An Antigua and Grenada Island Hopping Honeymoon Is the Perfect Antidote to Wedding Planning

Don't stress about picking one destination when you can see them all

Updated 06/18/19

Copyright: Magda Biernat Photography

Perhaps planning a honeymoon seems like the last decision to be made on your eternal to-do list right now. Of course saying yes to a proposal unlocks the life of happiness, love, and partnership you’ve been dreaming of, but it also unleashes a life long journey of decision making. First it will start with wedding planning and all of the dress, cake, and venue decisions. Then, for the rest of your life, fingers crossed, there will be the whole switching your brain from making me decisions to we decisions thing. Yeah, it’s a lot. With so many pending decisions on your plate, don’t make your honeymoon another thing that needs a pro and con list.

Narrowing down the ultimate baecation to one destination can be nearly impossible, so we say throw caution to the trade winds and choose many instead and embark on an island hopping honeymoon through the southern Caribbean.

Start your trip in Antigua where you can unwind from all the months of planning and decision making you just endured. Most of the island’s attractions are its multiple beautiful beaches making it perfect for a lazy holiday. Start in Nelson’s Dockyard in the English Harbor and set sail in search of the best beach. You’ll probably land somewhere on the west side of the island where Ffryes Beach’s white-sand shores run into Ffryes Bay. You’ll be invited by the calm and crystal clear waters perfect for swimming.

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The water is just as calm at Carslie Bay, a Leading Hotels of the World property. This resort can best be described as barefoot luxury. Even when its 87 suites are full, the vibe is still serene. The 2019 renovations left the property with a new bright white and natural wood aesthetic. The spacious suites, all steps from the beach, feature a large living room area, and balcony or patio. The Bay Suites were designed with honeymooners in mind. The poster canopy beds in these suites add an additional layer of romance. The entire resort is split between kid-friendly and adults-only, and these rooms are tucked into the furthest, most quiet and private part of the property.

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Carslie Bay offers plenty of opportunities to relax outside of the room as well. You can chill at the beach or pool and take advantage of the water sports offered—including a private boat tour around the island.

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The on-site Blue Spa has a number of relaxing and rejuvenating services to offer including a couple’s massage. You can sweat it out with a game of tennis at one of the hotel’s nine courts or work on your practice during an outdoor yoga session.

Carlise Bay has also designed the resort so you’ll never get that sick-of-eating-hotel-food feeling. On-site, guests have access to four distinct restaurants, offering everything from Italian to Asian to classic Caribbean cuisine. One night be sure to celebrate your nuptials with a private dinner on the dock. And if you do decide to venture off the resort for food, Catherine’s Cafe is a must visit. Located on Pigeon Beach, you get ambiance as well as a seafood inspired menu. The cocktail program is impressive too. Specializing in gin & tonics their extensive list of creations will impress even the most experienced G&T drinker.

From Antigua stop in Barbados next, where you can start to pick up the pace of your travels. While you’ll still have access to world-class beaches and luxurious resorts to rest up at night, your days here can be spent exploring the island and its rich history. Time your travels to one of the islands many festivals including Crop Over, Dive Fest, and the Barbados Food & Rum festival to get a taste of the culture.

End your southern Caribbean honeymoon in Grenada where you can get the best of both worlds. The spice island as they call it has no shortage of things to see and do. Tour one of the island’s chocolate factories, one of their biggest exports, or go to the River Antoine Rum Distillery, the oldest functioning water-propelled distillery in the Caribbean. Adventurous couples can drive through the island’s hilly rainforest making a stop at the Concord Waterfalls and the many organic farms.

After a day of exploration, come back to your resort to unwind. The newly opened Silversands Grenada, a Leading Hotels of the World property, offers peak luxury right on the beach. If you plan on not leaving your room during your honeymoon, this is a great resort for that. It will be hard to leave the plush beds surrounded by floor-to-ceiling, remote-controlled curtains. All of the individual guestrooms at Silversands are plenty spacious for one couple, all with outdoor space and spa-like bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, a rain shower, and double vanity. If you’re not traveling alone, the four-bedroom beachfront villas are perfect for a buddymoon. Sleeping eight, the villas come with a full kitchen, and large living and dining area. Enjoy the private pool and the outdoor space, which has enough room for a second reception on-site with space for four rounds of 10.

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Even though villa guests will have access to everything they need on their individual property, the resort has plenty to offer. Silversands is home to the longest infinity pool in the Caribbean at 330 feet long. If you don’t get your workout in there, the new gym and spa facility is only steps away.

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You won’t have to go far for good food and local dishes either. Dine at the Grenadian Grill, for casual daily dining and nightlife. Join the resort’s resident DJ and the locals who come out to Silversands on Friday nights for the rosé party. The fine dining restaurant Asiatique is open daily for dinner. The menu boasts a number of Asian dishes with some Caribbean flair. Here you can try lionfish, which is native to the area. (Venture off the resort to try an Oil Down, Grenada’s National Dish—a one-pot stew with a rich history on the island.)

From Grenada, charter a boat to visit some of the other nearby islands like St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bequia, and Canouan. From here you can decide whether to come back and start your lives together or live it out off at sea.

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