Discovering Regenerative Wedding Destinations in India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Egypt, Kenya and Ecuador

Words Claire Murray
Date

Embrace the magic of destination weddings, where the adventure of travel naturally trims down the guest list, this fosters an atmosphere that is closer and more tightly-knit, allowing you to share quality moments with your nearest and dearest.

Destination weddings can foster an elevated, but relaxed and informal ambiance, giving an opportunity to break free from certain traditional expectations. This flexibility allows you to craft a wedding that authentically mirrors your personality and style.  With the delicate balance of nature increasingly threatened, choosing a sustainable or regenerative wedding destination is more than just a statement of style, it shows a commitment to the environment. Imagine saying ‘I do’ amidst the whispering winds of a lush forest, the serene backdrop of a pristine beach, or the rustic charm of a countryside barn—all while leaving a gentle footprint on Mother Earth.  

One key aspect of a regenerative destination wedding is choosing a location that promotes environmental responsibility. Opting for venues that adhere to green practices, such as recycling, energy efficiency, and water conservation, can contribute to a more sustainable event. Sustainable-minded hotels guarantee a thoughtful initiation into marriage, defined by captivating settings and meticulous attention to environmental details.

As more couples opt for picturesque destinations to exchange their vows, the opportunity to weave in regenerative practices can be found through dedicated accommodations with local expertise.  Regenerative Travel member hotels prioritize sustainability, offering couples the opportunity to tie the knot in beautiful surroundings without compromising the planet.

Wed beneath the mango trees at Woods at Sasan

Woods at Sasan is an immersive, luxury stay located in the Sasan Gir Forest. Surrounded by 8 acres of mango orchard, the stay provides a private escape featuring unique wellness, dining, and wildlife experiences. Featuring local specialties and a commitment to sustainable details, Woods at Sasan offers unmatched wedding experiences. 

With multiple outdoor event spaces, Woods at Sasan creates the ideal destination for a range of wedding sizes and preferences. Each space is lined by lush greenery varying from mango orchards to herb gardens, setting the perfect backdrop for a biophilic wedding and harmonic immersion in wildlife. 

Every aspect of the wedding can be mindfully curated by on-site wedding specialists. Not only will the ceremony and entertainment be accounted for, but an organic, farm-to-table menu will be offered for the occasion. To keep the wedding entirely sustainable, decor and small details will be ethical and locally sourced. Eco-friendly games, local macrame decor, and earthenware place settings will all be accounted for.

Designed to accommodate every feature of the occasion, Woods at Sasan is an ideal full-service wedding destination. Pre-wedding activities in the Gir Forest, wellness experiences, and cultural expeditions create an immersive experience for the entire wedding party. After the ceremony and local entertainment, guests will have access to independent stays while the couple can begin their honeymoon on-site. 

A beach front marriage in Jamaica at Rockhouse Hotel

photo by: @coreymus

Rockhouse Hotel and Spa above clear blue waters on Negril’s west end nestled in a jungle-like garden and pristine landscape. With a commitment to regenerative travel, every facet, from accommodations and dining to wellness is thoughtfully curated with environmental consciousness at the forefront of hospitality. Initiating a memorable wedding at Rockhouse begins with the dedicated on-site wedding team, whose limited number of weddings per year ensures exceptional attention to every little detail.

Rockhouse offers a myriad of secluded locations at the hotel for tailored preferences and views. The couple will be able to choose from intimate settings on the sand, or grander parties overlooking the water. Each ceremony location at the hotel is designed to encompass the natural beauty of Negril, Jamaica. 

To prepare for a romantic day ahead, Rockhouse provides the perfect rehearsal dinner scene complete with traditional fare and a lively atmosphere. The Pushcart restaurant and Rum Bar will serve a culinary tour of the island featuring local ingredients and a vast selection of Caribbean rum. The local dancehall music band—praised in Vogue Weddings—will perform during pre-wedding celebrations for a party with family and friends.

Post-wedding celebrations at Rockhouse continue with the “Rockhouse Honeymoon Spa Purification Ritual”, offering a serene beginning to marital bliss. Between watching the sunrise and sunset over the water, this idyllic honeymoon destination seamlessly combines swimming, yoga, and wellness all in one destination.

Walk down the aisle in Malaysia’s rainforest haven at The Datai Langkawi

On the island of Langkawi, The Datai Langkawi resort offers a tropical escape embraced in white sand beaches and lush, ancient wilderness. To preserve the coastal beauty, sustainable construction of the resort was enforced alongside green initiatives celebrating the cultural heritage of Malay, Chinese, and Indian cultural heritage. With the island’s prosperity attributed to a local legend unfolding at a giant’s wedding, The Datai Langkawi becomes an enchanting destination for exchanging vows. 

