Caneel Bay Resort 4.5

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Caneel Bay keeps wedding options simple and elegant -- an ideal combination that, naturally, comes at a high price. Read more about weddings at Caneel Bay

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 Caneel Bay keeps wedding options simple and elegant -- an ideal combination that, naturally, comes at a high price. Read more about weddings at Caneel Bay
Caneel Bay keeps wedding options simple and elegant -- an ideal combination that, naturally, comes at a high price. Read more about weddings at Caneel Bay The Equator Restaurant, which fits up to 150 people, is a popular reception location. A one-hour reception with hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, a champagne toast, an open bar for three hours, and a four-course plated dinner costs anywhere from $185 to $230 per person. Designed like rustic bungalows with natural wood and stone, rooms are clean, simple, and lack TVs and phones. There are a wide range of rooms and suites available, but newlyweds usually stay in the Premium Beachfront (you can walk right out onto the sand) or the Premium Ocean View Rooms. The Rockhouse is one of the most desirable destination wedding hotels in Jamaica, and it goes to great lengths to create a memorable experience -- the food is excellent, the service attentive, and the setting exclusive, intimate, and beautiful. Read more about weddings at the Rockhouse Hotel Private, sea-side receptions are held at the on-site restaurant. Brides and grooms can get pampered at the Rockhouse Spa, which offers a broad range of holistic treatments. Treatments take place in the Zen Buddhist-themed facility or at "massage point," a three-walled hut overlooking the sea. The hotel requires the great majority of their rooms to be booked for a minimum of three nights. The rooms where your guests will stay are basic, comfortable, and unplugged, with no TVs, Wi-Fi, or radios. Most newlyweds stay in the Premium Villas, located directly on the cliff's edge and partially hidden from other resort guests. For what you get -- a beautiful setting, great service, and food that is far superior to what you get at most of the all-inclusive resorts -- the Punta Cana's prices are very fair. And unlike at the all-inclusive resorts, most wedding details are up to you -- a great advantage, if you want a personal touch and don't mind a little extra legwork. Read more about weddings at the Punta Cana Hotel La Yola restaurant, a popular reception site, costs $2,000 and can fit up to 100 people. Plated, sit-down dinners range from $45 to $48, and buffets range from $39 to $59 -- less than what food costs at some of the all-inclusives. Newlyweds usually stay in the Deluxe Suite, which has a private balcony. The hotel's huge beach enjoys shallow, calm water with only negligible seaweed and fine white sand. There are few guests, so finding quiet spot is easy. Half Moon -- our pick for the top luxury resort in Jamaica -- is a gorgeous property with enough options and flexibility to plan an elegant and personalized celebration. The Sunset Beach Gazebo is a popular ceremony spot. Read more about weddings at Half Moon The hotel's spectacular, two-mile long crescent-shaped beach beckons from nearly every window. Couples can get married with their toes in the sand at Sunrise Beach. The Fern Tree Spa offers massages, skin treatments, hair and makeup, mani/pedis, and yoga and meditation classes. Many newlyweds choose to stay in the Hibiscus Suite, which has a beautiful four-poster bed and a private patio. Wedding parties might also consider booking some of the larger villas. Straightforward options, minimal fees, and top-notch beach and spa facilities make the Sanctuary Cap Cana a solid (and easy) luxury choice. Read more about weddings at the Sanctuary Cap Cana The Fortress Terrace, a popular reception spot, fits up to 100 people; it'll cost you $500 to make an event here private. The wide, white-sand beach that gently slopes to the ocean is among the D.R.'s best, but ceremonies here aren't private. The large, lagoon-shaped infinity pool overlooks the beach and has some of the cleanest water we've seen in the D.R. Round Hill is one of the most beautiful (and expensive) properties in Jamaica. A wedding here is expensive, no doubt, but for the price you get flawless service and unmatched elegance. Read more about weddings at Round Hill The rooms, arguably among the best in the Caribbean, are designed by Ralph Lauren and feature white decor and ocean views. Built into a cliff edge, the 24-hour infinity pool (beaming red and turquoise by night) is the most popular hotel feature. The Seaside Terrace ceremony location can fit up to 150 people and costs $1,500. Jake's arid, other-worldly surroundings are without doubt some of the most beautiful anywhere in Jamaica. Events here are more personalized, and far more private, than what you'll find at the mega resorts. Only real down side: It's about a two- to three-hour bumpy and confusing drive from the airport. Read more about weddings at Jake's The Restaurant at Jake's is a fun, funky reception location; the different four-course plated menus ($35, $45, or $55 a head) all offer local ingredients, fresh seafood, and more traditional Jamaican flavors than you'll find at other resorts. You can also host your reception at the yoga pavilion overlooking the sea. Jake's rustic, quirky cottages have a hippie-chic aesthetic, and no TVs, Internet, or modern technology. With exceptional, yet reasonably priced food and drinks, above-and-beyond service, and a gorgeous, intimate-feeling location, Tensing Pen is one of the best choices for small weddings. Read more about weddings at Tensing Pen Couples can get married at varoius points along the cliffs, depending on the size of the party. Receptions are hosted at the on-site restaurant, overlooking the sea. The standard dinner costs $40 per person (cake and dessert cost an extra $6 per person) and includes the choice of three hors d'oeuvres (such as mini fish cakes with sherry dipping sauce, plantain fritters, smoked marlin quesadillas), a salad (such as avocado black beans and corn salad), the choice of one meat (such as pan-fried snapper with pineapple salsa) and one vegetarian entree (stir-fried vegetables with pumpkin sauce), as well as some sides and starches. Tensing Pen's cottages are all unique, and contain simple furnishings and comfortable beds. The Long House has a superb ocean view from its terrace. Honeymooners often prefer upgrading to the more isolated Seagrape suites. This quiet, adults-only resort offers standard wedding package fare with fewer options (though less hassle) than some of its neighbors. Read more about weddings at Catalonia The Alegria spa offers couples massages and bridal treatments, as well as regular massages, facials, and hair, nail, and makeup treatments. Most newlyweds stay in a Junior Suite or an Oceanfront Suite, which have large, two-person Jacuzzi tubs decorated with towel swans and flower petals. The pool is centrally located on the hotel grounds, but it still feels private. The picturesque grounds -- a rippling lake with black swans, lush landscaping, a soft-sand beach -- help create a romantic atmosphere. Plus, in Aruba, you're south of the Caribbean's hurricane belt and rain is scarce. Read more about weddings at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Large, modern rooms have flat-screen TVs, iHomes, and big bathrooms. The hotel's tri-level, three-tiered pool consists of three separate pools scaling three floors (each, directly next to one another). Guests can get to each of the different pools using a set of stairs, though most kids prefer using the waterslide. The fine white sand beach is just feet from the main lobby. Plastic lounge chairs, available all over the beach, are set in full recline underneath the hotel's numerous thatched cabanas.