The Luxury Editor Presents “Top 5 Caribbean Resorts To Visit
From vibrant coral reefs and white sandy beaches to colorful cuisine and pulsing nightlife, the Caribbean is amazingly diverse. This vivacious collection of islands is a must-do for any paradise-hunter seeking out beautiful destinations. Spread over 7000 different islands, this area offers everything a keen vacationer might need. Every island is bursting full of color from the turquoises of the sea to the greens of the forests, every natural landscape is dramatic and jaw-dropping. The islands are soaking in amazing cultures waiting for you to immerse yourself in too – from the carnivals of Trinidad to the reggae of Jamaica. We asked the experts from The Luxury Editor to select five of their favorite luxury resorts in the Caribbean, the ideal destinations for you to live out your tropical paradise dreams and fully immerse yourself in this beautiful area.
Cap Maison, St Lucia
Located in a secluded location with its own stunning sandy beach, Cap Maison is in one of the most sought-after spots on the island of St Lucia. This Hacienda-style resort in a commanding clifftop position, is packed full of its own plethora of facilities and extras so you might not need to leave at all! Descend the cliffs to the curving cove and private beach to enjoy the warming Caribbean waters and snow-white sand, or head to the spa and gym for some relaxation and rejuvenation. The hotel boasts two swimming pools, one with clifftop views whilst the other is tucked away in a serene courtyard. For the more adventurous Smugglers Cove offers complimentary water-sports equipment from Kayaks to Bodyboards. The hotel’s best strength however is most definitely it’s culinary offerings. First the open-air Cliff at Cap is arguably one of the best eateries on the island serving up an innovative mix of Caribbean/French cuisine. The Naked Fisherman resides on a deck below Smugglers Cove and at first glance looks like a causal beach bar, but the seafood here is much more sophisticated that the setting lets on! Rooms are classic Spanish white-wash with splashes of colour thanks to Mexican tiles and vibrant textiles and many enjoy terraces with comfortable wicker furniture and beautiful views.
Amanera, Dominican Republic
Surrounded by 2,170 acres of lush Caribbean jungle, the Amanera resort boasts a stunning view from the Playa Grande, one of the region’s most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. The main house, Casa Grand, and the 25 luxury casitas cling to cliffs above the incredible beach and stand out for their striking architecture and contemporary look. The resort enjoys an Aman spa, floor-lit tennis courts, and a gym for those seeking a healthy getaway. Casa Grand boasts a restaurant serving a delicious array of Mediterranean, Italian and Caribbean dishes, whilst the beach club offers pizzas and Mexican small plates. Amanera is fronted by an incredibly slick infinity pool with a library and cigar room for chilling out at the end of the day. There is also a spectacular10-hole golf course ranging along coastal cliffs with an incredible outlook. Aman resorts are known for their minimalist and chic styling and the Amanera doesn’t disappoint. Rooms and casitas boast light walls, floor to ceiling glass doors, and walls of greenery whilst mid-century-style furniture in natural wood is kitted out with cool neutral textiles.
Sandy Lane, Barbados
Famed for its panoramic views of a stunning sandy bay on the West coast of Barbados, Sandy Lane Resort is the ultimate in luxury Caribbean getaways. Arrive in style in one of the resort’s private Rolls Royce Phantom before diving into the variety of recreational facilities on offer. The resort has not one, but three, stunning golf courses, a huge multi-layered swimming pool complete with underwater speakers, a well-equipped, modern gym, nine floodlit tennis courts, and an abundance of watersport opportunities. If you are more interested in relaxation the resort offers a plethora of chill out spots, sun-loungers, private gardens and outdoor plunge pools. The spa has 11 treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and communal hydrotherapy pool too! Style isn’t sacrificed for facilities here either – rooms are plantation-style with beautiful marble bathrooms whilst many have vast private terraces. There is so much space in the resort, it feels palatial! For the keen foodies, the two main restaurants Pillared L’Ajacou and Bajan Blue have great reputations too. Perhaps one of the most famous resorts in the area, style and service combine here to pack quite a punch.
Eden Rock, St Barths
Eden Rock has been a hub for A-listers since the 1950s when aviator and adventurer Remy de Haenen first welcomed guests to his luxury island resort. Eden Rock hotels are known as social hubs and this resort combines the glamour, social life and excitement of a celeb hotspot with the relaxation and escapism of an island hideaway. Perched upon a rocky promontory, the hotel is dramatically positioned and surrounded by a beachy bay and sparkling waters. Whilst the hotel lacks a communal swimming pool many of the suites and villas boast their own private pools whilst the sea is just minutes away from accommodation. Guests can have spa treatments in their rooms or cabanas on the beach, whilst equipment for watersports such as paddle boarding, rafting and kayaking is freely available. Rooms are Caribbean in style with varying characters. Crisp and bright white reigns supreme here whilst private artworks adorn walls. Suites are more opulent with bespoke furniture and jaw-dropping sea views. The resort is one of the best dining destinations on the island with On The Rocks restaurant jutting out into the sea, offering brilliant seafood and impressive desserts. The more casual Sand Bar is everything a beach bar needs to be with more excellent seafood and delicious cocktails.
The Cliff Hotel, Jamaica
This intimate but luxury hotel is a lovely blend of Jamaican hospitality and continental sensibilities. With just 22 suites and 4 private villas the resort is small enough to feel quite secluded whilst still delivering on 5-star amenities. The resort boasts a yoga pavilion, a fitness center, a beauty salon, a saltwater pool and a relaxing spa. The idea is that this hotel provides more than just a place to rest your head. The hotel itself is set amongst verdant and beautifully landscaped grounds with palm trees a plenty and hammocks scattered around the whole area. The décor of the rooms is predominantly calming white, offset with warming details like the dark wood plantation-style furniture and straw and bamboo decorative items. The overall effect is and effortlessly cool look that is luxurious without being OTT. The destination restaurant in the hotel is Zest, a shaded terrace with pretty twinkling fairy lights for when the sun goes down. Dishes are innovative and interesting featuring local produce with Jamaican twists.