Offering their fair share of intimate island retreats and expansive adult-only resorts, the thousands of islands and cays of the Caribbean are naturally a perfect place for you and your partner to spend your first weeks of married life together. We’re taking a look at some of our favourite honeymoon hideaways, from the infectious buzz of Jamaica to the serene, sandy stretches of St Lucia.
Rendezvous, St Lucia
Romance and Rendezvous go hand in hand, and its prime location on a two-mile stretch of white sand on Malabar Beach, St Lucia, makes it even more popular with honeymooners! Boutique in style and family-owned, this couples-only property boasts beautiful gardens with winding river pools where you can tuck yourself away on the riverside beds with waiter service, as well as a tranquil spa offering a selection of couples treatments by therapists trained at sister hotel, The BodyHoliday. The Exotic Honeymoon Escapade package takes care of the little things like private airport transfers and rose petal room décor, as well as candle-lit dinners in the beach gazebo and an exclusive picnic lunch and island excursion to Sulphur Springs, the world’s only drive-in volcano.
Couples Negril, Jamaica
The birthplace of reggae is crying out to be explored, teeming with cascading waterfalls and embraced by lush rainforest, Jamaica is as laid-back or upbeat as you wish, and perfect for a honeymoon. Combining peace and party, Couples Negril has been designed exclusively for couples, with endless activities from PADI-certified diving to 18-hole golfing, as well as a stunning stretch of sand to sink your toes in by the glowing beach bonfire. The Beachfront Suite is a favourite with newlyweds, with nightly turndown service and direct access from the private terrace to golden beachfront, while the extensive all-inclusive board basis means you can relax knowing your premium drinks, a la carte dining, and exciting activities are covered. When the sun sets, head to the Honeymooners Reception every Wednesday in the Piano Bar for cocktails and dancing, or let the Romance Concierge take care of private dining under a canopy of stars.
Young Island, St Vincent and the Grenadines
If you’re more castaway and Crusoe than glitz and glamour, Young Island provides an idyllic barefoot escape off St Vincent’s south coast. Serenity is high on the agenda here, with just 29 rustic cottages scattered across its 35 acres of tropical foliage, but you can expect a little interruption from inquisitive geckos and exotic birds fluttering around your terrace each morning. Young Island’s Couples Sailaway Package is ideal for newlyweds, who will get exclusive use of the luxury island catamaran, with all your beverages included and meals prepared on board by your chef. Why not head to the neighbouring islands of Bequia and Mustique, where you may snorkel the multi-hued waters or dine at one of the island restaurants, recommended by your Captain?
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island, The Bahamas
Merge the alluring high-energy of Nassau with offshore island luxury at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island; this all-inclusive mecca is couples-only and bursting with leisure and dining options. The mainland resort is distinctly European in style, with Roman colonnaded pools and Rolls Royces ready for new arrivals, while the offshore island is quintessentially Caribbean, accessible by launch, sailboat or kayak, and offering shaded hammocks on the beach aside a Zen garden with firepit seating area. No element is overlooked here, with white-glove service for elegant pier dining at Gordon’s Pier Restaurant, and a personal butler when you stay in one of the 11 butler suites available. One of our favourite accommodation choices for newlyweds is the Royal Village One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite with Outdoor Soaking Tub, with soothing soaking tub and privacy curtains on your private terrace, overlooking the resort’s tropical gardens.
Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts and Nevis
Offering an alternative Caribbean escape for newlyweds, Belle Mont Farm is nestled within the organic farmland and rainforest landscape of Kittitian Hill, between the humbling Mount Liamuiga and glistening Caribbean Sea. Priding itself on its edible scenery in an ancient mango grove, enjoy a tropical twist on the farm-to-table dining experience; you’ll find ‘Pick Me’ signs hanging beside ripe fruit, handcrafted cocktails at The Mill, relaxed dining with fresh produce at The Kitchen. Together, hop on a bike and explore the meandering trails down to The Golden Lemon Beach Bar, or grab a club and play the edible, 18-hole golf course designed by Ian Woosnam.