38 Wedding Venues Perfect for Destination Weddings

Openings, overhauls and upgrades: These new wedding resorts and wedding venues have much to brag about.

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Iconic Santorini, Greece
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Iconic Santorini, Greece

Set on sublime Santorini, Iconic is a five-star cave hotel unveiled in April 2014. The 22-room Greek boutique was built from former homes and shops in the whitewashed village of Imerovigli. Work with a local planner for custom caldera-view vows. — Regina Winkle-Bryan

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Carnival Cruise Lines
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Carnival Cruise Lines

On-deck ceremony or a walk down the aisle on dry land? The choice is yours with Carnival Cruise Lines' wedding program, totally revamped in 2014. Recently added ports include Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos and Freeport in the Bahamas. Or reserve the Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, where a bijou chapel, blissed-out beaches and soft waves create the sacred space for your private celebration. — RWB

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Indura Beach & Golf Resort, Honduras
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Indura Beach & Golf Resort, Honduras

Pledge your devotion on 1,800 acres of equatorial paradise at Indura Beach & Golf Resort, launched March 2014 on Honduras' Caribbean coast. Hold a barefoot shoreline ceremony; then slip into heels for an elegant poolside reception. The 60-room hotel wows guests with its Maina spa, 18-hole eco golf course and curious locals: spider and howler monkeys! — RWB

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Fontainebleau Miami, Florida
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Fontainebleau Miami, Florida

Check off something bleau at Miami Beach's landmark Fontainebleau resort, whose ocean lawn venue, opened February 2014, offers waterside vistas and the modern Bleaulive stage, so guests can dance the night away under tropical starlight. — RWB

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Secrets Puerto 
Los Cabos Golf and Spa Resort, Mexico
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Los Cabos Golf and Spa ResortCourtesy Secrets Puerto 
Los Cabos Golf and Spa Resort

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf and Spa Resort, Mexico

Opened December 2013 40 minutes from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the 500-suite Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf and Spa Resort exudes tranquility. After a ceremony in the gazebo with views of the Sea of Cortez, celebrate in the ballroom, on the terrace or right on the sand. — Ivette Manners

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Montage Kapalua Bay
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Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui, Hawaii

After a multimillion-dollar renovation of Maui, Hawaii's landmark Kapalua Bay hotel, Montage Kapalua Bay debuted June 2014 with just 50 suites and the open-air Cliff House event space, set on lava rocks overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the neighboring islands of Molokai and Lanai. — IM

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

In December 2013, Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, revealed its newest wedding space, Ocean's Edge, perched on a sand dune. The venue holds up to 150 on an outdoor deck, patio, lawn or glass-walled pavilion. — IM

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

The luxe Four Seasons brand unveiled a new Florida outpost in August 2014: the 443-room Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, where celebrations on its terrace, lawns or lakeside pavilions come with a lush tropical backdrop and a dash of Disney magic. — IM

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | The 
Brando, The Islands of Tahiti
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BrandoCourtesy The 
Brando

The Brando, The Islands of Tahiti

The Brando premiered July 2014 on the private atoll of Tetiaroa, 30 miles north of the island of Tahiti. Choose your own pristine beach for a traditional Tahitian ceremony by the lagoon. The 35 villas flaunt eco-chic design, thatch roofs and private plunge pools. — IM

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | El Mangroove, Costa Rica
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El Mangroove, Costa Rica

Set on the beach in Papagayo Bay, Costa Rica, El Mangroove, a member of Preferred Hotel Group, opened February 2014 and blends lush surroundings with modern design — think indoor/outdoor living rooms in the 85 suites. A ballroom in paradise is a nice touch. — IM

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Matlali Hotel, Mexico
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Matlali Hotel, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Debuted June 2014 on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Matlali Hotel features
 40 villas in the
 hills of Riviera Nayarit; exchange 
vows in the 
nearby La Cruz 
Mountains. — IM

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Maia Ka’ab, Tulum, Mexico
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Maia Ka'ab, Tulum, Mexico

