A wedding is a momentous occasion; make it even more special by booking a destination wedding with Club Med. You already know the significance of a wedding, but one thing you probably aren’t aware of is how much the popularity is growing with South Africans choosing destination weddings more and more. It is for this reason that pioneer and leader in all-inclusive worldwide sun and snow holidays, Club Med, 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.
Olivier Hannaert, managing director of Club Med Southern Africa, notes that the brand has noticed some interesting trends within the wedding and honeymoon market from a travel perspective, and that Club Med’s latest offering ties in perfectly with these trends: “South Africa is an incredibly diverse place, with people who are just as diverse and who place great importance on sharing special moments and new experiences with family and friends. ‘Togetherness’ is a must for special occasions. That said, we’ve noticed that more South Africans are choosing to ‘wedding’ a little differently these days – opting for weddings that are as unique as they are and that offer a truly unforgettable experience.”
“Over the past year we’ve seen an increase in the number of South Africans booking an all-inclusive holiday package which doubles up as a wedding celebration that will allow for a couple to celebrate life and enjoy an amazing and precious occasion together with their family and friends – those who they love and cherish most – at some breathtaking locations around the world,” says Hannaert.
If you are recently engaged or just daydreaming 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, 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 at Kani is 4-trident; for the ultimate indulgence book a stay at Manta Exclusive Collection Overwater suite, a 5-trident space. From here you can dive straight from your suite into the ocean. The 5-trident Finolhu Villas are part of the Club Med Exclusive Collection; choose from beach villas to overwater villas. 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: Passports should be valid for at least six months from date of departure from Maldives. A visa is required and can be obtained on arrival for a stay of 30 days free of charge, provided a number of criteria are met.
The destination might be one of the most sought-after in the world, yet there is more to be discovered on this island. In an unspoilt, sun-soaked cove discover Zen spirit and the warmth of the unique local culture on this island which is just a four-hour flight from South Africa. With a beautiful adults-only infinity pool, sunbeds on unspoilt shores, and endless activities for guests, 5T La Plantation d’Albion is an idyllic getaway in the Indian Ocean and a very popular wedding location. Newlyweds and wedding guests can enjoy wakeboarding or waterskiing on perfectly flat oceans, then enjoy fresh seafood at the award-winning Le Phare restaurant, and much more. Every day at Albion is heavenly, and more so if it’s during a wedding in Mauritius.
Logistics: Travel time from South Africa to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius is approximately 4 hours.
Time zone: Mauritius is 2 hours ahead of South Africa (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 and 20 minutes. The quickest one-stop flight takes close to 15 hours.
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.