(3rd December 2013) - For a romantic backdrop to celebrate a marriage or renew wedding vows, a white-sand beach overlooking a turquoise-blue sea in the paradise islands of the Maldives makes for a truly stunning location. The addition of a five-star boutique resort where each of the luxury villas and suites come with a private plunge pool and discreet world-class service is the Beach House Iruveli.
Consistently voted the World’s Most Romantic Destination by the World Travel Awards, it is not surprising that many couples choose the Maldives to celebrate their marriage or renew their vows. The Beach House Iruveli promises an unforgettable wedding experience with ceremonies taking place on the beach or the dedicated Love Pavilion. For couples who would like to embrace the local culture, there’s even a Maldivian blessing ceremony available with traditional wedding outfits provided.
It is not just new brides and grooms that are looked after; an increasing number of couples choose Beach House Iruveli to reaffirm their commitment to each other with the choice of a renewal of vows ceremony and a chance to say “I do” once more against the spectacular backdrop of the Indian Ocean.
For a more unusual, yet romantic setting, choose a private desert island on which to have a Robinson-Crusoe-style ceremony at Beach House Iruveli’s Govvafushi. The special Castaway Blessing package starts the day before the ceremony with indulging spa treatments for the couple including a relaxing massage followed by an aroma flower bath.
Wedding transport takes the form of a traditional dhoni boat and the bride and groom have the whole island to themselves for the ceremony. A bottle of Champagne follows the blessing before setting off on a private sunset dhoni cruise which culminates in a romantic four-course candlelit dinner on the beach. The next day enjoy a Champagne breakfast experience in bed and the chance to view the best memories with a digital wedding album compilation.
Ceremony prices start from US$1,150, and all include a dedicated villa host to co-ordinate the blessing, a master of ceremonies, decoration of altar, Maldivian Bodu Beru players, the wedding certificate and a decorated wedding bed.
The Beach House Iruveli comprises 83 beautifully designed thatched villas, suites and pavilions, each with a private pool and villa host. Three fine dining restaurants boast a gastronomic experience rich in culinary diversity and include a unique dining opportunity in an underground wine cellar, housing one of the most extensive collections of fine vintages in the Indian Ocean. Facilities include an extensive spa, five-star PADI dive centre, 18-hole golf simulator, fitness centre and three swimming pools.