Tobago Destination Weddings and Honeymoons

So where to wed and spend your honeymoon on the lush and less-traveled island of Tobago?  The Villas at Stonehaven is the place we recommend you call home on the island.  Stonehaven TobagoA private gated collection of 18 villas, each carefully appointed and individually designed, these three bedroom homes away from home create the perfect setting for a gathering of celebrating with friends and family.  Wedding guests can take up residence with two other couples and enjoy lounging outside on the veranda during lunch in front of a private infinity pool.  By day, each villa enjoys cleaning service and a dedicated staff member to cater to your every need so that this home doesn’t feel too much like home.  At night, gather all your wedding guests for drinks in the lobby lounge and sunset overlooking Turtle Beach.  And should you find yourself high up in the clouds and not wanting to leave, the pool deck becomes a ceremony site for your nuptials while the veranda-like lobby is the perfect setting for your reception.stonehaven villasCome wedding day, head over to Pelican Point where your aisle is the postcard-worthy dock just off shore.  At sunset, move the reception to the beach and celebrate barefoot in the Caribbean sand.tobago pelican pointIf you’re a foodie but island fare isn’t your style, you’ll be happy to know Tobago’s cuisine is certainly above par with its neighbors.  A fusion of all its heritage influences, you’ll find Indian, Caribbean, and South American spices and delicacies on island.  Jemma’s Tree House is used to serving up heads of their state and visiting dignitaries but also makes for a perfect rehearsal dinner spot, family style, high above the sand (literally built in a tree).  Don’t go home without trying the lobster or bread pudding pie.  And for those thrill seekers looking for a local favorite hole in the wall, pay a visit to the window at Miss Trimms – the island’s signature crab bake and dumplings are at their finest at this shop.cuisine in tobagoWhen planning your Tobago trip, keep in mind the wet season is from July to December and while it’s a quicker trip from the East Coast, it typically requires transfer in Trinidad, its sister island.  Just off the coast of South America, this tiny island that was once a destination for Hollywood royalty and royalty alike and it’s quietly becoming home again to travelers looking to take in the rain forest and take time off from civilization.

Thanks to the Trinidad & Tobago Dept of Tourism for welcoming us to your islands!


Tobago Honeymoons

tobago honeymoonTobago is most commonly known as a diving island – where diehard divers go to enjoy the bounty of beauty throughout its brain coral reef, the largest in the world.  But what I discovered when I got to this rugged island with both an Atlantic and Caribbean coast is that it’s a bit more than just a rain forest above and below sea level, it’s a place for adventurous honeymooners to drop anchor or for couples take an intimate group for an oh-so private destination wedding.tobago honeymoon spotsNot the place you’ll find sprawling resorts or brand name hotels, Tobago is for the couple who prefers the road less traveled and the privacy of nature.  Although the island is small, if you enjoy the outdoors, you’ll find plenty of flora and fauna to keep you and your guests busy by day.  Hike through the protected rain forest (by guide only please), trek up to a working coco plantation to try chocolate straight from the vine (or the bean anyway), stop for a romantic moment atop a mountain in one of the gazebos at the estate, or take in the running of the leather back turtles burring their eggs on turtle beach if the timing is just right.  Mother Nature certainly filled this spot with plenty to marvel at on your honeymoon!Tobago Cocoa Plantation TourBut perhaps the most unique natural offering the island has to offer is what locals call the Nylon Pool, a three foot deep pool of seawater in the middle of the ocean.  Spend a day out on the sea and be sure to make a stop here!  It was named by Princess Margaret when on her honeymoon she noted the water was as clear as her stockings.  Legend has it, a dip in this natural wonder makes you ten years younger – a modern day fountain of youth in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.  With a floor made of old pieces of coral broken down into tiny grains of sand, the water becomes a nature defoliant.  More legends for lovers, it is also said that if you venture here and kiss your love under the water, your love will last forever.  Talk about sealing it with a kiss!  visit the nylon poolBeyond what gifts nature has given the island, come back tomorrow for part two of my Tobago trip and recommendations for where to wed, dine, and slumber when honeymooning here or celebrating your destination wedding with family and friends.