Torches at sunset

The best way to ensure that you get the most stunning photos of your wedding is to get married on the beach. Not only will you get beautiful photos of the ceremony, the photographer will follow you on your romantic walk along the sandy shore and take beautiful photos in the best possible light. Saying "I do" in the tropics virtually guarantees clear skies and a beautiful blue ocean in the background. Here are 20 of the most romantic beach wedding destinations around the world. Next Read: Best Beach Restaurants for a Romantic Proposal.

»Anantara Dhigu Resort

Anantara Dhigu Resort

Spend your getaway in a lavish over-water suite at Anantara Dhigu, a luxury spa resort in the Maldives. The resort is located on Dhigu island in the South Male Atoll, offering beautiful beaches and a pristine coral reef for snorkeling and scuba diving. The Over Water Pool Suites are the most luxurious with views that every new bride dreams of for her honeymoon. The outdoor swimming pool makes you feel like you are levitating over the ocean. You can watch spectacular romantic sunsets right from the pool.

The Pool Suite has a separate dining area for romantic dinners over the water. Direct lagoon access makes it easy to drop in for an unforgettable snorkeling trip in the Indian Ocean. The interior of the suite is decorated with island fabrics, plush cushions, teak furniture, satellite TV and an iPod docking station. The spa has glass floors through which you can observe marine life while getting pampered. You can get couples massages or in the privacy of your suite. In addition to the bungalows on stilts, the property offers several luxury villas on a private stretch of beach. Each villa has a spacious uniquely-designed bathroom. Beachfront villas start from $370 USD per night. Read more

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»Guana Island in the British Virgin Islands

Guana Island in the British Virgin Islands

Guana Island in the British Virgin Islands is ideal for an intimate ceremony. The hotel staff will make you feel pampered and taken care of. Get married right on the sandy Caribbean bay, followed by a delicious banquet custom tailored to your wishes. The ultimate private island getaway with white-sand beaches, ocean-view accommodations and unique fauna and flora, Guana Island accommodates just 36 guests at a time. Perfect for honeymooners who love beaches and untouched nature, this 850-acre Caribbean island is a beautiful tropical paradise. There is a wide selection of activities for the new couple, from snorkeling and sailing to tennis and hiking. If you are still deciding on the best place to tie the knot, the hotel offers several beautiful wedding location, whether you want to get married right on the beach or in the hotel garden. The hotel will prepare a special beach banquet for you and your guests. You can rent the whole island to celebrate this important occasion.

Three meals daily are included in the cost of your stay on the island. For breakfast and lunch, guests get to sample delicious buffets. Sign up for a "Castaway Picnic" on a private beach at least once on your honeymoon to fully enjoy the beauty of this private island. Afternoon snacks are served at the Club and on the sandy beach. At the end of the day, elegant dinner is prepared, incorporating fresh local seafood, island-grown fruit and vegetables, as well as freshly baked bread and muffins. After dinner, enjoy romantic walks on the beach under a starry Caribbean sky.

Sea View Cottage rates at the resort start at $725 per night, including meals and wine at lunch and dinner. All on-island activities, Wi-fi internet service, afternoon tea, coffee and snacks are also included. The resort boat meets guests at British Virgin Island's Beef Island airport and takes them to the hotel. Transfers to and from the island are not included in the cost of the stay. www.guana.com

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»Sheraton Kauai

Sheraton Kauai

Kauai offers couples beautiful sandy bays and Hawaiian-inspired spa treatments. Say "I do" with a view of the Pacific Ocean at the Sheraton Kauai Resort. Afterwards, take a romantic walk through the hotel's 20 acres of tropical gardens. Sheraton Kauai just completed a $16 million renovation, featuring an expanded multi-level pool just above the sandy Hawaiian beach. The open-air Ocean Courtyard lounge now has tiki torches, three fire pits and six cozy sitting areas, perfect for cocktails under the stars. The resort has a new open-air restaurant and beach bar, Lava's on Poipu Beach. The hotel is an affordable choice for honeymooners and families.

The new RumFire offers 180-degree ocean views and Hawaiian cuisine with global influences. The restaurant has a brick oven and a menu that includes a variety of flatbreads, pork chops, roasted breadfruit and sea asparagus. For dessert, try the Peach Pineapple Cobbler with a cinnamon popcorn streusel. Located on a sandy Hawaiian beach on Kauai's South shore, the resort offers its guests elegant guest rooms and suites, many with ocean views. The hotel is set on 20 acres of landscaped gardens. Guests enjoy snorkeling right off the beach, oceanfront dining and many vacation activities. The hotel has 394 guest rooms and suites in low-rise buildings, no taller than coconut trees. Doubles start at $259 per night (808-742-1661, website).

