Need Perfect Honeymoon Spot Help

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Mar 24th, 2006, 09:31 AM
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Need Perfect Honeymoon Spot Help

My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon right now and after reading millions of magazines, travel books and forums, I am more confused than ever! We're going from 12/3/06-12/10/06 and want a carribean island with lots of fun things to do during the day, such as hiking, snorkeling, sight-seeing, etc. We're kind of early birds and don't need much nightlife, except for some nice dinners and maybe a little live music a few nights. Nice beaches are a must, but so is a lush landscape (Aruba is too barren I think). Accomodationwise, we're looking to spend up to $350 per night (It is our honeymoon!), and want a smaller, secluded more romantic hotel with maybe villas or cottages. Must be close to some restaurants as we are picky eaters so we can't be too secluded. And hammocks are a must! I just picture us lazing in a hammock near the ocean or near our private cottage for the afternoon sipping some tropical drink and watching the sun set after a day of snorkeling or trekking through the rainforest... Does this place exist?? Any help or suggestions would be great. Thanks!
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Mar 25th, 2006, 07:27 AM
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I think the fact that I'm the first to answer this reflects the fact that you've set yourself some near-impossible requirements. No island that I know of will satisfy all your requirements but these are probably the ones you should focus on since they combine nice beaches with lush landscapes. The degree of seclusion, fine restaurants, snorkeling, music, etc. will vary with each island and with the resort you choose: Jamaica (especially Negril), St. Kitts, Nevis, Grenada, and St. Lucia. None of these have the blinding white sand and turqoise waters that some picture when they think of the Caribbean, but, still, they all have nice, darker sand beaches, lush scenery, hiking, and at least marginal snorkeling.

Among these islands, one place you may wish to consider is the Nisbet Plantation (http://www.nisbetplantation.com/) on Nevis. The cost should come within your budget since it won't yet be high season (some packages they offer include meals so you need to account for that in calculating your budget limit). The Nisbet is an historical plantation inn but it is fully modernized (and air-conditioned) and known for its fine cuisine. You will, nevertheless, also want to explore some of Nevis's other fine restaurants, including those at its other plantation inns. Nisbet is on a nice beach and its cottages are well spaced and nicely decorated. I believe that there are only about 35 cottages total so there is a high degree of privacy and seclusion. Nevis itself is a hiker's paradise and if you're especially ambitious (and athletic) you can climb Mount Nevis. The island is gorgeous.

Good luck to you!
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Mar 25th, 2006, 08:22 AM
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The Virgin Islands (both U.S. and British) may also fit the bill. Not having traveled there, I can't recommend any specific place, but I'm sure others here can.
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Mar 26th, 2006, 01:21 AM
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Congratulations on your wedding! I,too was married in December, 15 years ago. We love St. Kitts and Nevis and are returning for the 2nd year in a row. We have also been to Aruba (yes, to dry), St. Martin (2x), Guadeloupe and the Bahamas. I think you would not be disappointed in St. Kitts/Nevis. You can stay on one and take a day trip to the other or split your stay between the two, as we did. In St. Kitts there is an awesome place to hang out called Turtle Beach and there is a great rainforest or volcano hike there as well. Oualie Beach in Nevis has an excellent restaurant run by Chef Jason, who posts here. We stayed at the Marriott on St. Kitts which is large, but offers very large rooms (the bathrooms have a bidet, for crying out loud!), and many restaurants plus a casino and the cabs to other restaurants are not that $$$. In Nevis, it is much more laid back with snorkeling and a rainforest tour, also. The cab drivers will take you to a place and not accept $ until they pick you up! St. Martin has lots of hotels that you could stay at and walk to dinner, especially in Grand Case. I haven't been in a while, but will be there in late June, which is probably too late to be of any help. Have fun planning!
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Mar 26th, 2006, 01:39 AM
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Being a teacher, I have to correct typos.....Aruba is too dry. Sorry. Also, we took a fantastic snorkeling sunset sail in St. Kitts and met a bunch of folks...we all had dinner together afterward. I don't snorkel, but DH does, so I read while he did his thing. It was a beautiful night! You can do that on most islands. We did a sunset sail in St. Martin and also had a blast...ended up eating dinner with a couple that we met. Of course, you can keep it to just the two of you!
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Mar 26th, 2006, 05:35 AM
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Tall order to fill but here goes. Nisbet Plantation which was already mentioned and the island of Bequia. Can't tell you any specific accommodations on the island having visited numerous times but not stayed. Still I believe it would be worth your while to research. It has a bit of nightlife, some excellent restaurants, good beaches, the rain forest is a short ferry trip across to the St. Vincent mainland, Tobago Cays for day trips and fantastic snorkeling. My other suggestion would be to check out Young Island's website. Young Island is a privately owned resort just off the southern coast of St. Vincent. Again I have spent some time there but not as a resident. Not sure what the cost/night is but it may be within your budget with many of the amenities you are asking. Reviews on this board are mixed. Johnny Depp stayed here while filming the first POTC. How bad could it be if someone like him spent time. There is so much to do in this particular group of islands as all are in short distance of each other. I suggest doing a web search of St. Vincent Grenadines tourism for some info. I love the area and try to visit at least on a yearly basis.
Congradulations on your marraige. I truly think you would be able to find exactly what you want in this group of islands.
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Mar 26th, 2006, 08:09 AM
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I agree with those who mentioned Nisbet on Nevis. Additionally, I would suggest you check out the British Virgin Islands, Tortola in particular. Take a look at Long Bay Resort, which is a large resort by BVI standards but has some lovely beachfront cottages with their own hammocks. The beach there is nearly-white sand and about a mile long, so perfect for walking along or jogging. There are a couple of restaurants on site, a few within walking distance, and plenty of good ones around the island if you don't mind doing a little driving to get to them.

