The question has been popped and you’ve happily accepted.
The champagne has been uncorked and the wedding is planned, so now is the time to plan your honeymoon. With so many factors to consider, from destination to “his and hers” compatible itineraries, why not narrow it down to a few A-list Caribbean gems?
With spectacular natural beauty, sandy shores and an ambiance of pure romance, even more couples than ever are choosing island getaways for their honeymoon. The seclusion and escapism coupled with picturesque island scenery, tropical gardens, historic landmarks and yes; fabulous beachside resorts.
Aquamare translates to “water of the sea” and much akin to that, this resort is truly the “cream of the crop”. Located on Virgin Gorda’s scenic western coast in the British Virgin Islands, on the pristine and tranquil Mahoe Bay Beach, Aquamare features a trio of private 5-bedroom villas, all strategically angled for breathtaking views of Sir Francis Drake Channel. The beauty continues seamlessly in its interior, showcasing local stonework, travertine marble, rich hardwoods, vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchens, expansive private balconies, lavish outdoor shower rooms and individual waterfront infinity pools for a private midnight dip à deux. Feel like indulging in a spa treatment? Aquamare brings a line of signature choices to the privacy of your room, with choices such as deep tissue or hot stone massages, as well as detoxifying body wraps. If restless, enjoy a massage under the shade of a thatched palapa at the water’s edge.
Feel like staying in after a long day of romantic fun and sun? Why not arrange for a personal chef for in-villa dining or for the adventurous newlyweds, charter one of the villas’ yachts and go explore the neighboring islands, toasting to each other with some fruity cocktails and a kiss at sunset.
While there:The Baths on Virgin Gorda are a spectacular expanse of giant boulders strewn along a white-sand beach and piled 50 feet high at some points. The rocks are believed to be remnants of a volcanic eruption eons ago. You have to climb down a 300-foot-long trail to get there so hold hands and hike together through caves and pools of water and grottos formed by the rocks.
Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos
Located in a private nook of its own uninhabited island on Turks and Caicos, British West Indies, Parrot Cay offers 1000 unspoiled acres, including a secluded mile-long beach.
Speed boat right up to this honeymooners dream destination and take all of it in; its coral-pink roofed structure, set back from the beach on raised ground and the Beach Villas and Houses, all with plunge pools and just scant steps from the sand, with weathered wood cladding and decking. An eclectic contemporary look fuses with a colonial-style finish via white cotton fabrics, teak furnishings, terracotta tiles, Indonesian loungers and four post beds. Take a dip in their infinity edged pool, flanked by whipped cream colored teak sun loungers. Have a bite to eat at their restaurant, Lotus’ or an icy cocktail at the Beach Bar. Play a set of tennis at their floodlit tennis courts or enjoy an array of water sports available on the premises. For a peaceful retreat, Shambhala, the hilltop spa, offers mind-and-body treatments, with an emphasis on Eastern-inspired therapies. Treatment rooms and cabanas look out over the spa pool and sundeck towards the sea, while shady gardens and the yoga and Pilates pavilions offer serene spaces. Ohmmm.
Turks and Caicos Islands has one of the longest coral reefs in the world, making it a premier diving destination. Grab a water proof camera, explore the world underwater together and steal a romantic deep sea hug.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Located on an archipelago of three picturesque islands and plunked right onto Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach, this resorts sprawling 144 acreage stretches from the Caribbean beaches that span the island to the world renowned dive waters of the North Sound. If luxury is your thing, this place has you covered from the deluxe accommodations throughout, to the shopping arcade with premium brand boutiques and a sublime Greg Norman golf course. The indulgences continue with Silver Rain, a La Prairie Spa with signature treatments such as their hydrotherapy; using the healing waters of Switzerland and other nature inspired ingredients. Guests enjoy unlimited complimentary use of the whirlpool, steam room, sauna and fitness center as well. For the foodie couple, the dining and cuisine is superb, showcasing the renowned seafood chef, Eric Ripert, who brings his passion and talent for to the in house restaurants.
While there: Whimsically coined Hell in West Bay, a natural landscape consisting of black volcanic rock formations that are thought to resemble what Hell might be like. Play amongst the darkness; maybe find a private corner of the earth to snuggle in.