So you've found your dream venue for your destination wedding. Why not savor the romantic scenery for as long as you can? By extending your stay for your honeymoon, you save on travel time and an extra pair of plane tickets, plus you have more time to explore the locale.
We've rounded up the most charming hotels that will entice you to linger after tying the knot.
1. Taj Lake Palace
Fancy exchanging your vows against a palatial backdrop? Your options extend beyond the castles of Europe. The Taj Lake Palace, a 16th-century palace in Udaipur, India, built by Maharana Jagat Singh II, has been transformed into an award-winning hotel that's also served as a set to sexy films like the James Bond movie Octopussy.
Wedding-Worthy: The Taj Lake Palace floats on Lake Pichola, which makes it extremely secluded. Guests have to take a jetty to enter and leave the hotel grounds (which means they'll have to stay put for the reception). The grand entrance includes stepping into a shower of rose petals once you reach land.
Honeymoon Haven: Newlyweds can enjoy panoramic views of the lake, the neighboring city palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills, and Jag Mandir together. They can also head out to the boat spa, Jiva, and have a couples' treatment while cruising around the Pichola. Afterward, couples can take a walk and admire the heritage of the palace grounds before dining at the rooftop restaurant Bhairo.
2. Four Seasons Florence
The Renaissance property of the Four Seasons in Firenze, Italy is romantic to its core, with antique furniture appointing each of the suites and the city's biggest private garden as its backyard.
Wedding-Worthy: The exchanging of rings is made even more magical in the hotel's walled garden, where fountains, statues, and centuries-old trees will bear witness to the wedding vows. The reception can follow at its grand ballroom or on an open-air terrace, where guests can feast on bespoke menus handpicked by the bride and groom.
Honeymoon Haven: Italian heritage, Michelin-acclaimed dining, and the rich culture of Florence converge at the Four Seasons. A private dinner at the former home of Leonardo da Vinci, which offers a spectacular view of the famous Duomo di Firenze, is one of the hotel's highlighted offers.
A stay at this five-star hotel in Mayfair, London marries both the bustling energy of the surrounding city and the timeless beauty of an old world structure. It's the perfect venue for a fashionable affair that's not too far from the modern world.
Wedding-Worthy: The art deco ballroom, the French salon, or the Renaissance-style drawing room are just three of the well-appointed spaces available for grand events at the Claridge's. A choreographer-in-residence is also at the service of the couple, to make sure they start married life off on the right foot.
Honeymoon Haven: After exploring downtown London, come back to the iconic Claridge's for afternoon tea, then consult the hotel's guide, head back out to soak in all the social and cultural offerings that modern Britain has to offer.
4. The Brando, Tahiti
If you're planning a destination wedding by the sea, then you probably can't do better than The Brando, which already has Barack and Michelle Obama's seal of approval. The luxury beach resort in the French Polynesian island of Tahiti just also happens to be actor Marlon Brando's private retreat.
Wedding-Worthy: The white sand and turquoise clear waters need little to no sprucing up for an intimate ceremony on the beach.
Honeymoon Haven: A week-long stay is more than enough to enjoy the island's amenities, just take it from Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. During the day, the couple can take time to visit the tree-top bird's nest spa, Varua Te Ora, and in the evening, dine at the two-Michelin star restaurant Le Grand Vefour. Squeeze in a few water sports or outdoor activities in between.
"When you write of two happy lovers, let the story be set on the banks of Lake Como," pianist Franz Liszt once wrote. The Villa d'Este, which sits just along the aforementioned lake, once belonged to Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, before it housed many nobles and aristocrats from around the world and was converted into a luxury hotel in 1873.
Wedding-Worthy: Throw an opulent party at the Sala Impero, a favorite venue for couples for its picturesque interiors. The lush gardens on the grounds also serve their purpose, come pictorial time.
Honeymoon Haven: After a fairytale wedding, couples can cozy up together in one of the hotel's suites. In the daytime, they can cruise around Lake Como, visit the nearby Belaggio, and take a walk around Cernobbio.
Situated somewhere amid the Atlas Mountains in Marrakech, Morocco, this idyllic hotel captured the attention of Richard Branson's parents, who persuaded him to purchase the property shortly after laying eyes on it. The sprawling luxury retreat consists of 18 rooms and suites, each suite with its own balcony, while the nine Berber tents come with private decks and outdoor hot tubs.
Wedding-Worthy: Did we mention that it comes with breathtaking views of the nearby mountains? Apart from the scenery, the place is extremely family-friendly if you're thinking of inviting your extended family and having children at your nuptials—kids even get to stay free of charge in their parents' room. The hotel is less than an hour from the city of Marrakech.
Honeymoon Haven: There's never a dull moment at the Kasbah as it offers a menu of activities that will delight any adventurous couple: paragliding, camel riding, and trekking. Once done with the outdoor activities, couples can head to the hammam.
Many couples dream of a honeymoon in Paris, but they may find that jetting off to the City of Lights with the entire wedding party can be twice as memorable. The Shangri-La is a timeless landmark on the Parisian skyline that's become a go-to for proposals, weddings, honeymoons, and other life-changing occasions.
Wedding-Worthy: The in-house wedding team at Shangri-La Paris organizes events like it's clockwork, from the cocktail reception to preparing the ballroom for 280 guests.
Honeymoon Haven: In a city of romantic, antique-furnished five-star hotels, the main selling point of the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris is the direct view of the Eiffel Tower from your hotel room's balcony.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.