Introduced June 2014 in the Mexican Caribbean, Maia Ka'ab is accessible only via jungle path from Tulum; private toes-in-the-sand weddings come with uninterrupted views of a turquoise lagoon. — IM

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel, Denver, Colorado
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The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel, Denver, Colorado

The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel, formerly the historic Colorado National Bank, premiered May 2014 with 230 rooms, the Teller Bar and three vaults for small private dinners. Party in the ballroom with Edison-bulb chandeliers. — Erika Hueneke

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Hotel
 Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
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 WaileaCourtesy Hotel
 Wailea

Hotel Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Completed fall 2014, a $15 million reno revamped Hotel Wailea's 72 suites, perched 300 feet above Maui's coastline. Gardens, waterfalls and lawns are at your disposal for the big day. — IM

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma
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Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma, Riviera Maya, Mexico

One of the best hotels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, just got better: Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma completed a $40 million expansion in January 2015, including 64 suites and three restaurants. The resort's Sky Weddings rooftop venue is perfect for big bashes. — Allyson Reedy

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place, Jupiter, Florida
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Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place, Jupiter, Florida

Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place opened in Florida in October 2014. Book the Preserve Ballroom with the adjoining Mangrove Deck for a posh party. — AR

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Gansevoort Dominican Republic
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Gansevoort Dominican Republic

Premiered in June 2015, Gansevoort Dominican Republic is the luxury-hotel group's second island resort. The boutique features 48 suites, a tiered cascading infinity pool and buzz-worthy restaurant Baia Lounge. — AR

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Malliouhana
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Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort, Anguilla

After a three-year closure and a revamp, Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort reopened November 2014 as one of the poshest spots on Anguilla's famed Meads Bay. Host sunset vows before 40 guests. — IM

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
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Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico's historic Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, a member of Preferred Hotel Group, reopened December 2014 after a complete reno that unveiled four ballrooms and salons, plus 5,000 square feet of outdoor event spaces facing the Atlantic. Commence your fiesta with terrace cocktails; end with an after-party at the hotel's Marabar Martini Bar & Lounge. — IM

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Grand Isle Resort & Spa, Exuma, Bahamas
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Grand Isle Resort & Spa, Exuma, Bahamas

Grand Isle Resort & Spa, a member of Preferred Hotel Group, debuted December 2014 with 78 villas facing Exuma, Bahamas' Emerald Bay. Wed on the powder sand, then celebrate under the thatch pavilion of the pool patio. — IM

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | CHIC by Royalton Punta Cana
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CHIC by Royalton Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The adults-only CHIC by Royalton Punta Cana, located on one of the Dominican Republic's most coveted stretches of sand, debuted in December 2014. The luxury all-inclusive features a poolside DJ, 323 suites with 24-hour concierge service, and free (yes, free) weddings. — AR

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Ashford Castle, Ireland
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Ashford Castle, Ireland

Ashford Castle in western Ireland reopened in March 2015 after enhancing its 82 guest rooms. The onsite coordinator will help you select the right ceremony setting; we're partial to the regal Connaught Room. — AR

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Welk Resorts Sirena del Mar, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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Welk Resorts Sirena del Mar, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

After suffering some damage from 2014's Hurricane Odile, Welk Resorts Sirena del Mar in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, reopened in March 2015 better than ever. Make it official on the private beach, then party around the redesigned pool deck. What hurricane? — AR

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Finest Playa Mujeres, Cancun
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Finest Playa Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico

Finest Playa Mujeres premiered in Cancun, Mexico, in February 2015. Wedding options include the ocean-view Sky Bar, the breezy Las Dunas Beach House or right on the sand. — AR

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
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Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Orlando, Florida

Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows in Orlando, Florida, unveiled 20 new Bora Bora overwater bungalows and 360 deluxe studio villas in April 2015. Each bungalow has a private deck with a plunge pool — the perfect spot to take in the Magic Kingdom's nightly fireworks display. — AR

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | The Resort at Pedregal, Los Cabos, Mexico
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The Resort at Pedregal, Los Cabos, Mexico

