50 Super-Romantic Places To Elope

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To some, the term “elope” still conjures images of hasty lovers stumbling into clandestine chapels, or frugal pairs looking to save a few pennies on the guest list.
But elopements have changed.
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Today, they’ve become an intimate alternative to a traditional wedding, where the details matter less than the vows being exchanged. No longer taboo, eloping is an incredibly romantic and wild way for adventurous couples to profess their love in some of the most stunning destinations around the world. Here are some of our favorite romantic places to sneak away to say "I do."
(Note: Be sure to check out the local embassy’s marriage requirements and restrictions before eloping in a foreign country.)
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Photo: Four Seasons Nevis.
Nevis, West Indies

This quiet, off-the-beaten-path Caribbean island is an oasis with its sandy beaches, warm water, and chill seaside bars.
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Photo: Four Seasons Nevis.
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The Four Seasons Nevis offers plenty of versatility when it comes to a spot for your ceremony; you can get hitched in the sand, on a golf course, beside an old sugar mill ruin... Stay in one of the little cottages dotting the grounds.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Resort At Paws Up.
Greenough, MT

Many couples want to stray off the beaten path when they elope — and amid Montana's gorgeous wilderness, you can do just that.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Resort At Paws Up.
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Paws Up resort offers luxury vacation homes or glamping for couples and their guests. The resort's elopement package includes a ceremony with a private carriage ride, a gourmet dinner with Champagne, a couples' spa treatment, and a wedding cake with a Western-style topper.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Datai Langkawi.
Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi is an idyllic getaway for anyone who seeks blissful solitude, loves water sports, or just wants to hang on the beach.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Datai Langkawi.
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From rainforest pool villas to bespoke weddings to the ultimate couples' spa experience, The Datai Langkawi will take care of you during your elopement vacation.
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Photo: Courtesy of Banyan Tree.
Lijiang, China

Lijiang, in the southwestern province of Yunnan, is a charming, historic town with cobblestone streets and a dramatic Himalayan backdrop. It's also a Unesco World Heritage site.
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You don't want to miss the Spa Sanctuary Duplex at Banyan Tree Lijiang, a private townhouse where you can also indulge in daily 90-minute spa treatments for couples. Plus, the resort has a "romance concierge" who will help you plan your ceremony.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Hotel Canouan.
Canouan, Grenadines

This tiny island is just the place for a tropical-paradise elopement. With sandy beaches and clear-blue waters, you'll have the most picturesque seaside ceremony.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Hotel Canouan.
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The Hotel in Canouan is a luxurious beachside spot where you can stay in a penthouse or even a private villa and enjoy plenty of amenities like tennis and a spa. The good life awaits you...
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Photo: Schloss Elmau.
Bavaria, Germany

Sure, we often think of elopements as beach affairs, but frolicking among the Alps Sound of Music-style (yes, we're aware that was set in Austria, but go with us here) — complete with beer and bratwurst — could be just what you need.
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Photo: Schloss Elmau.
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The Schloss Elmau is partially inside an early-20th-century castle and describes itself as "a sanctuary framed by dramatic peaks, whispering forests, and rushing streams." Onsite, there's an extensive wellness program, including a hammam, a pool, yoga classes, personal training, and a Chinese-medicine center. You can also enjoy world-class performances in the concert hall.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Inn at Newport Ranch.
Fort Bragg, CA

Just under a four-hour drive from San Francisco, this off-the-beaten-path locale will make you feel closer to nature. The redwood forest beckons with its thick canopy, and the fog on the Pacific Ocean coast makes everything feel that much more ethereal.
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The Inn at Newport Ranch is a cozy, picturesque hideaway where you can wed on the shore and enjoy the freedom of a 2,000-acre cattle ranch.
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Photo: Courtesy of le Mas de la Rose.
Provence, France

When you think elopements, it's this region that may be one of the first to come to mind — picturesque Provence in the South of France is known for its culture, wine, and romance.
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Le Mas de la Rose is a country-chic estate that's a dreamy spot for an elopement ceremony — or any kind of romantic retreat. (That may be why we've even spied a few elopement photo shoots on the web that happened there.) Stroll through the olive groves and enjoy world-class wine as you celebrate your union in style.
