While destination weddings are often synonymous with Mexico, Hawaii, Bali, the Caribbeans, and various other tropical islands, Sun Moon Lake is just as dreamy a location. Known as one of Taiwan’s most prestigious hotels, here is precisely why The Lalu, Sun Moon Lake is the ultimate place to celebrate love!
The Lalu, Sun Moon Lake
Sun Moon Lake is the largest lake in Taiwan and is home to generations of aboriginal tribe Ao. In the middle of the lake lies Lalu Island. The Ao believe this is where the highest deity resides and thus came the name “The Lalu” hotel.
The Lalu – aka Han Bi Lo in Mandarin – originally belonged to President Chiang Kai-Shek and was primarily used as a vacation venue to entertain foreign head of states. With NT $1.86 billion worth of investment and five years of renovation, it reopened to the public on March 3rd, 2002 and has since been popular amongst locals as well as international travellers.
Designed by award-winning international team known for their work on Aman Resorts, The Lalu now encompasses three separate buildings: Building A, B, and C. Building A serves as the main guest house while Building B houses entertainment facilities (e.g. gym, spa, jacuzzi, and Members Clubhouse). As for Building C, it includes a library, conference facility, parking lot, and of course, The Lalu’s signature pool villas.
What Makes The Lalu a Perfect Wedding Destination
Tucked away in an idyllic paradise surrounded by Sun Moon Lake and lush mountains, The Lalu combines both oriental charms and contemporary designs to establish a romantic getaway. Whether you are looking to plan a traditional Chinese engagement ceremony or a Western-styled wedding reception, they are able to cater to your specific needs. After all, every wedding is unique. With their professional expertise and years of experience from hosting thousands of weddings in the past, their team makes sure your special day is one for the books.
The Lalu Garden x Water Gallery: Spanning across more than 7,000 square foot, The Lalu Garden has the capacity to host up to 360 guests. Awe-inspiring views of Sun Moon Lake reflect upon At the Water Gallery, making it ideal for cocktail receptions.
Courtyard Pool Villa: The villa features a Chinese garden in addition to a spacious living room catering up to 60 guests. Its Zen design makes it a great fit for an intimate Chinese Engagement Ceremony with close friends and family.
Sky Terrace: Sky Terrace is an outdoor terrace overlooking the pristine Sun Moon Lake. It is the ultimate spot to exchange vows and is popular amongst younger couples. Like the Courtyard Pool Villa, it can house up to 60 guests as well.
Oriental Brasseries Restaurant: Accommodating up to 120 guests, the OB Restaurant is an excellent space for a formal Western reception.
Lakeview Chinese Restaurant: With floor-to-ceiling windows, the Lakeview Chinese Restaurant has spectacular views of Sun Moon Lake and can cater up to 200 guests. If Chinese cuisine is preferred, it’s a fantastic alternative to the OB Restaurant.
From wedding packages to room and spa deals, The Lalu offers a range of different plans to help simplify your decision-making process and make your special day stress-free. For a complete list of their services, head to The Lalu’s wedding site here.
A Night at The Lalu
Apart from The Lalu being a lovely wedding venue, it makes for a romantic honeymoon destination too. Or, if perhaps it’s a little too rushed/stressful driving to and from Sun Moon Lake on the same day, a night’s rest here will leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Courtyard Pool Villa
Pictured above is the one-bedroom Courtyard Pool Villa. Two-bedroom villas are available as well for bigger families. Both villas consist of a lounge, a courtyard with a 12-meter swimming pool, and an outdoor dining pavilion. Aside from the additional bedroom, the two-bedroom Courtyard Pool Villa also features a dinning room, which the one-bedroom does not.
This 2019, I actually had the pleasure of spending two nights at the Lakeview Suite for my 26th birthday. That said, The Lalu really is the perfect choice for all celebrations alike.
And of course, a stay at The Lalu won’t be complete without a morning dip at their photogenic infinity pool. My stay was at the end of May/beginning of June hence it was a little rainy but even then, the clouds could not mask the beauty of Sun Moon Lake.
Address: No. 142, Zhongxing Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
Phone Number: +886 4 9285 5313
The easiest way to get to The Lalu is by car. Alternatively, you can take the bus or Taiwan High Speed Rail. For more information, head to their website’s “Location” tab.
Additional Photos & Video
The Lalu courtyard.
The Lalu Garden
Chinese wedding tea ceremony.
Floating drinks and snacks served at Courtyard Pool Villa.
Romantic courtyard dining.