The Best Hotels
The Caribbean is a mecca of gorgeousness: sprawling white sand beaches, bright turquoise seas, shimmering waterfalls, colorful rainforests… and that’s just the scenery. Surrounded by all of this beauty, each of these hotels sparkles with serene magic. From eco-chic treehouses encircled by banyans to luxurious open-air villas leading directly to the sea, these properties are all heaven on earth.
Turks & Caicos
With a name that translates to “peaceful place,” it’s no surprise that this tranquil paradise is located on one of Turks & Caicos’ most secluded beaches between a protected nature reserve and a marine national park. The resort’s 38 glass-walled pavilions offer unobstructed views of the property, where guests can choose to look out on the ocean, over the resort’s numerous ponds, or on to the manicured gardens that provide a natural privacy to the wooden sundecks and outdoor terraces. Each of the 20 luxury villas sit on their own one-and-a-half-acre plot along the property and includes a dedicated villa host and a personal chef, as well as two four-seat solar powered buggies to transport guests to and from the resort’s other offerings. Amanyara’s culinary experiences range from private dining in a romantic cove to fresh caught seafood served with an upscale Caribbean flare, but it’s the resort’s iconic circular bar where most guests gather as the sun begins to go down on yet another day in paradise.
Cobblers Cove Hotel
Once the private home for sugar cane planter and politician Joss Haynes, Cobblers Cove is now the home-away-from-home for discerning guests looking to escape to the sunny shores of Barbados’ tranquil west coast. The resort offers 40 suites, each individually decorated to offer personality within this iconic pink and white building with bay windows and a turreted roof. Spend the day at the pool or take to the shores for complimentary waterskiing, swimming with turtles, and watersports. The resort offers live music every Sunday during lunch, where guests can dine inside Camelot Restaurant to experience fresh caught fish prepared in a local Barbadian style.
Rich & Famous
The Cotton House
Mustique Island, St. Vincent & Grenadines
Originally developed in the mid-1960s as a private hideaway for celebrities, socialites, and the extremely wealthy, the island of Mustique has become famous in its own right for its luxurious offerings, famous residents, and extravagant parties held at The Cotton House. The resort’s New Years’ Eve fete is legendary, but it’s the weekly complimentary cocktail party every Tuesday night on the decks that draws the entire island to this upscale retreat. The Cotton House sits on 13 acres just beyond Endeavour Bay, with a private spa and gym, multiple dining options, and a central Great Room that acts as the heart of the action at the resort. Each of the 17 villas, suites, and cottages drips with colonial charm and features a private veranda and plunge pool.
Hotel Villa Marie St. Barth
While star-studded St. Barth can sometimes feel a bit too flashy, Hotel Villa Marie is anything but. Serene, classic, and impeccably styled with traditional tropical prints and modern touches, this gorgeous getaway is a perfect antidote to St. Barth’s wild beach clubs. Comfortable yet chic, this hotel is supremely cozy and welcoming, with a plethora of colorful nooks and crannies to spend your day: the open-air living room, the lush palm-lined pool, the sun-bleach porch filled with cool wicker furniture, or the wood-paneled rum and cigar bar. While it’s hard to leave this place, the hotel will also organize a beach picnic for guests—complete with chilled rosé.
Cheap & Chic
Port Antonio, Jamaica
Opening the wooden shutters from inside these chic tree houses perfumes the space with a delicate scent of white ginger lilies and fresh morning dew from the leaves of 100-foot-tall banyan trees. That’s because the eight elevated villas at Kanopi House are set high in the hills of a flowering rainforest overlooking Jamaica’s famous Blue Lagoon. The views are incredible, but it’s the air of effortless luxury that surrounds this family-owned and -operated property that keeps guests returning season after season. The entire property was built with an eco-conscious ethos, where no tree was harmed and rooms feature handmade furnishings and décor crafted from local farmers and artists. Days are spent lounging in the open air Living Room, relaxing on any of the nearby beaches, or exploring the jungle through the resort’s many adventurous excursions, like swimming to Monkey Island or floating down the Rio Grande.
Weird & Wonderful
Other Side Hotel
Eleuthera Island, Bahamas
This solar-powered campus raises the bar on beachfront camping, where guests can select from six deceptively named accommodations that include three Tents and three Shacks. The Shacks at The Other Side appear high on a hill overlooking the private beach, and feature four-poster king beds and oversized sundecks for taking in the amazing views. The three sleeping tents are part of a row of seven total Tents along the beach, where bleached hardwoods line the floor and thick canvas canopies act as the ceilings for these uncompromising units. Victorian dressing mirrors and vintage record players give the accommodations an old-world feel, while air conditioning and rainfall showers keep the eco-luxury tents up with modern times. Guests can lend a hand with the onsite vegetable garden, or simply let owner-and-chef Ben Simmons create something fabulous with his celebrated farm-to-table fare.
Tried & True
St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
At the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort verdant, natural beauty and sophisticated luxury work hand in hand to create a hotel experience that is unlike any other in the world. The St. Regis is located a little less than an hour from San Juan where it’s snugly ensconced between El Yonque National Forest and the sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Guests can look forward to a number of amenities including a golf course, a full service spa, and a butler service. You can split your time between lounging by the pool and sinking your toes into the pristine Bahia Beach—which is never more than a few steps away. And then at night, you can enjoy the various night songs of the fauna that call his resplendent corner of Puerto Rico home.
After moving off the island at the age of five, Gregor Nassief returned to Dominica frequently to free climb alongside his cousin in the cliffs above the island’s azure coastlines where he shared his dream of becoming a poet. Now the owner of one of the leading boutique hotels in the world, Nassief’s passion for his childhood home has created a poetic enclave within those same cliffs he once climbed. Secret Bay features six sustainably-built villas that range from 1,356-2,700 square feet on lots ranging from 5,000-8,500 square feet. Expansive yet intimate, this resort remains dedicated to the land by hiring local employees, purchasing local produce, and supporting local artisans and businesses. Rooms are stocked with ultra-modern amenities like Apple TVs with unlocked Netflix accounts and Sonos Bluetooth speakers, where private plunge pools are standard among these eco-luxury freestanding villas.
New & Noteworthy
St George's, Grenada
Located on a sheltered two-mile stretch of pristine coastline, the Silversands hotel offers an opulent respite for luxuriating along Grenada’s Grand Anse Beach. The rooms, suites, and villas at this upscale resort face west for uninterrupted sunset views each night, where 39 rooms and 13 suites are decorated in a minimalist style with open floor plans and carefully curated furnishings. The resort is home to the longest infinity pool in Caribbean (330 feet), and features two restaurants and a spa with a sauna, hammam, pool, and fitness center. In an effort to give back to its local community, Silversands partnered with the Grenada Network of Rural Women Producers to stock its restaurants with quality local produce while offering a stable income for the women within the network.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
More than 100 acres of rainforests and beaches make up the gorgeous landscape of this expansive resort. Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, is luxury at its finest, where each of the 96 plantation-style guestrooms, bungalows, villas, and residences feature private patios and plunge pools. Personal butlers are available for all villa guests, offerings 24-hour service with everything from unpacking luggage upon arrival to handling personal requests throughout the stay. Rooms are adorned in airy, minimalist décor in a way that allows the details to shine, like the Egyptian cotton linen that delicately drapes over the edges of pure white four-poster beds and the blue-hued reflections that shine in through the glass doors from the ocean below. The resort’s multiple dining venues give guests countless culinary options for longer stays, and the Rainforest Spa offers an immoderate indulgence with its menu of organic treatments and rituals.