Up the ante this February and swap those chocolate-covered strawberries and red roses at home for a Valentine’s Day tryst in the Caribbean. Whether you’re going for laid-back casual or top-shelf swanky, check out our top suggestions and whisk your sweetie to a sunny getaway where romance is always on the radar.
Aruba Marriott Resort
For couples who like a brand-reliable stay where every balcony salutes the Caribbean Sea, you’re in business at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino on Palm Beach, northwest of Oranjestad, the island's capital city.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day in sunny style, a 4-night package called "You, Me and Aruba" includes a stay in the swanky Tradewinds Club, relaxing in a cabana by the H2Oasis adults-only pool, soaking up the sun on the private beach, and dinner for two at Atardi where seafood, sunsets and spectacular views of the water are on the menu.
Quintessence Hotel - Anguilla
The smallest upscale hotel on the petite island across the pond from St. Martin, Quintessence is a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel with just nine suites, including a penthouse. Perched above the talc white sand on Long Bay Beach, the grand hotel is all luxury with 24-hour butler service, a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, spa, tennis court, outdoor chessboard, pool and three bars.
Wooing couples for a Valentine’s Day getaway, "Romance in Anguilla" is a 7-night package that includes breakfast and a $500 dining credit. Nightly rates, per couple, start at $2000.
Sonesta Ocean Point Resort - St. Maarten
In Sint Maarten, it’s better together in a Swim Out Junior Suite at the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort. A fast five minutes from the Princess Juliana International Airport, the adults-only all-inclusive scores a Valentine’s Day home run with 24-hour room service, spa, four bars and three restaurants. For couples looking to get lucky, spin it to win it in the Casino Royale, across the street.
Palm Island Resort - The Grenadines
In the Grenadines, south of St. Lucia and west of Barbados, Palm Island is as exclusive as it gets with access only by private boat. Where more coconuts grow each year (local lore estimates 2,000) than there are people, it’s castaway chic on Valentine’s Day at the Palm Island Resort. Partner-perfect options like picnics on the beach and dinners in a seaside gazebo await.
S Hotel Jamaica
South Beach meets an island vibe at the S Hotel Jamaica, designed with a striking sky deck. A world away from the bigger resorts on the more touristy northwest coast, go for the sweet spot with a sugar cane body scrub at the Irie Baths and Spa. A stay in a Sky Club Ocean View Spa Suite comes with 24-hour room service, soaking tub and a balcony.
Seven Stars Resort & Spa - Turks & Caicos
Anchoring the simply spectacular Grace Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Seven Stars Resort & Spa ticks all the boxes for a romance-fueled holiday. Whether you choose to loll around an airy oceanfront suite, take a dip in the island’s only heated saltwater pool or sip a watermelon margarita on your private terrace, happy hour is an all-day affair.
Cocobay Resort - Antigua
Fun, flirty and floating, breakfast served in the Romance Pool or the Black Rock Pool at Cocobay Resort in Antigua is a guilty pleasure add-on at the all-inclusive resort. Delivering the best in barefoot luxury, the adults-only resort sweetens the pot with a colorful collection of pastel-hued hillside cottages that lead to a pair of snow-white beaches.
Couples Swept Away - Jamaica
One of four Couples all-inclusive adults-only resorts in Jamaica, romance rocks at Couples Swept Away in Negril, chockablock with pair-pleasers like six restaurants, eight bars, three pools and one spa. Seal the deal on Valentine's Day with the "Forever Yours" add-on package that comes with a candlelit dinner, spa treatments and credits in the gift shop.
The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort - Bahamas
In The Bahamas, it’s pure bliss on Paradise Island for the couple who'd prefer to avoid celebrating Valentine's Day in a noisy bar or on a crowded beach. On a 5-mile sandy stretch with plenty of sun loungers, romance at The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort is in full bloom with strolls through the fragrant Versailles-inspired gardens and mellow massages in the spa. And for couples craving alone time, you’ll have plenty of that in a Two-Bedroom Plunge Pool Villa.
This article originally appeared on 10Best.com: 9 of the best hotels for Valentine's Day in the Caribbean