Is there anything more dreamy than a destination wedding for paying homage to a shared sense of adventure or a love of travel on your big day? For destination venue options that ramp up the romance and include a team of talented coordinators to lend a hand with every last detail, start your honeymoon a little early and tie the knot at a resort or luxury hotel.

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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali 

With a fleet of luxe venues spread across the globe, there’s a Starwood property out there that’s perfect for creating a destination wedding as unique as your love. Whether you’d prefer sparkling sand or the bright green of a fairway beneath your feet, choose your favorite location and treat guests—and yourselves—to the comfort and ease of a beautiful resort wedding.

We’ve included a few not-to-miss spots that should definitely make your short list:

The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont

Vermont has long been a champion of equal rights, leading the country as the first state to introduce civil unions and one of the first to offer marriage equality. What finer place to choose for a wedding than Vermont’s upscale resort and spa, The Equinox. Nestled in the affluent New England village of Manchester, the property’s historic colonnaded buildings date from the 18th century and provide a range of indoor and outdoor spaces for a celebration of any size. White-glove service, a personal concierge, and other distinguished amenities add perfect touches for an unforgettable event. With a picturesque 18-hole golf course and tennis courts on site, plus a mix of mountain adventure activities nearby, The Equinox is an ideal destination for anyone dreaming to get back to nature when they say “I do.”

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The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, California

In 2007, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders made history when he publicly came out in support of same-sex marriage, a political reversal inspired by his daughter. Celebrate the city’s equality wins with a unique waterfront wedding overlooking the gorgeous San Diego Bay. The area’s mild climate makes this an optimal choice for a beautiful garden ceremony or party right along the water, though there are lovely indoor spaces here as well. An authentic dining experience featuring local, sustainable, and farm-to-table ingredients adds a flair of San Diego culture to any celebration, and the surrounding city is packed with entertainment and attractions both on and off the water.

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Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

W South Beach, Florida

Starwood’s W hotels have long-championed for LGBT equality in partnership with advocacy organizations like the Human Rights Campaign. For an ultra chic beachfront wedding in Miami, the W South Beach is a premier hotel and spa for hosting cosmopolitan celebrations with huge WOW-factor. Featuring personalized Whatever/Whenever® service provided by the W’s savvy staff, nuptials range from small seaside ceremonies to receptions that bring the glitz and glam. No matter how vibrant of a party you’re planning, the talented creative team at W South Beach works carefully to provide guests with a distinct destination wedding of their dreams.

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Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Hawaii

Hawaii passed marriage-equality legislation in November of 2013, and the state’s gorgeous, green island of Maui is home to this posh spot for a dream destination wedding. Located on the lush Ka’anapali Beach, Westin Resort & Spa is a paradise featuring breathtaking tropical venues boasting views of neighboring Hawaiian islands, including a waterfall, gazebo, outdoor pavilion and oceanfront lawn. Let the Westin Maui’s wedding specialists customize each and every detail to your utmost satisfaction.

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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali

The St. Regis Bal Harbour, Florida

This elegant ocean high-rise resort offers a distinguished destination wedding experience in Miami Beach, Florida, which celebrated its first gay pride parade in 2009. Especially adept at handling larger celebrations with aplomb, The St. Regis’s exquisite contemporary decor and robust array of luxury enhancements make each union here a uniquely memorable and regal event.  

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The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

Opting for a Starwood for the destination wedding of your dreams? Don’t forget to register as a Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). And as if all of this wasn’t enough great info, now’s also a perfect time to take advantage of a few notable Starwood wedding offers, including bonus Starpoints®, a complimentary sparkling toast at your event, and even free honeymoon nights so you get more time to enjoy your dream destination with the love of your life.


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