Appearances vary greatly from the lush tropical vibrancy of Jamaica and St Lucia, to the low-lying windswept charms of Anguilla and the Turks and Caicos. Each island also has its own very distinctive personality, ranging from the colonial-style glamour of Barbados and the Robinson Crusoe-style charms of the Grenadines, to the French chic of St. Barths and the step-back-in-time ambience of Nevis.
Sandy Lane’s reputation as the most famous of Caribbean resorts has always been enviable. Its original coral stone façade remains, its classic Palladian style still providing the perfect foil for the famous beach that fronts it. The landscaped swimming pool complements the pristine white sands, whilst a childrens’ club and tennis courts combine with the golf courses and spa to ensure everyone is in heaven, no matter what their age or sporting preferences are.
Over the years this charming retreat has acquired a sense of style that still manages to dovetail perfectly with its oceanfront setting on the west coast of Barbados. The luxurious accommodation is beautifully appointed; all rooms have a private veranda, whilst one and two bedroom suites feature a sitting room and well-equipped kitchen that’s especially useful for families. There are also two outstandingly-designed Tree Top Suites with their own plunge pools, and The Beach House, a stunning three bedroom villa.
Coral Reef Club has been owned and managed by the O’Hara family since the 1950s, and the younger generation has introduced the style and requirements of today whilst subtly retaining the finest traditions. Just 88 rooms, cottages and suites, overlook the gardens, swimming pool or coral-sand beach. Charmingly appointed in an elegant island style, they all feature air conditioning, ceiling fans, CD player/clock radios, safes and private balconies, whilst the Luxury Holiday Cottages and Plantation Suites serve up the last word in tropical comfort.
In September 2010 this elegant and understated resort underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation. As well as refurbishing the 48 Oceanfront Deluxe Rooms and enhancing all the public spaces, an additional room category of 24 Beachfront Junior Suites was created. The experience begins with VIP fast-track through customs on arrival at the airport and is completed by butler service.
Set in six acres of tropical gardens alongside a superb 1500-foot-long beach, this tasteful, all-suite resort combines homely design with a lively, family-friendly atmosphere. The wide-ranging facilities include freshwater swimming pools, aerobics, volleyball, floodlit tennis courts, watersports, three restaurants, dancing, art classes and – a particularly nice touch – cultural and educational activities for children.
This Relais & Châteaux property brings together colonial elegance, immaculate service and a relaxed vibe. The result? An utterly idyllic resort that continues to delight discerning guests. Set in an English-style country house, Cobblers Cove boasts 40 gorgeous suites, in tropical grounds, each light, airy and opening onto beautiful views of the gardens or white sands.
A suite-only retreat, Rosewood Mayakoba’s rooms are reached by a stroll through flower-filled gardens or by boat through the meandering freshwater lagoons encompassing the resort. And with their pale limestone walls, the suites are visions of natural beauty married with man-made luxuries. Inside, the look is clean, crisp and contemporary, with vast airy rooms decked out in muted tones, lit by floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Through them, oversized terraces open onto your very own slice of Caribbean sunshine, while terrace plunge pools are on hand to help you cool off.
Nature meets design made for coffee table books in this gated, exclusive enclave on Mexico’s famed Riviera Maya coast, home to the second largest coral reef in the world. Each villa, whether it’s on the beach or with its own spa, is stylishly decorated with handcrafted Mayan furnishings and comes with its own private garden.
Set on a 300-acre private island nestled just two miles off the coast of Antigua, Jumby Bay’s coastline is edged by pristine white sands and its waters are amongst the bluest in the islands. Guests arrive by a short, private boat journey; it’s an exclusive experience that sets the tone for the rest of your stay. Noted for its landscape, lush with rare tropical flowers, stately palm trees and abundant foliage, the island is also home to beautiful birds and brilliant reef fish.
With its white walls, thatched palapa roofs rising up above pure white sands, and turquoise Caribbean waters; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is a vision of Mayan loveliness. Part of Belmond's renowned global collection of 45 iconic hotels, trains and river cruises, this heavenly resort’s aim is to wow you with its sheer natural beauty, before packing you off feeling revitalised and full of well-being.
Zen-like tranquillity radiates through each room and the spacious and sleek all-suite spaces include the matching accessory – great ocean views. Located in a magnificent cove surrounded by mangroves and sugar-soft sand, here you’ll find activities galore: more tennis courts than you can swing a racket at; a PADI dive centre and the 17,000 sq ft luxurious Blue Spa, which has an extensive array of treatments.
