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Your guide to the best hotels for the big day and beyond

HURA W A L H I - C AP T U RI N G T H E SOUL OF THE M A L D I VES A 5-Star, adults only island boasting a breath-taking undersea restaurant, a beautiful beach and some of the best snorkeling and diving in the Maldives. This island paradise is the best choice for an unforgettable holiday, a romantic honeymoon or even the best setting for your wedding.


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Weddings & Honeymoons




No matter where you travel to get married, the same rule always applies: your wedding must be absolutely perfect. To ensure the big day gets off to the best possible start, we’ve cherry-picked some of the finest hotels and resorts from near and far where you and your guests can make memories that last forever.

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You’ll always look back on your honeymoon. Make sure you do so fondly by perusing our line-up of beautiful hotels and resorts. Whether you want to combine romance with culture, adventure or relaxation, we have the perfect place just for you.

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Weddings & honeymoons


Celebrate your love One day, one trip, one card: a lifetime of memories


our wedding is one of the most magical moments of your life. Months of planning and preparation come together in one very special day, a day that you and your guests will remember forever. One way to make that day even more special is with The Platinum Card® from American Express. The journey starts with a myriad of detailed wedding-planning decisions to make. That’s about everything from the perfect flowers to your dream dress and a lot of last-minute changes you need not worry about when using The Platinum Card® with guaranteed refund protection on all purchases. You’ve also got much less to think of when drawing up your big day’s to-do list with Platinum Services on call, because they have the inside track on lots of products and services and the finishing touches to make your day special, such as hotel room bookings and top designer appointments. A beautiful wedding is just the beginning. One of the hardest parts

of planning is deciding where in the world to go for your honeymoon; the vacation of a lifetime and one you’ll always look back on. This is where The Platinum Card® helps you curate the perfect trip. From a relaxing beach getaway to a stylish hotel in one of the world’s most vibrant cities, the Vacation Collection and Hotel Collection give you access to incredible travel destinations and lifestyle privileges to ensure your honeymoon becomes a treasured memory. If your dream trip involves the ocean, you’ll be spoiled for choice with a host of luxury cruise partners affording on-board and shore excursion credits. And no matter where you’re flying to, you can use your Platinum Card® to book flights and enjoy special firstand business-class fares from many of the world’s leading airlines. The magical day comes and a carpet rolls out to take you to your romantic getaway. You’ll feel like you’ve arrived before you’ve even taken off using your

Priority Pass Membership, which grants you and your loved one access to over 1,000 international and domestic lounges across 130 countries. Granting you total peace of mind, Platinum Care is on call to help protect and guide you at any time of the day or night with comprehensive insurances. Take a left, follow the trees, and there, through the rocks… Paradise found. Enter a world where experiences are created with you in mind, a world of unforgettable moments. And ensure that the first days of the rest of your life are truly special by falling in love with all that The Platinum Card® offers. Your Platinum lifestyle and travel experts are available day in, day out to curate your daily and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. To find out more, visit

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JW Marriott Marquis hotel dubai

JW Marriott Marquis hotel dubai


ook no further than the towering JW Marriott Marquis for the picture-perfect wedding venue. Measuring an impressive 355m, just 26m shy of the Empire State Building – imagine the bragging rights of getting married in the world’s tallest hotel. This is certainly the venue for you if the celebrations are set to be on the large size; the hotel can accommodate groups of over 1,000. The Saray Spa spans the third floor of both towers, offering luxurious spa treatments ideal for getting you and your bridal party ready for the big day. On-site event planners are experts in finalising even the smallest of details, while your cake will be something truly special thanks to the artistry of Gelly Kalouta. Elegant and grand with a sense of warmth, a wedding here is all you’ve always imagined, and more. Why your guests Will love it No matter which room guests are staying in, they’ll enjoy great views of Downtown Dubai. There are

multiple award-winning restaurants so visitors can dine in style – try Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar, the world’s first Michelin-starred Indian chef, or Prime68 for delicious steaks. You’re also handily placed for sightseeing with The Dubai Fountain, The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa all nearby. the best suite Elegantly designed and perfect for the bridal couple, the penthouse suite spans two levels and is stylishly contemporary with a subtle nod to the hotel’s Arabian base. A Majlis area connects the levels and suites are fully equipped with all the latest technology, making it easy to settle in before your big day. Picture Perfect For the most ‘wow’ shots, head to the Aqua Pool deck for pictures around a private cabana with a towering palm trees and city backdrop. For more information, visit

Your wedding celebration re-imagined Dubai is home to a landmark hotel in the heart of the city where wedding dreams come to life amidst 5-star luxury, flawless service and redefined taste. With luxurious accommodation, awe-inspiring venues, intuitive service and culinary expertise, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai will take your wedding celebration to new heights. On this special day, the wedding cake is just as important as the outfits and bouquet. Our famous Cake Artist Gelly Kalouta will work with you to create a truly distinctive cake that will surpass all your expectations. Find out more about the hotel’s distinctive venues and bespoke wedding packages. Contact certified wedding planners at +971 4 414 2000 or email For more information visit Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay PO BOX 121000, Dubai, UAE T: +971 4 414 0000

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QAsr Al sArAb Desert resort by ANANtArA


f an Arabian fairytale wedding is what you’ve always dreamed of, than this resort is the perfect setting for your special day. Set among the breath-taking golden dunes of the Liwa Desert, the serenity of this desert resort is nonpareil and absolute privacy for you and your wedding party under twinkling night skies is assured. The options for your ceremony are limitless: take your pick from a sunset wedding on the dunes or say ‘I do’ in an exclusive celebration at the Royal Pavillion villas – situated 1km from the main resort, it’s the ultimate private retreat. Otherwise, enjoy a wedding on the Dune Terrace with sweeping desert and majestic palm tree views, or opt to embrace Bedouin tradition at Al Falaj – a setting inspired by the Nomadic culture of the region.

Why your guests Will love it From the moment they drive into the breathtaking sand dune-lined approach to this resort, your guests – no matter where they’ve travelled

locally or internationally – are certain to be wowed. Once on site, there’s a whole host of Arabian-inspired activities for them to make the most of. Sunrise camel rides, off-roading and falconry handling to start, and then, for the more energetic, riding on Arabian horses or fat biking to the top of towering sand dunes. the best suite Perfect for the bridal couple, the beautifully appointed Royal Pavilion Villa is ideal for your wedding night, boasting stunning views. The next morning, a sumptuous breakfast for two with romantic amenities will be delivered right to your suite. Picture Perfect Capture your special day at the most magical hour, as the sun sets behind rolling dunes and the sky journeys through a kaleidoscope of hues – you can even opt to have photographs taken on camelback. qasralsarab.

INSPIRED CELEBRATIONS. Take romantic inspiration from our picturesque location, memorable views and unique special touches of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara to create the wedding of your dreams. Immerse yourself in a desert journey and palatial luxury that embraces the romance of a thousand and one Arabian nights. Make your special day an occasion you will never forget with the alluring charm of the legendary Empty Quarter as your backdrop. Email or call +971 (0) 2 656 1000.


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le Meridien Al AqAh beAch resort

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et on 230m of pristine beach with the Hajar Mountains as a backdrop, this resort is a beach paradise that’s perfect for your big day. From the moment you enter, the amazing staff will put you at ease with their welcoming smiles and Arabian hospitality; it’s exactly what you need to get rid of any big-day nerves. With almost 1,422m of banqueting space plus the beautiful beach available to host your celebration, you’re all set. A dedicated team of chefs, housekeepers and butlers are on hand to ensure the big day is memorable for all the right reasons, so relax and enjoy, safe in the knowledge that experts in banquets, exquisite flowers, sit-down dinners, lavish buffets, breathtaking photography and wonderful wedding cakes are on hand to make your dreams come true. Why your guests Will love it This resort is packed with activities to keep guests entertained both before and after the big day. Those travelling

with little ones will love the newly renovated kids’ club, sure to keep all ages entertained. A humongous swim-up bar ensures guests can relax, enjoying a chilled beverage under the beautiful Fujairah sunshine. the best suite An Executive Suite is the ideal choice for the wedding couple. Located from the 10th floor and upwards, every suite guarantees amazing ocean views. Watching the sunset over the Hajar Mountains while the ocean twinkles below is the perfect way to set the scene on the evening before the big day, and there’s also free wifi to share all those Insta-worthy moments. Picture Perfect The happy couple walking on the sand under blue skies with the ocean on one side and mountains on the other. Choose any spot on this resort’s private beach and that’s exactly what you can expect. For more information, visit

CREATE YOUR OWN DREAMS Whatever the size of your wedding, our team promises an imaginative and inspiring celebration for your special day by providing you with a host of possible venue options. Whether at one of our restaurants, in our large pillar less ballroom accommodating up to 500 guests or outdoors on our lawns, poolside or at the beach, your day will be a day to remember. Outdoor catering options allow for uniquely curated weddings for up to 1000 people with customized menus and themes.

