Written by Paula Jones Last updated: October 29, 2008
Dreamy days of endless sunshine, or hot exotic nights. The Caribbean has long been associated with romance, the draw of palm shaded beaches, dreamlike surroundings and sultry nights proving irresistible to those seeking to exchange their vows or escape on honeymoon. Antigua is perhaps one of the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean, if not the world.
When Admiral Horatio Nelson established Great Britain’s most important Caribbean base there in 1784, it was because he was drawn to the island’s warm steady winds, safe harbours and protective coral reef. More than 200 years later, millions of travelers from around the world trek to this magnificent island paradise for the very same reason.
Whether it be an exotic beach wedding or a special honeymoon getaway, the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda are perfect romantic settings to say ‘I do’ and to celebrate those life‐long vows. You can easily fly direct from Manchester or London and as you settle into your sumptuous accommodation, let the experts take care of the rest. The result? The perfect wedding or honeymoon. You can even take a short trip to Montserratt, St Kitts for the day.
This twin island nation is particularly appealing as no period of residence is required before a marriage takes place. The wedding ceremony is usually performed by the Registrar or Deputy Registrar in the Registrar’s Office, or by a Civil Marriage Officer at a pre‐selected location. Weddings must take place between 6am and 8pm.
On an island known for its beaches, one for every day of the year, you may find it difficult to choose the perfect spot for your nuptials! If you’re spoilt for choice, Dickenson Bay is well known as one of the worlds best beaches, offering miles of sugar dusted sands, set on the clearest aquamarine waters imaginable.
Locations do not come better than this – the stunning island of Antigua is small enough to offer you expansive views of the Caribbean sea from many high points, such as Shirley Heights. The ruins of Shirley Heights are a particularly romantic venue, and couples can customise their special day to perfection.
Your resort can also offer you a selection of really romantic locations ‐ choose a flower‐bedecked gazebo, lush gardens surrounded by tropical native fauna or have your ceremony at any one of 365 spectacular white sand beaches.
Adding to the already huge appeal of Antigua, the island also boasts the Worlds Most Romantic Resort as voted by the World Travel Awards. Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa has held this title for 14 years running, and often brings back newlyweds a year later to celebrate their first anniversary at the place where forever began.
General Manager Jean Marc Rosseau says that guests find that almost every corner of the grounds offer privacy. "The lush gardens lend themselves to romance, and rondoval suites add even more seclusion",
With the charm of a quaint Caribbean village you can enjoy the luxuries of an internationally renowned luxury resort.
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