Immediately, you know you can relax in this beautiful Barbadian setting and let everyone else do the hard work. With 88 one bedroom rooms and suites, Crystal Cove is ideal for honeymooners and families alike, here the pools are a series of sultry lagoons, there is a host of watersports, two floodlit tennis courts for sundown activity seekers, and the two restaurants offer some of the best dining on the whole island.
At this cosy, romantic getaway high in the Piton Mountains, take a dip in your private plunge pool 1000 feet above the shimmering Caribbean Sea, or cherish the local cuisine at Dasheene Restaurant.
Ideal whatever your age or requirements, this modern and newly-renovated prime resort on the beautiful platinum west coast of Barbados offers three delicious pools, complimentary breakfast and watersports, a selection of lovely outdoor dining options, and a club for younger kids as well as one for teenagers. The bright and airy suites come with oversized balconies as standard, and for couples looking for seclusion there’s an adult-only pool, plus dedicated excursions.
From its palm-studded lobby and bougainvillea-strewn gardens to its white-sand beaches, this could never be anything other than a Caribbean resort. Guest rooms, junior suites and villas are hidden away in the terraced gardens or just steps from the sands, their amenities including cable TVs, refrigerators and private terraces. Delicious meals are served in the alfresco Palm Restaurant, the Cove Restaurant with its aweinspiring views, or Bartleys Restaurant catering to those in the mood for a gourmet treat.
An all-inclusive resort spread over 45 acres, Smugglers Cove offers comfortable, family-friendly accommodation with a choice of four restaurants and myriad outdoor activities suitable for all.
Consistently voted amongst Mexico’s best boutique resorts, Zoëtry takes in 14 pristine beachside acres on the beautiful Riviera Maya. Accommodation is limited to 90 suites, there’s an abundance of onsite facilities, the Wellness centre is brilliantly equipped, and all with the benefit of the all-inclusive Endless Privileges package.
A grand driveway flanked by casuarina trees, a prime stretch of white-sand beachfront and languorous evenings that resound to the lazy strains of calypso and jazz. Accommodation is luxurious, with suites gracefully furnished with four-poster beds. The hotel also offers two renowned restaurants and a complimentary water taxi service between the six west coast Elegant Hotels.
An exclusive enclave within the Punta Cana Resort & Club complex, Tortuga Bay comprises 30 Oscar de la Renta-decorated guest suites in 13 individually-managed villas. Each of the luxuriously-spacious suites has a terrace overlooking a green lawn or the Caribbean Sea, and a golf cart parked right outside – just the thing for exploring the resort’s nine world-class restaurants and PB Dye-designed course.
Renowned for its club-like ambience, exemplary service levels and 25,000-bottle wine cellar, Curtain Bluff’s perfect location is what really sets it apart. Dominating a private bluff on Antigua’s south coast, its Caribbean beach is tranquil and calm and its Atlantic beach deliciously windblown and wild. It’s also a sporting paradise, with complimentary activities including tennis and squash courts, a fitness centre, aerobics, yoga, Pilates, a swimming pool and watersports that include deep sea fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving for certified divers.
A vision of white walls and colonial arches rubbing shoulders with the clear waves of Cariblue Beach, LeSPORT offers guests an unparalleled selection of fitness and wellness activities.
As you would expect from a Secrets property, the poolscape here is darn spectacular. Then there’s the all-suite accommodation – of which there is a lot! – but standards never slip in this all-inclusive property that benefits from access to a stretch of one of the best beaches south of Cancun. Dining is all-encompassing, and the spa is intimate and lovely.
Imagine walking into the pages of Wallpaper* magazine and you’ll have some idea of how it feels at this most fashionable resort on the Caribbean’s most fashionable island. Its distinctive geometric architecture surrounds sophisticated, contemporary interiors, courtesy of Kelly Wearstler (the imagination behind all Viceroy properties), with custom-designed furnishings throughout. Spread along two superb white sand beaches – Meads Bay and Barnes Bay – the luxury accommodation goes from rooms and suites, right up to super-swish villas.
Located in a secluded bay on the west coast of the island, this all-suite resort fronts a white sand beach and has fabulous views across the Caribbean Sea. Built from tropical hardwoods, the shingle-roofed cottages sit prettily in the landscape and recall the island’s colonial past. Inside, a neutral palette and contemporary décor form the backdrop to unobtrusive luxury. Its easy to do nothing here, but there’s also non-motorised watersports, sailing and windsurfing lessons or indulgent pampering with a range of sumptuous spa treatments plus a beachside restaurant and freshwater pool.
