte options and/or fully customizable weddings, whether it’s only the couple or a few to a hundred of their closes friends.

beaches turks & caicos resort villages & spaThis all-inclusive family resort in Providenciales caters to weddings that include children and the whole multi-generational family. If it’s a second marriage, have the couple put the kids and grandma and grandpa in one of the 162 family suites in the Italian Village, while they stay in one of the top suites at either the Caribbean or French Villages for some private time and concierge service with loads of extras, such as VIP check-in, special luggage handling, tour arrangements and more exclusive amenities. Time with the family can include swimming at one of the seven freshwater pools or dining in 16 specialty restaurants. Kids ages 6 to 12 can be a part of camp or enjoy the 45,000-sq.-ft. water park with seven slides, a 650-ft. lazy river and surf simulator. Teens can head for the 21 and under nightclub, vinyl spinning lessons, and their own designated hangout complete with arcade games and foosball. Romance can come in knowing that the whole clan is happy, but also by spending alone time with a couple’s massage at the Red Lane Spa or walking hand-in-hand along the half-mile stretch of white sand beach that fronts the property. Most couples opt to do weddings on the beach, in the gazebo or in the gardens, but the property also has indoor venues.

When booking 10 or more rooms, couples receive the Group WeddingMoon package, which includes basic wedding must-haves, plus some spa extras. The package is complimentary for guests who book a minimum 6-night stay in a concierge category or higher. Rate is $700 for stays of less time.

Contact: (800) 232-2437; beaches.com

biras creek resort Couples who imagine marrying on a private island can come pretty close to that experience with a wedding at Biras Creek Resort in Virgin Gorda, BVI. Set on a 140-acre nature reserve on a private lagoon and beach, surrounded by the North Sound, Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, this Relais & Chateaux property is reachable only by boat or helicopter. The boutique property is all about “casual elegance” and top service. Couples spend their days swimming, sailing and snorkeling, or being pampered at the spa. Rates include use of bicycles and watersports equipment. Nights are spent enjoying gourmet dining and sleeping in one of 31 luxury suites, which all boast ocean views. The Grand Suites are ideal for romance, offering private plunge pools, a furnished verandah, oversized soaking tub with ocean view, and separate garden shower large enough for two.

Wedding ceremonies can be on the beach at Deep Bay, within the gardens, or on a terrace overlooking the North Sound. A wedding gazebo can be placed wherever the couple finds their ideal spot to say “I do.” Choices for a cocktail party include the beach, a verandah or in the main dining room, Arawak Room. The wedding reception can also be held beachside or at Arawak. A wedding coordinator is available onsite to assist with all the arrangements.

The Tropical Wedding package for $1,500 above the accommodations rate includes the basics for the big day, and add-ons are available for an additional fee.

Contact: (877) 883-0756; biras.com

cambridge beaches resort & spa With only one wedding taking place at a time, the primarily adults-only, AAA four-diamond Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa in Bermuda offers an intimate property with superior service and cuisine. It recently became a member of Preferred Boutique, a collection of intimate hotels and resorts and a brand of Preferred Hotel Group. Cambridge Beaches sits on a 30-acre peninsula with panoramic views of the water and four private beaches. These beaches make for ideal wedding settings, offering dramatic scenery and something very special. An onsite wedding planner handles all details. The property has 94 Bermuda-style cottage rooms with ocean or garden views, but its pool suites offer plunge pools, extra room, privacy and luxury that are ideal for the wedding couple. Pre- or post-wedding, the 10,000-sq.-ft. spa and fitness center is the place to be for relaxing treatments together or apart. A private dinner on the beach can be set up before, during or after the big day.

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