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Weddings & Honeymoons in The Islands of The Bahamas


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Weddings & Honeymoons Romancing the isles You’ve fallen head over heels for one another, now you can’t help but fall in love with The Islands of The Bahamas. With 16 main islands to choose from and hundreds more islands, islets and cays, there’s no doubt you’ll discover an ultra special location for your wedding and honeymoon. Wander hand in hand along miles of pink sandy beach on one of the deserted Out Islands before retreating to your exquisite waterside cottage. Meander through picturesque towns with colourful clapboard houses or hire a couple of bicycles or kayaks and explore further afield. For something more glamourous, check into one of the luxurious resorts on the capital Nassau, nearby Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island. With some of the world’s most glamorous casinos, restaurants and spas, you’ll soon be living the high life.

Contents Nassau & Paradise Island 4-6 Grand Bahama Island 7 Out Islands The Abacos 8-9 Andros 10 Eleuthera & Harbour Island 11-12 The Exumas 13 Long Island 14 Cat Island 15

And Briefly... Weddings in The Bahamas Legal do’s & don’ts Spa-ing partners Tour operators Getting there

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With seemingly endless islands and hotels to choose from, whether you want feet-in-the-sand chic or full-on luxury, here are some of the finest for weddings and honeymoons.

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Nassau & Paradise Island

Paradise Island is connected to Nassau by a spectacular road bridge – ‘Cross the bridge and enter paradise’ so the saying goes. The awe-inspiring Atlantis Resort dominates the skyline. Couples will find decadence in abundance and with one of the world’s largest outdoor aquariums, home to 50,000 marine creatures from sharks to turtles. Paradise Island is also the pick up point for the Dolphin and Sea Lion Encounters at Blue Lagoon and exhilarating Powerboat Adventures down to the Exuma Cays.

Love is in the air at... • The 14th century Augustinian Cloister in the Versailles styled gardens on Paradise Island. • Nassau Botanical Gardens and Ardastra Gardens and Zoo, famous for its pink flamingos.

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These shining beacons are the main islands of The Bahamas which have glamour aplenty as well as simple island chic. Here you’ll discover high rolling casinos, sophisticated nightlife and plush hotels. The country’s capital, Nassau, is situated on the island of New Providence. One of the most popular places to stay is nearby Cable Beach, known as the Bahamian Riviera. With more than two miles of beachfront, couples can check into small boutique hotels right through large all-inclusive resorts. Honeymooners can hire a horse-drawn carriage and take a romantic tour of old Nassau.


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Romantic places to stay... Nassau A Stone’s Throw Away In the style of an old Bahamian home on one of the highest points of the coast, this is an ultra romantic stop over before honeymooning on an Out Island. Beautiful weddings for up to 150 guests. 00 1 242 327 7030, www.astonesthrowaway.com Compass Point This boutique gem in all the Junkanoo colours of The Bahamas is renowned for its Sunday Brunch and snorkelling around the scenic reefs of Love Beach. Weddings ceremonies under a gazebo on the dock or on Love Beach and receptions for up to 100 guests. 00 1 242 327 4500, www.compasspointbeachresort.com Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant Graycliff is a charming Georgian mansion in Nassau which oozes old school colonial glamour and boasts the largest wine cellar in the Caribbean. 00 1 242 302 9150, www.graycliff.com Marley Resort & Spa This Cable Beach oasis channels Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ message with 16 unique rooms, great dining and a Natural Mystic Spa. Weddings take place in an intimate courtyard or on the beach. 00 1 242 702 2800, www.marleyresort.com

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Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Referred to as an ‘elegant Georgian lady’, this is one of the most intimate resorts in Nassau, boasting an offshore private island with untouched beaches, exotic Zen Spa and sumptuous suites with Concierge or Butler Service. Choose from six elegant wedding themes all styled by Martha Stewart with Beautiful Beginnings FREE when staying in a Concierge room or higher*. *terms and conditions apply 0800 742 742, www.sandals.co.uk Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort Find luxury on a grand scale with 694 rooms and suites, three freshwater pools with waterfalls and Crystal Palace Casino is just the start. Weddings for 2 to 1200 guests. 00 1 242 327 6000, www.sheratonnassau.com SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas This Cable Beach all-inclusive resort suits active couples with everything from rock climbing to a flying trapeze. Weddings range from a simple complimentary beach ceremony to a lavish family and friends affair. 00 1 242 327 5356, www.breezes.com

