The centerpiece of the Port of Spain International Waterfront Center, Hyatt Regency Trinidad is the premier address in island’s bustling capital city. The only waterfront hotel in Port of Spain, its Caribbean chic vibe is a perfect match for couples looking for a city venue for a tropical wedding. Upscale from top to bottom, the twenty-two story hotel overlooks the Gulf of Paria and with a 16,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom and a staff delighted to plan a wedding, romance is always in full bloom. “Although our local wedding market is strong,” said Russell George, general manager, “our goal is to attract couples from North America who are looking for a hotel that marries Caribbean charm with modern amenities.”
Without the standard Caribbean amenities like a resort beach strip, a wedding in Port of Spain is perfectly paired with a honeymoon across the pond in Tobago. “Our sister island is peaceful, beautiful and surrounded by gorgeous beaches,” adds Russell George, general manager, “the ideal combination is a wedding here and a honeymoon in Tobago.”
With ten palatial suites, 428 spacious rooms including thirty two with balconies, the hotel exudes warmth in one of the biggest cities in the Caribbean. En suite treats include the bedside IPod docking station and TV screens that are visible through the frosted glass windows of the rain-head shower. There is no mistaking the stellar service upon first arriving in the multi-tiered lobby that faces the Gulf. A picturesque parade of ships including the Tobago-bound ferry sail gracefully past the big windows while servers recommend a delectable selection of tapas and a glass of Canvas, the Hyatt’s private label wine or a fruity cocktail shaken (or stirred) with Caribbean flair and European finesse.
Tucked away in the corner, Cinnamon Cafe is open 24/7 for those with a late night yen for an espresso or twosomes making an early morning getaway. For a large wedding rehearsal dinner or an intimate dinner for two, Waterfront restaurant not only serves Trini specialities like Caribbean corn soup or spicy baked fresh fish but also American favorites prepared in the exhibition kitchen. “We are not only the largest hotel in Trinidad are also the most upscale, serve the best sushi on the island and make it our business to pamper each and every one of our guest,” said Russell George, general manager.”
Refresh & Rejuvenate
A sublime chill-out is waiting at the Spa Esencia where treatments with eucalyptus, jasmine, lemongrass and coconut morph a massage into a magical experience. The chi-chi line of organic products called Svarasa and Ruupa are locally-made without chemical additives. Developed by pharmacist Vishal Dhanraj, Svarasa, “essence of you” in Sanskrit, is a line of products from soap to lotion crafted from black willow bark and orange oil. A favorite of honeymooners and worth taking home, Rose Petal Soap is sublime as are the bath salts and oils blended with citrus and floral scents www.spaesencia.com.
From Soup to Nuts
A staff of enthusiastic romance planners will orchestrate a wedding extraordinaire and a honeymoon to remember with creative add-ons like ice sculptures, gratis parking for guests which is a big plus in Port of Spain, discounted room rates for out-of-town guests, open bar and bartender, wedding cake baked with affection by the hotels pastry chef and Hyatt Gold Passport points for food and beverage purchased for the big day.
Dreamy venues range from the expansive Jade Room and intimate Topaz Room to a pair of fabulous ballrooms including the gigantic Regency Ballroom and the elegant Port of Spain Ballroom.
Out and About
Front desk staff is knowledgeable about Port of Spain and can arrange tours to attractions or to next door Tobago. In Port of Spain, Zen, the largest nightclub in the Caribbean, is a fifteen-minute cab ride from the hotel and a recommended experience even for those who might shy away from large clubs.For couples looking for a day away from the fray, Caroni Swamp may be just the choice. Every day, the scarlet ibis flies to nearby Venezuela to feed and then heads back to Trinidad in the late afternoon. Watching thousands of these magnificent birds return to roost in the green mangroves of Caroni Swamp with their red plumage blazing against the blue sky is a sight to behold.
Listening to the steel pan is a rite of passage in Trinidad and with pan “yards” all over the island, spectators are welcome to watch the bands perform an impromptu concert while they sharpen their skills for Carnival competitions held in the winter, the biggest event in the country.