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Saying “I Do” with a Splash in Vietnam

Taking the plunge when you marry doesn’t necessarily mean the bride and groom at Avana Retreat’s on-site wedding perch are obliged to dive-in after saying ‘I do.’ But the picturesque cascade at the heart of this new venue for nuptials might tempt as much.

Flowing through lush tropical foliage, the rugged, natural beauty of the property’s waterfall make it one of the most popular locations for guests and from this year on the one-of-a-kind spot is available for elopement and cozy wedding parties.

An intimate meal post-nuptials

The towering falls are flanked by a wooden terrace bathed in the warm, romantic glow of lanterns. An altar, in bloom with a vibrant arrangement of flowers, adds to the idyllic appeal. Walking down the aisle also has a novel touch here, with bride- and groom-to-be reaching the waterfall through a network of lamp-lit bridges, surrounded by verdant forest and decorated with an array of blossoms.

While the location is ideal for couples who wish to elope, the waterfall area can cater for up to 30 wedding guests. The reception dinner also takes place at the resort’s heart and an upscale multi-course menu with dishes such as Lobster Cognac Flambé and Smoked Duck Breast is on offer.

Couple’s spa treatment at Orchid Spa

All wedding plans are customizable with rates varying depending on options chosen. Choices include a custom-made altar, floral arrangements along the pathway to the venue, a celebrant, live music, photographer, videographer, and a reception dinner. Pre- or post-nuptials partners can enjoy the ‘Couple’s Romance’ treatment at the resort’s Orchid Spa, a 60 or 90-minute head-to-toe experience, combining a refreshing facial and tension-release massage.

The mountainside retreat has 36 villas spread among 37 acres of natural bush and terraced rice fields. This allows for the intimate nature of the nuptials to continue throughout the wedding party’s stay.

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