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22 Bucket-List Venues for Your Warm-Weather Destination Wedding

Home is where the heart is, but who wouldn’t want to tie the knot in paradise? As the seasons change and your hometown venues prepare for cooler weather, there’s only one thing to do for the couple on the hunt for the eternal summer: plan a destination wedding. While much of coastal Europe is closed for the season, the rest of the globe delivers with dreamy venues tucked in tropical oases, sprawling savanna landscapes and shimmering white sand beaches. 

From Central America to Africa and beyond, these 22 bucket-list venues are the key to locking down your dream destination wedding venue.

Reporter: Erica Nichols

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When on the hunt for the perfect beach wedding, we know a few things are a must: white sand, turquoise waters and gorgeous sunsets. These venues, which span across Australia, South Pacific and Southeast Asia, fit the bill and then some.
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Four Seasons Resort Hualalailearn more

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai captures the quintessential Hawaiian experience with peaceful, paradise bliss. Experience a glimpse into Hawaii’s golden age, with dramatic views of bright white sands and black-lava landscapes beyond, depending on the type of celebration you have in mind. On the big day, the resort’s special events manager is there to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.
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Koro Sun Resortlearn more

Weddings at Koro Sun Resort are a special kind of experience, each unique to the couple tying the knot. Whether it’s an intimate barefoot ceremony on the beach with only your nearest and dearest or a lively, large soiree tucked in the lush rainforest, the start of your new life together begins here.
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Hamilton Island Catseye Beachlearn more

Make your beachside wedding dreams a reality at Hamilton Island’s iconic Catseye Beach. White sand, bright turquoise waters, a close proximity to town—when we say we’ve found your ideal venue, we mean it. Hot Tip: this location is dependent on the tide, so plan accordingly to avoid getting washed away!
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Bisma Eightlearn more

This tropical modern respite has carefully curated two breathtaking wedding venues to choose from. The first, a forest pool wedding set at one of the most amazing pools in the world surrounded by lush flora and fauna. The second, a garden rooftop wedding with sweeping views of the Ubud rice fields and colorful sunset above.
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Watsons Bay Boutique Hotellearn more

This stylish boutique hotel serves up harbor-side views and fun decor for a fabulous fete with a touch of whimsy. Choose from two of their stunning coastal event spaces, primed for that perfect sunset panorama and celebrations all of sizes.
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Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reservelearn more

From start to finish, Mandapa offers a naturally beautiful setting for every part of your destination wedding. From bridal party preparations in the villa to the wedding ceremony and reception in the private outdoor garden/pool, this glamorous resort pulls out all of the stops in each unique venue.
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Four Seasons Resort Bora Boralearn more

In the world of picture-perfect panoramas, there is no stronger competitor than the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora. With bright white sands, spectacular sunsets and a waterfront chapel to exchange your vows in, you’ll be saying “I do” the moment you step foot onto the property.
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Villa The Sanctuary Balilearn more

This exclusive five-star sanctuary is ideal for the couple looking for a relaxed, extended gathering with their closest family and friends. Set along the river, the luxury resort boasts expansive views of Bali’s natural beauty and 10 next-level villas to keep everyone close by. Tie the knot in their serene garden and let the effortless romance of your surroundings whisk you away.
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Rayavadee Krabilearn more

At Rayavadee, you will wow your guests by tying the knot in an ancient limestone cave set right along the coast, with views of the crystal-clear Andaman Sea beyond. Yeah, in a cave. Afterward, keep the magic alive with a cocktail reception on the beach and under the stars—just don’t forget to send our invite!
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The Brandolearn more

The Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa has been a source on inspiration and rejuvenation for years for Tahitian royalty and, later on, for Marlon Brando, who made this special place his own personal sanctuary. Experience the magic for yourselves, with private beach access, lagoon views and luxury villas to settle into after you’ve tied the knot.
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From the bright blue waters of Mexico to the art deco-inspired hotels of Panama, Central America is home to completely unique venues at the ready to help create the glamorous wedding of your dreams.
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Acre Hotellearn more

This 25-acre farmland transports guests into a lush oasis where rustic roots meet modern swank. Take your pick from the rooftop terrace or expansive orchard for your celebration site, each carries the magical intimacy of this exclusive space.
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Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort Los Caboslearn more

Your seaside wedding at Solaz in Los Cabos combines the best of both worlds, combining the natural beauty of the desert with the vibrant, magical blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. On 34 acres overlooking the sea, this luxury resort has six separate celebration sites on the property for you to stake out the perfect space to exchange your vows.
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San Ignacio Resort Hotellearn more

For the couple looking to immerse themselves into the local life of Belize, look no further than San Ignacio Resort. Nearly every detail—from the art that hangs on the walls to the hardwood floors—is sourced locally, often from the family that runs the hotel. There’s plenty of space to hold weddings on both intimate and grand scales, all with breathtaking rainforest views.
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Andaz Mayakobalearn more

As part of this internationally-acclaimed eco-destination, Andaz Mayakoba encourages guests to immerse themselves into the ultimate hidden paradise. Your big day beckons a backdrop of turquoise waters, exotic mangroves, lagoons and lush landscapes.
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Palmasolalearn more

    This private villa offers completely peaceful seclusion for your guests to fully celebrate you and your S.O. Enjoy pristine beach views, spacious rooms and lavish amenities all weekend long for an extended fete with your closest friends and family.
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    American Trade Hotellearn more

    Ditch the beachside wedding for an elegant, Old World affair at the American Trade Hotel. This Panama City venue exudes history and elegance in every part of the property. Say “I do” on the rooftop terrace at sunset, then head down to the art deco trade hall for a glamorous reception.
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    Exchange beach views for a breathtaking wedding surrounded by peaceful forests, tranquil rivers and sprawling safari landscapes. From Morocco to Kenya, these are a few of our favorite venues to say “I do.”
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    Dar Al Hossounlearn more

    This traditionally-decorated venue hits all the marks for the perfect Moroccan wedding. For intimate gatherings, take advantage of this peaceful retreat, nestled in an ancient olive grove with idyllic gardens for your ceremony.
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    Olarro Kenyalearn more

    Olarro combines modern luxury with exclusive safari experiences for a truly unforgettable experience. Set among its own 20,000-acre private conservancy, this impressive lodge offers sweeping views and unique indoor or outdoor spaces to celebrate.
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    Governors Camplearn more

    When planning a destination wedding, the view has to be simply spectacular. At the Governors Camp, you and your guests can experience the very best wildlife viewing in Kenya—right from the comfort of your luxury safari camp. Say “I do” along the banks of the Mara River, then keep the party going into the night by having all of your guests stay on site!
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    Singita Sasakwa Lodgelearn more

    At this turn-of-the-century manor house, you can exchange your vows in an ambiance inspired by European and East African influences. The grand estate offers impeccable views to match, with plenty of space to design a ceremony and reception fit for royalty.
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    Bosduifklip Open Air Restaurant & Wedding Venuelearn more

    This open-air restaurant is in a league of its own, offering a celebration site tucked into ancient rock formations. Overlooking the Jackals Creek seasonal river and sprawling fields beyond, your union will have an impressive backdrop throughout the entire evening—ending with a clear sky full of stars.
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    Amanjenalearn more

    With a name that translates to ‘peaceful paradise,’ it’s no wonder why Amanjena has become a favorite among destination weddings. Set amid groves of palm and olive trees and in close proximity to the ancient souks, this romantic retreat promises a celebration of epic proportion.
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