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Romantic places to stay... Paradise Island

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Atlantis Themed around the Lost City of Atlantis with 35 restaurants, bars and lounges, 11 swimming areas, designer shops and thrilling Mayan waterslides through shark lagoons, it’s no wonder Atlantis attracts couples in search of the high life. Weddings are always memorable whether barefoot on the beach, in the elegant casino or ballroom. 00 1 242 363 3000, www.atlantis.com

One&Only Ocean Club Arguably The Bahamas’ most prestigious hotel, it oozes discreet sophistication and old-world glamour, not to mention James Bond style pizzazz. With the divine Dune Restaurant, superb golf course, top spa, and the 14th century Augustinian cloister for a picture perfect setting, weddings are also top notch. 00 1 242 363 2501, www.oneandonlyresorts.com

Comfort Suites Paradise Island A more affordable Paradise Island option, Comfort Suites is a peaceful haven just across the road from Atlantis and the beach with its own restaurant and pool. Couples can use all the facilities of Atlantis from water rides to restaurants. 00 1 242 363 3680, www.comfortsuitespi.com

Paradise Island Harbour Resort This value for money all-inclusive is just a short walk from the main beaches and attractions of Atlantis. Weddings can be arranged for up to 200 guests. 00 1 242 363 2561, www.paradiseislandbahama.com


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Grand Bahama Island As one of the closest islands to the Florida coastline, Grand Bahama Island combines international influences with stylish Bahamian simplicity. Honeymooners will find everything from extravagant hotels and casinos to sleepy villages and remote underwater caves. The capital, Freeport, has tree-lined boulevards and an International Bazaar full of duty-free bargains. Lucaya is the other hub with a great straw market and lively evenings. Nature lovers will be in paradise on this island with adventure safaris around the Lucayan National Park which has the largest underwater cave system in the world.

Love is in the air at... • The pristine and divine Taino Beach. Visit on Fridays for fish fry evening. • Take a kayak for two through the mangroves and sand dunes of Gold Rock Creek.

Romantic places to stay... Island Sea Resort Island Sea Resort offers luxury condos which feature all modern amenities. The view from each balcony is equally beautiful. Whether it's a view of the beautiful white sand beaches with picturesque turquoise and emerald water, our scenic courtyard decorated with lush native foliage or the fabulous marina, you won't be disappointed. 00 1 242 373 1271, www.islandseas.com Old Bahama Bay Just 65 miles from the Florida coast, Old Bahama Bay offers colonial elegance with classy rooms and suites, an infinity edge pampering pool, large marina and a great snorkel trail. The hotel has its own Wedding Gift Registry where you can ask your wedding guest to contribute to your honeymoon. 00 1 242 350 6500, www.oldbahamabay.com Pelican Bay at Lucaya Caribbean romance fuses with a sophisticated European and Danish influence at Pelican Bay. Wedding venues include a secluded beach (bride and groom are taken by decorated ferry boat), a waterside gazebo or poolside overlooking Bell Channel Bay and marina. 00 1 242 373 9550, www.pelicanbayhotel.com Radisson at Our Lucaya This mega-resort comprises the Radisson at Our Lucaya or the more family oriented Our Lucaya Reef Village, great for weddings where you may want to invite family and friends. With 14 restaurants, two golf courses, spa, casino and 79 land and sea activities, there’s plenty to keep everyone happy. 00 1 242 373 1333, www.ourlucaya.com Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach The recently renovated Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach will dazzle you with 1,200 feet of white sands and endless crystal clear waters. As the only all-inclusive resort on the island, surrounded by tropical forests and parklands, Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach is like having your own private paradise. 00 1 877 999 3223, www.wyndham.com

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Out Islands

The Abacos This 120-mile necklace of islands and uninhabited cays has a reputation as a remote hideaway, making them the perfect escape for honeymooners. A bygone age of romance and laidback living awaits. This is a place just made for messing about on the water whether you have your own mega yacht or want to hire a boat for a bit of exploring. Great and Little Abaco are ringed by stunning islets such as Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay, Spanish Cay and Man-O-War Cay.

