MADE IN HEAVEN

Par­adise awaits at Bali’s Bul­gari Re­sort, where the five-star fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a beau­ti­ful wed­ding chapel set amid stun­ning sur­round­ings

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Find­ing a beau­ti­ful beach re­sort with an el­e­gant, wellde­signed wed­ding chapel is a com­bi­na­tion most brides dream of—but one that can be al­most im­pos­si­ble to find. So any­one who wants to tie the knot in front of all their friends in a trop­i­cal par­adise will be de­lighted to dis­cover the Bul­gari Re­sort in Bali.

Com­bin­ing the breath­tak­ing beauty of un­spoiled Ba­li­nese na­ture with so­phis­ti­cated con­tem­po­rary de­sign, the re­sort is a fu­sion of In­done­sian seren­ity and Ital­ian flair. And on a mag­nif­i­cent cliff edge over­look­ing the warm In­dian Ocean is the Bul­gari chapel, where you can say “I do” in one of na­ture’s most dra­matic set­tings.

The hu­man de­sign isn’t bad ei­ther. Cre­ated by Mi­lan-based ar­chi­tects An­to­nio Cit­te­rio and Pa­tri­cia Viel, the chapel re­flects the Ital­ian style for which the brand is fa­mous, but in a very In­done­sian set­ting.

The de­sign is in­fused with imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity. A sim­ple stone wall cov­ers one sec­tion of the chapel, giv­ing it an in­ti­mate feel while show­ing off sweep­ing views down to the sea. The wall is made of hand-hewn Paras Ker­obokan stone from Bali.

The black wall cov­er­ing the ex­ter­nal struc­ture of the chapel is made of bangki­ray wood and the floor is made of vol­canic an­desite stone. In­side are a num­ber of un­usual touches, in­clud­ing a tower lamp rem­i­nis­cent of the tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese pen­jor, a curved bam­boo pole adorned with co­conut leaves in times of cel­e­bra­tion.

The chapel fits up to 90 guests, and on the day it­self it will be filled with gar­lands of flow­ers, which look par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful against the back­drop of the sea and fill the room with heady flo­ral scents. If you want to feel the warm sea breeze on your skin, then a glass wall be­hind the al­tar can be opened for a semi-out­door wed­ding.

Af­ter­wards you can walk through scented trop­i­cal gar­dens to the nearby glass-roofed Pav­il­ion Ter­race, which eas­ily fits 150 guests and has equally dra­matic views of the is­land. To re­move any pre-wed­ding stress, there is a ded­i­cated wed­ding plan­ner on site to take care of ev­ery­thing, who will also help to turn any spe­cial re­quests into re­al­ity.

This par­tic­u­lar slice of Ba­li­nese par­adise has been a cen­tre of learn­ing, har­mony and faith for years, as the Hindu tem­ple that rises ma­jes­ti­cally from the high­est point of the prop­erty shows. Make your own stamp on lo­cal his­tory by hold­ing the hap­pi­est day of your life right here.

SEA­SIDE SET­TING The ex­te­rior (top left) and in­te­rior (be­low) of the wed­ding chapel at the Bul­gari Re­sort in Bali

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