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Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Seychelles.
The Seychelles

These 115 tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa, are basically the definition of paradise. Most of the hotels offer wedding packages, and the islands host many destination weddings and elopements year-round. Plus, getting hitched here is hassle-free: All you need to do is bring your birth certificate and check into your Seychelles hotel two days before saying "I do," according to Lonely Planet.
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Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Seychelles.
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At the Four Seasons Seychelles, you can have the barefoot-on-the-beach wedding you've always dreamed of. Check into one of the exclusive treehouse villas, enjoy the ocean views, and let the staff do the rest. The resort has a seriously affordable wedding package — and the Four Seasons staff will even help you coordinate your paperwork.
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo is not just a spring-break destination — there are so many romantic spots to elope. Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, the Sunset Monalisa is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world for a wedding ceremony.
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Stay nearby at the Esperanza, a stunning resort that offers a private beach, a luxury spa, all sorts of outdoor adventures, and more.
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Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Bought for only $15,000 and built up by a passionate, entrepreneurial Australian couple, Cambodia's first private island is a luxury resort with a commitment to conservation. Invite your nearest and dearest to a ceremony on the white, sandy beach, and then enjoy an intimate dinner under the stars.
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Photo: Courtesy of Song Saa Private Island.
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It's hard to beat Song Saa's jungle villas when it comes to romantic lodging. Think private pools overlooking the jungle, your own beach with sun beds, and mojito-making stations...
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Lake Tahoe, NV

Obviously, Vegas is the no-brainer way to go for elopements — getting a marriage license in Nevada is exceedingly simple. But if all the cheesy hoopla isn't for you, head upstate to Lake Tahoe, where it's quieter and more picturesque. If you're looking for a winter getaway, elope on the ski slopes. And Lake Tahoe's crystal-clear water is gorgeous in the summer. Be sure to check out scenic Emerald Bay State Park, an iconic spot and a popular place for small weddings.
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Photo: Courtesy of Edgewood Tahoe.
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Edgewood Tahoe's outdoor deck overlooks the lake and its wedding specialists can help you with anything you need. The classic Western lodge style is quintessential Lake Tahoe.
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Photo: Courtesy of Matangi Private Island Resort.
Fiji

Welcome to paradise. Fiji is known as the wedding capital of the South Pacific, so you won't lack choice when it comes to venues. Many of the resorts across its 300-plus islands offer wonderful all-inclusive elopement-package deals. Whether you're looking for a simple, barefoot-on-the-beach ceremony or a luxe private-island escape such as Turtle Island (where scenes from the Blue Lagoon were filmed), you'll find something to love.
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Photo: Courtesy of Matangi Private Island Resort.
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Matangi Private Island Resort offers an all-inclusive wedding package for about $1,000. In addition to a ceremony and reception, it even includes floral leis for the couple and a Fijian choir. After your rum-punch-filled reception, you can retire to your private treehouse, complete with an outdoor Jacuzzi. And good news: A Fiji marriage license is legally accepted worldwide.
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Photo: Courtesy of U Capu Biancu.
Corsica, France
This mountainous Mediterranean island offers beaches, hiking trails, some of the most interesting and complicated wine in the world, and plenty of romantic hideaways. If that doesn't spell elopement, we don't know what does.
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From the U Capu Biancu website: "Yes, a delightful vacation home: elegant and colourful, rich yet discrete. One that you long for when winter pales the landscape, and dream of from the first breath of spring. Distanced from hustle and bustle by a long asphalt drive, hidden away in the flowery, sweet-scented maquis. Built above the sea whose gentle rocking it watches, full and tender. A dwelling place that gladly opens its doors to travellers in search of serenity and of reminiscence." That sounds heavenly to us.
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Photo: Courtesy of Calistoga Ranch.
Calistoga, CA
For some romance among the vines, visit upper Napa Valley's Calistoga. Winery tours and outdoor activities — from biking to bocce ball to hot-air balloons — abound. And can you think of a more romantic place to elope than in a canyon among ancient oaks?
