When discussing honeymoon destinations you cannot ignore the quintessential destination for many couples, that of the Caribbean. Encompassing a wide variation in culture, style and geography, the Caribbean remains consistent in providing a luxurious, sun-kissed and unerringly romantic destination no matter where you choose to stay. Seclusion, tranquility, sultry nights tempered by cool ocean breezes, the Caribbean defines romance and honeymoons. The Caribbean and honeymoons amplify one another; each makes the other better, it did not invent the honeymoon but has perfected the concept.
So where else could I start than the classic Caribbean destination, Jamaica? It is true what they say that when you have visited this Caribbean gem you understand that there is no place quite like it. The air appears filled with reggae-flavoured romance and it is no wonder that couples flock to this island in their droves. That’s not to say that you can’t find the seclusion and tranquillity many desire from a honeymoon, making this an ideal place to visit for couples who like to mix the romance with some livelier nights out and activities. There are plenty of secluded places to hideaway if you so desire, such as some of Sandal’s amazing ultra-all-inclusive resorts, where every whim and desire will be catered to and included in the price. This is reassuring for the wallet or purse, making it easier to budget and couples are never disappointed by what Sandals can offer.
Jamaican culture and hospitality makes the island extra special, the Jamaican people are friendly, cheerful, and very fun to be around. You’ll experience Jamaica’s amazing music and so much more from such a rich culture should you venture outside of your chosen resort, it will only add to your honeymoon memories and the experience you will cherish forever.
In terms of keeping things within a more restrictive budget, the Dominican Republic has some of the best priced all-inclusive resorts in all of the Caribbean, which is why it is one of the most frequented islands for couples worldwide. The beaches are white sand, beautiful, with tons of palm tree lined beaches, turquoise ocean waters, and national parks. Focus is on water sports, eating, drinking, pool bars, meeting others, night life, and shopping. Like Jamaica it is a fun place to visit, and always offers something for everyone, including being one of the few islands in the Caribbean where you have the opportunity to swim with dolphins. This is a beautiful experience that many couples see as a highlight of their trip. The main language is Spanish, but English is widely spoken so it is a perfect destination for us Brits.
Should you choose this island for your trip, one of my absolute favourite hotels in the Dominican Republic is Zoetry Punta Agua. A luxury property that has more included than any other all-inclusive hotel on the island, they even include horseback riding. The rooms are all lovely suites, and the deluxe oceanfront rooms have plunge pools. Great for couples seeking fun, luxury and adventure.
Part of A&M resorts, the Zoetry brand hotel encompasses their “Unlimited Privileges” concept, where your every whim will be met. A&M are a fabulous hotelier who also have other hotels on the Dominican Republic, such as their Dreams Punta Cana and Dreams Palm Beach resorts, which are equally adept at providing a stunning setting for any honeymoon. They also work closely with Travel Counsellors meaning I can secure exclusive rates and amazing added value should you wish to bask in the luxury they can provide.
For something slightly different in a destination, you may not have considered Belize, perhaps not even heard of it. However, it is growing as a tourist destination and in terms of being idyllic, tranquil and romantically isolated, almost unsurpassed.
If you are looking for a destination that offers breathtaking natural attractions and the excitement of discovering “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret”, then Belize is the ideal Caribbean destination for you. Located between Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean coast of Central America, Belize is one of the few remaining places on earth that remains true to its history and natural beauty. You can expect to find a variety of exciting eco-adventure activities everywhere you turn including the longest barrier reef in the hemisphere.
With hundreds of islands there are endless options for fantastic snorkeling and diving, along with being the home to the “Great Blue Hole”. Located about 70 kilometres off the coast of Belize, the “Great Blue Hole” is a diver’s paradise and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Originally the Blue Hole was a limestone cave that started to form about 150,000 years ago. Gradually the water level rose as the glacial period ended and the caves were flooded and its roof collapsed, thus forming this unique hole.
Surrounding the coastlines is a lush, tropical rainforest with dozens of species of birds along with exotic and tropical flora and fauna. Take in the beauty of Mayan history with ancient sites both excavated and jungle covered scattered about. The beauty of Belize combined with the cultural heritage of the warm Belizean people, makes for a truly unique Honeymoon location.
However, If visions of azure waters, warm breezes and powder-soft sand are dancing through your head, why not make these dreams reality with a Bahamas honeymoon? This island nation is home to hundreds of resorts catering to newlyweds; from private island luxury to secluded waterfront villas and an upscale all-inclusive resort, the Bahamas again encapsulate a classic Caribbean honeymoon destination.
As a Travel Counsellor I can help you decide on the best place for your needs, to make sure everything is perfect, but I also like to suggest unique experiences, and the Bahamas can certainly offer that. It is probably the only place on earth where you can swim with pigs! Visitors to the islands are happily embracing the unique and special experience of swimming with the pigs on the uninhabited island of Big Major Cay, which is home to these special creatures and affectionately called “Pig Beach”. It is unknown how the pigs originally came to live on Big Major Cay, as they aren’t native and the island itself is uninhabited. Popular lore suggests that the pigs were dropped off by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them, or that there was a nearby shipwreck and the pigs swam to safety. However it was that they came to be, there are now approximately 20 pigs and piglets surviving easily on Big Major Cay, partly because the island is blessed with three freshwater springs, and partly due to the generosity of visiting Bahamians and tourists.
It is certainly something I would love to do and I could personally arrange this for any couple visiting, as I could with any excursion or special request, right down to restaurant reservations. Such is my desire to create the perfect honeymoon, having a Travel Counsellor is more than just a travel agent, more than even a concierge. We treat our clients as friends and want them to create the special memories they deserve.
The Caribbean would certainly provide the requisite luxury, romance, sun-drenched ambience and infinite memories for any couple.