Ah, honeymoons. That magical journey where you get to test-drive life as Forever Partners. Regardless of your age, gender or nationality – what attracts newly weds to some of the best honeymoon destinations around the world distills down to the same key ingredients. Romance features quite high on every list – even for the more cerebral of couples. I have yet to meet a newly married couple who aren’t wooed by the perfection of an idyllic sunset across a wide expanse of beach.
Luxury is another key requirement – soft sheets, comfy sofas, sun-loungers that invite a leisurely afternoon snooze beneath a shading umbrella. Privacy – well, who doesn’t want to just dial it all back after the bustle of a big family wedding?
Well, based on all of this you’ve come to the right place. Exceptional Villas has, for decades, been the expert conduit that connects happy couples with private, luxurious, exclusive villas located in some of the most romantic places in the world. Don’t just take my word for it. Grab your mental passport and let’s take a voyage of wonder through some of the more glorious best places to honeymoon around the globe.
To simplify our trip, I have divided up my key choices according to some useful criteria.
Best Places to Honeymoon – Caribbean
There isn’t a Top Honeymoon Destinations list that doesn’t contain some of the loveliest islands of the Caribbean. With such gorgeous destinations as Barbados, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, St Lucia, The Virgin Islands, Antigua, Cayman, Grenada …. The list goes on and on. I’ve cherry-picked some of the Exceptional Villas and destinations that I believe offer something a little special.
The wow-factor that you explore the luxurious St lucia beach bungalows in Sugar Beach Resort in St Lucia and it is hard to beat. Within the shelter of the famed Pitons, this serene and beautifully appointed property opens out on a stretch of palm tree lined beach that truly deserves the name Sugar Beach. The finest of white sands feel silky beneath your feet as you walk the short distance to the calm Caribbean waters. Sitting on your private shaded terrace, you can enjoy the views of the turquoise waters.
In addition to your accommodations, you can book this property as part of the all-inclusive, best honeymoon resorts package. The Sugar Beach Resort has a divine spa, gym, fabulous restaurants and stylish bars. With wonderful discreet butler service to oversee your every need. Enjoy these Caribbean honeymoon Villas in St Lucia – the ultimate romantic getaway.
South Andros island; The Bahamas is our next stop in this romantic whirlwind tour of the best Caribbean destinations for honeymooners. The five star resort, aptly named Tiamo (I Love You!), has luxurious One bedroom pool villas that offer the ultimate in privacy and seclusion yet within each reach of the main resort.
With your own pool, private terrace and spacious accommodations, you can enjoy each day in solitude in your bahamas villa. Venture out to the stretch of pristine Caribbean beach that curves through the tantalizing coconut palms, overlooking the azure Sea.
The glamorous destination that is Antigua steps up to another level when you check in at the Jumby Bay Resort. An island of 300 acres with five star luxurious properties dotted along some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, it’s easy to see why this unique setting attracts the discerning guest who is looking for a perfectly contained vacation experience The divine Jumby Bay Pool Suite is, perhaps, the most ideally suited property for the happy honeymoon couple and could easily be described as one of the very best honeymoon resorts of the Caribbean.
You have the pleasure of your own private pool, a decadent outdoor tub in a private courtyard and access to all the amenities of the island. Complimentary bikes will allow you to explore this remarkable haven, take in some tennis, swimming, water sports. You can round off each day with cocktails overlooking the ocean before sampling some of the fabulous foods grown and prepared for your delectation.
What’s not to love about Barbados? It has wooed visitors for decades with its mix of gorgeous beaches and pretty towns. An island steeped in the rich history of the Caribbean that combines all of that wonderful heritage with a very modern and progressive nation. Leamington Cottage barbados, with its private pool and enclosed terrace commands a view over a beautiful stretch of Caribbean. With a reef a very short swim off-shore, you can snorkel out and explore the mystery and magic of what moves below the turquoise sea.
About Mairead Moriarty
Born and raised in Co Kerry, lived in London, New York, San Francisco, Dublin. Owner of one very battered suitcase, a well-worn passport and a million memories.
It seems very fitting for a travel writer that my surname translates as ‘Skilled Navigator’. Apart from an occasion when, aged 3, I got lost in a Supermarket in Tralee, I have managed to live up to my name!
Curiosity is probably the driver that has sent me on magical mystery tours around the world. I want to ‘feel’ a place. I want all my senses to be engaged: from the history and geography that has influenced a country or city, the arts and achievements of its natives, anything and everything really.
Regardless of whether I am on a local train travelling through Morocco, or poking around in Marconi’s study in Bologna or on a canal boat weaving through the heart of the English countryside, the same rules apply - ask questions, talk to locals, eat what they eat, sit quietly with nature and simply be.
Assimilate as much as is possible so as to understand the soul of a place. That is my passion. That is the compass by which I navigate.