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Honeymoon Help

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Hello - I am planning a surprise honeymoon for early May 2016 for 8-9 days. As you all know, this process can be very overwhelming. We are in our late 20s and would like to do something nice, but don't want to break the bank given grad school loans, future house purchase, etc. In total, I would be fine with spending ~$8k. I have a lot of Southwest points, which could save us money as Southwest flies to Puerto Rico. A lot of flights to Caribbean islands seem to route though San Juan. We are looking for place where we can sit and relax (and de-stress from work and wedding planning), but at the same time have some activities such as sailing and hiking. Below is a list of the “wants” “want to avoid” for the trip:

Wants:
1. Nice beach with clear water
2. “Romantic” feel of room/resort
3. Activities (sailing, hiking, water activities)
4. Some type of terrain (looking to avoid the completely flat islands)
5. Moderately remote location (looking to avoid the mega-resorts like Sandals, etc., but would still like to stay at a resort with restaurants)
6. Good food/wine
7. Ability to safely explore the island if we choose

Want to avoid:
1. Big, mega-type resorts (Iberostar, Sandals)
2. Very long and/or overnight flights

I always thought that Europe would be our honeymoon location, but seems less than ideal given that we only have 8-9 days and that we would rather not be moving/traveling a lot during those 8-9 days. Also, I unfortunately had to veto dream locations such as Tahiti, Fiji and even Antigua given the long flights. I can’t find a flight to Antigua from the Midwest that doesn’t require an overnight stay in Miami.

I have narrowed my choices down to the BVI, St. Lucia and Barbados:
1) BVI – seems like the perfect choice, but only concern involves lack of luxury-type rooms. I seem to have narrowed my choices to 7 days at either Rosewood Little Dix Bay or Peter Island, and then another two days at a condo/villa rental with a private pool. I really, really like the option of exploring different islands, hiking, sailing, clear water and good food.
2) St. Lucia – would be interested in splitting time between two resorts. I have looked at Cap Maison and Calabash Cover (6-7 days) and Ladera or Sugar Beach (2-3 days). Big concern here is the lack of quality beaches and the safety. Also, from what I have read, seems like it may be a bit crowded?
3) Barbados – do not know much other than this island has beautiful beaches and great people. Concern would be lack of activities (i.e. hiking).

My wildcard is the new Mukul Resort in Nicaragua. I know it sticks out from the other three above, but mix of beach, jungle, food and luxury rooms (private pools) seems very appealing.

If anyone has advice or experience at any of these locations and resorts, your input would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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