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If you're looking for a resort that offers an elopement package (translation: less work for you), you'll love Calistoga Ranch. Its package for up to 10 guests includes an officiant, a photographer, hair and makeup, flowers, a cake, and more. After you say your vows and celebrate with your nearest and dearest, you can enjoy the resort's private vineyard and hiking trails. Another bonus? Stay here and enjoy free use of a Mercedes-Benz (great for a getaway car).
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Photo: Courtesy of Clifftop at Hepburn.
Hepburn Springs, Australia
If you're going off the grid for your elopement, why not go all the way Down Under? Tiny Hepburn Springs is a resort town just over an hour from Melbourne that's well-known for its local mineral springs and spa retreats. Couple's massage, anyone?
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Photo: Courtesy of Clifftop at Hepburn.
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Clifftop at Hepburn is a romantic retreat with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the surrounding pine forest. Sip Champagne in the lavish private spa or relax by the fireplace as you toast to each other.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hotel William Gray.
Montreal, Canada
What's more romantic than strolling the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal together? Brush up on your French and retreat north to this charming city. Be aware that the law in Quebec requires you to announce your intent to marry 20 days ahead of time. Also, because Canada's more progressive than us, both spouses keep their last names by law.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hotel William Gray.
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The sleek, half-Old World, half-modern Hotel William Gray has the perfect roof terrace for small elopement ceremonies — plus an interior garden. You can't beat that view of Old Montreal!
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Photo: Courtesy of Amansala.
Tulum, Mexico
This eco-chic beachside retreat is prime elopement territory, with its secluded beaches, romantic cocktail bars, and tranquil vibe. Hold your ceremony beachside and then clink glasses to celebrate at a boho-luxe spot like Posada Margherita.
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In one word, Amansala Eco-Chic Resort + Retreat is chill. Sit back and watch the rolling waves, do some beach yoga (there are daily classes and Tulum is a yoga hub), and get ready to make your friends back home jealous with your Instagrams...
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Photo: Courtesy of Amanpulo Resort.
Pamalican Island, Palawan, Philippines

If you want to go off the beaten path — without losing out on any luxurious amenities — check out this tiny, secluded island. Set in the middle of a coral reef, the island is a private property owned by a resort group, and is only accessible by small plane. The Amanpulo Resort is its crown jewel, with its peaceful private villas where you can relax on a daybed all day long — or dive into adventure.
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Photo: Courtesy of Amanpulo Resort.
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After your candlelit beachside ceremony, enjoy a private barbecue on the sand. Amanpulo offers locally grown, locally caught, fresh cuisine. Then, retreat to your island-style cottage; all of them have Nespresso machines, minibars, and flat-screen TVs, and some even include a private pool and butler service.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Inn at Perry Cabin.
Eastern Shore, MD
The tiny town of St. Michaels on Maryland's lovely, quaint Eastern shore is an ideal quiet getaway. You can go sailing, crabbing, or digging for antiques — and hold a private and picturesque elopement ceremony.
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The Inn at Perry Cabin seems tailor-made for elopements. Say your vows underneath the tree canopy; then walk out to the dock and take some unforgettable photos as the sailboats go by. As evening sets in, relax in side-by-side Adirondack chairs and watch the sunset. Don't forget to put Old Bay on your fries — it's a local must.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sea Shore Allure.
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
One of the quietest getaways on Earth, St. John has very little traffic and commotion. It's the perfect place to elope thanks to its pristine beaches, jungle hideaways, and private romantic corners. You can also snorkel or explore historic sites together.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sea Shore Allure.
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St. John is full of secluded resorts like Sea Shore Allure, which amazes with its breathtaking views and features a poolside tiki bar, a rooftop hot tub, and plenty of sweet in-room amenities. Romantic bliss, here you come.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Vines Resort & Spa.
Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Argentina's famous wine-making region is the ultimate romantic getaway. Taste rich Malbecs, ride horseback, and gaze at the stunning views together.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Vines Resort & Spa.
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Nestled at the base of the Andes Mountains, The Vines Resort & Spa offers outdoor adventures, total relaxation, and, of course, plenty of wine-tasting. You can even make your own custom small-batch wine as a couple — to symbolize the start of your new union.
