The original American Idol has tossed her wedding planner and gone rogue—and our money is on a destination wedding for the singer, her fiance Brandon Blackstock, and his two kids. Here’s what she told people.com: “We are so busy that we finally just came to terms the other night and were like, ‘So, we changed our minds and we want to elope.’ We just got so overwhelmed by it—all the decisions.”
We hear you, Kelly.
So may we propose a trio of completely unexpected but sensational sites that will coddle you two and the kids, knock your country-loving socks off, and make for an unforgettable wedding?
First up: The Hotel Alfonso XIII, in Seville, Spain. We think you’ll love it first for its city’s soul—this is the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, where a blend of African and Spanish influences means you’ll find Moorish architecture, vibrant flamenco dancers, and the best gazpacho on the planet. The hotel itself is elegant but not stuffy—and adept at keeping celebs safe from the paparrazi. We envision a fall wedding on one of its patios, fountains splashing to the rhythm of a classical guitar.
Idea No. 2: Las Alamandas, on the Costa Alegre, between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. It’s one of the world’s more isolated resorts—no wedding crashers in this neighborhood—but there’s a good bit to keep you and your small crew occupied, what with kayaking, horseback riding, snorkeling, surfing—there’s even a basketball court, which gets a surprising amount of use. The villas are straight out of a Mexican dream, with brilliant colors and hand-forged details, and the food will melt your heart, if not your waistline. We can picture Kelly and Brandon exchanging vows at sunset on its stunner of a beach, with a tiny rooftop reception afterward.
Last, we suggest a place far, far away, where a boot-scootin’ country girl can let her hair down and relax, knowing that privacy is absolutely guaranteed. Turtle Island, Fiji, floats by its languid self in the South Pacific, and though it normally accommodates just 14 couples, anyone with pockets deep enough is invited to rent the entire spread and bring whomever they like along for the ride. So Kelly and Brandon can be all romantical with beach strolls and massages while the kids—12 and six years old—will each have a “Bula Buddy” to teach them how to fish, kayak, and snorkel off one of the planet’s dreamiest islands.
And frankly, if Kelly doesn’t jump on any of these, maybe you should.
Want to know more about planning destination wedding travel to the Hotel Alfonso III, Las Alamandas, or Turtle Island? Our travel partners at Coastline Travel Advisors, a Virtuoso agency, are ready to help.