Gazing into each others eyes as the sun sets over the ocean and your guests sip champagne in the background might sound like a fairy tale, but these destinations make it a reality. With floating villas, tropical islands and refined seaside towns, these are the most romantic and stunning destinations for a beach wedding.*
Kudahitty in the Maldives
Find yourself a canopied sunlounger to calm any wedding jitters
Covered in white sand beaches, shimmering pockets of sea, clear blue skies and swaying palm trees, Kudahitty is an island in the Maldives that will fulfill every single one of your destination wedding dreams. The scenery alone is enough to keep your guests entertained while you slip into your fourth or fifth costume change, and stretching out on a canopied sunlounger at Coco Bodu Hithi and watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean, you’ll feel all the wedding jitters and admin disappear, leaving you to enjoy married life in peace and perfect relaxation.
Taboga Island in Panama
Taboga is also known as 'The Island of Flowers'
As if the tropical climate, long beaches, blue skies and friendly locals weren’t enough to endear you to Taboga Island, it’s also known as ‘The Island of Flowers’ and is home to the second oldest church in the Western Hemisphere. San Pedro church is a smooth white building with a cool, calm interior to set your marriage off to an auspicious start. It’s still worth a visit, even if you prefer just to indulge in the history and romance of the small town. Speaking of which, the luxurious Villa Caprichosa is a 5-minute walk from the beach.
Tokoriki in Fiji
Tokoriki offers unbeatable sunsets – a perfect backdrop to say your vows to
A Fijian island surrounded by long beaches and tropical vegetation; the summit of Tokoriki offers stunning sunsets and the ideal spot to say your vows and drink your first toast as a married couple. The Tokoriki Island Resort is a luxury resort with a private beach that might have been designed specifically for newly weds. Facilities include a spa, candlelit restaurants, private villas and soft sea breezes.
Little Corn Island in Nicaragua
Palm-fringed beaches and peaceful seclusion can be found here
From the moment you arrive at the harbour at Little Corn Island you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a lush, beachy paradise. Small wedding parties will adore the Little Corn Beach and Bungalow. Just a short sandy walk from the beach, these wooden villas are framed by palm trees and offer peaceful seclusion. Travellers looking to splash out will find that the Yemaya Island Hideaway is hard to beat, with canopied beds, plunge pools and views looking out onto the sea.
Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi in Thailand
Head out for an early morning beach walk as newlyweds
Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi is a beach resort on the Gulf of Thailand that is relatively easy to reach from the mainland, but has managed to retain an air of peaceful seclusion. The beach has a waterfall, best viewed in the early morning as you walk barefoot through the soft, white sand and admire the sunrise. Looking for a wedding venue? Try the Panviman Koh Phangan, a palm-tree populated hilltop hotel with its own infinity pool, overlooking the Gulf.
Veules les Roses in France
Classical architecture combines with quaint seaside views in Normandy
The Normandy commune of Veules les Roses is a dreamy spot for those in search of an alternative kind of beach wedding. Here you’ll find the classical architecture and serene seaviews traditionally associated with the French coastline, along with all the amenities you could need for the perfect pastoral wedding. Relais Hôtelier Douce France is a spacious country house within easy reach of the beach and the town.
Capdepera in Spain
Wind through cobbled pathways as you make your way to the beach
A Balearic Island village that spent years defending itself from pirate attacks, Capdepera has retained an aura of romance and daring within its sun-bleached streets. Walking along cobbled pathways down to the sea, it's easy to imagine the dramatic scenes playing out along the battlements. Although luckily for your guests, today the town is all about good food, warm weather and long, lazy days on the beach. For somewhere suitably historic to stay (and maybe even host the wedding reception), check into the 18th-century Predi Hotel Son Jaumell.
*These beaches were the most highly rated for ‘romance’, according to people travelling with Booking.com