OK, the last three years we have gone to (telling you this so you might be able to help suggest something that meets our wants)...
Compass Point, Bahamas (great choice except rear cabanas backed to somewhat busy road)
The Cove , Eleuthera (like the resort and loved the private beach...island was a little too quiet)
Ti-Kaye, St Lucia (awesome...if we went back to St Lucia this would be the place to stay)
We didn't care for Nassau...too crowded, cruise ships all day (yech), and way too touristy. Eleuthera was OK but perhaps a little too quiet (Elvina's was cool). St Lucia has been the best compromise of all...especially since we stayed away from Rodney Bay and farther North where the ships come in.
We liked all three resorts. All were less than 30 rooms, all had at least a small beach on the premises, all were away from hustle and bustle, all had an onsite restaurant and two out of the three did have a restaurant within walking distance of the resort (but not malls or chains).
So what are we looking for...
---a small resort (hate the mega all-inclusives)
---loved having a private cabana/bungalow with view of ocean
---a beach on premise with the ability to at least snorkel from
---not in a touristy destination with cruise ships docked all day or shopping malls, movie theaters, and MacDonalds
---not stuffy, stayed four nights at Jalousie last year. Location and views were unbeatable but resort was stuffy. We like a little more casual atmosphere.
Am I being unreasonable? Any suggestions?