And instantly win the award for Spouse of the Year.
What says romance better than a surprise getaway? A surprise getaway to this Caribbean dream spot on a private island surrounded by gem-colored seas.
Located 20 miles off the coast of Belize, Gladden Island—the furthest island from the mainland—sits on the edge of one of the most picturesque and calmest parts of the Belize Barrier Reef. Blankets of sapphire and aqua-hued seas stretch on for miles from its sand-fringed shores.
A few miles out lies the famous Gladden Split, a gathering ground for whale sharks and the divers who long to see them.
We’d camp there but, thankfully, there’s no need: The island sports a luxurious villa designed for couples, with all the amenities you’d find in a swanky tropical resort. And the best part? The entire island can be rented and used as your romantic hideaway for a week.
A private beach, pool, rooftop lounge area, full outdoor kitchen, and thatched roof dining area offer plenty of space for savoring the views. Retractable doors leading inside make the dark wood- and stone-clad villa feel truly open air.
Related: Take a 15-Second Escape to Ambergris Cay, Belize
But perhaps the most luxurious perk to staying on this secluded island paradise is the offering of a full-service staff to meet your every need. A personal concierge, spa treatments, helicopter transport, boat charters, and a private chef can all be included in this impressive package. (And, in case you’re wondering, the staff resides unseen on a neighboring island, and guests receive an alert from the “privacy meter” when a staff member is nearby.)
If you happen to be short a Valentine’s Day gift, we can’t imagine a better one than a stay on this incredible island. (And we think your spouse would agree.) If you’re interested in booking, rates start just over $3,000 per night.