A fun destination wedding is about so much more than just the ceremony/reception/after-party. It’s also about all the little moments in between—the connections made around the pool, at the bar, at breakfast the next morning. These resorts will make your nuptials feel like a private club of your very own.
Just a 10-minute taxi ride from Cabo, you’ll find this stylish hotel with 12 minimalist-chic tree houses (where your destination wedding party can get comfortable) and a strong pool scene. (The vibe is more adult getaway than families on spring break.) The property is on 25 acres of farmland, and the hotel can handle receptions for up to 500 guests, so go big if you want (and know that there are plenty of options for everyone else back in Cabo’s hotel zone). Naturally, the wedding dinner will be at the organic farm-to-table restaurant, and the dancing will happen under the stars among the palm trees and agave.
Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica
Between the rehearsal dinner and the ceremony, guests will have plenty to do at this southern Costa Rican resort whose 50 mountain-view rooms and cottages make it feel like you’re getting married at a jungle estate. Your adventurous friends can ride horses up the Talamanca mountains or go birdwatching at the Los Cusingos wildlife refuge. Of course, they could also get away with doing a lot less—like spending a few hours getting a Thai massage in the thatched-roof treatment hut while being lulled into near-comatose relaxation by the sound of a nearby waterfall.
Ourika valley, Morocco
The gardens at Kasbah Bab Ourika, a 26-room retreat with plenty of Berber rugs and views of the Atlas Mountains, may be one of the most magical places on earth to exchange vows. (The property is just an hour southeast of Marrakech but feels light-years away from the city’s bustling souks and swarming mopeds.) The reception will be pretty special too: Have dinner in the colonnaded courtyard on long tables covered in handwoven white linen, laid out with fragrant tagines and local red wines. Time it right and you’ll enter just as the sun disappears behind the mountains, making the whole sky glow a sherbety pink.
Hudson Valley, New York
On a forested corner of a working organic farm in Ghent, New York, you’ll find a cluster of five super cozy tents with plush king beds, chandeliers, and Adirondack-hip decor. It’s the perfect spot for a rustic early-fall wedding (still-comfy temps, pretty foliage) where you can kick things off with a sunset ceremony, followed by an alfresco dinner and dancing. End the night around a bonfire, complete with s’mores and—depending on the talent pool or the amount of local bourbon imbibed—a sing-along.
This is the rare glamping-style hotel that gets the hip-to-chic ratio exactly right and is just the size you want for an intimate wedding. Set on a private beach north of Tulum’s main drag, it has 32 luxe (and air-conditioned) canvas tents decorated with kilim rugs, king-size beds, and simple, modern furniture. Between events, guests can do yoga, sip fresh-pressed juices by the pool, or get organic honey facials at the spa.
Palo Laziale, Italy
If you want old-world glamour and a beachfront wedding, this 19-room hotel is your spot. Just a half hour drive from Rome’s da Vinci airport, the property has a serious pedigree: It was the site of an ancient Roman villa, a 17th-century palace, and, more recently, the seaside home of billionaire J. Paul Getty. To really experience la dolce vita, take over the hotel, which means pre-wedding treatments at the Santa Maria Novella–stocked spa, afternoon negronis and aperitivo at the Cesar, and plenty of private places to lounge around in the sun and channel your inner Sophia Loren while evening out your tan lines.