Breathtaking beachfront locations, oceanfront dinners by candlelight, soaking tubs for two...
These 10 resorts are the best of the best for romance. These adult-only properties take the warm and fuzzies to a whole new level. From private infinity pools to overwater bungalows, read on to discover our favorite resorts for romance in the Caribbean.
1. Hermitage Bay, Antigua
Hermitage Bay is world-renowned for its barefoot luxury. A five-star resort with 25 cottages nestled into colorful tropical gardens and fronted by a white sand beach. Couples can look forward to toasting to the end of a fabulous day with fine Champagne while watching colorful sunsets from their own private infinity plunge pool and indulge in Garden Spa treatments influenced by ancient Eastern concepts of chakra. The all-inclusive rates includes three meals a day, an afternoon snack, premium-brand drinks and house wine as well as classes like Pilates, meditation and yoga, and activities such as snorkeling, windsurfing and kayaking.
2. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
Often named among the world’s most romantic properties, a couples escape to Jade Mountain is hard to beat. The property’s huge suites overlook the Caribbean and the Pitons, featuring canopy beds, raised whirlpool tubs and private infinity pools in all but the most basic rooms. Each one includes a dedicated butler too. Award-winning cuisine is organically sourced from the nearby plantation and included in the all-inclusive package. You can also look forward to taking advantage of rejuvenating spa services, as well as refreshing cocktails, live music and incredible stargazing on the sky deck.
3. The Caves Hotel-Negril, Jamaica
Nestled cliffside in Negril, Jamaica, the all-inclusive Caves are forged from a limestone headland near an historic lighthouse, with 11 thatched-roof dwellings that seem to rise from the surrounding rock beds like some mythical village.
Accommodations range from one- and two-bedroom stone cottages to suites and a splurge-worthy four-bedroom villa, aptly named Clandestino, that’s buried deep in the jungle. Rooms are breezy but refined, with vaulted ceilings, handcrafted wood furnishings, and cherry red and royal blue batik prints that signal a slower island pace... ...that is, until you take a morning dip off a cliff.
The dive isn't for the faint of heart—but you can chase the adrenaline rush with an American- or Jamaican-style breakfast of sweet banana pancakes or savory ackee and saltfish under a thatched-roof gazebo braced by periwinkle pillars, and take your regionally inspired main meals, like saffron crabcakes with tomato salsa, at the airy, lilac-walled dining-hall under a portrait of the island’s godfather, Bob Marley.
While you’re there, make a point to go spear fishing or snorkeling, but don’t miss out on the resort’s main draw: the candlelit grotto, where romantic meals are lit by enough votive candles to worry a firefighter.
4. Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic
This grand Spanish Colonial–style resort in the Dominican Republic was never one to do anything on a small scale, and a recent $45 million renovation finally propelled it into the ranks of the Caribbean’s finest all-inclusive luxury resorts. (Not to mention its adults-only policy means you're far from the din of family groups that dominates much of Punta Cana’s mass resort scene.) For the ultimate in adulting decadence, book a treatment for two at the hotel’s spa, where the two of you can embark on a “hydrotherapy” journey that involves the new Zen Garden, shower paths, and therapeutic pools. For a romantic seafood dinner, Blue Marlin, set on stilts over the ocean, is the spot to try local specialties like Caribbean spiny lobster and snapper.
5. Sandals South Coast, Jamaica
About an hour’s drive east of Negril at Sandals South Coast is a heart-shaped cluster of 12 over-the-water bungalows. Yes, in Jamaica! In fact, Sandals is home to the only overwater accommodations on the island, and some of the only in all of the Caribbean. Imagine your own island oasis — hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, thatched roofs — surrounded in the bright turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Each bungalow is oriented for absolute privacy, so you can enjoy unobstructed views of the sea (and not of your neighbors). Outside, your expansive, two-level private patio features sun loungers, over-the-water hammocks, an outdoor shower and a soaking tub for two. You can even enjoy a romantic oceanfront dinner without leaving your bungalow. And did we mention it comes with a butler?!
6. Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island, Montego Bay, Jamaica
So far, you might be wondering how you could possibly choose between an overwater bungalow and an oceanfront villa with your own private infinity pool. At Sandals Royal Caribbean, you can have both. That’s right, all the amazing draws of an over-the-water bungalow like those at Sandals South Coast — hammocks, glass floors, oceanfront soaking tubs — plus some seriously sexy bonus features, including a suspended sunbathing deck with steps leading right into the sea, a giant swinging daybed and of course, your own private infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Plus, you’ll arrive by a "Royal Duffy" luxury boat. It’s all very James Bond. Sound too good to be true? It is, because there is one giant catch: These villas book up fast and travel advisors are often given first priority. Book through our agency and we can help you snag the last vacancy!
7. Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana
Located on the unspoiled beach of Uvero Alto and with a coral reef just offshore, this serene, 96-suite boutique sanctuary oasis embodies the local heritage, respects the environment and encourages cultural immersion to inspire your well-being. A private helicopter transfer to the resort sets the tone for your stay. Upon arrival, you’re immediately enveloped by its natural beauty and abundant flora. Hard woods, palapa (cane-thatched) roofs, cathedral ceilings and natural stone touches showcase the resort’s eco-friendly architecture and are a nod to the Dominican Republic’s history. Caribbean and international flavors are used in the gourmet cuisine at the four a la carte restaurants as well as indigenous treatments at the Zoëtry Spa.
This honeymoon favorite has been a AAA Four Diamond award winner since 2012 and includes Zoëtry’s signature Endless Privileges®, where everything is included.
8. Fowl Cay Resort, The Bahamas
Closet castaways will feel right at home at Fowl Cay Resort. A maximum of only 28 guests are ensconced on their own private island here in the Exumas. This remote island chain in the Bahamas boasts some of the most sublime beaches on the planet, where the water comes in eye-popping shades of blue, and the sand is as white as sugar.
Fowl Cay Resort is a place for privacy-seekers who prefer a casual vibe (no need to dress for dinner here). Best of all, each villa comes with your own golf cart and motorboat with unlimited gas - an excellent option for independent types, who love to create their own adventures.
The six luxury one- to two-bedroom villas, with fully-stocked kitchens and wet bars, are strung along the dazzling shores of this private 50-acre island overlooking the luminous sea. Staff deliver fresh fruit and warm breakfast pastries to your villa each morning, and gladly prepare picnic lunches to take on all your adventures.
9. Baoase Luxury Resort, Curacao
Do you love Bali? You can enjoy a taste of it in the Caribbean at the boutique Baoase Luxury Resort in Curacao. Dark woods, antique furniture, and ultra-luxurious open-air villas evoke Balinese elegance, but the feel here is friendly and relaxed.
Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant conjures up creative French cuisine with an Asian accent. Opt for the all-inclusive option, and you can enjoy a personal butler at your side - or a private dinner created by the award-winning Michelin-starred chef if you so wish.
In your spare time, you can sign up for a soothing spa treatment, bask on the pretty slice of white-sand beach, work out at the gym, zip around the bay on a Jet Ski tour, or sign up for a dolphin experience.
10. Live Aqua Beach Resort, Punta Cana
Live Aqua Beach Resort in Punta Cana recently opened and is a luxury adults only , all-inclusive experience. Right on a pretty stretch of white-sand beach backed by turquoise sea, the accommodations here are swanky modern and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The most basic rooms are junior suites, but the best ones come with Jacuzzis or swim-up pool access from your terrace. The landscaping here is beautiful, with well-maintained gardens and lush, tropical vegetation. Multiple swimming pools are on the property, including one with an infinity edge and amazing sea views.
With Valentine's Day around the corner, it's time to start thinking about a couples getaway with your special someone.
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