The Best Marriott Caribbean Resorts for a Romantic Escape in 2024

Expect posh accommodations and even more Bonvoy points.
The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
Photo: The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
Beth Ann Mayer - The Knot Contributor.
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Beth Ann Mayer
Beth Ann Mayer - The Knot Contributor.
Beth Ann Mayer
The Knot Contributor
  • Beth Ann writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, including venues, honeymoons and planning advice.
  • Beth Ann is a lifestyle freelance writer, with bylines on healthline.com and parents.com.
  • Prior to freelancing, Beth Ann was a writer and editor for Long Island Pulse Magazine.
Updated Nov 30, 2023
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A Caribbean escape is paradise found for couples seeking a blissful romantic getaway. White-sand beaches, turquoise water and laidback attitude are just the start. Thanks to upscale accommodations across the islands, Carribean resorts are a dime a dozen. In fact, the best Marriott Caribbean resorts offer all this in extra favorable locations. It's why the brand and its portfolio of hotels including its premium brands (The Edition, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis) consistently top lists for couples who desire luxury, privacy, relaxation and connection.

Marriott properties in the Caribbean are diverse. They can range from Ritz-Carlton properties to Four Points hotels. Some even cater to interests, like Design Hotels found around the world. One of the most beloved aspects about Marriott hotels in the Caribbean is that loyal Bonvoy members can stretch their points. For couples who want it all, Marriott all-inclusives take the guesswork out of planning, making them prime options for couples looking for a fuss-free honeymoon or anniversary trip.

Couples have an array of stays to explore, but which Marriott resorts in the Caribbean are the best of the bunch? It depends on your idea of a dream vacation, but you won't be disappointed by these romantic Marriott hotels in the Caribbean.

The Knot's Top 10 Marriott Caribbean Resorts for 2024

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

Credit:Resorts can feel cookie-cutter, particularly in the Caribbean, where each option can start to feel like the last. With such a diverse portfolio, even individual Marriott all-inclusive resorts provide a character all their own. Whether you're looking for a honeymoon destination or an easy-to-plan romantic getaway in 2024, these Marriott Caribbean resorts offer so much more than a chance for couples to rest weary legs and dine on-site.

  • Best Overall Marriott Caribbean Resort: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
  • Best Marriott Resort for a Honeymoon: Westin Reserva Conchal, An All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa, Costa Rica
  • Most Romantic Marriott Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Most Luxurious Marriott Suite: Sanctuary Cap Cana
  • Best Excursions for Couples: St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
  • Best Local Food & Drinks: Royalton Antigua, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort
  • Best Beach Resort: Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort
  • Best Spa Resort: JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
  • Best for an Urban Stay: JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo
  • Best Marriott Property in the Caribbean for Value: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Westin Reserva Conchal, An All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa, Costa Rica

Westin Reserva Conchal
Photo: Westin Reserva Conchal

The northwestern coast of Costa Rica is home to glorious stretches of surf, sand and luxury resorts. One of the finest known to couples of all ages, including honeymooners, is The Westin Reserva Conchal. This all-inclusive resort is home to famed golf courses, a beloved spa and a prime location. The property is nestled along one of the country's best beaches… for a dose of true pura vida.

Playa Conchal Guanacaste, Guanacaste Province, 50308, Costa Rica

4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

Sanctuary Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Sanctuary Cap Cana
Photo: Sanctuary Cap Cana

The focus of a vacation can often be the itinerary—the sights you'll see, places you'll eat and activities you'll do. Sanctuary Cap Cana's Castle Honeymoon Suite invites you to kick off your flip-flops and stay a while. The all-inclusive resort is an adults-only paradise along the Caribbean Sea with five outdoor pools, a spa and private beach access. But this suite set in the fairytale-like Castle section has a king-size bed, a bathroom with a jetted bathtub for warm soaks and direct access to a plunge pool. Couples will be treated like royalty with perks, including champagne upon arrival and unpacking and packing services.

Boulevard Zona Hotelera, Punta Cana 23302, Dominican Republic

4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Aruba

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Photo: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

While many Marriott all-inclusive resorts are kid-friendly, this one has space for adults only. The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino's Tradewinds Club has an exclusive appeal that makes it perfect for newlyweds traveling as a party of two. Floor-to-ceiling windows give way to pristine beach views, and five food and beverage servings are included daily. Adult guests also have a reserved beach and pool (H2Oasis). A dedicated concierge will ensure everything operates as should during a dreamy first trip as partners for life.

