Maybe you are coming up to a milestone wedding anniversary or you had a civil ceremony and want to renew your vows or have a blessing with a difference withe most amazing backdrop plus a superb life time experience to share with your loved ones.
Kuoni can arrange blessings ceremonies in all the hotels and venues that they feature and in Mauritius, Thailand and Cyprus for LGBT couples. Blessing ceremonies are particular popular in the Maldives where it's not possible to arrange legally-recognised weddings.
Blessings abroad are a hassle-free way to celebrate with a wedding-like ceremony whether you've recently married legally in the UK or you've dreamed of re-newing your vows in a beautiful setting.
We have picked our favourite locations from the Kuoni Weddings range
Diamonds Athuruga Maldives (More Information & Booking)
Awash with stunning beaches and home to beautiful water villas, Athuruga is authentic yet cosmopolitan.Light and contemporary, Diamonds Athuruga is one of the best maintained Maldives resorts, with regular improvements only enhancing its appeal. Like sister island Thudufushi, the resort has introduced a variety of new dining options for 2016. As well as the main buffet restaurant or overwater restaurant, you’ll be able to choose between live show cooking at the Japanese restaurant, fresh seafood on the beach, and a traditional Maldivian open-air dining experience on the beach.
The surrounding waters here teem with brightly coloured fish and other marine life. Superb snorkelling can be done straight from the island – from the boat jetty or via the cut-through by the overwater restaurant – and it’s worth booking one of the snorkelling trips to nearby thilas for the chance to spot manta rays or whale sharks. It takes a little longer to reach the best dive sites, but it’s recommended if you don’t mind the journey.
The Beach Bungalows are just steps from the water’s edge. As at Thudufushi, the beautiful Water Villas are stylish white residences, and here they have an open wooden deck built on stilts over the water. With custom-made rattan furniture, hand-made parquet floors, contemporary Italian lighting and benefits including iMacs and free Wi-Fi, these deluxe villas have a real 'wow' factor. At Athuruga you’ll also be able to choose between sunset or sunrise views. For spa lovers, book an Exclusive Spa Beach Bungalow, Exclusive Spa Sunrise Water Villa or Exclusive Spa Sunset Water Villa and you'll receive one spa treatment per room per day at the Serena Spa.
Four Seasons Resort At Anahita Mauritius (More Information & Booking)
Quality and exclusivity complement fine dining, excellent facilities and a beautiful natural setting. With a spectacular setting within the Anahita Wilderness Sanctuary, this award-winning resort features outstanding facilities set against a lush green mountain backdrop. The resort is divided between the mangrove-fringed mainland and its 11-acre private island, which overlooks a sheltered lagoon and features three beaches. The focus here is on pure indulgence, and nothing is too much trouble – whether you need your sunglasses cleaned or your sunbed moved. There are ample facilities and activities on offer here, notably the Ernie Els-designed 18-hole golf course, which all guests can enjoy for free, and the secluded Spa at Four Seasons that features 12 overwater treatment rooms.
Dining ranges from contemporary Italian dishes at the lagoon-side Acquapazza to grilled specialities cooked in open kitchens at Beau Champ. Themed nights and a choice of Mauritian, Indian and Asian cuisine can be enjoyed al fresco at the laidback Bambou, while those spending the day on the golf course can dine at Il Forno.
Luxurious villas are set throughout the resort, each with its own plunge pool and covered terraces – the perfect spot to enjoy a romantic in-villa dining experience. Garden Pool Villas and Mangrove Pool Villas are situated on the mainland, with their own private garden. Guests in the Ocean Villas on the private island can enjoy direct access to the lagoon from their gardens, while if you’re in a Beach Villa you can step straight onto the sand from your terrace. For something extra special the brand new and luxurious Sanctuary Beach and Ocean Villas are available on request.
