Getting Hitched Getaways

by Jennifer Retter

Secluded honeymoon and destination wedding locations around the world.

Destination weddings and honeymoon retreats don’t have to go hand-in-hand with CanCun or the virgin islands.If you’re looking for romantic charm in a more remote, exclusive location, look no further than our list of unique destinations.

Hideaway Honeymoon in Vietnam

vietnam may not pop up on typical honeymoon search results, but the nation’s beaches provide the perfect atmosphere for your first few weeks together as a married couple.

Haivenu vietnam’s luxury and hideaway honeymoon package offers a hotel in ho Chi minh City the first night in vietnam, a bustling cultural wonderland, but the seclusion starts the very next day. After boarding a flight to nha trang and hopping on a private speedboat, couples are welcomed to evason hideaway, a Breathtaking isolated peninsula on a mountainside far from the city atmosphere. The customizable package can include visits to a silk village, a hike through ethnic minority villages, and a tour of vietnamese cities.

The south China sea, which borders the nation to the west, serves as a beautiful destination wedding backdrop. Contact: [email protected]

Chateau in the French Countryside

Paris is overrated. How can you compare the eiffel tower to a fairytale wedding in a statuesque French chateau?

Drive just two hours outside of the capital to find Chateau du guerinet in the loire valley, the site of the most elegant, romantic weddings imaginable. The private 17th century consecrated chapel, just yards away from the chateau, hosts 40 guests in an intimate ceremony. Bride And groom can arrive on a horse-drawn carriage, or braver brides may arrive alone on a horse, riding sidesaddle.

After the wedding, enter the grand chateau for a picture-perfect reception. The chateau holds two old-world elegant reception rooms separated by the grand hall with a louis Xv staircase. The chateau sleeps 28, so couples have the option to rent out one suite for themselves or invite the family along.

Honeymoon options easily include nearby French cities or the French coast. Contact: [email protected]

Simple Cottage Charm in Wales

if you’re looking for a low-key trip to europe on a budget, consider renting a charming little cottage in wales.

Honeymooners looking for a secluded, romantic, homey environment can choose from adorable cozy cottages in the countryside to gypsy-inspired dwellings near the sea. Under the thatch, a uK-based company, restores old homes for visitors in wales, england, ireland, France and Portugal. Many options welcome pets, too!

If you plan to host a destination wedding in england or wales, be sure to read up on the residency requirements. The couple must be present in the nation for at least a week before the wedding occurs. Contact: [email protected]

Immerse Yourself in Morocco

nothing quite compares to being surrounded by a mysterious new culture, and who better to Celebrate with than your sweetheart.

Marrakech, Morocco, just an eight-hour flight from New York City, will take you back in time to a land with spices and snake charmers, markets and healers. Ancient 12th century walls surround the old part of the city, the medina, where visitors can shop and wander where time stands still. The medina area has remained unchanged for centuries, so it’s truly a journey back in time.

For the natural beauty of Morocco, look no further than the Majorelle Garden, an Art Deco villa surrounded by a botanical garden full of exotic plants and flowers.

Couples can also venture out on a day trip to the Atlas Mountains, just 30 minutes outside of the city. Contact: [email protected]

Rainforest Hotel in Australia

“Nestled on the doorstep of the world’s oldest rainforest, you simply won’t find more serene or pristine surroundings for your wedding,” Silky Oaks Lodge, located along the Mossman River in far North Queensland, boasts on its Web site.

Couples looking for the Down Under experience can choose among three unique rainforest destination wedding locations: the Silky Beach Billabong, the jungle perch overlooking a flowing river and green rainforest, and the Mossman Riverbank. After the ceremony, check in to your private treehouse near the ancient rainforest.

Planning on tying the knot at home but still want to venture to Australia post-wedding? The Silky Oaks Lodge offers seven unique packages for couples looking to escape into the rainforest after a wedding. Honeymooners can choose from exploring the Great Barrier Reef to relaxation at a spa to living in that secluded rainforest treehouse. Contact: +61 7 4098 1666 (Resort reception)

Ocracoke Island, NC

If you want to avoid passport hassle and expensive plane tickets, consider holding your destination wedding or booking your honeymoon a bit closer to home.

Many are familiar with North Carolina’s Outer Banks islands, but few have heard of Ocracoke Island. Maybe it’s because the only way to access the island is via air or water or because the island’s residents had been isolated so long that some still speak with a Shakespearean English accent. Legend has it some of its first residents were Spanish horses that swam ashore after a shipwreck.

Regardless, couples looking for a place more secluded than popular East Coast beaches may find their paradise in historical charm at Ocracoke Island. The entirety of Ocracoke Village holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places while the Portsmouth Village ghost town draws in tourists looking for a Glimpse of the old days. Nature enthusiasts will find comfort in the Hammock Hills Nature Trail or looking for sea turtles and dolphins offshore.Contact: [email protected]

Austrian Winter Rail Holiday

Imagine waking up and looking out the window to see the gorgeous snow-covered mountain peaks of the Alps. A 35-passenger train carried you and your new spouse out to Tyrol, a state with historical towns and scenic mountain views.

It’s only the first day, so you can still look forward to a horse-drawn carriage ride to Seefeld, a mountainside village with beautiful, frigid lakes, and a stop at Mayrhofen, a skier’s paradise.

Since the mountains offer the best scenery in the winter, it’s best to plan a rail holiday in the colder months. Honeymooners can choose from a variety of packages from Treyn Rail Holidays, a company that also offers rail tours in the U.S.

If you want to hold your destination wedding in Austria, consider Vienna (the most popular destination wedding location in the country), Salzburg or Innsbruck. Contact: [email protected]

Luck of the Irish (Castle)

Combine a historic castle and a waterfront view on a private island for a destination wedding at Waterford Castle.

The castle/hotel, located minutes from Waterford City, Ireland, sits on a 310-acre island of private gardens — and an immense golf course. The castle itself displays historic tapestries from the family that lived in the castle for 500 years.

Your guests will arrive to your enchanting venue via ferry. Plan ahead for housing, as the castle has 19 bedrooms that fill up quickly, especially in the summer.

Ease your stress with help from the castle’s very own on-site wedding coordinator to help organize an out-of-country affair. Contact: [email protected]