Romantic Retreats

Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
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Terranea offers a variety of ceremony and reception venues, ranging from intimate to grand scale.
 
Terranea offers a variety of ceremony and reception venues, ranging from intimate to grand scale.

These days, it seems as though many couples are looking to exchange their vows in a destination setting. But, as we discovered here at Luxury Travel Advisor, your clients don’t have to travel far to achieve the wedding of their dreams. Check out our recent favorites, showcasing wedding-perfect properties offering ocean backdrops on both coasts, as well as a sneak preview at a soon-to-open, historic sandy-beach destination that is sure to be a hit with lovebirds ready to tie the knot.

Terranea Resort

Sunny Southern California offers a plethora of ideal options for a destination wedding and honeymoon, and Terranea Resort, located in Rancho Palos Verdes, just 20 miles from LAX airport, is an easy commute from most major cities. Set atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the resort’s design elements offer a Mediterranean aesthetic while highlighting the area’s natural environment. With its stunning coastline and ocean views, Terranea provides a charming ambience for a wedding, with a range of ceremony and reception venues from intimate to grand scales, accommodating anywhere from 25 to 900 guests. The resort allows couples to create an entire weekend catered to their specific wedding needs, offering a variety of special event spaces available to host cocktail hours, welcome receptions, rehearsal dinners, and more.

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After the ceremony, the new couple can choose from a number of romantic suites, including the Vanderlip Suite. This 2,200-square-foot ocean-side accommodation is the ideal couple’s retreat, complete with a separate living room and dining room and an in-suite pantry.

Guests of the couple have plenty of choices of their own, including three shearwater suites, 36 ocean-view suites, 50 casitas, 20 bungalows, and 32 villas.

When it comes to the VIP experience for newlyweds, the options run the gamut from a romantic private plane ride over the city with champagne to a luxury yacht charter for the day, gondola rides in Naples Canal, and romantic beachfront picnics.

Advisors should get in touch with Courtney O’Dell Reeves, director of leisure sales (creeves[email protected]).

Mirbeau at the Pinehills is an option for couples looking for a more historic wedding celebration.
Mirbeau at the Pinehills is an option for couples looking for a more historic wedding celebration. 

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Couples looking to exchange nuptials at an exclusive island getaway can head to Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, part of Noble House Hotels & Resorts, for an intimate experience. This adults-only resort welcomes children 16 years of age or older and specializes in small groups occupying 15 rooms or less. Those wanting a private, personal event can choose to take over the entire island, reserving all 30 suites, in which case children of all ages are welcome.

Little Palm Island’s beachfront dining is a special experience.
 
Little Palm Island’s beachfront dining is a special experience.

Every wedding celebration is 100 percent customized with the bride, groom, and a professional wedding planner, who can arrange everything from fireworks, bi-plane flybys, custom sand castles, and private yacht rentals. The executive chef and his culinary team are on hand to assist with the menu, ranging from a beach barbecue complete with a roasted pig to the finest French culinary experience. The resort’s westward-facing beach or Sunset Dock, both offering endless views, are the venues of choice for both the ceremony and reception.

Honeymooners can spend their post-nuptial nights in one of the Island Grand Suites. Both the Eagle’s Nest Suite and the Cuckoo Suite are the largest accommodations on property, offering a king-sized bed draped in butterfly netting, a separate dining area, an expansive front porch with hot tub and a private beach area with a fire pit.

Advisors should reach out to Susan Howarth, director of sales ([email protected]).

Mirbeau Inn & Spa

Just 45 minutes from downtown Boston, Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills in Plymouth, MA, will offer the elegance of a private estate close to attractions and activities for couples looking for a more historic wedding celebration. Slated to open this June, the romantic resort will assist couples every step of the way in their planning, including menu selection, flowers, and local photographers. Couples will also receive a complimentary tasting with the executive chef, as well as a custom cake design with the pastry chef.

The venues will include the 1,000-square-foot Giverny Salon, The Chapel for more intimate weddings, and the expansive Monet Gardens, which will feature the season’s flora and fauna, as well as a lush lawn, which can accommodate a tent for larger groups.

Terranea’s wedding ceremony setup allows for coastline and ocean views.
Terranea’s wedding ceremony setup allows for coastline and ocean views.

After the party, honeymooners can retire to one of the resort’s Turret Suites, which invoke a fairy-tale feel with the round-shaped room, large windows that offer full views of The Pinehills’ golf course, and wooded paths and picturesque gardens. The suites also offer a fireplace for couples to cozy up to, as well as an inviting claw-foot tub.

With 10 various room styles, guests of the bride and groom will easily find accommodations to suit their needs, ranging from petite queen-bed rooms to spacious one-bedroom suites. Many of the guest rooms will be adjoining, which is great for families with children.

For those with children, the resort will arrange for counselors on-site to engage them in activities, such as scavenger hunts and craft activities, so the adults can enjoy all the other options the resort will have to offer.

Advisors should contact Natalie Ward, general manager ([email protected]).

Little Palm Island provides amenities that create a romantic vibe.
Little Palm Island provides amenities that create a romantic vibe. 

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