Most Romantic Hotels in the Caribbean
All Great Romances start with setting and end with action. Throw in a beach and let the sparks fly.
What's to Love: It isn't immediately apparent, but this place will grow on you in a huge way. There are limitless activities, tennis, squash, a killer spa with masseuses from the Aman Resorts. There are no in-room TVs and it's slightly hokey — communal cocktail parties, everything is included — but somehow it all really works.
Good to Know: The snorkeling excursions are the best anywhere. Just you and two personal guides who know every ray, fish, and coral in the sea. No need to pre-book, just show up at the dock.
Where: St. Mary's, Antigua
What's to Love: There is a European vibe here that makes it feel far away. Very good spa, beach barbecues, and minimalist, tasteful rooms add to the overall Zen aesthetic.
Good to Know: For true romance, book dinner on the jetty — just the two of you, delicious tuna tartare, and a lot of votive candles.
Where: Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
What's to Love: It's. A. Private. Island. In. The. Caribbean. Just you and 300 car-free acres off the Antigua coast on an island discovered by Christopher Columbus. Newly renovated in post-Colonial style. Water is everywhere.
Good to Know: The treatment to get at Sense, A Rosewood Spa, is the one where you're in the hammock and the therapist fixes everything.
Where: Montego Bay, Jamaica
What's to Love: A gorgeous estate with incredible gardens, it's like a lush location from a 1960s James Bond film come to life.
Good to know: There are not one, but two bars along the beach. Past guests have included JFK and Jackie on honeymoon and the Babe Paley set.
Where: Treasure Beach, Jamaica
What's to love: Each Gaudi-inspired tiny bungalow is crazy in a different way, but most open directly onto the water. Take a boat out to the lunch shack, raised above a beautiful ocean sandbar, that only serves lunch until the fresh fish runs out and the chef heads home in his skiff.
Good to know: The glass bottle bottoms set into the walls of the outdoor shower reflect the light off the water for a magical effect. And once a year, 5,000 Jamaicans converge here for the most fabulous literary festival in the world. Reggae all night.
Where: Negril, Jamaica
What's to Love: Another of Chris Blackwell's pretty incredible Island Outpost chain. Chic whitewashed rooms, great food, even better service, and incredible views
Good to Know: Don't be surprised if you jump off the cliff. Everyone does.
GoldenEye Hotel and Resort
Where: Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica
What's to Love: Originally the private retreat of Ian Fleming, it's where he wrote all his James Bond novels. A lush and fragrant jungle setting, you'd have to be a rock not to feel the romance of this sexy place.
Good to Know: Prepare for midnight swims in the calm, warm lagoon. Pack a white bikini for full effect.
Where: Mustique, The Grenadines
What's to Love: This place is tough to get to, so it keeps other people away. Rooms are utterly simple — billowing linens and soothing, neutral tones — with tasteful plunge pools so you never really have to leave your suite. Dinner is freshly caught lobster on the veranda; there's a weekly island cocktail party in case you feel like socializing.
Good to know: Bring lots of sunscreen. The rays are seriously strong here.
Where: Anse de Toiny, St. Barts
What's to Love: The bungalows are one-bedroom houses with spectacular views of ocean, mountains, and rugged terrain — everything but other buildings or people. Rooms have a palatial bath and a private pool surrounded by a terrace large enough to accommodate couples massage tables.
Good to Know: It's not cheap, but summer rates are half what Larry Ellison pays in January.
Hotel Isle de France
Where: Flamands, St. Barts
What's to Love: So many great things about it, not least of which is its idyllic location on the beach, one of the best on the island.
Good to Know: Nearby Colombier Beach is a hike or a boat ride away, and the hotel will pack you a picnic lunch.
Where: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
What's To Love: Timeless colonial vibes on your own private island with fresh, healthy, gourmet food. The holistic COMO Shambhala Spa is on-site, and service and attention to detail are impeccable. Sitting by the powdery beach is out of the Corona commercial; the water is that clear.
Good to Know: Great scuba diving and private partner yoga on the beach at sunset. Bring home hard-to-find COMO products and get your chakras in check.
Where: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
What's to Love: Gorgeous private oceanfront cabins with sexy decor, private pools, and outdoor showers.
Good to know: It's a cool, low-key celeb scene. And at Amanyara, the answer is always yes.
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Contributors: Ingrid Bernstein, Kate Donnelly, Christina Ohly Evans, Nancy Hunt, Kerry Kane, Steven Learner, Jonathan Mir, Dana Hazels Seith, Margaret Spencer, Terese Svoboda, Rett Wallace, Sheri Warshaw.