Experience Unique Cave Weddings at Rayavadee Resort in Krabi, Thailand
Krabi, home to beaches, limestone cliffs, and dense forests, is one of the highly sought after wedding and honeymoon destinations, especially among couples searching for a relaxing, untouched and tranquil beach paradise. In this issue, we set out to discover a gem in Krabi, one of our top picks in our Top 10 Most Romantic Krabi Resorts – Rayavadee Resort.
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Part of the luxury collection of Leading Hotels of the World, Rayavadee Resort is bestowed with an unbelievable landscape – a beautiful blend of beach, trees, and cliffs. It is nestled in surroundings so incredible it takes your breath away to be staying in the heart of nature. Scattered across 26 acres, this beachfront resort is uniquely positioned between 3 private beaches and can only be accessed by boat – making it extremely exclusive. The Rayavadee estate is home to 100-pavilions. Though styled like huts to blend in with its natural surroundings, each pavilion opens its doors to a luxe experience in the heart of the jungle. Each day spent here feels like a miracle of nature when you get to see mesmerizing ocean and sunset views amid towering limestone cliffs. Let us bring you to discover the 6 stunning and unique wedding venues at Rayavadee Resort.
6 Stunning Wedding Venues at Rayavadee, in the heart of Nature’s Paradise
1. Say ‘I Do’ in an ancient limestone cave
Couples looking for unique wedding venues will be thrilled to hear about The Grotto at Rayavadee resort. What could get more special than getting married in a cave by the beach! In this striking ancient limestone cave overlooking Phranang Beach lies a quiet and intimate space where you can exchange your vows with nature as your backdrop.
Hear the soft sounds of the waves as they arrive at the shore, feel the gentle outdoor breeze, and enjoy the cooling shade provided by the huge limestone rocks and trees. Walk down your soft sandy aisle to exchange your nuptials on the most significant day of your lives. The Grotto’s unique atmosphere will make this moment unforgettable, for both you and your loved ones. The Grotto is best for intimate group weddings and is suitable for up to 30 persons.
2. Have a romantic garden ceremony at the coconut lawn
In the heart of Rayavadee Resort lies an expansive lawn surrounded by tall, shady coconut trees. There are two lawns to choose from, the Coconut Lawn near the main swimming pool near Railay Beach, or the Nammao Lawn near the hotel’s reception. Whichever space you pick, you are in for a romantic garden ceremony that can accommodate between 20 to 50 of your loved ones.
A garden wedding on the coconut lawn exudes vibrant energy and romantic vibes for your ceremony. With flower petals strewn across the aisle, smell the scent of blossoms as you exchange your vows of a lifetime. The lush greenery and gorgeous backdrops make for great photos too!
After exchanging your vows, you can arrange for an alfresco reception at the coconut lawn. You and your loved ones can enjoy the beautiful day with an outdoor luncheon, like in Alice in Wonderland! The surrounding coconut trees provide ample shade and a cooling atmosphere, especially during late afternoon hours.
3. Soak up the sunset with a poolside wedding
Rayavadee Resort has a free-form swimming pool that looks out to incredible views of Railay Beach and the sunset. Have reception tables placed around the poolside edge, and be surrounded by the expansive limestone cliffs in the distance. Suitable for groups of 20-50 persons, this stunning poolside venue will make an unforgettable ambience for your wedding celebration. During our visit, every evening we would head to this spot to enjoy the mesmerizing sunset hours, and watch the sky light up in a warm orange glow.
4. Enjoy delicious buffet dining at The Umbrella Tree Court
Situated next to The Grotto, The Umbrella Tree Court is an outdoor deck that is used to host reception dinners. This deck is situated under a number of large shady trees and is a great space to sit, relax and enjoy delicious buffet dining. This space can host between 15 and 50 guests.
