The best places to host a destination wedding, from a French chateau to a Puerto Rican resort

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There is perhaps nothing more beautiful than turning your wedding into a holiday in itself (at least for the guests). Naturally, we are all for it. And after two years of COVID-induced delayed vows and separation from loved ones, it’s pretty clear that destination weddings will continue to rise. And the types of places to get married go far beyond favorite romantic retreats like Sandals – which will soon launch its Institute of Romance to analyze relationship trends around the world – to include private castles in France and cozy getaways in New -England. Below are some inspirations on the best hotels and resorts to host your destination wedding.

Wedding at Gasparilla Inn & Club

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Lounge area at Gasparilla Inn & Club

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Gasparilla Inn, Boca Grande, Florida

Located on a barrier island between Naples and Sarasota, the Gasparilla Inn & Club is like your dream beach house between Harbor-Island-meets-Old-Florida. In other words, if your beach house was designed by Celerie Kemble, can comfortably accommodate 350 people and has a Pete Dye golf course in the garden. Say “yes” to a stretch of the Gulf Coast in soft land, followed by a tent reception on the croquet lawn. Guests will enjoy taking a golf cart tour of the island as well as delicious deli plates, like the petit filet with stir-fried grouper from the Gulf of Mexico. Doubles from $305

Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Classic New England romance is embedded within the walls of this historic Cape Cod retreat. Whether it’s a personalized lobster cookout, a bonfire on the beach, or a sunset sail, every moment of your wedding weekend will be as memorable as the next. For the big day, a toe-in-the-sand ceremony on the private beach pairs perfectly with a marquee reception filled with hydrangeas on the South Lawn. Doubles from $275

The dormitory of Bishop’s Lodge

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Whole fish roasted at Bishop’s Lodge Skyfire Restaurant

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Bishop’s Lodge, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Convenience is wrapped in ultra-luxury packaging at this desert newcomer, located just a 10-minute drive from downtown Santa Fe. Guests can explore the southwest metropolis’ eclectic visual arts scene before to exchange their vows in the garden overlooking the Chapel of Lamy (a historic adobe stunner straight out of 1883). Capture hero wedding portraits in the foothills of the sun-kissed Sangre de Cristo Mountains before a candlelit dinner and dancing in the 3,200-square-foot venue. Doubles from $885

Hotel Esencia, Xpu-Ha, Mexico

If you’re the couple who dreams of holing up with their favorite people for a wedding like vacation, look no further than Hotel Esencia. Favored by celebrities, fashion designers and a wealthy, savvy crowd, Esencia is a whitewashed resort town on a small but glorious stretch of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. From the poolside welcome party to the beachfront ceremony and glittering garden reception, your guests will enjoy slowing down and connecting with those around them – Paloma Xcactic margarita in hand. Double from $3,092

Inside the Mas des Poiriers

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A wedding ceremony at Mas Des Poiriers

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Le Mas Des Poiriers, Provence, France

For a timeless Old World affair, book the exclusive use ‘Domaine des Poiriers’ near Avignon. The fully staffed 18th century closed will house your immediate families in nine bedrooms. Work a free day into the weekend itinerary, so guests can browse local markets and visit the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Venues are everywhere you turn on the 65-acre estate, but the cypress-lined front garden has bridal appeal, while an elegant reception on the outdoor patio is just perfect. Contact the establishment for prices

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico

Situated on 50 acres just west of San Juan, this ultra-luxury property is a cut above its Puerto Rican counterparts, but shares the convenience of a generous flyover and US territory borders that will allow your guests to answer “yes” in the blink of an eye. Tie the knot on one of two golden crescent beaches or in a leafy courtyard under a century-old banyan tree. Entertaining is equally memorable, whether on the expansive outdoor lawn or in the glass-enclosed ballroom facing the ocean. Guests will appreciate the spacious suites (many with their own plunge pool), as well as recovery between events at Spa Botánico (book the therapeutic bamboo and stone massage). Doubles from $2,699

A Winter Wedding at Little Nell

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A wedding reception at the Little Nell

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Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado

You’ll feel on top of the world when you say “I do” on the Little Nell Wedding Bridge, a scenic ceremony site over 11,000 feet above sea level. Little decor is needed when your indoor/outdoor reception at the Sundeck offers sweeping views of the Elk Mountains. Once the party (tear) is over, guests just have to stumble across the Silver Queen Gondola back down to base, where they can enjoy an afternoon at Ajax Tavern (the double wagyu cheeseburgers and truffle fries should help to relieve a hangover). Double from $1,759

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