A sunset stroll on the beach; a candlelit dinner under the stars; the crystal clear waves crashing onto the white sand while you lay in solitude in the warm sunshine. The Caribbean’s various picturesque islands set the stage for romance and are a great place to reignite the spark or keep the flame burning bright. Dazzling tropical views lay just outside some of the area’s most intimate hotels and private villas that are waiting to host an unforgettable trip for two. Whether you travel to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Aruba or Puerto Rico, be prepared to lose yourself in the charm and tranquility of these secluded and seductive luxury resorts.
Here are our picks for the top five romantic resorts in the Caribbean:
W Retreat and Spa Vieques Island: The W brand is known for bringing a fun, sexy vibe to its hotels and this Puerto Rican resort is no exception. With seven room categories to choose from, you’re free to pick the one that fits your needs, with spacious retreats tucked into lush gardens or WOW oceanfront suites with private balconies and panoramic views of the pristine island ambiance. Head to the AWAY Spa and spend some time in the Couples Candlelight Oceanfront Jacuzzi or have a romantic dinner at Sorcé where locally sourced ingredients become gourmet dishes perfect for sharing.
State Road 200 KM 3.2 - HC1 Box 9368 Vieques Island, Puerto Rico; 787.741.4100; WVieques.com
One & Only Ocean Club, Bahamas: This private Bahamian residence turned luxury hotel exudes elegance and sophistication in its 105 guest rooms, suites and residential villas. Among a long list of complimentary amenities included in your stay are champagne and strawberries each afternoon and 24-hour personalized butler service to ensure your every need is met. The resort over numerous activities to bond with your loved one like snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, luxury yacht and sailboat charters or excursions to Atlantis to hit the casino or bright blue lagoons filled with 50,000 different types of marine life to discover.
One Casino Drive Paradise Island Bahamas; 888.528.7157; OceanClub.OneAndOnlyResorts.com
Casa Kimball: When you want an exclusive and ultra private villa all to yourselves, the Dominican Republic’s Casa Kimball is the place to stay. Unobstructed 180-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean await from almost any point on this property that is situated on three acres. You can also expect to be catered to by a personal chef, bartender manning the fully stocked bar, and tri-lingual concierge. Enjoy features like a 150-foot infinity pool, cliff edge hot tub and pathway leading down to a private beach perfect for a romantic picnic for two.
#5-6 Orchid Bay Oceafront Estates Cabera, Dominican Republic; 888.766.4640; CasaKimball.com
Half Moon, A Rock Resort: Located on a sprawling 400-acre piece of land on the Northern coast of Jamaica, Half Moon offers guests old world charm and Caribbean hospitality mixed with modern amenities in its 197 guest rooms and suites as well as the 33 four- to seven-bedroom villas. The property contains 54 swimming pools, 13 tennis courts, six signature Jamaican restaurants, eight bars, an award-winning 68,000-square-foot spa facility 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed golf course, equestrian center, and a natural dolphin lagoon. Chances to reconnect at this majestic resort are virtually endless.
Half Moon P.O. Rose Hall, Jamaica, W.I.; 800.438.7241; HalfMoon.RockResorts.com
The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba: On a stretch of soft white sand on Aruba’s Palm Beach sits the Westin Resort where couples make lasting memories as turquoise waves crash on the beach and the steel drum resonates in the background. Stay in one of the 70 beautifully appointed junior or one bedroom suites with balconies overlooking the ocean. With tables situated right on the sand and Tiki torches flickering in the breeze, Azull restaurant is the perfect place to stare into each other’s eyes while enjoying a beautifully prepared meal by their master chef.
J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 77 Palm Beach Aruba; 011-297-5864466; WestinAruba.com