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Caribbean Romance Report by Travel Journalist: Melanie Reffes


Melanie Reffes is a seasoned travel journalist and television producer. She is often circling the globe in search of a good story or racing through airports trying to make a flight. Based on the sunny island of Montreal, she is a much-published writer in the USA, Canada and Caribbean and the most humble recipient of writer awards including from the Caribbean Tourism Organization  (CTO), Jamaica Tourist Board and Anguilla Tourist Board. Connect with Melanie on Twitter (@Reffes1)

Make A Date In The Dominican Republic

Two hours south of Miami and less than four hours from New York, love is in the air in the Dominican Republic. With plenty of flights from the USA, year round sunshine, endless strands of beach perfection, Punta Cana on the easternmost tip abutting the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean is romance-central and one of the most popular choices in the Caribbean for a wedding and honeymoon. [more]


Good Mood Island Food: What You Should Try In Antigua

Bite by bite, the sunny island where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea is a foodie hot spot with a diverse roster of restaurants and local specialties guaranteed to please every palate. Spice up your stay and try West Indian recipes, piquant Creole dishes, habanero-tinged hot sauces and a picnic basket of sweet Antigua black pineapples and juicy mangos sold by the side of the road. At the culinary intersection of land and sea, check out our menu and get ready for a sweet, spicy and salty melange of island fare. [more]


Pop The Question

You can do it the old fashioned way and get down on one knee with a red rose and a bottle of champagne, the new age-y way using the hashtag #MarryMe or you could ditch the predictable and go for something truly unique. Take your pick from our Caribbean cornucopia of inspired ideas for popping the question that go way beyond bling in a box and breakfast in bed. [more]


Caribbean Resort Photo Tour: Atlantis Paradise Island

A hot spot during the 1960s, Paradise Island Hotel and Casino was owned by game show guru Merv Griffin. In 1994, it was bought by a South African hotelier and transformed into Atlantis Paradise Island, after an unprecedented $800 million investment. Modeled after the mythical lost city of Atlantis, the gargantuan playground across the bridge from downtown Nassau opened in 1998 and today is the largest resort in the Caribbean. [more]


Photo Tour: Caribbean Luxury at the Four Seasons Anguilla

For a small island measuring just 16 miles long and 3 miles wide, Anguilla packs a big punch with couples tying the knot or celebrating an anniversary. Across the sea from St. Martin, the eel-shaped isle coveted for the lack of cruise ships, casinos and throngs of tourists is home to a seaside slew of high-brow resorts that attract a moneyed crowd who pay handsomely to unwind and indulge. Formerly Viceroy Anguilla, Four Seasons Resort Anguilla upped the ante following a $10 million rebrand and upgrade investment.  [more]


Light Your Fire: Our Guide To Caribbean Aphrodisiacs

Yes, it’s true that a butler-drawn rose petal-scented bath and a rum aperitif at sunset may get some couples in the mood, but the real deal are the natural mood-enhancers that grow on trees or wash up on the beach that really get the juices flowing. From nibbling oysters, conch and chocolate to sipping herb-infused cocktails, our list of Caribbean aphrodisiacs will launch your mojo into high gear. [more]


Bean To Bar: A Chocolate Lover's Guide To The Caribbean

Chocolate is one of those things that will never let you down. The ultimate comfort food, chocolate is a romance-inducer, mood-enhancer and edible fixer of everything else. Although every bite is paradise found, dark chocolate gets all the good publicity because it typically has less fat and less sugar than milk chocolate. The champagne of cocoa, the Caribbean bean is world-renowned for its fine flavor, which comes courtesy of the hot sun and green hills that make planting and harvesting a year-round affair. [more]


Caribbean Luxury: CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa sits on 275 beachfront acres on Anguilla’s Rendezvous Bay, the longest beach on the small eel-shaped island across the sea from St. Martin. A cluster of buildings inspired by the bright whites and deep blues of the Greek island of Santorini, the cubist centerpiece with 91 suites and penthouses and seven beachfront and garden-view villas is a member of Leading Hotels of the World. [more]


No Kids Allowed: Adults-Only Resorts in the Caribbean

Staying up late, sleeping in and savoring a drink in-hand by noon is the pot of gold at the end of the vacation rainbow. Whether it’s a romantic getaway or a wild weekend, a stay in an adults-only resort can be the best kind of grown-up fun. Indulge in a guilt-free vacay away from the fray at home; you can bring the kids next time. [more]


The Caribbean's Most Romantic Seaside Restaurants

The most romantic night of the year is fast approaching, and what could be more perfect than an intimate dinner for two at sunset with your toes in the sand. We're certain that if you book one of our favorite sexy tables for two, you'll impress that certain someone with a mood-setting meal she (or he) will never forget. Reserve a table on the sand and spoil your sweetie with a dreamy date under the stars. [more]

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