Take A Trip To The Tropics
Close your eyes, snap your fingers and enter paradise.
You might have read the recent article I wrote about romantic weekend getaways. Broken down by region, that was more like a guide for couples who only had a few days to escape. But if you and your man spend the whole year saving up vacation days and you have more than just three days for travel, why not take a quick flight to the Caribbean and escape to paradise?
Our top picks
Rendezvous, St. Lucia
As the first couples-only boutique resort, Rendezvous is an idyllic and intimate all-inclusive hideaway. The 100-room property is set on a beautiful two-mile stretch of white sandy beach and surrounded by seven acres of tropical gardens. Rendezvous features a scuba center, an array of watersports, archery, fencing, tennis courts, two pools, the Piano Bar, a swim-up bar at the main pool and Terrace Bar.
Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Here's another first adult-only all-inclusive luxury resort, located on Barcelo Bavaro Beach. The resort recently completed a $330 million renovation and now provides couples with plush accommodations that feature panoramic ocean views, rain-dance showers and signature bedding. For the perfect romantic getaway, the property offers a limitless list of dreamy amenities and romantic possibilities for couples wanting to escape reality. From a sensual hot stone couples' massage on the secluded Caribbean beach, to sharing a bottle of Champagne on a private balcony at sunset, the Bávaro Beach resort is truly a lover's paradise surrounded in romance.
Breezes Grand Negril, Jamaica
The spirit of this acclaimed all-suite resort begins with the lofty marble entrance hall and continues to the spacious suites on 22 acres of tropical gardens. Couples can take in the gorgeous scenery with a beachfront suite that includes a private patio Jacuzzi, and indulge with a couples' massage or other treatments at the resort's Blue Mahoe Spa. Every day, master chefs fulfill vacation appetites at six restaurants offering French, Italian, Japanese and continental cuisine. After dark, the rhythm at the resort quickens with romantic melodies at the piano bar and toe tapping tunes in the nightclub.
The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
Located on seven and a half acres amid the white sands of Palm Beach and encased by lush gardens and swaying palm trees, the resort offers the perfect location for couples. Loving duos can escape to paradise where they will enjoy intimate accommodations in an ocean-view suite featuring a king-size Heavenly Bed with luscious linens, a marble Heavenly Bath and a private balcony with alluring views of the Caribbean Sea. During their stay, couples can take in the sun on three miles of private beach, relax together during a couples' massage, indulge in sumptuous cuisine at the resort's eight restaurants or try their luck at the newly-renovated Palm Beach Casino.
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InterContinental, San Juan, Puerto Rico
The AAA Four-Diamond resort is located on Puerto Rico's Isla Verde on two miles of pristine, white-sand beach. Boasting breathtaking ocean and city views, you and your beau can indulge in the hotel's spa, sunbathe at the free-form lagoon-style pool with flowing waterfalls, cabanas and swim-up bar, or find entertainment in their 8,500-square-foot casino.
Queen's Gardens Resort, Saba
The Netherlands Antilles resort is the perfect combination of luxury and privacy. With only 12 suites each occupying a private floor and panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, guests can relax in seclusion. Each suite also contains a private Jacuzzi with a stunning view, the perfect spot to soak away the day.
Westin Casuarina, Grand Cayman
Couples can escape to this resort and experience world-class luxury and romance at this exclusive beachside property. The beautiful all-suite hotel is nestled among tropical palm and Casuarina trees and situated on 700 feet of the most pristine white sand of famous Seven Mile Beach. Spend the day with your loved one soaking in the sun at the island's largest freshwater pool with a swim-up bar or venture out on the water for some waterskiing or sailing. As the sun sets, rejuvenate at Hibiscus Spa with a couples' massage, where all skin care products are made from organic essential oils and plant extracts allowing for personalized experiences that create a blissful sense of well-being.
Besides being easy to reach, English-speaking and safe, Belize offers sandy beaches, world famous reefs, lush rainforests, exotic wildlife, Mayan pyramids and secluded waterfalls. This boutique beachfront resort offers couples true romance with stunning views, gourmet meals, luxurious accommodations and adventure trips (to spice things up). Couples can choose from a beachfront room, honeymoon suite and private tree house accommodations. Meals are prepared by chefs who have cooked for royalty, using fresh local ingredients like lobster, plantains and coconut milk -- many of which are grown on the property. During the day, couples can lounge around at the beach or poolside, snorkel and scuba in one of the world's largest reef systems, visit the only jaguar preserve in the world, hike Mayan pyramids and more.
Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
Whether it's an anniversary celebration, honeymoon or a much needed getaway, discover the beauty and enchantment of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands with an island-hopping getaway at this world class hotel. Featuring a full-day private boating excursion with a romantic picnic lunch and wine for two on a secluded island, welcome bottle of Champagne, rose petal turndown and luxurious accommodations, the Island Romance Package allows for a perfect romantic escape. Back at the resort, couples can enjoy a world-class spa with a seaside cabana, four oceanfront dining options including intimate dinners on the beach and many recreation activities.
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