Jaw-dropping sunsets, soft white sandy beaches, the clearest warm waters and magical limestone cliffs make Thailand a magical destination for couples planning a wedding abroad. From Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand to Phuket amidst the Andaman Sea, rural Thailand offers the wedding setting of dreams. Marriage is sacred and highly respected in Thailand and so this friendly country is ideal for those important vows! We discover some of the top island resorts that are made for fairytale weddings in Thailand…
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Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket
The focus at the Cape Panwa hotel is on personalisation. Not only do potential wedding parties have multiple options of venue within the resort, but they can also customize the type of wedding, food style and work with the experienced resort event planner to create the perfect day. The resort offers a unique and romantic location with friendly and professional staff all trained to make sure your day runs without a hitch! Venues within the resort include the paradise-like secluded beach, the Sino-Portuguese mansion with veranda called the Panwa House, the Wedding Terrace overlooking the blue expanse of the Gulf of Thailand, the beachside, rustic, open-air Bamboo Bar, the sophisticated Top of the Reef restaurant perfect for smaller groups, and finally, their flexible function room. Our favourite? A romantic wedding in the middle of the clear ocean upon the Panwa Princess, the resort’s dreamy private yacht.
Whether you are looking for an intimate affair in a spectacular setting or a vibrant event to mark your wedding vows, the Keemala on Phuket is a great choice for those looking for a unique venue. The resort can host a traditional Western event, a Thai-inspired ceremony, or the Keemala Signature Enchanting Wedding, whilst providing multiple options to create a bespoke day for you and your guests. Set amongst the enchanting rainforest on a hillside in Phuket, the Keemala promotes the ‘slow life ethos’, offering wedding parties the chance to relax and re-wind in distinctive luxury surroundings. Guests can stay in the 38 luxury villas complete with private pools and despite being tucked away amongst the forest, the Keemala is just five minutes from the beach too.
This unique conceptual resort is set against the seductive backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach. But this is no ordinary beach-front hotel. It’s minimalistic architectural style and peaceful atmosphere will immediately reduce those wedding stresses and offer a zen-like feeling to any ceremony. This five-star hotel offers bespoke events tailored specifically for each couple. Whether you want an elegant beach-side ceremony, or a quirky, design-led garden event, the dedicated and experienced events team (supported by a team of seasoned artists and craftsmen) at the hotel can work with couples to create the ultimate dream-day. The hotel boasts 26 luxurious suites and studios and 20 private pool villas so guests will be spoilt at any wedding here.
Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
This Krabi resort offers the best in essential luxury and attention to detail so characteristic of the Ritz-Carlton brand, all set amongst the most beautiful local landscape. The Phulay Bay offer ready-made packages that can be tailored to any couple’s needs. Their beach wedding option boasts an unforgettable setting on their private, secluded beach with panoramic views, a Sala Srichan wedding boasts calming waters with flickering floating candles as vows are exchanged under the resorts elegant Thai-style pavilion, whilst ceremonies on the Jampoon Lawn are a sophisticated option for those still looking for stunning landscape and the peacefulness of the outdoors. The resort is also offering a 15% discount on wedding packages booked before the end of June!
Avani Hua Hin Resort
The Avani Hua Hin resort is a striking villa hotel on prime position beach-front. The vibrant contemporary building is perfect for those who want a venue with lots of character. The resort focuses on getting away from it all and creating chilled-out, tropical weddings. Hua Hin itself offers the best of both with an exciting nightlife scene but also long stretches of white sandy beaches, great for relaxing on! Whether you want a white wedding in front of the ocean, a Thai water ceremony in the grand ballroom, or even a multi-day Indian extravaganza, the resort has something for you. The resort also has the largest ballroom in town making it the ideal place for a large event – it can hold up to 800 guests! The on-site dedicated wedding planner and events team can help you conjure up the dream wedding and whilst this resort is perfectly suited to a big party, smaller venues are also available. Why not have a cosy ceremony in an intimate villa? Or treat guests to a contemporary lawn setting overlooking the waves?
Dusit Thani Laguna, Phuket
For those seeking the ultimate (and intimate) exotic paradise island wedding, the Dusit Thani Laguna may be for you. Their dynamic wedding team offer a personalised service to aid in creating the best bespoke wedding packages. Select either a Thai Wedding Ceremony, or a Western Wedding Ceremony, but know that everything is thought of! Their wedding packages cover everything from corsages and floral decorations, to a photographer and music during the ceremony, plus all weddings at the Dusit Thani include a one-night stay for the bride and groom in a Deluxe Ocean View room. Ceremonies at this resort are limited to a maximum 50 guests so better suited for those looking for a quieter affair. The hotel itself is ideally nestled amongst acres of tropical gardens and on the tranquil shores of the Andaman Sea. The building’s neo-colonial architecture is contemporary with a traditional Thai twist and the resort offers lots of facilities so guests will never be bored!