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Antigua, Palm Island, St.Kitts, St.Lucia, & Tortola

By Michelle R. Mangio
Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialist of Magical Escapes Vacations


Palm Island Resort - romantic dining on the beach     When it comes time to choose a destination for a Honeymoon, many Wedding Couples turn their sights to the Caribbean. Though a common honeymoon choice, there is nothing ordinary about romantic vacations in these warm, tropical islands – especially when your getaway is planned with a knowledgeable travel agent who can turn your honeymoon into an unforgettable escape you’ll remember fondly for years to come.

     Elite Island Resorts, offering 8 all-inclusive resorts & villas throughout five Caribbean Destinations, prides themselves on being able to add that extra special something to every honeymooners stay, from little touches – like rose petals scattered on a bed – to the big ones – gorgeous stretches of white sand beaches, or a candlelight dinner under the stars. They like to consider themselves the best in the Cariibea : Best if you want a secret hideaway for just the two of you. Best if you desire a tropical club with plenty to do. Best if you prefer the independence of villa living, or the convenience of all-inclusiveness. Best if you are on a slight budget, or if you prefer to indulge yourself to a little pampering. With their eight resorts over the islands of Antigua, St. Lucia, Tortola (British Virgin Islands), St. Kitts, and the Grenadines (Palm Island), they believe that one of their resorts will be best for you.

Sugar Bay Club on St. Kitts     But how to choose which Elite Island Resort is best?

     First, Elite Island has grouped its resorts into one of three categories: Hideaways (for those looking for relaxation & togetherness), Club Resorts (for those looking for a little fun), and Villa Resorts (for those looking for their own home-away-from-home in the Caribbean). Their Hideaways consist of Galley Bay in Antigua, Dian Bay Resort & Spa in Antigua, and Palm Island (a private island oasis) in the Grenadines. Their Club Resorts consist of St.James Club in Antigua, Grand Pineapple Beach in Antigua, and Sugar Bay Club in St.Kitts. Finally, for the best Villa Resorts, look no further than Windjammer Landing in St. Lucia and Long Bay Beach Resort in Tortola.

     But let’s take a closer look at each of these resorts, and their islands, to find the perfect Elite Island Resort for you.

     Antigua, famed for its 365 unspoilt beaches, is home to four of the Elite Island Resorts. This tropical island has some of the most gorgeous stretches of beaches in all of the Caribbean – but it doesn’t stop at the beaches. Its interior ranges from lush rainforests to arid stretches of desert, and its easy-going lifestyle is evident with its colonial heritage, boutique shops and cafes, and lively yachting culture.

     Galley Bay has been named as one of the World’s Best Places to Stay, according to readers of Conde Nest Traveler (January 2005). This all-inclusive hideaway is perfect for the discerning travelers seeking an exclusive, yet unpretentious escape. It rests on the edge of a three-quarter mile beach, and offers 69 rooms in Caribbean style rustic architecture. Choose from quaint Tahitian-inspired ‘Gauguin Cottages’ (with their own private splash pools) among the gardens, or well-appointed guest rooms and luxurious suites nestled on the powdery white sands.

     St. James Club is a renowned resort set on a private peninsula of over 100 acres in Antigua’s southeast coast. The resort offers both guest rooms (located in the heart of the resort in ‘The Club’) and villas (‘The Village,’ scattered over a gentle hillside to the beach, offering luxurious accommodations in a very private setting). Four swimming pools, six tennis courts, a fitness center, a deep-sea fishing boat, free water sports, a casino, cocktail bars, and four restaurants (offering buffets, candelit dinners, and Mediterranean cuisine) are all located within the resort, offering a variety of entertainment, live music, and activities.

Long Bay Beach Resort on Tortola     Dian Bay Resort & Spa is an intimate hideaway overlooking one of the Caribbean’s most scenic bays. It boasts rejuvenation in an idyllic tropical setting, a panoramic 3-tier swimming pool, white sand cove, and a second beach accessible by water taxi. Relaxation is the key word here, with non-motorized water sports, nature hikes, spa treatments, afternoon teas, cocktails in the piano bar, alfresco waterfront dining, and evening entertainment all designed to offer a low-key and rejuvenating ambiance.

     Occidental Grand Pineapple Beach defines Antigua informality, with comfortable rooms set either in the gardens, right on the water’s edge, or upon the hillside commanding amazing ocean views. This all-inclusive resort is tucked away on 25 acres of tropical landscaping on the edge of a beautiful bay, with stretches of white sand beaches to relax the day away on. Swimming pools, non-motorized water sports, four tennis courts, and a fitness center provide additional activities during the day, and a night club allows you to dance the evening away.

     St. Lucia has become famous among honeymooners for its lush hilly interiors and rainforest, and its gorgeous turquoise waters. Here you can find Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, close to Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay, the duty-free shops of Castries, and the island’s 18-hole championship golf course. This exclusive Mediterranean-style resort meanders down a lush hillside towards the unspoilt white sands and crystalline waters of St. Lucia’s Labrelotte Bay. It also boasts the best of both worlds: the independent luxury of villa living combined with the dining and recreational opportunities of a tropical resort. Choose from stylishly appointed guest rooms or luxurious villas, many featuring their own private plunge pools and all offering breathtaking ocean views.

