Honeymoon Ideas – Let’s be honest, the most oft-desired hotel amenity is a fabulous pool. Here, our top picks across the Caribbean.
Taking the plunge. It’s a phrase that’s bandied about with some abandon during the wedding build-up. And when it comes to the honeymoon, it’s certainly one of the verbs you’ll be wanting to experience on your Caribbean vacation. Just which pool you choose to dip your toes into may needa bit of expert sleuthing. Which is why we tested the waters to uncover the best pools across the Caribbean.
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, Anguilla
The infinity pool at this whitewashed villa resort on Rendezvous Bay flows all the way to the beach (though you can only swim in the top part). And it’s definitely photo-worthy. Alternate between the pool and ocean and when you’re sufficiently waterlogged, dry off before sampling the resort’s celebrated, organic West Indian cuisine and decadent spa services (room rates start at $475 a night; cuisinartresort.com).
Photo courtesy of CuisinArt Golf & Resort
Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos
It’s hard to compete with Grace Bay Beach, one of the Caribbean’s most celebrated strands with aqua water and powder-soft sand, but this eye-catching infinity pool comes pretty close. As you unwind — your arms hanging over the pool’s translucent edge — you soon realize that your snorkeling cruise will have to wait (room rates start at $620 a night; gracebayresorts.com).
Photo courtesy of Grace Bay Club
Four Seasons Resort Nevis
This breezy British Colonial-style resort on Pinney’s Beach has three swimming pools, but the most breathtaking is the adults-only infinity-edge pool in a private, peaceful location. As you float dreamily, ponder whether to get a papaya scrub in the spa or take a sunset stroll on the beach (room rates start at $375 a night; fourseasons.com).
Photo Credit: Don Riddle
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
With no phones or TVs in yoru open-walled hillside room, you can observe the spectacular backdrop of the verdant Piton peaks and the cerulean sea from the comfort of your pirvate infinity pool without any buzzy distractions. When you’re ready for some beach time, head down the hill to sister property Anse Chastanet (room rates start at $995 a night; jademountain.com).
Photo courtesy of Spa Jade Mountain
Hermitage Bay, Antigua
The island’s quaint town of St. John with its boutiques and colorful markets is inviting, as are the sugar-soft beaches all around the island. Even so, it will be hard to tear yourself away from your suite’s private pool tucked into the lush hillside overlooking the neighboring island of Montserrat at this exclusive resort (room rates start at $1,182 a night and are all-inclusive; hermitagebay.com).
Ladera, St. Lucia
Rooms at this lush hilltop hideaway are built without a fourth wall, leaving one side open to jaw-dropping panoramas of the island’s marquee Piton peaks. After a day of hiking through the rainforest and swimming in sulphur springs, slip into your private plunge pool — mango daiquiri in hand — to watch the glorious Caribbean sunset (room rates start at $400 a night; ladera.com).
Sandals Grande Antigua
Some of the top rooms at this couples-only all-inclusive on Dickenson Bay are the Rondoval garden suites — luxury cottages with hour-glass-shaped freshwater pools enclosed by towering pamls and bougainvillea that are perfect for privacy-seeking honeymooners. Need a bite to eat or another frothy cocktail? Just call your butler (room rates start at $490 per person, per night and are all-inclusive; sandals.com).
Zöetry Agua Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The lagoon-style pool at this luxe Punta Cana resort with 51 luxury thatched-roof suites flows through lushly landscaped grounds offering plenty of private nooks. Rum tastings, cigar-rolling classes, yoga and four restaurants, such as the newly renovated Dominican-inspired Amaya, round out the experience (room rates start at $528 per person, per night and are all-inclusive; zoetryresorts.com).
Photo courtesy of Zöetry Wellness & Spa Resorts
Grande Bahia Principe, Jamaica
This all-inclusive Victoria-style beach-front resort at Runaway Bay on Jamaica’s northern coast tempts guests with three free-form pools amid tropical foliage, all linked together and encircling the resort, creating a meandering mega-pool. Late-night fun includes a sports bar, karaoke and a reggae club (room rates start at $240 per person, per night and are all-inclusive; bahia-principe.com).
Majestic Elegance Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The enormous 985-foot freshwater serpentine pool, dotted with palm tree-sprouting, man-made islands, runs the length of this 600-room all-inclusive property set on the Dominican Republic’s east coast PLaya Bavaro. Of course, the property is lined with plenty of thatched-roof barefoot bars and hot tubs along the way, as well as a soothing spa and seven restaurants (room rates start at $257 per person, per night and are all-inclusive; majestic-resorts.com)
Sandy Lane, Barbados
Attentive staff members dispense sorbet and chilled towels while you’re lounging by the free form pool with a grotto waterfall at this Platinum Coast resort — one of the Caribbean’s most elegant (your airport pickup is a Rolls-Royce). Afterward, enjoy afternoon tea and a round of golf before dining at the beach-front L’Acajou (room rates start at $1,100 a night; sandylane.com)
Sandals Whitehouse, Jamaica
When you belly up to the bar for Red Stripe beer at this European-style all-inclusive property on Jamaica’s southwest coast, you don’t even have to leave the pool. Just take a seat on one of the underwater stools, and order from the friendly bartenders. Beyond the pool, you’ll find glam butler suites, snorkeling, bonfires on the beach and a piano bar. Travel fun fact: The Sandals resort group was the first in the Caribbean to have a swim-up bar (room rates start at $441 per person, per night and are all inclusive; sandals.com).
Regent Palms, Turks & Caicos
Spend the day on Grace Bay Beach and when you’re ready for lunch, head to the plunge pool at this stylish 72-suite property, where you can sample conch fritters with a spicy dipping sauce and sip piña coladas while sitting, partially submerged, at an underwater curved banquette complete with an in-water table (room rates start at $625 a night; regenthotels.com).
Hyatt Regency, Aruba
The three-tiered pool complex complete with waterfalls, a two-story slide and water volleyball area will definitely keep you occupied, but the best part is the terracotta tile-roofed swim-up bar area of the Balashi Bar & Grill, where you can order mai tais and mojitos, along with munchies (room rates start at $335 a night; hyatt.com).
Couples Swept Away, Jamaica
There are three pools at this all-inclusive resort in Negril but it’s hard to beat the one with the swim-up bar housed under a thatched roof and steps from a large hot tub. There’s plenty to do on the 19-acre complex with every sport and activity imaginable, but simply kicking back poolside is perfectly acceptable, too (room rates start at $367 per person, per night and are all inclusive; couples.com).
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Atlantis, the Caribbean’s most comprehensive pool complex. There aren’t enough words to describe all the water-related activites offered at this sprawling Bahamian resort but here’s an attempt: thirteen pools including the free-form Baths pool, the Vegas-style Cain at the Cove and a water park with 18 water slides, lazy and rapid rivers — and opportunities to swim with dolphins and snorkel alongside stingrays (room rates start at $250 a night; atlantis.com).