With a trio of resorts in Barbados, weddings and honeymoons at an Almond is a guaranteed couple-pleaser. All-inclusive from top to bottom, the resorts offer a kaleidoscope of fun from water sports and West Indian cooking classes to energetic nights of calypso dancing under the stars. Unique wedding venues range from a historic Sugar Mill to a seaside gazebo and with wedding planners who excel at every detail; all eyes are on the couple as happy guests snap photos of the magic day.
On the west coast, the adults-only Almond Beach Club tantalizes with treats for twosomes like a roomy spa tub and shopping promenade. Set amidst fragrant gardens bursting with rainbow-hued flowers, a frolic in the warm waves or taking five in the spa is the perfect antidote to humdrum days home. Waterskiing, sailing and aqua cycling soothe the spirit and for landlubbers, there’s plenty action on the tennis and volleyball courts.
Also on the west coast, Almond Beach Village tempts with comfy hammocks stretched between two coconut palm trees that morph an afternoon nap into a high art. For adventurous couples, sailing and windsurfing are tops and after dark, a night on the town is divine. For the ultimate chill-out, salt scrubs and seaweed baths are waiting at the Spa.
Fronting Dover Beach on the south coast, Almond Casuarina is a big hit with gastronomes who rave about the trio of eateries while the green monkeys outside snack on bamboo and fruit trees and frogs whistle in harmony. Popular nighttime outings include a fruity cocktail at the many bars and restaurants in the nearby St. Lawrence Gap and dinner at Oistins Fish Fry where steamed snapper and a side of macaroni pie is an authentic bite of local life. For couples who covet a room with a view, Room 3210 is for sublime vistas and quiet nights.
Making it Legal
Getting married Almond-style is a breeze with the signature “For You, About You” wedding packages that include skilled planners, sunset ceremonies on the beach or in the perfumed gardens and uber-romantic suites for honeymooners. A sumptuous reception from a beach barbecue to an elegant affair in Enid’s Bajan restaurant is included in the all-inclusive program for wedding guests staying at any one of the resorts.
To sweeten the deal, weddings are gratis with a seven-night stay and include a bottle of bubbly, registrar fees, wedding cake, floral bouquet and a Best Man or Maid of Honour , in the event the couple forgot to bring one along. Upgrades to the complimentary package run the gamut from the ‘Platinum Wedding For You’ with a seaside candlelight dinner and spa day pour deux to an ‘Opulent Wedding For You’ with a pair of champagne flutes to toast the day, cascade bouquet of tropical flowers for the bride, couples massage to take the edge off jittery nerves, scrumptious breakfast in bed the morning after the wedding and a Couples Star from the International Star Registry as a treasured keepsake of a wedding in paradise.
American Airlines flies nonstop service from Dallas-Fort Worth to Grantley Adams International Airport in Bridgetown every Monday, Thursday and Saturday with returning flights every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Nonstop service is also available from New York, Miami and San Juan. www.aa.com.
JetBlue offers daily nonstop flights from New York’s JFK airport with easy connections from Boston. www.jetblue.com. US Airways flies nonstop each Saturday from Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) with convenient connections from other cities nationwide. www.usair.com .
A Slice of Heaven: Coconut Sugar Cake (Serves 6)
- 4 cups white coconut, coarsely grated
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ Tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 Tsp. almond essence
1. In a saucepan, boil sugar and water to form light syrup
2. When bubbles the size of small pearls appear, add grated coconut and cream of tartar
3. Boil until coconut mixture comes away from the sides of the pan
4. Remove from heat and beat with a spoon for five minutes
6. Drop each spoonful on an oiled cookie sheet or enamel tray until they harden
7. Store in an airtight container
Courtesy – Enid’s Favorite Recipes – Almond Resorts
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