~ Where to Stay in the Bahamas ~
Atlantis' big attractions include a huge waterpark, dolphin habitat, and the largest casino in the Caribbean. Cove Atlantis is a hotel within Atlantis that features an adults-only pool and a more sophisticated setting. The classy One & Only Ocean Club (pictured) is the most elegant spot in the Bahamas. And for those who appreciate all-inclusive pricing, Sandals Emerald Bay on the Out Island of Exuma is a 500-acre beachfront property that began life as a Four Seasons resort.
~ Where to Stay in Jamaica ~
Jamaica is where Sandals got its start, and today the adults-only brand features a half dozen resorts from Montego Bay and Negril to the country's south coast, offering a "Stay at One, Play at Six" program. Couples Resorts, another well-established brand, offers discreet spots for nude sunning and swimming. On the high end, Half Moon Resort offers spacious accommodations and has so many swimming pools you may end up with one to yourselves.
~ Where to Stay in Puerto Rico ~
The big hotels — El San Juan, Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza, La Concha — have it all and have long catered to couples. High on a cliff, El Conquistador on Puerto Rico’s northeastern coast looks out over the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and has its own private island. Luxury lovers choose Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan or Horned Dorset Primavera, far from the bustle of the city.
~ Where to Stay in Bermuda ~
Couples who appreciate a full-service resort (and don't mind vacationing amidst families with kids) have the Fairmont Southampton Hotel (pictured), which sprawls across 100 acres on Bermuda’s highest point. At the water's edge, Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa accommodates guests in pink cottages and boasts four private beaches. Children under 16 are only permitted to visit at certain times and those under 5 are verboten. Historic (yet modernized) and romantic, Pink Beach Club & Cottages has private pink-sand beaches, too, and a traditional Bermudian moongate to kiss under (it's good luck!).
~ Where to Stay in Aruba ~
Aruba's a particularly family-friendly destination, so romantic couples who'd rather not be surrounded by little darlings need to adopt evasive maneuvers. Bucuti Beach is Aruba's one beach resort for adults only, and the cuisine is especially good. In the capital, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino has two separate accommodations: the adults-only, cityside Marina Hotel and beachside family-friendly Ocean Suites. There's also a shared private island, where adults can find some privacy.
~ Where to Stay in Curacao ~
The decision to make regarding Curacao is whether you want to be closer to the beach... or the action. Newish Renaissance Curacao in Willemstad has a bevy of shops, restaurants, and even a movie theater attached to it. On the edge of the city, historic Avila Hotel has two private beaches and adults-only suites. Opened 2010 as a a Hyatt Regency, the reflagged Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort as well as Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club are both romantic and remote.
~ Where to Stay in Barbados ~
Iconic Crane Beach Hotel stands high on a cliff but the real draw is its vast pink sands below, named one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Fairmont Royal Pavilion may be the island's most romantic, particularly at candle-lit tables in its open-air restaurant overlooking the ocean. If money is no object, book yourselves a suite at Sandy Lane and savor the good life.
~ Where to Stay in the USVI ~
Couples have plenty of options on the three islands. These are all worth considering. On St. Thomas: Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort is a full-service resort and a good place to use Marriott guest rewards you may have accumulated. On St. Croix: Buccaneer Resort is consistently named a top tropical resort. On St. John: Caneel Bay Resort is a laidback but luxe resort in a gorgeous natural setting.
~ Where to Stay in St. Lucia ~
Hotels for couples in St. Lucia range from popular all-inclusives along the beach such as Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa and Sandals Grande St. Lucian to luxury hotels including romantic Anse Chastanet and contemporary Jade Mountain, all adept in the art of pleasing couples.
~ Where to Stay in the BVI ~
Along a half-mile, crescent-shaped beach, Rosewood Little Dix Bay has perfected the art of pampering for half a century. On the largest, privately owned island in the BVI, Peter Island Resort is deluxe yet unpretentious. Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is the BVI's newest property with its own Honeymoon Island, population: you two.
Honeymoon couples can get the biggest bang for their buck at large all-inclusive resorts that welcome families with active kids. A worthy alternative, Iberostar Grand Bavaro gets rave reviews for its posh, sexy atmosphere. A vacation world unto itself, Casa de Campo sprawls across nearly 7,000 acres and has a vast range of vacation facilities in addition to a medieval-style arts village and a 5,000-seat entertainment amphitheater.