22 Mar 2012
Relax, Unwind and Get Married at the DDG Retreat on the Costa del Sol
Fran @ Hitched
Throughout March on hitched.co.uk we’ve been talking about
some pretty amazing wedding abroad and honeymoon destinations across the
globe. We’ve hopefully covered
everything from a honeymoon checklist to saying ‘I do’ in style by wearing one
of our top destination wedding gowns.
I’m all for travelling long distances to seek out new and
exciting locations, however if you want to get married or spend your honeymoon
in a location not too far away from home, then why not consider the DDG Retreat
in Spain, located close to Casares on the Costa del Sol.
I have recently had the pleasure of interviewing the owner
of DDG, Alex Dubinin, who shared with me what makes this Spanish retreat so
intimate and special.
1. Where does the name DDG come from?
“DDG stands for our family name Dubinin Development Group.
This has been a very personal project for us and one that involves all members
of our family so we felt it was right that our retreat’s name should reflect
2.What makes the DDG Retreat stand out from the rest?
“We truly believe that what we offer at DDG is unique. The
design and concept is the result of our travels and a fusion of influences from
all over the world. We have created an
exotic tropical paradise here that you’d usually only find in a long haul destination
- yet it’s only a short flight away and close enough to escape to even just for
a short break. The fact that DDG is fairly close to home means that the bride
and groom can have family and friends with them who may not otherwise be able
to travel to a wedding further afield.
Or they may come to us simply because they love the idea of an authentic
Spanish wedding in a very romantic setting.
We have 5 private casas each with their own private terrace
and some even have their own plunge pools. They’ve all been individually
designed so the bride and groom can offer their guests a very special and
individual place to stay. We have a stunning infinity pool, hammam and gym and
hammocks dotted around so that couples and their guests can enjoy some relaxation
time. As we are perched high above the
Med near the pretty pueblo blanco of Casares there are spectacular views of
Gibraltar and Africa. We’re secluded and yet
we’re close enough to a wide variety of attractions to ensure that there’s
something here to suit everyone’s taste.”
3. What special
service do you provide for couples getting married?
“Our wedding organisation is totally bespoke. We provide the
whole service from the first enquiry e-mail through to organising everything
during the party’s stay. Because we run DDG ourselves we don't delegate the
most important day of a couples life to anyone else - and there’s no extra
charge! We feel privileged to be part of this very special event and go the
extra mile to ensure it’s a day to remember.
We can arrange for hairdressers, make up artists, photographers. We can
create the menu of your choice with wine, champagne and cocktails to suit your
taste. We can organise music and dancing and if required we can bring in
Spanish guitarists and flamenco dancers to provide a true Andalucían flavour to
4. How would a couple get to DDG from the airport?
“We can arrange airport transfer to suit the couple’s
wishes. The transfer from Malaga
to DDG is less than an hour’s drive. We can arrange for a driver to collect you
or we arrange car hire with our local car rental associate who will personally
meet and greet you at the Arrivals gate. Just an hour’s drive along the coats
and you’ve arrived. We can also sort out travel arrangements on behalf of your
5. Do you offer a
unique honeymoon package?
“For those who’d love to stay on for their honeymoon, we
welcome with open arms. We have Honeymoon packages for our guests but being a
small family-run retreat we can be as flexible as necessary and are happy to
fit in with a couple’s plans. We understand that some may choose to leave for a
honeymoon elsewhere after their wedding whilst others might choose to stay for
part or all of their honeymoon.”
6. How many guest can
“We feel that we offer a very special venue for small,
intimate weddings. We have 5 Casas that are not only eco-friendly, but can sleep
up to a total of 15 people. We have
another villa near DDG Retreat that sleeps a further 8 people should it be
The DDG Retreat sounds like the ultimate venue for an
intimate wedding, a private honeymoon or a relaxing getaway pre or post
The team at the DDG Retreat have also given us a list of the
top 10 romantic things to experience during your stay and I have to admit, they all sound exactly what I'd like to do on my honeymoon!
1. Arrive to find your rose petal strewn bed
2. Choose to sleep under the stars
3. Soak in a sumptuous outdoor bubble bath
4. Have a love
lock-in in your own private casa with champagne on tap in the wine cooler
5. Cool down in your own private plunge pool
6. Enjoy a Romantic
candle-lit dinner for 2 created by DDG’s very own Olga
7. Take a midnight
swim in a stunning infinity pool
8. Get back to nature
with an indulgent spa treatment surrounded by woodland trees
9. Bag yourselves a
handful of DDG’s beautiful books and relax in His ‘n’Hers hammocks
10. Book your 1st Anniversary repeat visit and enjoy a
If you are interested in booking your destination wedding,
or honeymoon at the DDG Retreat near the Costa del Sol
then get in touch with the team to find out more. Click here for further details.