Top 3 Caribbean holidays for the ideal honeymoon

Top 3 Caribbean holidays for the ideal honeymoon

Luxury all-inclusive specialist Club Med explains why you need to take a honeymoon in the Caribbean for a mix of adventure and romantic relaxation

With its palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear waters, balmy climate and dreamy sunsets, the Caribbean contains all the ingredients necessary for the perfect honeymoon. Honeymooners keen to relax on a beach for two weeks can do just that; while those up for exploration and adventure will have plenty of activities to choose from.

The region comprises more than 700 islands, each with its own unique character and appeal. Those prepared to get off their sun loungers will discover caves, waterfalls, mountains and rainforests. Caribbean culture is a melting pot of European, African, North American and indigenous traditions, giving rise to distinctive forms of music, dance, art, architecture, cuisine, language and customs.

Would-be Caribbean honeymooners should kick-start their married life by booking through Club Med, long-standing champion of all-inclusive holidays to exotic destinations worldwide. Club Med's tempting packages - which can include flights, transfers, accommodation, sport and leisure activities and food and drink - often mean guests don't spend a bean once they arrive at the resort.

1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

This welcoming resort on Hispaniola Island is set beside a turquoise lagoon and shady coconut grove. Honeymooners stay in capacious suites and can saunter through stunning gardens or along the 600-metre beach, before being lavished with L'Occitane products in the luxurious spa. Recently redesigned, the resort offers guests excellent food and top-notch service.

Adventurous couples can venture beyond the resort to scale rugged peaks, windsurf, snorkel, kayak and scuba dive, exploring the lush countryside and abundant marine life. The unique character of the Dominican Republic comes from a vibrant mix of Caribbean, French and British influences and the year-round sunshine here is blissfully conducive to a restorative holiday.

2. Les Boucaniers, Martinique

Les Boucaniers sits in an idyllic position on one of Martinique's most striking beaches. The resort's 292 bungalows are located next to the village of Sainte Anne. The verdant tropical gardens and large coconut grove provide romance and seclusion for loved-up honeymooners and the Club Med Spa bursts with pampering treats. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy wakeboarding, windsurfing, water skiing and scuba diving.

Martinique feels distinctly French, infused with Creole and African influences and the delicious local cuisine is a winning combination of punchy Creole and classic French. There are upscale boutiques and department stores for those in need of retail therapy, while outdoorsy types will love the rugged mountain ranges and tropical forests.

3. Turkoise, Turks & Caicos

This peaceful adult-only resort on the island of Providenciales has a twelve mile long beach, an alluring prospect for sun worshippers and water sports fiends alike.  Accommodation is in colourful, two-storey bungalows set in 34 hectares of tropical paradise. Leisure activities range from fitness classes and tennis to sailing and the flying trapeze. A snorkel is almost all you need to discover the breath-taking marine life.

Alternatively, honeymooners can set forth in kayaks or escape on a private yacht to a deserted island for a day. The islands of Turks & Caicos are not big party places, but favoured by holidaymakers trying to get off the beaten track. However, for the night owls, the resort does feature a night bar with an outdoor dance floor.

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