Perfect places to go with your beaux and share an enchanting, worry-free wedding experience.
The Most Magical Elopement Destinations
We’re calling it: 2020 and 2021 are the years of the elopement. Couples can escape to their favorite destinations, leave their worries behind, and celebrate their love in style. From decor to your post-wedding champagne breakfast, hotels and resorts are offer amazing amenities for a seamless and truly unforgettable elopement. We’ve rounded up the best resorts around the world to say ‘I Do’ and celebrate a new life together.
A private elopement space
Papagayo Beach Resort, the delightful abode right on Jan Thiel Bay in Curaçao, goes above and beyond for couples looking to elope or celebrate their romance in style. Couples can stay in the breezy villas and enjoy spacious accommodations with a private, ocean-facing porch, private plunge pool with loungers, and a full open-concept kitchen. The resort will happily provide anything a couple needs to feel the love – a private chef to prepare meals, a favorite bottle of wine, or anything else the couple can dream of for a romantic surprise. With two-, three-, and four-bedroom villas available, however small or large the elopement party, there’s a cheerful villa to complement your needs.
An elopement in the sun and sand
Elope to a destination that’s famed for its year-round turquoise blue seas and 80-degree forecast. Conveniently located just 15 minutes from the airport and in the heart of Cancun, Marriott Cancun Resort is the ideal escape for couples looking to celebrate their love. The property can offer their signature wedding schemes on a smaller scale for intimate weddings, from the bohemian ‘Roots of Romance’ to the bold ‘Sunset memories,’ classic ‘Endless Love,’ or modern ‘Trendy Souls.’ Marriott Cancun Resort is also certified in Kosher and Indian weddings, and also hosts Mayan, Catholic and LGBTQ+ weddings, making the resort perfectly poised to create the elopement of your dreams. Beyond the “I do’s,” the resort just completed a complete lobby (Great Room) renovation to exude an airy and spacious feeling with plenty of cozy nooks for couples to unwind and enjoy the views, and opened SacBé Beach Shack, a photo-worthy space where pairs can enjoy lively cocktails and no-frills Mexican street food with their toes in the sand.
An elopement paired with Pina Coladas in Puerto Rico
Only a short flight from most major US cities, it’s no wonder Puerto Rico is a hotspot for couples looking to tie the knot in a culture-filled destination. Centrally located just minutes from the heart of historic Old San Juan, Caribe Hilton is an oceanfront oasis where couples can have an unforgettable elopement on the pristine sands of the resort’s secluded beach. From cooling off in the oceanfront swimming pools and exploring with on-site snorkeling and ’snuba’ to practicing your backhand at the Monica Puig tennis center, indulging at the spa and on-site dining options, Caribe Hilton can’t be missed. It’s where the Piña Colada was first invented, and the perfect place to toast to the start of your adventure together.
Indulge in your fantasy Jamaican elopement
Situated on the powder white sands of the shores of Jamaica but anything but ordinary, Hedonism II is perfect for couples who want to up the fantasy aspect of their elopement. Here, weddings and vow renewals are always complimentary, so the love always shines through. Couples can relax in the sparkling pools, enjoy beachside couples massages, or partake in a variety of water sports while they celebrate their wedded bliss. Wedding packages can be scaled for elopements and include a personal wedding planner, a choice of location – in the coastal air on the beach, in the lush tropical gardens, or at the romantic waterfall lagoon – a minister, marriage license, flowers, music, delicious wedding cake and of course, champagne. Whether couples want to spend their time at the lively resort events or tucked away in their spacious rooms, there’s a way for everyone to indulge.
A Sunset Mini-Mony at the Dazzling W Fort Lauderdale
Located directly along the sultry shores of Fort Lauderdale Beach, W Fort Lauderdale lives up to its chic and glamorous reputation, with a bold personality to match. As South Florida’s signature playground, this beachfront beauty pushes travelers to live it up from sunrise to sunset with an endless list of amenities and services. Eloping couples can take advantage of W Fort Lauderdale’s Mini-Mony (a play on ‘Cere-mony’) experience for the remainder of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 – where down-sizing doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Available for groups of up to eight, this exclusive experience allows couples to say ‘I Do’ on the private balcony of one of the hotel’s suites for a picture-perfect sunset wedding. Additionally, a wedding live-stream service is available allowing those at home to tune in and still be a part of the big moment. For pre and post nuptial fun couples and guests can strike a pose and soak in the sun at the hotel’s most infamous hotspot – WET East, the Insta-worthy pool with art-deco tiling, plush daybeds, and live DJs or mingle about Living Room where pulsating tunes and colorful cocktails await. Taste buds will not be disappointed here with gourmet options at two on-property restaurants – El Vez and Steak 954, all under the helm of the award-winning Chef Stephen Starr. For a little R&R before the big day, couples can check-in and destress at AWAY spa with a romantic couple’s massage. From check-in to check-out, W Fort Lauderdale serves up curated moments to elevate any couple’s special day.