Love is in the air at... • Make it to the top of Hope Town’s 120ft candy striped lighthouse for beautiful views of turquoise waters and New England-style hideaways. • Hire a golf cart or outboard boat and hop around the cays discovering secluded beaches for two.

Romantic places to stay... Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour Renowned as the hub of The Abacos since 1955, there are 89 oceanfront rooms, suites, cottages and residences. This has become a sanctuary for island hopping, fishing, diving, snorkelling and boating. Weddings are held on the beach at sunset followed by dining on fresh local seafood at Angler’s and dancing poolside to a live calypso band. 00 1 242 367 2158, www.abacobeachresort.com

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The Abaco Club on Winding Bay Managed by Ritz-Carlton, this vast oceanfront estate offers seamless luxury for discerning honeymooners. With top notch private villas, a European spa, un-motorized watersports, championship golf and gourmet dining, you can’t go wrong. An exclusive wedding location and plenty of room for the whole wedding party to chill out. Children are well catered for too with a kids club and playground. 00 1 242 367 0077, www.theabacoclub.com Bluff House This former private home still exudes the same cosy ambience that makes you feel more like a friend than a guest. Set on the highest bluff on Green Turtle Cay it has 32 rooms and suites, villas and cottages. Take your vows by the marina or on the beach at sunset. 00 1 242 365 4247, www.bluffhouse.com The Delphi Club at Rolling Harbour This new luxury bonefising lodge and micro-hotel is designed in the style of a 18th century plantation house and stands on a small hill to catch the sea breezes and panoramic ocean views. It’s ideal for an exclusive wedding party with a great wine cellar. 00 1 242 366 2222, www.delphi-bahamas.com

Green Turtle Club Resort & Marina A Tipsy Turtle Rum Punch greets guests at this laid-back resort whose rooms resemble England in the tropics. Weddings take place on the beach at sunset or by the scenic harbourside. Bag room number 7 for its spectacular beach views. 00 1 242 365 4271, www.greenturtleclub.com Hope Town Hideways Villas Offering a wide range of properties, you get to choose the accommodation the most suited to your needs and preferences. Close to beaches, uninhabited islands and romantic waterfront restaurants and pubs, Hope Town Hideaways Villas are the perfect choice to enjoy your honeymoon. 00 1 242 366 0224, www.hopetown.com Treasure Cay Hotel and Marina Treasure Cay Hotel and Marina offers a choice of different rooms with garden or marina views and feature delightful amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Fine dining is savoured overlooking the marina or one may order lunch at the Coco Beach Bar located directly on the beach. 00 1 800 327 1584 or 00 1 954 525 7711, www.treasurecay.com

Discover the casual elegance of a sophisticated Bahamas Resort in the exotic Out Islands of Great Abaco. Located on Green Turtle Cay, the Green Turtle Club and Marina sits on a picturesque harbour surrounded by some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. The Resort and Marina were designed and built t obe in harmony with the colonial charm of Green Turtle Cay . Honouring the tradition of old English-Bahamian hospitality, the Club offers a quality of service and attention to detail that is no longer commonplace, finding a perfect combination of Out Island relaxation and sophisticated comfort. Green Turtle Club and Marina Green Turtle Cay Abaco, Bahamas Out Islands info@greenturtleclub.com Tel: 1-242-365-4271 Fax: 1-242-365-4272

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Andros Honeymooners seeking to leave the modern world behind should head to Andros, the largest island in The Bahamas but, surprisingly, the least explored. Divers and fishermen come for the spectacular barrier reef with its corals, blue holes and bonefishing.

