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This Might Just Be The Most Romantic Island Chain In The Caribbean

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Unhurried luxury awaits at the very bottom of the Grenadine island chain. So, too, do lush forest gardens, breathtaking walks up rainforest mountains, serene sails through tranquil bays, rum cocktails on the beach, and the freshest chocolate you will ever taste.

With few high rises and less development, Grenada still manages to possess the island charm that can seem slightly manufactured elsewhere. You enjoy the natural beauty simply because it is all around you.

Nicknamed the Spice Island due to the plethora of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and turmeric grown here, Grenada boasts white sand beaches, multiple hiking trails and gorgeous waterfalls in its lush rainforests. Here are some of the best honeymoon claims to fame the island has to offer for your to-do list.

Luxuriate in the longest swimming pool in the Caribbean
Opened in November 2018 on Grenada’s Grand Anse, the sublime Silversands Grenada is proving a fast favourite with the “in” crowd. Designed by French firm AW2 with the international jet-set circuit in mind, the minimalist 43-suite, nine-villa hotel is a sea of tranquility, its blond wood, neutral tones and pale marble buoyed by exquisite furniture from Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola. The Silversands Spa offers locally inspired treatments, sauna, hammam and pool, plus a high-tech fitness centre. With a rum and cigar lounge, a beach club and two restaurants, the Silversands is destined for the society pages. Make it your home base for at least a couple of honeymoon days, if only to just sit quietly by the 100-metre pool.

From $1,050, silversandsgrenada.com

Take a sunset cruise on a handmade wooden sailboat
Set sail in the late afternoon on a cruise along Grenada’s southwestern coastline in a traditional, handmade wooden boat and cast your minds adrift, rum punch in hand. The quiet contemplation that only a silent sail on a windy day can bring is truly time well spent in Grenada. Danny and the team at Savvy Sailing Adventure can take you out for a sunset cruise, a half-day snorkel, a day trip up Grenada’s west coast or a two-day cruise to the Grenadines and back, with private charters also available. There’s nothing quite like gazing at paradise from the water while connecting with the island’s nautical heritage.

From $60, sailingsavvy.com

Snorkel or scuba dive through the Underwater Sculpture Park
The world’s first underwater sculpture park, featuring works created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, is a stunner even for the most jaded of undersea adventurers. Located within Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area, these concrete sculptures attract an array of marine life. Of the original sculptures, all anywhere from four to seven metres, “Vicissitudes,” a chain of children holding hands in a circle, is the most impressive. “The Lost Correspondent” features a man working at his desk on a typewriter, nestled in a small gully that acts as his “office.” Of Grenada’s 30 reefs and 15 wrecks to visit, the Sculpture Park is one of the best. The top underwater outfit on the island is Aquanauts Grenada, who offer daily scuba and snorkel trips from two bases—one at Spice Island Beach Resort on the Grand Anse and the other on the southern coast of the island at True Blue Bay Resort.

From $50, aquanautsgrenada.com

Relax with a Balinese couples massage
One of the more secluded and seductive spots on the island is also one of its most rejuvenating. Even if you’re not staying at Laluna Boutique Beach Hotel and Villas, stop in for a massage at their world-class Asian spa, with masseuses melting away cares with Eastern massage techniques. The spa features a couples room, a Tatami room for stronger massages executed on the floor and change rooms with outdoor showers. The adjacent yoga pavilion is the epitome of serenity if you fancy a good stretch. If you stick around for dinner, the resort’s casual Italian-Caribbean cuisine is terrific—but be sure to have the Rumtini cocktail first.

Massages from $130, rooms from $655, laluna.com

Get away from it all where the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet
A few days at the very top of Grenada on the north coast reveals a completely different island vibe—relaxed and authentic. Check into Petite Anse Hotel near the town of Sauteurs for a little hammock time stretched out in front of one of the best views on the entire island. Hosts Philip and Annie Clift have developed the perfect romantic escape with their 11 cottage-style rooms. The restaurant is one of the best in the area, so you get to rub elbows with the locals and the resident pets are beyond adorable—including Darius the donkey. Bonus: Bring your running clothes. Philip co-hosts a weekly community run that draws 200 people every Saturday.

