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Anantara Launches “Inspired Celebrations” Uniquely Romantic Weddings Inspired by L.O.V.E.
22 Jan 2014
Ever since the first couple exchanged their wedding vows at its original resort in the royal Thai seaside town of Hua Hin in 2001, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas’ luxury hideaways have played host to hundreds of couples saying ‘I do’ in some of the most exotic locations around the world.
Each wedding has become renowned for immersing guests in the local culture and breathtaking natural backdrops along with highly personalised service. Taking the best concepts from each fairytale wedding, Anantara has launched ‘Inspired Celebrations’ which moves beyond romance to create unique destination experiences that are inspired by four simple steps - L.O.V.E.
Local: The Perfect Entrance
Anantara’s cultural grand entrances mark an unforgettable start to the proceedings and local traditions are richly incorporated to make for the perfect entrance.
Immersed in Thailand’s lush Golden Triangle jungle, the groom can ride to meet his bride atop a regally decorated elephant, while on the tropical island of Phuket the bride arrives in an elegantly decorated rickshaw. In Bangkok, the wedding couple can cruise the River of Kings and arrive at a riverside resort aboard a magnificently restored antique rice barge. Wedding parties in Vietnam can watch the couple pull ashore in a traditional thung fishing boat to the sound of local songs. On a desert island in the Middle East, the groom can travel by safari vehicle or Arabian horse across powdery sands. And on an uninhabited island in the Maldives, the groom may watch his bride be escorted along a flame lit torch path by an entourage of traditional bodu beru drummers announcing the start of the proceedings.
Original: The Night Before
Original experiences start the night before the wedding at Anantara, with excursions that stir the senses and arouse the imagination, inviting couples to delve beneath the surface of the destination’s fascinating culture.
A truly Thai night in Bangkok begins at sunset with a romantic tuk tuk ride through the capital’s vibrant streets and ends with dinner in a candlelit riverside sala. In the world’s largest desert, couples may ride camels to reach a Bedouin camp feast, and spend an evening surrounded by endless dunes. On a magical Thai island in an award-winning destination spa of tranquil water gardens and palatial walls, couples can indulge in side by side pampering in a private glass walled treatment pavilion.
While at any Anantara resort, tailor made cocktails that suit each couple’s personality, favourite colour and taste will be made to fully personalise the wedding day.
Vows: A Gift of Love
To celebrate a couple’s new life together, Anantara offers the opportunity to incorporate a unique memento to cherish the special day, along with a special silk box and memory album.
Along an authentic stretch of Thailand’s stunning Andaman coastline, couples can say “I do” in a surreal underwater wedding ceremony, and treasure the seashell that they used to present one another’s rings as a keepsake. In the breathtaking Maldives at Anantara’s ecologically mindful coral nursery, the bride and groom can participate in the coral adoption programme and view the progress of their coral online over the years. This concept of growth also extends to Anantara’s tree planting ritual, with an invitation at any resort to watch a sapling bloom over time, just like their marriage.
Eternity: In Your Own Words
Newlyweds are invited to take a moment alone and to put pen to paper and create a love letter, poem, drawing or simple word, to be saved and re-read at a special time in the future. Whether it’s on a mountain top or as the sun sets over the ocean; sealed until the wedding anniversary of their choice.
From lush jungles to pristine beaches and legendary deserts to cosmopolitan cities, Anantara currently boasts 28 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Bali, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Mozambique and the United Arab Emirates – each resort ready to welcome couples who are looking at making their wedding day something that is truly memorable and brought together with Anantara’s own Inspired Celebrations of L.O.V.E..