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Heather Fo Feather HoneyMoon

Heather Fo Feather HoneyMoon

By cmondsinc
Destinations: 
Asia,
Australia + Pacific,
Bali,
Caribbean,
French Polynesia,
Indonesia,
Moorea,
Nevis,
Nusa Dua,
St. Barths,
St. Lucia

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Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Soufrière, St. Lucia
Tel: 800 223 1108 (toll-free), Tel: 758 459 4002
Email: jademountain@ansechastanet.com
Website: www.jademountainstlucia.com

Consider Jade Mountain a tropical Mount Olympus. The avant-garde tree house summit is seemingly suspended on top of a hill overlooking the magnificent Pitons. To better help you see the 2,600-foot crags of rock and the ocean below, all 29 suites are open to the elements, essentially "missing" a wall or two. The Sun suites are so open that they reveal a sweeping 270 degrees of mountain, ocean, and sky. You can view it all from the comfort of your four-poster canopy bed, but when you step out of the covers onto the polished purple-heart floor, chances are you'll make for your private infinity pool. Each is surfaced in iridescent glass tiles and illuminated with fiber-optic lighting. There are no phones or televisions (butlers are on call from your private cell phone provided by the resort), and the lighting is mellow and diffused except for the Milky Way's great bright band above—it's so romantic that being by yourself even for a short time induces melancholy. But romantics, be forewarned: In what could be considered an overzealous attempt at openness, there are no doors to any of the bathrooms, taking intimacy to an entirely new (and, for some, uncomfortable) level.—Update by Douglas Wright

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Villa Rentals on St. Barths

The only thing better than being a tourist on St. Barths is being a local. Since there are few hotels on the island, about 80 percent of visitors to St. Barths rent a private villa and play house—renting a car, stocking up for the fridge at local French grocery stores (the cheese is to die for), and lying out topless by the pool. WIMCO, an international luxury villa rental company based in the United States, partners with Brook and Roger Lacour's Sibarth Real Estate, the largest rental agency on St. Barths. There are some 250 properties to choose from, ranging from the Japanese-style one-bedroom Villa Iku overlooking Marigot Bay to Villa Wik in Gustavia, which has six bedrooms and an infinity pool. High-season rates start at $1,600 per week for one-bedroom villas; two- and three-bedroom villas start at $2,500 and range up to $29,000. While Sibarth handles all on-island arrangements, reservations are made through WIMCO; WIMCO also provides concierge services and can arrange staff (nanny, private chef, etc.) for your villa. Housekeeping every other day is included in the rate.—Cathay Che

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Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Nevis, Nevis and St. Kitts

Pinney's Beach
Charlestown, Nevis, Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 800 819 5053 (toll-free), Tel: 869 469 1111
Email: reservations.nevis@fourseasons.com
Website: www.fourseasons.com/nevis

The Four Seasons Nevis may be modeled on the island's traditional plantation houses, but it's still one of the most modern hotels on Nevis island, even more so now after a $120-million revamp that repaired hurricane damage and allowed the luxury resort to reopen in December 2010 after years of being shuttered to the public. The 196 guest rooms retain their British colonial elegance, with teak furniture and bright lemon-yellow accents in place of the old nautical elements; the updated bathrooms now have glass showers and oversize tubs. For the best ocean views, book the second-level rooms with their large patios. Return guests will be happy to see familiar perks in place, plus some new ones. Lemon-scented Evian spritzes cool down guests poolside, and in high season, a variety of snacks are served each hour (jerk peanuts and fresh coconut water, anyone?). Also new to the pool are four gingerbread-trimmed beach cabanas available for daily rental. When not waterside, guests are teeing off on the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones, Jr., golf course, playing tennis, or perhaps getting a rum-tonic body scrub at the spa. At night, the Mango restaurant is the place to be, for West Indian cuisine followed by a quiet nightcap at the bar. It's a familiar routine that, thankfully, the renovations haven't replaced.—Chanize Thorpe

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The Regent Palms Turks & Caicos, Providenciales Island, Turks & Caicos

Grace Bay, Providenciales Island, Turks & Caicos
Tel: 649 946 8666
Email: reservationstc@regentexperience.com
Website: www.regenthotels.com/thepalms

This resort created a major buzz when it first opened in 2005. Architecturally distinctive, its 72 suites are in five coral stone buildings, with marble floors, travertine terraces, and "Mr. Mustique" Oliver Messel–inspired interiors (think wainscoting, pickled pine, mahogany furniture, and redundant but atmospheric ceiling fans). The accommodations, most of which have at least some slice of ocean view, surround an outsized infinity pool, which has a funky in-pool bar-restaurant called Plunge, and lounging “pods” so popular that in season you'll have to set your alarm to be down early enough to claim one. The spa, occupying one of the Palms' dozen acres, has moats around its treatment rooms and all the current hits: Two romantic couples' suites, lots of hydro treatments, and a yoga, Pilates, and tai chi studio. The main restaurant, Parallel23, features an exhibition kitchen, where newly appointed executive chef, Torsten Rumprecht (formerly at La Semanna on St. Maarten) will exhibit his culinary talents.

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Gansevoort Turks & Caicos, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Tel: 888 844 5986 (toll-free), Fax: 309 210 9091
Website: www.gansevoortturksandcaicos.com

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InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Viti Levu, Fiji

Natadola, Viti Levu, Fiji
Tel: 888 424 6835 (toll-free), Tel: 679 67 3 3300
Website: www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/fiji

$300-$399
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Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa, Moorea, French Polynesia

Pihaena, Moorea, French Polynesia
Tel: 689 551 111, Fax: 689 551 011
Website: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/PPTMLHI-Hilton-Moorea-Lagoon-Resort-and-Spa/index.do

People often make comparisons between Tahiti and Hawaii; by that model, if Bora Bora has the upscale gloss of Maui and Tahiti the bustling energy of Oahu, Moorea has the verdant, rootsy soul of Kauai. The feeling is maintained by this hotel's small scale—a Hilton since January 2009, it includes 54 overwater bungalows and 52 garden and beach bungalows. Then there's the simple but luscious food: You'll never get tired of the fresh fish and vegetables in vanilla sauce at the beachside restaurant. Even the spa, where you can get a vigorous pounding by a Tahitian masseuse, feels refreshingly down to earth. Overall, the vibe here is more authentic than at other Moorea resorts; and there are quirky details, like the fat and friendly giant eel that lives under the floating bar and gets fed a regular diet of merguez sausage.

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St. Regis Bali Resort, Bali, Indonesia

Kawasan Pariwisata
Nusa Dua, Bali 80363, Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 8478 111
Website: www.stregis.com/bali

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