Not one to set­tle for a run-of-the-mill wed­ding? A ro­man­tic in­ter­lude awaits at one of these pic­turesque des­ti­na­tions, says Ta­nia Bhat­tacharya

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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

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