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Help me narrow down island for 20th anniversary trip

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Hello everyone. I'm planning a 4-5 night trip in late November/early December of this year to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary. This will be the first "proper" vacation we've ever taken without our kids, and I want it to be as close to "perfect" - for us - that it can be. I've been driving myself a little nuts trying to narrow it down by spending hours on these forums, tripadvisor,, historical weather sites, etc. and I'm hoping you can help by providing your first hand experience and knowledge. Thanks a million in advance as this post long.


*we can travel from any of the NYC airports, or Philadelphia, most likely at the end of Nov/early Dec
*due to the short trip duration, ideally the flight would be nonstop and the journey to our hotel would not require much additional time in the way of ferries, taxis etc. but I'm willing to consider it for the "right" place
*number one requirement is an amazing beach...I'm dreaming of stunning, calm, clear, turquoise water with fine sand beaches, fringed with palm trees...beach service or a nearby beach bar would not hurt :)
*we do not care about shopping, casinos, water sports, nightlife, kids activities - we are here for grown up R&R - but the option to do a little exploring, i.e. check out other beaches or local sights for an afternoon would be good
*do not require 5 star lodging, but it must be very clean, private, comfortable and a little luxury (ocean view from the room, a nicer bathroom) would make this celebration trip special
*lodging budget ideally under $600/night

My real dream is to explore the BVIs but that will have to wait until we can getaway for longer. Based on cost, relative ease of travel and what appears to "tick the boxes", I've focused on:
*Antigua-I found an amazingly priced, nonstop flight from NYC-however I'm having trouble settling on a resort that fits the budget and above criteria. Galley Bay looks interesting, for example, but I've read lots about rough seas/red flags, and tired rooms which has me concerned. The best resorts are out of budget and I can't settle on one in the next tier down.
*Harbour Island, Bahamas-I fell in love with the description of "the Nantucket of the Caribbean". I know this requires a little more complex journey and the weather can be iffy this time of year, but I do love what I've seen and read about. We've looked at Rock House and Dunmore, but many others look very nice too.
*Grand Cayman-can't find a nonstop for our dates, but it's still relatively easy to get to. My impression though is that this is a very family friendly island, i.e. one that we could come back to with the family. It also feels a bit built up despite Seven Mile Beach being one of the best. That said, the Ritz is within budget and I've had my eye on the new Kimpton which opens just weeks before our planned arrival. Good idea or awful idea to go to a just-opened resort?
*Anguilla-I fully realize this is harder to get to, needing to stop at SXM first, but the beaches and food options seem spectacular. And I'm having trouble finding nonstops to SXM on our dates. Many resorts have options in the price range, though. Even Cap Juluca.

These are on the maybe list, would love perspective as maybe I have it wrong:
*Dominican Republic- easy to get to, plenty of resorts (some adults only) to choose from, some ultra luxury, plenty within budget. For some reason I am hesitant but can't put my finger on why.
*Turks and Caicos-easy nonstop flight, jaw dropping beach, but this seems like a family oriented island unless you are staying 5 star, in which case we can't afford it!
*Aruba-nice beach and nonstop flight, otherwise I've been underwhelmed by what I've seen. I know many people who love it.

We are not interested in Mexico, Puerto Rico, St Thomas. We've been to St Lucia twice and would like to try something new.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading this far and helping out this confused beach dreamer! I really need to pull the trigger and book something soon.

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