Caribbean

Weddings with a Beach View

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2010

the house Intimate and serene, The House in Barbados is perfectly suited to small, classy gatherings and more than romantic enough for any wedding. Its castle-like stone exterior is the only tough thing about this place. Inside, candles scented with The House’s signature aroma light the corridors and lounge spaces, while a clean palette of white and black makes the whole place feel like a Caribbean take on heaven. With just 34 suites, The House isn’t the place for large banquets. But for small groups of up to 40, the location and ambiance can’t be beat. Weddings take place on a deck overlooking the ocean—lit with tiki torches to give the event an exotic feel—or on the beach itself. Either way, the event will be accompanied by a striking sunset. Cocktail receptions or sit-down dinners can take place at the open-air lounge or more popularly, at Daphne’s restaurant next door, known to be one of the best on this food-obsessed island. And when it’s all over, the newlyweds can retire to the comfort of their plush suite. Upgrade to the luxury 1-bedroom suite to maximize the wedding night with a balcony looking out to sea and living areas for enjoying a morning-after breakfast. The free wedding package at The House includes licensing, officiant, flowers, cake, champagne and a wedding coordinator to oversee any add-ons the couple requests. Newlyweds can also look forward to a 3-night stay at The House to celebrate their first anniversary. Regular room rates start at $664.

the somerset on grace bay At the other end of the spectrum from The House sits The Somerset on Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos, capable of hosting celebrations of up to 200 guests. Nonetheless, planning a wedding here can be as involved—or as hands-off—as your clients like. Couples who have a clear vision of their special day can work with the resort’s wedding planners to choose linens, tenting options, flowers, specialty cakes and even fireworks to commemorate the first day of the rest of their lives with the Elegant Weddings package. Even the venues are varied, from Grace Bay Beach to the deck of its infinity pool, or a combination of manicured croquet lawn and lush orchid garden. For a more subdued ceremony, clients can opt for the Intimate Vows package, designed specifically for weddings for between two and 10 persons. Couples have access to all the same venues and amenities as the bigger resort package, but can take a more relaxed approach to planning, leaving all the bells and whistles to The Somerset’s experienced planners. They’ll also enjoy the same picturesque scenery that’s made Grace Bay famous, and The Somerset’s attractions—including O’Soleil restaurant—and accommodations to suit any guest. Families traveling together can book an Estate Villa with up to five bedrooms with marble baths and private jacuzzis, while the wedding couple themselves can cozy up in a 1-bedroom garden cottage or oceanview Stirling House suite. Elegant Weddings start at $3,100; Intimate Vows start at $2,800. Room rates start at $350 per room per night.

laluna With 16 cottages set on Grenada—one of the Caribbean islands furthest from the U.S.—Laluna is not exactly traditional wedding material. But for couples traveling with a small entourage or a wedding party aiming to take over the property, the extended travel time to the Spice Island has a huge payoff. One part Caribbean chic, one part Balinese style, Laluna’s open-air cottages staggered on a hilltop give newlyweds and guests alike the opportunity to take advantage of a truly romantic sea view, accented by frangipani, day beds and plunge pools on their private verandahs. By day, they can relax on its near-deserted beach; by night, gather at the cozy thatched-roof restaurant or stop by the bar and lounge to witness a spectacular sunset. And while the location itself might seem remote, the selection at its wine cellar is anything but. Whether at the wedding reception or at a casual dinner, clients can discover wines from parts of Italy they’ve never realized existed. Laluna’s 7-night wedding package includes all the basics, plus accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, with rates starting at $6,215 dbl. Wedding parties who want the whole resort to themselves can book the Exclusive package, including all 16 cottages, all meals for up to 32 clients, an open bar, live nightly entertainment, and extras for the bride and groom including a couple’s massage and half-day tour of Grenada. That package starts at $21,940 per day. Regular rates start at $415 per cottage dbl.