Caribbean & Bermuda

The Best Beach Honeymoons

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2011

But there’s more to a honeymoon at Kamalame Cay than one-on-one experiences. Couples can get to know their fellow guests at fun, laid-back spots like the Tiki Bar, an ocean-facing venue that offers tropical libations and hosts a candlelit Bahamian bbq weekly, complete with live local music. When they’re not enjoying a private meal by themselves, clients eat at the Great House, a large cottage that turns into a covered patio when its doors are opened wide to let in the sea breezes. Rates start at $395.

Contact: (800) 790-7971; kamalame.com

geejam Most of Island Outpost’s collection of boutique resorts are honeymoon-appropriate: they’re cool, unique, intimate resorts in some of the Caribbean’s most romantic destinations. But even by Island Outpost standards, Geejam in Jamaica stands out. Comprised of just seven rooms, this hotel is tucked into a sea-facing hillside in Port Antonio, one of the few remaining coastal areas in Jamaica that feels perfectly untouched and authentic. And while most resorts in the Caribbean will claim to surround their guests with lush tropical foliage, Geejam takes that promise literally. With balconies and pool decks that extend into a Caribbean forest, accommodations here have the feel of a modern, luxurious treehouse. Three cabins—Ska, Mento and Rocksteady, named for Jamaican music styles—include steam rooms or jacuzzis in addition to views of the sea between the treetops. Drum & Bass, Geejam’s 1-bedroom villa, boasts a 1,500-sq.-ft. private deck, as well as proximity to the onsite recording studio.

The renowned restaurant Bushbar, lauded as a “hot table” by Conde Nast Traveler, has a similar vibe, with open-air seating and spectacular views. The Healing Spa offers a full suite of services, including pre-natal and neuromuscular massages, as well as a fitness facility with a personal trainer. And in addition to Frenchman’s Cove—the beach that hosted the 1960s jet set—guests also have access to Geejam’s own private beach, Mack Bay, with snorkeling, kayaking and perpetually calm waters. Rates start at $495 per room per night dbl.

Contact: (800) OUTPOST; islandoutpost.com/geejam

cotton tree If all you know about Grand Cayman is Seven Mile Beach with its large condo resorts, prepare for a surprise. Cotton Tree is the sort of quaint, hidden boutique resort you’d expect to find in Nevis, Anguilla or the out islands of The Bahamas. But it’s here in the northern end of West Bay where honeymooners can stake out a classic Caymanian escape. Intimacy is a part of every experience at Cotton Tree, a collection of four upscale cottages designed to resemble locals’ homes. That is, until you get inside and discover amenities like jacuzzi tubs, rain showers and rooms filled with light streaming in through sea-facing windows. It’s just steps to the shore from couples’ accommodations.

That beach isn’t just for soaking up the sun or cooling off in the ocean. A spa pavilion hides among sea grape trees on the beach, offering a full roster of treatments with the added benefit of sea breezes. (Clients wanting more privacy can book services to be performed in-room or at the nearby Spa Platinum.) Local catering company Food for Thought can provide personal chefs for romantic private dinners. And bicycle rentals are included in the daily rate, giving couples a fun way to explore beyond West Bay. Ristorante Pappagallo, one of Cayman’s most popular restaurants, is also one of its most romantic, and it sits just a short ride away. Rates start at $365 per cottage dbl, and the resort is closed in September.

Contact: caymancottontree.com

cuisinart After months of dieting for the big day, the name “CuisinArt” has got to sound good to any bride. But that’s the least of the enticements at this five-star property in sleepy Anguilla, which hosted the finale of the latest season of the TV show “The Bachelor.” Its 93 rooms evoke the essence of the Mediterranean, with Greek architecture and white and blue color palettes. Marble bathrooms and private patios come standard, with upgrades to villas adding extras like outdoor showers and more private terrace space. ItsVenus Spa received a $10 million redo in 2008, with facilities that now include a VIP suite, a relaxation room with views to the ocean, an aqua therapy pool and—of particular interest to honeymooners—couple’s suites, with attached terraces featuring couple’s tubs or showers.

And, yes, there is the food which ranks among the tastiest and most unique on the island. Whether couples dine at Mediterraneo, the resort’s casual poolside restaurant or Santorini, its more upscale sister, their dishes will include produce grown on site at CuisinArt’s hydroponic farm and organic gardens. Chef’s table reservations and a variety of cooking classes are also available for foodies in love. And tell clients not to worry about watching that wedding-perfect figure. With the resort’s watersports, biking trails, tennis lessons and a state-of-the-art fitness center, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to work—or rather, play—it all off. Rates start at $440 per room per night dbl.