Love is in the air at... • Sip cocktails and soak up the vibe at the beach bar at Kamalame Cay.

Romantic places to stay... Emerald Palms An intimate coconut grove hideaway of 22 cottages and villas, some with four-poster beds and ensuite spas in candle-lit alcoves. Exchange vows under a canopy of tropical flowers and evening stars. 00 1 242 369 2713, www.emerald-palms.com Kamalame Cay If a private island hideaway appeals, Kamalame Cay delivers. This resort just oozes romance from the colonial-style rooms draped with muslin to the elegant Great House with its wrap-around veranda. Weddings are tailored to you with candle-lit, personalised menu dinners on the beach and a decorated wedding golf cart at your disposal. Hiring Kamalame Cove give the private house option too. 00 1 242 368 6281, www.kamalame.com Small Hope Bay Lodge This simple all-inclusive is a find for couples who like diving and the quiet island feel. If you’re bringing family and friends for a wedding, there are children’s activities and dining in the games room. 00 1 242 368 2014, www.smallhope.com

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Swains Cay Resort Originally a private estate, the resort has been renovated and expanded to attract the best fishermen and avid eco-tourists around the world. It is the perfect getaway to a fishing paradise for the fisherman. For the non-fisherman and for those seeking seclusion rather than attention, the property offers utter tranquillity and hushed, discreet surroundings in a garden atmosphere. 00 1 242 369 0296 or 00 1 242 225 1731, www.swainscayresort.com Tiamo Resort Nature lovers will be in heaven at this genuine eco-friendly resort. Set on its own spectacular private beach, there are 12 Caribbean style bungalows on the sand. Dine by candlelight in the main lodge or tête-à-tête by moonlight and indulge one another in the new spa. Weddings can be a simple affair on the beach for two or a milliondollar extravaganza where you hire the resort exclusively for up to 22 guests. Flamingo Air and Western Air fly over from Nassau. Small parties can charter their own flight through a company like Take Flight: info@takeflight.com. 00 1 242 369 2330, www.tiamoresorts.com


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Out Islands

Eleuthera & Harbour Island Eleuthera is one of the most famous of the Out Islands, settled in 1648 by the Eleutheran Adventurers. Just 5 miles wide and 110 miles long it has lush pineapple plantations, spectacular surf beaches on the Atlantic side, grottos and hidden caves and a genuine old Bahamian way of life. Just a 10-minute boat ride away is the quaint enclave of tiny Harbour Island, a magnet for rock stars, actors and royalty. Elle Macpherson and India Hicks both have houses here. Within the pretty clapboard houses of Dunmore Town, known as the Nantucket of the Caribbean, are sophisticated island boutiques, gourmet restaurants, boutique hotel gems and nightlife at Vic Hums and Daddy Ds.

Love is in the air at... • On Love Lane of course, one of the many cute streets on Harbour Island. • Lazing on the truly rosy beach of Pink Sands Harbour Island and taking a bareback horseride in the surf. • Catch the old island rhythms of Dr Seabreeze on Eluthera.

Romantic places to stay... Eleuthera Cape Eleuthera Resort and Marina Traditional Bahamian architecture and situated to provide the best views of the surrounding environment, Cape Eleuthera Resosrt and Marina offers many accommodation options, each providing the ultimate in comfort, style and luxury. 00 1 242 470 8242 or 00 1 888 270 9642, www.capeeleuthera.com Cocodimama Charming Resort This bijou hotel on its own white sand beach combines Bahamian charm with European chic thanks to its Italian owners, who serve up fresh mozzarella and pasta flown in from Italy. The 12 rooms are housed in three gingerbread cottages. 00 1 242 332 3150, www.cocodimama.com

