The Caribbean is known for its ordinary, run-of-the-mill tropical resorts. However, there is nothing ordinary about these splurge-worthy Caribbean resorts! If you are willing and able to spend a little more, everything from the margaritas you’re drinking at the bar to the serviced poolside cabanas will be that much better. Are you ready to splurge and treat yourself? Take a look at some of the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean.
Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
Nestled just two miles off the shores of Antigua sits the secluded paradise of Jumby Bay. When you think splurge-worthy Caribbean resorts, Jumby Bay definitely comes to mind! This 300-acre private island is home to one of the Caribbean’s most extravagant properties. The price is steep, to be sure; however, it includes basically everything you could ever want in a dream tropical getaway. You will enjoy five-star service throughout the island, and pampering is clearly a priority at Jumby Bay. Certainly, superb dining is all part of the carefree inclusive experience. You can choose from fine dining at The Estate House or casual bistro fare and cocktails at The Pool Grille.
Water lovers will delight in the tranquil and warm crystal clear waters of Jumby Bay. Guests can explore the ocean with snorkel gear or skim the waves on a sailboat or windsurfer. In addition, on land, vacationers can enjoy the full-service fitness center, tennis courts, and bicycles for exploring the island. Stress will melt away as you soak up the warm Antiguan sunshine or relish in an indulgent spa treatment.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
The luxurious Jade Mountain is one of the most romantic resorts in the Caribbean. One glance, and you’ll see why it’s been consistently voted one of the world’s best honeymoon hotels. Certainly, this is due to its incredible Piton views and the extraordinary cliffside setting. Each colorful “sanctuary” features an open fourth wall from which to soak in the views.
At the Jade Mountain Club, staff will serve you amongst a backdrop of incredible scenery. Here, “Jade Cuisine” was created by James Beard award winner Chef Allen Susser as a brave new world of tropical flavors. In addition, a must for all chocolate lovers is the Chocolate Laboratory! Here guests can choose from a variety of chocolate-infused activities like chocolate sensory tastings, educational estate trips, and truffle-making classes.
Part of the 600-acre resort estate is two beautiful, natural, soft sand beaches. Guests can laze the day away relaxing on the beach or choose to participate in various water sports nearby. Additionally, a handful of carefully selected tour guides are available to share their wealth of information about the history and culture of this beautiful island. For the ultimate in romance at the spa, the alchemy of two is a romantic ritual for couples to celebrate the gift of being together.
COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
It’s easy to feel like a celebrity on Parrot Cay with private villas and personal butlers catering to guests’ every whim. This posh hideaway on a 1,000-acre private island is only a 30-minute boat ride away from Providenciales. Room types are numerous at Parrot Cay, ranging from studio hotel rooms to multi-bedroom villas with private pools and direct beach access. For the ultimate in personal service, guests staying in two-bedroom (or larger) villas have access to 24-hour butler service.
A highlight of your stay will be the dining experience. For example, Lotus’s open-air poolside restaurant has a casual atmosphere and serves upscale cuisine for lunch and dinner. Moreover, COMO’s primary restaurant, Terrace, specializes in modern Italian-inspired fare. This light-drenched space offers beautiful views of the island and ocean. Wherever you choose to dine, you can be certain that you will not be disappointed.
Your days are left to your desires. Relax in the sun on the mile-long beach (considered quite possibly the most beautiful beach in the Turks and Caicos) or take in the stunning views from the edge of the infinity pool with a cocktail. An afternoon of pampering at the spa with a signature COMO Shambhala massage is also the perfect way to spend the day. At Parrot Cay, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. In addition to tennis and biking, there are watersports such as snorkeling and SUP. Above all, you will relish the VIP treatment offered by Parrot Cay from the moment you land in Providenciales.
Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Located 21 miles west of San Juan, Dorado Beach has long been one of the most exclusive resorts in the Caribbean. As far back as the ’30s, Dorado Beach was a low-key playground for Amelia Earhart and, later, JFK. The redesigned resort takes cues from the original building but adds Ritz-Carlton’s signature spin with a statement infinity pool and a five-acre spa that resets the wellness bar.
The resort features 114 beachfront guest rooms and suites, all featuring an ocean view. An Embajador is assigned to each room, providing butler and concierge services to all guests. For golf lovers, Dorado Beach has a rich golf history and boasts several courses that are open year-round. Not to be missed is the completely renovated Spa Botánico, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve’s acclaimed Forbes Five Star-rated spa. Considered to be one of the most luxurious spas found anywhere in the Caribbean, the spa’s menu showcases locally-sourced ingredients.
Innovative dining options abound at the resort’s four restaurants. COA, a farm-to-table restaurant, also holds one of the largest wine cellars in the Caribbean, with 650 different labels from around the globe. For guests who wish to connect with the local culture through food, the property offers La Cocina Culinary Center, where guests can take cooking classes.
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