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Kennebunkport, ME
Picturesque Maine promises cool weather and delicious seafood for your elopement. Kennebunkport, a town on the southern coast, is a popular summer destination for New Englanders. For a beachy elopement that doesn't send you to the tropics, consider sealing the deal here.
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The all-inclusive Hidden Pond resort, just minutes away from the beach, is designed for absolute R&R. Among the forests of Maine, you'll feel secluded in a northern paradise. Dine at Earth, a "farm-to-fork" restaurant situated in the middle of the resort. After dinner, enjoy a massage at the tree spa. Still looking to relax? The main cabin hosts s'mores by the campfire every night.
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Varenna, Italy
A Lake Como gem, this tiny village offers all of the charms — without the tourist madness. Stroll along the rocky coastline, enjoy dinner alfresco, and explore the gardens and old churches. There are plenty of hidden nooks and crannies for a romantic rendezvous, too.
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Hotel Du Lac is a charming villa where you can sit by the fireplace, relax lakeside with some cocktails, and take in the sparkling blues and greens of Lake Como. Oh, and did we mention that it's pink?
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Temecula, CA
If you're looking to unwind — and enjoy endless wine-tasting — consider Temecula, the heart of Southern California's wine country. You can elope at one of the private, secluded wineries, or perhaps on a hot-air balloon — and if you're there in early June, be sure to check out The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival.
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Courtesy of Temecula Creek Inn.
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At the Temecula Creek Inn, you can enjoy a private getaway among the vineyards. After a long, exhausting day of touring the wine country (Poor you!), luxuriate in a well-deserved in-room massage.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ventana Inn & Spa.
Big Sur, CA
There's nothing quite like the experience of driving the Pacific Coast Highway through magical Big Sur. Whether you're headed north toward San Francisco or south toward L.A., you'll find another breathtaking scene around every mountainous curve.
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Stay — and wed — at the adults-only Ventana Inn & Spa, located right off the Pacific Coast Highway. Rustic-chic rooms and suites are outfitted with a range of amenities, from working fireplaces to private outdoor hot tubs. You'll be surrounded by mountains, woods, and the sea in every direction. Retreat to the world-class spa or dip your toes into one of the inn's two pools (one of which is clothing-optional).
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Take your vows as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean behind you, then indulge in a romantic moonlit dinner at Ventana's excellent on-site restaurant. Don't feel like walking back to your room? Call for a golf cart to take you.
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Aarhus, Denmark
Explore the cobbled streets of Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark, and a hive of Scandinavian culture. The city, which embodies Danish charm, is brimming with art, architecture, and fabulous cuisine. (Caffeine lovers, pay attention: Aarhus has particularly good coffee.) Visit one of its many art museums or plan your elopement around the Aarhus International Jazz Festival. For those who also want a bit of beach therapy, fear not: The southern coastline of the city has beaches to offer.
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For proper intake of Aarhus's many features, you'll need to be near the city's center. Enjoy a view of the beaches from the Marselis Hotel, which is conveniently located just 10 minutes away from bustling downtown. Take a walking tour of the city or rent bikes and take to the city on wheels. At the end of the day, take an evening walk along the beach.
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Malta
The Mediterranean sea is calling your name. More specifically, the picturesque island smack dab in the center of the Mediterranean sea is calling your name. This archipelago has a few urban centers, but is otherwise relatively undeveloped. Check out Comino, an island on the Blue Lagoon, which doesn't allow cars. The Blue Lagoon itself is an attraction — the waters are an astounding shade of azure.
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Lovers looking to escape can even stay on Comino at the Comino Hotel. The hotel, which is the only resort on the island, will keep you safely ensconced from the real world. The resort is fairly isolated, so you'll have to take a boat to your residence. But what's more romantic than a boat ride to a private island?
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Tamil Nadu, India
Sneak away to this state at the southern tip of India, which houses a generous array of temples for you and your soon-to-be spouse to enjoy. Trek to Thanjavur, a city near the coast, where the Great Living Chola Temples await. When the temples grow tiring, escape to one of Tamil Nadu's many beaches, where you can enjoy fresh seafood with the customary south Indian spice.
