Romantic Caribbean Getaways
After the vows have been spoken, the confetti (or bubbles or sparklers–whatever you choose) has settled and the guests have tired of dancing, the next stop is the blissful honeymoon. And what’s more romantic than a tropical, stress-free vacation?
After months of planning, an all-inclusive resort can be your finish line. No more planning, except maybe which spot on the beach to lounge next.
The beauty of all-inclusive resorts is just what the name implies; most everything is included. The rate you pay typically covers your room, meals, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and sometimes excursions just off shore. Some resorts even include the cost of spa services and onsite restaurants, and many offer luxurious honeymoon packages. To top it all off, if you’re in the Caribbean, the weather is bound to be gorgeous.
Here are four of the best Caribbean islands to get some post-wedding R&R with your honey.
The Bahamas are a sprawling chain of 700 islands, only a few of which give you direct access to fun in the sun in the form of all-inclusive resorts.
One of those islands belongs exclusively to Fowl Cay Resort, a 50-acre paradise where guests stay in private villas and have their own personal boats. Amenities include fully stocked kitchens, a luxurious restaurant, three pristine beaches and more. If seclusion is what you seek, look no further.
For a much larger resort that is both romantic and heavy on amenities, Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort is ideal. Taste a variety of cuisines at seven different restaurants, reflect in the Zen gardens or spend an afternoon on the 18-hole golf course. For a fairytale experience, book a Love Nest suite for some of the most luxurious accommodations in the Caribbean.
This island famous for rum and reggae has the most all-inclusive resort options of anywhere in the Caribbean, so your choices run the gamut.
For a retro-chic resort experience, Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios may be calling your name. Amenities include all-butler service, five restaurants and unlimited scuba diving in the coral reef. For a simpler, more intimate experience, Jamaica Inn is located nearby. It offers an outdoor restaurant overlooking the ocean, a secluded beach, and no televisions, radios or alarm clocks in the rooms–can you say “peaceful”?
For a unique resort stay, The Caves is arguably one of the most romantic spots in Jamaica thanks to its cliffside location, stunning ocean views and cheery accommodations. Sign up for a free cooking class, go cliff-jumping or book a day in the spa overlooking the waves.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Welcome to the Coconut Coast, 20 stunning miles of palm trees and white sandy beaches. As one of the most up-and-coming resort destinations in the Caribbean, you will find more than a handful of resorts here that cater to couples.
If you’re still in the celebratory mood and want to hang out with other couples, Punta Cana Princess All Suites Resort and Spa boasts an exuberant pool scene, a 24-hour beach bar and nightly entertainment. Plus, guests can choose from a long list of activities including archery, Spanish classes, dance classes, windsurfing and more.
Want to really get away? Zoetry Agua Punta Cana is at the northern point of the Coconut Coast with its own private beach. Guests have access to unlimited top-shelf drinks and a swim-up bar, as well as free yoga, snorkeling and a complimentary 20-minute massage. Every suite includes its own terrace with views of the gardens, the ocean or another breathtaking sight.
Dubbed “Little Hawaii,” you’ll know exactly why when you witness the aqua blue water, lush greenery and two volcanic spires called the Pitons on the southern edge of the island. While this country can be a bit harder and more expensive to access than others, the trip is well worth it.
For the utmost romantic stay in St. Lucia, book your stay at Jade Mountain Resort. Whether you’re waking up in your canopy bed or relaxing in your private infinity pool, you will have an ocean view thanks to your room’s unique design. The fourth wall opens out toward the Caribbean, yet provides complete privacy from other suites, otherwise known as sanctuaries. The restaurant is run by a James Beard Award-winning chef, and wellness services are available both in the spa and your sanctuary.
A larger option with plenty of dining choices and activities is Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, complete with eight restaurants, four pools and panoramic views of both the Atlantic and the Caribbean. The luxury resort is located within walking distance of Pigeon Island for couples in the mood for a hike and a little adventure.
Whether you and your love choose a large, bustling resort or an intimate island villa away from technology, you can’t go wrong. Soak up every minute of the retreat, and remember you can always start planning anniversary getaways once this one is complete. ■
Sources: oyster.com, honeymoonsinc.com, sandals.com, jamaicainn.com, frommers.com, puntacanaprincess.com, zoetryresorts.com, jademountain.com and fowlcay.com.