Caribbean Honeymoon – Which Would You Choose?
Caribbean honeymoon – I have visions of miles of white sand, clear turquoise ocean and swaying palm trees. Sounds like heaven! After the hectic months of planning your wedding it’s great to get away together and have some time as a couple. In a previous post we looked at planning your honeymoon and choosing where to go. Regrettably I have never been to the Caribbean so this week Kish Wilkinson from Alchemy Communications has given me information on four gorgeous Caribbean destinations. Which would you choose for your perfect Caribbean honeymoon?
To experience the Caribbean as it used to be go to Nevis. This small island is just 36 square miles with a population of 12,000. Nevis is a very welcoming island and perfect for people who want to escape everyday life to relax and recharge. Nightlife tends to be centred around the island’s hotels enjoying great dining and drinks.
The island is dominated by Nevis Peak – a dormant volcano that is now covered in lush rainforest. Visitors to Nevis can take guided walks through the rainforest looking out for the green vervet monkeys as well as the tropical flora. The more intrepid can climb to the top of Nevis Peak to enjoy views of neighbouring islands.
Other attractions in Nevis include the charming capital, Charlestown with its colourful buildings. There are also museums dedicated to Horatio Nelson and Alexander Hamilton. The Botanical Gardens are well worth a visit to see beautiful trees and plants and to enjoy the stunning views.
Caribbean honeymoon on the unspoiled island of Nevis
For an intimate beach retreat Caribbean honeymoon head to Nisbet Plantation Beach Club on the small island of Nevis. The boutique resort has just 36 rooms set in 30 acres of lush tropical gardens. It is the only historic inn in the Caribbean to be set on the beach.
The beach is the perfect place to while away the day, relaxing in hammocks slung between the palm trees on the beach, swimming or snorkelling in the sea or taking a dip in the beachside swimming pool or hot tub. And staff from the beachside restaurant and bar will keep you supplied with delicious cocktails and lunch or snacks.
In the evening, honeymooners can enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach or even try a spot of star gazing. On Thursday evenings there is also the chance to dance under the stars at the weekly beach barbeque.
Other facilities at the resort include a spa, fitness centre, tennis courts and a fine dining restaurant in the historic Great House.
The Caribbean honeymoon package includes champagne breakfast in bed one morning, daily afternoon tea, one candlelit dinner for two on the beach, three course dinner in the Great House on all other evenings, a sailing and snorkelling cruise with lunch, a one-day scooter or car rental with a picnic lunch and a one-hour couples massage.
Long known as the Spice Island, Grenada offers a combination of superb beaches, crystal clear seas, that are home to the world’s first underwater sculpture park, and a lush interior with cascading waterfalls and rainforest to discover.
Spices such as nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and turmeric all grow on the island and there are plenty of places to see them growing. Or head to the market in the capital, St George’s, to buy some spices to bring home. What a great way to remember your Caribbean honeymoon!
These days Grenada is also becoming well known for cocoa and chocolate. The island is home to numerous cocoa plantations and several chocolate factories where you can see the local cocoa turned into delicious chocolate – the factory shops are well worth a visit. The House of Chocolate in St George’s features a small museum tracing the history of cocoa on the island and there’s a café too so you taste local chocolate products.
Caribbean honeymoon for chocolate lovers at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort
Love chocolate? Then Grenada could be the place for your Caribbean honeymoon. Long known as the spice island, in recent years Grenada has started to produce superb chocolate. You might like to visit a cocoa plantation to see how cocoa is grown and harvested, then move on to a chocolate factory where the beans are dried and polished before being transformed into delicious sweet treats. And don’t forget to visit the factory shop!
At the True Blue Bay Boutique resort indulge your taste buds with a chocolate and rum tasting, sip local cocoa tea or give your body a treat with chocolate spa treatments.
