It should come as no surprise that the Caribbean is the most popular holiday destination in the Americas, with powder-soft dunes, coconut-covered hills, and lush valleys of sugar cane and bananas. With the chilly weather, dark days, and winter storms engulfing most of the northern hemisphere, some people are yearning for a nice sea breeze, poolside drinks, and beautiful beaches. To assist you in your search, I’ve compiled a list of my top ten favorite Caribbean luxury resorts, which are among the world’s most opulent hotels.
COMO PARROT CAY RESORT, TURKS & CAICOS
COMO Parrot Cay, a celebrity favorite, is a multi-award-winning Caribbean luxury resort nestled on 1,000 acres of unspoiled land with a mile-long powdery soft beach. This unique island getaway combines COMO’s renowned service ethic, holistic treatments, and world-class cuisine with foot-in-the-sand luxury. Whitewashed interiors with soft, cotton-covered chairs, airy four-poster beds, and teak furnishings are included in all rooms and suites. The individual villas are the true stars, with their own pools, direct beach access, and 24-hour butler service from COMO’s renowned butlers.
Jade Mountain is a captivating and opulent resort experience in the Caribbean, especially for honeymooners. For more than a decade, guests have been amazed by the resort’s distinctive and stunning architecture, which includes individual bridges connecting to extraordinary infinity pool suites and rough stoned-faced columns stretching into the sky. The 29 rooms (dubbed “sanctuaries”) at Jade Mountain are stage-like locations from which to take in the full beauty of St Lucia’s twin peaks, the Pitons World Heritage Site, and, of course, the endless Caribbean Sea.
A Puerto Rico resort with such intimate elegance and unique character rests between ideal and perfection, calling to people who think that every visit should be a voyage of discovery. Dorado Beach was formerly a sugar farm, but visionary Laurance Rockefeller saw potential in the beautiful scenery and converted it into Puerto Rico’s most exclusive luxury resort. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, welcomes visitors to arrive enchanted and leave dumbfounded with its tranquil beachfront, private villas, spa refuge, and a harmonic sense of place that integrates perfectly into the natural surroundings.
Belmond Cap Juluca is an island-chic beachfront getaway on the private island of Anguilla in the British West Indies, set along the tiny crescent and healing sands of Maundays Bay. The elegant and picturesque resort has Belmond’s world-class service and is often regarded as the Caribbean’s greatest beach. Belmond Cap Juluca, which captures the Caribbean’s charisma, character, and charm, recently finished substantial restorations of its 23 whitewashed Moorish villas, elevating the already excellent resort to even greater levels of perfection.
Hermitage Bay is a natural sanctuary that is ideal for anybody looking to get away from the worries of everyday life. The luxurious, all-inclusive, 5-star boutique hotel is privately owned and situated on a beautiful cove on Antigua’s west coast. The 27 unique apartments are nestled on the beach and hillside in magnificent tropical gardens, offering complete isolation thanks to the 140 acres of lush, untouched territory around them. Guests here feel transported back to Antigua’s colonial past while relaxing in a plantation chair on their verandah – with all the amenities of a high-end hotel.
Modern architectural forms interact with the natural environment throughout this ultra-luxury resort on the tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla, while sophisticated, contemporary furnishings by designer Kelly Wearstler offer rich textural contrasts to a laid-back, beachy ambiance. The resort’s wide choice of luxury lodgings caters to all preferences, from beautiful garden-view bedrooms to beachfront villas with private pools. And if that wasn’t enough, the resort is perched atop a hill overlooking two of Anguilla’s most beautiful beaches, with sugar-white sand and turquoise sea.
Jumby Bay Island, an Oetker Collection resort, is a hidden luxury sanctuary with lush landscapes, tall palm trees, and magnificent white sand beaches, located on a 300-acre private Caribbean island two miles (three kilometers) from Antigua. This privately owned retreat, accessible only by boat and devoid of any metropolitan encroachment, has remained virtually unaltered for decades. With inspirational surroundings and simple sophistication, the resort includes 40 elegantly appointed rooms and luxury holiday villas that represent both the beauty of nature and the legacy of elegance.
Amanyara is a quiet retreat encompassing the greatest characteristics of the Caribbean, located on the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. The ultra-luxury Caribbean resort is managed by Aman – one of the world’s most exclusive hotel companies – and is endowed with a gorgeous white beach, bordering the pristine reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park, renowned for some of the world’s greatest walls and reef diving. The resort has a modern layout and style, with 40 timber-shingled guest pavilions hidden along the shore, open to the views and sounds of the crystal clear turquoise sea.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay is located on one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, just beyond a vibrant barrier reef, where soft blue waves meet powder-white sands on a half-mile crescent beach. The untamed wildness of Virgin Gorda, an island of volcanic origin with rocky hills, peaceful coves, and untouched beaches, surrounds the luxurious Caribbean resort. Laurance S. Rockefeller founded the landmark property more than 50 years ago. The property’s glamorous guestrooms and suites, three restaurants, and overall enhancements to the resort’s gardens and landscaping were recently reopened following a complete redesign of the property’s glamorous guestrooms and suites, three restaurants, and overall enhancements to the resort landscaping.
Amanera views the ocean from Playa Grande, which has golden sands and is one of the region’s most stunning beaches, and is nestled amid more than 2,170 acres of unspoiled Caribbean jungle. The resort is situated across the acclaimed fairways and greens of Playa Grande and has the first fully integrated Aman Golf Course. Amanera offers 25 free-standing Casitas, each with an enormous patio with ocean views, a private garden, and a biodiverse roof that merges in with its environment. A private pool is available in thirteen of the casitas.