10 ROMANTIC PLACES TO SAY YOUR VOWS
Not one to settle for a run-of-the-mill wedding? A romantic interlude awaits at one of these picturesque destinations, says Tania Bhattacharya
Perhaps the most stunning of all Greek islands, Santorini is a typical Mediterranean haven with views to die for. Fall in love all over again, as cornflower-blue skies blending into the azure Aegean Sea and secluded beaches create the perfect setting for the most important day of your life. White-washed buildings rise in tiers along the gentle slopes, their tops coloured in myriad nautical and pastel shades, and when the sun sets, the entire island glows a soft crimson. Santorini has lost none of its ancient charm, so take a walk around to explore it at the leisurely pace it is known for. Nothing is rushed here, and you can truly enjoy the ceremony and after-party without stressing over the nitty-gritty.
Book a wedding package at Astra Suites Santorini, and all will be taken care of! Named one of the top 25 hotels in the world by TripAdvisor last year, it offers panoramic views over the Aegean, and is luxurious enough to bowl you over. With wedding packages starting from €1,400 (about Dh5,827) and a minimum stay of five days (not included), this boutique property will arrange everything, from booking your ceremony to paperwork, all fees, make-up and styling, beverages, photography, decorations, catering, cake, transportation and entertainment. The hotel can accommodate a maximum of 70 people, and the helpful staff will try and make your every wish come true.
Return airfares from Dubai to Athens on Emirates start from Dh2,804. Take a ferry to Santorini from the Greek capital, about 10 hours away. Visit www.astrasuites.com/en for bookings and more information.
With the AZURE Aegean Sea and colourful buildings in the background, a WEDDING in Santorini promises to be a charming AFFAIR