3 dreamy destination weddings
Hello Joburgers, a wedding is a momentous occasion; an incredibly special time. This is not something you don’t already know. But, one thing you probably aren’t aware of is how more and more South Africans are choosing destination weddings. It is for this reason that pioneer and leader of all-inclusive worldwide sun and snow holidays, Club Med, recently introduced its latest offering to the South African market: Weddings by Club Med, which will provide South Africans with an exceptional wedding celebration which caters to the entire family, coupled with an all-inclusive holiday package.
If you’re recently engaged or are just day dreaming about your future wedding, why not consider a destination wedding? To help you get started, here are a few destinations which are already proving popular among South Africans set to tie the knot.
White sand shores and oceans brimming with marine life: discover an endless turquoise playground on a trip to the Maldives – a picturesque setting for a wedding. The pristine turquoise waters stretch out to the horizon, palm trees sway in the breeze, and there are so many fun ways to enjoy this idyllic scenery. After the wedding ceremony, sit back and relax and enjoy what Club Med Kani and Club Med Finolhu Villas have on offer: snorkelling with colourful fish, paddling through crystal clear waters, diving*, or surfing* some of the world’s finest breaks, and more! Accommodation is also available in the 5 Trident Luxury Space Overwater Suites, for the ultimate indulgence – dive straight from your Suite into the ocean. Life doesn’t get better than this!
Logistics: Velana Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad. Popular international flights to Malé depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Malé is approximately 13 hours and 45 minutes.
Time zone: The Maldives is +-3 hours ahead of SA (GMT +5)
Visas required? South African citizens must have a passport that is valid for 6 months from the arrival date in the Maldives. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival for a stay of 30 days.
In an unspoilt sun-soaked cove, discover Zen spirit and the warmth of the unique local culture on this island just a four-hour flight from South Africa. With a beautiful adults-only infinity pool, sunbeds on unspoilt shores, and endless activities for guests, La Plantation d’Albion is an idyllic getaway in the Indian Ocean and is very popular for weddings. Newlyweds and guests can enjoy wakeboarding or waterskiing on perfectly flat oceans, then enjoy fresh seafood at the award-winning Le Phare restaurant – and more. Every day is heavenly in Albion, and more so if it’s during a wedding in Mauritius.
Logistics:Travel time from SA to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius is approximately 4 hours.
Time zone: Mauritius is 2 hours ahead of SA (GMT +4)
Visas required? South African passport holders do not require visas. Passports should be valid for at least six months from date of departure from Mauritius.
What is more charming than having your wedding ceremony in a Balinese theatre or lush coconut grove, on the Island of the Gods? Club Med Bali (a 30-minute drive from Denpasar International airport) will welcome you in a haven of harmony, between Balinese culture and modernity. Become one on this enchanting island – offering a perfect blend of tradition, art and Indonesian natural treasures. This Club Med resort has Children’s Clubs for little ones aged 4 months to 17 years, making it the ideal wedding destination for families big and small.
Logistics: Flight time from Johannesburg to Denpasar airport in Bali is 14 hours 20 minutes. Quickest one-stop flight takes close to 15 hours. However, some airlines could take as long as 39 hours based on the stopover destination and waiting duration.
Time zone: Bali is 6 hours ahead of SA (GMT +8)
Visas required? South African passport holders do not require visas. Passports should be valid for at least six months from date of departure from Bali.
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