The Best Resorts for a Romantic Getaway In Antigua

From the moment you step off the plane in Antigua and see its beaches, you’ll know why this is one of the world’s most beautiful romantic destinations. The capital city of this Caribbean island nation has a tropical feel with its many oceanside hotels and resorts, colonial-era buildings, and colorful streets. There are also plenty of places to visit within a 10-30 minute drive from the bewitching capital. I cover two of the best resorts for a romantic getaway in Antigua and some destination tips.

the Best Resorts for a Romantic Getaway in Antigua
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If you’ve got a hankerin’ for some tropical bliss, get ready to travel to one of the most beautiful destinations in the world — Antigua, and Barbuda. This island nation is famous for its white-sand beaches, idyllic lagoons, and palm-fringed bays. But the real charm of this Caribbean island lies in its warm people. The capital city, St. John’s, is a small town by global standards, but it’s home to a vibrant cultural scene with numerous historic destinations and activities to suit every couple. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed, plan a visit to Antigua.

Where to Stay in Antigua

Antigua is an old-world charm with a contemporary edge. The pace of life is relaxed, with a laid-back island culture that blends traditional ways with the modern. There’s a reason Antigua was once called the “party island.” The island is packed with charming resorts offering a tropical oasis right on the edge of the Caribbean sea. If you’re looking for a cozy getaway with a difference, consider Hammock Cove or Cocobay Resort.

Hammock Cove has 42 villas, and some that include private plunge pools. Set on the island’s quiet north shore, this all-inclusive adults-only resort has a spa, Michelin-level dining, food and drink service on the beach, and wine and cooking classes.

Cocobay is an upscale all-inclusive resort with a collection of pastel hillside cottages, with paths leading down to the white-sand beaches. Private meals and torchlit beach dinners are on the menu, and the resort offers a “floating pool” experience where meals are served on a floating table in your private pool. That’s a one-of-a-kind vacation experience!

Best Food in Antigua

The best food in Antigua comes from the island’s wide variety of locales — from the home of the country’s national dish, the Indian Stews, to beachfront grills. For meat lovers, you can’t miss the biltong, a type of thinly sliced meat that is similar to jerky. For dessert, try the Belgian waffles and ice cream at Fred’s.

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The beaches of Antigua are some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. The best place to start your tour of the island is by visiting the idyllic Caribbean beachfront of West End. Once there, you’re in for an unforgettable experience. You’ll have the perfect weather, a backdrop of palm trees, and a clear horizon to enjoy the perfect beachside atmosphere.

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway that will leave you feeling refreshed, and renewed, explore Antigua. For more romantic resort recommendations, and to start planning your getaway to Antigua, reach out to me.

Most Romantic Resorts in Jamaica

Jamaica has a lot to offer travelers looking for a romantic getaway. From the exotic and breathtaking, Jamaica has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you’re looking for a destination to celebrate a special occasion, consider heading down to Jamaica. Here are some of the most romantic resorts in Jamaica.

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Ocho Rios

Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea is Ocho Rios, a picturesque place with a colorful history. The Jamaica Inn is at the top of the list for a getaway to remember. Unwind in antique-appointed, and modern accommodations. Savor island-fresh cuisine, while drinking in the glistening Caribbean Sea set along a private beach.

The accommodations are spacious and tasteful. Each suite or cottage provides stunning ocean views. The Cottages are completely private, yet only a few steps away from the Inn and all of its amenities. The cottages feature direct access to the sea, and all have private infinity plunge pools and outdoor showers. For something more intimate, you may want to choose a beach cottage, located in a secluded cove adjacent to the spa.

Negril

Negril is full of history and culture. The ruins of a massive Jamaican plantation are still visible throughout the town, and there’s also a charming old village nearby where you can shop and eat authentic Jamaican food. Sitting on the beautiful cliffs of Negril, the Ocean Cliff Hotel perches above the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Lively and intimate, this luxury beachfront hotel in Negril will leave you feeling like you’ve celebrated on a magical and private island. The resort features a spa, a delicious restaurant, and its famous Blue Waters, where you can relax and unwind after a day of hiking, surfing, or other activities.

The Cottages are beautifully appointed, offering perfect amenities, beauty, and privacy. Each cottage overlooks the ocean-fed pool and the Caribbean Sea.

Montego Bay

The bay is known for its crystal clear waters and tons of fun stuff to do, like scuba diving, or snorkeling. With crystal blue waters of the turquoise sea and mountains as far as the horizon, it’s no wonder this place is packed with romance. Situated right at the center of Jamaica’s tourism capital, S Hotel Jamaica is a Boutique All-Inclusive hotel that offers you an authentic Caribbean experience. Treat yourself to an enjoyable time with an abundance of attractions within close proximity to the hotel.

