Contact: (800) 943-3210; cuisinartresort.com
gansevoort turks + caicos When some clients say they want to “get away from it all,” they don’t mean they want to leave civilization behind. They want to go to a place with all the amenities and enticements of home, without the accompanying stresses. And that place is the Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. Though it’s set on pristine Providenciales beachfront, this resort has a hip, urban vibe that sets it apart from other resorts here. Each of its 91 guestrooms features spa tubs and rain showers; state-of-the-art appliances in their full kitchens; and modern tech touches like BOSE iPod docking stations, LCD TVs and free WiFi connectivity, so couples can keep friends and family back home up to date on their latest adventures.
And there are plenty of adventures to have here. Deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, horseback riding and private yacht charters are all available excursions from the resort. And on property, guests can take advantage of complimentary snorkeling, kayaking and sailing equipment. There’s also the Exhale Spa, offering modern treatments like its signature Provo Flow Massage, alongside more tried and true practices like yoga classes. At Bagatelle Bistro, couples can indulge in French and Mediterranean cuisine, or just hit up its weekly happy hour that draws guests and locals alike. Guests can also take advantage of upscale offerings like access to its VIP pool area, adding even more of a South Beach feel to its oceanview pool with floating islands. Rates start at $350 per night.
Contact: (888) 844-5986; gansevoortturksandcaicos.com
sandals grande antigua resort & spa Sandals Resorts has long been known as the destination for honeymoons and weddings, and romance travel of all sorts. So what makes its Antigua property so special? Plenty. First, there are the rondovals, circular villas with private plunge pools or direct beach access, all set in a tropical garden. Inside, couples find island-style elegance, with thatch ceilings, mahogany furnishings and butler service. If clients are looking for more space, they can book a 1,400-sq.-ft. plunge pool villa, with an expansive private plunge pool and whirlpool on their private outdoor terrace. And then, of course, there’s the island of Antigua itself—elegant and picturesque, especially on the Dickenson Bay beaches fronting the resort.
Pair all that with Sandals’ standard services and you have an all-inclusive honeymoon that’s hard to beat. The Red Lane Spa offers an open-air water therapy room with jacuzzi and plunge pool, as well as couples’ suites with in-room showers and soaking tubs. When it’s time for dinner, couples can choose from no fewer than 10 restaurants, ranging from local cuisine to Italian dishes and even an English pub. Then it’s back to watersports, tennis or volleyball on land, touring the island or simply soaking up rays by the pool. For a romantic twist on a normal pool day, book a private cabana for honeymooners, where a private attendant fulfills all food and drink requests while couples simply kick back and relax. Rates start at $508 pp, with up to 60 percent discounts available for certain rooms and dates.
Contact: (888) SANDALS; sandals.com