Top 10 Romantic Caribbean Retreats
Whether you want a Valentine's Day getaway, a relaxing honeymoon spot, or just need to get away, indulge yourself at these island resorts.
Go Ahead, Indulge: You'll get as much (or as little) attention as you want from the staff. If privacy is your priority, stay in your room for meals. Enjoy a homemade breakfast served in a wicker basket placed at your door.
Make A Date: Wake up early to catch the sunrise in a double kayak, navigating placid waters under a pink-and-orange sky.
Best Sunset: Grab a cocktail at the resort's Great House and stroll across the sandy path to the dock.
Rates: From $395; 876/632-3213 or kamalame.com
Go Ahead, Indulge: Each open-air suite has a private entrance accessed via a palm-lined, crushed-shell path. Inside, sumptuous touches include water views, platform beds, and free-standing spa tubs. Enjoy sunbathing pads and sunken Japanese-style tables on two additional terraces.
Make A Date: For dinner, choose a private picnic table on the beach at the casual Da Conch Shack. Order the salad made with fresh conch and refreshing rum punch, and get your groove on Thursday and select Saturday nights with live music; 649/946-8877 or conchshack.tc.
Best Sunset: Grab a seat at Ocean Cove where you can perch on a rocky ledge overlooking the ocean.
Rates: From $1,600; 866/941-8133 or amanresorts.com
Go Ahead, Indulge: The bountiful gardens are brimming with native blooms, intermingled with organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs--all used in the resort's meals.
Make A Date: Ask the chef to pack a basket with your choice of gourmet snacks and then hit a secluded beach or private island (transportation provided).
Best Sunset: The view's excellent from the Hillside Cottages.
Rates: From $1,450; 268/562-8080 or hermitagebay.com
Go Ahead, Indulge: After a couples massage on the beach, relax beneath the shade of a comfy palapa for two.
Make A Date: It's all about just-caught seafood and toes-in-the-sand chic at the Flying Fishbone restaurant, 20 minutes from Bucuti; flyingfishbone.com
Best Sunset: Sign up for a horseback ride along the sandy coastline at dusk.
Rates: From $393; 297/583-1100 or bucuti.com
Go Ahead, Indulge: Enjoy a candlelit dinner at the resort's Pavilion Restaurant.
Make A Date: Stroll through the oldest protected rain forest in the Western Hemisphere, or head to one of dozens of uncrowded powder-sand beaches to see giant leatherback turtles.
Best Sunset: Watch the sun dip below the horizon from a comfy chaise lounge on your spacious veranda.
Rates: From $413; 868/639-0361 or stonehavenvillas.com
Go Ahead, Indulge: Sit at the thatched-roof beach bar and sip an ice-cold Red Stripe while checking out the surf.
Make A Date: Call for a dinner reservation at the nearby Tryall Club and request the private water-front gazebo. Enjoy local seafood as waves lap in the background; 876/956-5660.
Best Sunset: Float to the edge of the infinity pool for unobstructed views of the pink, purple, and gold sky.
Rates: From $579; 876/956-7050 or roundhill.com
Go Ahead, Indulge: Swin in the tranquil Rosalie River, or walk along Black Sand Beach--also a leatherback, hawksbill, and green turtle sanctuary.
Make A Date: Lace up your hiking boots for an intense trek over moss-covered paths to Boiling Lake, the world's second-largest volcanically heated body of water.
Best Sunset: Take a bottle of wine to the sandy Turtle Beach on Dominica's unspoiled west coast.
Rates: From $250; 767/446-1010 or rosaliebay.com
Go Ahead, Indulge: Get an in-room massage with luscious Ligne St. Barth products and swaddle yourself in plush Porthault linens and robes.
Make A Date: Try dinner at the decadent Le Ti St. Barth, which features an innovative menu and nightly cabaret; letistbarth.com.
Best Sunset: Watch the sky at the open-air Do Brazil restaurant on Shell Beach; dobrazil.com
Rates: From $680; 888/537-3736 or lesereno.com
Go Ahead, Indulge: The open-air beachfront restaurant, Oliver's, takes full advantage of its abundant herb garden, serving up island favorites like twice-baked callaloo souffle.
Make A Date: Enjoy the sights and sensory delights--from a whiff of cinnamon to the sounds of steel-drum calypso--at the spice-and craft market off Grand Anse Beach; grenadagrenadines.com/detail/grand-anse-craft-spice-market.
Best Sunset: Go for a cruise along Grenada's leeward coast as night falls.
Rates: From $618; 473/444-4258 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Go Ahead, Indulge: Surrounded by lush gardens, the spa offers an Indian Ayurvedic program, including massage and yoga.
Make A Date: Escape to Honeymoon Beach, where the hotel will drop you off with a picnic lunch to enjoy the day under the shade of a lone palapa.
Best Sunset: Sign up for the Sunset Loop, an exciting ride up the curvy mountain roads to one of the highest points on the island.
Rates: Oceanview rooms start at $740; 877/547-5711 or peterisland.com