Rayavadee Thailand (More Information & Booking)
Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, this is the perfect resort for a romantic getaway. This unique resort on the Phranang Peninsula to the south of Railay has been created to blend seamlessly with its stunning natural environment and offers peace, privacy and traditional Thai hospitality. Fringing three pristine National Marine Park beaches and surrounded by 26 acres of coconut groves and tropical gardens, remote Rayavadee has panoramic views of emerald-green waters and dramatic limestone cliffs. Even the beachfront swimming pool is like no other. Set against a backdrop of tropical foliage, it is a remarkable hidden gem.
The resort offers a choice of four restaurants, ranging from innovative five-star cuisine at Raya Dining to delicious classic Thai dishes served beside the sea at Krua Phranang. The Raitalay Terrace is open for lunch and dinner and serves a wide range of international dishes to the stunning backdrop of Railay Beach. The Grotto is a firm favourite – found beneath an ancient limestone cliff, it offers light snacks and hosts the occasional barbecue.
Reminiscent of a Thai village, the two-storey pavilions and luxurious private villas are scattered throughout the grounds. Deluxe Pavilions have a circular design with an upstairs bedroom, while Terrace Pavilions have a breezy outdoor area. There are a small number of Spa Pavilions with an outdoor Jacuzzi, as well as Hydro Pool Pavilions which feature a freshwater hydro pool in the private garden. If you’re travelling with a family, either the Family Pavilion with Pool or the Two Bedroom Villa are highly recommended, both offering an abundance of space, two bedrooms and a private pool.
Four Seasons Hotel Beach Resort Cyprus (More Information & Booking)
One of Limassol’s most luxurious hotels, offering outstanding hospitality in a stunning setting. Independently owned and managed, this luxury hotel has recently gone through extensive renovations. Laid-back and welcoming, the staff are on-hand to take care of your every whim but melt into the background when you simply wish to relax. To really unwind head to the luxurious Shiseido Spa, the only one of its kind in Cyprus. There’s an impressive range of treatments to revitalise body and mind, as well as a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.
Dining is a delight here, with a choice of local and exotic restaurants serving cuisine that ranges from Mediterranean to Chinese. The main restaurant Café Tropical is set over the pond at the heart of the resort and offers an extensive buffet at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The top table here is at the award-winning Vivaldi by Mavrommatis restaurant. This is where you can enjoy gourmet cuisine in a sophisticated setting; during the summer months the Vivaldi Terrace opens, allowing you to enjoy the mouth-watering cuisine in an al fresco setting. The Seafood Bar, which is open from May to October, is located next to the Vivaldi Terrace and offers diners the finest seafood and sea views.
The spacious rooms and studios strike the perfect balance between luxury and homely, and they have all been completely renovated with new furnishings, fixtures and fittings. Superior Rooms – especially the Superior Seaview Rooms – are the most popular, while Family Seaview Rooms are larger and feature a living area with sofa bed so they’re ideal for a family of four.
Four Seasons Seychelles (More Information & Booking)
A beautiful sprawling hotel overlooking a glorious bay with renowned Four Seasons service. The Four Seasons Seychelles is simply stunning. The resort follows the curve of the bay, scattered upwards throughout the lush vegetation from the base of the hillside to the treetops. It’s a place that makes you feel welcome from the moment you arrive, and the spectacular views, wonderful beach and enchanting snorkelling opportunities only enhance this feeling.
Whether you’re a gastronome, a dive master, or simply an expert in rest and relaxation, the Four Seasons Seychelles will seem like a little slice of heaven. The two restaurants offer a range of Mediterranean, Asian and Creole-inspired dishes, where the diverse flavours and styles perfectly reflect the cultural mix of the Seychelles. There’s also an all-day open bar and sushi lounge to enjoy.
The resort hugs the entire bay, making this a brilliant spot for snorkelling and diving. All of the villas, suites and residences are sea facing, with the views improving the higher up the hillside you go. Each is afforded plenty of space and features a private pool, offering a feeling of utter seclusion that’s ideal for those looking to get away from it all. Rooms are elegant and spacious and contain all the mod-cons you’d expect, including an iPod docking station and Wi-Fi.