Weddings are occasions that set all the wheels of the family rolling. From decorators to caterers, there is uproar in all corners of the household. Despite the ensuing chaos, Indians ensure that the event takes on grandiose proportions. Among other things, a right destination can change the look and feel of a couple’s most important day. Keeping this in mind, various hotels and resorts are ready to go all out to render your wedding day memorable—one that is full of pomp and splendour. We bring you a few options.
Clarks Exotica Convention Resort & Spa
Away from the hustle and the bustle of the city, the serene atmosphere of Clarks Exotica is a welcome change to the sore eyes. Moreover, being in the vicinity of Bengaluru airport, it has its benefits, especially for guests flying in from different parts of the world. Western architecture fused with Indian sensibilities adds to the grandiose appearance of the resort. With eleven banquet halls of varying sizes—including one with a huge 50,000 sq ft sprawl, equipped with the latest facilities and state-of-the- art communication systems—you have the choice to conduct different ceremonies in different set-ups, designed as per your taste. While the family is busy planning the day, the bride can always snuck into the resort’s Seventh Heaven Spa to pamper herself and soothe those fraught nerves. Following a spa treatment, she can treat herself to Persona, the salon. While weddings can be stressful, the amenities provided by Clarks Convention Resort ensure that one regales in its charming environment.
Sahara Star, Mumbai
On entering the Sahara Star, the immense roof catches your eyes. The entrance itself speaks volumes of its allure. If Mumbai is the ultimate choice for your wedding, a venue like the Sahara Star is sure to leave you spellbound. The architecture is a marriage of Indian structures and Western sensibilities. Situated in the heart of Mumbai, close to the domestic airport, Sahara Star boasts of opulent wedding halls suited for everyone. Tie the knot under the starry dome, or in the hotel’s largest pillar-less multi-purpose hall covering 55,000 sq ft, with a 25-feet high ceiling. Similarly, the celestial Jade ballroom will come to your rescue if you are looking frantically for the perfect venue. Spread over 10,000 sq ft, it easily accommodates 700 guests. For tight-knit gatherings, Sahara Star offers three petite banquet halls, namely, Coral, Oyster and Pearl. With a plethora of restaurants at your service, your palate will be tantalised. Cuisines from all corners of India, including the North East, come together under a single roof at Sahara Star. Coffee lovers can head to the Lagoon Lounge to grab a bite or sip the variety of beverages offered.
For to-be brides, the Juvana Spa comes with the right pre-bridal packages to rejuvenate them before their special day. For guests, there is the wellness pool. Surrounded by lush greenery, this place is ideal if you want to take a dip. With 354 guest-rooms, including 25 luxurious suites, Sahara Star can accommodate all your guests. If you plan your wedding in Mumbai, this resort ensures that you get a memorable experience under one roof.
The Resort, Madh-Marve
Experience the rustic atmosphere in an urban setting at The Resort, the only beach resort in Mumbai that is situated on the coastal edge of Mumbai. Located 15 km away from Borivali, the location is sure to bowl you over. As you hear the waves lapping, you will find yourself planning your dream wedding in front of the sea, on the lawns of The Resort. With lush green trees surrounding the periphery, The Resort boasts of nine banquet and conference halls, in addition to the outdoors and the land around. It can host 1,200 guests at a time in their larger wedding venues, namely, the Coral and Harbour Banquet Halls. The Resort boasts deluxe suites and deluxe villas which are suitable for both the bride and bridegroom, as well as their families and guests, who may wish to stay there during the festivities. Along with the beautiful location, The Resort houses various options for food lovers, a prominent one being High Tide, a sea-facing restaurant with a capacity to seat 118 guests. The restaurant specialises in Indian delicacies, while those looking for Western options may head for the Lobby Lounge.
With approximately 40 weddings taking place throughout the year, the staff at The Resort is well trained to meet the needs of each and every guest. Each wedding receives personalised attention here, as all the preparations are undertaken by the staff. As food plays a major role in Indian weddings, special attention to guests’ palates is assured, especially in case of Gujarati and Jain weddings, when lipsmacking vegetarian food is served.
Cidade de Goa
Revel in the sun, sand and the beach at Cidade de Goa, where the sun meets the sea and so do two hearts. A 16-hectare property in the proximity of the beach, Cidade de Goa is situated 10 minutes away from the state capital. Maintaining the Goan ‘susegad’, the resort embodies life by providing its guests with an unforgettable stay. Given its beautiful location, the hotel provides a perfect destination for a laidback yet enthralling wedding.
Leave your worries at the doorstep at Cidade, as a wedding planner is just a call away. The ‘wedding associates’, who are assigned and trained specially to attend to the bride and the groom’s needs and tastes, will take care of everything. Be it the banquet or the guest rooms or the flower arrangements or salon appointments, everything will be organised for you by your Wedding Associate. Whether it’s a Royal Indian affair that you seek, or a subtle Western style wedding, personalised attention is guaranteed to the level that the resort even provides mehndi artists and expert photographers to capture the precious moments. A sumptuous affair waits on your wedding day as banquets catering to different tastes popup. An entire vegetarian fare is offered to vegetarians, along with the option to include international cuisines such as Oriental, Mexican and Italian, together with Indian delicacies.
On the eve of the wedding, get pampered at Cidade de Goa’s Clube Saúde, which offers a range of spa and salon services and custom designed packages for all your needs. There are special bridal packages and also bride and groom packages, ensuring that the groom also gets his share of the attention at the hotel. To entertain guests during their stay, the hotel offers a wide range of adventure sports and local tours, along with a rejuvenating treat at their spa. Also on offer are not-to-be-missed honeymoon packages!
The Deltin, Daman
Drive for just a few hours from Mumbai and you will find yourself ensconced in the serene environs of The Deltin. With its opulent entrance, this hotel ensures a grand celebration that will remain etched in everybody’s mind. The Deltin’s vast 10-acre sprawl has been a haunt for numerous weddings, accommodating almost 2,000 guests during the wedding season. The Deltin’s banquet hall, Grandice, is one of the largest spaces in western India, boasting an area of 2,300 sq ft. A new addition is a vast 14,000 sq ft lawn. This newly developed space is ideal for not just weddings but also for the different ceremonies that precede it. The venue can easily accommodate 700 guests, along with a floating crowd of 1,000 people. Each menu is creatively crafted, and there is a plethora of cuisines to choose from such as Royal Gujarati, Marwari, Jain as well as Italian, Lebanese and Mexican, making each meal a gourmet experience.
Every wedding receives personalised attention from the staff of The Deltin. From decoration to accommodation, The Deltin serves with assiduity and zeal. Guests can revel in the spa that offers Asian and European treatments. “Each wedding experience is tailor-made and customised to meet personnel choices of the guest,” says Akarsh Mathur, General Manager, The Deltin, Daman.
Matches may be made in heaven, but weddings happen on earth. However, with destinations such as these, where every opportunity is available to celebrate the union of hearts in the most resplendent manner, heaven is never too far away.