In coveted destinations where romance goes hand in hand with truly personalised service, one-of-a-kind proposals evolve into wedding celebrations that are completely unique to each couple. Extending the dream of a fairytale wedding story, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas in Thailand and the Maldives are now transforming fantasy honeymoons into a convenient reality, through the ‘Anantara Honeymoon’ registry.
To offer this new concept, Anantara has partnered with the very successful ‘Honeymoon Wishes’ which was founded in 2003 by Kristin Stark along with her now husband, Lee Cornwell. Kristen envisaged a bridal registry centered on honeymoon specific gifts and experiences to give wedding guests the opportunity to participate in creating memories that couples would cherish for a lifetime.
Signing up at www.Anantara.HoneymoonWishes.com is complimentary, and couples begin the process by browsing sample registries for inspirational suggestions, before customising their own personal honeymoon registry of items and activities for their guests to purchase as wedding gifts. The concept’s success lies in its ingenious simplicity and attractive convenience, and is further enhanced by a complimentary wedding website that includes a section for photos, blogging, and even tracking RSVPs.
Homely luxuries range from a bottle of chilled French champagne delivered to the newlywed’s room, to a room upgrade ensuring that they enjoy the ultimate in space, amenities and views. Invitations to discover a new passion include thrilling water sports such as learning to surf, as well as local cooking classes so that they can recreate their favourite dishes upon returning home. Precious moments can be given in the form of an indulgent signature treatment or package at Anantara Spa, and a ‘Dining by Design’ night in which a secluded location is set up with an intimate table for two, the perfect menu is devised in collaboration with a personal chef, and unobtrusive private butler service tends to every need.
The five selected Thailand resorts and three paradise resorts in the Maldives offer experiences and gifts that are signature to Anantara, and highlight the distinct allures of each destination.
At Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa, edging Koh Samui’s most celebrated beach, the wedding couple can be presented with dinner in a private tree top sala boasting sensational sea views. A sunset cruise from Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa will see the couple glide across the serene waters of the Gulf of Siam to new horizons. At Anantara Phuket Villas they can share a sense of achievement in a professional sailing lesson. The Andaman sea’s teeming marine life beckons a surreal scuba escapade at Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa. While in the mystical land of three countries, Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa offers a unique VIP regal arrival by traditional longtail boat along the Mekong, followed by an elephant trek to the natural hilltop retreat.
The utopia of the Maldives conjures equally idyllic scenarios. Honeymooners can set out in search of dolphins from Anantara Veli Resort & Spa, go island hopping around the stunning archipelago from Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, and savour an intimate picnic lunch on a deserted sandbank from Anantara Kihavah Villas.