The Resort at Pedregal reopened January 2015 in Los Cabos, Mexico. The coolest addition is the cliff-side Champagne Terrace. Bonus: Book your reception at the award-winning El Farallon restaurant, and you'll get access to the terrace — and its Pacific vistas. — AR

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | The Westin Playa Bonita Panama
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The Westin Playa Bonita Panama

In February 2015, The Westin Playa Bonita Panama debuted Casa Naga, a six-suite, 25,000-square-foot villa perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific. Clink champagne around one of the infinity pools. — Kristine Hansen

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
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Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort

Fresh off a $16 million reno completed December 2014, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort hosts big-day bashes on the oceanfront deck or in Balboa's Courtyard garden. Delight guests with s'mores, apothecary cocktails and barbecued lobster. — KH

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
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The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

In April 2015, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort on Waikiki Beach debuted its reimagined, 17-story Mailani Tower, offering a personal concierge, gratis breakfast and evening cocktails and snacks. Event venues include the Helumoa Gardens, a beachfront cabana and Azure restaurant. — KH

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | The Cape, A Thompson Hotel, Los Cabos, Mexico
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The Cape, A Thompson Hotel, Los Cabos, Mexico

The Cape, A Thompson Hotel opened June 2015 in Los Cabos, Mexico. Celebrate at Glimpse, a rooftop terrace with views of the Sea of Cortez. — KH

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

Say I do in the Culebra Bay-facing gazebo at 153-room Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, unveiled December 2013 in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Three farm-to-table restaurants dish up seafood, small plates and specialty cocktails. — Deborah Geiger

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Castle Hotel, Orlando, Florida
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Castle Hotel, Orlando, Florida

Modeled after a Bavarian castle, the Kessler Collection's 214-room Castle Hotel welcomed its first guests in October 2013. Tie the knot poolside or on one of two sky terraces overlooking Orlando, Florida. You may even catch the theme-park fireworks. — DG

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Royalton White Sands Luxury Resort, Jamaica
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Royalton White Sands Luxury Resort, Jamaica

Opened November 2013 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the 352-room Royalton White Sands Luxury Resort offers all-inclusive ease, plus a variety of ceremony backdrops: garden gazebo, beach gazebo or barefoot in the sand. — DG

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa, California
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The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa, California

In July 2013, Napa, California's The Meritage Resort and Spa unveiled its Vineyard Deck, complete with a gazebo and vine views. The venue, which seats 200, joins spaces like the underground Estate Cave and Our Lady of the Grapes Chapel. Keep guests full and happy with a group tasting featuring chocolate-wine pairings. — MH

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas wrapped a multimillion-dollar renovation in December 2013. Four restaurants dish up sumptuous fare like lobster-truffle mac-'n'-cheese, while 180 rooms serve stress-melting views of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Exchange vows on the beach, aboard a catamaran or in the new cliffside gazebo. — DG

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
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Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

Having wrapped a slew of renovations in summer 2013, Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, now flaunts new top-floor rooms with private lanais and peekaboo windows facing the ocean from deep soaking tubs. A glass-walled chapel holds 70, while nine alfresco venues all adjoin reception lawns. Who needs a banquet hall when, says catering manager Sheri Chang, "we create outdoor ballrooms — white tent, lanterns and dance floor." — MH

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | W Verbier, Switzerland
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W Verbier, Switzerland

Go Swiss-chalet-chic at W Verbier, opened December 2013 in Verbier, Switzerland, as the brand's first-ever ski retreat. All 130 rooms feature toasty fireplaces and mountain-facing balconies. Host your fete at the hotel's destination lounge, complete with panoramic alpine views and resident DJs. — DG

38 Wedding Venues You Have to See | Hyatt Zilara Cancun
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Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Mexico

Garden, ballroom or beach wedding? It's up to you at the 307-room Hyatt Zilara Cancun, which debuted November 2013 in Mexico as the brand's first adults-only all-inclusive. A convenient onsite magistrate office and justice of the peace help seal the deal. — DG