As wedding days are remembered forever, they should be perfect. Set against the backdrop of its private Blue Flag beach, as exotic and exhilarating as any British shoreline, Carbis Bay fits the bill. Twelve separate areas of the estate are licensed for ceremonies, including its Beach and Ocean Club on the buttery sand, an outdoor pavilion and beautiful function suites inside the hotel. From classic to quirky, small and intimate to grand and glam, weddings are expertly tailored to every couple’s precise wishes.
In addition, cocktail parties and barbeques can be thrown overlooking the turquoise waters, perhaps before a beachside firework finale. The grins on most faces tend to be as wide as St Ives’ Bay behind. Also right on the beach are the hotel’s new, coastal-chic Ocean Lodges and Suites, some of them boasting hot tubs or plunge pools. Those make for a comfortable and indulgent first night of wedlock, while larger apartments suit bridal parties, groomsmen or travelling families.