The Connaught Hotel and Spa, Bournemouth, Dorset
If you're looking for toes-in-the-sand just-wed shots, this seaside wedding venue is only a five-minute walk from the beach. Located on Bournemouth's West Cliff, the four-star luxury boutique hotel is ideal if you're planning a weekend-long celebration – and why wouldn't you with everything you need right on the doorstep. There's plenty of accommodation, not to mention a fully equipped gym and indulgent spa with an 18m swimming pool, free to use for anyone staying over. The town's just a short stroll away too.
The 19th-century building combines charm and character with modern luxury, from the contemporary reception area to the 'London-look' brasserie and intimate Gin Bar.Licensed for ceremonies indoors and out, the hotel can host weddings with up to 130 guests and offers a range of attractive settings from the bright and modern Connaught Suite overlooking the terrace garden to the Franklyn suite, a more neutral space; ideal for those looking to add their own personal stamp. The Courtyard Garden is a hidden gem; the perfect backdrop for al fresco ceremonies with up to 70 loved ones.
There's even a blue beach hut nestled between two palm trees for those all-important photos. Alternatively, Blake's Restaurant, with its glistening chandeliers, is ideal for more intimate weddings.
Contact: 01202 298 020 | www.theconnaught.co.uk
Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, West Hill Road, West Cliff, Bournemouth, BH2 5PH