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»Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas

Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas

Everyone is bound to get excited when you announce that you will tie the knot on the famous Atlantis. The property offers a great selection of activities for all ages, from the impressively large Mandara Spa to lagoons filled with marine animals. Then there are the waterslides, sandy bays, pools and rooms with a view. Plan a ceremony at sunset so that you can get photos in that coveted golden sunset light.

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»Hayman Island

Hayman Island

If you love snorkeling and scuba diving, then Hayman Island in Australia is for you. Get married on a sandy shore overlooking the world's largest barrier reef. The hotel will arrange all the details, tastefully designed with whites and beiges to complement the blue of the ocean and palm trees.

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»Chapel on Stilts in Bora Bora

Chapel on Stilts in Bora Bora

This one-of-a-kind chapel at Le Meridien Bora Bora offers the lucky couple stunning views over the famous blue lagoon. The chapel's windows are hand-painted with elements from the sea. After the ceremony and the banquet, retire to your very own romantic overwater bungalow.

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»Romantic Antigua

Romantic Antigua

Jumby Bay in the Caribbean is the most romantic hotel in the world, according to a famous actress. Get married on the ocean's edge surrounded by puffy clouds, white sand and palm trees. The hotel staff will take care of all the wedding details at this luxury hotel.

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»Beach Reception in Fiji

Beach Reception in Fiji

We've already written about the awesome honeymoon suites at Likuliku in Fiji, so why not get married there as well? The sandy shore at the resort is just incredible. Before and after the ceremony, there are many activities to try for the newlyweds and their guests. Book a couples' massage the day after to relax after all of the excitement of the big day.

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»Naka Island

Naka Island


Naka Island can set up a banquet fit for a king and queen right at the water's edge. After the ceremony right on the private island shore, delight your guests with world-class Thai and international cuisine from the restaurant. Naka Island is located just off the Phuket coast in Thailand, offering some of the best views of this popular destination. The resort is home to beautiful beaches, palm trees and cozy spots created with relaxation in mind. There are just 67 ultra-luxury villas, all with stunning views over Phang Nga Bay and Phuket. The villas reflect the natural beauty of the surroundings with their refined Thai decor. Guests have a choice of dining options at two seaside restaurants, Tonsai and My Grill.

Spa Naka was designed using unique touches such as a central pool and a stone path that seems to float above a pond. After a relaxing treatment at the spa, head to the beach to try a variety of watersports, including snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, and kayaking. The concierge stands by 24-hours a day to assist with activities and dining arrangements. The property is only 25 minutes from Phuket International Airport and is accessible only by private speedboat which adds to its privacy and seclusion. Luxury tropical villas at the resort start from THB 9,750. VacationIdea.com Tip: look for packages to save on your trip. "Essential Romance" is a 2-night special which includes: all meals private secluded dinner, spa treatments, BMW airport transfers, free internet and SPG Starpoints. Rates starting from THB 38,800 per villa for a Tropical Pool Villa.

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»Secluded Island Paradise in the South Pacific

Secluded Island Paradise in the South Pacific

Yasawa Island is a perfect destination for an intimate island ceremony. Get married on a white sandy shore with blue ocean views and Fijian music, or say "I do" under a clear starry night sky.

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»Anantara Hua Hin Resort Thailand

Anantara Hua Hin Resort Thailand

Anantara Hua Hin Resort is a great getaway for beach and spa lovers, offering luxurious open-air spa treatments, romantic custom dinners on the beach and spectacular sunsets. Plan a romantic honeymoon in Thailand where you can relax with couples massages, play scenic golf and have gourmet candlelight dinners. The resort has a Cooking school and Bill Bensley designed gardens. Book one of the rooms or suites with a view of the ocean. Premium Sea View Rooms have private terraces or balconies with views of the beach. Deluxe Lagoon Rooms have a private terrace with sliding glass doors where you can have a breakfast with a view of the lagoon.

