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TRAVEL CHANNEL: TOP 10 PLACES TO GET MARRIED - JUNE 2002

  1. Heliotopos Hotel, Santorini Island, Greece
  2. Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California
  3. Skibo Castle, Dornach, Scotland
  4. Caneel Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
  5. Empire State Building, New York City, NY, USA
  6. Elephant Safari Park, Taro, Bali, Indonesia
  7. Old Lahaina Luau, Maui, Hawaii, USA
  8. Little White Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas, USA
  9. La Sala Rossa, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy
  10. Grand Lido, Negril, Jamaica

Finally, we have reached our ultimate pick of picks, our number one wedding destination

The joining of man and women in matrimony is one of the most beautiful events in any person's life.

So what better spot to tie the knot than one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Heliotopos hotel, Santorini, Greece, number one on our countdown.

Rising up from the Mediterranean 130 miles from mainland Greece the gorgeous island of Santorini is all that's left of a once active volcano. It's long dormant now, but for couples looking to marry, this stunning 73 sqr miles island still remains a hot spot.

For its spectacular setting, gorgeous Greek architecture and romance, the Heliotopos Hotel on Santorini island, Greece, sits alone at number one on our countdown of Travel Channel's Top 10 places to get married.

Millie Martini Bratten, Editor-In-Chief, Bride's Magazine:

Santorini is an island in Greece that's surrounded by beautiful opal water, and bathed in brilliant sunlight very-very romantic. It is built on ancient structures and has a beautiful view of the caldera. It is a very beautiful and romantic place to be married.

Perched at a mountaintop at the northwest end of the island is where you'll find the Heliotopos Hotel. An idyllic escape, boasting perhaps one of the finest views in the world.

Lila Konstantinidis, Wedding Coordinator, vice-president of Heliotopos S.A:

The name Heliotopos comes from two words Helios that means sun and topos that means place. So it is a place that the sun is centered to. It is really-really magnificent.

... It is the perfect place to say "I do" for couples like Robbie Petros and his bride to be, Amy.

Just bring your birth certificates and a declaration that you are free to marry and Heliotopos will take care of the rest.

We are customizing the wedding services according to the couple's wishes so they have the wedding of their dreams. Tonight the couple decided to have a civil wedding. Partly traditional and partly international. It will take place on the terrace of Heliotopos, the groom will be waiting there for his bride. When the bride is ready, the local Greek musicians playing violin and lute will lead her to the terrace.

Santorini is a great place to get married because it combines the history and the beauty of the island. Santorini has wonderful services for couples and above all it is very romantic.

Robbie:

Well, we were already planning the honeymoon here, and after seeing the wedding packages we decided to combine the both. It has been fantastic.

That's the best part of getting married here, seeing the sunset, it's great and to be up here on the terrace.

Amy:

This sight is gorgeous, the view is spectacular, you can see the sea, the caldera, everything is absolutely gorgeous.

Obviously, we thought it was the best place to get married, that's why we chose it. We thought it was the best location, the best price, the best package, everything!!