Valentine’s Day in Montserrat

Couples can relax at the Tropical Mansion Suites

By: Terra Judge

The East Caribbean island of Montserrat is aiming to help couples “kick their mojo into overdrive” for Valentine’s Day. The British overseas territory, with a population of only 4,500, offers the intimacy of a private island while offering accommodations and activities for lovebirds to enjoy.

The Tropical Mansion Suites is offering a Valentine’s Day rate of $222 per night that includes complimentary champagne, a fresh bouquet of flowers and a fruit basket as a welcome gift.

The hotel, opened in December 1999, is near to the ferry port, heliport and Little Bay beach. With 18 guestrooms, the hotel is intimate but still offers amenities including balconies in every room, cable TV, ceiling fans and some offer kitchenettes. The hotel also offers a bar, restaurant, gazebo, swimming pool and an historic sugar mill on the property.

The “Emerald Isle” itself offers a variety of natural wonders as well. The island’s dark-sand beaches are a result of grey volcanic sand, and the Soufriere Hills Volcano, which has buried the city of Plymouth in the past, now makes for an ideal sunset landscape.

Visitors can also learn about the island’s history and science at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, which offers telescopes aimed on the volcano on the observatory patio.

Couples can also go under the sea to experience the island’s nature and see six-foot barrel sponges, giant Southern stingrays, moray eels, sea turtles, nurse sharks, barracudas and spotted eagle rays.

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