The Sugar Mill also offers a couple of rooms that are in a separate villa and come with hammocks. Sugar Mill is just up the road from Long Bay and has one of the best restaurants on the island. The beach at Sugar Mill isn't as good as Long Bay's, but Tortola is the kind of island where you explore a different beach every day and don't stay put at the hotel or resort.

Snorkeling from the beach on Tortola is much better than Nevis, and you can take daysails for snorkeling destinations that are superior within the Caribbean. You can also easily island hop to Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke in the BVI and to St. Thomas and St. John in the USVI.

Tortola has two small areas geared toward tourist shopping--Soper's Hole/West End and Road Town--that are more quaint and charming than a shop-til-you-drop duty free zone.

There are places on Tortola to go to hear live music most nights, and if you go during the full moon you can go to one of 2 Full Moon parties. It's an island with a lovely, laid back vibe where it's easy to mingle with both locals and tourists alike.

There are several places to hike on Tortola, including Mt. Sage. You can go horseback riding on the beach or along the mountain ridge. The terrain is very hilly and very green, but necessarily rain forest-lush. It's really a wonderful place.

If you wanted something even more special and private, you could rent a villa...at any rate, congrats on your upcoming marriage and I hope you find the perfect spot to begin your life together.
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Mar 27th, 2006, 11:03 AM
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Thanks to all for your suggestions. I think we'll look into St. Lucia and Nevis and Tortola. That's a start. And I'm sure wherever we end up, will be perfect because we'll have that newly married glow! Thanks for all the help. I can't wait for the wedding now! Hopefully the time will fly by. I'll be sure to post a trip report when we get back.
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Mar 27th, 2006, 04:23 PM
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I don't think anyone has mentioned St. Barts yet. We haven't been, but are booked for May. We have many of the same criteria as you. We also like a lush island with sightseeing, don't need a lot of nightlife, love good restaurants and staying in villas. From what I hear, St. Barts (being French)has fabulous food, many say the best in the Caribbean. The beaches are reputed to be beautiful and the air temperature is pretty much the same year-round. As to live music, this is where Jimmy Buffet often can be heard. Your dates are in the "high" season, so you will have to do some digging, but I'm sure you can find villa accomodations within your price range. A reasonable romantic hotel option would be La Banane. I've read great things about it:
http://www.labanane.com/
I have also found this website (especially the forums) very helpful in my planning:
http://www.sbhonline.com/

Good luck in your planning and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
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Mar 27th, 2006, 11:25 PM
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Try these websites

www.romorabay.com (they offer honeymoon
packages)

www.runawayhill.com (small boutique hotel right ON the beach)
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