The Cove Eleuthera Leave your worries at home when you honeymoon at The Cove. Urban chic meets island charm in its 26 rooms, suites and bungalows with iPods and 600-count linens. Add an elegant restaurant, cool pool and pretty pink sand and you might just want to come back for your anniversary. 00 1 242 335 5142, www.thecoveeleuthera.com Pineapple Fields Resort Great condos and the acclaimed Tippy’s beach bistro make Pineapple Fields Resort a great venue for an island style wedding reception overlooking the ocean for up to 60 guests. 00 1 242 332 2221, www.pineapplefields.com Rainbow Inn Small, friendly, informal inn by the sea and specialize in personal service, the Rainbow Inn location on the island makes it an ideal base from which to explore the rest of Eleuthera. The waterfront area will provide hours of enjoyment for all the guests. 00 1 242 335 0294, www.rainbowinn.com

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Romantic places to stay... Harbour Island Coral Sands Hotel A place for lovers, particularly beach ones, as this hotel is on a fabulous three-mile pink sand beach. There are 38 colonial styled rooms and cottages full of warm woods and crisp linens. Idyllic weddings take place on the pink sand beach, on the bluff overlooking the beach or in the hotel gardens. 00 1 242 333 2350, www.coralsands.com

Rock House Welcoming honeymooners since the 1940s, the Rock House is a sublime hideaway with 10 bedrooms with whimsical names like Pineapple and Seahorse. The poolside martini bar is the ultimate venue for sunset cocktails. The hotel hosts exquisite weddings of up to 120 guests. 00 1 242 333 2053, www.rockhousebahamas.com

The Landing Just about the hippest address on the island, this gracious colonial mansion overlooks the harbour and has just 12 plantation style rooms designed by India Hicks. 00 1 242 333 2707, www.harbourislandlanding.com

Romora Bay Resort and Marina Impeccable service and friendly, professional staff that will meet your every need and make sure you are pampered in every way. Romora Bay Resort and Marina is known to ensure their guests have the most relaxing and enjoyable stay. 00 1 800 688 0425, www.romorabay.com

Pink Sands Resort For the ultimate in beach living, honeymoon in one of Pink Sands’ 25 pastel coloured cottages scattered in the hotel’s tropical grounds. Designed by Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki, this is a hippie-chic one off. Its beautiful Blue Bar overlooking the pink sand beach features the only Japanese menu on island. 00 1 242 333 2030, www.pinksandsresort.com

Valentine’s Resort & Marina Renowned for its yacht marina, oversized luxury suites and Boat House Restaurant, this is the place to indulge your upscale honeymoon desires. Small wedding parties can hire the 3-bedroom Penthouse suite which accommodates eight guests. 00 1 242 333 2142, www.valentinesresort.com

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The Exumas The Exumas are made up of 365 islands and cays strung out like jewelled stepping-stones across more than 120 miles of ocean and have been the location for not one, but two James Bond movies. The main settlement of George Town on Great Exuma has a pretty 19th century Anglican church, available for island weddings. The Exumas may be castaway, but they are home to some of the most exclusive private island resorts in the world.

Love is in the air at... • Take the ferry to Stocking Island for fabulous shelling on its miles of deserted beaches.

Romantic places to stay... Club Peace and Plenty Overlooking Elizabeth Harbour, Club Peace and Plenty includes a wide choice of rooms from harbour water front view, pool side, to Garden and two-room suites. Since the Club is right in the middle of town, you are close to grocery shopping, site seeing and fun activities including sail boat rental, snorkelling, diving and motorboat rental. 001 800 525 2210, www.peaceandplenty.com Fowl Cay Resort For a true private island honeymoon, Fowl Cay Resort provides the opportunity to rent one of just six luxury villas with gleaming kitchens, romantic bedrooms and beautiful terraces. The Harbour Club sits atop Fowl Cay’s highest point – a superb venue for an exclusive private island wedding. 00 1 242 355 2046, www.fowl-cay.co.uk Grand Isle Resort Located in Great Exuma's Emerald Bay, Grand Isle Resort & Spa is a magnificent golf and oceanfront villa-only beach resort consisting of luxuriously 4-bedroom villas and penthouses each with extraordinary views of the white-sand beaches of The Bahamas. 00 1 242 358 5000, www.grandisleresort.com Hotel Higgins Landing An award winning eco resort located on beautiful and sparsely developed Stocking Island, Exuma, considered a "national treasure"

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Long Island On Long Island the saying goes that you’re either married to the land or the sea. Divided by the Tropic of Cancer and only 80 miles long by four miles wide, Long Island is one of the most scenic hideaways in The Bahamas. Think white sand beaches, colourful marine life, mansion house ruins, overgrown plantations and historic churches.

