Plan the perfect honeymoon to Anguilla

Feb 28, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Anguilla might not be on everyone's radar when it comes to sun-drenched destinations, but it will be soon. The trending island is poised to become a hot honeymoon spot. We’re sharing some of what makes Anguilla a great island for romance and how to plan a memorable honeymoon on the picture-perfect island.

 Plan the perfect honeymoon on Anguilla

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Where to stay

It’s not hard to find a honeymoon-worthy spot to stay on Anguilla, but some properties stand out in their attention to detail, location, service and amenities. If you’re honeymooning on Anguilla, we suggest the following hotels that go above and beyond standard service and have rooms you won’t want to leave (for reasons other than the obvious).

Viceroy Anguilla immediately impresses, with its clean lines, crisp monochromatic color scheme and unique decor elements that surprise at every turn. The Kelly Wearstler-designed property offers a variety of accommodations, all of which are stunning. Honeymooning couples will love the private beachfront villas with personal infinity pools. Three pools, including two infinity pools, luxurious spa (with its own infinity pool), four restaurants, water sports and a gorgeous stretch of soft sand make this a standout location for romance. We suggest ending each sun- and surf-filled day with a toast to each other over drinks at Sunset Lounge, the perfect place to wind down before dinner and to watch the sun go down over the turquoise water.

Cap Juluca on Maundays Bay was recently named best hotel in the Caribbean by Condé Nast Johansens. It has also been named best place to honeymoon by Frommer's — and it’s not hard to see why. We were charmed instantly by the staff, the laid-back yet luxurious surroundings and the breathtaking beach. The romance-ready property is known for its pristine white sand, which gives the already jewel-toned water an even more electric hue, and the chic Moorish-style villas, which include an outdoor shower and private sunbathing area. In addition to the unforgettable backdrop and opportunities to spend post-wedding days in the sun, couples can book a private candlelit dinner right on the beach or opt for in-room couple's massages

With just four suites, Las EsQuinas is perfect for couples who want a truly intimate experience on their honeymoon. Think of coming to this island hideaway as the ultimate escape from reality. The boutique bed and breakfast feels like a stylish home away from home. A gorgeous lap pool overlooks the private beach below, where you can snorkel, kayak or simply soak up some sun. Breakfast is provided at the communal harvest table, and each suite is themed: Mexican, Balinese, Moroccan and Mediterranean. Owner Robin is a wealth of knowledge about the island and will be able to point you in the direction of whatever you feel like doing (should you ever feel like leaving, which you may not).

Where to eat and drink

Book a chef’s table dinner at CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa for an unforgettable culinary experience. Eat your way through seven innovative courses with wine pairings and watch your meal being prepared right in front of you. The interactive dining experience is a fun way to learn about what you’ll be eating and how it gets made, as well as a great way to put a unique spin on a night out.

French-inspired Jacala Beach Restaurant on Meads Bay is open and airy with Moroccan decor and the option to eat at a table right on the beach. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are used to create simple yet elegant plates well-suited to the oceanfront setting. If you’re staying at the Viceroy, you can walk down the beach to Jacala in about 15 to 20 minutes.

Dining at Veya, which means “ray of sunshine,” lives up to the smile-inducing moniker. Chef Carrie Bogar showcases many local ingredients with sophistication and creativity, and surprising flavor combinations ensure a memorable meal. No one at our table had a bad meal, but our sautéed red snapper atop basil mashed potato with cilantro, mint and avocado was a standout.

 Plan the perfect honeymoon on Anguilla

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What to see and do

Is there anything more romantic than a sunset cruise, compete with stops at secluded island spots to gaze at the scenery (or into each other’s eyes)? We didn’t think so. Book a sunset cocktail cruise with Frangipani Beach Resort and explore the Anguillan coastline sipping champagne and wine. You’ll get a good overview of the island and a chance to relax as the sun goes down.

A trip for two to Sandy Island is a must for any honeymooning couple. The rustic restaurant on an offshore cay is only accessible by boat and feels very much like landing on your own deserted island. Order a rum punch and find a secluded spot while you wait for a meal of locally caught fish or meat grilled on a traditional drum-pan barbeque. After lunch, swim, snooze or do some snorkeling.

Visit Shoal Bay, known as one of the best beaches on the island and often ranked as one of the best beaches in the world. Two miles of sand means crowds are never an issue, and you can easily find a patch to park yourself without worrying about being too close to other beachgoers.

Get your groove on at iconic Anguilla watering hole the Dune Preserve, a busy beach bar owned by hometown musical legend Bankie Banx. Catch him perform on Wednesday nights and his son Omari on Fridays. The bar is a ramshackle, funky space with a great vibe and lively atmosphere.

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