The resort has a stunning honeymoon suite which is reached via a bridge through the trees and features a king size four poster bed, an oversized bathroom with whirlpool bath and a spacious terrace with stunning views of the Caribbean.
Tobago is said to be the island that inspired Daniel Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe. It’s easy to see why as even today the island has deserted sandy beaches fringed with palm trees and seas teeming with beautiful tropical fish and coral reefs – the island’s waters are home to the world’s largest brain coral. Turtles can still be seen laying their eggs on the beaches.
The interior features the Western hemisphere’s oldest protected rainforest. Take a walk through the rainforest to see tropical birds – the island is a bird watcher’s paradise – and waterfalls.
All around the island are charming villages where you will find roadside stalls selling anything from fresh fish and fruit to wooden carvings, locally made sweets and ice creams.
Tobago has a rich culinary culture with influences from Chinese, Indian, French, Spanish, Creole and African cuisine. This makes for food that is full of different flavours and there is bound to be something to suit everyone. To get a flavour of local food visit Buccoo Reef for the weekly Sunday School festivities where food is accompanied by local drinks and live music.
Caribbean honeymoon on Tobago, the island that inspired Robinson Crusoe
Tobago with its beautiful beaches fringed with palm trees and lush rainforests inspired the story of Robinson Crusoe. Today you can still find deserted sandy beaches, crystal clear seas teeming with fish and coral, unspoilt nature with lovely hiking trails and waterfalls as well as quaint villages and an amazing choice of restaurants serving cuisine from around the world.
Stay at Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort that is set on a gently sloping hillside overlooking Stonehaven Beach. It features a swimming pool with swim up bar, several restaurants including Waves – a delightful beachside venue for drinks and meals, bars, fitness centre, spa and tennis courts. For an extra touch of luxury upgrade to Deluxe King Garden Rooms with private outdoor hot tubs, or one bedroom King Suites with a Jacuzzi in one of the bathrooms.
Although Bermuda is actually in the Sargasso Sea and not the Caribbean Sea, and is actually British North America it is often considered to be part of the Caribbean.
On his last long visit to Bermuda in 1910 Mark Twain wrote “You can go to heaven if you want. I’d rather stay in Bermuda.”
A century on Bermuda continues to win visitors’ hearts who find a beautiful Caribbean island with a wonderful climate, fantastic pink sand beaches, a vibrant culture and strong connections to Britain. The biggest change is that now holidaymakers can play at a choice of nine golf courses rather than the miniature golf that Twain enjoyed.
You will find lots to remind you of home with red phone boxes and traditional pubs as well as historic naval dock yard and the olde worlde town of St George’s. But there is so much more to do such as sailing – the island is hosting the America’s Cup this year – diving to see reefs or shipwrecks, exploring ancient caves and subterranean lakes, going whale watching or celebrating with Gombey dancers.
Caribbean honeymon on the pink sands of Bermuda
For a beach Caribbean honeymoon head to the pink sands of Bermuda. The Reefs Hotel & Club is a boutique resort that overlooks one of the best pink sand beaches on the south of the island.
Pampering and relaxation are the theme of the Reef’s Romance package which sees champagne and chocolate strawberries waiting in the room on arrival. Couples also receive two 60-minute massages at La Serena Spa – the only Elemis spa in Bermuda, and there is the treat of a romantic dinner for two on the beach for those staying between May and October.
The package also includes breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner each day, vouchers to enjoy fun Bermuda drinks, a special gift to remember the occasion and round trip airport transfers.
Newlyweds should also visit the moongate at The Reefs. Bermudians believe that when a couple makes a wish as they pass hand in hand through the moongate, they are guaranteed happiness and good fortune throughout their marriage.
Guests enjoy stunning sea views from all 62 guest rooms and 19 two and three bedroom Club Suites – some of which also have private outdoor Jacuzzis.
Resort facilities include three distinct restaurants, two bars, an infinity swimming pool, hot tub, two tennis courts, fitness centre and full service spa.