Easy, Breezy Beachfront Elopement in Puerto Vallarta
Whether couples are looking to live stream a beachfront ceremony or share an intimate exchange of vows with paradise as the backdrop, Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa nestled on a sandy strip between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay, will help take breaths away both near and far. With a variety of newly renovated indoor and outdoor spaces, lovebirds can choose from a gazebo surrounded by lush foliage, a new bi-level poolside venue perfect for a sunset ceremony, or even opt for the Jetty, a picturesque “aisle” surrounded by the Pacific ocean with views of downtown Puerto Vallarta. If the couple would like to stream their big day, Marriott Puerto Vallarta’s certified wedding coordinators promise to take their wedding wish list and transform it into an event to remember. After the exchange of vows, newlyweds can indulge in a tequila tasting with the resort’s own tequila sommelier, opt for a couples massage with ocean views, a private dinner in the herb garden or soak up the sun by the upgraded infinity pool with a cocktail from the Coco Bar. The resort, located less than 10 minutes from the airport, makes it a breeze to make it to the beach in no time. For those looking for an adventurous post-elopement excursion, slip away to the Marietas Islands via the hotel’s concierge, to discover what’s known as Playa del Amor or the lover’s beach.
Wed and See the World at this Iceland Hotel
Hotel Ranga in Iceland is pretty much made for mini-sized weddings and elopements (since it’s a boutique hotel with only 52 rooms). Small weddings are not unusual there at all, neither are ceremonies in a cave or having Icelandic horses (a population greater than the number of people) as bridesmaids (and they even have a package for that). In fact, all the wedding packages they offer are for two people, and couples can add on rooms/dinner for guests, etc. if applicable.The Hotel also just launched an ‘Around the World in Seven Suites’ experience, which provides newlyweds the unique opportunity to see the world in a week with their seven continent themed suites. It’s the perfect way to pack in a year’s worth of missed vacation in one trip, plus if you’re lucky, cross seeing the Northern Lights off your list. Not to mention, it can double as a honeymoon post-elopement.
A paradisiacal Grace Bay Beach hideaway
Grace Bay Beach’s bright blue Caribbean waters create a beautiful backdrop for couples wishing to tie the knot privately and with their toes in the (snow white) sand. Located on a coveted stretch of beach, Wymara Resort & Villas offers eloping couples a dreamy setting for a memorable nuptials-meet-Caribbean honeymoon experience. This fall, the resort is debuting a complete renovation to its guest rooms and suites, offering a modern, refreshing retreat influenced by the natural beauty of the Turks & Caicos. The resort’s 7,000 square foot pool, surrounded by private cabanas, is an excellent spot to enjoy a secluded afternoon, followed by creative cocktails at the beachfront Pink Bar, one of Turks & Caicos’ trendiest locales. For couples craving a bit of adventure, the archipelago offers some of the world’s most stunning snorkeling, while horseback riding on the surf offers a unique way to experience the island and make memories for a lifetime of happiness ahead.
Whisked away to the Bahamas for a ‘Secret Service’
Hidden on a gorgeous stretch of beach without footprints on The Bahamas’ least inhabited Out island, Caerula Mar Club is a boutique escape that envelopes guests in the area’s stunning natural beauty. Caerula Mar’s secluded location on South Andros and luxe amenities made it the perfect spot for couples to elope for their “I do”s. South Andros is home to the world’s third largest fringing barrier reef and blue holes that can be explored by swimming and diving. There are also sunset sailing excursions, snorkeling, complimentary beach cruisers, and more. Not to mention, South Andros also has its own international customs, so getting there is a breeze. For the ultimate island elopement, couples can choose the “Secret Service” package, which includes private accommodations in the resort’s Signature Collection beachfront villas, a private wedding dinner at the Caerula Mar’s luxury restaurant, Lusca, and a champagne breakfast to celebrate the first morning of wedded bliss. It can also be upgraded to all-inclusive, so you can enjoy your time at Caerula Mar to the fullest.
