The view of the Pitons from the wraparound infinity pool pretty much sums it up — this little corner of St. Lucia is one of the most stunning sites in the Caribbean. And in Jade Mountain, it’s got the small, intimate luxury resort that it’s always deserved. There are worse ways to set a tone for your new life together than waking up to those mountain views every morning.
“Ti amo,” of course, is Italian for “I love you.” It may be a bit on-the-nose as a name for a honeymoon destination, but this tiny speck of a boutique hotel, on South Andros Island in the Bahamas, inspires that kind of devotion. It’s eco-friendly, laid-back, and located right on a beautiful beach.
Decades ago Jamaica was a high-class affair, with pronounced British overtones; Noël Coward and Ian Fleming lived here, and Winston Churchill and TS Eliot were known to visit. And at Jamaica Inn, little has changed: this is a traditional and slightly retro resort, an homage to classic resort hospitality, perfect for a high-class honeymoon.
St. Lucia has always been among the tonier, more Caribbean destinations. Sugar Beach’s hundred acres of rainforest are something special, nestled as they are between the island’s twin volcanoes. And it may be the breathtaking white sand beach, the only one on the island, that pushes it over the top.
Saint Barthelemy is where you go for a Caribbean escape with a French accent. Le Guanhani’s colorful cottages, from yellow to indigo or purple to bright green, are scattered amongst bougainvilleas, hibiscus and a coconut grove stretching between the ocean and the lagoon, a haven of tranquility where you’ll find serenity, luxury, and intimacy.
For a truly secluded Caribbean honeymoon, there’s nothing like a private island hotel. Thatch Caye, a 25-minute boat ride from mainland Belize, is the Caribbean minus what’s stereotypical about the Caribbean — the nightlife here is a mellow affair, with disco dancing and nightclubbing just a distant memory.
There’s more to the Caribbean than islands, of course. Le Rêve is a small, low-key, yet distinctly stylish little boutique resort, just north of Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Minimalist design combines with traditional elements like classic Mexican tilework to create a style that’s chic but not overdone, and this all-suite property is nothing if not comfortable.
We don’t know who would bother with the big, sterile Jamaican resorts; the smart travelers get themselves westward, to Negril, and to the Rockhouse, a tiny collection of villas stretching along the cliff’s edge at Pristine Cove (a location as aptly named as any you’ll find).
The name isn’t some kind of metaphor — this estate, a short way inland from Soufriere, was bought by a pair of British entrepreneurs intent on reviving St. Lucia’s cocoa business. And this thriving chocolate company has now spun off a side business: the delightful Boucan, where honeymooners with a sweet tooth are in their personal heaven.
St. Barth is a tropical island version of present-day France, like a little bit of 21st-century Paris on the beach. This urbane charm is Le Sereno’s bread and butter. But stylish doesn’t have to mean uptight — the whole point of the Caribbean is effortless relaxation, and this is a hotel that amply delivers on that promise.
The Dominican Republic is well known and well traveled, so it pays to head for less familiar corners of the island. Barahona is one of those places; here, on the southern coast of the island of Hispaniola, closer to the Haitian border than to Santo Domingo, is where you’ll find the Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge.
We’ve heard Marigot Bay described as the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean. And while we’re not ones for definitive rankings, the fact that it’s up for consideration means it’s something special. There’s hardly a finer spot to soak up some sun, and there’s nowhere more grand at Marigot than Capella Marigot Bay.
The filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola has found a side career as a hotelier, and he’s an excellent one. This upscale eco-lodge is less about traditional luxury than it is about the setting, the dramatic landscape and the lush rainforest, teeming with life. Not that the good life is overlooked: at the end of the day it’s back to the lodge for wood-fired pizza and other hearty Italian classics, all accompanied by wines from the Coppola estate. How’s that for a honeymoon story?