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Tropical Caribbean Getaways

Words by John Roark

The Caribbean offers a palette of tropical options for all tastes. The islands are in relatively close proximity, so why choose just one? As two of the most charming destinations, Grand Cayman and Jamaica offer a perfect pairing.

GRAND CAYMAN

The Cayman Islands have long been a top destination for romance. Grand Cayman, the largest of the three islands, is the jewel in the crown. Turquoise lagoons, sugary sands and barefoot elegance infuse the island. No matter what your dream wedding includes, you’ll find the perfect backdrop here. The scuba and snorkeling is among the best in the Caribbean and there is a wealth of other options for adventure. Of course, no one will blame you if you simply spend your stay soaking up the sun and relaxing.

STAY
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/GrandCayman

This oceanfront stunner embraces Seven Mile Beach and beckons those seeking a grander level of relaxation and luxury. Picture-perfect locations abound. The amenities are what you expect from Ritz-Carlton, including five world-class restaurants, two outdoor pools, the Greg Norman-designed Blue Tip golf course, tennis and several water sports.

INDULGE
A seductive sanctuary of well-being awaits at Silver Rain, the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman’s La Prairie spa. Surrender mind and body to an array of therapies from many cultures. Don’t miss: The Silver Rain signature body treatment. Bliss begins as warmed jasmine and sandalwood
oils rain over you, followed by a gentle coriander exfoliation. Silver Rain flows from above to gently rinse and a cellular-energizing mask follows. A warming wrap cocoons you in comfort, and La Prairie’s formulations replenish your body for an unforgettable finale.

PLAY
Stingray City

www.stingraycitytrips.com

Swim with live stingrays at one of Grand Cayman’s most popular attractions. Suitable for all ages (and even non-swimmers), you’ll boat to a sandbar, wade into shallow, crystal-clear water and soon be joined by dozens of tame stingrays. The location is also a fantastic spot for snorkeling.

JAMAICA

Natural beauty and laid-back charm have made Jamaica one of the world’s preferred romance destinations. It’s hard to resist the warm welcome of an island that offers adventure, history, culture and the warmest, friendliest people you will ever meet.

STAY
The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/RoseHallJamaica

This idyllic oasis includes a secluded beach and romantic elegance virtually everywhere you look. You’ll find jaw-dropping views, five distinctive restaurants celebrating Caribbean flavor, a luxury spa, tennis center and White Witch Golf Course - considered one of the finest courses in Jamaica.

Bring a vision of your perfect occasion and watch it exceed your expectations with every detail. Whether you exchange vows in a gazebo overlooking the Caribbean Sea, or host a larger event at the majestic Rose Hall Great House, if you can dream it,-it can be done.

INDULGE
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Rose
Hall features a unique selection of therapies, a full-service salon, fully-equipped fitness center, relaxing saunas and more. Don’t miss: the Matrimony Fruit Bath -- a unique experience featuring star apples, mangoes, orange blossom, milk, honey and yam. This decadent bath potion is ideal for honeymooners or romance travelers in the couple's spa treatment suite. Delicious ingredients seal in the moisture and leave the skin silky and radiant.

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Rafting on the Martha Brae River
www.jamaicans.com/tourist/articles_travel/riverraftingjamaica.shtml

Float down the cool, tranquil waters of Jamaica’s legendary river on a 30-foot man-made bamboo raft. As you pass through lush tropical vegetation, your guide will point out wildlife and share some Jamaican folklore (be sure and ask him about the legend of Martha Brae). Don’t miss: A Coconut ‘Jelly’ -- refreshing coconut water from an actual coconut cut open by machete right before your very eyes.

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