Picking your honeymoon destination is no easy feat, especially when it comes to the myriad of choice in the Caribbean. I am slightly biased of course, given my heritage, but there is something incredibly beautiful about the Caribbean, from the romantic allure, the aesthetic, the turquoise sea, the warm friendly locals, to the history the delicious food and much more. As a result, the Caribbean continuously captures the hearts of so many couples looking to honeymoon or even marry. But every Caribbean island offers something completely different.
With so much choice, who better to ask to introduce you to these beautiful islands, none other than Nu Bride Ambassador; Sandals. With an impressive 15 resorts nestled in the Caribbean, Sandals will take you through some of the beautiful elements of these islands that make them fantastic honeymoon destinations.
First up, two of my firm Caribbean favourites, for very different but equally mesmerizing reasons, Antigua and Bahama’s!
Famous the world over for its 365 spectacular beaches, one for each day of the year, Antigua is historically one of the Caribbean’s premier destinations. It is also a sailor’s dream, hosting one of the world’s foremost regattas during the annual Sailing Week. As well as being a nirvana for sun worshippers, honeymooners and anyone seeking powdery white-sand beaches caressed by clear aquamarine waters, Antigua also offers the perfect getaway for culture vultures.
The island is steeped in rich British Colonial history, from the white towers of St. John’s Cathedral, an impressive baroque structure found in the island’s capital city, St. John’s, to the island’s English Harbour, site of Admiral Lord Nelson’s famed Georgian Dockyard. Yet the vivid colours, sights and sounds of the Farmers Market, held every Friday and Saturday on the outskirts of town, attest to the reality that Antigua is also very much a place of thriving, modern Caribbean life.
Voted the “World’s Most Romantic Resort”, year after year, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa offers the best of two worlds-the authentic Caribbean and the stylish Mediterranean-in one legendary all-inclusive holiday.
Set on Antigua’s best and most famous beach, Dickenson Bay, the resort’s charming seaside garden oasis known as the Caribbean Grove is graced by meandering pathways, majestic palms and cooling Trade winds.
Then step into a realm of chic sophistication where European grandeur unfolds from the hillside to villas-by-the-sea at the Six-Star, all-suite Mediterranean Village.
Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
Those looking to explore Antigua can enjoy the Land and Sea Adventure from Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours, which gives you the opportunity to see Antigua from two very different, yet equally breath-taking vantage points.
It starts with an exciting 4 x 4 safari which you’ll jump in to explore the South side of the country. A guide will point out the beautiful views of Falmouth Harbour, and explain the various flora and fauna as you make your way through Fig Tree Drive – Antigua’s most picturesque drive through breathtaking rainforest and more.
At Turner’s Beach, the tour takes to the sea and you’ll board the Mystic Catamaran to explore Antigua’s West Coast and enjoy some snorkelling.
The Bahamas is a vast paradise spread across the Atlantic, with mild year–round temperatures and a wealth of attractions.
For those who are feeling lucky, two of the most extensive and impressive casinos outside of Las Vegas can be found in Nassau and tiny Paradise Island.
For lively carnival fans, a visit to Nassau for the annual Junkanoo festival on 26th December and 1st January is a must. The streets are filled with colourful parades of people dancing the night away to the rhythmic accompaniment of cowbells, drums and whistles.
Junkanoo Festival | Photography: Michael Glass
The 360 tiny isles and cays that make up the Exumas are surrounded by waters that are revered the world over for their diving, fishing and yachting. They draw those seeking more outdoor pursuits, including kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling. For animal lovers, a visit to the Exumas wouldn’t be complete without feeding the always hilarious swimming pigs just off Big Major Cay.
With two Sandals Resorts in the Bahamas, visitors are spoilt for choice!
The moment you arrive at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, you realise that you’ve entered a realm of sophisticated splendor. The resort boasts two pristine, white-sand beaches and offers sumptuous suites, a dazzling array of fine eating establishments, exquisite tropical beauty, a serenely secluded spa and a breathtaking off–shore island, which is a popular destination for weddings.
Set in the midst of the Bahamian Out Islands, Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort brings unprecedented luxury to the easy-going rhythms of the Bahamian Out Islands.
Secluded within 500 tropical acres along a pristine, mile-long beach, the resort is home to three impressive pools – including a half-acre, zero-entry pool with a dramatic fire pit in the middle, seven exceptional restaurants, a par 72 Greg Norman designed golf course, a 29,000 sq. ft. spa and a deepwater marina.
For a fun filled, action packed excursion try the Exuma Cays Ocean Safari, which allows you to snorkel, beach comb, and experience the beauty of the Exumas from a 35 foot custom designed Power Cat. The captain will entertain you with excellent knowledge and first class service as you cruise in and out of over 20 magnificent, little known cays with several stops along the way, including a visit to the endangered Bahamian rock Iguana, at an island which the original natives of the Bahamas once called home. Along with an opportunity to swim alongside the hilarious swimming pigs, plus trips to a beautiful reef and a virgin sandbar.
Swoon! That’s just a taster! There truly is nothing quite like the Caribbean. Up next in this series, featuring one of favourite Caribbean islands, Barbados!
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Photography: Unless otherwise stated, courtesy of Sandals Resorts