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Top ten Caribbean hideaways

The eclectic Caribbean has everything from chi-chi boutique hotel to Bond-style hideaways, perfect for newlyweds. Here are our top ten favourite islands and their best honeymoon pads

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Anguilla

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A well-known hangout for celebs including Kate Winslet who got married here, Anguilla is one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets, with 33 pristine white sand beaches. In the evening, dine at one of Anguilla’s 100 restaurants with lobster and crayfish, particular local delicacies. From candlelit dinners on the beach to the local festive roadside fare, this is as laid back as it comes.
Romantic hideaway: Cap Juluca where Courteney Cox and David Arquette honeymooned, is seriously chic with Moorish white architecture, one of the finest beaches around and top cuisine.

Antigua

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A long-standing favourite with honeymooners, Antigua is the largest of the British Leeward Islands. Admiral Nelson established Britain’s most important Caribbean base here back in 1784. The island is host to Sailing Week, one of the world’s foremost maritime events. Add to that 365 beaches, romantic resorts and lively nightlife.
Romantic hideaway: Carlisle Bay has upped the ante in the Caribbean with its designer chic and impeccable service, not to mention its East restaurant and Blue Spa.

Bahamas

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With over 700 islands and cays, the Bahamas offers a slice of heaven whether you’re after a resort like Atlantis with its themed water park and glittering casino, or a castaway island like Kamalame Cay with its spectacular diving. Tiny Harbour Island attracts the rich and famous to its stunning Pink Sands beach, pretty chattel houses and seriously boutique hotels.
Romantic hideaway: One&Only Ocean Club is a quintessential five-star resort and recently welcomed new Bond actor, Daniel Craig, during the filming of Casino Royale.

Barbados

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Barbados has a little bit of everything from rum distilleries to charming English style parish churches. Island attractions include catamaran cruises, snorkelling and swimming with turtles, 4×4 jeep safaris, Harrison’s Caves, the bars and clubs of Bridgetown and Oistins fish market. If you like carnival, honeymoon during the five-week summer Crop Over festival.
Romantic hideaway: The legendary Sandy Lane is the number one deluxe spot for lovebirds. Golfer Tiger Woods hired the entire resort for his wedding.

Grenada

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Known as the Spice Island for its nutmeg, cinnamon and cocoa plantations, Grenada is one of the prettiest islands in the Caribbean. Tropical rainforest together with over 40 white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters make this a delight for honeymooners. For a true Robinson Crusoe escape, head to the sister island of Carriacou with some of the best diving in the Caribbean or the tiny island of Petite Martinique reached only by boat.
Romantic hideaway: For something more hip, head to Laluna with its beautiful hillside cottages. Relax in the bar and restaurant a mix of Indonesian and Italian style.

Jamaica

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Jamaica is packed with sexy treats. How about a canopy tour of the rainforest or mountain biking through the Blue Mountains, a coffee plantation visit or the Dunns River Falls? There’s horseriding on the beach, swimming with dolphins, visiting the romantic Caves, the Bob Marley Museum and Noel Coward’s splendid Firefly home.
Romantic hideaway: Goldeneye was once the Jamaican home of James Bond creator, Ian Fleming, and is now one of the top boutique resorts in the area.

St Barts

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From the moment you arrive at the bijou airport on the French island of St Barts, you’ll realise from the private jets that this is no ordinary island. The rich and famous flock here around New Year with their mega yachts, yet there is a genuine island life, with gourmet restaurants, trendy beach clubs, chi-chi boutiques and stunning beaches.
Romantic hideaway: There’s not even a whiff of an all-inclusive or chain hotel. Instead there are complete one-off beauties like Isle de France with its fashion shows round the pool and divine Molton Brown spa.

St Lucia

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From its majestic Pitons (mountains) to Castries, its lively capital, St Lucia is the real deal when it comes to a Caribbean island. It’s beautiful, there’s plenty to explore from horseback riding on the beach to mountain biking through tropical rain forest. There’s the Friday night ‘Jump’ (street party) and the annual Jazz Festival in May.
Romantic hideaway: Ladera overlooks the Pitons with rooms that open to the rainforest. It has one of the most sought-after restaurants in the area, Dasheene and the Ti Kai Pose Spa with access to the world’s only drive-in volcano.

St Vincent & The Grenadines

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The location for blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Grenadines have never been hotter. With nine main islands including the haunt of the truly rich and famous, Mustique, this is the place to come for high-end unspoilt Caribbean. This is also one of the best places in the world to charter a yacht and explore.
Romantic hideaway: The Cotton House on Mustique is one of the world’s most luxurious hotels visited by everyone from Mick Jagger to Prince William. Each of the cottages, rooms and suites has its own distinct personality.

Turks & Caicos

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Hanging off the end of the Bahamian archipelago, the Turks & Caicos are currently riding the crest of a wave. This chain of eight islands and 41 small cays of which only nine are inhabited, has seen an influx of super cool resorts recently. The main island of Provo features the famous 12-mile Grace Bay beach and the diving here is spectacular, with dolphin and whale regulars.
Romantic hideaway: Amanyara, meaning peaceful place, is the ultra chic Aman Resort’s first foray into the Caribbean and brings a touch of Asian minimalism to main island of Provo with its 40 timber shingled pavilions.

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