There are hundreds of welcoming resorts spread across the islands of the Caribbean, but sometimes it pays to go the extra mile and indulge in some luxury. Take your pick of these extravagant hotels when planning your next visit to this sun-soaked region. From suites with mountain vistas and ocean-facing infinity pools to swanky spas and private butlers, we are sure you’ll be tempted by these luxurious Caribbean hotels.
Jumby Bay Island - Antigua and Barbuda
Island getaways don’t come more exclusive than Jumby Bay Island, an island of pure white-sand beaches situated a short boat ride from Antigua. A collection of sumptuous villas and estate-style residences are spread across 300 acres and are suitable for everyone from honeymooners to vacationing families. With daily meals, an open bar, snorkeling tours, sunset cocktail cruises and more complimentary services, you won’t want for anything. Hang out at the three swimming pools — two of which are infinity — or find a quiet, palm-shaded corner on almost 5 miles of pristine beach.
Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Resort - Puerto Rico
Once a plantation owned by the prominent Livingston family, this hotel opened in the 1950s and immediately welcomed celebrities such as Amelia Earhart and JFK. Following a post-Hurricane Maria makeover, the 114-room Dorado Beach is flashier than ever. Each room and suite has floor-to-ceiling windows that lead to ocean-facing balconies and many feature private infinity plunge pools. Bring your golf clubs and play on three championship courses and bike or walk the 11-mile-long nature trail. Chef José Andrés, the small plate pioneer of the U.S., presides over one of several waterfront eateries.
Four Seasons Resort Nevis - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Nestled between Nevis Peak and Pinney’s Beach, the Four Seasons Resort Nevis presents a harmonious blend of tranquility and active pursuits. Soak up the spectacular natural setting beachside and at the three infinity pools. Hone your golfing skills at the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed course, where vervet monkeys hang out on the fairways. Take to the water with the sailing school and head into the rainforest on guided hikes. The seven bars and restaurants serve up mouthwatering fusions of American, Caribbean and Mediterranean fare alongside bespoke rum-inspired cocktails.
GoldenEye - Jamaica
Who doesn’t want to stay on the former estate of James Bond creator Ian Fleming? The author wrote all 14 of his novels from the series while staying at GoldenEye and, upon glimpsing the beaches, jungle garden and lagoon, it is easy to appreciate how he got inspired. Choose an Ann Hodges-designed waterfront villa, a shabby chic beach hut or lagoon cottage, with private dock and kayak to boot. Drink in the scenery from the rooftop of the shabeen and dive face first into plates of grilled lobster and Jamaican jerk barbecue. With kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and snorkeling activities, there’s plenty to enjoy in the water, too.
Mandarin Oriental, Canouan - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Over $100 million was invested in the Mandarin Oriental on the island of Canouan so you can expect the utmost in opulence. The smallest suite is a whopping 1,300 square feet and all are just a few barefooted steps from the sugar-like sands of Godahl Beach. Splurge on one of the 4-bedroom hillside villas, accessible via your own private elevator. From the spa and yoga room to the golf course, terrace infinity pool and five bars and restaurants, the views are unprecedented throughout the resort. Children are welcome and can have fun entering the Beach Olympics.