Honeymooning in Antigua

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Cove Suites Balcony

Cove Suites Balcony — Courtesy Blue Waters Antiqua

Weddings can be hectic, so consider a honeymoon destination where you can really unwind. Blue Waters Resort & Spa in Antigua is an idyllic island paradise. Also known as “Waladdli” or “Wadadli” by the locals, Antigua is situated in the West Indies on the main island of the country of Antigua and Barbuda. It was once considered Britain’s “Gateway to the Caribbean”; thus, Prince Harry recently visited Blue Waters while marking the 35th Anniversary of the Independence of Antigua and Barbuda.

Blue Waters is situated on the Northwest corner of the island, roughly four miles from the capital of St. John and five miles from the airport. The resort features cozy coves, lush tropical gardens, nine freshwater pools and sweeping views of the sea.

Honeymooners at Blue Waters are frequently upgraded to Deluxe Beachfront rooms and can indulge in breakfast served on a private patio or balcony. The “Blue Waters Honeymoon Wishes Registry” lets couples register for things like island tours, sailing excursions, horseback riding, scuba diving, romantic dinners, room upgrades, or treatments like the spa’s “Togetherness Massage.”

The property’s Cove Suites — considered the pride of Blue Waters — offer Caribbean luxury to the max. Situated just off of the main resort, the suites give couples an added degree of privacy. Another secluded option is Rock Cottage, located on the opposite side of the resort — where you’ll find the villa near Soldier’s Bay. If available, this desirable slice of heaven is the idyllic place to kick off your honeymoon in style. And be sure to Instagram a few romantic pictures at the old Sugar Mill around the corner from the decadent Cove Restaurant.

If you’re heading off property, Nelson’s Dockyard on the English Harbour is a great way to start. Situated on the south of the island, this natural harbor is a former British Naval base. You can stroll up to the top of Shirley Heights and scope out the view from the restored military lookout. For something a little outside the box, check out Stingray City Antigua Snorkel Adventure where you and your new spouse can snuggle up to a Southern Ray over a glass of Rum Punch.

Back at Blue Waters the party picks up as the sun sets. Catch nightly steel band performers and sensational musicians like Buell Stringsthatsing in the Pelican Bar or Palm Restaurant or stargaze over a nightcap. Wake in the morning to a dip in a private pool, or mingle with other honeymooners at the adults-only pool by Pelican House or scope out sunseekers at the beachfront pool down by Veronica’s Bar. Before leaving, take a romantic walk down the long path and say goodbye to paradise in the tiny gazebo at the tip — sunkissed, relaxed and happily newly wed. bluewaters.net

Last modified: September 19, 2017