The 120 rooms and suites feature sleek interiors with gorgeous views of the Caribbean Sea or the lively strip. Premium amenities and bedding are par for the course and the Sky Club Spa Suites offer exclusivity and service.

There are endless opportunities to enjoy a romantic getaway in Jamaica. From luxurious hotels to romantic bungalows you’re sure to find the perfect escape. Whether you’re looking for a destination with a history or stunning beaches, Jamaica has something for everyone.

For more information about these featured resorts or other options available in Jamaica, reach out to me.

Destination Weddings Legal or Symbolic

When you are getting married, there are so many decisions to make and so many details to plan. One of the most important decisions is where your wedding will be held. For some couples, a destination wedding may be ideal. A beautiful location with a fun atmosphere that feels like a party every time you look at it! With this in mind, I’ve put together some important things for you to think about regarding destination weddings and the difference between a legal and symbolic ceremony.

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What is a Destination Wedding?

A destination wedding is when a couple gets married somewhere other than where they currently live. A destination wedding can be a great choice for couples who want to explore other cultures, get away from their hometown, or just have an adventure. There are many types of destination weddings, including destination weddings that are more than just a wedding trip.

Location, Location, Location

When picking a destination, it’s important to pick a place that fits both your and your partner’s interests and personalities. This will make the trip more exciting and enjoyable. It can also help create a more memorable trip because you’ll be spending time in a place that’s special to both of you. If you pick a destination that’s too far from home, your guests may feel bad about the cost to travel, and they may not want to make the trip. You don’t want to make your guests feel uncomfortable with their finances or the trip itself, so pick a location that is both within your guests’ budget and fun to visit!

The Beauty of a Destination Wedding

If you’re into traveling and having an adventure, a destination wedding can be a great way to do both. You can choose a destination that fits both of your interests, which will make it even more special. There are many benefits to having a destination wedding, including how it makes your guests feel. It’s more likely to make your guests feel like they’re having an adventure too, and getting away on a fun trip. It’s also a great way to make memories with your partner that will last forever.

If you’re interested in exploring another culture, a destination wedding can be a great way to learn about another place and its people. Many couples feel that the beauty and scenery of their destination are what they love most about it. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, it’s the people, the environment, and other things that make a destination truly special and memorable.

Legal Considerations for a Destination Wedding

While destination weddings are often a lot of fun and exciting, they do have one legal issue for you to consider. A legal (civil) ceremony has an additional cost for the paperwork, officiant blood tests (if they are required), document translation services, an apostille, etc. The requirements and costs vary based on the specific destination.

To avoid the added cost and a few potential headaches, many couples choose to have a symbolic ceremony. They get the legal stuff out of the way back home, before or after their destination wedding. No one is the wiser if you don’t spill the beans that you are already legally married, or plan to seal the deal when you return home.

The Price of A Destination Wedding & Travel

Traveling to a destination wedding can be costly. It’s important to set aside enough money to cover both your wedding event and your travel costs. Depending on where you want to go, the cost could range from $10,000 -$30,000+, based on the number of guests, the location, the resort/venue, and all of the ceremony and wedding activities you want to include.

There are resort locations in Mexico for example, that have packages that include up to 30 people, that range from $4,000 to $5,000 for just the wedding ceremony & reception. Please keep in mind, that many resorts charge an outside vendor fee for photography and videography for example, if you choose someone that is not one of the location’s preferred vendors. The outside vendor fee can range from $300 – $1,800 based on the venue or resort.

Pro-tip: Consider applying for a cashback credit card to use for your wedding deposit, your group room block deposit, and other associated wedding costs to help you save a little bit of money. Look for cards that offer a cashback match, and 0% interest for an extended period of time. For example, The Discover it Cash Back card.

Who’s Invited?

If you’re having a destination wedding, there will be some people you invite, who won’t attend. If that is a problem for you or your partner, consider hosting an after-wedding party back home. So those who couldn’t make it can celebrate with you.

Final Words

To make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch, work with a destination wedding travel specialist or planner. Choose someone that has worked with the resort or venue, and knows the location. They will be your ally throughout the entire process and eliminate any planning stress.

Be flexible with your wedding date. Many popular places for destination weddings have limited availability, as far out as 2024. Consider a midweek day (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) for better options.

For questions about destination weddings, and legal or symbolic ceremonies, reach out to me.