Sri Lanka is a short flight away from India, so it’s a preferred choice for travellers, honeymooners and to-be-wed couples who want a memorable wedding venue that’s also easy on logistics. The island nation offers diverse wedding venues – from beaches to private islands, and here, we pick the top 10 luxury hotels and resorts for that destination wedding with a difference.
1. AVANI Kalutara Resort
Located on a picturesque beach resort in Sri Lanka, the AVANI Kalutara Resort is a perfect wedding venue for a posh beach wedding. The property is located on a peninsula and is surrounded by vibrant gardens and a private beach fringed with palm trees. With its contemporary architecture, top-notch cuisine and an outdoor space that can host up to 200 people, and an indoor ballroom with a capacity of 600 people, it easily is one of the most sought after wedding venues In Sri Lanka.
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2. Shangri-La Hambantota
If you are looking to host grand wedding celebrations with an extensive guest list, then Shangri-La’s heavenly Hambantota Resort & Spa is the picture-perfect venue.
The 59-hectare property includes some of the most incredible event spaces in the city. From hosting a sunset wedding on the beach to organizing a lavish reception party on the golf course, and a glittering cocktail at their tropical gardens, the scenic surroundings of the resort are perfect. It is also strategically located in close proximity to some of Asia’s most fascinating nature
sanctuaries, including the Yala, Udawalawe, Lunugamvehera and Bundala National Parks which offer memorable safari excursions for guests to enjoy.
3. Shangri-La Colombo
Fancy an island wedding with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, then Shangri-La Colombo is the place for you. The property sits in the heart of the financial and business district, and is a buzzing hotspot of the city. Be engulfed by the beauty of this luxurious property which offers an extensive event boardroom at the elegant Horizon Club. The hotel also has the largest pillar-less ballroom that can accommodate up to 1500 guests, and over 2000 for receptions.
4. Cinnamon Bey Beruwala
Cinnamon Bey Beruwala is located in close proximity to the buzzing hub of Colombo, which makes it the ideal out-of-town location for a grand event. There are two types of weddings that can be hosted here – an outdoor ceremony in the gardens by the sea with a Bedouin-themed shindig, or an open-air ceremony (read: a floating mandap) which enables you to choose your own decor. Their indoor venue at their Kutlama Banquet Hall is best suited for a lovely, traditional ceremony as well as a western-style wedding, or renewal of vows.
5. Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Celebrate your special day by exchanging your vows in an island paradise of your dreams! The Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo is situated in the heart of the city and includes a the fairytale ballroom – The King’s Court, as well as the magical Earl’s Court, Waterside Gardens and even a floating two-storey boathouse named ‘8° on the Lake’. If you are looking to organize a beautiful garden wedding, then the expansive lawns of the hotel are just what you need. What’s more, guests can enjoy the view of the lake and the city lights at night while enjoying some lip-smacking food and desserts.
6. Cinnamon Lodge Habarana
Imagine exchanging your vows at a quirky wedding with a safari/forest ambiance! It is possible at the Cinnamon Lodge which brings together the natural air of the forest, the lake and ancient architecture to host a perfectly royal wedding with a local twist.
The property is surrounded by delicate oil lamps and flourishing greenery for that rustic vibe. If you are a water baby, then a wedding on the lake is a memory you would reminisce about forever.
7. Taj Samudra
Taj Samudra is located in close proximity to the airport on the scenic Galle Face road. It is a great venue to host classy wedding celebrations in it’s glamorous spaces such as the refurbished Samudra Ballroom which is spread over 4,000 ft which can accommodate up to 400 people comfortably. The North, South and On Golden Pond Lawns and the Pool Terrace make for great outdoor venues and can also be utilized to host themed parties for approximately 2000 persons.
8. Vivanta By Taj Bentota
Located along one of the finest beaches of the South West Coast, the Vivanta by Taj Bentota hotel exudes pure luxury and charm. The hotel is best suited for a private or an intimate wedding celebration which could also transition into a fun family get together. The diverse wedding spaces include a banquet lawn which is an open venue that’s ideal for after parties, cocktail nights and pheras. The indoor Orchid banquet is great for an indoor reception and can accommodate around 275 people.
9. Jetwing Blue
Imagine a secluded location, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, where you can experience the best of Sri Lankan hospitality to the fullest! It is true, the Jetwing Blue hotel in Negombo is perfect if you want your wedding venue to include contemporary and stylish settings. This stylish beachfront property offers both indoor and outdoor wedding spaces such as the ballroom which can accommodate up to 450 to 500 people. If you fancy a beach wedding, then the beach adjoining the hotel can easily accommodate up to 800 guests who will enjoy the wide range of global gastronomical treats here as well as a well-stocked bar.
10. Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa
All set to open its doors to its guests in July 2017, the Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa is the newest addition to the list of luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. If you are a lover of art and want to extend the artistic aesthetic to your wedding venue, then the Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa is the place to book. This beachfront property offers stunning architecture, 198 exquisitely designed sea-facing rooms and suites, and is located in close proximity to the Galle Fort and blue whale watching hubs. It is a perfect spot where your guests can enjoy leisurely activities. The Pearl Ballroom is spread over 4,270 ft and can accommodate up to 500 people, while the beautiful lawn is ideal for a grand reception or cocktail night.
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