It’s hard to think of anywhere more idyllic for a honeymoon than the Caribbean, with pristine white beaches, palm tree-dotted paths and turquoise seas; it’s paradise on earth. But not only that, there are private islands to discover, coral reefs to explore, hammocks to laze in and rum cocktails to taste.
So where to go in the Caribbean for your honeymoon? First, you need to find the isle that ticks all the right boxes for you. From the sweet life on St Lucia with its rainforests and waterfalls to the sun-soaked Spice Isle of Grenada, we’ve rounded up the top 10 Caribbean islands for honeymooners. And with plenty of Caribbean honeymoon packages to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice.
Once you’ve chosen the island, the right resort will speak for itself. There is an abundance of retreats including boutique boltholes, all-inclusive hotels and private villas, not to mention celebrity hotspots favoured by the likes of chart royalty, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
With the islands themselves ensuring that every inch of your trip is Instagram-worthy, the only thing you’re going to need to worry about is ensuring you’ve packed the hottest holiday accessories and that you’ve followed our ultimate honeymoon beauty guide. With sun, sea, sand, rainforest and a host of bars and restaurants to explore, you won’t be able to resist striking a pose in front of this breath-taking backdrop.
There is truly something for everyone at these top 10 Caribbean honeymoon resorts, so get your passports ready… you’re about to book the trip of a lifetime.
Sugar Beach, St Lucia
You can take in views of big skies, the Piton mountains and St Lucia’s sun-kissed shoreline from your private infinity pool at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort. A whitewashed haven with four-poster beds and claw-foot baths, it’s built for honeymooners. You can immerse yourself in the sparkling waters and scuba-dive to see the vibrant coral reefs, head out on the hotel’s own yacht (yes, really) to let the sea air blow the stress off your shoulders or hike up the aforementioned Piton mountains, just a two-mile drive away. Back at the hotel, taste the island’s best rums at Cane Bar; or for a different kind of heady fix, book a knot-melting chocolate massage at the Rainforest Spa. Life is sweet here.
Bringing a whole new level of luxury to the island, Silversands Grenada perfectly combines the feeling of a five-star hotel and a permanent residence with lofty suites and nine villas (complete with their own pools and al fresco dining areas) dotted along the cerulean coast. Here, you can hide away a deux, or make use of everything the hotel has to offer – from the serene spa to the beach club. Drink in the views of Grand Anse Beach as you float in the infinity pool (the longest in the Caribbean, no less), before indulging in a sundowner on the beachfront deck with music from the resident DJ. Pure bliss.
Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, St. Barts
Set right on Flamands Bay – known as the island’s best beach – St-Barth Isle de France is a chic celebrity hideaway (Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been guests). Beautifully blending the laid-back spirit of the West Indies with the elegance of the South of France, it’s graced with sugar-white beaches, azure seas and a freshwater pool. With all 40 rooms, suites and villas either perched on the hillside, set on the beach or nestled in the tropical gardens, you’re guaranteed peace and privacy. Then, for light dishes and cocktails head to The White Bar, but before that indulge in Guerlain rituals exclusive to the Caribbean at the Cheval Blanc Spa.
Jamaica Inn, Jamaica
Recently renovated yet still reminiscent of a bygone era, as soon as you set foot inside Jamaica Inn it’s clear why the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Ian Flemming have stayed here. With 48 ocean-view suites and cottages set over a lush six-acre property, it’s pure nirvana. Outdoor sitting rooms and an open-air spa on the water’s edge mean it’s all about al fresco living, plus each suite has a private balustraded balcony or large veranda with the cooling breeze filtering through the shutters, so you can unwind to the soundtrack of the sea.
Sandals Royal Bahamian, Bahamas
A private club in the 1940s and later a popular sanctuary for stars including The Beatles, Sandals Royal Bahamian has an enthralling history. And with its own private island (which you can reach by boat, sail or kayak), it’s easy to see why. You can while away the day lazing in the hammocks or private cabanas on its two secluded beaches, or head to The Beach Club, complete with its own pool and swim-up bar. For lunch there’s the fine seafood restaurant, but the highlight is the Zen Garden with fire-side seating. Back at the hotel, there’s a choice of 10 restaurants and eight bars, and with spacious rooms and suites overlooking the ocean, garden or pools, it’s your own slice of paradise.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands*
Set around a crescent-shaped bay on lush Virgin Gorda, this exclusive boutique resort is a beautiful idyll with an enviously remote location. Only accessible by boat (just 15 minutes from Tortola), it lies behind a colourful reef, with calm, gin-clear waters. There are extensive water sports (diving, sailing, deep-sea fishing and snorkelling), a 47-foot luxury catamaran, nature trails, and seven tennis courts, so there’s plenty to keep active minds busy. And with three restaurants, two bars and the beachfront swimming pool overlooking the ocean, you can embrace British Virgin Island life to the full.
Coral Reef Club, Barbados
Experience the blend of classic Bajan charm with modern luxury at this award-winning resort. Breathe in the scent of frangipani trees as you follow the paths through landscaped gardens to the spa (where there’s an ‘open sided’ relaxation room and outdoor Hydro-pool with shaded cabanas), or the golden beach where you can kayak or sail. Then at night, dress up for dinner at the elegant restaurant which offers a menu of seafood and classic French cuisine with a Caribbean twist, or enjoy the Coral Reef’s famous ice-cold Rum Punch as you listen to live music at the bar. Luxury Plantation Suites are the ultimate in luxury, featuring four-poster or canopied beds, large terraces and open sundecks with private plunge pools – you’ll never want to leave.
Blue Waters, Antigua
This intimate resort’s clifftop suites blend modern chic and colonial style with fresh white décor. Here you can stroll along the powder-soft sand to secluded coves, or just lay back and relax on the plush sun loungers on the beach deck or by one of the cyan infinity pools. In the mornings you can enjoy breakfast on the terrace at sea-view Palm Restaurant, then at dawn the panoramic ocean views at the clifftop Cove Restaurant are epic. And with gardens decorated with bougainvillea and abuzz with hummingbirds, it’s a true Garden of Eden – perfect for honeymooners.
Set atop a bluff that rolls down to an unspoilt beach and cobalt-blue sea, this lofty oceanfront resort is another A-lister hotspot. With cavernous beachfront stays, a flowing infinity pool that merges with the sea and a barefoot beach bar, it’ll be your new favourite place. Let the sun warm your bones in the privacy of Turtle Cove, snorkel above kaleidoscopic coral reefs and dive through sunken ships, or get a taste of Anguilla’s culinary scene at the tiki-style beach shacks or via the Michelin-starred in-house chef. The unrivalled pleasures of Malliouhana await.
Petit St Vincent, St Vincent and the Grenadines
One of the most secluded honeymoon experiences in the world, individual cottages are hidden among undisturbed vegetation throughout the 115 acres of this privately owned tropical island. The mindful absence of televisions, phones and internet let you unplug, while island life communication is hoisting a flag for service. The design reflects the island’s natural style while touvhes such as Nespresso machines and iPod players add another layer of luxury. A beach bar and restaurant overlooking the dock are perfect for toes-in-the-sand dining, and lunch will slowly turn into cocktails as the sun sets over The Grenadines.
*resort will re-open late 2019 after Hurricane Irma