Consider some of the lesser-known islands for a Caribbean honeymoon with a difference. Here you will find pristine beaches, seclusion and jaw-droppingly stunning accommodation for the ultimate romantic escape.
The British Virgin Islands or BVI comprises four main islands and numerous smaller ones, and its calm currents and protected bays combine to make it one of the premier yachting destinations in the world. The destination is still laid-back and largely undeveloped, in spite of its reputation as a mecca for billionaires and celebrities. If your Caribbean honeymoon budget doesn’t quite stretch to the incredible Necker Island, where 7 nights will set you back in the region of €20k, consider a gorgeous eco-resort such as Cooper Island –the only accommodation on the island of the same name, with just ten spacious rooms hidden amidst beautiful gardens, an acclaimed beachside restaurant and on-site rum bar and micro-brewery.
7 nights’ B&B from €1,999pp
Anguilla remains delightfully under the radar – a beach haven with a gentle pace, which seamlessly fuses old and new. Anguilla boasts 33 beaches, giving you plenty of opportunity for sunbathing or swimming in the sapphire waters. Explore the coral reefs on a memorable diving excursion or sample the fine restaurants, fun bars and gentle pace of life in this ultimate Caribbean honeymoon destination.
The recently restored Belmond Cap Juluca is a hidden treasure, nestled along breath-taking Maundays Bay. Offering the utmost privacy, the toughest decision you’ll have to make is whether to indulge in a soothing spa treatment in your own room or to peel yourself away from your retreat to head out and explore the multiple beaches and islands on your doorstep.
7 nights’ B&B costs from €4,419pp.
Three tiny islands floating leisurely just south of Cuba, the Cayman Islands are a simple and very effective destination for your honeymoon in the Caribbean. A haven for honeymooners who want nothing more to relax and unwind, the Cayman Islands boast perfect beaches, warm sun, blue sky, clear water and fine sand, with world-class diving and the sensational Seven Mile Beach further adding to the destination’s allure.
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort boasts a prime beachfront location, with top quality facilities and exceptional standards of service befitting a dream honeymoon.
Room only 7 nights from €1,799pp
Blissful beaches, an amazing year-round climate and a vibrant ambience – Aruba has it all. This lively Caribbean honeymoon destination situated off the coast of Venezuela is infused with a number of cultural influences to create a charming location, coupled with the laid-back atmosphere that the Caribbean is known for.
The trendy, adult-only Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort sits adjacent to the Alhambra Casino on 14 acres of white sand beach. Facilities include an infinity pool, poolside spa tub, outdoor fitness centre, spa and restaurant, plus numerous additional touches such as dining and movies on the beach to make your honeymoon that extra bit special.
From €1,829pp for seven nights’ B&B, including flights.
St Vincent and the Grenadines are refreshingly peaceful and devoid of the bustle that you’ll find in the Caribbean’s tourist traps. Lapped by azure waters and boasting some of the best diving and sailing in the region, these magical islands are the perfect option for Irish honeymooners seeking relaxation and tranquillity.
There are several excellent hotels and island resorts to choose from, but for a honeymoon with a difference, why not consider a cruise aboard a luxury yacht? Enjoy seclusion and privacy in your en-suite cabin, with just 14 people on board – including a captain and a steward. Wine and dine on board and take in stunning destinations en route. There are also ample stops for snorkelling and sea kayaking along the way.
7 nights’ full board from €1,819pp
All prices include flights from Dublin and transfers. Why not make your Caribbean honeymoon a twin centre – combine resorts and islands or opt for a twin-centre with a US destination, such as New York or Miami. Speak to the specialist team at Tropical Sky to create your ultimate honeymoon.