Combining the Old World elegance of Europe, the sexiness of a tropical beach, and the convenience of a quick plane flight, the One & Only Ocean Club is a one-stop-shop for tropical wedding perfection. While it shares a Bahamian island with that most exuberant of resorts, Atlantis, the Ocean Club maintains a quiet, tranquil attitude. The fact that it’s so close to a family-friendly, wallet-friendly behemoth is actually good news for lots of wedding couples, who can stash their extended families down the road while they revel in elegance.
There are two full-time wedding staffers coordinating it all. Most brides fall hard for the Versailles-inspired gardens built around a 12th-century cloister imported from Europe. Exchange vows under the ancient arches, then think about cocktails beside the sunken pool, where you can also set up an extra-long feasting table. If you’ve got a large crowd, you’ll be asked to spring for a tent on the lawn. Small groups can take over one of the gorgeous villas. At all, menus are overseen by Jean-George Vongerichten, one of the world’s true culinary stars.
Keep in mind
You can’t marry on the beach here, so look elsewhere if you want the sand-between-your-toes experience. But for a lot of couples, a background of turquoise sea between those medieval pillars is plenty of atmosphere.