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The Ideal River View Resort in Thanjavur will seat you at the mouth of the Cauvery river. The two of you can enjoy an Ayurvedic massage at the resort, or just lie on the private beach. When the rest makes you restless, venture to the Vijayanagar fort, an impressive stone structure that houses the Tanjore Palace.
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
White-sand beaches and calm turquoise seas: If you've always fantasized about getting hitched on your own private island, you can't do much better than Punta Cana. Be sure to plan a trip to Playa Grande, one of the area’s most popular spots, and if you've got time to explore, island-hop to nearby gems like Saona and Catalina.
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Want to invite your entire extended family along for the ride? Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana offers the ideal mix of all-inclusive ease and luxury accommodations — and you can even get slimed, if that's what you're into. Book one of the five-star resort's 1,300-square-foot Pool Super Villas for the ultimate tropical escape: the bells and whistles include a private infinity pool, outdoor shower and tub, and butler service.
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The Smoky Mountains
Lovers of the great outdoors can retreat to one of our country’s finest sights: the Smoky Mountains. This eastern National Park, which straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, will keep your nuptials covert under the Appalachian forestry. Looking for some time alone? You’ve got it — just be sure to watch out for the black bears that frequent the area.
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The tallest peak in the park, Mount Le Conte, rises in 5,301 feet from base to summit. Break a sweat on the hike up, then rest in the Le Conte Lodge. In 1934, Pauline and Jack Huff married atop the mountain and began operating a hotel from its peak. Today, the lodge is maintained by a hospitality service, but it has retained its family-run charm. After celebrating your marriage with a hike, cuddle up in a one-room cabin, and dine on family-style meals in the main lodge.
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Napa Valley, CA
Wine country is known for being rustic, charming, and quaint, so why not have a small Napa wedding ceremony to match?
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Milliken Creek Inn and Spa has beautiful gardens where you can hold your intimate service. And since eloping is all about avoiding the stress of planning and paying for a big wedding, why not take your relaxation to the new level with pampering at the spa and unwind with a two-day stay in the historic inn.
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While in Napa, make sure to take advantage of the best wine in the country. Take a tour of one of the area's 400 wineries and do a taste-testing with your lover. You can even get a bird's eye view of the landscape from a hot air balloon.
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New York, NY
The Big Apple could be the ideal city for your small or last-minute wedding. With an endless number of urban, natural, and historic spaces, there are hundreds of locations to stage your ceremony and post-nuptial celebrations, solo or with a group.
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One classic New York location that never goes out of style is Central Park. If you have fewer than 20 guests, you aren’t even required to purchase a permit to hold your ceremony there. And the park is filled with a variety of quaint bridges, gazebos, and fountains that serve as an idyllic backdrop for your vows.
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New York also has pockets of romance around virtually every corner. Kiss your new spouse atop the Empire State Building, à la Sleepless In Seattle, or admire the dreamy views of the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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Maui, HI
Hawaii has long been a popular spot for honeymooners, so why not get a jump on things by exchanging your vows right there in the Aloha State? The most popular island for eloping couples is Maui, as it offers a variety of location options from breathtaking white sand beaches to historic churches.
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You can say “I do” on Makena Cove in South Maui. Also known as “Secret Beach,” it’s the perfect spot for an intimate ceremony. Beautiful sunsets against the crystal blue water make for a dream backdrop.
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In the same secluded area near Makena stands a historic and quintessentially Hawaiian church. Founded in 1832, Keawalai Church is a small and beautiful seaside chapel ideal for a short and sweet ceremony before your tropical honeymoon begins.
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
What could be more romantic than eloping to the French Riviera? Well, possibly this: As we recently reported, the Hotel Metropole in Monte-Carlo has launched an incredibly unique underwater wedding package, complete with festive diving gear, an officiant of your choosing, and a Champagne-laden reception. Take the plunge as a team of two, or invite up to 22 guests to join you as you say "I do" under the sea.
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Da Nang, Vietnam
Vietnam's fifth-largest city is also one of its most picturesque, with scenic beaches, stunning mountains, and close proximity to several UNESCO world heritage sites. Da Nang tends to attract fewer tourists than Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, but that's part of its appeal for couples looking for a private escape.
