After an intimate, sun-kissed wedding? You won’t have to go far—our part of the world is home to some of the world’s most romantic villa resorts. Click through to see four resorts that check all the boxes for a picture-perfect destination wedding in Southeast Asia.
Photo: Courtesy of Cape Kudu
Cape Kudu is the latest addition to the Cape Collection, a family of intimate luxury resorts in Thailand. Its 11 villas and 43 rooms (the Robinson Crusoe Suite is perfect for a private escape) are nestled on Koh Yao Noi, one of Thailand's last unspoilt islands.
The property looks out at the startlingly crystaline waters of Phang Nga Bay, where newlyweds can sail off into the sunset by speedboat or luxury yacht after the ceremony.
Cape Kudu Hotel, 25/54, 25/55 Mu 5, Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yao, Phang Nga 82160, Thailand, +66 76 592 600, capekuduhotel.com
Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Photo: Courtesy of Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
The Ritz-Carlton is known for its superlative service and incredible resorts, so it’s no surprise that the Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve makes the list of dream destinations for couples.
Flanked by Krabi’s stunning limestone cliffs, the resort offers a peaceful and photogenic setting—picture secluded ceremony venues, 54 private villas and views of the Andaman Sea. The resort, which can host up to 120 people for a wedding, is also home to some of Krabi’s best restaurants.
Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, 111 Moo 3 Nongthalay, Muang, Krabi 81000, Thailand, +66 75 628 111, phulay-bay.com
Photo: Courtesy of Amankila
Inspired by the nearby Ujung water palace in the east of Bali, Amankila features a three-tiered pool that cascades down the front of the resort. The 34 suites take a modern approach to the traditional Balinese beach house, and couples can rent out the entire property for weddings of up to 90 guests.
Amankila is home to 11 different ceremony and reception venues. There’s a picturesque coconut grove leading to the oceanfront Beach Club, a private volcanic black sand beach, a photogenic pool, a bonfire on the beach—the options are endless.
Amankila, Manggis, Bali, Indonesia, +62 363 41333, aman.com
Photo: Courtesy of Samujana
Located on a hillside above a coral cove on Koh Samui, Samujana’s 27 luxury villas have spectactular views and access to a private beach. Varying in size from three to eight bedrooms, each one also comes with its own infinity pool and a team of attendants.
The latest and largest in the portfolio is Villa 24—an eight-bedroom, 19,300sqft villa that has an in-house cinema, gym and jacuzzi. All of the villas have flexible indoor and outdoor spaces for small weddings, but the property also has a large outdoor events space by the seafront that can accommodate up to 400 guests.
Samujana, 63/154 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand, 84320 +66 77 423 465, samujana.com
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
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The Nam Hai has just emerged from an extensive facelift with updated interiors, open-air pavilions and a zen vibe. It's near a UNESCO world heritage site packed with historic buildings and colourful shops, while the resort itself stretches across Hoi An’s gorgeous Ha My beach—a photographer’s dream.
The newly renovated villas make the most of the idyllic surrounds, with outdoor showers and ocean views, and some have their own private pools. For couples who want to stay with their families—or put up their relatives in style—there’s a regal 7,100sqft villa with five bedrooms.
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Block Ha My Dong B, Điện Bàn, Quảng Nam, Vietnam, +84 235 3940 000, fourseasons.com
Text by: Kate Springer