Caribbean

A Kiss by the Beach

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2010

The exotic landscapes and laid-back ambiance of the Caribbean are practically made for honeymoons. But who really capitalizes on that island romance? Here are a few of our favorites.

jade mountain Since its opening, much has been said about this hillside resort’s unique “three-walled” suite concept. Travel + Leisure called it the #1 resort in the Caribbean last year, as did the Travel Channel; and yes, this is where Jake proposed to Vienna in the season finale of the most recent season of “The Bachelor.” So what’s all the fuss about? Two words: the view. Every suite at St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain is designed to maximize the sights beyond that missing fourth wall, including the Caribbean Sea and Piton Mountain peaks. That means honeymooners have patios outfitted with plush lounges and infinity pools that stretch all the way to the edge of the room, blending right into the ocean beyond. The rooms, patios and pools are so spacious and luxurious, in fact, that resort sources report that many couples who stay here don’t leave the suite for days at a time; one couple wasn’t seen for five full days after checking in. And why not? With ample outdoor space and indoor amenities like refrigerators and an electronic call button to summon Jade Mountain service staff for meals, snacks, drinks, in-suite spa services and yoga classes, as well as other requests at any time, who needs to leave? Rates start at $900 per room per night dbl; a 7-night all-inclusive Total Romance package includes an island tour, a drinks package in the room fridge, a guided snorkel trip and scuba excursions, spa services, a sail on the resort’s yacht and more, starting at $12,942 dbl.

petit st. vincent When it comes to private island resorts, Caribbean honeymooners have plenty of choices. But Petit St. Vincent takes that privacy to a new level. Guests here are whisked away to one of its secluded villas, spaced apart throughout the island so that honeymooners won’t have to see another soul if they don’t want to. The villas marry the rustic elegance of decor—including locally quarried stone walls—with luxuries like outdoor showers, sea-facing balconies and hammocks. Most villas are just a stairway away from the beach that rings the island, while others sit higher up on rocky bluffs with serene views. There is one modern luxury that you won’t find here, however: telephones. Clients who don’t wish to leave their room for meals can fill out a request form and hoist a flag to alert resort staff to their needs. And though the rooms are difficult to leave, the rest of the island is worth exploring. PSV’s watersports center gives guests all they need to explore its crystal-clear surrounding waters via snorkeling mask, hobie cat or glass-bottom kayak. And when honeymooners emerge from their love nests at night, the resort bar turns into a social hotspot, a place to meet fellow travelers, enjoy local cocktails, and sing along to songs played by a live local pianist. Rates start at $675 per room per night dbl; a 7-night honeymoon package includes unlimited room service, a couple’s massage and a picnic for two on PSV’s romantic offshore sandbar.

secrets sanctuary, cap cana The name says it all: Sanctuary. All Secrets resorts are designed for romance, but the chain’s Cap Cana property in the Dominican Republic takes the prize for most whimsical, most private, and most serene experience for honeymooners in the Cap Cana complex. For starters, the place is built to look like a castle, giving its lobby, sundeck and walkways a fairy tale ambiance. Inside, couples find accommodations that rank among the most luxurious in the all-inclusive industry: marble baths; furnished balconies and terraces, all with ocean views; and upper-level accommodations including private villas right on the beach and suites with plunge pools and jacuzzi tubs. Its 2,600-sq.-ft. honeymoon villas sit in seclusion just steps from the ocean, while the Island Suites are the ultimate upgrade, set on their own private island for a getaway from the getaway. Like most all-inclusives, Secrets provides beach and watersports, nightly entertainment and theme parties, and even a casino. But unlike most all-inclusives, couples can also take advantage of Cap Cana’s Jack Nicklaus golf courses and upscale dining, both the included fare at its own restaurants and EP meals at Cap Cana’s marina and other resorts. Secrets’ Eternity Honeymoon package also offers a couple’s massage and choice of facial or body scrub for two and a private dinner just for the newlyweds, set on the beach at the end of a path of rose petals. The package is free with a 7-night or more stay; for shorter stays the cost is $799. Rates start at $369 pp.