Lighthouse Bay beach at sunset

Lighthouse Bay beach at sunset

The frigid northeast temps have got us dreaming of a destination beach wedding. But why stop at “beach?” Let’s imagine an “I do” getaway at an exclusive five-star resort on an unspoiled private island, fringed by pink sands and surrounded by azure Caribbean water.

Enter Lighthouse Bay Resort, Barbuda, a luxe hideaway with just nine gorgeous suites (the whole place sleeps up to 32 guests),  24/7 room service, free iPads and laptops in every room—and, of course, a full-service wedding planner who can handle all your needs. Add feasts of fresh local fish, personalized seasonal cuisine, champagne—all included in one price—not to mention plenty of sunshine and your nearest and dearest, and you’ve found a slice of matrimonial paradise.

Barbuda is Antigua’s sister island and is only accessible via boat or helicopter (the resort will send one to whisk you over from the Antigua airport). So secluded, so magical is this 17-mile stretch of seaside that Princess Diana frequented the island with her boys when they were younger. In fact, in July 2011, a three-mile stretch of Barbuda beach was christened Princess Diana Beach.

Pardon us for playing the royal card, but an island special enough for a princess kind of has “best day of my life” written all over it. —Barrie Gillies 

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