The 6 Anantara Suites are spacious and luxurious, complete with oversized bathtubs for two, a great idea for honeymooners. The 6 Anantara Ocean Suites offer the best ocean views from the private outdoor balconies. Choose from 187 rooms and suites decorated with custom furnishings, luxurious bedding and first class amenities. Lagoon Room and Suite guests have access to a Private lagoon pool. Watch the King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament at the resort. Guests can go on Elephant trekking tours on vacation. The resort is surrounded by many scenic golf courses, including the Palm Hills Golf Resort, Imperial Lakeview Resort & Golf Club, Royal Hua Hin Golf Course and many others. Experience relaxing signature journeys, a selection of massages, scrubs, foot rituals, Swedish massage and more. Dining choices include a gourmet Italian restaurant, Sai Thong (fresh seafood, barbeque, Thai favorites) and Rim Nam (traditional Thai and Thai fusion cuisine). Room rates at the resort start at THB 3,900 per night.

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»Anantara Seminyak Resort in Bali

Anantara Seminyak Resort in Bali

Anantara Seminyak Resort is an all-suite getaway set on the ocean's edge on the Seminyak coast of Bali. The resort has a rooftop lounge SOS Supper Club, rooftop Anantara Spa and an infinity edge swimming pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. The resort has 59 luxury suites and one penthouse suite, all with private balconies and Jacuzzi terrazzo bath tubs for two. The romantic suites have spectacular views of the ocean. For the ultimate in luxury, book the Penthouse Suite which offers elegant decor inspired by Bali, huge floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean and a spacious living area.

The spa offers world-class treatments in a beautiful beach setting. Treatments to try include Balinese massage, soothing body treatments, scrubs, aromatherapy and beauty enhancing facials. Wild Orchid is among the best Thai restaurants in Bali. SOS Supper Club offers fine cuisine, including grilled meats and fresh seafood in a vibrant setting. Don't forget about Anantara's Dining by Design which lets you pick your own dream dining location. Nightly luxury suite rates at the resort start at USD $336 per night. The Penthouse Suite costs USD $1,591 per night.

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»Banyan Tree Bintan Bali

Banyan Tree Bintan Bali

Get married in the privacy of your own Banyan Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Bintan Bali with spectacular ocean views. A romantic hideaway in South East Asia, Banyan Tree Bintan offers luxury services, a fabulous beach and great activities for couples. Whether you want to say "I do" with your overlooking the ocean, have a romantic honeymoon in a luxury villa or have a quiet anniversary celebration with a private dinner on the sand, the resort offers plenty of choice to its guests. 61 spectacular villas on stilts are dotted along the hillside with stunning views of the bay below. The architecture of the villas is inspired by traditional Balinese construction with high ceilings and thatched roofs that blend into the surrounding nature.

Couples who plan to receive many spa treatments can book the Spa Pool Villa which has its own pool as well as a spacious en-suite spa treatment room with a unique outdoor sanctuary space. Best of all, when you book a stay in the Spa Pool Villa, a 120-minute couples massage is included in your stay. All of the guest villas come with fresh fruit and suites, a turn down gift and luxury bedroom and bathroom amenities. Play scenic golf with ocean views, relax at the spa and visit the Conservation Lab which was set up to protect the local ecosystem. The property has a pool and a unique rock edge pool set high above the coastline. The tropical sandy bay offers many water-based activities.

The 18-hole Laguna Bintan golf course offers magnificent views of the South China Sea from several of its holes. The tropical course features lush landscaping and a diverse terrain. During the game you'll be able to see unique rock formations, white sandy beaches and native wildlife on this one-of-a-kind course in Bali. If you are in Singapore on business, take a 45 minute ferry ride from the city to Bintan. After a round or two, return to your spacious villa for a dinner on the outdoor terrace, or head to the five-star spa for a rejuvenating massage. Therapists are trained in Academies in Bintan, Phuket and Lijiang.

The Marine Center offers a diverse selection of water sports, including canoeing, catamaran sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling and fishing trips and boat rides. Children 3 to 10 years old are invited to participate in a fun program of activities, including dancing, fun by the pool, sand castles, baking and more. Click here for more great getaways with kids' programs. Nightly rates at the resort start at USD $405 per night. Bintan is just a 45 minutes by ferry from Singapore which makes it a quick weekend getaway from the city.

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»Banyan Tree Mayakoba Beach Wedding

Banyan Tree Mayakoba Beach Wedding

If you are looking for a Riviera Maya getaway where you can indulge in a luxury suite and get massages at the spa, check into the new Banyan Tree Mayakoba resort in Mexico. The resort has just 45 villas with private pools surrounded by nature. Luxury villas have different layouts, letting you choose the best accommodations for your needs. If you are planning a romantic getaway, try one of the Spa Pool Villas which were designed with couples in mind. These beautiful accommodations feature a personal outdoor massage deck, loungers and a dining area with birds-eye view of Mayakoba's lagoons. The outdoor showers are a nice touch. The hotel spa is well known for its Asian healing techniques. Vacation activities at the hotel include snorkeling on a beautiful coral reef, golf and relaxing on the beach. Villas start from US$656 per night.

