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PLANNING a wedding or thinking about renewing your marital vows? Within leisure group Worldhotels’ arsenal, there is a rich cornucopia of choices. With unique character, luxurious facilities and exciting wedding packages, these independent hotels bring distinctive atmosphere and unforgettable charm to romantic celebrations of any kind. Here is a list of six destinations — including one right here in Petaling Jaya — to consider.

Worldhotel Grand Dushulake, Suzhou, China

Overlooking the sparkling waters of the lake’s Moon Bay, this 330-room hotel boasts traditional Suzhou architecture and beautiful landscaping that serve as ideal backdrops for wedding photos. As a five-star hotel, its banquet facilities, guest rooms and suites are sumptuous and luxurious, featuring chic interiors inspired by traditional Chinese design.

Wedding ceremonies can take place at the nearby traditional European church, and for large celebrations, the hotel’s grand ballroom and Suz Garden room hold up to 900 and 750 persons respectively. There is also a garden for outdoor wedding parties of up to 80 persons. Wedding packages start from RMB4,288 (RM2,363).

The architecturally sublime white chapel in Hong Kong.

Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong

Couples in Hong Kong seeking a romantic and picturesque setting close to nature for their wedding can find all they possibly wish for at Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong, a unique, new resort on the shores of Lantau Island.

The hotel’s pillar-free Grand Azure ballroom can accommodate up to 576 for banquets, and the hotel also has seven smaller function rooms, a stunning outdoor terrace that accommodates up to 400 for cocktails, and the High Tide Pool Deck suitable for poolside parties of up to 350.

Ceremonies can be held in the White Chapel, a resplendent work of architectural art that melds traditional and contemporary design. The bride and groom can ride on an elegant horse-drawn carriage going to the iconic building, a dramatically picturesque moment that marks a new chapter of their lives.

Options for the hotel’s highly customisable wedding packages include a variety of Chinese and Western menus, and a cocktail cruise around the Hong Kong Lantau Island in the hotel’s glass-roof boat, the Discovery Seafari. Couples can even turn their wedding into an all-out maritime adventure and tie the knot aboard The Bounty, Hong Kong’s only European tall ship that now calls Discovery Bay its home port.

Rose Hotel Yokohama, Japan

This stylish hotel offers the betrothed a unique offsite venue for intimate wedding gatherings: the lovely and luxurious Rose Residence located just 10 minutes away. Nestled amidst trees, lawns and gardens, the Rose Residence was once the private home of the Rose Hotel’s former owner, and exudes the warm characteristics of a stately country home. The enchanting main banquet hall seats up to 70 guests and has abundant daylight flowing through large, wood-framed windows, a beautiful wooden floor and elegant wooden chairs with Asian design.

The wedding ceremony can be held in the neighbouring Yamate Helen Memorial Church, and couples can choose to be chauffeured between the hotel and church in the hotel’s own Rolls Royce Phantom VI. Comprehensive wedding packages start from JPY2,200,000 (RM71,300) for 60 guests at Rose Hotel Yokohama including Christian church ceremony, limousine and bus service for guests, a seasonal French Cuisine menu, wedding dress and make-up, professional photography and more.

One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya

With its majestic architecture and regally luxurious interior, One World Hotel lends royal character to wedding celebrations. The hotel also has an expert wedding team that manages nuptial festivities with professionalism and flair. Banquets of up to 2,000 guests can be held in the hotel’s pillar-less Imperial Ballroom decorated with stunning floral arrangements, dramatic chandeliers and adjustable mood lighting. Smaller wedding gatherings of 100 to 240 guests are held in the beautiful Maple Ballroom, Jasmine Junior Ballroom and charming outdoor gardens.

Wedding packages at One World Hotel are highly customisable and can include privileges such as a complimentary pre-wedding food tasting, club access and club breakfast. The hotel has Chinese, Western and Malay banquet menus, including a nine course sharks fin-free Chinese set menu priced from RM1,988 per table of 10 persons.

The Park Lane Hong Kong

The Park Lane Hong Kong is the only top floor wedding venue on Hong Kong Island with sweeping panoramic views of Hong Kong Harbour and Victoria Park. Boasting a grand marble staircase, high ceiling, and oversized windows presenting a glorious backdrop in the morning and a romantic one at sunset, The Park Lane Hong Kong’s function room makes an exceptional venue for a memorable wedding with dinner banquet packages starting from HKD8,288 (RM3,560) per table.

Grand Hotel Bohemia, Prague

Prague, with its amorous atmosphere, is one of the most romantic destinations for weddings. Grand Hotel Bohemia — a stunning 1920s building — houses a true gem among ceremonial venues: the neo-Baroque Boccaccio ballroom, capable of hosting up to 120 guests. Wedding menus are served by The Franz Josef Restaurant specialising in fusion local and international cuisine. A wedding buffet or 3-course set menu starts from €20 (RM91) per person.

The Park Lane Hong Kong is the only top-floor wedding venue on the island.

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on January 29, 2014.

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