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Honeymoons aren't like other kinds of vacation. Instead of focusing on sightseeing and exploration, chances are you'll want to be focused on each other more than anything else. The ideal place to do that: The kind of honeymoon lair you never want to leave. We stayed at Antigua's Hermitage Bay recently and saw first-hand what private honeymoon bliss looks like. So whether you stay at a Caribbean resort like that one, or your own private villa rental, here are the things you should look for to ensure 24/7 bliss when you just want to be alone.
1. Air conditioning
Most honeymoons are in warm, sunny places. And, while trade winds and ceiling fans may work their magic sometimes, during heat waves there's nothing like the option of controlling the temperature to make you feel at home. Hermitage Bay's mountain-top suites have A/C, as well as plenty of outdoor living space, too.
Sure, you don't plan on getting work done or orienting your honeymoon around a TV schedule ("Game of Thrones" can wait), but having wireless internet access and cable TV will give you choices if you want to, say, check what friends posted about the wedding on Facebook, share photos on Instagram, or (while the new hubby is showering) catch up on the episodes of Scandal you missed while in the final throws of wedding planning. At Hermitage Bay, we waited out a short rain shower binging on Netflix, and were thankful for the fast, free Internet access.
3. Room Service
While breakfast — and lunch and dinner — in bed may sound decadent, if you're ever going to treat yourselves to meals that are (magically!) made by others and delivered to you in your pajamas on request, this is the time to do it. Hermitage Bay offers a champagne breakfast for honeymooners, as do many other properties — if you like a morning glass of bubbly, these options are worth exploring.
4. A Stocked Bar
Sure, cocktails by the pool and frozen drinks on the beach are lovely moments, but sometimes you just want to share a bottle of wine after dinner on a terrace or, say, the bathtub. Go ahead: We're not judging. And many resorts will deliver bottles of wine, or even cocktails, to your room if you don't want to just hit the tiny bottles in the mini bar and fend for yourselves.
5. Your Own Private Pool
You can stay in your room, and still spend the day at the pool? Um, yeah, sign us up. Plus, suites with private pools often have other amazing amenities too. The ones at Hermitage Bay also have gorgeous outdoor showers with ocean views, and spectacular soaking tubs positioned right in front of a window. Others, like some at resorts in St. Lucia, have an open-air concept instead, with infinity pools built into the tops of cliffs. No matter which private pool suite you choose, it's fair to call this the ultimate indulgence.