Eight Small Resorts That Belong on a Destination Wedding Pinterest Board
Putting together a perfect wedding can be a complicated affair—there’s a spouse to find, an outfit to choose, a honeymoon to organize, and seating arrangements to plot more carefully than chess moves in a championship match. If you’re hosting a destination wedding, there are a few more boxes on the to-do list: finding the perfect small resort and deciding whether you want to wed under stars or hold your ceremony in a more traditional ballroom. Luckily, there are some incredible options out there, ranging from rustic mountain lodges to boho-chic beach hotels to ultra modern European escapes.
Here are eight of the best small resorts in stunning settings that are sure to make your special day lives up to your dreams (and Pinterest boards).
Perched high over the Aegean Sea in Porto Heli sits the idyllic, tranquil Amanzoe resort. The hotel is surrounded by olive groves and offers mind-boggling views of the Peloponnesian countryside. Most of the accommodations come with private plunge pools and courtyards for sunbathing—some also have private gardens and personal chefs. Wedding ceremonies can be held at the restaurant’s outdoor terrace, in the on-site amphitheater, or at the beach club. Wherever you choose to tie the knot, Amanzoe’s top-notch service and unfussy white glove treatment will make the occasion incredibly special.
The Suttle Lodge, Oregon
This historic lodge in the Deschutes National Forest was recently taken over by some of the team behind the Ace Hotel, who have transformed the 15.5-acre lakefront property into the rustic Suttle Lodge. Dine at the Boathouse with lakeside views and a menu designed by rising restaurant star Josh McFadden—the chef behind Portland’s excellent Ava Gene’s. There are no TVs at the resort—instead, there’s fishing, hiking, biking, and even skiing to fill the days and stargazing by the campfire to pass the nighttime hours. Basically it’s the perfect place to live out your Wes Anderson-inspired wedding dreams.
Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Florida
Get your fill of sun and sand at Playa Largo Resort, the newest addition to Key Largo’s coastline. The luxurious eco-friendly resort has everything a couple could want for a destination wedding: incredible views, chic digs, and mouth-watering food. Brides can prepare for their trip down the aisle at the on-site spa, while their guests can spend the day snorkeling through the reefs, biking through the mangrove forests, learning to sail, lounging by the pool, or building sandcastles. Hold the ceremony overlooking the beach, exchanging ‘I dos” while the sun sets over the ocean.
Sailrock Resort, Turks and Caicos
Head to the relatively untouched 8.3-square-mile South Caicos Island for a stunning beach wedding at the brand new Sailrock Resort. Say your vows on a secluded white sand beach surrounded by the natural beauty of the remote island, far from the crowds that fill the archipelago’s main island of Providenciales. Guests—and the soon-to-be married couple—can unwind in the Caribbean breeze at the infinity pool or by splashing in the turquoise waters while parasailing, kiteboarding, or watching for migrating humpback whales.
Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali
Make the occasion truly special with a destination that no one will forget, on a trip to Bali—the so-called Island of the Gods. Couples may already feel like they’re on their honeymoon when they check into the Banyan Tree Ungasan with its private villas, sweeping views, and infinity pools. Couples can choose to wed on the pure white beach or in the middle of an infinity pool. Host your reception overlooking the Indian Ocean, dine at the resort’s cliffside restaurant, wander the garden paths, and celebrate under the stars.
The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
Situated on a 10,000-acre nature reserve off the coast of St. Simons Island Little St. Simons island is a bucolic island colony perfect for an exclusive wedding full of laidback charm. Rent out the entire island for the nuptials, and put guests up in the various cottages outfitted with cozy décor, screened patios, and outdoor decks. While waiting for the wedding itself, guests can enjoy all the natural wonders that the island has to offer—birding, fishing, biking, boat rides, and walks with the on-staff naturalists.
Off the coast of Cancun, sits the picturesque Isla Holbox, where a collection of bohemian chic casitas and a subtly hip atmosphere have helped the island paradise earn the title of “the new Tulum.” For the beach-chic wedding of your dreams, head to CasaSandra—the intimate 18-room resort is full of laidback luxury. Host your wedding ceremony or “mystical service” on the beach under a pergola decorated with flowing fabric and bougainvilleas. After the ceremony, guests can look for whale sharks (if the season is right), go horseback riding along the coral beach, or relax at the spa or by the pool.
Just outside of Los Angeles sits a resort that feels like a whole other world. Terranea is ensconced on a 102-acre private peninsula that juts out into the Pacific making a dreamy backdrop for an intimate wedding ceremony. The resort has many options for nuptials of all sizes, including an 18,000-square foot grand ballroom, the Catalina room with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the Pacific, or a serene patio overlooking the ocean. As wedding pros, Terranea has food for every palate from farm-to-table epicurean to family friendly fare.