From $270, petiteanse.com

Plan A Quintessentially Canadian Honeymoon In Charlevoix

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Pure Canadiana, cozy firesides, dogsledding, skiing, art galleries, hot apple cider, amazing local cuisine—you get the picture. If you’ve been thinking of planning a honeymoon closer to home, you might want to consider the impossibly romantic adventure that awaits you on a winter vacation in Charlevoix, Quebec.

Generally, when life hands Canadians winter, we have no choice but to make it fun. No one knows this better than Charlevoix, which has been following this advice for more than 200 years. Tucked up along the St. Lawrence, north east of Quebec City, this resort area still remains a bit of a hidden gem—almost 80 percent of tourists to Charlevoix come from within Quebec itself. And for good reason, considering the area’s relaxed vibe, friendly locals, exceptional food, great ski hills and picture-postcard scenery.

How To Plan A Dream Honeymoon In Tahiti

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118 islands, five island chains, one paradise—French Polynesia in a single, tidy little summation. These islands offer a heightened sense of romance in every sense of the word and at every turn.

First, there never seems to be any rush to get anywhere or do anything, no “hurry up and have fun” schedule that you have to adhere to. Second, when you can rise from your pillow and dive into crystal clear blue water a few feet away, while you wait for breakfast to arrive via canoe, you know you’re in for a pretty good day. Third, though they might all look similar, all the islands are different, each offering its own unique romantic vibe.

Tahiti’s capital city, Papeete, has the only the only international airport in the area. Air Tahiti Nui flies there from Los Angeles up to five times a week in eight hours. All French Polynesia domestic flights are run by Air Tahiti, which flies to 46 islands in the five archipelagos, as well as to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.

Discover how to make the most of your honeymoon in Tahiti by adding these French Polynesian highlights to your travel itinerary.

 

Unique Honeymoon Experiences You Can Only Have In Steamboat Springs, Colorado

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Spend a Day on the Slopes

There is so much to love about the little, remote town of Steamboat Springs, sitting comfortably in the Yampa Valley at the foot of Mount Werner, three or so hours northwest of Denver in northern Colorado. At 7,000 feet above sea level, the region is so named because the bubbling of natural hot springs resembled the sound of a steamboat coming down the river, back when French trappers first arrived in the early 1800s.

The gold rush of the 1860s opened up this part of the country, paving the way for ranchers and settlers. And ever since Norwegian Carl Howelsen came to town circa 1910 and awoke an interest in ski jumping and recreational skiing, Steamboat Springs has been a thriving community that eats, sleeps and breathes skiing. More than 70 people from the region have competed in the Olympics in the past century.

Though half a million people descend on the amazing ski resort that sits just at the edge of town each year, the easy-going, country charm of the area remains. Eloping or honeymooning, you can’t get any more romantic than this. Check out Steamboat.com for more inside intel.

Unique Honeymoon Experiences You Can Only Have In Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Explore El Arco

Once just a sleepy fishing village, Cabo San Lucas, at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula is now a thriving rustic-yet-regal retreat—and quite possibly the perfect backdrop for your honeymoon.

Along with sister city San José del Cabo, this tourist-friendly town of 68,000 manages to walk the line between seaside desert escape and jet-setting hotspot, with a little something for vacationers of all stripes. Along with the requisite watersports, including great snorkeling and diving, there’s plenty of outdoor adventure, plus a marina full of boats waiting to cast off for a secluded beach. This is also where more than a few Hollywood celebrities venture down to when they need a break from the limelight, so celebrity-spotting is also a regular pastime.

Don’t be afraid to step outside the all-inclusive resort world if that’s within your budget; Cabo is not only brimming with excellent restaurants and lounges, it’s also a really safe place to wander around, even at night. Cap it all off with some of the most amazing sunsets you can imagine, and you’ve got a date made in paradise.