While wedding planning recently, I noticed that it was super time consuming to find places within Asia for possible venues. I knew I wanted to plan it myself and I knew from experience that Air Bnb has some fantastic finds. So I started with a basic Air Bnb search and quickly found that there were options out there for sure, but my… it was a lot of work. So now that I’ve done the research and made a decision, I want to share the fruit of my labor for all those other brides out there looking to get married in Asia. You’re welcome!
(Just hover over the name of the property for the actual AirBnb link.)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
One of the most important things to consider when planning a destination should go without saying…the destination. And they don’t get much cooler than Siem Reap with it’s rich archeological finds. If you want to wow your guests with the activities, culture and experience, look no further. Villa Asaliah is just 20 mins away from Angkor Wat. They can also arrange tours for you such as the Flight of the Gibbon, cooking classes, Phare, the Cambodian Circus, and even Khmer ceramics classes.The villa can sleep 17 people but can accommodate a 40 person wedding, making this the perfect place for an intimate ceremony with cultural flare.
Ok, I may be a bit biased since this is the venue I actually selected for my wedding, but I think this place is one of a kind. In addition to its convenient location near Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest, the villa also benefits a cause. Proceeds from the villa go to ensure HIV treatment and screening access to communities across Bali. It boasts 11 rooms, 7 ponds, 4 meditation pavilions, 3 swimming pools, 2 Yoga-Shalas and has a river flowing through the property. It also gives the guests a sense of privacy as all villas are free standing. Last but certainly not least, the booking and ease of selecting a vision for a wedding couldn’t be easier. Their website has lots of pictures of other weddings held on their property so you can envision your big day in boho chic style. I was able to book everything and arrange wedding details with just a few email exchanges.
Hacienda Bali is located on Bali’s southwest coast not far from the airport, nightlife and loads of other villas to accommodate extra guests. The property itself is comprised of 5 individual villas with a total of 14 bedrooms. It has a beautiful courtyard, restaurant and bar, and entertainment area that can accommodate up to 60 comfortably. Just looking at this space you can imagine so many different configurations for your wedding or reception, with the open air concept that Bali is famous for. Hacienda Bali also handles all catering needs for your wedding, making this a one-stop shop planning wise.
The Giritale Hotel is the perfect spot for the budget conscious bride and groom or for nature lovers. It offers a unique, lake view, open lobby ceremony that can be either a western or traditional Sri Lankan wedding. At certain times of the year, elephants can be seen nearby in what is described as the biggest grouping of Asian elephants at anytime. The hotel offers wedding packages that vary in size and selection and are inclusive of a wedding cake, flowers, champagne and meal. Everything from singers and ceremonial dancers to photographs can be packaged into a unique experience for your big day. Packages start at $3,625 USD for 50 people with an additional $40 supplement per guest. Room costs are separate from wedding costs, but for a venue that can sleep100 people, you can get both the ceremony and the stay for a fraction of the cost of what you would pay elsewhere. Plus your guests get the experience of a lifetime and can add a new stamp to their passport.
The Tala Ramba Reef is also located in Sri Lanka and can host a wedding of up to 100 people. You can get married on the beach with Sri Lankan entertainment to get the party started. Guest are required to stay a minimum of 5 nights with the wedding in the middle, but with such stunning grounds 5 days may not be enough. Note though that the cost of the venue is an additional one night’s rent. The property is staffed to meet all of your needs, but does require that you hire a wedding planner to sort out all details and provides a list of local experts to help you coordinate everything. Its grounds are beautiful and just one look at their website will give you serious wedding inspiration.
I’ve always imagined a destination wedding, but when I imagine it, I have the whole place to myself and it is the true definition of luxury. Ani Villas gets my vision. In addition to their Phuket property, they also have locations in Sri Lanka, Angilla and the Dominican Republic. The Phuket villa has 10 rooms and can sleep 20 people and accommodate 60 for the actual ceremony. It boasts complete privacy for your event and the villa comes standard with full staff including general manager, private chef, butlers, spa therapists, security, children’s activity coordinator, and a full-board gourmet menu including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all day snacks, cocktail service, and mini bar premier spirits, house wines, soft drinks, and juices, Southeast Asian cooking classes, and one round trip transfer per group from Phuket or Krabi airports. It is the ultimate in luxury. It has a private spa, daily children’s activity program, turndown and laundry service, complimentary unlimited international calling, high-speed wifi, and unlimited movie and music downloads and streaming. I mean seriously, what more do you need? For a 5% discount use the code AVMC-Wedding2017
If you are looking for a bigger venue within Thailand, this is the place for you. Within three villas the estate can sleep 40 and accommodate a wedding ceremony and reception for 150 guests. They have many small hotels within easy walking distance should you prefer to have guests housed offsite. They charge $1200USD++ for hosting the event and have a dedicated wedding planner available for hire as well. Don’t forget to check out their bridal package which includes breakfast in bed, champagne, rose petal bath, and manicure and pedicure. It may be the closet you come to feeling like Prince Hakeem in your life.
If you imagine a laid back, tropical paradise for your wedding venue, look no further. It doesn’t get much better than the Maldives where you can literally see fish from your beach lounge chair. Amra Palace offers 20 boutique rooms and is located on the island of Male Gan in Laamu Atoll in the south of Maldives. It can accommodate 30 people for both sleeping and the ceremony. They can handle catering and all details for your wedding at your request. Your guests will thank you for the honeymoon like destination.
Thanks for reading! Comment below and let me know which one you’d pick.