5. Have an intimate ceremony in a luxurious beachfront villa
For small group ceremonies, you can choose to have an intimate ceremony followed by a cocktail reception in one of Rayavadee Resort’s private beachfront villas. A villa wedding feels exclusive, intimate and charming. It also presents a comfortable and private space for you and your loved ones to celebrate and mingle in a relaxed setting.
The elegant Rayavadee Villa is beautifully furnished with a contemporary Thai style. Furnished with two large adjoining bedrooms each accompanied with its own lavish en-suite bathroom, the villa also has a spacious living and lounge area, a kichtenette, poolside dining room, a private sauna and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the breeze and resort vibes. This luxurious villa also has its own free-form pool with a built in jacuzzi for you to enjoy! The Rayavadee Villa can accommodate between 2 to 20 guests. Best of all, it comes with stupendous views over Phranang Beach, which really adds to its charm.
The Phranang Villa also offer you the same lavish features and views over Phranang Beach and Happy Island. It enjoys an even more privacy thanks to its secluded location. Discretely hidden in an annex five minutes’ walk down the beach from the resort property, be truly immersed in a dramatic landscape and peaceful atmosphere. Its 3×12 metre pool comes with a jacuzzi. The spacious villa comes with 3 bedrooms each with its ensuite bathroom.
Dedicated butler service is also provided during your stay. The Phranang Villa can accommodate up to 30 guests. The best part about hosting a villa wedding is that you get to enjoy a luxurious honeymoon after your celebrations!
6. Celebrate with beach vibes and incredible views
Rayavadee Resort has two restaurants ideal for a wedding reception, both with stylish alfresco vibes.
Raitalay Terrace has a carefree beachside setting where you can enjoy watching the gorgeous sunset over a wide array of refreshing cocktails. The restaurant has direct access to the beach and is also just a few steps away from the resort’s infinity pool.
Krua Pharanang is the resort’s most romantic Thai restaurant and hails a menu of classic Thai dishes that comes with a special twist. Stroll along a moonlit path to Phranang Beach and experience a dinner by the sea in this romantic 2-storey restaurant for some of the most deliciously authentic Thai dishes in Thailand! The restaurant also has private dining rooms suitable for small groups of up to 25 persons. Best of all, this restaurant enjoys wonderful views over the stunning beach, limestone cliffs, and outlying islands. There is also an outdoor deck where you can stargaze with the sounds of waves. Krua Pharanang definitely marks a spot for a memorable celebration.
Create your own dream wedding experience
On top of the stunning wedding venues that you can enjoy at Rayavadee Resort, one of the highlights of celebrating your once-in-a-lifetime moment at Rayavadee Resort is that you are able to create your own dream wedding and watch it come to reality. With the help of the dedicated wedding planners at Rayavadee, you can enjoy their well-tailored packages for your wedding celebration, and make bespoke customizations to truly call it your own dream wedding. Rayavadee has 2 packages for you to choose from – Celestial (Baht 83,000++) and Land of the Princess (Baht 144,000++). Rayavadee Resort is also able to arrange for the Traditional Thai ceremony and Buddhist Monks Ceremony. Your Renewal of Vows ceremony can also be planned at Rayavadee Resort.
With its unique wedding venues and personalized service, Rayavadee Resort exudes an exotic charm for your celebrations. Its contemporary habitat surrounded by natural surroundings and incredible views makes it an unforgettable experience. It came as no surprise to us after our visit why Rayavadee was voted ‘Top 20 Asia Resorts’ in 2014-2015 and ‘Top 40’s World’s Best Beach Resorts’ in 2014 – 2015 by Conde Nast Traveler’s Annual Readers Choice Awards.
If you are looking for a special place to say your “I Do”, be sure to check out Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand, especially during the period from November to April where sunny blue skies and cool breezes are aplenty. Click here for wedding/event FAQs at Rayavadee. After hosting your wedding celebration at Rayavadee, be sure to get started on these Top 17 Things to Do on your Krabi Honeymoon.
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