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Love Blooms in the Caribbean: St. Vincent, the Grenadines and Belize Destination Weddings

by Melanie Reffes

Dubbed by the Caribs as the Land of the Blessed, St.Vincent and the Grenadines are a string of islands treasured for barefoot tranquility and rainforests so lush they are a veritable Garden of Eden. For lazy days, the beach at Black Point beckons seclusion-seekers while the untamed waves at Argyle Beach are unrivalled for amorous adventures. Romance bristles in the breeze on Young Island, a two-minute boat ride from the mainland. Blanketed in almond, coffee and nutmeg trees, it has one resort with seaside dining under thatched kiosks.

The Sweetie Pie Bakery in Mustique entices everyone’s sweetie with freshly-baked pain au chocolat and across the road; Basil’s Bar is the ultimate setting for a cocktail par excellence. The only resort on the island, Cotton House tempts with an eight-day Romance package with lavish massages and gourmet picnics on the beach.

On Canouan, Raffles is all about sandy beaches, green hills and gin-clear water. Designed by Italian architect Luigi Vietti whose resorts in Sardinia are legendary amongst romance aficionados, Raffles impresses with ocean view villas and the world-famous Amrita Spa. And for couples who want to feel like they are the only people on the planet, yachts are available to sail away to deserted slivers of Shangri-la.

Exchanging vows at an ancient Mayan temple, beneath a rushing waterfall or underwater along the barrier reef, Belize is chocked full of fanciful options. The Caribbean Sea washes the coastline and with an unhurried ambience, Belize is the new Caribbean ‘cool’. The largest of the offshore cayes, Ambergris Caye is a must-see with romantic resorts like Tranquility Bay that lives up to its name with beachfront cabanas inside the Bacalar Chico National Park. On the bay side, exotic birds flitting about illicit ardent emotions and tender moments while the gracious hospitality of the Mestizo indigenous people of Caye Caulker makes it difficult to leave this sleepy little atoll.

Southwest of Ambergris Caye, Cayo Espanto is an island resort resting in the calm waters of the Sea. A dream-come-true for owner Jeff Gam, it’s unrivalled with a staff-to-guest ratio of two-to-one in five villas including a pair of over-the-water bungalows. “The image for Cayo Espanto was always in my dreams,” he says, “When I couldn’t find one, I built my own with everything exquisitely romantic and sun-kissed.” Massages, Frette robes, alfresco showers and moonlit dining add up to a delightful recipe for romance.



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