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Poseidonion Grand Hotel SPETSES, GREECE

 

A short boat ride from Athens, this Greek island is known for its pine tree-lined beaches and indulgent spa treatments. The wedding team at this oh-so-chic hotel are full of great ideas on how to make your day special, from naming the tables after local places to favours such as jars of fragrant throubi – a herb that signifies the spice of life. poseidonion.com 

 

Skiathos Princess Hotel SKIATHOS, GREECE

 

Set on a gorgeous stretch of coast on the south of the island, this is the place to live out all your Mamma Mia!-esque wedding fantasies, complete with a beach ceremony and wooden altar. The hotel’s chic taverna-style restaurant will dish up a Greek feast or, for a more feet-in-the-sand experience, go for a gazebo with fairy lights. santikoshotels.com/hotel-skiathos-princess 

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Atlantis THE PALM, DUBAI 

 

This mega-resort, with its two coral-hued towers and kitsch design, is based around the idea of the fabled lost city of Atlantis. For a dinner party extravaganza, serve the ‘Taste of Atlantis’ menu – featuring dishes from Nobu, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and Lebanese restaurant Ayamna – in the Grand Atlantis Ballroom. Children of all ages will love the pools and man made beach and waterpark next door. atlantisthepalm.com 

 

Kurhotel Skodsborg NORTH ZEALAND, DENMARK

 

Only 20 minutes from Copenhagen, this contemporary spa hotel near the beach was once the summer home of King Frederik VII. After the ceremony – held in the forest, on the jetty, or the hotel’s rooftop – dine in Villa Rex. Ask the pastry chefs to design your cake: they swept the board at the annual Cake Of The Year competition. skodsborg.dk/en

 

The Mulia NUSA DUA, BALİ

 

There are not one but two chapels to choose from here: the first floats on a lake; the second has Indian Ocean views. For a wedding breakfast with a difference, the seven restaurants include al fresco tapas at Sky and teppanyaki at Edogin. The newest space is beachfront Unity Garden, looking out to the iconic Balinese Geger Temple: it’s a little piece of heaven for a reception under the stars. themulia.com 

 

Pullman Bunker Bay MARGARET RIVER, AUSTRALIA 

 

Fancy swapping bleakest winter for surf and sand? Then fly your gang Down Under to the Margaret River region, three hours from Perth, where you can get wed in the garden amphitheatre in front of 140 guests or on Sugarloaf Rock, overlooking the Indian Ocean with just 25 of your faves. The restaurant terrace with a view of Bunker Bay is ideal for sundowners. pullmanbunkerbayresort.com.au 

 

Almar Jesolo LIDO DI JESOLO, ITALY

 

This modern waterfront hotel is just an hour from Venice. Kick off with cocktails in the minimalist River Lounge Bar; host your reception and dancing in the Almar Room; and cut your cake on the boardwalk that leads to the beach. almarjesolo.com 

 

Grand Velas Riviera Maya PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MÉXICO 

 

 Lush Mayan jungle or blue Caribbean sea views while you say your vows: that’s the only tricky decision you’ll have to make at this all-inclusive Yucatán Peninsula resort (there is an indoor chapel, too). Afterwards, mariachis and Mexican harpists will provide the music, while the option of aerial drone filming ensures you’ll take home spectacular panoramic shots. rivieramaya.grandvelas.com

 

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The Lygon Arms WORCESTERSHIRE 

 

This is a quintessential Cotswold coaching inn set in the charming village of Broadway, full of period features from wood-panelled walls to a coat of arms in the Charles I suite (the king once stayed here before going into battle). Add to that roaring fires, cosy lounges and picture-postcard grounds, and this place is a winner. Plus dog lovers needn’t worry – four legged friends are welcome, too. lygonarmshotel.co.uk 

 

The Swan Southwold SUFFOLK 

 

Fresh from a refurb in 2017, the hotel is at the heart of the high street of this lovely seaside town. The Reading Room is ideal for an intimate do; while the space is re-jigged for the reception, stroll down to the sand dunes for photos by the beach huts (the hotel will pack you the most perfect picnic). Special touches include pink gin and beer from Adnams brewery, which owns the hotel. the swan southwold.co.uk 

 

Haymarket Hotel WEST END, LONDON

 

The Shooting Gallery and Library, where weddings are held, are super stylish – just add Bloomsbury Flowers centrepieces to the tables and handmade macaron favours and you’re good to go. Book the pool for the evening: scatter floating candles and lily pads in the water or cover it over to create a unique ballroom floor. firmdalehotels.com 

 

The Wild Rabbit OXFORDSHIRE 

 

This restaurant with rooms is part of the Daylesford farm family, which means the food is guaranteed to be off-the charts and made from locally sourced produce (Wootton Estate beef sirloin, baked apples with cinnamon crisp). Hire it out for exclusive use or book The Chicken Shed, a private dining room for up to 20. thewildrabbit.co.uk

 

Town Hall Hotel BETHNAL GREEN, LONDON 

 

Once an Edwardian town hall, this hotel is one of the coolest hotspots in east London (no wonder it was a film set for a decade). The largest of the licensed spaces is Bethnal Hall (great for dinner and dancing) but there’s also the original Council Chamber and the contemporary De Montfort Suite. The lobby’s sweeping staircase is a must for photos. townhallhotel.com 

 

Glazebrook House DEVON

 

 This quirky hotel is designed like a 19th-century collector’s home with a Wonderland twist.There’s a lavish red marble bar that’s part gentlemen’s club, party speakeasy; nine bedrooms including the White Rabbit, which has a huge sheepskin bed; and enchanting gardens. glazebrookhouse.com 

 

The Rectory Hotel WILTSHIRE 

 

There aren’t many weddings held at this 18th-century rectory-turned-hotel, which makes those that are even more special (take note: it’s only available during the week). With 18 bedrooms (three in a cottage next to the outdoor pool) and a low-key vibe, it feels like a home from home – albeit one with delicious modern British food and cocktails on tap. The Potting Shed across the road is perfect for a next-day family lunch. therectoryhotel.com 

 

The Kings Arms DORSET 

 

Brides is currently crushing on The Kings Pavilion (part of The Kings Arms hotel in Christchurch), a vintage-style ceremony space with bunting draped from the ceiling and a bowling lawn out front for Champagne toasts. Award-winning chef Alex Aitken (as former director of food at Lime Wood Hotel, he cooked at Jamie Cullum and Sophie Dahl’s wedding) will create a bespoke menu: hero dishes include crab croquettes and slow-cooked Dorset lamb. Nearby Christchurch Quay is the spot for waterfront snaps. harbourhotels.co.uk