Compiled By NAN Travel Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 2, 2016: Beaches, white sand, aqua sea and bright sunshine! The Caribbean is by and large a naturally romantic destination, but where are the best hotels for a romantic getaway, your honeymoon or just getting your groove back or on? Here are the top 10 Caribbean Hotels for Romance as voted on by TripAdvisor readers.
1: Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
Taking the spot as one of the most romantic hotels in the world and in the Caribbean is Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort at L.G. Smith Boulevard, 55 Bon on Eagle Beach in Aruba. This property is a two minutes walk from the pristine white sand beach overlooking the ocean and romantic dining on the beach in a private palapa can be reserved. This intimate and tranquil resort is ideal for couples seeking to unwind and reconnect. They can also enjoy breathtaking views of the sparkling clear blue sea, feel the warm trade winds and marvel over the stunning tropical sunsets far away from the crowds and high-rise hotels.
Guests also rave about the service, food and staff at this adults’ only resort. Breakfast is complimentary and there are two eateries on site, including one on the beachfront, plus a bar on the private beach. There’s also an outdoor infinity pool, a 24/7 exercise room and a spa. And if you grow tired of the resort and want to stroll about, the resort is about a 6-minute walk from Alhambra Casino and 4.4 km from Fort Zoutman, an 18th-century lighthouse. For more see here.
2: The Inn On The Bay
Coming in at number two on the top 10 most romantic Caribbean hotels list is The Inn On The Bay on Marigot Bay, St. Lucia. This small, five-room hotel is set on a hillside overlooking Marigot Bay and offers a peaceful, quiet, relaxed, unfussy and unpretentious getaway, far away from fashionable boutique hotels and all-inclusive tourist resorts. Staff here offers personalized service and a complimentary continental breakfast which is served on a patio with bay views. The Inn On The Bay is 12 km from St. Lucia’s Derek Walcott Square park and 14 km from the open-air Castries Market. Transportation to the bay area and back to the Inn is available upon request at no charge. See more here.
3: Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa
Located at Lance aux Epines in Saint George’s, Grenada, Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa takes the number three spot on the top 10 list. This hotel combines five star service and luxury within a relaxed and intimate environment to create the ultimate Caribbean escape. It is located on a beach in Prickly Bay and is 6 km from the Maurice Bishop International Airport. Fashionable rooms offer sea-view balconies and some suites have plunge pools. Your romantic getaway can include breakfast served on your suite’s private balcony or on the beach, or dining at two renowned restaurants onsite – The Beach Club and Rhodes Restaurant. A romance package for next Spring includes one couples massage per booking, a bottle of chilled prosecco on arrival, chocolate truffles on arrival and one Romantic candlelit dinner for two on Calabash’s beach. Log on here for more.
4: Royal Palms Hotel
The Royal Palms Hotel in Hamilton, Bermuda has been voted as the fourth most romantic hotel in the Caribbean. The Royal Palms is a throwback to colonial era architecture. It is located on a tree-lined lane and set in a pair of coral-colored 19th-century manor houses. Each spacious room and suite at Royal Palms Hotel has classic décor. The Royal Palms Hotel is a 12 minutes’ walk from Hamilton Ferry Terminal and 15 km from L.F. Wade International Airport. It gets top marks for service, charm, and cleanliness from guests. Couples can choose to dine on site at the elegant Ascot Restaurant located there or enjoy the expansive gardens or take a car to Camden and Elbow beaches, the nearest golf club or to Salt Kettle and Hinson’s Island from the Hamilton Ferry Terminal. The hotel currently has a special Christmas Season offer, where guests can get rates from $225 per night between December 16, 2016 – January 1, 2017. For more log on here.
