Elle Cashin Elle Cashin | March 20, 2023 | Wedding Features
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi’s 350,000-square-foot private island has three villas, a clubhouse and a spa. PHOTO COURTESY OF WALDORF ASTORIA
Ever dream of having all your favorite people together on a remote private island in the glittering Indian Ocean? Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi (waldorfastoriamaldives.com) takes destination nuptials up a notch by offering just that experience to couples. Its 350,000-square-foot private island houses a trio of uberluxe villas for up to 24 guests, five swimming pools, an entertainment clubhouse and a spa. It’s just a few minutes’ yacht ride away from the main island, where a beach venue for up to 150 people awaits. The resort’s concierge team brings any wedding vision to life, from florals to food—think wagyu beef and Alba truffles or Australian barbecue—and amps up the romantic details, like a “lovers’ chariot” to shuttle you around the island and flower petals floating in a drawn bath. After “I do,” newlyweds can head to the resort’s brand-new Stella Maris Villa to reflect on their wedding under the Maldivian stars.
Echo polar camp has futuristic pods for sleeping. PHOTO COURTESY OF: WHITE DESERT ANTARCTICA/RED SAVANNAH
A group treks across the Antarctic tundra PHOTO COURTESY OF: WHITE DESERT ANTARCTICA/RED SAVANNAH
So, you’ve just eloped and want to celebrate in a way that’s unique—and you have a quarter million to spare? Enter uberluxe travel firm Red Savannah (redsavannah.com). Its latest offering takes couples (and up to 10 guests) to the white desert of Antarctica, where they can celebrate their nuptials with a wedding breakfast and cake-cutting on Wolf’s Fang Runway. Then it’s off for an adventure: zip lining, exploring ice tunnels or visiting an emperor penguin colony. They’ll spend the night in a futuristic, state-of-the-art private pod at polar camp Echo and enjoy a menu made with South African produce and paired with award-winning wines, or unwind in a sauna pod on the shores of the freshwater lake of the Schirmacher Oasis. There’s more to love: $1,000 per person will be pledged for conservation initiatives.
A boat trip across the Tyrrhenian Sea from Praiano to Capri is just one romantic day trip option at Casa Angelina PHOTO COURTESY OF: CASA ANGELINA
A whopping 35% of guests at Casa Angelina (casaangelina.com) get engaged during their stay, cementing this as one of the most romantic destinations along Italy’s famed Amalfi Coast. We suggest a visit after“I do,” though: The hotel’s romantic offerings make it an ultrasweet honeymoon spot. Upon arrival at the hotel, nestled in the ancient fishing village of Praiano, newlyweds meet with a dedicated “romantic personal assistant,” who crafts a custom itinerary for the couple based on what they bond over. Think Italian cooking classes or a mixology lesson followed by a private dinner on the roof, a day trip to Capri complete with picnic at sea, private yoga classes or a language workshop to learn to profess your love in Italian. Of course, you’ll want to commemorate the experience. Book a private time slot against the venue’s iconic lemon trees and a dedicated social media butler will snap an Intsta-worthy photo.
The pool at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa boasts multiple waterfalls and epic views of the Pacific PHOTO COURTESY OF: HYATT REGENCY MAUI RESORT AND SPA
Whether your wedding is at home or away, a bachelorette party is always reason to travel—and where better than Maui? Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa’s (hyatt.com) 2,500-square-foot Palace Suite is an ideal HQ, and the hotel’s $20,000 Pre-Wedding in the Palace package makes hosting an epic bachelorette weekend easy. In addition to palatial digs, groups will enjoy a barbecue dinner from a private chef, insuite mixology courses, a full-day rental of a poolside cabana (and themed floats, lawn games, drinks and more), a private karaoke session, VIP tickets to a drum show and luau, drinks at the grotto bar and so much more.