Resorts promise wedding magic

JENNIFER ENNION
Last updated 08:44 29/01/2014
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Considering eloping? These world-class resorts promise wedding magic.          

STONERIDGE ESTATE - NEW ZEALAND

For sophisticated alpine charm, look no further than beautiful Stoneridge Estate on New Zealand's South Island.

Just 15 minutes' drive north of Queenstown, rows of Stoneridge grape vines climb up a hillside to a cluster of stone and reclaimed timber rooms. This is luxury bed and breakfast accommodation to keep the fussiest of brides happy.

From the three suites, honeymoon cottage and main lodge (perfect for the reception), you'll have views of Lake Hayes, as well as nearby ski resort Coronet Peak.

The ironwork inside the main lodge and in the courtyard is truly impressive and will be appreciated by those fond of art. But the true show stopper (aside from the happy couple) is the delightful tiny chapel set beside a pond and amidst and a pretty Victorian garden.

Check out: stoneridge.co.nz

SEMARA LUXURY VILLA RESORT - BALI

Follow in the footsteps of Australian model Jennifer Hawkins by tying the knot at the gorgeous Semara Luxury Villa Resort in Bali.

Located at Uluwatu, on the island's southern coast, the villas here have views out to the horizon and down an aqua coastline. If you surf, you'll already know about the beauty of Uluwatu, which makes the perfect tropical backdrop for wedding photos.

The resort sprawls across more than seven hectares, and consists of seven five-bedroom villas, each with their own style - from plantation to traditional Asian.

This is the kind of place where you and your most cherished friends can share a villa, spending pool and mealtimes together, before retreating to your own privacy in the evenings.

Check out: semarauluwatu.com            

LE TAHA'A ISLAND RESORT AND SPA - FRENCH POLYNESIA

If you dream of your own island paradise, then head straight to Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa in French Polynesia.

The Relais & Chateaux resort on Motu Tautau islet is just a skip from the famed Bora Bora. Picture thatched-roof bungalows dotted along timber pathways that snake out from the island into an irresistibly blue lagoon.

Days will be spent stand-up paddleboarding, swimming and scuba diving, while evenings will be enjoyed dining among the trees or sipping a cocktail at the swim-up bar.

Le Taha'a has won numerous travel industry awards, the most recent of which was making it onto Conde Nast Traveler's 2012 list of the world's best places to stay.

Check out: tahitinow.com

INTERCONTINENTAL FIJI GOLF RESORT AND SPA - FIJI

For fans of Fiji, the InterContinental is a sprawling resort with enough space for your entire wedding party, and then some.

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Situated on Fiji's main island , Viti Levu, this hotel has four swimming pools, including one just for families, and another that's adults-only and is in prime position facing Natadola Beach.

There's also an 18-hole golf course, perfect for pre-wedding bucks fun, and a day spa where the bride and bridesmaids can enjoy some pre and post pampering. For the big day, the resort even has its own quaint beachside chapel.

If you stay here, be sure to check into Club InterContinental - an exclusive area of hilltop suites. You'll get access to the Club Lounge, where you can curl up in your own mini cabana or "rest nest" poolside, as well as 24-hour butler service.

Check out: ihg.com     

SHERATON KAUAI RESORT - HAWAII

Let your hair down and relax into island mode on the always beautiful Kauai in the Hawaiian archipelago.

This is where a garland and matching lei of frangipanis isn't out of place, and where newlyweds are serenaded by traditional ukelele.

Situated on eight hectares in front of Poipu Beach, guests can unwind with views of the Pacific Ocean.

Follow your ceremony with a traditional Hawaiian luau before retiring to your oceanfront suite.

Check out: sheraton-kauai.com

- AAP

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