23 Hottest Caribbean Escapes
Whether you are into luxury or adventure, find out what our travel experts say are the best Caribbean destinations for your next vacation.
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The Caves in Negril, Jamaica
Poised on the limestone cliffs of Negril, The Caves is owned by famed music producer, Chris Blackwell. An oceanfront sanctuary featuring 11 exclusive cliffside accommodations, 2 main dining gazebos, private cave-dining and the sexy Cave Rum and Cigar Bar, The Caves is classic Caribbean luxury and the perfect romantic getaway.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
If you're looking for impressive accolades, Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia, has them in spades. Consistently ranked as one of the top resorts in the Caribbean, Jade Mountain is an extravagant paradise that is committed to sustainability. They were the first hospitality facility in the Caribbean to be awarded LEED Gold. The property, which was conceived by architect and owner Nick Troubetzkoy, was designed to bring guests closer to nature. Rooms are open to the elements and designed in a way so that the trade winds keep the temperature comfortable all year long. There's even an ancient reservoir within the estate that is used as the property's main water source. Once treated, the water is distributed from the top of the hill so that no additional energy is used.
Nassau, The Bahamas
Visibility in the water off Nassau in The Bahamas can reach up to 100 feet — and that's why it's home to the world's best diving. Explore the Blue Hole, a natural hole 100-feet across and 200-feet deep full of large schools of fish. Trinity and Piece of Cake caves both have openings large enough to swim through and are home to some large lobsters. There are also countless shipwrecks that have occurred along the reefs surrounding the islands of the Bahamas that make for some very exciting underwater adventures.
Landings St. Lucia
Open since December 19, 2007, The Landings has quickly become an idyllic vacation destination. The resort offers lavish 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom villas along St. Lucia's most gorgeous bay. The 7,000-square-foot RockResorts Spa, fitness gallery and Beach Club Restaurant all offer first-rate service to the hotel's guests.
Cap Juluca Resort
Cap Juluca is only minutes from St. Maarten by air or boat, yet it feels completely insulated from the outside world. A self-contained enclave along two miles of the most pristine beaches in the world, the resort is a romantic paradise featuring 18 Moorish villas, 5-star restaurants and beautifully landscaped tropical gardens.
Pink Sands Resort in the Bahamas
A 20-acre haven set on the famous 3-mile pink sand beach, the Pink Sands Resort offers 25 cottages scattered throughout lush tropical grounds. The romantic resort offers a freshwater swimming pool, three tennis courts, an exercise studio and in-room massages.
The Grace Bay Club - Turks and Caicos
Located on 11 acres of immaculate beachfront, the Grace Bay Club was Turks and Caicos' first luxury all-suite hotel. The hotel is divided into two sections: the adults-only hotel and a family-friendly villa resort. Each provides private swimming pools and dining experiences to meet your travel desires. New features to the hotel include the Caribbean's longest bar, luxury Anani spa tents, 100 new chic day beds, a kids' tree house and the Anacaona restaurant.
The Sandy Lane Resort, Barbados
From the moment it first opened its doors in 1961, The Sandy Lane Resort has been the preferred resort for royalty, celebrities and other members of the elite. A treasured hideaway for the world's most discerning travelers, the resort combines classic elegance with lavish state-of-the art amenities. Famous for its tranquility, the resort also boasts 45 holes of golf spread out over three epic courses designed by Jim Fazio.
High Seas, Bahamas Cruise Line
If you're looking to create your own oceanic adventure vacation, then look no further than High Seas, Bahamas. You and your friends can choose what boat you'd like to be on, where you'd like to explore and how long you want to be at sea. Private beaches and exclusive snorkeling sites are part of the company's promise to show you the real Bahamas.
Hotel Guanahani & Spa, St. Barths
A 16-acre resort, Guanahani opened in 1986 and was one of the first luxury hotels in St. Barths. Its 71 bungalows are traditional Creole-style, with private decks and pools. While you are there, don't miss Guanahani's beachside restaurant, Indigo, which serves up delicious food anytime you’re hungry, and the fresh menu is constantly changing based on what's in season.
The Four Seasons Resort on the Leeward Islands
Peter Island Resort and Spa, British Virgin Islands
Peter Island Resort is a private island paradise exuding relaxation and tranquility. The resort has more staff members than guests, offering an unparalleled level of service. Whether your heart's desire is to swing in a hammock, sail, scuba dive or hike, Peter Island promises you an island experience unlike any other in the Caribbean.
Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa
A visit to these beautiful islands will often cost you a pretty penny, but not if you stay at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and Spa. Opened in 1997, this popular spot is an all-inclusive resort.
With frequent flights from Atlanta and New York, it's about time you experience the many resort options on St. Kitts from the five-star Park Hyatt St. Kitts to the gorgeous Marriott Resort (pictured) which offers private beach access and luxurious amenities.
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Rising up majestically from the Caribbean is Atlantis, a resort based on the mythical city that sank without a trace 11,000 years ago. Along the 3 miles of Cabbage Beach's sugary sand, guests can snorkel, parasail, jet-ski or just lounge to their hearts' desire. Then there is the Leap of Faith: a 60-foot drop down a Mayan temple water slide that takes you to one of the resort's spectacular family attractions — the aquarium.
Harbour Village Beach Club
Nestled on a four-acre peninsula on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire is Harbour Village Beach Club. Surrounded by white sugar sand, the resort features Bonaire's only private beach.
Stanford Antigua Sailing Week - Antigua, The West Indies
To pack a little action into your Caribbean vacation, head to the annual Stanford Antigua sailing week. Participants from all over the globe flock to Antigua each year hoping to win what is now considered one of the premier sailing regattas in the world. The excitement of the race combined with the hospitality and beauty of Antigua make for a vacation you'll never forget.
Hyatt Regency, Aruba
Set just 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba is the westernmost island of the Netherlands Antilles. Here Spanish, Dutch and Caribbean culture blend as comfortably as your beachside cocktail. The Hyatt Regency Aruba is one of the region's premier resorts, known for its casual elegance and attentive staff.
Rick's Cafe in Negril, Jamaica
Located on Negril's beautiful West End Cliffs, Rick's Cafe was the first public bar and restaurant of its kind to offer unrivaled views of the sunset from the naturally formed cliffs. The cafe sits over one of West End Cliff's most incredible coves and many have jumped or dived from platforms as high as 35 feet into the crystalline water below.
The Four Seasons - Nevis, West Indies
Nevis, located in the tropical Leeward Islands, offers visitors near-perfect weather and beaches. The Four Seasons resort offers exclusive villas and estate homes, an award-winning spa and some of the world's most scenic golf courses. The canopy cover of palm trees stands uninterrupted, as the local government does not allow buildings taller than two stories.
Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
St. Thomas is part of the US Virgin Islands, just east of Puerto Rico. Blessed with breathtaking views, it's no wonder this island attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. Combining Old World Colonial charm with a tropical setting, the 152-room Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas sits on 15 acres of impeccably manicured grounds and its stately elegance attracts guests from all around the world.
Little Dix Bay
Set 90 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, Virgin Gorda is 8 1/2 square miles of lush greenery and stunning crescent bays; it truly is a tropical wilderness. Little Dix Bay includes an amazing number of hiking trails and offers some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean along with the stunning Rosewood Little Dix Bay resort.
COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Parrot Cay of the Turks and Caicos Islands is considered one of the most secluded and exclusive resort islands of the Caribbean. These white, powdery-sand beaches, warm turquoise waters and tropical foliage are practically unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Stars like Paul McCartney, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and David Copperfield have all vacationed in stunning Parrot Cay.