7 ways to enjoy a romantic break with Sandals

Kirsten Henton

Kirsten Henton

Whether you're an old romantic seeking the right setting or struggling to come up with something special, Sandals provides everything from the most exotic scenery and chic accommodation, to a team of experts (including an Engagement Concierge - that's right) to guarantee your couples holiday is one fun-filled success. Whether you're plotting for a grand occasion like a proposal or just want to cut loose and make the most of your precious time off together, a holiday for two at a Sandals resort is sure to tick every box.

7 ways to enjoy a romantic break with Sandals in the Caribbean © Delphotostock - Fotolia.com
7 ways to enjoy a romantic break with Sandals in the Caribbean © Delphotostock - Fotolia.com

1. Pop the question

If you're planning a surprise proposal on holiday, you'll want to work with the Engagement Concierge at Sandals to ensure your moment is magical. Whether you need help bringing your ideas to life or you're after some inspiration, the Engagement Concierge will plan every detail. Looking for the perfect flowers or a specific wine? How about getting down on one knee during a sunset catamaran cruise? Maybe you're feeling adventurous and want to ask underwater while scuba diving? You could even splash out and choose a helicopter ride with a difference. Whatever your vision, the team at Sandals will ensure it's a memorable one.

2. Get hitched

Who doesn't fancy getting married in the Caribbean? For a dreamy day with all the luxury trimmings you could imagine, it has to be Sandals. With years of experience, Sandals really knows how to 'do' a wedding, whatever the size, whatever the vibe. Whether you're keeping it casual barefoot on the beach, glamming it up in the garden, perched over the ocean in a scenic gazebo or have something else entirely in mind, the team of wedding pros at Sandals will make it a reality. It's just a case of choosing the right Caribbean island for your big day - tough decision.

3. Have your honeymoon in paradise

A honeymoon in the Caribbean is the only real way to start married life. Every holiday with Sandals is all inclusive as standard, letting you leave the world behind and sink into a mindless state of bliss with your newly acquired Mr or Mrs. As you will see, there are so many things couples can do together at Sandals resorts not to mention the choice of places to stay from extravagant suites to cosy rooms with a view.

Sandals Negril Jamaica, swim up river suite - photo courtesy of Sandals Resorts
Sandals Negril Jamaica, swim up river suite - photo courtesy of Sandals Resorts

If you'd like to experience more than just one Sandals resort, check out Sandals' honeymoon hop itineraries, which include transport and stays at more than one Sandals resort during your break. Choose from routes within one island (for example, in Jamaica, where Sandals has no less than seven resorts) or a hop from island to island (such as from Antigua to Grenada and Barbados).

4. Celebrate your anniversary

It doesn't matter if you've been married a year or 40, an anniversary break at a Sandals resort will let you unwind and reconnect. While you can, of course, choose from a number of extras such as private dinners and spa treatments, you could simply book your stay and make the most of the unlimited access to water sports, activities such as tennis and golf, quality food, and all round ambient atmosphere. Can you really beat drinking cocktails together at sunset? Probably not.

5. Renew your vows

Renewing vows is increasingly popular with those keen to reassert their feelings and commitment to one another, and Sandals has created the one-stop Retie the Knot package for those after some Caribbean sun in the process. You will have an event planner to help organise the ceremony, music, cake, flowers and more. It also includes spa treatments for both, and a boozy mimosa breakfast, among other things. You can also organise group bookings so that your nearest and dearest are never that far away.

6. Find the perfect place to stay

A romantic holiday doesn't have to be life altering - it can just be about finding some space together, and part of that comes down to choosing the right room. Of course, it depends somewhat on your budget but there's something for everyone, whether it's an added extra or an all out secluded suite. For a host of special add ons, consider upgrading to a Club Sandals holiday - a concierge service including events and facilities such as private check in on arrival, free wifi throughout, weekly parties, and access to the Club Sandals Lounge with free drinks, snacks and, more importantly, peace and quiet! Then there's the Butler Elite service, which notches things up a level with a dedicated private butler who will remain on hand throughout your stay.

Sandals Regency La Toc, ocean view room with sun deck - photo courtesy of Sandals Resorts
Sandals Regency La Toc, ocean view room with sun deck - photo courtesy of Sandals Resorts

As for finding the right room, the clue is in the name when it comes to Love Nest Suites: each one has been carefully designed to offer an intimate space with the utmost privacy and style. For the ultimate luxury, opt for a private suite with a soaking tub for two, which can be found at three of the Sandals resorts in Jamaica as well as Sandals Barbados and Sandals LaSource Grenada.

7. Chill out together

It isn't all about big gestures on a romantic break; there are so many ways to simply enjoy spending some time together, be it trying your hand at paddle boarding, hitting the gym, swimming, lounging by the pool or cheering sundowners in the beach bar. Read on for some of the most popular activities that couples often do together on a Sandals holiday.

Hit the spa

No luxury holiday - romantic or otherwise - would be complete without an indulgent massage, and at Sandals you can choose from a number of experiences for two at any of its Red Lane Spa centres. There's a surprisingly diverse selection of treatments for couples to try together, from the more traditional couples massage to the innovative Night Blooming Jasmine Couples Massage, which takes place after dark, or the all over Deep Flowing Water Couples Massage, which includes a rigorous foot scrub for you both and promises to rejuvenate.

Relaxing in a Red Lane Spa - photo courtesy of Sandals Resorts
Relaxing in a Red Lane Spa - photo courtesy of Sandals Resorts

The range of experiences and treatments varies across the different resorts, so do check to see what's available at the Red Lane Spa at your Sandals resort.

Dine in secluded style

Have dinner with a difference at any Sandals resort: book a candlelit meal for two, and you will be treated to first class waiter service and four courses of fine seasonal dishes in a truly romantic setting - likely to be on the beach, in the garden or under a gazebo. For a little extra, you can have your very own soundtrack with live musicians ready to entertain. A candlelit dinner by Sandals is a simple way to squeeze something a little extra special into your holiday, even if it's only for one evening. It's also a fabulous way to propose or just celebrate being a million miles away from the rat race.

Escape to an offshore island

Is there anything more special, more romantic, than spending time together on a peaceful Caribbean island? And no, we don't mean the main destination you've travelled to either: if you stay at either Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau or Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, you can look forward to escaping to the tiny islands that sit just offshore of these two resorts. Sandals Cay in Bahamas and Sandals Island in Jamaica make for perfect day trips. You can catch a boat across in mere minutes or make the trip a memorable one by hopping in a kayak and paddling over yourself.

Both islands are well equipped with loungers, swimming pools, swim up bars, restaurants and even a spa, and exude a sense of calm escapism, letting you relax and listen to the gentle lapping of the ocean before heading back to the main resort in time for you candlelit dinner on the beach. If you don't fancy racing back, stay for the evening entertainment and listen to local tunes while sipping on your favourite cocktail. A day or two chilling out on either of Sandals' offshore islands is certainly time well spent together, and a long way from reality, let alone the mainland.

Wherever your Sandals holiday takes you, be it Antigua, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia, or the Bahamas, you're certain to find everything you need to make it film-worthy romantic. Use our bespoke Sandals weather guide to narrow down your search and see when to visit each destination for the best weather, before checking out the latest online offers on Sandals holidays to see if you could book your getaway for two for less than you might expect today.

This post was written in partnership with Sandals.

Kirsten Henton

Kirsten Henton
Posted on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 in: Caribbean Luxury Romantic Spa & wellness

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