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The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City

The St. Regis Dubai


trio of hotels to choose from in the blossoming Al Habtoor City district of Dubai. Each has their own distinct personality, yet ensure you’ll say ‘I Do’ in Dubai’s most vibrant locale. From waking up to the sight of the towering Burj Khalifa right through to the bride descending – Disney-princess style – down a grand staircase, there’s without doubt a significant wedding day-moment to savour at your chosen property from this triumvirate.

destination within Dubai, enjoy a romantic silver service dinner (with bubbles) at the honeymoon suite, plus indulge in an exclusive post-wedding spa treatment. The moments to savour continue after the exchange of vows, too, with one-month access to the St. Regis Gym, and a first year anniversary dinner celebration at The St. Regis Dubai’s signature restaurant. The hotel’s wedding planner will make sure you celebrate being husband and wife, while being treated like king and queen.

The St. Regis Dubai

Elegance and excellence are associated with the St. Regis name, and this Dubai Water Canal-side residence is royalty in terms of grandeur. Getting married here is an immersive experience every step of the way. In the build up there’s a prewedding menu tasting for four people, while on the day you will enjoy an upgrade to the luxurious Grand Suite, be collected in a Bentley from any

The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City

If you’re going grand and including everyone who is dear to you, the Al Joud Ballroom will catch your attention; with space for 1,200 guests, it’s definitely for those with an endless invite list. The hotel does ‘intimate’ equally well, too, from prewedding bachelor and bachelorette

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preparations to an in-house salon for the bride’s beauty touches. Indulge in a menu of treatments in a dedicated couple’s suite at the Heavenly Spa, then remain on cloud nine by booking the Heavenly Suite, with its twobedrooms, separate dining room for 10 with majlis, plus an entertainment room with a media wall and pool table.

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The charisma of this hotel is off the charts. The least traditional property of the three, it’s the memorable location for the chic couple – a 21st century-romance setting “where style visionaries and cultural connoisseurs converge”. At your beck and call is the W’s signature Whatever/Whenever service, to fulfill your any request, any time. They’ve also a state-of-the-art setting to sweep you off your feet: the glamorous Great Room. A venue with flair, this is for those who rewrite the script.

Love in The City Discover an enchanting world of romance and inspiration to make your wedding day truly memorable. Al Habtoor City adds a magical tier to your once-in-a-lifetime celebration by bringing together the lifestyle and culinary expertise that capture a beautiful love story. Reflect your unique style through the elegance of The St. Regis Dubai, the modern flair of the W Dubai - Al Habtoor City or the charm of The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City.

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KemPinsKi seychelles resort bAie lAZAre

KemPinsKi seychelles resort bAie lAZAre


ake to this Indian Ocean isle to lace that treasured occasion with a measure of natural beauty and sophistication. With suites that proffer mesmeric views, the property has plenty to meet your desire for exploration or relaxation. If meticulous planning and thoughtful little details are your forte, this is the resort for you.

Why your guests Will love it Because with the Salon Quincy Ballroom (200 seats) and beachside venue (250 guests), they’re all certain to receive an invite. They’ll also love the smooth and seamless organisation of the occasion, thanks to the work of the resort’s wedding team, who are on hand to make your vision of matrimonial perfection a Seychellois reality. For guests’ downtime, a plethora of options encompass dining, diving, surfing, rest, recreation and even reading, to provide the complete holiday – it’s the ideal ‘thank you’ to them, for dedicating their time to share in your special moment.

the best suite The Kempinski name implies high standards and its exclusive suite selection delivers a truly royal experience. For those who don’t want to lose sight of the precious ocean for too long, the one-bedroom Premier Suite is a home away from home. Luxuriously appointed, it has a lounge area, terrace and dining room – spelling tons of space for two. Picture Perfect The stylish Coco de Mer package ensures you’ll take in the prettiest photo locations this resort conceals. A gorgeous beachfront is the backdrop for the exchange of vows – a ceremony that will be captured by a professional photographer. There’s more memorymaking with a private wedding dinner upon the beach, or a newlywed breakfast beside the lagoon. Every giddy smile will be caught on film, a keepsake from your intentionally picturesque day together.

