Thinking about getting married in an exotic location? Explore 10 exciting resorts with breathtaking wedding chapels.
Caribbean and Mexico
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach
If you have your heart set on a destination wedding but still want the grandeur of a church ceremony, look no further than the Sunset Chapel at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The exterior of the chapel is gracefully understated, with white columns and a red-tiled roof in the classic hacienda tradition. Inside, the chapel glows with vivid religious paintings, gilded chandeliers and a jewel-hued altarpiece inspired by the lavishly adorned churches of Spain, Italy, and Latin America. Adjacent to the Sunset Chapel, the Salón Monasterio provides ocean-view seating for up to 140 guests. Professional wedding planners and complete wedding and reception services are available.
Situated on 50 acres of the spectacular Baja peninsula, the all-suite Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach overlooks the Sea of Cortés, one of the most diverse bodies of water in the world and home to more than 800 species of fish. Naturally, the waters off Cabo San Lucas offer terrific deep-sea fishing, boating, whale watching and water-skiing. Snorkeling and scuba diving trips are also easily arranged at the resort. On dry land, enjoy golf, tennis, horseback riding and eco-tours throughout the varied environments of mountain, desert and beach that surround Los Cabos.
Sandals Montego Bay
At Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica, a pathway bordered by lush tropical flowers and a floral trellis welcomes you to the delightful butter-yellow chapel, the perfect setting for your Caribbean wedding. As one of the pioneers in destination weddings, Sandals has abundant experience in arranging flawless seaside ceremonies and receptions. The basic Sandals wedding package is free with a seven-night stay, but you can also choose any one of the four distinctive wedding packages exclusively designed for Sandals by "wedding planner to the stars" Preston Bailey. All weddings at Sandals include the assistance of a personal wedding consultant to make sure your day goes off without a hitch.
One of the premier all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Sandals Montego Bay offers the longest private white-sand beach in Jamaica, six specialty restaurants and another Sandals exclusive -- personal butler service in select suites. Guests also enjoy "dine-around" privileges at two neighboring Sandals resorts for a total of 11 restaurants.
With its soaring whitewashed façade and bell tower, the Spanish mission-style wedding chapel at One&Only Palmilla will make you feel like the stars of a south-of-the-border romance -- perfectly fitting since this sumptuous resort in Mexico’s San José del Cabo has been a hideaway for movie stars and millionaires since the 1950s.
Today, One&Only Palmilla continues to roll out the red carpet for A-listers like John Travolta and Oprah Winfrey and is ready to give you the star treatment on your wedding day. Horse-drawn carriage rides, a candlelit dinner on the beach and wedding-day indulgences at the on-site spa are just a few of the celebrity-worthy delights.
Set high above the ocean with easy access to the beach below, One&Only Palmilla skillfully blends world-class luxury with the unspoiled beauty of wild Baja. The hacienda-style resort offers many unique amenities, including a private sportfishing fleet, a yoga garden and a vast indoor/outdoor spa. And while they can’t guarantee celebrity sightings, you never know whose elbow you might rub while you’re hitting the links on the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course or just lounging beside the palm tree-shaded infinity pool.
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