When it is time to escape the everyday and focus on a little romance with your special someone, an all-inclusive vacation to some idyllic sun-drenched country fills the bill perfectly.
Whether you are looking for the perfect honeymoon spot, or just a little escape, below are a few of our favourite resorts for romance:
Although large in size, with a total of 540 suites, the adults-only Valentin Imperial Maya is big on romance. Set amid lavish tropical gardens stretched out alongside 800 metres of fine white sands known as Playa del Secreto (Secret Beach), this award-winning all-inclusive resort oozes the charm and intimacy of a boutique hideaway, while also providing all the amazing options of a large resort. The guest suites are large and comfortable; the wide range of dining options (8), where reservations are never required, are guaranteed to keep both of you happy; the spa will pamper you with its wide range of treatments, including luxurious couples massages and body scrubs for two; and the pools, including one of the largest in all of Mexico, offer plenty of room for all.
Intimate and romantic, this little “Jewel of Jamaica” boasts just 150 suites tucked between the island’s lush emerald mountains and the gorgeous turquoise of the Caribbean Sea. Exuding a constant sense of solitude and intimacy, guests here lose themselves exploring the secluded stone pathways and storybook trails that wind past colonial-style buildings and hidden gazebos set atop oceanfront cliffs. All of the suites feature private balconies or patios and offer spectacular ocean views; dining options can be elegant meals on the sweeping terrace of Casanova, casual fare at the Beach Grill, or a private dinner right on the beach; while the spa – named “Best Caribbean Hotel Spa” by Travel + Leisure – invites you to indulge in an extensive menu of treatments.
Listed as one of the 15 best hotels in Mexico by Condé Nast Traveller, Casa Velas is an adults-only retreat where luxury and quality combine to create a truly exceptional vacation experience. Intimate and serene, if you are searching for an idyllic romantic escape, look no further. With lush tropical gardens surrounding the pristine pool, the resort is tucked along the fairways of the Marina Vallarta Golf Club and just seconds from the beach. Dining is a highlight here, with a choice of gourmet fare at Emiliano Restaurants or the private Ocean Club where you can also watch the famed Pacific sunsets in all their glory. There’s also a world-class luxury spa, golf privileges, and luxury suites with upscale amenities should you really want to treat yourself.
You could really pick any Sandals resort to include on this list, but the Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort & Spa holds a special place in our hearts. The smallest of the three Sandals on this island, this all-inclusive gem is big on charm… and is the perfect place for romance. Enjoy fine white sands, crystal clear water, fragrant tropical blooms… in short, bliss. Up the romance by opting for one of the resort’s ‘Love Nest Suites’, such as the Beachfront Romeo & Juliet Walkout Butler Room – located beachfront, in a charming cottage sanctuary, your experience here is only enhanced by the services of your personal butler. Guests here also have access to the restaurants, beaches, pools and other amenities of the two nearby sister properties, with free roundtrip transportation.
Very posh and oh-so-romantic, Antigua’s lovely St. James’s Club is tucked away on a secluded 100-acre peninsula on the island’s southeast coast. Catering to a clientele who craves luxe pampering coupled with lots of activity, this British-style resort delivers on all counts! Start your day with a little bubbly in bed and then stretch out and enjoy the two white-sand beaches – Coco Beach is great for snorkelling, while the calm waters of Mamora Bay are ideal for swimming; go kayaking, sailing or play a round of tennis; take a romantic sunset cruise; or spend the day exploring all Antigua has to offer. This all-inclusive resort offers a vast choice of guestrooms and suites, some of which offer direct access to the beach, along with an expansive spa and four top-notch restaurants to enjoy.