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Love Blooms in the Caribbean:
Barbados Destination Weddings

by Melanie Reffes

Say “I Do” amongst thousands of orchids, on a yacht in the blue Sea or under a bougainvillea archway at a Plantation Great House is all part of the charm of romantic Barbados. Whether on the calm Platinum coast or the wild Windward shore, a panorama of steep cliffs, rollicking waves and lush forests are just a camera click away. Paradise Beach lives up to its name with only an occasional boat gliding by to change the mood and around the corner, Freshwater bay frames a sleepy fishing village ripe for meandering.

Fairy tales come true aboard a Tiami Turtles Sunset Cocktail Cruise as it skims the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. A fleet of luxurious catamarans welcome lovebirds who like to kick back in the shade or swim with the friendly sea turtles. “From the moment you step onboard,” says Denis Roach CEO, “This is an experience to treasure with our ever- attentive crew pampering as you as you soak up the day’s last golden rays of sunshine. It’s pure magic.”

Back on land, a nirvana for foodies awaits. With majestic cabbage palms and the sea below and perched on one of the only hills on the Island, dining is as delicious as the view. “Our moonlight dinners fill the air with romance and our live jazz performances are yours to savour,” smiles Tom Hinds, owner. Nestled by the Sea, Fish Pot offers a sumptuous seafood platter for two and a Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay that is the stuff of memories. For couples who want to keep the mood alive, the cozy cottages at the on-site Little Good Harbour hotel are a romantic refuge.

Wedding and Renewal of Vows packages at the all-inclusive Mango Bay in the heart of historic Holetown wow with romantic touches like a glass-bottom boat tour and breakfast in bed for the newlyweds. “With our hassle-free planning, couples can remember why they fell in love in the first place,” says Peter Odle, owner.

And for couples who enjoy mixing local culture with a honeymoon stay, a tour of the Mount Gay Rum factory is an enticing excursion. Take a bottle of the potent mango rum back to your hotel room and the rest, as they say, is romantic history.

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