There is little that sounds quite as romantic as a Caribbean honeymoon, and there are many options for a loving couple to consider. Whether you are seeking a secluded hideaway or a week of water sports and sun, the group of islands that surround the Caribbean Sea offer different lifestyles, cultures and attractions, from Mayan ruins to coral reefs. The tropical climate and easy lifestyle have made the Caribbean a destination for honeymooners, and the hotels and resorts have responded by creating many ideal packages. Add an extra touch of luxury by chartering a yacht to take you around the islands. For full details, visit Yacht Charter Specialists.
Ladera in St. Lucia
Perched on a cliff a thousand feet above the bright blue Caribbean Sea are a group of honeymoon suites with open-air living rooms, private waterfalls, intimate pools and a glorious view of the Piton Mountains. Once a cocoa plantation, this impressive property became the Ladera Resort in 1982, a rainforest hideaway devoted to elegance, luxury and, of course, romance. The Red Rose Romance package offers honeymooners a three-night package that includes a suite with a private plunge pool, a daily breakfast and late afternoon tea, a bottle of champagne, a couples massage and a candlelight dinner for two. Along with fluffy robes and comfy slippers, honeymooners are supplied with binoculars, eyemasks (in case the brilliant sunrise is just too much), a star chart and a two-way radio to use for calling room service. Because Ladera is a destination wedding and honeymoon spot, there are new packages and deals offered several times each year.
Plaza Resort Bonaire
Located in the southern Dutch Caribbean, the tiny island of Bonaire is known both as a diver’s paradise and as a honeymoon destination. A perfect getaway for young couples, the Plaza Resort Bonaire suites and two-bedroom villas are very inexpensive, but the rooms are clean and well-appointed in a simple tropical style. There are two restaurants, two bars and a spa on-site. The hotel has a private marina, and the dive center offers excursions, lessons and certification packages for the adventure-minded couple. This is an active resort (there will be children around), with sailing, waterskiing, parasailing, windsurfing, mountain biking and inland waterway kayaking a priority for guests. Call the resort directly to ask about their changing honeymoon packages.
Negril Swept Away Couples Resort
On the easily accessible island of Jamaica, Couples Swept Away is one of four hotels created by the so-called “father of Jamaican tourism,” Elias Issa, whose early hotels in the 1940s were favorite hideouts for movie stars and royalty. Now, you, too, can be treated like a celebrity on your honeymoon. Your all-inclusive stay starts with a bottle of champagne and a complimentary massage for two, but you can detail your own package with add-ons: fresh flowers, candlelight dinner with private waitstaff and certificates for spa services. Already included are unlimited dining, entertainment, golf and a glass-bottom boat ride. You must bring proof that you were married no more than 30 days before your visit to qualify for the honeymoon packages.