Honeymoon Guide: Anguilla
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Melinda and Bob Blanchard have been at the forefront of Anguilla's impressive dining scene since they moved down from Vermont in 1994, and they've written well-received books (among them A Trip to the Beach and Live What You Love: Notes From an Unusual Life) about their experiences here. A lush beachside garden adorned with their son Jesse’s cool abstract paintings fronts one of the island's most sophisticated restaurants, and the views out to sea are breathtaking. The service, fine china, linens, crystal, refined Caribbean fare and award-winning wine list are all impressive enough, but Melinda’s local lobster in a honey-lemon rum glaze is itself worth the trip.
Back Street, South Hill
When Jamaican chef Deon Thomas isn’t sautéing for the swells at Cornerway, his Martha’s Vineyard restaurant, he’s down here from October through early May making sure his long-standing cliffside hangout totally aces the art of romantic dining. During the day Deon's offers a picture-book panorama of Sandy Ground Bay and tasty breakfast and lunch fare; in the evening, it transforms into a pumpkin-hued, candlelit oasis of fine dining. The food is inventive modern Caribbean: garlic-crusted snapper, lobster pancakes, codfish blinis and venison pot roast, along with desserts like the signature Decadent Chocolate Rum Cake with Grand Marnier Chocolate Soup that are worth dieting for.
Back Street, South Hill
A sweet little spot overlooking the Sandy Ground, Flavours bills itself as a "Caribbean steak house," and, holy cow, its Angus beef is done expertly, to a T-bone. But there are other stars as well, deft updates and twists on West Indian cookery. Start with the house tipple, a dark-rum punch with lime juice and amaretto, and then start eating. The fish and the silky curried-pumpkin soups are both winners, as are the pepper pot—a stew of right-off-the-line fish in coconut-ginger sauce—pan-seared grouper and, if you’re feeling adventurous, curried goat. Save room for the warm coconut tart with ice cream. (Indulge yourself, girl. You can always work it off later.)
Cap Juluca has two other fab restaurants, but Kemia's intimacy, sexy vibe and bold flavors make it our fave. Awash in romantic Arabian Nights–inspired decor, this chic seafront lounge is perfect for couples interested in chilling out and snuggling down into brocade cushions below a lantern-lit canopy ceiling. No studying long, elaborate menus here: David McCallum serves up a sleek assortment of international tapas (kemia in Moroccan Arabic). Nibble on a tasty U.N.’s worth of satay, sushi, ceviche, tagine, Korean-style ribs and, of course, Spanish-style tapas such as gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), a sandwich-style invention involving savory Serrano cured ham, and Spain’s classic vegetable omelet. Olé, for sure!