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»Banyan Tree Phuket Lagoon Deck Lawn

Banyan Tree Phuket Lagoon Deck Lawn

Book the lawn overlooking the ocean at Banyan Tree Phuket in Thailand. The resort offers spectacular honeymoon villas where you can relax in an elegant setting.

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»Banyan Tree Seychelles

Banyan Tree Seychelles

Banyan Tree Seychelles is set on a beautiful crescent sandy bay where you can plan a wedding in style.

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»Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran Celebration Pavilion

Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran Celebration Pavilion

Plan a wedding overlooking the ocean at Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran in a specially built glass Celebration Pavilion. Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran lets you immerse yourself in stunning ocean views through oversized floor-to-ceiling windows. Whether you are traveling to Bali to get married, relax on a sandy beach, unwind at the spa, or explore the rich cultural heritage of the land, Jimbaran offers a great base of exploration. The property has a beautiful modern pavilion with open views of the pool and the ocean where couples can get married in a romantic setting.

Situated on Bali's southwestern coast opposite Jimbaran Bay, the hotel has 118 guest rooms, suites, penthouses and villas. Guest accommodations feature modern design and the latest technology, including wireless High Speed Internet Access, a SMART 3D LED flat screen television and an iPod docking station. Those who like to relax in the privacy of their own suite or villa should book either the Penthouse or the Ocean View Sky Villa (both have private plunge pools). Another great option for a honeymoon or romantic getaway are Lagoon Rooms which have direct access to the lagoon.

Explore the flavors of Balinese and creative Asian cuisines at the signature restaurant, Bamboo Chic. For best sunset vistas, head to Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar for cocktails and music. Bali offers many activities for outdoor enthusiasts, including golf, mountain biking, fishing and surfing. Rent a kayak and explore the coastline, explore dive sites, or go skydiving. The property is a 20-minute drive from Denpasar International Airport (DPS). Nightly room rates start at $205 USD (62-361-8466888, website.

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»Sheraton Maui Ali'i Lawn

Sheraton Maui Ali'i Lawn

The Sheraton Maui offers several scenic venues. The Ali'i Lawn offers a romantic open-air setting with water views. Get married in the winter and watch the whales jump right off the beach. The Sheraton Maui is a relaxing Hawaiian hotel located on the famous Kaanapali Beach in Maui. The hotel overlooks the islands of Molokai and Lanai. Kaanapali is a long sandy beach lined with hotels and restaurants. There are several snorkeling spots in the area which you can explore with the whole family. A rash guard is a good idea to safeguard against sunburn. The resort has 508 rooms and suites, many with private terraces and ocean views. Families can book one of the Ohana Suites which offer flexible layouts.

Activities include snorkeling, children's program, fitness and cultural experiences. There are several great golf courses nearby, beautiful Maui beaches and spas. The resort has many dining options serving a range of flavors. The Keka'a Terrace breakfast buffet is among the favorites. VacationIdea.com Tip: be sure to ask for packages, especially in the off-season. Room rates start at $500 per night (808) 661-0031, website.

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»Shangri-La Villingili Maldives Blessing Ceremony

»Velassaru Maldives

Velassaru Maldives

Spectacular golden light shines on a couples at Velassaru Maldives as they tie the knot on a sandy island. Next Read: World's Most Romantic Private Islands

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»Ocean View Venues in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Ocean View Venues in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Get married on a white sandy beach overlooking the ocean in Riviera Maya, Mexico at one of these great resorts. The Fairmont Mayakoba offers five star planning services that can ensure a perfect event. Choose from several different venues, including a romantic ceremony on the sand or a grand ballroom setup. Get married overlooking the azure waters of the Caribbean at the luxury Maroma Resort and Spa in Mexico. Whether you are looking for an intimate ceremony or a large celebration, the hotel offers a unique setting for your special day. Services include: Pre-event and wedding dinner custom designed by you, the planner and the Chef, Extensive beverage and wine list, Legal or symbolic marriage ceremony performed at the resort, Flowers and decoration, Still photography and videographer, Live music, Make-up, hair stylist and Spa treatments. Before and after the ceremony, relax in one of the stylish guest rooms and suites with views of the sea.

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