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The award-winning InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula offers extreme luxury and a private beachfront locale, with plenty of stunning spots to exchange vows.
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Kenya, Africa
If you're looking to take your vows in one of the most magical, spectacular regions of the world, Kenya should be on your radar. The culture is rich and vibrant, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking, and it might be your best chance at saying "I do" with a giraffe as your witness.
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Want to take wedding pictures with Mount Kilimanjaro or the Indian Ocean in the background? You can. You could also head out on safari and spend your wedding day with lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinoceros, and elephants; all five "big game" animals call Kenya home. Or, just hole up at a high-end resort like Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel on Shanzu Beach and let the staff coordinate all the details. Whatever you choose, this is one trip you'll never forget.
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Bled, Slovenia
Not only does the country literally have love in its name, but the storybook village of Bled is one of the few destinations around the world with a romantic tradition just as beautiful as the scenery that surrounds it.
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In the middle of the town is a lake; in the middle of the lake is a small island; and on the middle of the island is a tiny church, perched high above the water.
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Local tradition calls for grooms to carry their bride up the steep 99 steps to ring the wishing bell inside the Church of the Assumption of Mary, before heading back across the lake in a wooden gondola to share a slice of Bled cream cake on the veranda at the Grand Hotel Toplice.
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Tokyo, Japan
Think the irony of planning a private ceremony in the most populous metropolitan area in the world is lost on us? Not quite. Tokyo is a city of contrasts; it’s at once ancient and new, imperial and rustic, quirky and traditional, urban and pastoral.
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It’s a city where almost anything can happen, from climbing 52 stories to say your vows at the highest stand-alone chapel in the city, to attending a robot wedding, to saying “I do” under an umbrella of pink petals during hanami (cherry blossom) season.
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Park City, UT
Utah’s lax legislation on marriage restrictions makes it a piece of cake to elope there, and it doesn’t hurt that the state also offers some of the most romantic landscapes and unique activities in the country.
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It may be known as a ski resort town, but the slopes around Park City make a picturesque backdrop for a romantic celebration at any time of year.
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Opt for a small private ceremony atop Bald Mountain at the breathtaking Deer Valley Resort (accessible via chairlift). Or, exchange vows inside a mountain at the Homestead Crater, before taking a romantic full-moon lift ride up the peak at night. Either way, the beauty of eloping is that you won't have to share the cake!
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Gretna Green, Scotland
This little village in the south of Scotland is the unofficial birthplace of eloping. Couples have been running off to make their bond legal in this village since the mid 1700s, when marriage restrictions in England prompted couples to cross the Scottish border to become husband and wife.
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The phrase “running away to Gretna Green” has been used in romantic literature for centuries, and it’s easy to see that the town’s charming pastoral scenes make a great romantic backdrop for any love story.
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Sydney, Australia
Despite housing a population of roughly 4.8 million people, this harbor city has an undeniably intimate and remote vibe.
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Maybe it’s the more than 20 hours you have to spend on a plane to get there, or maybe it’s the romantic hidden gems to be found throughout the city.
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From the dreamlike QT Sydney Hotel, whimsical custom picnics, starry-eyed outdoor cinemas, and hard to reach heights of the city, it doesn’t get much better than fleeing to the secluded shores of Sydney for a one-of-a-kind escape.
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Turks & Caicos
Part of the genius of eloping on Turks and Caicos is that it forces you to stay put in paradise. This British territory requires couples to be on the island at least three days before saying "I do," and then pauses their return for three more days after the vows to process the marriage license.
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That’s six days of “required relaxation” and beachy bliss. Consider it the island’s elopement gift to you.
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Not sure how to fill your time during your mandatory exile? Might we suggest taking a sunset horseback ride along the beach, spending the day on a secluded island, or even extending your stay to enjoy a free night at The Somerset on Grace Bay with their romance package?
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Cusco, Peru
Seal your sacred vows high in the heart of the Andes near the Sacred Valley, in Peru’s crowning city of Cusco.
