If your wedding tops the list of the best days of your life, your honeymoon ranks high as one of the best vacations you’ll ever take. Honeymoons are meant to be the trip of a lifetime where you and your partner get to check destinations and excursions off your bucket list. If your dream vacation involves lying on a pristine beach on an island in the tropics, a resort is the way to go.
After months of wedding planning, a no-stress, all-inclusive resort might be just what you need to unwind and start your marriage on a relaxing note. Sandals Resorts are a popular choice among honeymooners for its all-inclusive amenities, dreamy Caribbean destinations, and top-notch service.
With 16 stunning beachfront settings in Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada and now Curaçao, picking one destination for your honeymoon can seem intimidating. We talked to Marsha-Ann Donaldson-Brown, Sandals Resorts International’s Director of Romance, to get the low down on the best Sandals Resorts for every type of couple.
Meet the Expert
Marsha-Ann Donaldson-Brown is the Director of Romance for the nationally recognized Sandals Resorts International (SRI), the Caribbean's leading all-inclusive resort company. With over three decades of experience in hospitality and tourism, she oversees the Destination Wedding Program and an amazing team spanning 18 resorts and eight islands helping couples around the world realize memories of a lifetime.
“Just like our couples, our resorts each have a distinct personality—so the most popular resorts for honeymooners ultimately boils down to their preferences,” says Donaldson-Brown. “Our resorts were built for two people in love, and we live for the moments where we can surprise and delight our couples, especially on their honeymoon.”
Ahead, we narrowed it down to the top five Sandals Resorts ideally suited for your first postnuptial romantic getaway.
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Sandals Grande St. Lucian in Gros-Islet, St. Lucia
Escape to this picturesque, all-inclusive resort on its own peninsula in dreamy St. Lucia. On the west, you have Rodney Bay, which is known for having the calmest waters on the island. To the east is the Atlantic Ocean, boasting views that seem to go on forever. At Sandals Grande St. Lucian, you’ll discover volcanic mountains set against the jaw-dropping blue sea, immerse yourself in the history at Fort Rodney, a bluff-top holdout during Britain’s 150-year war with France, and take your first steps as newlyweds on a mile-long stretch of perfect, white sand beach.
For a bucket-list experience, stay in one of the iconic Tahiti-style over-the-water bungalows featuring glass floor panels, a tranquility soaking tub for two, and an outdoor shower. Romance is in the air at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, and you could be, too, in your very own overwater hammock.
Starting at $315 per person, per night, the innovative suites and incredible amenities at this resort make it a no-brainer for couples who want to experience the best of modern luxury and natural beauty.
Sandals Montego Bay in Montego Bay, Jamaica
Explore the vast, unending shoreline of the most exclusive, private white-sand beach in Jamaica's Montego Bay. Couples can enjoy a new over-the-water bar, stay in a swim-up suite, or even get married in the new over-the-water chapel.
“For any foodie-loving couple, Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica is a popular choice because of the number of specialty cuisines offered all in one location,” says Donaldson-Brown.
Indulge in all of your culinary cravings at one of 12 restaurants, including the two newest offerings, a steakhouse and a sushi restaurant. Situated right next to the original Sandals resort that changed luxury honeymooning forever, experience the amenities of two Sandals resorts in one vacation. Starting at $304 per person, per night, you can guarantee a romantic beachfront getaway when you stay at Sandals Montego Bay.
Sandals Grenada in St. George’s, Grenada
Looking for the ultimate exotic beach paradise? Located on Grenada's exclusive Pink Gin Beach, Sandals Grenada offers stunning natural beauty, tranquil beaches, and thrilling adventure.
“Grenada is home to some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean, and Sandals Grenada is a stunning resort to retreat to after a day of underwater exploration,” says Donaldson-Brown.
Starting at $312 per person, per night, rooms at Sandals Grenada boast private plunge pools where newlyweds can reminisce on their recent nuptials while admiring the bright blue ocean amidst the intoxicating scent of spices and tropical blooms. Dine at your choice of one of 10 restaurants, or knock back a few at one of six bars, including swim-up bars, or watch the sunset beneath the sea from your personal oversized balcony.
Sandals Royal Barbados in St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados
This all-new, all-suite Caribbean all-inclusive resort is truly fit for royalty. Spend your days soaking up the sun at the rooftop pool and bar, engaging in some friendly competition at the four-lane bowling alley, or grabbing a treat at Sandals' first gourmet donut shop. For dinner, try out one of two new Sandals' restaurant concepts—American Tavern and Chi Asian. Situated next to the original Sandals Barbados, guests at Royal Barbados get the chance to experience two Caribbean resorts for the price of one. Enjoy signature accommodations, including the magnificent Skypool suites, swim-up suites, and millionaire suites, world-class international cuisine at seven restaurants, and unlimited land and water sports, including PADI® Certified Scuba Diving.
“For adventure-seeking couples, Sandals Royal Barbados has a lot to offer with everything from on-resort watersports to thrilling island excursions and snorkeling tours,” says Donaldson-Brown.
Starting at $287 per person per night, Sandals Royal Barbados is majestic luxury redefined for the modern era.
Sandals South Coast in Whitehouse, Jamaica
Nestled within a 500-acre nature preserve, Sandals South Coast sits on a two-mile stretch of white-sand beach on Jamaica's untouched southern coast. Over-the-water bungalows offer honeymooners an intimate, indulgent vacation with front row seats to the clear blue waters and rich marine life below.
“For couples looking to unwind and relax on the beach in the most tranquil setting, Sandals South Coast and our other resorts in Jamaica are a great option,” says Donaldson-Brown.
With three pools (including Jamaica's largest), unlimited fine dining at nine restaurants, and spectacular rooms starting at $241 per person per night including private balconies and ocean views, this spectacular seaside oasis is ideally suited both to relaxation and romance.