Honeymoons aren’t traditionally a time for early alarms, but set one at Carlisle Bay and it’ll be worth it. Why? This family-friendly hotel sandwiched between lush rainforest and pristine white sands has jaw-dropping sunrises, where the sky blooms from deep blue into gold. While all the suites are within steps of the shore, the best are the adults-only Bay rooms, which are located on the quieter, more private end of the beach. Unfussy yet elegant, they have splashes of marine hues and breezy balconies, ideal for room service if jet lag hits.
After that, there are four restaurants (our favourite is The Jetty Grill, for its mouth-watering meats, rum punch and live steel drumming). For post-wedding pep-ups, the Blue Spa offers Voya treatments, which harness the power of seaweed. The Rescue Me Ritual – a combo of stretching, exfoliation and massage – had us skipping to our sunlounger.
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For something unique, step aboard the private yacht, which transforms into a spa complete with at-sea massages. Another thing Carlisle Bay aces is home comforts: think scones with cream and jam as part of a daily complimentary afternoon tea, and a 45-seat cinema where you can snuggle up in front of a film. THE LUXE TOUCH Antigua has 365 beaches, and while Carlisle Bay is one of the best, chat to general manager Camilla for the inside track on secret spots, including Pinching Bay, reachable only by boat or 4×4.
GO Turquoise (turquoiseholidays.co.uk) offers seven nights in a Garden Suite from £2,150 per person, B&B, including flights and private transfers.