By Dalia Colon for the Orbitz Travel Blog
Vacation is meant to be an escape -- from the kids, from errands, from that irritating guy at work who's really into gratuitous lunchtime meetings. So if you're thinking of booking a Valentine's Day getaway this year, a carefree, all-inclusive resort makes a ton of sense. Whether you stick to the basic package or opt for more extravagant add-ons, leave your worries behind so you can focus on what really matters: each other. Here are a few of the Caribbean's most romantic all-inclusive resorts, all sure to woo your Valentine.
1. Palm Island Resort - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
If privacy is what you're after, then consider this adults-only property, located on a private island accessible via a short plane ride from Barbados. The resort's 12-and-over age limit, as well as its no-jeans-in-the-evening policy, set a classy tone. For a truly intimate rendezvous, splurge on a private villa featuring your own infinity-edge pool, marble bathrooms, tiled dining terrace and kitchen stocked with breakfast cereal, snacks, champagne and other essentials. If you feel like leaving your suite, enjoy an hourlong sailing trip, borrow bicycles to tour the island or participate in the weekly cooking demonstration so you can remember your getaway as you savor its flavors back home.
Bottom line: From around $770 per couple, per night.
2. Sanctuary Cap Cana - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
With its Spanish colonial-style architecture, this resort feels like the setting of a romance novel. Dine in one of the property's casually elegant restaurants, then head to the aptly named Love Piano Bar for a sweet serenade. Afterward, slip into the silk robe and slippers that come in each suite—some beachfront, others with direct access to the saltwater pool.
Bottom Line: From around $380 per couple, per night.
3. Valentin Imperial Maya - Playa del Carmen, Mexico
When opposites attract, this massive 540-suite property has you covered. The adults-only resort offers a wide range of dining options to keep both companions happy, including eight restaurants, 11 bars and a cigar room. For added luxury, reserve a Golden Swim-Up Junior Suite, which features a Jacuzzi for two, double vanity in the marble bathroom and direct access to the giant pool. In addition to a couples' massage, the spa offers body wraps, pedicures, facials and body scrubs for two.
Bottom line: From around $539 per couple, per night.
4. Couples Sans Souci - Ocho Rios, Jamaica
There's a reason why Stella got her groove back in Jamaica. This resort is set against the backdrop of the island nation's lush, green mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Stroll hand-in-hand along the tucked-away stone paths, doze off in a seaside hammock, or find your zen in the natural mineral spring. If you feel like exploring the area, go for a glass-bottomed boat ride, take an excursion to Dunn's River Falls or learn to scuba dive—just a few of the activities that are included in the price.
Bottom line: From around $468 per couple, per night.
5. Secrets Aura Cozumel - Cozumel, Mexico
The couple that plays together, stays together. This adults-only resort offers myriad ways for sweethearts to get physical, from snorkeling and beach volleyball to moonlight tennis. Afterward, rejuvenate with a side-by-side beachfront couples' massage, followed by dinner and unlimited drinks at one of the property's waterfront restaurants.
Bottom line: From around $777 per couple, per night.
6. Sandals Halcyon Beach - Castries, St. Lucia
At this big-name resort, the options are seemingly limitless: Take a dance lesson together, learn to scuba dive, relax in the lagoon pool, go sailing, or challenge each other to a round on the nine-hole golf course. Guests also have access to the restaurants, beaches, pools and other amenities of two nearby Sandals properties, with free roundtrip transportation. To up the romance factor, arrange for an intimate dinner for two on the beach, in the garden or on your private terrace for an additional fee.
Bottom line: From around $216 per person, per night. Some bookings qualify for up to $250 in spa or tour credits.
7. Le Blanc Luxury Spa Resort - Cancun, Mexico
When guests set foot on the property of this adults-only resort, they're welcomed with cold towels and chilled coconut milk in champagne flutes—setting the tone for a chill-out getaway. Relax at the property's two infinity pools, play a round of golf together or enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the property's five restaurants. Thoughtful touches like a private double whirlpool in each suite, couples' rooms in the spa, nightly turndown service with petit fours and your choice of aromatherapy set the mood for romance. Moreover, the resort's staff-to-guest ratio of nearly one-to-one, along with its no-tipping policy, keep stress levels low.
Bottom line: From around $757 per couple per night. Includes accommodations, food and some activities. Additional costs for spa services, except hydrotherapy.
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