Stylish and contemporary in design, suites here feature open floor plans with unobstructed ocean views, a full or French balcony and come complete with oodles of modern amenities.
Inspired by the elegant hideaways of the French and Italian Rivieras, Eden Roc is a boutique hotel with 34 freestanding suites overlooking the gardens or the lagoon, each with its own swimming pool and spa area. Located on the Cap Cana resort, with its world-class Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, full-service marina and tennis courts, the hotel has five restaurants, a private beach, two outdoor pools, a kids club and a fabulous spa.
A tropical hideaway reflecting the style of grand haçiendas, One&Only Palmilla is simply idyllic; a verdant oasis of exquisite fountains, swaying palms and tropical flora. Guest rooms are in single- and three-storey ‘casas’, scattered throughout the 250-acre estate, with unobstructed views of the Sea of Cortez from the balcony or patio.
Sugar Beach is surrounded by tropical rainforest and flanked by a dazzling white sand beach. The newly renovated Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms provide the ultimate in convenience and comfort with private plunge pools and secluded walled gardens, and some come with rooftop open-air lounges. The Villas boast the same elegant styling. For us, that’s what the Caribbean’s all about – that and white beaches plus water so clear it’s like snorkelling in an aquarium, both of which you’ll find here. Very cool.
A spectacular resort whose impressive facilities make the most of the island’s almost perennially perfect weather. Air-conditioned rooms and suites overlook the ocean or the magnificent golf course with a furnished outdoor veranda or patio. Recreational facilities include three infinity pools and four luxury beach cabanas overlooking Pinney’s Beach, free non-motorised watersports, a Tennis Centre, kids’ programmes for 3-9 year-olds and a full-service spa.
Once the private estate of Huntington Hartford II, this resort reflects the refined quality of an elegant colonial manor. The resort features stunning Versailles gardens and 12th-century Augustinian cloisters.
Those seeking tranquillity are sure to find it at Cap Juluca, home to dramatic Moroccan design, amidst 179 tropical acres on a mile-long, crescent-shaped beach. Whether you stay in a luxury suite or dreamy beachside villa with its own pool, you’ll be met by sophisticated style and modern luxuries at every turn. Dine on ‘Eurobbean’ or pan-Asian cuisine and charter a boat to Little Bay.
Little Dix Bay boasts a spectacular setting on Virgin Gorda; the reefprotected lagoon and half-mile crescent beach are its undoubted natural highlights. Facilities abound on land or sea and the 106 guest rooms and suites are furnished to the very highest standard with amenities such as air conditioning, fridge/minibars and private patios. Most look out towards the bay, whilst others are beachside and set on stilts.
This sophisticated hideaway is set on the beach overlooking the sapphire Sea of Cortez. Vibrant Mexican artwork abounds: avant-garde paintings, precious artefacts and carved furnishings are scattered throughout the resort. Bright, spacious and air-conditioned, the suites maintain a muted but inescapable Mexican style. Full butler service, luxurious bathrooms, king-size beds, satellite TV, CD and DVD players feature, along with a wood-burning fireplace for romanticevenings and a telescope for stargazing.
This boutique-style hotel is a distinctly Gallic testament to the finer things in life. At its hub lies the beachfront plantation-style estate house with its swimming pool, alfresco restaurant and collection of rooms and junior suites. Four Beach Suites featuring private infinity plunge pools sit directly on the beach, whilst the remaining bungalows and suites lie amid tropical gardens.
This is the perfect Caribbean resort for families, especially those with young children. Built between a sandy crescent beach and an 18-hole golf course, the village comprises a choice of one, two, three and four bedroom luxury villas, some overlooking the giant 35 metre lagoon pool and some offering private pools and the services of a personal butler.
It may be a hop and a bit of a skip to get to Mustique, but boy is it worth it; Cotton House’s appeal is in its seclusion, elegance and refinement. While it’s been converted from an old sugar mill, it’s far from rustic: having been rejuvenated by hotel genius Grace Leo it now boasts beautifully renovated and romantic weathered cottage rooms and suites.
