Dubai, December 2015: The thought of getting married with your toes in the warm sand on a tropical island seems out of reach for most couples when planning their wedding around the kitchen table in a far-from-tropical home country.
But don’t give up on your romantic oceanfront affair quite so fast. It is absolutely feasible to exchange your vows barefoot on a stunning beach with a warm ocean breeze through your hair under a sunny blue sky. Yes, exactly as the pictures you have seen...
The virtually uninhabited Gaya Island, just off Kota Kinabalu on Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, offers the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding. Gaya Island is a mass of jungle, fringed by mangroves and skirted by coral reefs. On this unexplored island, two private 5-star resorts have tucked away their luxurious villas on the tropical hillside and perched on stilts over the clear waters of the South China Sea; Bunga Raya Island Resort and Gayana Eco Resort.
If you are looking for something even more spectacular than a beach wedding, the two resorts on Gaya Island can arrange a Canopy Walk wedding ceremony on a suspension bridge high above the rain forest.
For additional secluded options, you can also tie the knot on a private yacht, in the tropical gardens or in the Royal Villa. Wedding packages start from approx USD 150 per person and honeymoon packages start from USD 2000. In Malaysia, the process for foreign citizens to get married is fairly straightforward and can be done express in only seven days.