This venue excels at:
1. Relaxed and hedonistic sunset wedding receptions at the water’s edge. Think romantic, billowing white sails, inviting Bedouin style sofas, twinkling candles and glowing fire bowls welcoming in the night. The Westin’s private peninsulas offer everything from classy beach banqueting to elabourate and opulent seated dinners at the sea’s edge. The lapping waters and breath-taking views out across the Mediterranean make you feel like you’re cast-away on your own paradise island.
2. Elegant wedding ceremonies and banquets on pavilion terraces with stunning panoramic views out to sea. Imagine fine dining under the sun or stars, or indoor gala dinners in gracefully opulent ballrooms and pavilions furnished with sweeping marble staircases and soft, romantic décor.
The Westin Dragonara Resort has a venue for every couple. While their forte is almost certainly their prime location on a peninsula that juts exclusively out into the Med, they have worked hard to provide alternatives for out-of-season weddings and intimate ceremonies with a difference. In addition to the simply stunning venues on the water’s edge, they have indoor ballrooms, a grand pavilion and a beautiful original sunken garden dating back to the 1870’s, when the resort was a holiday home for the Marquis Scicluna. The garden itself is delightfully secret, lying below street level and hidden away from the hotel’s guests. Here, an oasis of green trees and climbing bougainvillea surrounds old stone paths and tinkling fountains – a real haven for an intimate and charming ceremony.
Back to the sea venues, The Westin has a number to choose from. Part of their charm is that they are located away from the immediate hotel building and have separate entrances, even allowing approach from the sea. This means your event can be kept all the more private from other hotel guests and there is no need for your wedding party to have to traipse through a hotel getting stared at, which can so often happen with hotel venues. For smaller water’s-edge venues, you could choose from the relaxed and magically Arabian-inspired Bedouin Bar that also sits on it’s own mini peninsula and has access to a small sandy beach via a quirky wooden bridge. Likewise, the Quadro Restaurant and Veranda takes up it’s own position protruding into the sea next to the Bedouin Bar. The Quadro Restaurant epitomises fine, outdoor dining with its sea terraces accessed via a beautiful sweeping stone staircase that leads down from a regal veranda where, importantly, you are able to hold a legal ceremony by the sea. This is of considerable note as it is one of the only sea-front venues sanctioned by Malta’s Marriage Registry Office to be able to hold legally binding civil ceremonies.
A final note on service, The Westin is highly professional and massively experienced in holding wedding events. They have a dedicated team who can handle as much or as little of the arrangements as you want. They have tasteful standard wedding set-ups and decor available, or can help you deck out your chosen venue in line with your dream vision. The catering is some of the best on the island, offering haute cuisine with immaculate presentation and mouthwatering flavours. In short, you’re in good hands – The Westin is a top choice for a sea-view wedding in Malta.
The legal stuff
You can have a legally recognised civil ceremony in some of the venues at the Westin Dragonara Resort. The Quadro Restaurant & Veranda currently offers one of the only outdoor, sea-view locations for marriage ceremonies and the sunken garden is also available for outdoors unions. However, you should double check with the wedding team in the first instance to ensure you can have a legal ceremony at your chosen Westin Resort venue.
The Westin Dragonara Resort, Dragonara Road, St.Julian’s STJ02, Malta
Robert Vella, Weddings Specialist
Tel: (00356) 2374 5523
As a hotel, you should be aware that all of the sea-front wedding venues are used as sun decks in the day by the hotel guests. It is a good idea to bear this in mind when booking your venue so that you limit the risk of people in their swim wear ogling at you from their sunbeds on the next peninsula. Even if you book an area exclusively for a daytime event, you should double check with the Westin wedding team as to what other areas may be looking onto your event, if this actually bothers you of course. One other thing to note is that parties will need to end by 2am and the noise tempered after midnight as you could well incur complaints from guests, all of which the hotel handles discreetly for you. The staff will look after you very well and a manager will be on hand throughout the event to keep things running smoothly.