Long walks on the beach may be a dating cliche, but the truth is, there's really nothing like squishing your toes in the sand with your honey at your side. If you're planning a luxury beach vacation with your significant other, check out out our list of Caribbean hotels that deliver a truly romantic experience, with relaxing features like lovely pools, luxurious rooms, and pampering service.
Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
- Price: $822/night
- Pearls: 5.0 pearls
- Location: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Built from a historic sugar plantation, this profoundly serene 166-room resort sits on 170 acres of a protected national park dotted with seven remote beaches, including two that are exclusive to adults. Even with a quaint pool and rustic rooms that lack TVs and phones, Caneel's attentive service and unparalleled setting make it one of the Caribbean's best resorts.
Jade Mountain Resort, Saint Lucia
- Price: $1,500/night
- Pearls: 5.0 pearls
- Location: Saint Lucia
Romantic? Undoubtedly. Unique? Absolutely. Expensive? For sure. Through an innovative, open fourth wall, each of Jade's 29 enormous suites overlooks the sea from its chromotherapy-lit whirlpool tub, canopied bed, and private infinity pool. Getting to Jade can be tedious, even nauseating, but its organic cuisine, doting service, unwavering silence (no TVs, radios, or children), and extraordinary desgin make the long journey worthwhile.
These five modern villas on a remote mountaintop are cut off from prying eyes by thick stone walls or dense flora. Designed for utmost privacy, there's no communal pool, lobby, or front desk. Service is by request only, and each room comes with a cell phone so guests can call anyone from room service to the free staff driver to the hotel's owner. The rooms are self-contained sanctuaries with the 24-hour room service, in-room massages, free Wi-Fi, and the pre-programmed Apple TVs set with cult movies or eclectic reggae. Frenchman's Cove, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is 10 minutes away.
- Price: $559/night
- Rating: 4.5 Pearls
- Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Made up of 55 massive suites, the Sivory is surrounded by dense tropical plant life and sits on one of the most remote stretches of Punta Cana (a 90-minute drive from the airport). Every suite features a two-person Jacuzzi tub, a two-person shower, and a private, intimate balcony -- all ideal for a romantic getaway. In addition to its premier spa with outdoor "bucket" showers, the hotel has three exceptional restaurants on-site, as well as a wine cellar stocked with over 8,000 bottles. The isolated beach has plenty of chaise lounges, palapa umbrellas, and palm trees.
Tortuga Bay Price: $968/night Rating: 5.0 Pearls Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Interiors here are fashioned by fashion icon Oscar de la Renta, and the rooms feature comfortable four-poster beds with crisp, white Frette linens and unique wicker canopies. Bathrooms have coral floors, deep Jacuzzis, large stand-up glass showers, and toiletries from L'Occitane -- about as good as it gets in the D.R. The best part: You can get a nightly turndown that includes a drawn bath with floating red flower petals and tealights. The Six Senses Spa -- one of the D.R.'s best -- offers all the luxury treatments. You won't have any difficulty finding a quiet spot on the beach, which has calm, crystal-clear water and soft white sand.