A Complimentary Elopement in Jamaica
All-inclusive beachfront luxury and unmatched personalized experiences await at all four Couples Resorts properties located in Jamaica’s most coveted destinations – Negril and Ocho Rios. Couples Negril, Couples Swept Away, Couples Tower Isle and Couples Sans Souci all provide endless luxury with an all but typical all-inclusive program. In addition to standard inclusions like, 24-hour dining, unlimited premium bar selections, and nightly entertainment, Couples Resorts offers unlimited and complimentary water sports including PADI-certified diving, off-property excursions to island hotspots, endless recreation and entertainment, varied health and wellness offerings, luxury round-trip airport transfers, and even intimate wedding or vow renewal ceremonies for up to 6 people – perfect for those couples seeking to elope in a gorgeous Caribbean setting. The complimentary One Love Wedding package embodies and celebrates the carefree spirit of the islands with an open-air ceremony under the Caribbean blue sky and beside sparkling blue waters. The package includes sparkling wine and wedding cake for up to six people, a professional photoshoot, and a fresh bridal bouquet and groom boutonniere with a couple’s choice of flowers. An intimate yet memorable event that exudes romance and style in a tropical oasis awaits at Couples Resorts.
A Remote Beach Resort to Say ‘I DO’
Couples looking to elope in an off-the-beaten-path locale should consider W Punta de Mita, a chic beach resort located in Mexico’s coveted and tranquil Riviera Nayarit. A hidden gem just a short drive from the well-touristed Puerto Vallarta, the resort is edged with lush jungle that unfolds in winding, tree-lined paths — it’s so tucked away, guests are escorted to the check-in by private Tuk Tuks decked out in authentic Mexican designs. With features that include oceanfront suites with private infinity pools, two incredible beachfront swimming pools, a 4,000 square foot spa nestled in the jungle, and F&B ranging from Jean Georges’ Spice Market to Mesa1 — an ultra-exclusive al fresco setting that offers just one nightly seating under the stars — this vibrant, bohemian beach escape makes for a memorable elopement.
Elope at the Caribbean’s most iconic resort
Arguably one of the most mesmerizing resorts for couples to tie the knot, Jade Mountain is known for its spectacular 3-walled ‘sanctuaries,’ the are totally open to the elements with features like en-suite infinity pools, 24/7 butler service and sweeping views of the majestic Twin Pitons and Caribbean Sea. Personalized wellness and culinary experiences that draw from St. Lucia’s rich local culture round out the resort’s offerings, from yoga and Piton hikes with a private butler in tow, to scuba diving, organic farm tours, and a Chocolate Lab that makes signature sweets. Couples looking to elope in Saint Lucia can take advantage of Jade Mountain’s ‘Elope to Paradise’ package, which includes a specialized wedding planner, choice of wedding location (the property has over 6 different options), decor, wedding bouquet, bottle of champagne, wedding cake, and the costs of all legal fees, wedding license, and marriage certificate. Wedding ceremony locations range from inside the stunning Jade sanctuaries to the resort’s private beach, helipad, and Celestial Terrace, which boasts incredible views of the Pitons with incredible stargazing at night.
A boutique hotel as romantic as it is colorful and cultural
On the shore of Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán sits a private home turned luxury boutique hotel that offers the lake and its magnificent volcanoes as a backdrop for magical wedding ceremonies, elopements especially. Located in a destination built on ancient Mayan culture and practices, Casa Palopó – Guatemala’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property – invites couples to tie the knot with an outdoor, sunset ceremony officiated by a Mayan Shaman. Couples will enjoy the intimate nature of the property, as well as the serene setting, while activities such as boat tours to the lake’s remote towns to visit local artisans, in-room massages, kayaking, and candlelit dinners make for the perfect adventure-meets-relaxation honeymoon.
3625 East Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 230
Westlake Village, CA, 91362
© Weekend Escapes Magazine Published by Elysian Media Group, LLC