Your special day only comes once in a lifetime. Make it one to remember by celebrating a destination wedding! With so many wonderful destinations near Singapore, you could have an extra memorable wedding setting. With careful planning, it can even cost little more than a regular banquet wedding in Singapore! What a treat for everyone, to have a holiday and see your joyous union all at the same time.
Here’s a list of destinations and their top resorts for a destination wedding, that spans a range of settings: from stunning sky-high party in the city, a wedding on the beach, a serene ceremony at the foothills of the Himalayas, or a traditional Northern Thai celebration. I do I do I do!
Destination Wedding Locations in Asia
Bali, Indonesia | Alila Villas Uluwatu
Who wouldn’t want to seal the deal on a 100-meter-high cliff overlooking the inviting Bali Sea?
Alila Villas Uluwatu is one of the region’s most desired wedding destinations – and for good reason! This contemporary resort is bathed in luxury with five-star bars and restaurants and lavish villas located on the edge of the cliff.
There are several venues with the resort available to make your dream wedding happen. Say I do on the hilltop garden if you’re having an intimate wedding with close family and friends. Or on the iconic Cliff-edge Wedding Cabana, which is available in a wedding package for a smaller group or a very large wedding ceremony starting on the lawn and stretches the party through the night in a pool villa that can hold 50 people!
Phuket, Thailand | Sri Panwa
Sri Panwa’s stunning property on the southeastern tip of Phuket is truly one for the books. The sprawling estate includes a lavish Thai spa where you can get all your pre-wedding treatments; tempting restaurants and bars; as well as a selection of villas that can accommodate up to 10 people in each villa.
With a wedding team on hand to make all of your wishes a reality, look forward to opulent details such as a “floating” wedding platform overlooking the sea; an aisle lined with flower petals; sumptuous Thai and international fare as well as free-flowing wines from the world’s best vineyards.
Photo: Sri Panwa
Palawan, Philippines | Amanpulo
If it’s ever been your dream to get hitched on your very own private island, consider Palawan’s famed Amanpulo, one of the most exclusive resorts in the Philippines. This otherworldly resort is accessible only by private plane and features all of the privacy and world-class service that you could ever wish for.
The island itself is a stunner – with crystal clear waters and powder white sand – and it’s run by a team that exemplifies the best of Filipino hospitality. A wedding at Amanpulo almost feels like you’re already on your honeymoon.
Photo: Marisse Gabrielle Reyes
Penang, Malaysia | Seven Terraces Hotel
Celebrate with a touch of heritage at Penang’s Seven Terraces Hotel, a boutique hotel that embraces the splendour of 19th-century architecture.
Host a wedding banquet in traditional tok pangang style at the open dining room. Then, retreat to your Wedding Suite that comes with an antique Nyonya wedding bed. Tea ceremonies and banquet dinner can be arranged for in the Kebaya Dining Room where fine Peranakan dishes like ayam buah keluak and kueh salat can be shared.
Langkawi, Malaysia | The Ritz Carlton
Not too far away from our shores is the new Ritz Carlton Langkawi, set in the middle of ancient rainforests that date back over 10 million years.
Touches of wonderment and luxury are found throughout the resort in places such as the spa’s tranquil over-water treatment rooms, exquisite Chinese and Malaysian fare, as well as three spectacular swimming pools.
There’s also a terrific pillar-free Grand Ballroom where one can hold their wedding reception as well as a smaller VIP salon made for up to 40 guests.
Riverfront, Bhutan | Le Meridien Paro
Seclusive and exotic, the Le Meridien Paro is located on the banks of the Paro River in Bhutan, with breathtaking easterly views of the Himalayan Mountains. Like a Bhutanese castle, this plush hotel features a variety of rooms and suites as well as six event rooms with over 8,600 square feet of event space. The hotel’s team will make your special day fuss-free and memorable, offering attendee booking tools that make it easy for your guests to book their rooms and check-in. This complementary tool is highly personalized so you’ll be able to create a cohesive theme throughout your wedding.
Chang Mai, Thailand | The Dhara Dhevi
A true slice of paradise set in Chang Mai, The Dhara Dhevi boasts scenes seemingly straight out of fairy tale, with opulent structures, romantic golden-topped parasols, and a luxuriant spa. This villa-only property is comprised of traditional rice terrace houses made of teak offering an authentic experience of Northern Thailand.
Book The Grand Ballroom and invite up to 500 guests or take to the ceremonial lawn for a romantic outdoor affair. Add a little bit of local flair to your wedding and opt for traditional costumes, a traditional Lanna ceremony, Thai dance and music, as well as a release of lanterns.
Hong Kong, China | Harbour Grand
City lovers in search of a wedding at dizzying heights will love what Hong Kong’s Harbour Grand has to offer.
Their showpiece, the Grand Ballroom sits on an area of 6,000 square feet with 7-meter-high ceilings, top-of-the-line technology and lighting effects, Chinese and Western menus and setups, as well as a spacious reception area perfect for pre-ceremony toasts.
Not a fan of large weddings? There are seven salon rooms on offer too as well as an outdoor terrace that offers sweeping views of Victoria Harbour.