6 Venues For An Unforgettable Destination Wedding In Southeast Asia
As destination weddings become more and more popular, newlyweds are no longer just looking for a pristine beachside location. From Sabrina Ho and Kevin Matthews' dreamy island celebration at Sri Panwa to Jessicacindy Hartono and Kong Wan Long's winter wonderland wedding in Gstaad, millennials are now looking for that x-factor that makes their wedding all the more special.
If you're looking for the destination to make the wedding of your dreams come true, we've selected six gorgeous venues that are not only located in Southeast Asia, but offers plenty of versatile spaces, top-notch service, as well as additional amenities that will take you straight into your honeymoon.
The St. Regis Langkawi
Langkawi is a picturesque island surrounded by turquoise waters and abundant with paddy fields and lush forested hills. It is no wonder this tropical gem is also known as the Jewel of Kedah.
Just a 15-minute drive from the main town of Kuah is The St. Regis Langkawi, which sits on the island’s south coast, overlooking the Andaman Sea. Envisioned by San Francisco-based architectural firm Gensler, the palatial luxury resort adopts Moorish and Middle Eastern influences in its design. Weddings come in the style of a bare-foot ceremony on the white sandy beach, an intimate solemnisation on the outdoor, open-air wedding pavilion—which offers an enchanting pedestal decorated with batik star motifs and blue-tinted glass lanterns—as well as a grand banquet at the magnificent Astor Ballroom.
Tatler tip The crowning jewel of The St. Regis Langkawi is Kayu Puti, the over-water restaurant designed by Bill Bensley. Opt for a reception at this dining haven, which serves up East-meets-West cuisine dreamed up by executive chef Gaetan Biesuz.
Instead of a beachside wedding, Aqua Expeditions brings your celebration to the seas onboard a luxury cruise. Their newest expedition vessel, the Aqua Blu, takes passengers into the pristine East Indonesian Archipelago and along the region’s most prized destinations, including Komodo National Park, Spice Islands, and Raja Ampat.
Offering 15 beautifully designed luxury suites that accommodate up to 30 passengers, couples can celebrate their milestone moments surrounded by the ones that matter. Besides an indoor and outdoor dining area and bar, there’s also a lobby lounge, outdoor plunge pool, library, spa and gym for guests to mix and mingle. A gastronomic voyage awaits with the Aqua Blu menu, carefully crafted by Bali-based Benjamin Cross, whose stunning portfolio includes the three Michelin-starred Can Fabes and award-winning Urbane.
Tatler tip For adventurous couples who love aquatic sports, the vessel also comes decked with diving and snorkelling equipment, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. A dive instructor is on board to offer guidance.
Home to some of Thailand’s most popular white sandy beaches surrounded by azure blue waters, there’s a little known side to Phuket, away from the bustling beachfront. Nestled amidst the dense forests of Kamala, luxury resort Keemala overlooks the Kamala Village and the Andaman Sea while offering a peaceful respite from the crowd.
A tropical wonderland, the resort’s design is inspired by the stories of four fictitious clans of ancient Phuket settlers. Couples can choose from four different venues to suit their fancy, whether it is a whimsical forest ceremony, a rooftop celebration overlooking Kamala Bay, a casual and fun poolside wedding, or a grand occasion at the Enchanted Hall and Terrace. The resort also offers both a Western-style wedding or a Thai Buddhist wedding ceremony, a unique experience that includes a water pouring ritual by friends and family, and a blessing chant led by monks from a local temple.
Tatler tip The Bridal Couple Mala Spa Pre-Wedding Ritual helps couples to unwind and rejuvenate before the big day, with facial and body treatments, as well as a massage, sauna and bath ritual.
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The Siam Bangkok
There’s more to Bangkok than partying and shopping—the Thai city is also blessed with ornate shrines and the scenic Chao Phraya River, which flows through the city into the Gulf of Thailand. One beautiful architecture along the river is The Siam, an Art Deco-inspired urban resort that simply oozes with old-world charm and allure.
Set amidst three acres of manicured gardens, the Bill Bensley-designed resort offers 39 spacious suites and pool villas, as well as the exclusive and historical Thai House, Connie’s Cottage. Here, weddings are an intimate affair—the open-air Café Cha sets the scene to your traditional Thai engagement ceremony surrounded by lush greenery, with a casual café style reception; the art gallery-style Deco Bar & Bistro is perfect for a private banquet for up to 50 guests; while the Chon Lawn offers the opportunity for an alfresco dinner with the sunset as your backdrop.
Tatler tip After the wedding, there’s plenty of activities to indulge in at The Siam, such as Thai cooking classes, a private Muay Thai boxing session, a romantic sunset cruise from the hotel, and of course, an indulgent treatment at the Opium Spa.
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Anantara Uluwatu-Bali Resort
A centre for wellness and healing, Bali’s wealth of pristine beaches makes it a hotspot for destination weddings in Asia. Anantara Uluwatu-Bali Resort stands out for its unique location atop of a cliff cascading over the Indian Ocean.
Exchange your vows at the cliff-edge Dewa Dewi Chapel, which offers a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean through its floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Then, fete the occasion with a feast on the lush garden lawn, complete with live gamelan performances and fireworks. Cliffside restaurant Splash also offers the perfect ambience for an evening reception with spectacular sunsets, while the 360 rooftop restaurant offers ample space for guests to dine while overlooking the ocean.
Tatler tip The Ultimate Journey wedding package offers the opportunity to hop right into your honeymoon, with a two-night stay at the Ocean View Suite, couple’s spa, and private dinner for two.
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Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Da Nang, Vietnam
Known for its tranquil beaches and emerald waters, as well as centuries-old pagodas and French colonial buildings that make up its unique heritage, Da Nang is an idyllic coastal city that makes the perfect backdrop for a dream destination wedding.
The award-winning Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, especially, combines the best that the city has to offer, amidst the stunning landscape of Son Tra Peninsula. From a dreamy private beach solemnisation overlooking the beautiful East Sea to an intimate al fresco reception at a French mansion designed by Bill Bensley, the luxury resort has plenty of romantic spaces to offer.
Tatler tip Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is also home to Harnn Heritage Spa, where couples can wind down after the hustle and bustle of the festivities. Treat each other to the Journey of The Ultimate Indulgence—a 150-minute signature couple experience that ends with a pampering jacuzzi and champagne.