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For those who want the honeymoon of their dreams, the Caribbean is the perfect destination. While the location guarantees an ambient setting, the accommodation you choose will also be important if you want the ultimate romance experience. To help you plan your trip, here is a guide to some of the best Caribbean honeymoon resorts.
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Located on Aruba's Eagle Beach, carbon-conscious couples will love the mix of ambiance and eco-friendly offerings. An adult-only property featuring 104 guestrooms, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts has recently received its Green Globe Certification for the 15th year in a row and helps organize beach cleanups for guests who want to give back. This is in conjunction with onsite green-conscious practices like using incorporating recycled materials into the design and energy-saving light bulbs. Other must-have onsite experiences for honeymooners include seeing nesting leatherback turtles on the beach (March-September), dipping in the freshwater Infinity pool, taking a private sunset sail and viewing a classic movie under the stars (every Thursday and Sunday at 8pm). Nearby, Arikok National Wildlife Park offers opportunities for scenic hiking, picnicking and strolling through the Tunnel of Love, part of the parks cave system. At their Intermezzo Spa, indulge with their Gold Therapy, ($400 for 4.5 hours) where love-birds can have pure 24-karat gold slathered on their skin through a body polish, body mask, oil massage and facial.
Rates start at $311 (summer) and $451 (winter), including taxes, fees, breakfast, Wi-Fi and Skype-equipped iPad in every room.
For honeymooners wanting to experience Puerto Rico, escape San Juan and instead head to the secluded paradise of Vieques Island. Vieques is known for its bioluminescent Mosquito Bay, serene beaches (like the aptly-named Starfish Beach), world-class scuba diving and wildlife-filled Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre de Vieques. The W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island can make experiencing these attractions extra special, with two on-site beaches - one of which is adults only - creative farm-to-table food fare, and a sumptuous spa where honeymooners can partake in their Couples Romance Experience (available upon request). The treatment includes a couples massage, candlelight Jacuzzi soak, and private al fresco 5-course Champagne and wine pairing dinner with champagne and wine pairings on the resorts Paradise Edge - a cliff overlooking the ocean offering views of St. Thomas on a clear day. One package honeymooners may want to opt for is the Romantic Rendezvous, including a 3-course dinner, daily breakfast for two, 50% off a couples massage, sunset Champagne toast for two and late 4pm check out.
Rates start at $322 per night.
For a five-star honeymoon experience, Le Sereno on St. Barth is pure paradise. With a contemporary scheme by famous Parisian designer Christian Liaigre, the property sits on 600-feet of private beach leading into Grand Cul de Sac, a marine reserve protected from waves by coral reef. Here, opportunities for snorkeling, paddle boarding, windsurfing, kite surfing and swimming abound. Almost every suite and villa provides stunning views of the turquoise lagoon. For honeymooners who prefer land, coastal strolls, private tennis lessons and hillside hikes (most couples trek to the beautiful Colombier Beach) are some options. For the ultimate in romance, opt for an ensuite massage or a sunset French-Asian fusion dinner Le Sereno Restaurant on their al fresco patio.
Rates start at $763 per night. The property often offers special packages for honeymooners and couples, so check their website before booking.
Located in the Dominican Republics Punta Cana, Melia Caribe Tropical sits on the serene Bavaro Beach. The best part about a honeymoon here is the Romance by Melia program, which offers three packages for honeymooners to add to their stay. Bliss Honeymoon ($70) is the most budget-friendly option, including a bottle of sparkling wine, romantic turn down service and 10% off at the Wellness Center. A bit higher up is the Just Married Romantic Dinner Package ($270) featuring private dinner and a bottle of Moet Champagne. And for a true splurge, the Moon & Stars Honeymoon Package ($448) includes all the offerings of the Bliss Honeymoon; however, also features a private dinner, 25-minute Couples Massage, romantic Jacuzzi dip enhanced with flower petals and candles and late check out.
Rates start at $210 per person, per night double occupancy.
This boutique property showcases eight private villas - complete with ocean views, ensuite kitchen, private plunge pools and outdoor showers - as well as an onsite clubhouse with luxury resort amenities. An array of dining options offer romantic meals, from the onsite Italian eatery to the nearby da'Vida for upscale dining and Bayside Grille for something relaxed; however, at least one night should be spent having a private chef cook a delicious in-village meal for you and your sweetheart. In-villa cooking classes are also an option. Moreover, a private boat tour to Sandy Island for a beachside dinner or picnic enhances the honeymoon magic, as does a beachside or in-room couples massage. And for something sensual, you and your sweetheart can have staff draw you a rose petal bath in the comfort of your room, complete with Champagne and dessert.
Rates start at US $1,200 per night in an ocean-view, three-bedroom villa. Upon request, the property can create custom honeymoon packages.
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Jessica Festa is a full-time travel writer who is always up for an adventure. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia and doing orphanage work in Ghana. You can follow her adventures on her travel websites, Epicure & Culture and Jessie On A Journey. You can also connect with Jessica directly on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, or follow her epicurean adventures on Facebook and Twitter.
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