Re-posting here since SVG is high on our list -
After a not so great meeting with a travel agent yesterday (immediately pushed Sandals - others on St. Lucia just "aren't up to snuff, has she heard of Jade Mountain?!, never asked our budget, interests, etc.), we are back to the drawing board. I've been reading the forums here for several weeks trying to narrow things down and I need more help! Originally wanted St. Lucia in the Soufriere region, still considering that. Will still work thru an agent, but want a firm idea for a resort/location in mind.
Stats: mid-20s husband/wife, 8 nights in June 2013, $6k budget, flying from Chicago. Previously honeymooned at Couple San Souci and liked the vibe/accommodations/food/drink but not the beach/activities. Looking for a mix of lounging on the beach/snorkeling and checking out things on the island. Would want to stay at a resort vs. condo or rental.
List of "wants" in somewhat of an order:
Snorkeling off beach/very close by
Great food/frozen drinks
Nature/History-related activities nearby (Pitons, Fort Rodney, National Parks)
Prefer AI (if not, would want great food at local restaurants to try)
More secluded, tropical feel
List of "don't care/don't need"
Sports/Entertainment on-site (think basketball, casino night)
Fishing, sailing, diving.
I know this is pretty specific, but I'm trying to narrow it down and find what hits the majority. Islands I'm continually considering are St. Lucia, USVI (John & Croix, mostly), Caymans, St. Vincent, and others depending on the day! Specific resort recommendations are MUCH appreciated!