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When you imagine a tropical getaway do your thoughts dreamily turn to lazy days in the sun... sipping on coconut cocktails... and swinging in a beachfront hammock?
OR does the idea of a fortnight of nothing but sunbathing fill you with dread?
If the latter, fear not!
Because it’s easy to combine the indulgence of a tropical beach holiday with a spot of activity.
Here are five world-class resorts where you can have fun in the sun, and stay fit and busy at the same time (and naturally they are all super-romantic too)!
The west coast of Barbados offers lots of water-based pursuits: from snorkelling in coral reefs, to kayaking across a glittering bay, among many more. Staff at Crystal Cove will be happy to arrange a thrilling water skiing or tubing session, or a memorable catamaran ride for loved-up couples.
It’s a one minute stroll to the beach from the resort, which is a thing of beauty in its own right. Crystal is home to log cabins which are nestled amid tropical gardens with lush vegetation.
This site’s amazing facilities include a spa and two fab restaurants - one of which is set directly on the beach. The scene of paradise is completed by very friendly and attentive workers. Guests can make the most of a private dinner on the beach with a personal butler service. On days off from more fast-paced activity, you could savour in a champagne breakfasts in bed followed by a poolside couples’ massages.
And if you’re planning a destination wedding to this enchanting Caribbean island, it’ll only take one look at the photos of Crystal Cove to know why this sandy sanctuary was named a Wedding Venue of the Year by Luxury Travel Guide UK.
It may be located on the tiny and secluded Fonimagoodhoo Island, but the Reethi Faru Resort still manages to cram a sport complex - plus five restaurants and bars - into this super-cute speck of land measuring just 600m x 350m. Located on a stunning lagoon, the ample Indian Ocean surrounds can play host to a range of exciting water sports including:
The resort’s accredited Dive Centre will transport you to an undersea world of submerged islands, dramatic overhangs, underwater walls and sea caves. There’s also a spacious swimming pool to supplement the on-site gym for when you return to base camp.
This very special property can arrange a variety of private and group excursions. You might fancy a catamaran ride for an authentic Maldivian fishing adventure. After another perfect day, you can bring your fresh catch back to barbecue your own dinner amid an extraordinary sunset view. You’ll be able to peer into the starry sky from your water villa, each of which is completed by soft lights and a wooden ceiling in what makes an ideal retreat for lovemaking.
If you've got your heart set on a romantic getaway in the Caribbean... but you're also looking for a holiday destination with plenty of adventure then Belize is our top recommendation. Famed for its jungles, coral reefs, Mayan culture and its extraordinary wildlife - Belize has so much to offer couples seeking a tropical getaway away filled with new exciting experiences.
Stay at Chabil Mar Resort in Placencia and you're guaranteed the perfect mix of romance and adventure including:
Romance thrives on adventure and you’ll soon find that your stay at Chabil Mar will satisfy and stimulate all the senses.
With free bicycle rental and a quality gym featuring a wide choice of cardio equipment and weights, you’ll have no problem in balancing out any holiday excess enjoyed at La Concha a Renaissance Resort. This 4-star resort boasts a casino and several fine dining restaurants. For both breakfast and dinner, guests can choose from a variety of onsite restaurants such as Perla or Komakai, which has fresh and tasty poolside tapas and seafood.
Guests can unwind from a morning’s beach run or a daytime workout on a lounge bed surrounding an infinity pool, or by supping on a cocktail from the poolside bar in the hot tub. Meanwhile the large guest suites come with private sea view balconies. You can also opt to dine in the privacy of your own room and, added to the fact that breakfast is included for couples, this truly would make for a dream honeymoon destination.
Set in the Corales del Rosario National Park, the remote, upscale island resort of Hotel Las Islas enjoys a Caribbean beach setting in a quiet haven that’s only accessible by helicopter or boat from north Colombia. Book into a magical tree-top bungalow and, amid the purest serenity, you’ll clock up a few of your 10,000-a-day steps by simply climbing into bed!
As a guest at Hotel Las Islas, you’ll be able to take part in numerous water sports, such as:
What’s more, you’ll have use of the hotel's private strip of soft, spotless beach and a spacious ocean-facing pool. There’s also a gym, spa, sauna and outdoor massage tent in what is a self-contained resort with a choice of three restaurants and a small coffee shop. Las Islas has a range of thatched rooms that spread out among mangroves and jungle foliage, all connected by boardwalks.
You’ll arrive at the resort via the quaint and vibrant colonial city of Cartagena on the coast of Colombia. Be sure to spend at least a day walking around the unique historic charms of the walled city, or perhaps take part in a sexy salsa at Barranquilla, which is famous for putting on an annual Carnival that rivals Rio.
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