Add some heat to February’s winter chills by escaping to the Caribbean for a romantic interlude. Whether it’s a Valentine’s Day treat for old flames, or a destination wedding for new couples, there are a select number of resorts that provide special romance packages for the month of February and beyond.
Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia
With its lush landscapes, sparkling waters and pristine beaches, St. Lucia is the ultimate setting for a memorable romantic escape. And there is no place better to stage this escape than Anse Chastanet resort, which nestles in the shadows of the iconic Pitons, and faces the island’s finest coral reef. Romance-minded couples and honeymooners can take in the Lover’s Early Bird Special, which offers a 7th night free for weeklong stays. This “total romance” package pairs accommodations with an all- inclusive meal plan that includes afternoon tea and most alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Also included are airport transfers, a welcoming bottle of champagne and a one-hour Swedish massage per person. For activities outside the room, there are tours to the island’s volcano, sulphur springs, and Diamond Mineral Baths, escorted walks of the Old French Colonial Plantation, guided boat snorkel trips, a resort scuba diving course for beginners, or 2 dives per person for certified divers, half-day jungle biking in Anse Mamin Valley and half-day sailing on the Serenity. As an added thank, you, the resort provides a $500 credit to be used on a return trip. Rates per couple start at $6,876.To book call 800-223- 1108; visit www.ansechastanet.com.
Couples Tower Isle, Jamaica
Named one of the top ten most romantic getaways in the world, Tower Isle is a place couples can unwind and reconnect in an intimate beachfront setting. From breakfast in bed to a candlelit beach dinner, every guest experience is tailored to create a memorable stay. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, the Romance Package is offered for stays of 4 nights or more. Couples are met with candles, rose petals, chocolates and a bottle of sparkling wine when they arrive. The package includes a romantic private dinner overlooking the beach, and a 50-minute spa treatment. Options and add-ons include the One Love package for bride, groom and up to four guests, with ceremonies documented by a photographer and videographer. The Vow Renewal package adds in a private beachfront dinner for bride and groom plus four guests. Rates start at $250 per person per night. For this getaway offer, you’ll need to travel by February 18, 2018. For details visit www.couples.com or call 877-793-1913.
Mango Bay Hotel, Barbados
Whether you are looking to tie the knot for the first time, or are ready to renew your vows, this boutique-style, all-inclusive beachfront property has a package to fit. Mango Bay offers several “Say I do in Paradise” options that allow lovebirds to stage a fairytale wedding in a tropical oasis highlighted by warm breezes, delightful Caribbean sunshine and picturesque beaches. Hotel rates start at US$515 per room, per night, based on double occupancy. For wedding add-ons, a dedicated team of wedding specialists work with couples to personalize and coordinate all the details for a seamless and stress free celebration. The Standard Wedding Package is priced at $1,125 and includes the personalized services of a wedding coordinator, officiating clergyman, marriage license fees, round trip transfers to obtain the marriage license, decorated wedding gazebo, bridal wedding bouquet, bottle of sparkling wine and a 12” cake. The Ultimate Wedding Package is priced at $1,910 and adds champagne, a steel pan soloist for one hour, a couples half-hour massage at Elements Spa, breakfast in bed on the morning after the wedding and a one-hour sunset cruise. A Mango Bay vacation includes all meals, afternoon tea, local and brand name drinks, wine with dinner, use of the on-site gym; nightly entertainment; watersports include waterskiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, pedal boating and snorkeling; complimentary scuba diving lessons, and off-property sightseeing excursions including a glass-bottom boat trip and a catamaran sail. For more information call 246- 626- 1384 or visit www.mangobaybarbados.com.
The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort, Panama
This Valentine’s Day, this newly named Autograph Collection Hotel is offering a special package that mixes romance with recreation. Couples are sequestered in the romantic ambiance of this exclusive beach and golf community, where they can enjoy a championship Jack Nicklaus design golf course, go horseback riding, or take advantage of full access to a sports club complex and water sports. The 118-key Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort provides guests with nine restaurants and bars, the Corotu Spa, seven swimming pools, personal plunge pools, kids and teen club and the Buenaventura Zoo. The romance experience promotion includes a welcome cocktail, daily breakfast for two, and a romantic dinner at any one of the resort’s fine dining restaurants. The special offer is valid through February 28, 2018. The package starts at $324 per night per couple, with a two-night minimum stay. To book visit www.buenaventurahotel.com or call 507-908- 3318.
Capella Marigot Bay Resort & Marina, St. Lucia
Love is in the air at Marigot Bay. This picturesque upscale resort overlooks the palm tree-lined bay, and a marina filled with gleaming yachts. Rooms feature an elegant yet welcoming West Indian-inspired décor, while pampering amenities such as hot tubs, on-call personal assistants and private balconies with water views set the tone for relaxation and romance. Five-star service and gourmet dining with farm-to-table offerings are signatures of the resort, which remains a favorite with honeymooners. The Valentine’s package includes, a bottle of Prosecco delivered to your room upon arrival, full breakfast each day, a 3-course dinner at The Grill, couples massage at The Auriga Spa, rose petal turndown and taxes and service charges. This experience is priced from $580 per person for a two-night stay and is available throughout the month of February. Use rate code VAL18 to book, visit www.marigotbay.com or call 877-384-8037.