At Elegant Resorts, we fell for the charms of the Caribbean a long time ago. With beautiful weather, breathtaking scenery and plenty of personality, there is nowhere quite like this tropical collection of islands for indulging in a luxurious romantic getaway. If you need any more reasons to begin your own Caribbean crush, read on to discover our favourite ways to feel the love, island-style, this year!
1. You can have the wedding of your dreams
We organised more weddings in the Caribbean for our clients in 2016 than any other year, and for good reason!
You would be hard pressed to find a more sumptuous setting for your nuptials. To make your day even more special, Elegant Resorts has the experience and expertise to ensure every detail of your big day is tended with the utmost care, offering a concierge and assistance from the UK and our offices in Barbados and Antigua.
There is an endless choice of picture-perfect locations to make your ceremony stand out. St Lucia offers the dramatic peaks of the Pitons for a stunning spot with real wow-factor in which to say your vows, while on Nevis, you can stand in the footprints of Horatio Nelson and his beloved, Fanny Nesbit, who wed under a silk cotton tree on the island.
To add a touch of Caribbean custom to your ceremony, in Antigua, you might wish to carry out the ‘Unity of the Sands’ tradition – white sand from Antigua and pink sand from the neighbouring island of Barbuda are poured together by the bride and the groom to celebrate and symbolise their unity. After declaring your love, nothing beats slipping off your shoes and strolling straight into the gently lapping waves to truly feel the Caribbean spirit.
2. It’s a honeymoon heaven
Romance is sewn into the very fabric of the Caribbean and makes for an unquestionably indulgent honeymoon. From Champagne catamaran cruises, to petal-strewn sands in the balmy evening, treat-upon-luxurious treat can be planned to celebrate your love in style. For an experience to cherish together, Puerto Rico can boast the claim of having three of the world’s five bioluminescent bays – witness the magical sight of micro-organisms in the water bursting into light when disturbed as you paddle through!
Another great way to celebrate your vows is by island-hopping, allowing you to explore the diverse character of the Caribbean – St Vincent and the Grenadines is a veritable tropical paradise with thirty-two exotic islands and cays to discover, all far removed from any intruders on your peace, and with some of the best sailing waters in the Caribbean. Why not combine them with the alluring island of Grenada for a romantic twin holiday with character?
3. Have a Valentine’s Day to really impress
You can make some seriously grand romantic gestures in the Caribbean. To really impress, hiring a private luxury yacht on which to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Caribbean Sea is essential, allowing you to sail off into the horizon as the sun sets on a beautiful day. If you have a special question in mind, we can help you arrange the perfect proposal. Why not illuminate the beach with candlelight for a romantic dinner before popping that important question?
Alternatively, sweep your love off their feet on the prestigious sands of the ‘Platinum Coast’ of Barbados. Here, along with a stalwart beachfront of five-star luxury resorts, you will find some of the Caribbean’s most sought after restaurants, plus high-end designer shops at the Limegrove Centre, where you can shower your beloved with gifts!
4. The beaches are bliss
It’s no secret that the Caribbean wears the crown when it comes to the best beaches – but some are a little more hush-hush than others!
While Antigua is known for having enough beaches for every day of the year – in addition to the seventeen-mile stretch of unspoilt pink sand on its sister island of Barbuda – there are plenty of lesser known beaches tucked away in the three-thousand islands, cays and islets that make up the Caribbean! The natural and unspoilt beauty of the sands of St Kitts is ideal for a romantic hideaway, where you can spend the evening enjoying seafood on the sand before relaxing with music under the stars under the gentle sea breeze as the night draws in.
5. Have fun in the sun!
The Caribbean is also a fantastic option for carefree couples seeking a fun-filled escape. This is your chance to let it all go and enjoy each other’s company in this fabulously laid-back setting. Whether snorkelling, diving, sailing or simply dancing to the beat of the steel-pan drums, a romantic getaway needn’t mean a lack of excitement! Jamaica offers an array of thrilling activities for adrenaline-loving pairs to dive into together, from the renowned Dunn’s River Falls, to canopy tours and horse-riding on the beach – plus, musical lovers can also visit the home of the island’s legend, Bob Marley!
6. Lose yourselves in the sunset
Leaning palms silhouetted against the fiery evening sky is an iconic image of Caribbean romance. Indeed, these hypnotic twilights are the very essence of romance, and the forty islands and cays of Turks and Caicos are the perfect place to make a toast to your love. With tiki-torch-lit beaches, seductive calypso music and the alluring fragrance of the native Frangipani flowers, Caribbean sunsets indulge all your senses for a spellbindingly romantic display.
7. It can be just the two of you
If an intimate tropical island hideaway is on your mind, look no further. The British Virgin Islands is an archipelago of sixty islands, islets and cays, each offering a surprisingly unique character. From sprawling private estates to intimate boutique hotels, enjoy a romantic picnic on a secluded cove or spend the day sailing around the many serene bays, and feel as though the rest of the world is a million miles away.
8. Savour the flavour
The Caribbean comes alive through its culinary delights. With refreshingly sweet citrus fruit grown naturally under glorious sunshine, and fresh seafood caught locally every morning, a romantic dinner for two has never tasted so good!
While in Grenada, taste the spices the island is so well known for, with aromas of nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon filling the air. In Jamaica, experience the mouthwatering temptation of jerk sauce-smothered meats grilled over a charcoal barbecue. In Barbados, join in with the lively Friday night fish fry, sample the island’s famous Mount Gay rum or spend a romantic evening at the much sought-after The Cliff restaurant or The Tides, both located on the beachfront. For fine cuisine, you can also enjoy world-class restaurants in the Bahamas, such as Nobu, or choose from one of over one-hundred restaurant options in Anguilla.
Wherever your heart is calling you in the Caribbean, our expert Travel Consultants can perfectly choreograph the luxury romantic holiday of your dreams. Whether you want to arrange the ultimate proposal, a wedding with tropical flair or simply a place in the sun to escape to together, every detail can be planned to perfection.
For more information, to make an enquiry or to book your Caribbean getaway, please call Elegant Resorts on 01244 897 991.