Sorry All, I know this post type has been written ad nauseum. That said, I'd like to see if I can get my fiancee and I a more consolidated post for the questions we have.
First, we are looking for resort recommendations for our early June 2013 honeymoon. We are looking mostly in Southfriere, but won't shy away from Castries and other locations. Places high on our list are Ladera, Southfield, Ti Kaye. Looking at these bc they are near the Pitons, highly rated and recommended, and all have plunge pools (a MUST for our stay). Ladera seems the most luxurious, while stonefield and ti kaye seem a little less dedicated to luxurious ambiance but come with more space. So, looking for advice on these three as well as others of a similar ilk. Candidly, we've found air+hotel packages for all three at just under $5000, which is where we'd like to stay. AI isn't necessarily important to us unless other wants are also met.
Second, proximity to the beach (especially) and the natural beauty is really important (to me at least). Ladera seems right in the middle of the undulation, so this seems like it won't be an issue, but what of the beach? Is it at all walkable? I have seem Ladera has shuttle to the beach; is this the only way to get there in a reasonable amount of time? I've heard Ti Kaye and Stonefield are closer to their respective beaches, true?
Third, some have recommended splitting the honeymoon between north and south of the island. I mapped, and a drive from Ladera all the way to Pigeon Island is only an hour. My question, could renting a car for the duration of or portion of the trip better serve us to get around the island and seeing everything? I just worry the experience of staying at a resort not at the pitons just won't compare, and we could still see the island without moving around mid-honeymoon. Thoughts?
Lot to digest, but would REALLY appreciate educated insights. Thanks so much!