Friday 13 June 2014

Luxury Innovator Zeavola Plants Seeds of Eternal Love with 'Barefoot' Buddhist Vows, Love Trees and Underwater Weddings In Heaven

unnamed (1)Pioneering five-star dive resort Zeavola is giving couples the chance to plant a 'love tree' in a traditional barefoot Buddhist wedding ceremony on a pristine beach next to the azure majesty of the Andaman Sea. 

Set within a world-famous national marine park and nestled on a lush, green hillside, the resort famed for its highly-personalised service also offers western weddings and will tailor the occasion to create nuptials as bespoke as they are unique and luxurious. 

"We will push the boat out to make couples' dreams come true and create a truly memorable big day," said the PADI Five Star-accredited resort's General Manager, Florian Hallermann. unnamed (2)

"We are the tropical beach weddsing's quiet achievers here at Zeavola. We may not be in the spotlight, but we are building quite a collection of happy couples who we helped create a very special wedding in an idyllic and pristine tropical island setting.

"Of course we are a Five Star Diving resort, so we also specialise in weddings for avid divers, who may have some more unusual or out of the box requests. And yes, we can do underwater weddings," he added. 

Mr Hallermann said Zeavola's team were now the equal of any larger resort boasting an army of wedding planners. And a Zeavola wedding had the advantage of adding something deeply green to something borrowed and something blue, given the resort's renowned and standard-setting approach to sustainability and the environment. 

Zeavola assists couples navigate the legal requirements of marrying in Thailand - which can be complicated - with a two-night stay in Bangkok (depending on your nationality) so our wedding specialist can organise a Thai marriage certificate.

The Thai Wedding Ceremony Package involves monks and is conducted in the morning, with the reception, cocktail and dinner in the evening. It includes a Buddhist prayer ceremony, holy water pouring and bonding ceremony, a floral arch, champagne and cake cutting ceremony and the love tree planting. 
For the Western Wedding Ceremony Package, a celebrant conducts a blessing ceremony with an exchange of vows. If a couple wants the ceremony to be traditionally Christian, a Priest can be arranged at extra cost. 

unnamed (3)The package also includes a special wedding reception, the cutting of the bridal cake and opening of a champagne bottle, a floral arch, the love tree planting and a special private wedding ceremony for two on the beach. 

Zeavola's elite chefs can prepare sumptuous western, Thai or mixed menus, with the wedding package inclusive of dinner for the bridal couple. There are meals with a great variety of Thai flavours as well as a lauded selection of Italian favourites with a strong focus on seafood. The resort also boasts an extensive range of beverages. 

With shoes left at reception, guests stay in open rustic accommodation. Rare species of birds live in tree canopies and the extraordinary tree top villas feature extensive hand-hewed teakwood, a spacious yet intimate feel, a private garden and outdoor rain showers. 

Zeavola is built around a sustainability ethos. Its features include a water reserve system that has four deep wells and a reverse osmosis plant to completely minimise unnecessary water consumption - efforts that earned it membership in the international 'green' hotels group Green Pearls. 

The Thai Wedding Ceremony and Western Wedding Ceremony 
71,000++ baht and 65,000++ baht respectively. For dinner, the Private Beach BBQ is 3,000++ baht per person while the Thai Set Dinner and Western Set Dinner start from 1,200++ baht and 1,400++ baht respectively. 

Beverages are extra and so are a host of other options including make-up and hair, manicure and pedicure, Thai costumes for the Bride and Groom, photography, VDO and scuba diving. An array of live entertainment options is also available. 

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