Once the excitement from your engagement settles and the to-do list starts to form, choosing a wedding venue and date quickly become the focus point. For couples in Hong Kong, there’s been a serious increase in the number of destination weddings, and it’s easy to see why. The pros? Your options are endless, complete hotel packages are available, and it can even work out to be more cost efficient (as the guest list is usually shorter). Generally, you can get two to three days of events (with close friends and family), and can stick to a budget that would cover one cocktail event in Hong Kong.
Top property pick: Rosewood Phnom Penh
Best month to travel: January
Average flight fare in January: $3,500*
Phnom Penh is easily one of the friendliest capital cities in Asia. Locals welcome visitors with open arms, proudly showcasing hidden charms, the warming cuisine, the riverside promenade and beautiful Cambodian palaces. Though it has a tropical-feel, this South East Asian capital is still an up-and-coming location, so it’s surprisingly affordable – especially if you’re looking for a wedding destination near Hong Kong.
Where to book:
Rosewood is known for hosting weddings that go beyond 5-star ratings, and the Phnom Penh location promises exactly that. Set on the top floors of the tallest building in the whole of Cambodia, you can expect the highest level of service, incredible dining locations, endless décor options and unforgettable memories.
To start off, Rosewood’s very own wedding experts will walk you through their Event Studio, a visual and tactile showcase of exclusive event accessories (basically a bride and groom’s paradise). This is where you can start to tailor your special day through creative brainstorming sessions with the professional planners. Take your pick from gorgeous sets of cutlery, crockery, linen and glassware – creating the ideal combination for each part of the wedding.
Rosewood Phnom Penh prides itself on reflecting the bride and groom’s personality and relationship, so you can take your pick from any of the venues and menus that suit you best. Whether you’re after traditional Cambodian cuisine, Asian fusion, a Chinese banquet or elaborate international options, you can customise your (buffet or sit-down) dinners with the careful eye of Rosewood’s culinary director. Plus, with so many gorgeous event rooms to choose from, there’s no shortage of options for your wedding reception, ceremony, rehearsal dinner and bridal tea. For room capacities and dimensions, check out the venues page, and trust that the experts will tick off everything on your wish list.
Now all that’s left to do is check into your suite and check out the bridal spa treatments…
Top property pick: Abaca Villas
Best month to travel: September
Average flight fare in September: $3,700* – direct flights available
Bali is known for everything from forested volcanic mountains, beaches and coral reefs, to yoga and meditation retreats. Foreign couples keen to get married in Bali have to hold a religion recognised by the Indonesian Government (Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Christian Catholic/Protestant). You’ll also need to register to get certification from Kantor Catatan Sipil (Civil Registry Office).
Where to book:
If Bali is on the top of your list, you’ll want to check out the massive array of villas available from Ministry of Villas. With expansive space, complete personalisation and unmatched packages, a private villa is a stress-free place to create a personal wedding ceremony.
In particular, we can’t take our eyes off Abaca Villas, a beautiful estate comprised of three private villas, which can be combined to make a 16-bedroom mega-villa. Each villa is decorated with classic furniture and Balinese details, ideal for wedding party personalisation. With private dining areas built into the open-sided living areas, the crowds will naturally flow throughout the space.
If you’re booking out all three villas, make use of the shared dining area set up in Villa Iluh. As a bonus, all villas have their own private swimming pools, ranging from 18-metres in Villa Iluh to the 14-metre number in Villa Nyoman. They’re surrounded by spacious tropical gardens and feature sun beds for all your wedding guests!
Top property pick: Ban Sairee
Best month to travel: May
Average flight fare in May: $4,800* – direct flights available
As Thailand’s second largest island, Koh Samui is a frequented spot for Hong Kongers (grad trip memories, anyone?). Located in the Gulf of Thailand, it’s famous for coconut tree-lined beaches, lush rainforests, plus luxury resorts and villas.
Where to book:
Villas allow for a completely personal touch, and that’s exactly what you can expect at Ban Sairee. Located in Laem Sor and directly on the beach, the seven-bedroom villa offers two additional bunk rooms and nine-bathrooms (catering up to 120 wedding guests!). Described simply, this pick is all about “barefoot luxury and endless tropical vibes”. Designed to reflect traditional Ayutthaya-architecture, the villa is set on three acres of secluded beachfront, running across two antique-furnished pavilions and two rice barns.
When it comes to hotel wedding packages, Mantra Samui Resort offers a range! The experts here cover every detail, from hair and makeup, photography and wedding flowers, to the reception dinner and ceremony décor. Extra treats include champagne on arrival and couples massage treatments. Need we say more? The property has two locations for the big day, an outdoor terrace or an indoor event space with floor to ceiling windows. Both can be decked out as you wish!
Another favourite of ours is Banyan Tree Samui, which specialises in luxury beachfront weddings. This breathtaking spot offers 5-star service, and is well equipped to host Western-style weddings, as well as large-scale Chinese weddings and Thai weddings with Buddhist blessings. Check out its wedding packages for more details.
Top property pick: Elysian Jeju
Best month to travel: November
Average flight fare in November: $1,700* – direct flights available
This remote island is a little more off the beaten track. Jeju is popular for its volcanic landscape (think: cave-like tubes and massive craters), relaxing beach resorts, and spas stocked full of Korean skincare. The photos make it clear why it has started attracting more and more Hong Kong holiday-goers, honeymooners and wedding planners in recent years!
Where to book:
Polished and minimalist, Elysian Jeju, offers five different wedding ceremony options within its grounds. If an outdoor wedding is on your vision board, you wont be disappointed by the four garden options. A favourite of ours is the intimate and laid-back Camellia Garden. With a “back to basics” idea of celebrating, this place offers no over-the-top frills.However, there’s also a ballroom option if your guest list ends up longer than you initially expected!
With plenty of outdoor options, Haevichi Hotel & Resort Jeju is another great option. Expect careful attention to detail on flower decorations, colour schemes and layout designs – a personalised approach ensures all your preferences will be met down to a T. Though Western and Korean buffet or à la carte menus are available, you can also completely personalise your meal with the help of acclaimed chefs.
Top property pick: The Anam
Best month to travel: May
Average flight fare in May: $1,500* – direct flights available
Nha Trang is a combination of coastal resort and city life, with long beaches, diving opportunities and plenty of surrounding islands. If you’re keen to get a little further out of the city, the drive from Nha Trang to Cam Ranh is 30-50 minutes without traffic and offers even more sea-facing hotels to pick from. Cam Ranh averages more than 300 sunny days per year – so planning an outdoor ceremony is far less risky than in Hong Kong.
Where to book:
The Anam is a colonial-inspired beachfront resort. The lush 12-hectare property overlooks the white sands and turquoise waters of Long Beach. You’re likely to spot traditional sampans navigating the water, in the background of your wedding photos. With 96 rooms and suites, and 117 villas, there are countless places for you to host your special day.