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Wed In Bliss

X2 Samui Resort’s secluded beach is the ideal venue for your perfect wedding day.

 

3Samui is a world renowned tourist destination. And for many years, young and not-so-young couples have chosen the island as the perfect place to get married. Long stretches of golden sands, stunning sunsets and world-class resorts make Samui an obvious choice. Every day there’re multiple wedding ceremonies taking place around the island. And that popularity does bring some issues to light. On the busier beaches you may not be the only one declaring your love publicly.

They’re not quite as crowded as the ‘Elvis Chapel of Love’ in Las Vegas. Nor is there a conveyor belt of blushing brides. But you do want some degree of privacy for you and your guests on the big day. And that’s why boutique hotels situated on secluded bays and beaches are being sought out by discerning couples.

           X2 (that’s pronounced ‘cross to’) Samui Resort, on the south of the island, is one such place. It’s close enough to many of the island’s tourist attractions but far enough away from the main towns to make you forget that you’re on a busy island. It occupies five acres of land and has just 27 villas, most with private swimming pools. In essence, you could take over the whole resort. And you, your family and friends could enjoy your very own secluded beach, top-class restaurant, personal spa with massage and beauty therapists on hand and the undivided attention of every member of staff.

And the team at X2 can put together an incredible wedding day just for you. In general terms, there’re two styles of marriage ceremonies available: a traditional Thai-style one presided over by monks; and a Western-style ceremony conducted by a celebrant or minister. Many couples choose to do both by having a Thai blessing ceremony in the morning followed by a Western-style ceremony in the late afternoon.

Both types of ceremony are quite different. And they can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish. In a traditional Thai ceremony, you can begin the morning with the sound of jovial drumbeats and the festive hae khaan maak parade as the groom escorts his bride from her chamber. Adorned in traditional Thai costumes and flower garlands, you can ‘tie the knot' in front of the most senior members of each family followed by blessings from Buddhist monks and well-wishers during the rod nam sang ceremony. You can attend a local temple for this, even arriving on top of an elephant. Or the monks can come to the resort where a dedicated blessing area can be set up. And family and friends can play an active role in the ‘water blessing’ part of the ceremony. You don’t exchange vows or rings in a Thai ceremony or kiss at the end of it, that comes later in the afternoon during the second ceremony.

And for that, you can have a beautiful floral archway set up on the beach just at the water’s edge. You can choose your own music to walk down the aisle/beach to, with your guests seated either side. Or you can have live musicians play your favourite songs. And during this ceremony you can say your own personal vows to each other, have friends or family recite readings, exchange wedding rings and include special touches. Some couples like to incorporate a ‘sand ceremony’ within the service which signifies not just the joining of two people but also of two families. And you can also have butterflies or doves released as you seal your marriage with a long kiss once you’ve been pronounced husband and wife. You could also arrange to plant a tree in the resort with a plaque with your names on it. It’s a wonderful long-lasting reminder of your special day that will remain there for decades, if not hundreds of years.

But it’s after the ceremony that the festivities begin in earnest. You can have canapés and Champagne served on the beach or around the swimming pool whilst you have lots of photographs taken as the sun is setting. Or you can savour the resort’s fabulous Asian and Spanish tapas as guests mingle on the lawn. Your wedding planner at X2 can also arrange for a videographer, Thai and international bands and DJ’s for the reception, traditional Thai dancers and a floating fire lantern display in the evening. And when it comes to food, Chef Surachat and his team can prepare and serve everything from a seafood barbecue to a Thai banquet or a formal five-course international dinner in the signature 4K (that’s pronounced ‘fork’) restaurant. And every day, the menu is a mix of Eastern and Western dishes and the best of fusion. Local products in season tend to dominate the menu and the local open-air fish market is only five minutes away. You could go along with the chef to the market and pick out your seafood from that day’s catch. And when you get back, there’ll be a team of chefs ready to prepare it all as you relax and enjoy the views from your sun-lounger.

Of course, the wedding day is the big event. But if you’re there with family and friends for an extended stay, then there’re plenty of activities and sights to see for everyone. All manner of watersports can also be arranged. And within a ten-minute drive of the resort there’s the bustling town of Lamai and several temples of note including two with mummified monks. Namuang Waterfall 2 is just minutes away, where they have a zoo, animal shows, tree-top cable rides, elephant trekking and adventure tours. Just around the corner are the Tiger Zoo and Aquarium and the Butterfly Farm. And a little further on is the Snake Farm, the rum distillery and lots of side roads that lead down to more deserted beaches.

X2 Samui Resort can make your dream wedding day on a secluded, sun-kissed tropical beach exceed everything you’d ever imagined. Just let them know what your dreams are made of and X2 will make them come true.

        



Johnny Paterson

 


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