A lot of attention tends to be paid to exotic destinations when considering possible honeymoon destinations, and with good reason. Nothing quite beats an otherworldly getaway for a couple fresh off the wedding process! Sometimes an exotic destination can be just the thing for the actual wedding as well though. That could mean any number of places all around the globe, but for now we’re focusing in on the Caribbean and a few spots that can be particularly lovely and fun for a destination wedding.
Jumby Bay, Antigua
This is a very high-end, exclusive resort, accessible only by boat and consisting of 40 villas. Thus, it’s not the easiest place to book for a wedding. However if you have a more modestly sized crowd for your wedding and you really want to splurge on an exotic destination, you can’t do much better. Antigua is already one of the purer Caribbean islands in a sense, and Jumby Bay exists off the coast of it, such that it really does occupy its own space in the sea. The resort does offer its own spa, pool area, and tennis courts for recreation, but really this is about the beach, the sea, and the rooms, all built for a relaxing time away.
Strawberry Hill, Jamaica
Jamaica is a lot of people’s picture of the standard, flawless Caribbean island. However, the Strawberry Hill resort is quite a bit different than what you might expect. While the majority of destination hotels in this region are on the beach, or at least near ocean level, Strawberry Hill is up in the Blue Mountains overlooking Kingston, coupling a lush, elevated, inland feel with incredible views of the island. The main amenity is perhaps the glassy infinity pool, but this is another resort that’s primarily about remote relaxation. It’s ideally equipped for weddings, with enough rooms for a decent-sized crowd and various facilities (including a lawn, on a nice day) for a wedding and reception.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
It just wouldn’t be right to make this list without mention of Jade Mountain, which has perhaps the best argument of all for being the best resort in the Caribbean. Located in the hills overlooking the lengthy beach of its sister property, Jade Mountain is known for luxury, service, unparalleled views, and rooms with direct access to outdoor jacuzzis and an infinity pool. There’s a variety of wedding packages involved, and while Jade Mountain certainly isn’t cheap, it may not be quite as exorbitant as you’d expect. Incidentally, there’s also more for your guests to do here than at many other options, with the resort facilitating easy access to hiking trails, watersports, scuba diving, and more. So, if anyone wants to make a vacation of it and stay for a few extra days, they won’t be disappointed.
Hard Rock, Dominican Republic
Hard Rock Punta Cana is almost unique in the Caribbean in that it’s a major casino resort that still draws a crowd. Much of the world has forsaken in-person casinos in favor of online gaming, particularly now that there are free gaming options at even the most professional sites. However, Hard Rock and Atlantis in the Bahamas still know how to make a live casino thrilling. And Hard Rock, more than its Bahamian counterpart, also happens to be a gorgeous, inviting, and relaxing resort rather than just a gaming hub. This place has actually become known for its wedding packages, including one that allows you to get married on a floating gazebo. And, both because of the in-house casino and the generally thriving surrounding area of Punta Cana, there’s more activity here than at any other option on the list for your guests.
Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda
Virgin Gorda may be the most striking destination on this list before we consider specific resorts, which is of course saying quite a lot. It defines Caribbean beauty with its white sand beaches and translucent waters, and it’s known for its “baths,” which are essentially little coves and natural pools in shallow water between boulders along the shoreline. It’s all like a little slice of Heaven, and Oil Nut Bay is a stunning 300-acre resort taking advantage of all of it. It’s actually advertised for permanent residence as much as vacations, but regardless the resort can make even a visiting crowd feel as if it’s come into ownership of a private paradise.