Caribbean Islands Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Best ISLAND for a relaxing, no hassle anniversary

Jump to last reply

Please help me pick a spot for me and my wife's 5 year anniversary. We have 3 young, active boys - who will not be joining us - and my wife wants some serious R & R. Here's an idea of what we want:
We honeymooned in Grenada and loved it (except for a couple of complaints, which I will mention in a moment); however, we are the type to try something new, rather than return to the same island. What we liked about Grenada were the beaches (esp. Grand Anse and La Sagesse), the complete lack of crowds, the mountainous green interior, and the friendly people. What we did not like about Grenada was the remoteness (had a difficult time on the connecting flight and took 2 days to get there), the restaurants (too few and most with good but not great food, though all incredible views), and just generally getting around (a few days we rented a car and had an adventure, a few days we walked TOO much for my wife's liking - this time we really are not looking for adventure OR a lot of walking other than causal strolls).

So, the first requirements are an island with direct flights from the states. No connections in the Caribbean, please. This rules out some of the more remote, exotic locales, but we are willing to trade that this time in return for easy access.

Second, we want easy access to good food. AI would be great for convenience, but we are open to dining out as long as it's easy to find and get to great restaurants. This is where I really need help, as I don't know much about the food on many islands.

Third, a beautiful location (duh, it's the Caribbean). For the wife, that requires beaches that are beautiful, walk-able, and swim-able (calm). I like the same, but also require greenery and interesting topography. It doesn't not have to have mountains, but no flat islands, please. It does not have to have a rain forest, but a little more than just palm trees, please.

Fourth, nice accommodations. As this trip is primary for R&R we may spend a lot of our time at our resort. (My wife specifically wants to "feel pampered".) So, we are looking for a place you really don't want to leave. The quality and quantity of pool(s) is secondary to the rooms, baths, beach, and staff. This is a romantic trip, and the lodging should reflect that. And we do NOT require any bars, or party atmosphere. In fact, the less the better. In Grenada we stayed at the Coyaba Resort and loved it. Something similar would be great. For what we have in mind, I think a resort would be preferable to a private villa.

Firth, a reasonable price. I know this is VERY relative. I'm aiming for $750-1000 for 5 nights lodging. 5 years ago we paid about $1500 for 8 nights in Grenada. This is flexible (rated 5th for a reason). But if the entire island is pricey we might prefer a more reasonably priced island. Also, if the island predominantly uses a different currency please let me know so I can consider the true costs.

Primarily I need help picking the right ISLAND. Any resort recommendations are appreciated, but I feel confident in finding those once I find the right island.

THANK YOU in advance for all help.

19 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement: Writers Needed for Croatia Guidebook
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 24, 14 at 05:34 PM
View all Caribbean Islands activity »
  1. 1 Is st.croix best for our family vacation with small children....
  2. 2 Trip Report 4 warnings for the non-seasoned, naïve tourist about to go to St Martin.
  3. 3 T&C Airfare Volatility?
  4. 4 AI in Punta Cana
  5. 5 ATLANTIS lately?
  6. 6 St Thomas lodging before flight home
  7. 7 Where to go in the Caribbean
  8. 8 Need Puerto Rico location advice
  9. 9 Romantic, 30th Birthday for my girlfriend Trip - I NEED HELP!
  10. 10 Jamaica - Negril, Ochos Rio, or MB?
  11. 11 Best island for a villa rental
  12. 12 What is the best place in Turks & Caicos?
  13. 13 Looking for inexpensive villas/bungalows with a private/secluded beach.
  14. 14 Which Island?
  15. 15 St. Thomas trip with 7 year old
  16. 16 Best Caribbean All Inclusive for Teens?
  17. 17 Punta Cana?
  18. 18 St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos or riviera maya ?
  19. 19 Cheap(er) snorkeling destination
  20. 20 Family vacation with Teens/Tweens: Caymans, Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica
  21. 21 Our trip to Turks and Caicos
  22. 22 Advice needed
  23. 23 Snorkeling In Close Proximity to Hotel
  24. 24 July 4th in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico--go or no-go?
  25. 25 Grotto Bay Beach vs. Fairmont Southampton w/kids 6&7
View next 25 » Back to the top