Winter Weddings and Honeymoons under the Caribbean Sun

Despite the shorter days and bone-chilling weather, options for winter weddings and honeymoons don’t need to be limited.  With numerous packages and specials available at some of the most idyllic and romantic resorts in the Caribbean, AMPR has scoped out the best to help check off a few more items on that wedding planning list. Whether that special day is shared with friends and family, or just between the two, couples will be at ease knowing that the perfect spot to start their new lives together is a short distance away. 

BUCCAMENT BAY RESORT – St. Vincent & the Grenadines
St. Vincent’s first luxury resort, opening in January 2011, will redefine romance with its three exclusive, year-round wedding packages (Turquoise Wedding Package, $4,075; Emerald, $5,115; Diamond, $6,000). The bride and groom can choose among endless accommodations including mimosas and breakfast the first morning as a married couple, a selection of ice cream and sorbets or a custom wedding cake for the reception, a private sunset cruise and a couples’ massage and facial. Couples who book five nights will get their fifth night free

MARLEY RESORT & SPA – Nassau, The Bahamas
Though less than an hour flight away from Miami, Marley Resort & Spa is a whole new journey for musical love birds.  This former vacation home of the Marley family offers an elegant One Love honeymoon suite with rainfall showerheads, a wet bar and ocean view balcony.  Fall in love with exclusive savings available to October brides and grooms - Book before July 31st and receive ten percent off any room and spa treatment at the resort’s holistic Natural Mystic Spa throughout the month of October.  Ask for the 10/10/10 Package. One Love honeymoon suite start at $995 per night for the winter season.

PINK SANDS RESORT– Harbour Island, The Bahamas
Privacy is key on this 18-acre tropical haven in Harbour Island’s legendary pink sand beach. Honeymooners staying for five nights will be spoiled with a bottle of champagne and welcome basket upon arrival, breakfast in bed, a candlelight dinner at the Garden Terrace Restaurant and complimentary bathrobes. Starting at $1,700 per person. Blackout dates may apply.

SONESTA ST. MAARTEN RESORTS – St. Maarten
Couples marrying at Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts get the best gift of all – a free Caribbean wedding!  The “Free Wedding Packages,” valid now through the end of 2010 at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino and Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino, include the ceremony on the white-sand oceanfront, a reception, a wedding cake, corsage and boutonniere, marriage license, room upgrade for the bride and groom and 10% off services at Sonesta Maho’s Good Life Spa. To qualify, reserve ten rooms or more at $205 each per night for a minimum of seven nights

SUGAR RIDGE – Antigua
Instead of stressing over wedding preparations, Sugar Ridge’s Wedding Package allows the bride and groom to relax at its Aveda Spa, all while the onsite coordinator ensures every detail meets their wishes.  This package also includes flowers, a wedding cake for six and a bottle of champagne. The panoramic views of the Caribbean from Carmichael’s restaurant provide the perfect setting for the ceremony and reception. The Wedding Package is $2,400 (plus taxes and service fee) total for a minimum of six nights and includes a complimentary upgrade to a Premium Deluxe Suite. Valid now until December 22, 2010. 

SUNSET RESORTS – Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, Jamaica

Honeymoons won’t break the bank at these all-inclusive resorts. For the exclusive Romance at Sunset Free Honeymoon Package, newlyweds reserving five nights or more at any of the three resorts will be treated to 15% off spa treatments and products, a bottle of wine, a welcome gift and room upgrade. Couples reserving for the Junior Suite will also receive $100 off select spa treatments, a complimentary resort photo, private dinner and flower petal turndown service. Valid now through December 22, 2010 at Sunset Resorts properties; Sunset Beach Resort, Spa & Waterpark in Montego Bay and Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, Spa & Conference Center in Ocho Rios and Sunset at the Palms Resort in Negril.

The Sunset Resorts’ “We Do!” Complimentary Wedding Package is offered for the couple plus two guests for a minimum of seven nights in an ocean front room, which includes license fees, a personal wedding planner, a bottle of wine, a wedding cake, a bouquet and boutonniere and a complimentary gift basket. Couples are welcome to customize their celebration with a sunset cruise, a live Jamaican steel pan or reggae band and more. Valid now through December 22, 2010 at Sunset Beach Resort, Spa & Waterpark in Montego Bay starting at $137.50 per person, per night ($275 per room, per night) based on double occupancy and Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, Spa & Conference Center in Ocho Rios starting at  $135 per person, per night ($270 per room, per night) based on double occupancy.