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The city is gilded with romantic gems for couples, including the chance to drift to sleep above ancient Incan ruins in the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, watch the lamplights flicker on after dusk at the Plaza de Armas, sip coca leaf-infused cocktails at Limo, or even take a day trip to explore the ruins of Machu Picchu.
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Bali, Indonesia
Boasting breathtaking sunsets, lush landscapes, and a vibrant local culture, Bali has long been regarded as one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
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It’s here that couples can get lost together among the butterflies and rice fields at the Campuhan Ridge Walk, bathe in a pool of 500 red roses at the Spa on the Rocks, take a flavorful journey through Indonesia’s finest ingredients above the Valley of the Kings at the Cascade Restaurant, and stroll around the temple gardens at the Taman Ayun Temple (pictured).
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Tremezzina, Italy
Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe, the stunning scenery alone is enough to make anyone fall in love with this Italian lakefront village on Lake Como.
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The Grand Hotel Tremezzo makes it easy for soon-to-be spouses to immerse themselves in la dolce vita. Offering some of the most amazing accommodations in the area, the hotel is without a doubt the best place to book a romantic stay while in town.
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There, couples can watch the sun set while sipping Prosecco on a private boat tour, relax in a private spa room for customized couples treatments, and luxuriate in plush robes on a private terrace overlooking Lake Como in the romantic Suite Maria.
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Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg is steeped in romance and history, from the glistening waters below in the Salzach River to the spectacular spires towering above the city on the Fortress Hohensalzburg.
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The city set the scene for The Sound of Music more than 50 years ago, but today it's the perfect storybook setting for couples to write their own romantic tale. Spend the day meandering beneath Baroque architecture, tasting your way through the city’s numerous breweries, or cycling among the natural lakes and soaring mountains on the Tauernradweg cycle path.
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London, U.K.
If London hasn’t already seduced you, it will as soon as you disembark the plane. London is one of the most inspiring cities of all time, acting as the birthplace for some of the most romantic writers of all time, from John Keats to Lord Byron.
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In fact, English poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning chose London's St. Marylebone Parish Church for their elopement back in 1846.
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From choosing a bouquet at the Columbia Road Flower Market to renting a rowboat in Hyde Park before heading to afternoon tea at The Goring Hotel (where Kate Middleton spent the night before her wedding), London offers a poetic start to any eternal romance.
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New Orleans, LA
Though often thought of as a party capital, New Orleans is also one of the most amorous cities in America.
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Spend the morning splitting beignets at Café Du Monde, steal a kiss on a streetcar, make a wish in the Jackson Square fountain, and rendezvous at Café Amelie for a secluded courtyard dinner. Then, snuggle into a booth on Frenchman Street for some live jazz before returning to the ethereally elegant Windsor Court Hotel for a late-night custom cocktail and a four-diamond night’s sleep.
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Niagara Falls, Canada
Located right on the U.S.-Canada border (between New York and Ontario), Niagara Falls may bring to mind cheesy, '70s-style wedding suites, but don't buy into that. A number of cute chapels not far from the Falls do offer quickie weddings, but today you can elope in style. We recommend heading to nearby Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, for your I Dos.
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Niagara-On-The-Lake is a bit like stepping back in time — the heart of the town is its downtown historic district, which is full of of well preserved 19th century buildings. In addition to its close proximity to the Falls, it's also a short drive to Ontario's wine country. Book your stay at 124 on Queen, where the staff will happily coordinate the details of your elopement. Or, make like Jim and Pam, and take your vows aboard the Maid of the Mist.
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St. Lucia, The West Indies
Need a Caribbean vacation? Escape to Saint Lucia, the sovereign island nestled among the Lesser Antilles. Brimming with wildlife and beaches galore, the vacation spot is just secluded enough for a clandestine wedding. Drive through (yes, through) a volcano at Sulphur Springs, hike the "twin" mountains Gros Piton and Petit Piton, and get to know the cacao farming process at The Rabot Estate.
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Experience both history and luxury in a renovated 18th-century sugar mill called The Balenbouche Estate. The property provides breakfast every morning and access to the island's plentiful sights. The estate features a private private as well as a yoga barn, where you can take class in the mornings. When you're done relaxing (as if that ever happens), venture to the Tet Paul Nature Trail, which runs through an organic farm.
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