Thick with the fragrance of teak oil and incense, the Palm Grove bedrooms are part of the wedding package at Chateau de Vallery (formerly Chateau des Condé) in France. Canopied beds overlook a grove of date palms and century-old olive trees. No grass here, but sand. A small pool gurgles with warm water at the heart of this Garden of Eden, and a gazebo offers relaxing shade.
A short path wends its way from a Buddha, sculpted into the roots of a tamarind tree, via a monumental bronze elephant head rising up from the 12th-century ramparts, to a stone apsara further on, holding a water jug on her shoulder and pouring out crystal waters. "Luxury, tranquillity and voluptuousness" perfectly sum up the atmosphere at the heart of this small oasis. 4 bedrooms for a romantic wedding in a chateau: Samsara, Darjeeling, Nirvana and Figuier.