Love is in the air at... • Take a boat from Santa Maria to Columbus Lagoon – a perfect setting for weddings – or sail in the opposite direction to spot flocks of whistling ducks and stingrays.

Romantic places to stay... Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort With 20 bungalows and a handful of new villas just steps away from the most incredible beach, this is paradise made simple. Weddings take place under a decorated gazebo on the beach. 00 1 242 338 5273, www.capesantamaria.com Gems at Paradise Private Beach Resort Located just across the picturesque little harbour from Flying Fish Marina near Long Island’s most popular restaurants and bars, this 16-room resort offers serene honeymoons. 00 1 242 337 3016, www.gemsatparadise.com

Begin your life together surrounded by unspoiled nature, the bluest of oceans at our countless beaches, where foot prints will likely be just your own. Tropical cottages, great water sports and tempting land attractions are delivered with the old fashioned hospitality your ‘once in a lifetime’ getaway deserves. Select your Honeymoon Package and let us take the best of care of you! Off the beaten path, at the intimate Stella Maris Resort Club, on tranquil Long Island in the Southern Bahamas

Stella Maris An intimate plantation-style Out Island hotel offering a wide range of tropical Bahamas vacation rentals and accommodations, from panoramic ocean-view rooms to beach front bungalows. Perfect Bahamas resort getaway for leisure travellers, couples, family vacationers, private pilots and active water sportsmen. 001 800 426 0466, www.stellamarisresort.com

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Cat Island Leave the Laboutins at home and indulge in barefoot island romance. Cat Island is all about unplugging with beach bonfires and local musicians, rolling hills and rocky cliffs. Home to the highest point in The Bahamas, Mount Alvernia, there’s plenty of pirate intrigue here and sybaritic living.

Love is in the air at... • The Hermitage – the ruined monastery on Mount Alvernia. • The eight-mile pink-sand beach linking Old Bight and New Bight.

Romantic places to stay... Fernandez Bay Village This rustic family-owned resort beneath the casurina trees offers honeymooners a choice of cozy seaside cottages or spacious twobedroom villas. There’s a house party atmosphere with an honesty bar and shoes optional. Expect candlelit dinners around a bonfire. 00 1 242 342 2018, www.fernandezbayvillage.com Hawks Nest Resort & Marina Set on the southern tip of Cat Island, this resort has its own dive centre, private airstrip, pub and marina. There are 10 brightly coloured oceanfront rooms and Point House, a two-bedroom beach villa, plus a further two 3-bedroom homes for weekly rental – all perfect for small wedding parties. 00 1 242 342 7050, www.hawks-nest.com Island HoppInn Cosy, private suites on the white sandy beach with all the warmth of a B&B, Island HoppInn caters personally to the guests, satisfying their desire for a great vacation with many activities. 00 1 216 978 8800, www.islandhoppinn.com

Pigeon Cay Beach Inn Small private property where personalized service for each guest is a priority. Pigeon Cay is situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Northern area of Cat Island. 00 1 242 354 5084, www.pigeoncaybahamas.com Sammy T’s Beach Resort If you want to marry on a deserted pink-sand beach with a bouquet made of local island flowers and honeymoon in a pretty wooden villa on the sand, this is the place. You can even chat with Sammy himself and enjoy the freshest seafood dinners à deux. 00 1 242 354 6009, www.catislandbeachresort.com

