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What could be nicer than sun, sand and seclusion in the tropics? Little. That’s why we asked three avid travelers about their favorite Caribbean destinations for a trip for two, as well as worthwhile places to stay and visit so you can make the most of your time together.
Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, travel journalist and editor of JetSetSarah.com
Where: Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon couldn’t think of a more romantic escape than Little St. Vincent, a 115-acre private island resort in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Getting there takes some work – you typically fly to Barbados, then hop on a private plane to Union Island, and then take a boat – but the rewarding effort only adds to the ambiance, according to the Miami-based writer. On the secluded island you will find over three kilometers of white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and green tropical forests. “It’s the quintessential Caribbean fantasy,” she says. “It’s posh, but not ostentatious, and very relaxed.”
Where to sleep: Petit St. Vincent has just 22 one- and two-bedroom cottages and villas scattered along the beach and up the island’s hills so you will have plenty of time to yourself. Each guest house is equipped with a spacious outdoor terrace, which is furnished with sun loungers and a hammock. In front of each you will also find a bamboo mailbox and flagpole – hoist the yellow flag to get the staff’s attention and they will know if there is a note with your requests; hoist the red flag and you will be left alone.
What should I do: Treat yourself to a rum punch at Goatie’s Bar, the beach shack where sailors often pull up, or enjoy a sunset dinner of freshly grilled seafood and Trinidadian curries in the resort’s main pavilion restaurant. Greaves-Gabbadon also recommends hiking up Marni Hill to the spa for a couples massage and taking one of the guided sailing trips to the Tobago Cays, where you can explore coral reefs and swim with the turtles.
Natalie Preddie, Lifestyle and travel expert and author
Where: Saint Lucia is “enchanted” in one word, says Toronto-based writer Natalie Preddie. “Everything feels magical and picturesque. It feels like it isn’t real. ”She particularly enjoys the breathtaking views of the mountainous eastern Caribbean island – home to steaming volcanic beaches and reef dive sites – and loves that so many of the accommodations have been designed to blend seamlessly fit into the surrounding landscape. “I went there twice with my husband and all the activities felt just for us.”
Where to sleep: Stop by the southwest coast of the island Jadeberg, a resort whose guest rooms resemble luxurious, cavernous sanctuaries, with open fourth walls to reveal the view and dazzling infinity pools. Preddie also loves being around Ladera Resort, with 37 intimate rooms and suites that also feature open walls and private plunge pools.
What should I do: Hiking on Gros Piton, one of two volcanic towers near Soufrière, Saint Lucia, is phenomenal, says Preddie, while Gros Islet Friday Fish Fry on the island’s north coast is a huge weekly party that locals and tourists alike enjoy a night of eating and dancing. And Preddie mustn’t forget the destination’s world-famous chocolate (the tropical climate is ideal for cocoa cultivation): visit Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot Hotel, also in Soufrière, which also serves as a cocoa farm and offers chocolate-based menus in both the hotel’s restaurant and the spa.
Heather Greenwood Davis, Travel expert and writer with National Geographic
Where: Heather Greenwood Davis may not have traveled to Anguilla with her spouse (yet), but that doesn’t stop her from rating the eastern island as the most romantic place in the Caribbean. The UK overseas territory is relatively easy to get to, but still feels off the grid and is home to more than 30 pristine beaches. “You just feel pampered and precious when you are there,” says the Toronto-based author, adding that the simple terrain and family-friendly resorts make it a great getaway for couples traveling with their children. “It has a somewhat upscale advantage. This is the island that celebrities visit for barefoot luxury. ”
Where to sleep: You can’t be more wasteful than Belmonds Cap Juluca in Maundays Bay, with its choice of 70 airy rooms and villas with white domes and uncompromising service. It is equally impressive Four Seasons Anguilla, a 35-acre, palm-fringed property with 181 posh rooms and villas in Barnes Bay.
What should I do: Spend a day on the water with you Traditional sailingthat takes you snorkeling or eating lobster on a classic West Indian sloop. When it comes to local cuisine, Davis says you can’t go wrong on Anguilla, whether visiting a food truck or a fancy restaurant. She recommends family businesses Delicious in the capital, The Valley, for authentic Caribbean dishes. Make time for a lazy day at the beach too Sand island, about a 20-minute boat ride from the mainland, which is just a tiny strip of sand and a small hut that serves food and drinks like grilled fish and fresh fruit mojitos.
Travelers are reminded to educate themselves about any health restrictions that could affect their plans.