The best short-haul wedding destinations

From picturesque mountaintops and vineyards to white-sand beaches, the best places to get hitched within a six-hour flight radius from the GCC.

Meryl D'Souza May 9, 2016

So you popped the question and she replied with the most magical word in the English dictionary, congratulations! The hard part is only beginning. First on your list is looking for the perfect place to get hitched.

If you’re looking to getaway from home and throw a destination wedding, here are your best options. All within a six-hour flight radius.


Best time to tie the knot: October to March

Not a lot of people knew about the 115-island country till Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the Republic of Seychelles for their honeymoon. Since then, it’s been a go-to celebrity destination for weddings and honeymoons. 

The tropical paradise holds the record for most area under conservation with a majority of the islands in the archipelago being uninhabited or designated nature reserves.

There are white powder beaches, butler-serviced villas with gazebos and plunge pools and privacy that lets you lounge in the nude without being disturbed – unless you’re William and Kate.


Best time to tie the knot: December to April

Just like Seychelles, Maldives comes with the turquoise water, white sands and luxury resorts. The difference is two-fold though: Where Seychelles is uber-luxury, Maldives is an affordable luxury and unlike Seychelles, Maldives has one resort on one island. With just one resort on each island, you’ll be in your own exclusive island bubble.

Jodhpur, India

Best time to tie the knot: October to mid April

People will tell you of how Goa is the best destination to have your wedding. Take it from a Goan, it isn’t. We’ve already laid out the best beach wedding destinations for you. If you’re going to have a wedding in India, make sure it’s fit for a king.

Taj’s Umaid Bhawan Palace was voted the best hotel in the world by Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. Standing on 26 acres of lush land, the 347-room hotel was built in 1943 and is one of the largest private residences in the world. Even the squash courts are made of marble.

Santorini, Greece

Best time to tie the knot: May to October

The whole group of Santorini islands is still an active volcano and probably the only one in the world, where the crater is located in the sea. But don’t worry, the last eruption was in 1950. Locals believe the island is the site of the lost city of Atlantis and, whether that is true or not, it is certainly near to paradise where whitewashed villages cling to black-lava cliffs.


Best time to tie the knot: April to October

If you are going to celebrate love, what better place than the birthplace of the goddess of love? Cyprus is also a perfect option for those of you who prefer a more Mediterranean feel to your wedding. The beautiful Akamas Peninsula has a tiny, whitewashed church on a cobbled square within its peaceful enclave that makes it the perfect getaway wedding spot.

Istanbul, Turkey

Best time to tie the knot: March to mid June

Turkey’s cosmopolitan capital is the cornerstone of two of the world’s largest empires. Aside from heading to the Bosphorus to see where Asia and Europe meet, you could also get married in the historic Sultan Ahmed Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque.