Tying an idyllic knot

travel July 09, 2018 12:00

By The Nation

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, the first international five-star resort on Vietnam’s Phu Quoc island, is offering a variety of fantasy-filled settings for couples to stage a memorable wedding.

As the waves crash and the tropical wind blows, couples exchange vows while guests enjoy cocktails and sample dishes from live barbecue stations dotted along the white sandy beaches. Making the most of the resort’s French colonial-inspired architecture, the terrace of the Department of Chemistry is perfect for intimate ceremonies, complemented by sunset views and live music. The resort’s outdoor pools also provide an ideal outdoor setting for celebrations with calming waters and vistas of Bai Kem beach.

For more formal functions, the Lamarck Grand Auditorium – the resort’s luxurious, high-ceilinged ballroom – is the venue of choice. Spanning an impressive area, the Auditorium can welcome up to 420 seated guests for an extravagant celebration. Surrounded by vintage atlases and designed to resemble a medieval school hall, this multipurpose venue can be configured for events of any size, from intimate dinner parties to lavish gatherings. To ensure the success of every event, a catering and conference services manager can personalise each celebration. 

For a memorable banquet dinner or a completely out-of-the-box themed function, couples can host an elaborate feast on the resort’s campus-styled Lamarck Running Track. Replicating an authentic sports track, complete with manicured lawns and scenic outdoor architecture, the setting provides an unconventional backdrop for couples to exchange vows. Another enchanting venue, Pink Pearl Terrace, promises an intimate setting in an idyllic, secluded tropical garden where everlasting declarations can unfold in front of family and friends. A whimsical party in paradise can be created with several package options.

Starting from US$14,800 (Bt491,000), “Crystal Romance” includes a reception and beachside ceremony for up to 50 guests, with pre-dinner cocktails and canapes, dinner menu, three-hour beverage package and three-tier wedding cake. The bride and groom also enjoy a two-night stay in an Emerald Bay Front Room, professional wedding planning services, and complimentary airport transfers.

Another option “Emerald Romance” offers a distinctive reception and wedding ceremony for up to 50 guests. Brides and grooms retreat to a Turquoise Suite for two nights while their every need is met by a private butler. The couple also receives a complimentary 60-minute spa treatment for two and an exclusive Lamarck University wedding gift. “Emerald Romance” starts at $20,000 and each additional guest can be accommodated with a starting fee of $280.

The couple can also opt for “Turquoise Romance” including more opulent options such as a jazz band during reception and the ceremony, a five-tier wedding cake, bonfire set-up on the beach, and customised chocolates and giveaways for guests. During their stay, the bride and groom can relax in a one-bedroom villa and enjoy a complimentary romantic dinner for two on the beach. “Turquoise Romance” starts at $30,000 for up to 50 guests, and extra guests can be accommodated from $350 per person.

Direct flights are now available between the island and regional gateway cities such as Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Moscow and Stockholm, making the site accessible to guests from around the world.

For details, visit www.JwMarriottPhuQuoc.com.

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