The Best Locations and Hotels for Destination Weddings in Asia

27 April, 2018

The Best Locations and Hotels for Destination Weddings in Asia

Looking for the perfect place to tie the knot? We handpicked the best locations and hotels to host your destination wedding…

Once the excitement from your engagement settles and the to-do list starts to form, choosing a wedding venue and date quickly becomes 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 within a budget that would cover one cocktail event in Hong Kong. It’s days of celebrations, in a location of your choice!

We chatted to Skyscanner about the top five scenic destinations for couples looking for a dream wedding overseas. And don’t worry, legal marriage in these places are recognised in Hong Kong by the Court and by the Government. Based on the booking data, we’ve found out the best time to book, average fares to each destination, and the best month to celebrate your big day (based on the airfares and weather). Planning the day(s) of your dreams could be easier than you thought.

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*All flight details courtesy of Skyscanner.

Featured image courtesy of Banyan Tree Samui, Image 1 via The Luxe Nomad, Image 2 via Banyan Tree Samui, Image 3 via Kensington Jeju Hotel , Image 4 via The Anam, Image 5 via The Prince Karuizawa.

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Bali, Indonesia

Best time to book: 25 weeks ahead (saving up to 8.4% off normal fare)
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).

Hotels and villas:
If Bali is on the top of your list, you’ll want to check out the massive array of villas available from The Luxe Nomad. With an intimate area, expansive space, stunning views and impeccable packages, a private villa is a stress-free place to create a personal wedding ceremony. We can’t take our eyes off Arnalaya Beach House, which can cater to up to 150 people. 

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Koh Samui, Thailand

Best time to book: 17 weeks ahead (saving up to 10.7% off normal fare)
Best month to travel: May
Average flight fare in May: $4800* – 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.

Hotels and villas:
When it comes to wedding packages, Mantra Samui Resort offers a range! The experts here cover every detail from hair and make-up, 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 breath-taking 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 the wedding packages for more details.

3 / 5

Jeju Island, South Korea

Best time to book: 17 weeks ahead (saving up to 10.7% off normal fare)
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 visited for its volcanic landscape (think: cave-like tubes and massive craters), relaxing beach resorts, and spas stocked full with Korean skincare. The epitome of balance! The photos make it clear why it’s started attracting more and more Hong Kong holiday-goers and honeymooners in recent years!

Hotels and villas:
Polished and minimalist, Kensington Jeju Hotel offers a luxurious all-inclusive deal. With famous artist galleries, a rooftop pool, and gorgeous gardens, it’s all about combining elegance and culture. Though there is a Grand Ballroom, we’d suggest talking to the hotel directly and organising an outdoor wedding ceremony.

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Nha Trang, Vietnam

Best time to book: 20 weeks ahead (saving up to 21.6% off normal fare)
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. Think: 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.

Hotels and villas:
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 suits, and 117 villas, there are countless places for you to host your special day.

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Karuizawa, Japan (via Tokyo)

Best time to book: 14 weeks ahead (saving up 8.2% off normal fare)
Best month to travel: November
Average flight fare in November: $2,400*

Karuizawa is a quaint and relaxing resort town in the mountains near Nagano. The mild summers make it ideal for outdoor destination weddings, and the Japanese food is really the final selling point. For your visiting guests, sites like Kumoba Pond and Shiraito Falls are worth seeing in the summer, whilst skiing and hot springs are popular in the winter

Hotels and villas:
The Prince Karuizawa guarantees a “peaceful night’s rest in an atmosphere of calm”. What more could you wish for before your wedding day? This private space is a secluded, laid-back oasis, offering a no-fuss experience. The down to earth vibe is paired with the highest levels of hospitality. From skiing to golf, there’ll be plenty to keep your wedding guests entertained between the ceremony and reception. Check out the full experience for more details.

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