We often promote destination weddings and honeymoons as the cost of these are so attractive compared to UK weddings (with average cost being £30,000 now!) You can have your wedding and honeymoon combined in paradise and if giving enough notice, can have friends and family join you too – all the while saving money. I did just that and got married in Barbados in 2014. We had 30 guests join us and it was the holiday of a lifetime and the best wedding we could have wished for. My sister enjoyed it so much that she opted to do the same in 2019, and when asked me to recommend a hotel, it had to be Sea Breeze Beach House.
Set on a pristine 1,000ft stretch of Caribbean beachfront, a cool beach house style, several dining options and a choice of luxury accommodation types – something for everyone- this had to be my recommendation. She had over 50 guests which ranged from couples, to families to single guests and the rooms at Sea Breeze Beach House cater for all of those. There are single traveller offers, kids go free (including with single parents) and the multiple bedroom Luxury suites are ideal for families with two or more children.
Sea Breeze Beach House has two separate areas, one for adults-only with plush memory foam sunloungers, a dedicated adult pool, access to the quiet West Beach and a brilliant team who deliver cooling cocktails, ice lollies and spritz you with scented water mist as you sun bathe. For the families, there is the family pool where the children can divebomb into the pool, top-up their slushies from the pool bar, order a pizza from the Flying Fish and run between the beach and the kids club which are all in close proximity to each other.
Weddings and events are taken care of by the “dream team” as I call them of Debbie and Matthew. No bride is too demanding, no group is too large/small and no enquiry to obscure for these two Pro’s! My sister qualified for a free wedding by booking a room category higher than a Classic Ocean View, but they wanted something truly bespoke. Debbie and Matthew put her in touch with a photographer, a DJ, beauticians and hairdressers- all based on the style that she said she wanted. We had a beautiful afternoon wedding down on the West Beach, guests were entertained by a steel pan band and when the couple went off for photos the band continued and we had our own beach bar set up and canapes were delivered to keep the guests refreshed. We hired out Aqua Terra restaurant for the reception as we wanted something private. The couple opted for a Caribbean BBQ buffet, the deck turned into our dancefloor after dark and we had our own staff all evening. The team made it as magical as the couple could have imagined.
I continue to recommend that couples consider a destination wedding, as who wouldn’t want to have an amazing wedding day without blowing the bank, celebrate on a stretch of Caribbean beach, develop a perfect tan for the wedding photos and exchange vows with the backdrop of dreams?