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And Briefly... Bimini was loved by Ernest Hemingway where he indulged his love of bonefishing and boxing. Today honeymooners find their own heaven at Bimini Bay Resort & Marina (www.biminibayresort.com). Elegant weddings are held overlooking an Atlantic sunset from the wedding gazebo, barefoot in the sand or in a glass-panelled pavilion surrounded by Bimini’s Bay. The nearby Berry Islands are a cluster of 30 miniscule tropical islands and 100 cays. Honeymooners should check out the private island of Little Whale Cay Resort (www.littlewhalecay.com). Newlyweds in search of remote southerly islands can head for San Salvador & Rum Cay with its Riding Rock Resort & Marina (www.ridingrock.com) and Club Med Columbus Isle (www.clubmed.co.uk) or Acklins & Crooked Island and stay at Pittstown Point’s Crooked Island Lodge (www.pittstownpoint.com). Mayaguana has around 300 residents and is way, way down south. Stay at Baycaner Beach Resort (www.baycanerbeach.com). And finally, castaway doesn’t even begin to describe Inagua which has more flamingos than people. Honeymoon at Enrica’s Inn (www.enricasinn.com) or Gaga’s Nest (www.discoverinagua.com).

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Weddings in The Bahamas If you’ve always dreamed of a tropical island wedding in the sun, The Islands of The Bahamas are the perfect match. These islands may be tiny, but they have enough glitz, glamour and castaway chic for any bride and groom in search of a wedding in paradise. It could be an extravagant event with all the trimmings or a simple ceremony on a deserted beach. The islands offer endless stunning settings to tie the knot from the picturesque columns of a 14th century French cloister to dolphin lagoons.

• There are many religious faiths represented in The Bahamas which offer church weddings. • Wed amid the ancient columns of a 14th century Augustinian cloister shipped across from Lourdes in the 1920s and rebuilt on glorious Paradise Island - with wonderful views over Nassau Harbour. • Say your vows among the exotic bougainvillea, hibiscus and gardenia of Nassau’s Botanical Gardens, Gardens of the Groves in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island or in the scenic grounds of your hotel. • Wed on a white, gold or pink sand beach on any of the main islands or choose any number of islets, uninhabited cays with rugged shorelines and sandy coves for castaway “I do’s”. • Exchange vows on board the deck of a fabulous party boat as the sun sets. Then dance the night away with your wedding party as you cruise between islands. • For the full flavour of The Bahamas, have your wedding coordinator create a Junkanoo styled wedding and reception. Junkanoo is a famous carnival held every Boxing Day and New Year’s Day with extravagant costumes and performers. • For a memorable day, wed at Dolphin Encounters at Blue Lagoon off Nassau where the dolphins can be your ring bearers. Scuba weddings at the colourful coral reef of Crystal Cay are also available.

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Legal do’s and don’ts • You must both be resident in The Bahamas for at least 24 hours before you can get married. • You must both produce necessary documents such as a valid 10 year passport, notarised proof of divorce or death certificate if relevant, adoption papers or proof of name change by deed poll, if applicable. • Single status affidavit. • Proof of date of arrival in The Bahamas with either a Bahamas Immigration Card or passport entry stamp.

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Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas Set on a spectacular white sand mile-long stretch of beach on Great Exuma, Sandals Emerald Bay is the jewel in the crown of Sandals Luxury Included® Resorts. This stunning resort boasts five restaurants, a Greg-Norman designed golf course, a world-class marina, and 183 oceanfront rooms and suites, all serviced by personal Butlers trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers. At Sandals Emerald Bay, guests are spoilt for choice with five gourmet restaurants to choose from including a fine-dining seafood restaurant, and an authentic brick-oven pizzeria. Food is all complemented by premium brand drinks including Beringer® pouring wines bottled exclusively for Sandals. And after dinner the evening has only just begun, with five bars to choose from plus entertainment to suit all tastes.

• No blood test is necessary.

For active types, Sandals Emerald Bay boasts a fully-equipped tennis centre, three swimming pools including a zero-entry infinity pool, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and a stunning 18-hole championship golf course designed by Greg Norman*. Guests can also enjoy diving in one of the world’s best diving spots, as at Sandals certified divers can benefit from unlimited dives, and expert instructors will have beginners ready to explore the reefs in no time*!

