Have you ever dreamed of eloping and getting married in secret? If all the performance of a big wedding at home has no appeal, take a look at these 10 amazing places overseas where just the two of you can tie the knot. You'll have no worries about who to invite, seating plans, flower girls and so on. Just you, the love of your life and a fabulous setting...
Caramel Grecotel Boutique Resort, Crete
For an intimate, understated short haul wedding, you can't go wrong with a ceremony at the Caramel Grecotel Boutique Resort. You can tie the know on the beach, in a villa with large landscaped pool or at the Agreco Farm. Whatever you choose, your venue will be decorated with lanterns, flower petals and flowers. Witnesses are provided by the hotel, plus a bottle of champagne, wedding cake and 10 photographs.
Weddings from £508 per couple.
Puglia is one of the most beautiful and least-known parts of Italy for a secret wedding. Ceremonies can be organised in the historic Castle of Conversano where the couple arrive by horse and carriage followed by a reception in the Relais Corte Alta Villa with a typical Pugliese dinner, or at the renowned restaurant Pasha on the main Castle Square.
From £2,499 per couple.
Belmond Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy
Set on a verdant hillside overlooking the picture-perfect harbour of Portofino, the Belmond Hotel Splendido is one of Italy's most glamorous retreats for a Riviera wedding. For an unusual twist on the traditional ceremony ensuring it really is just the two of you, scuba diving fans can say "I do" underwater before the Christ of the Abyss at San Fruttuoso, just 15 minutes by boat from Portofino.
The underwater wedding ceremony is priced from £1,590, including diving equipment.
This special boutique hotel on the Caribbean island of Grenada offers truly intimate weddings with an exotic taste of Bali thrown in. Ceremonies take place on the beach at LaLuna where newlyweds can later enjoy a candlelit dinner. Tracy, the wedding coordinator, takes care of all the details and couples can enjoy a Balinese massage, snorkel in the underwater sculpture park and hike to Honeymoon Waterfalls with Laluna's personal guide.
A seven-night wedding programme for two costs from £3,278.
The Sarojin, Thailand
The Sarojin is a stylish boutique hotel in Khao Lak, Thailand, that specialises in tailormade wedding experiences. Couples can choose to 'Thai the knot' on the resort's 11km stretch of white sand (pictured above) beneath the shade of a sea almond tree decorated with flower luck chains, frangipani and orchid floral designs. For something more secluded, ceremonies can be arranged on a private island in the Andaman Sea.
How much? Weddings start from £1,590.
Cary Arms, Devon
For a UK wedding with heaps of British seaside charm, the Cary Arms is a special place tucked down in Babbacombe Bay in Devon. Its spectacular seaview terrace has an architectural glass sphere called 'The Pod' licensed to hold wedding ceremonies. Dine al fresco afterwards or take a boat ride to a secluded bay for a wedding picnic.
Weddings from £1,200 including two nights in a suite, breakfast, massage, flowers and champagne dinner.
Laguna Nusa Dua, Bali
This dreamy Balinese hotel offers five wedding venues including its 'Secret Garden', an expansive green lawn surrounded by flowering trees and a waterfall, nestled amidst the lush green foliage of the resort's exclusive Laguna Pool Villas (pictured above). The Secret Romance wedding package includes a two-night stay in a one-bedroom pool villa.
How much? Weddings from £2,085 per couple.
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Maldives
Weddings are not legal in the Maldives for UK couples, but it's a fabulous place to go for a wedding blessing or to renew your vows. The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi in the Noonu Atoll offers weddings on the white sand beaches or a nearby uninhabited island. Packages include a couples massage followed by strawberries and champagne, a torchlit wedding venue, Maldivian Bodu Beru drummers, a private sunset cruise on a traditional Maldivian Dhoni and a candlelit wedding dinner at Islander's Grill.
How much? Wedding blessings from £1,780 per couple.
Kahanda Kanda, Sri Lanka
This indulgent, privately owned boutique hotel just inland from Galle on Sri Lanka's south coast offers intimate weddings for two just about anywhere on the property. All but one of the exquisite suites here are freestanding, and the fabulous Dubu Suite is set away from the main part of the hotel with its own pool - a magical wedding setting which can be made more dramatic by candles, wishing lanterns, fireworks and Kandyan drummers.
How much? Weddings cost from £2,130 per couple.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort, Nassau, Bahamas
This all-inclusive giant offers surprisingly intimate weddings on its Private Offshore Island, just a short way from Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort. And what makes it even more appealing is that it is now complementary with just a minimum three-night stay. Couples choosing a late afternoon service can toast their marriage as the sun sets and enjoy their first dance at sunset before a candlelit dinner on the beach.
How much? Free with a minimum three-night stay.Suggest a correction