Bliss in Our Own Backyard

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A wedding in Hawaii is, for most princesses, a dream come true—exotic, far-flung, yet home base. And if you throw in a Waldorf Astoria Collection property—the Grand Wailea on the southwestern shore on Maui—well, it’s truly a Cinderella story. Ah yes, and then there’s the New England-style seaside chapel surrounded by picturesque gardens, flowers, gazebos and a koi pond. Brides will gush over the chapel’s bell and clock tower as well as its 17th century chandeliers and stained-glass windows depicting a royal Hawaiian wedding. The newly renovated resort offers 780 guestrooms, including 52 suites, as well as 3-bedroom townhomes at the adjacent Ho’olei at Grand Wailea. The property’s gorgeous surroundings are enhanced by a truly decadent art collection that showcases works by Botero, Picasso, Warhol, and Leger, as well as local artists. A must is dining at the onsite floating seafood restaurant, and of course, a treatment at the Spa Grande, the largest one in Hawaii. Wedding packages start at $4,800, including use of the chapel and chapel gardens, brunch for two, music accompaniment and an array of other bells and whistles. If couples want to up the ante, they can throw in the Perfect 10 package on top of the regular wedding celebration. It includes a personal wedding specialist, deluxe ocean luxury accommodations on wedding night, weddingmoon turndown, and a casabella—a 2-teak lounge chair with a pullover canopy—for two by the beach or pool for the day after the wedding, as well as other niceties. Average room rates start at $500 per night.

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