• If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or a certified copy must be produced. Where applicable, a translated, certified and notarized copy of the final decree must be produced.

Alternatively, for the ultimate in relaxation, Sandals Emerald Bay’s 16,000 square foot Red Lane® Spa* has 17 indoor treatment areas and offers scientifically advanced Dermalogica® skincare treatments.

• Proof of parental consent if aged under 18. • A marriage licence, which costs $120 .

• If marrying in the Out Islands, you can obtain a marriage licence at the Administrator’s Office on your chosen island and do not need to go to Nassau. • On returning home, you can register your marriage with your local registrar to ensure you will be included in the UK National Wedding Statistics.

What better place to exchange your vows or spend your honeymoon than in a resort built for romance on the beautiful Caribbean shores? With six exquisite wedding themes* designed exclusively by Martha Stewart, Sandals Weddings feature coordinated colour palettes, beautifully designed wedding décor, complementary bouquets, invitations, cakes and favours, along with à la carte items, creating a memorable experience to suit every couple’s unique preferences. To book or for more information call 0800 or visit *payable locally

Tip Ask for a few copies of your wedding certificate as it may be difficult to get any duplicates at a later date once you’re back home. The Weddings and Honeymoons unit of the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has a special range of services to help you organise your own ceremony or to liaise between you and your chosen on-island wedding consultant. Officers can be contacted by telephoning 00 1 242 328 7810 or email romance@bahamas.com. In the UK call The Bahamas Tourist Office on 020 7355 0800 or email info@bahamas.co.uk. For details of local Wedding Planners please visit www.bahamas-bridal-association.com

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Spa-ing partners A wedding and honeymoon is the perfect time to indulge in a spot of pampering to make you look and feel your best, not to mention the fact that many couples’ treatments can be ultra romantic. The Islands of The Bahamas have some of the most indulgent spas in the region. Here are some of the best. • • • • • •

Natural Mystic Spa at Marley Resort & Spa, Nassau (www.marleyresort.com) Mandara Spa Atlantis at Atlantis Paradise Island (www.atlantis.com) Spa at One&Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island (www.oneandonlyresorts.com) Red Lane Spa® at Sandals Royal Bahamian, Nassau (www.sandals.co.uk) Red Lane Spa® at Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma (www.sandals.co.uk) Senses Spa at Radisson Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort, Grand Bahama Island (www.ourlucaya.com) • The spa at Tiamo Resort, South Andros Island (www.tiamoresorts.com) • The overwater spa at Kamalame Cay, Andros (www.kamalame.com)

Tour operators All the major tour operators and Caribbean specialists feature The Islands of The Bahamas with the small specialist Bahamas Flavour (www.bahamasflavour.co.uk) offering packages and tailormade holidays. The islands are less than an hour from Miami and Fort Lauderdale or 90 minutes from Orlando and you can now get twin centre honeymoons through all the major tour operators.

Getting there British Airways flies five times a week direct from London to Nassau on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Further information can be found on www.bahamas.co.uk.

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Great Exuma, Bahamas

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reated with romance in mind and set on a romantic white-sand beach in Great Exuma, Sandals Emerald Bay offers the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable destination wedding and heavenly honeymoon.

Choose from six customisable wedding themes, created exclusively by Martha Stewart for Sandals, and inspired by the colours of the Caribbean, featuring details such as butterflies, river stones, seashells and bamboo. When the rings have been exchanged and the champagne has been toasted, you can embark on your dreamy honeymoon. Your personal Butler will cater to your every whim and surprise you with little touches, such as rose petals on your pillow! Spend your first morning as Mr and Mrs in your magnificent suite with its great ocean views, savour gourmet cuisine in the five restaurants, laze in the three pools or unwind with a couple’s massage at the Red LaneŽ Spa*. Explore famous diving spots or play golf at our Greg Norman designed 18-hole golf course*!

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Let Sandals Emerald Bay exceed all your expectations! For more information visit www.sandals.co.uk, call 0800 742 742 or see your local travel agent. * Payable locally. ABTA and ATOL protected

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