5: The SPA Retreat Boutique Hotel
This rustic-chic adults-only hotel set on the West End cliffs in Negril, Jamaica takes the number five spot on the top 10 list. It’s all about romance here. Located on nearly 2 acres of oceanfront, the unique property extends from white sandy beach into exotic grey cliffs both overlooking the vibrant turquoise hues of the Caribbean Sea. The rooms and suites at The SPA Retreat Boutique Hotel are set in stone cottages with thatched roofs, private balconies and stylish woodsy decor. The 18 handcrafted stone cottages with spectacular tropical gardens and cliff side organic dining enhance your Spa escape. Some offer sea views. This hotel features spa treatments, a terrace with swimming pool and massage service. The on-site restaurant, Blue Mahoe, serves Jamaican cuisine and international food. This hotel is also 2 miles from Coral Beach and 2.5 miles from the Negril Lighthouse. The Sangster International Airport is a 90-minute drive away. For more see here.
6: Hermitage Bay
Located in Saint Mary’s, Antigua, Hermitage Bay takes the sixth spot on the 10 Top Caribbean Hotels for Romance. The hotel includes just 27 individual suites nestled on the beach and hillside of a perfect bay, in beautiful tropical gardens, in the perfect seclusion of the surrounding 140 acres of lush, undeveloped land. It’s perfect for that escape into Paradise. The detached suites and cottages at Hermitage Bay All-Inclusive are spacious and elegantly decorated. They offer sea or garden views and the hillside suites include a private plunge pool. The staff and food also win high praise here. Hermitage Bay is a 40 minute drive from VC Bird International Airport and St John’s can be reached by car in 30 minutes. Log on for more here.
7: Sandals Royal Plantation
The 74-rooms Sandals Only All-Butler Couples only Boutique Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica makes it on the top 10 list at number 7. Guests rave about the butler service and the food here. This intimate all-butler resort is perfect for a second honeymoon or if you are just starting your first. Each suite offers ocean views. You can spend your days lazing by the pool with cool libations delivered right to you by a beach butler or tee off at nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club, followed by a spot of afternoon tea on the terrace. Foods and drinks are included at 5 restaurants and bars. For more see here.
8: Secret Bay
Coming in at 8th on the top 10 list is Secret Bay in Portsmouth, Dominica. It is a great option for couples who like their privacy and love luxury and nature. This exclusive eco-luxury boutique resort was just awarded the “World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2016” by the World Boutique Hotel Awards. The eight-villa hideaway was honored as being capable of transporting guests into “a novel world through the history of the location, its culture and its own stylistic flair.” Secret Bay features secluded and sustainable villas and bungalows are nestled in nature and positioned on a breathtaking cliff-top overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The architectural tree-house-style villas offer night and day access to remote beaches. Secret Bay has received more than 30 accolades since opening, including being selected as a recipient of Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, Condé Nast Johansens’ Best Green Hotel 2016 in the Caribbean & Pacific, TripAdvisor’s 3rd Best Small Hotel in the Caribbean, and featured as part of Caribbean Journal’s Coolest Hotels for 2016 this year. For more see here.
9: Le Petit Hotel
The10-room only Le Petit Hotel in Grand Case, Saint-Martin, comes in at 9th on our top 10 list. Couples booking here will experience a stunning view of one of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean as well as views of the ocean from your own private balcony overlooking the sea. There you can also enjoy a quiet breakfast, a sunset cocktail before heading to dinner and a nightcap before bed. Sumptuous king size beds, Balinese furniture and luxurious bathrooms set the tone for relaxation. Fully-equipped kitchens give you the flexibility to do your thing and feel truly at home. The owner, Remy, and his wife are warm and welcoming and incredibly helpful, adding to your stay here. For more log on here.
10: The Caves
Rounding out the top 10 most romantic Caribbean hotels list is The Caves on Lighthouse Road, West End, Negril, Westmoreland, Jamaica, 80 minutes outside of Montego Bay on the north coast of the island. This hotel is perched on limestone cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea. It is made up of colorful, 1, 3 and 3-bedroom thatched-roof cottages with outdoor showers, sitting areas and sea views. The 2-bedroom cottages are split-level and have kitchenettes while the 3-bedroom villa has a full kitchen and a washer/dryer, plus a private pool, a hot tub and a sauna. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar set in a cave. This luxe hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Negril Lighthouse and 2.4 km from the Xtabi caves. Breakfast and parking are complimentary. Log on here for more.