Sweet deals for honeymooners at Caribbean resorts


Room at Renaissance CuracaoCaribbean resorts, from Aruba and Curacao in the south to Nassau off the Florida coast, are sweetening honeymooners' stays with new post-nuptial packages.

The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino and the brand-new, 223-room, 14-suite Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino have unveiled a "Double Your Paradise" wedding package, which features a five-night honeymoon at either of the resorts when clients book their wedding at the other. What's more, the deal can be used in conjunction with any other existing promotion or package in effect at the time of booking.

Guests must book 75 consecutive revenue-generating nights and travel for the ceremony by Dec. 31. The free honeymoon may be taken at anytime up to one year after the wedding, barring blackout dates.

To book the Double Your Paradise deal, send an email to [email protected]. For information on the Renaissance Aruba and Curacao resorts, visit www.renaissancearuba.com and www.renaissancecuracao.com.  

A bit farther north on Barbuda, small, secluded Lighthouse Bay Resort has unveiled a Honeymoon in Paradise package. The deal at the nine-unit property includes a horseback ride for two and a candlelit dinner on a pink-sand beach; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; champagne on arrival; and an evening of romantic room decorations, including bougainvillea petals, a warm bath and candles.

Accommodations at Lighthouse Bay -- four junior suites, four master suites and one grand suite -- boast flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, iPod-compatible DVD players, in-room laptop computers with free WiFi, espresso machines, air-conditioning and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities.

Honeymoon in Paradise starts at $9,793 for a seven-night stay from Dec. 19 through Jan. 10, 2010; from Jan. 11 through March 28, rates start at $8,393. Roundtrip helicopter transfers from Antigua are included in the rates.

For more information or to make a reservation, call (888)-214-8552, send an e-mail to [email protected] or visit www.lighthousebaybarbuda.com.  

At the Marley Resort & Spa in Nassau, newlyweds can celebrate their "One Love" with the Royal Rita Honeymoon package. The 16-suite hideaway was opened by Rita Marley, widow of Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley, on the site of their family vacation compound in 2004.

The Royal Rita Honeymoon includes accommodations in the Royal Rita, one of the resort's 16 themed suites. The suite features mahogany furniture, wide plank floors, African prints and authentic Caribbean accessories as well as a Royal Rita chaise, a custom king-size bed, a bathroom with a whirlpool tub and a balcony with an ocean view.

With a minimum stay of four nights, the package includes roundtrip airport transfers, a complimentary-filled mini-bar, a bottle of champagne (or non-alcoholic equivalent) and complimentary Marley continental breakfast at the Simmer Down restaurant.

The starting rate is $990, double, per night, before 22% tax and service charge. The Royal Rita Honeymoon package is valid for travel through Nov. 15. For more information, call (866) 737-1766 or visit www.marleyresort.com.


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