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Honeymoon: Very Private Places, A Caribbean Paradise

> Written by Kleon Howe

The rhythmic sounds of the ocean sliding on the sand, the cool breezes sweeping across the landscape,  the lush green of the tropical forests and the melodious sounds coming from every shop, restaurant and home—that move anyone to dance—mark the allure and sumptuous appeal of the Caribbean. Couples are drawn to these beautiful and varied islands year after year choosing between locales known for intimate spaces, stunning views and an air of romance that is real.

Drive into the mountains of St. Lucia, outside Soufrière in the southwestern part of the island and you will find a hidden resort: Ladera. Perched on the side of the mountain, each retreat has a beautifully designed plunge pool and some even offer a waterfall. In each of the rooms, there is no exterior wall—what the resort has come to call an "open wall"—affording couples the opportunity to bask in full views of the sea, island and sky. Ladera is uniquely designed so that its guests may become part of the surroundings, while maintaining the luxury of a protected environment.

Canouan Island is located in the heart of The Grenadines. One of the best kept secrets of the rich and famous, it offers both privacy and spectacular beaches. Raffles Resort Canouan Island, The Grenadines, has all the amenities a couple might desire. Luxuriate in one of its 156 villas, which include some of the largest balconies in the Caribbean. Each villa offers a golf cart allowing guests to explore the resort. Indulge in the Amrita Spa, dine at the lovely La Varenne and maybe catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two at the European-style Casino: Trump Club Privee.

La Samanna is located on the French side of St. Martin, just a short drive from the Dutch side. Beautifully designed suites—each with its own balcony or terrace and some with Jacuzzis—allow for an ideal location to have a romantic dinner prepared by one of the resort’s signature chefs.  La Samanna offers a myriad of wonderful activities for just the two of you: try a day sail or a private visit to the butterfly farm.

The Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies is a hidden treasure on the Leeward Island of Nevis allowing couples to escape to a location of utter beauty and still enjoy all that comes with the expectations of the Four Seasons name. Each of the well-appointed suites has ocean, golf course or mountain views. This is a resort that offers horseback riding on the beach, a round of golf on one of the most scenic courses in the Caribbean and open-air dining at the renowned Mango.

Long considered the quiet and more authentic part of the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands offer a distinctly Caribbean flavor with a British flare. Little Dix Bay, A Rosewood Resort—familiar to the discerning traveler—is known as an idyllic honeymoon location. Upon arriving at the resort the feeling of tranquility is immediate. Each villa has a breathtaking view from your choice of a balcony or terrace that spans the forest and beach.

The experience of the Caribbean through any of these unique resorts will certainly assure that a dream of a majestic honeymoon does not just stay a dream, but transcends into the realms of tangible reality.


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