The Datai Langkawi’s captivating stretches of white sand are the perfect romantic atmosphere for an intimate wedding filled with natural beauty. On-site wedding specialists assist in tailoring each detail of the wedding from flower arrangements to entertainment. The cascading steps backed by a luxuriant forest greenery provide the perfect backdrop for a vow exchange while views of the Andaman Sea await the reception.

Pre-wedding, guests at the Datai Langkawi can kick off the occasion with immersive nature experiences on nearby trails through mangroves and waterfall scenic trails. A tranquil stay is undoubtedly included, as the entirety of the resort is enclosed in lush gardens from accommodations to dining locations. After the ceremony, the resort’s team of rotating Michelin-star chefs will ensure a fine dining experience on the beach.

Unveil with simplicity in Red Sea’s coastal beauty at Basata Ecolodge

In a remote corner of Egypt, Basata Ecolodge dutifully pays tribute to its namesake, “simplicity”. Since its beginning in 1986, Basata has remained dedicated to a respectful relationship with surrounding nature and locally sourced products. The distinct architectural design adds an exclusive touch to weddings that promises an unparalleled experience.

Weddings at Basata Ecolodge look uniquely intimate, filled with local minimalism, and plenty of space to celebrate. The landscape’s breathtaking hills and white sand beaches create a blissful view for a wedding ceremony and camel riding introduction as a married couple.

As the celebration unfolds, Basata transforms simple bamboo huts into a vibrant party setting, adorned with market lights and candle-lit tables. Culinary offerings onsite feature local Egyptian cuisine, emphasizing healthy dishes that beautifully complement the atmosphere of the wedding reception. 

Tie the knot safari-style in Kenya’s Masai Mara with Emboo River Camp

photo by John Myers Photographer

In Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, where the rolling plains cradle protected wildlife, Emboo River unveils its sanctuary. Here, Kenya’s beauty is dutifully protected with detailed sustainable approaches– even on wedding days.

In the heart of the Savanna, Emboo sets the tone for a new life adventure with a 6-night stay itinerary in harmony with the wedding. In good timing, Emboo will welcome the party with the spectacle of the Great Migration, guided by experts tracking the herd’s movements for a hopeful sighting. Subsequent days unfold with thrilling game drives, cultural education on Maasai customs, and a rejuvenating ‘spafarai’, setting the stage for the wedding with excitement. 

The vast grasslands, needing nothing more than an altar and Maasai blessing, paint a picturesque canvas for saying “I do”, ensuring exquisite wedding photos against a memorable Savanna sunset. Following the ceremony, Emboo presents an unforgettable celebration beneath the star-studded sky along the river. After the vows, guests can relish in drinks and bites before a farm-to-fork organic dinner.

Regenerative weddings are certain at Emboo River Camp, as every corner of their lodge is dedicated to a more sustainable future. In rethinking every aspect of the traditional safari system, Emboo River applied a “closed loop system” creating carbon negative safaris. The first full fleet of Electric Safari Vehicles in the East Africa eliminate noise pollution and exhaust fumes, leaving room for natural beauty. Back at the lodge, solar power generates green energy for lights, electronics, and warm showers. Additionally, guests can participate in offsetting their carbon emissions by planting native trees, where an average of 50 trees per month are planted. These calculated actions will pave the way for a memorable wedding day with sustainability at the forefront of every last detail.

Experience new beginnings across Ecuador with Responsible Travel

Responsible Travel, a proud member of the Agency of Change and committed to regenerative travel, focuses on environmental sustainability, community empowerment, and wellness. With a 12-year history, the company specializes in captivating cultural and adventure tours in the Andes, tranquil beach getaways along the Pacific coast, explorations into the lush wonders of the Amazon rainforest, comfortable hotel stays in major cities, and enchanting cruises through the Galápagos Islands. They offer an ideal setting for unforgettable destination weddings.

On a blissful wedding retreat spanning two cities in Ecuador, memories at a romantic destination ceremony seamlessly transition into a breathtaking honeymoon. Meticulously planned, each day is designed to encompass a spectrum of excitement to relaxation, all while responsibly celebrating love.

In Ecuador’s capital,  the destination wedding begins surrounded by colonial architecture and the city’s lively culture. Prior to the big day, immersion in local cooking takes place in a culinary delights tour featuring local spirits. Following an entire day dedicated to indulgence and pampering,  the ceremony takes place in Quito’s natural landscape.

As the sun rises on the morning after the wedding, the couple will retreat to Baños, a city in the valley at the base of a volcano. A day of exploration awaits, offering opportunities for scenic nearby hikes, a dip in the hot springs, or thrilling outdoor adventures. To strike the perfect balance between activity and relaxation, a soothing spa experience complete with chocolate-infused massages is in store before returning to Quito for a farewell.

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