MOANA SANDS BEACHFRONT HOTEL & VILLAS
The beautiful island of Rarotonga provides a wonderful, idyllic location for a dreamy tropical wedding or romantic escape. With a picturesque stretch of white sand beach and an iridescent blue lagoon providing the perfect backdrop, there is no better place for you to exchange wedding vows or get to know each other better on your relaxing honeymoon away from the stresses of everyday life.
With its tranquil setting, ideal for South Seas romance, Moana Sands has hosted many fabulous weddings over the years and most recently Jasmin and Steffan Panoho exchanged vows on the Moana Sands Villas white sand beach surrounded by family and friends.
Jasmin first visited Rarotonga for her 21st birthday celebrations 2 years prior to her wedding. At that time she had just started dating Steffan but things were looking good. Her younger cousin, Tia, was also at her birthday celebrations and Jasmin joked with Tia that she would one day marry Steffan on ‘this beautiful island paradise’. Two years later, her dream became a reality and Jasmin & Tia (now a bridesmaid for Jasmin) were on a plane returning to Rarotonga to prepare for Jasmin & Steffan’s wedding.
The decision to marry at Moana Sands was made from a recommendation by a friend who had attended a wedding at the property previously. After a phone call to the General Manager the couple were reassured that they had made the right decision and they swiftly booked their bridal party and immediate family into the Villas to make this their all-in-one exclusive wedding venue and accommodation.
Both Jasmin & Steffan come from large extended families, and although they knew that not everyone could come, they were delighted to have 71 of their friends and family confirm their attendance. The list even grew during their relaxing week on Rarotonga prior to the wedding and in true island style they invited the local community police officer and 5 new friends they had made on the beach during the lead up to the big day.
Both were very pleased with all the work that Moana Sands and their wedding planners,Wedded Bliss, had done prior to their arrival on the island. All finer details were taken care of for them and it made for an extremely relaxing lead up to the big day, giving them more time to spend with their family and friends. In fact they were so relaxed on the wedding day that Jasmin had to be woken up from her afternoon nap to be reminded she was getting married in 2 hours when the hairdresser arrived at the Villas to do her hair. Steffan was whisked away by his groomsmen for a sightseeing ride around the island to fill in time.
Needless to say, all went to plan and a magical afternoon ensued. The romantic ceremony sealed their love and commitment to each other and was followed by a celebration of great food and fabulous music from local band ‘Destiny Harmony’ as well as from Jasmin & Steffan’s extended and very talented family.