Caribbean Retreats

Imagine waking to the earthy murmur of the ocean, the sun gently streaming in through the gaping holes of the blinds of your own personal hotel suite…looking out across the beautiful green lawn, the beautifully constructed patio area lit from the glistening reflection of the edge of hotel pool and peering at the incredible golden sanded beach only a few small steps away from the original source of that seducing sound you first awoke to…picture it? Now imagine yourself on a Caribbean holiday!

Located on the outskirts of the capital of the city, Bridgetown, Barbados the hotel Savannah is one of the most romantic beachfront mansions on the whole of the Island. Historically charming, the building is originally divided in to two, split between the main house and the plantation house, overlooking the courtyard and the gardens. With a two-channel pool with a four-storey waterfall, swim-up bars, an indoor lounge, air-conditioned fitness centre complete with aerobics and yoga classes, an open-air fine dining restaurant overlooking the courtyard, the incredible waterfall and a beach bar and grill overlooking the ocean, you wouldn’t even need to leave the hotel grounds…but if you find that you do? The Garrison racetrack, Barbados museum, Quayside Centre and Black Pear restaurant are all within walking distance. Looking to leave the Island? Travel no further than the VH Victoria Resort, Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.

Located on an 18-hole golf course, family run but not exactly family friendly, the Victoria resort is the ideal location for a couple’s romantic, stress-free getaway. Incredibly quiet, the resort has two swimming pools, Gourmet a la Carte restaurant, its own private gym, tennis courts, scuba diving lessons and Tex Mex Beach Club and bar. The honeymoon suites are complete with a Jacuzzi on the balcony and a built-in shower for two. The beach is only 5 minutes away but if you’d rather be swept off your feet you could always a shuttle bus that runs regularly from nine until five. It’s sister hotel, the Gran Ventana is incredibly lively with a popular team for evening entertainment, but nothing beats the intimate, serene setting of the VH Victoria resort, perfect for those special Kodak moments between you and a loved one…For the complete package? Fly over to Negril.

Nestled in the beautiful residence of Negril on the Island of Jamaica, Couples Swept Away is the perfect intimate romantic getaway. With incredible views, breathtaking beaches, gourmet restaurants and luxury spas, the hotel is an adult exclusive. Located on the beach, the hotel offers 24-hour dining, wonderful night entertainment: with eight bars, weekly bonfires, live music shows and star lit movie nights on the beach. With nothing but your loved one to distract you, the gentle heat of the sun, an array of indulgent Jacuzzi’s, kayaking, scuba diving and isolated paddleboats and sailing, there is literally no higher ranking resort on the whole of the Island.

This is a guest post by James Rowland of