Galley Bay on Antigua, beach     Tortola is the capital of the British Virgin Islands, and the perfect escape for those who want to get away from it all – but don’t want to travel too far to get there. Its informal atmosphere and cultural charm make it a favorite for beachcombers and fun-seekers alike. Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas echoes the ambiance of the BVI, tucked away on 52 acres along the island’s finest beach, a mile of talcum-power sand kissed by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. This resort offers tennis courts, a fitness center, a dive-school, a spa, a landscaped swimming pool, and several restaurants. Guest rooms range from beach or hillside accommodations, split-level Junior suites with Jacuzzis, and spacious two- and three-bedroom villas, some with their own private swimming pools.

     St. Kitts is an island where you will feel as if you have stepped back in time, with its colonial plantation homes and forts, fields of sugar canes, and charming boutiques. Sugar Bay Club is located on a golden sand beach in Frigate Bay, the island’s liveliest corner and close to the island’s 18-hold golf course. This resort is ideal for those seeking a budget-conscious vacation in the tropics, with spacious rooms and cottages offering private terraces or balconies with views of the gardens, pools, or Atlantic Ocean. Two pools (one adult only), beach, tennis court, fitness room, two bars, and live entertainment allow for plenty to do, with dining an informal affair in its two restaurants.

St.James Club on Antigua, pools     The crown jewel of the Elite Island Resorts is the Palm Island Resort, named “The World’s Leading Private Island” at the World Travel Awards. Caribbean Travel & Life ranks it amongst the Caribbean’s ‘most romantic resorts’. Travel & Leisure says it is ‘one of the best places to stay in the world’. Palm Island is a very special place – not just a resort, but an entire island: 135-acres of tropical paradise, offering only 37 rooms. This all-inclusive resort is perfect for those seeking seclusion and tranquility nestled among elegance and natural Caribbean beauty. Great care has been taken to ensure the resort is in harmony with its untouched natural settings, and every aspect of the resort – from the public areas to the guest rooms – have been designed to fit into its surroundings. Half of the guest rooms sit right on the white sand beach, with the remaining nestled in the palm groves just steps away from the ocean. The beach and sea are the focal point of each relaxing day, with nature trails, water sports, and boat trips to Tobago Cays offering a dash of excitement. Elegant evenings begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the alfresco bar and end with candelit dinners in the Royal Palm restaurant.

Windjammer Landing on St. Lucia, dining on the beach     Elite Island Resorts offers a variety of resorts throughout the Caribbean to meet the needs and desires of honeymooners looking for a tropical getaway within reach, whether you look for pampered luxury or comfortable budget options. They also offer beautiful wedding locations throughout their resorts, for the couples looking for a unique Destination Wedding or an intimate setting to renew their vows. Whichever Elite Island Resort you determine is best for you, you are sure to find an unforgettable honeymoon experience.

     Ready now to take a honeymoon at an Elite Island Resort? Join us at the Wedding Day Sourcebook Bridal Show on January 22, 2006 for a chance to win a 4-Night Honeymoon at your choice of the Elite Island Resorts, courtesy of Magical Escapes Vacations. Be sure to join us, as you must be present to win!



About Michelle Mangio
Michelle Mangio is the owner of Magical Escapes Vacations, based in Attleboro, MA. She is a certified Honeymoons & Destination Weddings Specialist, with expertise in many popular honeymoon locations, including Tahiti & the South Pacific, Australia, Aruba, Hawaii, Cancun, and more.

About Magical Escapes Vacations

Magical Escapes Vacation is a full-service travel agency specializing in complete destination planning for any occasion. “Don’t just make reservations. Make experiences. Create memories. Live your dreams.” Let Magical Escapes Vacations take the stress and uncertainty out of vacation planning by assisting you in creating a vacation to remember for a lifetime. Our unique personalized approach will exceed your expectations. We treat each vacation like it was our own, and will work with you to find the perfect getaway. So escape away today… because everyone deserves a vacation.
For more information, contact Michelle at Magical Escapes Vacations toll-free at 866-698-7849 or locally at 508-717-2535, by email at michelle @ magicalescapes.com, or online at http://www.magicalescapes.com

About Elite Island Resorts

Elite Island Resorts is the exclusive worldwide marketing agent for eight of the Caribbean’s most spectacular resorts on four of its most beautiful, tropical islands: Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Tortola and Palm Island in the Grenadines. The Elite Island Resort collection consists of Galley Bay, St. James’s Club, Grand Pineapple Beach, Dian Bay Resort & Spa, Windjammer Landing, Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas, Sugar Bay Club, and Palm Island resort. For more information visit http://www.eliteislandresorts.com.



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(This article originally appeared in the January 2006 Edition of the Wedding Day Sourcebook)





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