Planning a destination wedding is a great opportunity to experience the out of the ordinary, and escape the typical ballroom nuptials. Jamaica is the perfect location for the bride seeking an unusual trip that both the couple and her guests will remember for a lifetime. The natural beauty and geography of Jamaica allow for several unconventional locations to celebrate your love.
On top of the world
Ever wanted a wedding beneath the stars? Take your wedding to the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel’s Top of the World roof terrace. Atop the 17th floor you can wine and dine your guests with a panoramic view of Jamaica’s pulsating capital city Kingston. This location holds up to 400 persons reception style and caters to every guest with modern sophisticated amenities.
Strawberry Hill Resort and Spa in the Blue Mountains also offers an incredible view of Jamaica’s heartbeat. At 3,100 feet above sea level, this luxurious resort and spa is complimented by the crisp mountain air. Manicured lawns and an infinity pool will add to the grandeur of a wedding at this location.
Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios gives willing couples the chance to say I Do at new heights. This rainforest adventure parks features several ceremony and reception locations to choose from, including their “Mystic Dining at 700 Feet” restaurant. Adventure seeking couples may prefer the Sky Explorer, a chairlift that soars 700 feet above the rainforest giving a panoramic view of the famous Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios below.
In an animal kingdom
Pledge your love at the beautiful Hope Gardens and Zoo. Jamaica’s Royal Botanical Gardens and Hope Zoo provide lush settings for weddings sitting on over 200 acres of land. The property which features several lawns, gardens, gazebos, and ponds can serve as ceremony, reception and photography sites, keeping travelling to a minimum for your special day. Just imagine your wedding photos with exotic birds in the background; makes for an unforgettable destination wedding right?
At a pirate’s headquarters
Your pictures will come to life at the former fort of the Caribbean’s most rivaled 17th century pirates, such as Sir Henry Morgan, at Port Royal. In Port Royal you will the find Fort Charles, a towering fortress with its original canons still intact. The exposed red brick coupled with a perfect view of the Caribbean Sea will add old world charm to your wedding photography. For a relaxed informal meal, Gloria’s in Port Royal is renowned for having the best seafood in Kingston. Good food and great friends will go hand in hand to put the finishing touches on your big day.
Also in Port Royal is the Grand Port Royal Hotel and Marina, a quaint Georgian inspired hotel named after Henry Morgan. Here the staff will accommodate wedding parties of varying sizes and serve up authentic Jamaican cuisine from either of their two restaurants.
You can touch, swim and feed dolphins at Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios, an amazing adventure perfect for a bridal party hangout. Families can enjoy the thrill of playing with these gentle creatures. For even more of a challenge the Swim, Hold and Feed the Sharks program will pique the excitement of all involved. Then take a relaxing glass bottom boat ride out on the turquoise ocean to see more Jamaican sea creatures up close.
On an 18th century estate
Don’t be fooled by the title because at this historic estate plus Adventure Park, dream weddings can come true. Chukka Caribbean’s location at Good Hope Estate is a unique blend of modern and antique. The Good Hope Estate dates back to the 18th century, the Great House of which was built in 1755. From the Georgian house the verdant hills undulate in tints and shades, extending as far as the eye can see. This magnificent view is echoed in the architecture and décor of the house, which still serves as a guest house. After saying ‘I Do’ take a horse and carriage ride down the hill to Chukka’s signature tours where you can continue the excitement of your nuptials. Chukka Caribbean’s adventure tours vary from laid-back to double dare worthy escapades. Go river tubing on the Martha Brae, Zipline through the jungle or drive a Dune Buggy on mountainous terrain. At this destination the sky is the limit for amazing adventures.