Romantic Caribbean :: Luxury {1/2}

[trip style = luxury + beach + sun]

Recently a friend asked about Trip Styler's top picks for luxury and romance in the Caribbean. Knowing sun-n-sand-aholics are in the process of either dreaming about or planning their fall and winter getaways, here's a look at some dashing destinations, each with its own special distinction and awards.

Tomorrow I'll post some trip style = budget conscious romantic Caribbean picks, so there's something for everyone's wallet!

1} St. Lucia Jade Mountain: This luxury, architectural wonder sits atop a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea and foliage-covered hills. Frequently mentioned in Conde Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure as one of the most romantic resorts in the Caribbean, there are no rooms at this resort, instead they have sanctuaries. Enough said. Cost: from $1,050/night

2} Jamaica Golden Eye Resort: Golden Eye is aptly named; it's where the writer of the James Bond series penned much of the fictitious hero’s adventures. It was purchased by a music producer {the British founder of Island Records} and re-opened last year with A LOT of buzz. With 11 beach or lagoon cottages, its fanfare continues. Cost: from $495/night {Trip Styler Tip: Golden Eye is currently on offer via Jetsetter, one of our recommended travel flash sale websites, for $295/night. It's a members-only site, so join here and act quickly!}

3} Bahamas Kamalame Cay: Celebs and honeymooners have chosen this tucked-away, barefoot-chic resort since 1998. Meet for meals in the Great House at night and laze on your private veranda by day. Just a short jaunt from Nassau's resort-lined shores, three miles of your own private and deserted beach await. Cost: from $395/night

4} Antigua Hermitage Bay: The discerning vacationer will appreciate this award-winning and highly acclaimed property. This all-inclusive resort redefines the North American impression of a luxury all-inclusive---no logoed pools, white columns, Teppanyaki restaurants or large-scale buffets found here. Cost: from $703/night

5} Turks and Caicos Amanyara: Sleek and secluded, this resort evokes a sense of harmony with nature where the understated contemporary design blends into the edge of the Caribbean. Voted one of the 100 best hotels in the world by the UK's Sunday Times Travel Magazine. Cost: from $1,200/night

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[photos via mentioned resorts]