Beach weddings are a dream for many brides; from feeling the sand between your toes to the stunning photographs you can take on the shore, a beautiful beach provides an idyllic backdrop to your ceremony and/or wedding reception.
Choosing which beach to marry on is where the fun begins, so we’ve selected 10 of the very best venues at home and around the world, to help turn your dream into a reality
With fantastic views out to sea, the majestic regency-style Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel is a classic British seaside venue in one of the country’s trendiest towns. Take advantage of the magnificent ballroom, bridal suites and personal wedding consultant, and then celebrate your marriage with a romantic stroll along the famous promenade.
Contact Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel for more details: www.mercurebrighton.co.uk
If your idea of perfection is marrying in a breathtaking coastal setting, with show-stopping views across the ocean, put the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay on your shortlist. Built in 1892, the imposing Victorian hotel offers sea views from every luxurious bedroom, plus an outdoor swimming pool - and with Cornwall’s famous Fistral Beach just five minutes away, adventurous couples could go surfing together after the ceremony.
Contact Atlantic Hotel Cornwall for more details: www.atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk
A luxury spa and ocean view rooms are just two of the alluring features of this stunning 4 star hotel, overlooking Jersey’s most beautiful bay. A short flight from the UK (or take the three and a half hour Fastcat journey from Weymouth), L’Horizon is moments away from St. Brelade’s, the picturesque and sheltered beach where Frenchman, Victor Hugo (author of Les Misérables), used to walk each day during his exile, deep in thought.
Contact L’Horizon for more details: www.handpickedhotels.co.uk
Situated above the 600 acre beach-front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain in St. Lucia offers some of the most spectacular views on the planet. You may recognise this venue as it was the setting for Tulisa and her gang of girls during the final audition stages of The X Factor in 2012. Built in harmony with the Caribbean landscape, luxury rooms contain an open and elegant bedroom and living area with an extravagant, private infinity pool offering mesmerising sea and mountain views. And when you hit one of the two beaches, you can enjoy world-class diving opportunities.
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Abu Dhabi Oasis
A unique Gulf beach resort, this elegant venue offers everything you’d expect in the way of lavish Arabian luxury — plus 1.3 km of white, pristine beach to enjoy. Activities include beach football and volleyball, and water sports such as sailing, snorkelling and windsurfing are also available. If you’d rather take it easy, the Anantara Spa is described as a “haven of tranquillity”.
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Bali Beach Beauty
There are two stunning beach options for your wedding ceremony at The Oberoi Bali; say your vows in the enchanting beachside garden venue, a peaceful, open-air setting scented with the fragrance of frangipani blossoms — or exchange rings right beside the Indian Ocean at the intimate beach altar, with a spectacular floral display, guest seating on the sand and the picture-perfect climax of a majestic sunset over the sea. It’s the stuff that wedding dreams are made of.
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Set on the glorious and unspoiled south coast beach, on the former sugar estate of Bel Ombre, this stunning Mauritian beachfront resort boasts lagoon-fringed grounds, lush tropical gardens and a magnificent 18-hole golf course at Golf du Château, with world-class facilities and club house. The perfect place for beach and luxury-lovers, choose from 11 exotic restaurants, enjoy butler service in your suite and relax in the Seven Colours Spa, complete with hydrotherapy pool.
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Seclusion in the Seychelles
Nestled away in a romantic hillside setting, the stunning Kempinski resort, Baie Lazare, is an indulgent retreat that captures the spirit of the Seychelles. With vivid views and vibrant style, this venue offers beachside luxury with fishing, snorkelling and sunbathing on the doorstep. Marry here and you’ll enjoy gourmet dining, indoor and outdoor celebration options, a stylish ballroom and unparalleled views of the bay and lagoon below.
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Paradise in St. Vincent
Located on the idyllic Caribbean island of St. Vincent, Buccament Bay Resort is just about as close to “affordable paradise” as you can get, with a range of wedding packages and room discounts available. You could have an intimate wedding celebration on the beach, under a canopy decorated with seashells, the breeze gently rustling through the palm trees; or opt for a unique way to wed by climbing onboard a galleon ship to exchange your vows.
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South African Secret
South Africa might not strike you as a beach wedding destination, but situated on a rocky headland in Plettenberg Bay, Africa’s most spectacular coastal resort town, The Plettenberg seafront hotel and restaurant offers some of the most spectacular ocean views in the world. Located in the heart of the adventure-rich Garden Route, this beautiful destination overlooks endless stretches of golden beach, and you can take advantage of everything from the delicious cuisine to dolphin and whale watching
Click here for more details about The Plettenberg Relais & Châteaux