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Adaaran Prestige Water Villas


ith a portfolio of exquisite, luxury boutique wellness properties from which to choose, Adaaran hotels certainly know how to put on a show in the Maldives. In the lap of this tropical paradise, they’ve established destination favourites, plus a stunning new treat that is ‘coming soon’.


This world class resort is located in the North Male Atoll, on a parcel of land that’s nicknamed ‘The Island of White Gold’. It’s a honeymoon treasure, for sure. In true Maldivian fashion, water dominates this abode, be it within calm blue expanses of ocean, a stunning infinity pool to dip into, or bubbling within your private jacuzzi on your very own sun deck. If you’re a health conscious, actively inclined couple there are plenty of ways to fuel your adrenaline, with beachside and water-based activities

to stoke adventurous tendencies. When the need to kick-back kicks in, there are many places to lounge and indulge, from fine conversation in the Sunset and Sunrise bars, to delicious fine dining in the restaurant or on a dhoni – out on the water of course, because nature always beckons here.


Lavish contemporary comforts are warmed by stunning sunsets at this property in the South Atoll, which has been awarded the World’s Leading Water Villa retreat crown. Divers will relish the resort’s own exotic reef, that teems with vibrant aquatic flora and fauna. If your idea of bliss is being pampered rather than taking the plunge, the Spa here boasts intensive treatments that will leave you feeling revitalised and refreshed. The villas are a place to rest and connect, and all of the Japanese-inspired abodes are designed to reflect trademark Nihon

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Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas

principles of elegant simplicity. In terms of amenities, these luxury villas contain rain showers, a sun deck with plunge pool to cool off in, a private jacuzzi, plus a home theatre system for nights curled up on the sofa. Begin your new life together, as one.


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Create lifelong memories by leaving no luxury spared when you check into Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas. Located in the peaceful seclusion of the North Male Atoll, this stunning resort is set in 83 acres of lush tropical beachfront. Check-in and enjoy the sight of delicate rose petals scattered across your king-size bed and enjoy the latest in in-room technology. Settled, spend your days lazing by the sparkling infinity pool, listening to the soothing sound of waves lapping on the shore or dining on delicious freshly-caught lobster. With private butler service, you’ll truly want for

nothing. Don’t miss the first-rate wellness centre, where you can indulge in an array of treatments. It’s the stuff dreamscapes are made of.


Claim bragging rights as one of the first newlywed couples at this soonto-open retreat. Nestled in the Raa Atoll, it’s the ideal destination for your picture-perfect honeymoon and only a 40-minute plane journey from Male. A fusion of indigenous Maldivian and contemporary design, checkin to a luxury ocean villa where a private sanctuary for two promises endless turquoise seascapes. Relax and unwind on a private daybed, be tempted by the infinity pool, or descend into the lagoon beneath your feet – where an underwater world of colour is waiting to be discovered. The Over Water Spa is the place to balance body and mind, and treatment rooms offer stunning views of the east coast at this entirely tropical retreat.

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Taj ExoTica rEsorT & spa maldivEs

The one for… old romanTics

Taj ExoTica rEsorT & spa maldivEs

Ensure the perfect start to married life with a honeymoon at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa Maldives. Pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters await in this private-island resort where stunning views of the Indian Ocean are an everyday reality. Offering the very best of the archipelago nation, enjoy a blissful retreat that incorporates local influences. Elegant villas are truly stylish with tropical rain showers, private gardens and colourful marine playgrounds below. Enjoy feasting at Deep-End restaurant, perched over the water and set to the soundtrack of soft lulling waves, or visit Jiva Grande Spa, where you’ll experience sheer indulgence.

THE musT-HavE romanTic momEnT Create memories as you and your loved one enjoy a private dining experience in the over-water wedding pavilion, one of the most romantic spots in all of the Maldives. With dedicated service, stunning flower arrangements, the ocean breeze and waves lapping below your feet, this is a moment you’ll cherish. Discover more at taj. taj-exotica-maldives


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The one for… cApTUrINg YoUr love


‘Award-winning luxury’ and ‘stay with love’: two oft-uttered phrases about this 52-acre Maldivian resort, which hint at the personalised experience and romance that are certain to unfold. Awaiting guests are indulgent dining options, countless spa treatments and recreation ideas, powdery white sands and sweeping ocean views. An array of opulent villas are ideal for hunkering down to share some quality couple time – one such perfect parcel being the daydream-evoking Sunset Horizon Water Villa (other spacious abodes are future-perfect, when returning with a family). The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi represents boutique service on a grand scale, where you’re urged to celebrate in style on the Noonu Atoll.