On its own 1000-acre private island. Parrot Cay is the epitome of contemporary chic thanks to a clever combination of simple décor, impeccable service and activities, all designed to de-stress. Choose between rooms, suites or villas, all with spectacular views. Or beyond the resort’s mile-long stretch of porcelain white sand, one of the exclusive private homes.
Fifty-one delightful suites, occupying a series of serene, cane-thatched sanctuaries, nestle on the beautiful northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, where 24-hour in-room dining, mile-upon-mile of alabaster sands, three-times-daily maid service, exquisitely-decked pools, three gourmet restaurants and a full service spa are yours for the taking. This stunning all-inclusive resort has all the travel pundits salivating.
Scented gardens lead to a wide choice of accommodation here, with 64 suites, some with private pools, offering the highest standards of luxury. Each features flat-screen TV, DVD player, complimentary mini-bar, fine Italian linens and Molton Brown amenities The Cinnamon and Saffron Suites sit on the breathtaking Grand Anse beach and interconnect with the elegant and spacious Seagrape Suites, offering stylish beachfront living that’s ideal for families.
Set between the sugar-soft sands and the azure waters of Rendezvous Bay, CuisinArt’s setting is pure Caribbean glamour. Inside the 93 spotlessly-turned-out spacious rooms and suites, restful whites and rich blues echo the immaculate views that stretch as far as the eye can see. There’s a host of superb sporting facilities, and for lovers of all things culinary it’s a veritable paradise.
Tucked away on the stunning island of Virgin Gorda, accessible only by boat or helicopter, Biras Creek has long been a favourite of both discerning guests in the know and the critics who routinely shower it with awards. Just 31 airy suites complete with light furnishings are set amongst 140 lush acres to be explored by bike, hikes or boat trips, before an indulgent spa session or sumptuous meal.
Casual yet stylish attire is the order of the day here, whether relaxing barefoot at the Sand Bar or dining at the hotel’s On The Rocks Restaurant with its spectacular setting. Originally opened in the 1950s, Eden Rock has retained the enviable reputation of being the place to be seen on the fashionable island of St Barths, and offers its guests an impeccably refined holiday.
Overlooking the powdery sands and tranquil waters of Smugglers Cove, Cap Maison’s spacious haçiendastyle villas open onto gorgeous Caribbean views. And with 49 modern and fully-equipped Villa Suites spread throughout tropical gardens, many with private roof terraces, Jacuzzis or plunge pools, this resort is perfectly placed to meet the needs of couples and families alike
Stunningly designed with an outside-in ethic – the sun seems to glide through the bleached wood villas with their clean lines and design-classic furniture – this resort tempts you in from the onset. Its luscious reception pavilion opens out on to the central reflection pond, which in turn brushes against the library and boutique, the restaurant and the bar. The perfect modern island hideaway.
From the service, to the food, to the setting, this represents the best Bermuda has to offer. Pack some of your favourite clothes and plan on making the most of your time at Rosewood Tucker’s Point. As a distinguished guest at this stylish Caribbean resort, you’ll want to dress the part. The superior guestrooms are located in the Manor House, measure a massive 500 sq ft and each have an expansive balcony offering views of either Castle Harbour or Harrington Sound.
Perched gracefully at the southernmost tip of Baja California, Capella Pedregal is a dreamy marriage of Mexican hospitality and spectacular amenities. The location itself is perfection, set minutes from bustling Cabo San Lucas but serenely private, with a beach that marks the point where the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez meet.
Stay at this luxury hotel clustered around a maze of water set against the most dazzling of white beaches, and make use of Secrets’ signature Unlimited Luxury policy which, in essence, means you’re free to do whatever you want, when you want. Accommodation is modern yet Caribbean-inspired, there are over 10 dining options and the glorious beach service is an always welcome touch.
With an intimate cluster of cottages, rooms and suites that range from the rustic to the glamorous, almost everything here is focused upon the sweeping white beach; the wooden sundeck closely hugs its extensive curves, and the alfresco restaurants open onto panoramic sea views. Days here are conducive to selfindulgence, with guests choosing to either relax upon the beach or enjoy a spot of spa time.
An unpretentious and elegant hideaway with passion, flair and a ‘you-don’t-have-to-lift-a-finger’ mentality is what Calabash is all about. They’re always keen to go that little bit further to make your stay even more memorable, so you’ll find little indulgences like fruit served on the beach every morning and homecooked breakfasts on your terrace or balcony. Thirty scattered suites resemble a horseshoe in profile and are just steps away from the crescent-shaped Prickley Bay and its glorious warm waters.