Engaged and flirting with the idea of a British countryside wedding? We know a bouquet of good reasons to tie the knot at Monkey Island Estate, though a special friend at YTL Hotels has just lifted the veil on another seven for us – and seeing we have a thing for honeymoon trends, we thought it a crime not to air our laundry in public.
For those who haven’t heard of Monkey Island (we beg your pardon?), the five-star spa hotel housed in a Grade I-listed building is only London’s favourite weekend getaway, an hour’s drive from the capital in the historic village of Brays, near Windsor. Since its opening last year, the property has made itself a name as a prime wedding location for experiential ceremonies: from you-only-marry-once decadent festivities in the stunning Marlborough Room, to informal outdoors weddings on the estate’s manicured lawns (never mind the British weather; tipis and marquees are available!). Though believe us when we say what’s most enticing about making an honest man – and another – out of yourselves here lies beyond the altar… far beyond, indeed.
Starting with immediate effect (we’ve got our rings at the ready), +£35k wedding bookings at Monkey Island Estate come with a complimentary seven nights full-board at any of YTL Hotels’ flagship properties across Bali and Malaysia. It’s the perfect gift for newlyweds looking for a hassle-free, luxurious honeymoon and you won’t have to choose a single, tropical aisle to go down, either. Instead, we hear couples will be invited to mix and match properties as desired. This is your honeymoon, after all.
For inspiration – other than a Just Married sign at the back of the aircraft flying you out – may we suggest a few days at the Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali? A beachside wellness hideaway standing amidst a field of palm trees against the backdrop of Mount Batur; it’s exactly like they say: first comes love, then comes marriage. And then comes paradise.
Photography courtesy of YTL Hotels