Caribbean

A Kiss by the Beach

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2010

parrot cay Widely known as a celebrity hangout, Parrot Cay is luxurious, secluded and intimate—all good things for honeymooners. Set on its own private island in the Turks and Caicos, the accommodations here practically mimic a wedding, with white decor throughout the bedrooms, bathrooms and balconies or patios. For an upgrade that’s worth the cost, book one of the 1-bedroom COMO suites with extra space for living and dining areas, or go up one more level to the 1-bedroom beach houses for the ultimate in seclusion: private plunge pools and outdoor hammocks, private sundecks and easy beach access. The breezy feel in the accommodations follows honeymooners throughout the resort, from a dip in the 5,000-sq.-ft infinity pool to casual drinks and dining at Lotus Bar and Restaurant, open to the air and overlooking the beach. Parrot Cay is also home to one of the most famous spas in the Caribbean, Shambala Spa, with a focus on fitness and overall wellness as well as indulgent massages and scrubs. Honeymooners shouldn’t miss a treatment at the spa, but they won’t need a spa treatment to relax. Day beds are sprinkled throughout the resort, most located in cozy and intimate corners that turn public spaces into private resting zones. Parrot Cay’s 7-night Honeymoonpackage includes three meals per day, a half-day spa cottage rental, one dinner by candlelight and one couple’s massage. Rates start at $6,012 per room. Regular rates start at $696 per room per night.

rosewood little dix bay Surrounded on almost all sides by a protected tropical forest, Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, BVI, feels like an escape into the jungle—if that jungle also happened to have picturesque, well-kept trails that lead to an oasis of luxury. Rooms here take full advantage of their surroundings, with floor-to-ceiling windows, and sun decks or balconies in most. Ideal couples’ accommodations here are the 1-bedroom suites, with private double patios and oversized soaking tubs, as well as the beachfront cottages with hexagon-shaped rooms set apart from the rest of the resort with direct beach access. Throughout the rest of the resort, couples will find two ways to do just about anything: the normal way, and the honeymoon way. They can dine like the rest of the guests in the stunning Sugar Mill restaurant with panoramic views of the ocean, or schedule a private dinner on the beach just for the two of them. They can take a water taxi to one of the pristine beaches popular with other guests, or charter a boat and go exploring through the British Virgin Islands in search of a secluded stretch of sand all their own. And at Sense, A Rosewood Spa, they can choose from a full lineup of treatments, or indulge and book its exclusive Cliff Spa Suite for couples’ sessions. The 7-night Romance package includes three meals a day, a day trip to a neighboring island, an afternoon picnic, a sunset cruise and couple’s massage for rates starting at $6,300 per room.

bird of paradise One of the most luxurious experiences we’ve found in the Caribbean is also one of the most romantic: a stay at the Bird of Paradise villa. A rumored below-the-radar vacation spot for celebrities like Julia Roberts, the villa is set on a secluded bluff on the quiet island of Anguilla. This is a place where virtually anything is possible. Book just one of its four suites to give honeymooners access to its jaw-dropping views and chic open-air bedrooms filled with tribal art and expansive bathrooms. Or, for the full star treatment, book the whole villa for a truly private getaway complete with two freshwater pools, large living room, verandah, courtyard, patio with a fireplace, several dining areas and full kitchen. Either way, this is a place where the good life comes to you. Honeymooners can hire a private chef to serve meals of their choosing throughout the week; Bird of Paradise can also put you in touch with their resident wine expert, who’ll ensure the couple’s favorite vintages are on hand during their stay. Naturally, spa appointments are also easy to set up in one of its bedrooms or on the sea-facing deck and patio. Even the beach here is decidedly private, thanks to Bird of Paradise’s location distant from any large resorts. If money’s no object, we can’t think of any place we’d rather be. Rates start at $2,970 per night for one suite, and go up to $3,190 per night for all four suites.