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Old Jan 12th, 2012, 10:00 AM
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Need Help Chosing Resort for Honeymoon!

Need advise! My fiance and I are now down to 4 months until our big day (May 19th) ... which means we really need to get our honeymoon booked. We've talked to 2 different travel agents and done a TON of research. Here's what we're looking for:
White sand/Beautiful BLUE/CLEAR water - we want the "wow" factor like what you see in the movies!
A secluded resort that isn't crowded (no children preferred)
Ocean View
A very romantic and open/breezy feel
Easy access to the pool and beach
A private pool or hot tub outside (preferably with an ocean view)
Activities - ESPECIALLY offshore fishing or boating of any sort (we're big boaters!)
Regae style music at night
We're more interested in pretty beaches vs moutain/rain forest types
Places we have looked into: Jumby Bay, Galley Bay, Hermitage Bay, Palm Island, Merdian Club, Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain, Calabash Cove, Ladera Resort, & Coco Bay Resort. Our travel agent said the prettiest beaches and water in the Carribean's was in Antigua... but I'm reading somewhat different thoughts on that from others. Please help advise us!
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Old Jan 12th, 2012, 10:38 AM
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Any resort on St. Lucia won't have the white sand beaches you crave - the beaches on that island are dark sand (think dark gray, brown or even black. The only "white sand" beach on the island is small and "man-made".

Antigua has light golden sand beaches - some 365 different ones. .

If you want "white sand" you have to go to one of the flatter coral/limestone based islands such as many of the Bahamas Out-islands, the Turks & Caicos Islands, Anguilla, Anegada, Barbuda (not Barbados) and the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao. FYI - generally speaking hilly island like the USVI's, the BVI's, St. Barth's, St. Martin, Barbados, and the Grenadines will have light golden sand beaches (these will fulfill many people's desire for a "white sand Beach" even if they are in fact light gold in hue.). Lush mountainous islands like St. Kitts, Nevis, Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and St. Lucia will have dark sand beaches. Of course there's always some exceptions to these generalities but by and large you should base your choices on those guidelines.

Of the resorts on your list Jumby Bay, Galley Bay and Hermitage Bay come closest to what you are seeking but they are not necessarily a perfect match.

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Cusinart or Cap Juluca on Anguilla, Caneel Bay on St. John, Little Dix Bay or Biras Creek on Virgin Gorda, Parrot Cay in the Turks & Caicos, Peter Island on Peter Island (BVI's) or Sandy Lane on Barbados - all will give you the "movie WOW" factor you want.
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Old Jan 12th, 2012, 11:54 AM
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www.pinksandsresort.com prettiest beach in Caribbean.
littledixbay.com caneelbay.com Parrott Cay(lots of stars own property there)or Grace Bay Resort. Juliaca on Anguila very moorish though flat some do not like.
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Old Jan 12th, 2012, 11:56 AM
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For some real "wow"and romance head here
www.fourseasons.com/borabora/photos_and_videos ·
eye poppingly beautiful!

Congrats!
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Old Jan 18th, 2012, 09:17 AM
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Hi! Thanks so much for your advise! I forgot to mention that we’re looking for something ALL INCLUSIVE which I think eliminates all of Anguilla. Ugh! Hate that because there were some good ones listed there. I think the 3 we’re basically having to narrow it down to is Coco Bay, Hermitage Bay and Galley Bay… and maybe doing a combo of 2 of them. Any further thoughts/suggestions for an AI resort with beautiful white sandy beaches, turquoise water and a room/cottage with a private plunge pool?
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Old Jan 18th, 2012, 09:44 AM
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"Any further thoughts/suggestions for an AI resort with beautiful white sandy beaches, turquoise water and a room/cottage with a private plunge pool?"

The only one that comes to mind is Sandals Antigua or Sandals Exuma, Bahamas.

Private plunge pools are very hard to find especially that are AI.

There are some in St. Lucia, but that Island doesn't met your beach criteria.
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Sandals Exumas is an excellent rec, meets all of your criteria actually.

Beaches are amazing, and crystal clear (some of the prettiest i've seen and I've seen many!) Bonus to get to the best ones require boating!

i think that Sandals should have some private plunge pools.

It's AI.

It is the closest to what you're looking for.

PS, Antigua's beaches are nice, but don't even come close to Exumas, Anguilla, even hilly Virgin Islands.
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Old Jan 24th, 2012, 10:03 AM
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I am also down to Hermitage Bay and Galley Bay for our honeymoon in June. I would love some comparison of the two. Thanks!
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