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Site:St. Lucia, Caribbean
Bring the heat: If curious couples once fantasized about Jamaicaa sensual green-and-blue paradise that's still close to homethese days St. Lucia has assumed that role. The verdant island has an increasing number of top-tier properties, a host of possible land and water adventures to spice things up, and plenty of sand to roll around in as the surf breaks over your bodies.
Select sand: The island has archetypal Caribbean beaches such as Reduitwhich, while oh so pretty, are sardined with sun-reddened tourists. If lying around doesn't suit, Cas-en-Bas on the Atlantic coast is more geared towards the adrenaline set, with pursuits such as kiteboarding or racing in the surf on horseback, like the handsome fellow pictured. You can rent horses from the International Riding Stables in nearby Gros Islet (though we'd suggest springing for the saddle rental, too, unlike this guy).
Hookup potential: If all that sunshine, good food, and beautiful scenery doesn't help your game well, there's always the priesthood.
Privacy rating: 6.5. The island keeps getting more popular, so ditch the crowds and slip away to a hidden spotunderneath the waterfall at the Botanical Garden's mineral baths, for instance.
Pillow talk: The newest resort property is Landings St. Lucia, in the north (only 15 minutes or so from Cas-en-Bas). The one- to three-bedroom villas are sparkling new, there's an 800-foot private beach dotted with pools and hot tubs, and the huge RockResorts spa will get the kinks out.
Landings St. Lucia
Tel: 877 657 7625 (toll-free)
Doubles from $225
International Riding Stables
Tel: 758 452 8139