Love is in the air at every point of the Caribbean compass.
Words by Lucy Ranyell
If love truly makes the world go round, then the Caribbean must be giddy with romance given its balmy breezes, warm sun, welcoming people and soothing ocean tides. Within the diversity of the Tropics, many places tempt the discerning couple looking for the perfect place to unwind and celebrate their union, spend quality time away from the daily grind, or explore an exotic, new location. From bride and groom packages to anniversary celebrations, renewal of vows or just a place to reconnect, there is no better way to remind yourself and your beloved of what is really important than by enjoying a getaway guaranteed to make your romance blossom.
THE HORNED DORSET PRIMAVERA, PUERTO RICO
Forget Italy… Romeo courts Juliet in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Just as these timeless lovers were not afraid to announce their love for one another, so this romantic getaway is not afraid to show its dedication to its guests at this exclusive and luxurious Relais and Châteaux resort. Honoured with the coveted Condé Nast Johansens ‘Most Excellent Small Resort’ Award last year, the proof is evident all round.
Located on the quiet west coast of Puerto Rico, this beautiful resort is pitch-perfect for couples desiring a unique one-off experience or for those who want to call this tropical paradise home, able to return time and time again as owners of the Residences. Trillion Realty Group is an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and represents the property in their Bespoke Programme. Featuring private dipping pools, Spanish marble floors, Moroccan tiles, surround showers and kitchenettes with room service for home-away-from-home comfort, the Horned Dorset Suites offer a peaceful and secluded ambience. The Primavera Suites offer European furnishings, marble bathrooms and romantic views. All guests can enjoy several swimming pools onsite or use the yoga pavilion or fully equipped gy
Framed by the blue silhouette of distant mountaintops, lovers can stroll along the seashore, taking in dramatic sunsets as the waters erase their footsteps in the sand. What could be more idyllic than a beach walk followed by a leisurely lunch under shady umbrellas with a beautiful sea vista as your backdrop? At The Horned Dorset you are in the highest quality hands at this superlative, secret hideaway.
SANDALS GRANDE ANTIGUA RESORT AND SPA, ANTIGUA
Sweethearts will not only be sweet on each other at the sparkling tropical oasis that is Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa, but also on the stunning setting. Situated in the Leeward Islands and famed for its 365, one-beach-a-day shoreline, Antigua was once a safe haven for sailors and home to Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson himself. Now, the island boasts Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa, ‘the world’s most romantic resort’, as voted by The World Travel Awards for fourteen years in a row. Renowned for its spectacular location, ease of access and infinite options, the resort has out-of-theordinary accommodations to satisfy every match made in heaven. Caribbean Grove, is a seaside garden oasis set against picturesque palms, pink plumeria and red ixora flowers while Mediterranean Village, inspired by grand piazzas and palatial villas, sports Italian floor tiles, handmade rugs from India and bathrooms featuring whirlpools and walk in ‘rain’ showers. Whisper sweet nothings while delighting in your ocean view penthouse or cosy up in a Rondoval Suites-in-the-round. These sumptuous private villas feature personal plunge pools, outdoor whirlpools and dreamy rock showers. Here, you and your amour can reconnect in the elements, nestled together on a private hammock, rekindling old memories or creating new ones.
Offering a nearly endless choice of eleven restaurants, swimming pools and range of activities, including all water sports and ball games, the resort can also arrange visits to nearby attractions such as the Canopy Tour – a heady trek in the tropical rainforest, Figtree Drive – a picturesque drive that leads you through lush foliage and rainforest into the hills, passing mango and banana trees as you go, and kayaking to Cades Beach by day. Night time pursuits range from piano bars, beach parties and karaoke to chocolate buffets, live music or simply chilling out under the stars with your one and only.
The ideal place to take your relaxing and comfort to a higher plane, The Red Lane Spa offers ten treatment rooms and two hydrotherapy pools. Couples will be delighted to discover that massages can be arranged at the Spa, on the beach or in couples’ own rooms – wherever the mood takes them. At this resort you choose your own adventure.
PARROT CAY & COMO SHAMBHALA RETREAT, TURKS & CAICOS
Beauty is in the eye of all beholders at COMO Hotels and Resorts’ Parrot Cay, situated on one of forty smaller cays in the Turks and Caicos archipelago and named after its swashbuckling, pirate history. Providing the ideal, serene retreat for couples and waterlovers alike seeking a hideaway at which to breathe, unwind and celebrate the moment, it is like having your own private island of spiritual bliss. Certainly Condé Nast Traveller agrees having awarded the retreat ‘Most Excellent Spa Resort’ in 2011. As well as a diverse menu of watersports, Parrot Cay offers romantics their choices of yoga and meditation – it is Pilates, not pirates that now prevails in this most spiritual of havens.
This exquisite, pristine resort is distinguished by its 1000 unspoilt acres, including a mile long powdered beach, perfect for a sunset stroll or early morning meander. A supreme spot for enjoying all the ocean has to offer, here you can dive, bonefish, windsurf, catamaran sail or bliss out on the beach during yoga retreats. The resort also organises beach drop-offs, private cruises, biking and kayaking adventures and snorkelling and paddleboarding for couples wanting to work up an appetite and have playdates together. To give you sustenance for all these activities, take advantage of the poolside Lotus restaurant with its contemporary cooking that blends Caribbean, Thai and Japanese cuisine or the Terrace Restaurant with its more modern Mediterranean emphasis.
In rhythm with nature, this barefoot, beachposh resort is the consummate inspiration for serene dreams with your loved one.
THE CRANE, BARBADOS
Sumptuous seclusion has a name: The Crane. The Cathy and Heathcliff of romantic retreats, the historic resort is the oldest operating hotel in the Caribbean. Situated high above the sea, its unique cliff top setting is ideal for walks hand-in-hand on the rugged southeast coast of Barbados, an island country in the Lesser Antilles.
An exquisite resort, it offers a full service spa, suites with private pools, garden gazebos and a ‘Rekindle your romance’ package.... Need we say more? This is the place where you and your chosen one can relax on the balcony high above the sea leisurely taking in the ever-changing ocean palette of azure, turquoise and sapphire or pause at secluded areas surrounded by foliage for that precious alone time, so elusive in the ‘real world’.
Known for its luxurious suites with personal pools, ocean views or gardens, this is a resort for those wanting privacy and top-notch service. Each room and suite is unique in design and features oversize whirlpool baths, spa showers with multiple showerheads, DVD players and in-room internet access. Adding extra style, authentic antique furnishings and handcrafted king-size four-poster mahogany beds are ideal for that lie-in you have been yearning for. Floor-toceiling cedar doors, louvred shutters and marble bathrooms also conspire to create an elegant surround for the ultimate in relaxation. Spectacular views and original coral stone walls are the epitome of grace.
With a selection of six swimming pools, two tennis courts, a retailshopping village, five restaurants (one listed as Zagat’s number one restaurant for food in Barbados) and two bars, there is little need to venture far from the resort. With quality cuisine, breathtaking natural beauty and awe-inspiring ambience, what better backdrop for romance than this historic, luxurious resort steeped in Barbadian history?
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