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Bring Back the Romance

When it comes to getting away for some much needed beach-time with your sweetie, few areas of the world offer the variety of island destinations and romance-inducing resorts as the Caribbean. If you’re looking to reignite the flames of passion, this is your place!

To maximize romance — and your vacation dollars — the overall value of an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean is hard to beat. Pioneered over 40 years ago for singles, all-inclusive resorts have dramatically evolved to incorporate many beautiful, expansive properties that cater to all types of vacationers — including couples. If relaxing on a beautiful beach while enjoying impeccable service is of the highest order, an all-inclusive resort is an ideal and affordable vacation.

“One of the best reasons for staying at an all-inclusive resort is being able to budget for everything prior to embarking on your vacation,” says Jennifer Doncsecz, President of VIP Vacations Inc. “All of your meals, alcohol, tips, taxes and non-motorized water sports are included in most all-inclusive resorts.”

Because many vacationers prefer to “stop and flop” on a beach while on vacation, staying at an all-inclusive provides a very relaxed environment in comparison to the traditional, non-all-inclusive resorts which tend to have higher priced dining options, pressing many budget minded couples to leave the resort in search of less-expensive dining.

Setting the Scene
Choosing the right Caribbean island for your rendezvous is just as important as picking the resort that best suits you.

Some of the most romantic islands in the Caribbean to consider are St. Lucia (the “Hawaii of the Caribbean”), Antigua (known for its powder-white sand, casinos, and site seeing), and Exuma (an untouched island paradise in the Bahamas with water that rivals the South Pacific). The Turks and Caicos Islands, Aruba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are other great islands options that also have a fantastic array of recommended all-inclusive resorts.

Keep in mind that romance is of top priority, so you’ll want to start honing in on a resort that suits your wants and needs. Included among many of the Caribbean’s best, all-inclusive resorts are adults only properties that will offer an incomparable atmosphere of romance.


“The Sandals Resorts are not just adults-only, they are also ‘couples only’ and every room has a four poster, king-size bed,” says Doncsecz. “Sandals has resorts on many beautiful islands including St. Lucia, Antigua and Exuma. Other resorts that are adults-only include Secrets (in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic), Excellence Resorts (in the Dominican Republic) and Couples Resorts (with four resorts in Jamaica).

For the couple who wants a very secluded getaway from the everyday (and far from the masses of tourists), Sandals Emerald Bay, on the island of Exuma in the Bahamas, provides a very unique and exotic experience. The island is remote and has very few hotels, so couples can experience a very private atmosphere.

Those who prefer to mix in some outdoor activity and adventure should check out Sandals La Toc in St. Lucia. Not only does the resort offer a nine-hole golf course (included in the all-inclusive package), but scuba diving is also available and included for all PADI certified divers. As well, St. Lucia has plenty of things to see and do outside the resorts, such as gorgeous rain forests, volcanoes and the Pitons. Adrenaline seekers wanting to take their love to new heights can even opt to purchase hiking, zip-lining, biking, or aerial tours of the island.

Lastly, if you want to truly go all out and splurge on an indulgent, high-end, all-inclusive experience (but remain tastefully within a slightly larger budget), there are many all-inclusive resorts that have concierge and club levels that will satisfy your every whim and make you feel like you’re the only person on the island. For example, Sandals takes this kind of luxury to the next level by offering several categories of suites that come with a butler. At Sandals Royal Plantation in Jamaica, every category of accommodations comes with a butler, and because of this, their guest to employee ratio far exceeds the highest of luxury hotels which makes service here simply outstanding.

Plan Ahead (and we mean it!)

Planning ahead means everything for couples wanting to experience an unforgettable Caribbean experience, so be ready to start planning six months in advance of your selected vacation dates. If it’s a honeymoon that you’ll be setting off on, then begin your planning eight months prior to travel. These timeframes will yield plenty of choices and options.

Remember that your local travel professional is your best source for helping you plan and book a vacation, particularly when it comes to the Caribbean. It’s important to know that not all resorts are created equal, and the differences between them can be many. An experienced travel professional will know which resorts best fit your vision of a romantic paradise.

Because there is such a wide variety of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, choosing just the right one can be overwhelming for couples. That’s where an experienced travel professional comes in. Working with an experienced travel agent who specializes in the Caribbean can really help couples narrow down their options and find the perfect match for the type of vacation experience they are searching for.

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