L.G. Smith Blvd 101, Noord, Aruba

4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman restaurant
Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

The Caribbean offers no shortage of romantic destinations. But the Cayman Islands makes a strong case for the most romantic. Known for its stunning sunsets, glittering waterfront resorts and fewer spring breakers, it's a favorite honeymoon and anniversary trip destination. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman leans into the area's stunning natural beauty. Set on the famous Seven Mile Beach, upscale rooms have private balconies made for watching every can't-miss sunrise and sunset. Private dining and wine tastings are some of the culinary experiences. Active couples can book tennis lessons with acclaimed pros, work on their golf swings or head out for an under-the-sea snorkeling adventure.

Seven Mile Beach, KY1-1209, Cayman Islands

4.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino, St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts Marriott Resort
Photo: St. Kitts Marriott Resort

Set on a private beach, St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Casino offers plenty of opportunities for off-site excursions and on-site experiences that feel like getaways within a romantic getaway. The Frigate Bay location is a hub for making memories by zip lining, sailing, swimming with dolphins and diving. On-site, a golf course with 18 championship holes offers a pair of hazards—stunning Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean views. An expansive casino provides entertainment, while a spacious spa is an opportunity to escape the noise and tune into yourselves and each other.

858 Frigate Bay Road, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts & Nevis

4.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

A Virgin Islands romantic getaway has a built-in perk for travelers: It's part of the U.S.—no passport required. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas offers a bevy of other benefits. Set in St. Thomas, the easiest to get to of the three islands that also include St. John and St. Croix. Couples can see all three in a 60-foot catamaran Lady Lynsey II, which also serves as a spot for snorkeling tours and sunset dinner cruises. The Marriott property in the Caribbean is set on 30 acres with stunning vistas of the ocean and tropical greenery, which can be viewed from private balconies. A pool with a waterslide, 11 ocean-view pool cabanas and a spa are among the offerings situated steps from your plush bed.

6900 Great Bay, Nazareth, St Thomas 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands

4.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

Royalton Antigua, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort, Antigua

Royalton Antigua, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort
Photo: Royalton Antigua, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort

Resorts often place a premium on international and American eats. There's nothing wrong with wanting to travel the world without leaving your resort's grounds or getting a taste of home during a romantic getaway. However, don't sleep on Caribbean cuisine. At Royalton Antigua, you get the best of both worlds. There's a steakhouse and Italian restaurant, among other dining options. However, the casual Caribbean Delights blends the laidback ambiance of an island hideaway, breathtaking ocean vistas and local flavors and flare. Favorite dishes include a fresh lobster tail and oxtail stew. Perhaps the most delicious parts? It's a stone's throw from the sand and part of an all-inclusive deal.

Five Islands Village, Antigua & Barbuda

4.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort, Aruba

Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort
Photo: Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort

Renaissance Wind Creek Resort is a private island hideaway enveloped by palm trees. Couples will feel like they've found paradise from the moment they step off the water taxi. The resort is home to Aruba's only private beaches, offering exclusivity to couples seeking intimacy and quiet. Flamingos roam the grounds at the adults-only Flamingo Beach, making for a fun memory shared between love birds of different feathers. Speaking of adults only, the Renaissance Marina Hotel within the resort is just that. A casino and on-site spa provide more itinerary fodder.

Address: L.G. Smith Blvd 82, Oranjestad, Aruba

4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, Mexico

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
Photo: JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

A luxury spa resort nestled between the sea and a lagoon, this Marriott Caribbean retreat leans into romance, rest and relaxation, with plenty of room to party once you've hit refresh. At JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, the Mayan-inspired spa, Sens-yah, has a 50-minute couples massage on its menu, plus a heated lap pool and jacuzzis. Facials, manicures and pedicures are other ways to pamper yourself—and get your toes ready for open-toed dancing shoes. The nightlife in Cancun is renowned. The on-site restaurants, like an Italian grill and Mexican spot, offer perfect options for an easy but delectable dinner date.

Km 14.5, Blvd. Kukulcan Lote 40-A, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo
Photo: JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo

An unheralded perk of vacations: The opportunity to shop designer duds and things you won't find at home until you drop. JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo's location right above the upscale Blue Mall shopping center offers plenty of chances for that. Luxury brands with shops in these parts include Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and Rolex. When not shopping, explore the city at spots like Colonial Zone, Catedral Primada de América and Alcázar de Colón — the urban ambiance separates this Marriott hotel in the Caribbean from the more beachy spots. But relaxation is still part of the deal. Unwind at a hip, lively rooftop bar or sleek room with skyline views.

Winston Churchill Avenue No. 93, Santo Domingo 10501, Dominican Republic

5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

–Esther Lee also contributed to the reporting of this article.

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