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Nes­tled amid ver­dant sur­rounds in an exclusive lo­ca­tion,

AMARA SANC­TU­ARY RE­SORT SEN­TOSA is an idyl­lic re­treat far away from the city hub­bub that's per­fect for des­ti­na­tion unions Sun­light fil­ters through the clouds in the azure sky and all around you is fo­liage in the most brilliant green. As the wind ca­resses your skin, you take each other’s hands, ready to make an oath to love for­ever against the sound­track of a water­fall in the dis­tance…

If that’s the magic you en­vi­sion for your big day, an is­land union is just the thing for you, but you needn’t go very far to re­alise your dream. Set on a hill­side on Sin­ga­pore’s most famed hol­i­day is­land, Amara Sanc­tu­ary Re­sort Sen­tosa is sur­rounded by 3.8 hectares of land­scaped gar­dens and trop­i­cal rain­for­est, which is home to pea­cocks, par­rots, and other na­tive fauna and flora. Since it opened in 2007 the bou­tique lux­ury re­sort has been the back­drop for many des­ti­na­tion wed­dings. “Amara Sanc­tu­ary’s unique char­ac­ter de­rives from an ex­otic blend of colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture and mod­ern de­sign con­cepts, mak­ing it a unique wed­ding venue,” says the re­sort’s se­nior sales man­ager for wed­dings, Karl­son Kim.

Wed­ding cou­ples choose the venue be­cause of its 10 unique solem­ni­sa­tion lo­ca­tions, each with a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter, so you can pick the one that chan­nels the right vibe for your event. The big­gest high­light is the Glass Pav­il­ion. Also called the Glass Chapel, it is set within lush green­ery with a cas­cad­ing water­fall that com­pletes the pic­ture of an en­chanted gar­den. Al­low­ing you to ex­change vows sur­rounded by Mother Na­ture yet within air-con­di­tioned com­fort, it can ac­com­mo­date up to 50 seated guests for a solem­ni­sa­tion cer­e­mony.

Larger re­cep­tions are held in the 6-me­tre high pil­lar­less Grand Ball­room that can ac­com­mo­date 450 guests. Be­fore your grand

din­ner, how­ever, let your guests min­gle with each other over a cock­tail re­cep­tion by the re­sort’s rooftop in­fin­ity pool which boasts stun­ning views of the South China Sea.

Kim of­fers his tips for choos­ing the right venue for your wed­ding event: “Pick a venue that of­fers ex­clu­siv­ity for more in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ences. It should also have a good track record in cre­at­ing food that will give a last­ing im­pres­sion among guests. The team should make wed­ding planning fun and stress-free for the cou­ple yet of­fer seam­less co­or­di­na­tion. Fi­nally, a good venue will al­low you to cus­tomise the wed­ding pack­age.”

On top of the usual wed­ding pack­ages of­fer­ings, Amara Sanc­tu­ary Re­sort Sen­tosa gives wed­ding cou­ples the choice of hold­ing their af­ter-party at the pool­side or Tier bar. Should you wish to ex­tend the fes­tiv­i­ties, why not have a two-day wed­ding, where guests can spend the night at the re­sort with you and con­tinue the cel­e­bra­tion over brunch, your first as a mar­ried cou­ple, the next day? Af­ter all, cou­ples who book pack­ages at the re­sort will be en­ti­tled to bridal room rates.

What­ever your wishes are, leave them in the ex­pert hands of the re­sort’s wed­ding team, who will de­liver your dream des­ti­na­tion wed­ding right down to the last de­tail.

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