THe MUST-HAve roMANTIc MoMeNT It’s your honeymoon, but be sure to pack your wedding-day ensembles. This resort offers an opportunity to procure a set of 90 beautiful photographs, with the breathtaking natural setting as your backdrop. Special, candid moments become a collection of magazine-worthy snaps, shot by an inhouse professional in whichever parts of the island you most adore.




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Indian Ocean's Leading Family Resort

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Furaveri island resort & spa

the one for… diving into new beginnings

Furaveri island resort & spa

You’re fresh off making a pact to conquer the world together, but there’s plenty of time for that – ease into the future by immersing into a world of your own. Just a short scenic seaplane journey from Malé International Airport, Furaveri is an opportunity to get away from it all, building memories together while being wowed by the natural treasures of the Indian Ocean. The Raa Atoll resort has 107 private villas either set among lush vegetation, beside powdery sands, or above a sparkling turquoise lagoon – with villa design stemming from local culture,

while graced with spacious interiors and wooden decking for sun-basking. With 23 hectares of space on this island you’re assured utmost privacy and incredible diversity – both in the natural surrounds and from the selection of on-island amenities. With the latter in mind, the tropical spa is an escape to wellbeing, restoring energy after a day being kissed by the sun and dipping in and out of crystalclear waters. After padding around the grounds barefoot and hand in hand, round off the day with a romantic sunset or dolphin cruise, from a resort where every hour brings its own unique slice of bliss.

tHe must-Have romantic moment If you’re not only soulmates but also PADI pals, the resort’s house reef and Dive Club guarantee hours of ocean immersion among marine life. Once you’ve surfaced from the depths, recant your experiences over some intimate dining in a remote location of your choice. For less fuss, opt for a simple lunch on an isolated sandbank, or Dine by Design with a romantic candlelit dinner beneath the sparkling stars – one of the elegant (complimentary) features of a dedicated Honeymoon package.

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Gili lankanfusHi

the one for… Wannabe castaWays

Gili lankanfusHi

Celebrate your love on the private island of Lankanfushi, where waters burst with marine life and the beaches are powdery perfection. Just a 20-minute boat ride from Velana International Airport on Malé, it’s the ultimate Robinson Crusoe-esque escape, with uninterrupted ocean views, butler service and the perfect balance of rustic sustainability and sheer indulgence. Check into one of 45 over-water villas or make your honeymoon extra special with a stay in one of the only-accessible-by-boat Crusoe Residences, or magnificently exclusive The Private Reserve, where a gorgeous sundeck, turquoise-blue water garden and fantastic slide that plunges you straight into the ocean below are waiting to greet you.

tHe must-Have romantic moment Part of the Gili Honeymoon package – the perfect way for your love to blossom – watch the sun set over the ocean as you sail on a traditional dhoni, then relive memories of your favourite movie as you enjoy dining under the stars with a private screening of your choice at Jungle Cinema. It’s your most romantic moment all wrapped up. Discover more at

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the one for… SlIdINg INtO mArrIEd blISS


How many experiences can be perfected on a tiny Maldivian island? At Soneva Jani, the answer is ‘plenty’. Among its treats is a garden labyrinth, an observatory from which to gaze at the stars, Cinema Paradiso to watch silver screen flicks outdoors, guided snorkelling and diving sessions in the nearby Medhufaru Lagoon, and a well-stocked library for escaping (further) into a world of fiction. If your honeymoon dream is to spot frolicking dolphins or to feel like a true Robinson Crusoe, there are also planned afternoons to indulge in each. You’ll return to a luxurious, nature-inspired abode, either on the island or above the ocean, with the 1 Bedroom Water Retreat even boasting a slide from its roof into the lagoon. Unforgettable.

thE muSt-hAVE rOmANtIc mOmENt With a Noonu Atoll sandbank dining experience (above), you’ll feel you’ve been washed-up onto your own private island – except this is a story of sophistication, not survival. An exquisite meal is replete with a selection of sumptuous Michelinstar quality fine dining and attentive, personalised service.

Weddings & Honeymoons - Annual Supplement - 2017  
Weddings & Honeymoons - Annual Supplement - 2017