Rising temperatures aren’t the only indicator that summer is quickly approaching; as the weather becomes nicer the number of weddings exponentially multiplies, and destination wedding inquiries are no exception. I was lucky enough to visit the impressive resort La Samanna on the island of St. Martin in the French West Indies on a press trip (tough job I have, right?). It was my first visit to the island and I absolutely fell in love with it. It’s the ideal location for a destination wedding – a place where Caribbean culture fuses perfectly with European influence.
La Samanna expertly combines the elegant style of the French with the relaxing vibe of a Caribbean island. From oceanview suites with breathtaking views of the crystal-clear waters to private villas and gourmet restaurants, La Samanna is truly the luxury resort of the island.
When it comes to a dream destination wedding, La Samanna’s options are endless. Start by having a “meet the parents” dinner with a private wine tasting led by the resort’s sommelier in La Cave, the only wine cellar in the Caribbean. For your rehearsal dinner, invite your guests to your private villa for a seafood barbecue overlooking the cliffs, or an organize a buy-out of one of the local French restaurants to get a taste of the island flair. Interested in having a bachelor or bachelorette party the week of the wedding? The Dutch side of the island is just minutes away with lively casinos, beach bars and nightclubs.
For your wedding ceremony, their private stretch of beach is downright breathtaking. The soft, white sand and stunning sea provide the perfect backdrop for the couple looking for an out-of-this-world beach venue. If you have your heart set on a beachfront wedding but aren’t fond of sand stuck between your toes, the resort has the ideal setting for that – a pristine courtyard that overlooks the sea with a soft carpet of green grass. It gives you the feel of a beach wedding without the nuisance of lingering sand. Dinner and dancing options range from the fun beachfront deck to the tropical pool area, to even a tented reception high on the cliffs in the backyard of your private villa!
The resort offers a host of other fabulous activities and amenities. From a rejuvenating spa treatment with the finest French products to chartering a private boat, a beach day complete with a private palapa stocked with a tropical buffet and an open bar. La Samanna is truly an idyllic destination wedding location.
Photos via Alex Photo.