Planning for a destination wedding or looking for a romantic spot? The experts at KAYAK have all the answers.
With wedding season approaching, Singapore travellers’ thoughts turn to banquet halls and church bells or ocean-backed beachside ceremonies with their closest family and friends. For couples planning to tie the knot abroad or for honeymooners wanting to escape for a post-wedding getaway, the travel experts at KAYAK.sg have scouted the region for six of the best places to exchange vows or just get away from it all. The experts also share their top travel hacks for getting the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Tanah Lot, the iconic Balinese temple on the sea, is one of the beautiful backdrops on offer for couples who exchange wedding vows at the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali. What could be more romantic than getting married within view of this ancient and enchanting Hindu place of worship during a glorious sunset? The resort’s expansive golf course can also accommodate up to 400 wedding guests for larger ceremonies. For those who want to make a longer holiday out of their trip, there are plenty of nearby activities to keep the couple and guests busy, including temple tours, and visits to local museums and pottery factories.
How to get there: We found flights to Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia from $184.
The Aleenta Phuket Resort is perfect for intimate weddings. With the sun setting over the horizon and waves gently lapping the shoreline, guests will be charmed by the beachfront location. The resort has various wedding venues to choose from, each with the promise of beautiful views, privacy and exclusivity. To release any tension before or after the big day, travellers can visit Quan Spa to relax and unwind knotted muscles. Guests will also love learning about Thai cuisine in Kin Dee Thai Cooking class.
How to get there: We found flights to Phuket, Thailand from $164.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Located on the southern tip of the island, Conrad Koh Samui is one of Koh Samui’s most popular wedding locations and it’s not hard to understand why. With a unique over-the-water ceremony, couples walk down a transparent aisle right out to the middle of the resort’s main infinity pool. Visitors to the island can take an elephant jungle-trek, visit a fishing village and pay respects to the “Mummy Monk”, Luang Pho Daeng, at Wat Khunaram temple.
How to get there: We found flights to Koh Samui, Thailand from $410.
Baa Atoll, Maldives
A quick seaplane flight from Male, the Baa Atoll is a haven of clear blue water, pristine beaches and drool-worthy accommodation. From the deck of an over-water villa at the Anantara Kihavah Maldives, guests can watch playful bottlenose dolphins swim by, along with schools of tropical fish and soaring seabirds. Ocean-lovers can get even closer to the islands’ colourful marine life by putting on a snorkel mask and diving in. While staying at the Anantara, the happy couple can take a sunset cruise on a private yacht, dine in an underwater restaurant or even take the plunge — literally — by getting married in an underwater SCUBA ceremony.
How to get there: We found flights to Male, Maldives from $305.
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Away from the hustle and bustle of Nha Trang, the Amiana Resort Nha Trang offers sparkling views off Vietnam’s east coast. Couples can opt to tie the knot in the resort’s ballroom or on the beach. The latter provides a more intimate setting nestled between the rocky coast and the sea. The resort is also known for its impeccable service and exquisite cuisine. Adventurous guests can take snorkelling and diving trips with Vietnam Active while culture vultures can visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers, a Buddhist place of worship built between the 7th and 12th centuries and possibly first used as early as 2AD.
How to get there: We found flights to Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam from $297.
About three miles off the west coast of Malaysia, Pangkor Laut Resort resides on a sparkling emerald bay renowned as one of the most picturesque beaches in the world. Couples can choose between a private yacht and an extravagant beachside ceremony at this wedding-album-perfect resort. The island offers a plethora of water sports activities like jet skiing, a world-class spa and delectable cuisine. Travellers willing to drag themselves away from the resort for an afternoon can visit the Fu Lin Kong temple or the 17th century Dutch Fort.
How to get there: We found flights to Kuala Lumpur from $66.
*Flight prices are per person and based on searches made on KAYAK.sg for travel from 12 to 19 June 2016.
KAYAK.sg’s Travel Hacks
Avoid the crowds
Check the Singapore school holiday calendar before setting a date for the big day or planning a special trip. The same destination is often more expensive and more crowded when school is out of session. To avoid kids completely, look for an adults-only hotel or resorts with an adults-only pool area for a more romantic tone.
Get upgraded on your flight
Airlines sometimes offer free upgrades to couples travelling for their wedding or their honeymoon if space allows. Singapore travellers can maximise their chances of bagging one by checking in early, politely mentioning the reason for travel and enquiring about the possibility of an upgrade. Dressing up can also help — travellers who prefer to fly in comfy loungewear can pop it in their hand luggage and change in the lounge or on the flight.
Give yourself a day off
Singapore travellers are well advised to build in a rest day between their wedding and their honeymoon and another one after they return home. Travelling when exhausted from all the excitement of the big day is never a fun experience.
Get a room upgrade
Couples arranging a destination wedding will often receive special perks from the resort but honeymooners shouldn’t forget to make very clear why they are there when booking or checking into their room. Many hotels make an effort to congratulate couples on their honeymoon and may provide anything from a bottle of champagne
to a free spa treatment or even a room upgrade.
Lighten your load
Couples who plan to leave for a honeymoon straight after their destination wedding can lighten their post-ceremony luggage load by asking friends and family to take a few items back to Singapore for them. There is no sense in dragging a just-worn wedding dress to yet another destination if this can be avoided.
Go where the dollar is the strongest
Singapore travellers should think about the strength of the Singapore Dollar relative to other currencies in the region when trying to plan the most cost-effective destination wedding or honeymoon.