The Caribbean is one of the most desirable travel destinations in the world. Its hundr of islands are filled with pristine beaches, exotic landscapes, and a relaxing vibe. And some resorts offer amenities like no other. Here are some of the most incredible options you can find at resorts in the Caribbean.
Champagne and strawberries every night, plus a Balinese-style spa
The best way to unwind is in paradise. But adding an evening glass of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries helps, too. Every night, each adult guest at the resort has both of these brought to their room. They’re complimentary, but we’d expect at least that much if we’re paying close to $1,000 per night for just a garden view. Plus, enjoy one of the best spas in the Caribbean while you’re here.
Next: This resort provides transportation with every room.
A golf cart with every room–and sometimes a carYou get your own exclusive villa and a car. | Casa de Campo
Hotel: Casa de Campo Golf Resort, Dominican Republic
Price: $549 and up
At this luxury golf resort, you can kick back and cruise around in your very own golf cart. It’s built right into the room price. A standard room starts at $549 per night, but expect to pay a lot more for the resort’s biggest exclusive villa; it’s 10 bedrooms. Oh, and for villas with more than five bedrooms, you’ll also get a car.
Next: Big hotel pools are nothing compared to this.Beach Resort
It’s easy to pay big bucks when you’ll have your own pool and butler service. Most rooms have sun decks as well, but not the cheapest rooms. The least expensive rooms also only have one bed and no ocean view, but you’re still paying close to $1,000 per night. To get that unobstructed ocean view, you’re looking at more than $2,000 per night.
Next: This resort is on its own island.
Stay on your own secluded islandYour own private island. | COMO Parrot Cay
Hotel: COMO Parrot Cay, Turks Caicos
Price: $900 and up
This hotel isn’t just a fancy resort nestled among others — it’s on its own private island. Feel the ultimate seclusion as you take a peaceful boat ride to the resort. It’s located on Parrot Cay, just west of the North Caicos island. The only downside? You’ll need to take a boat in order to explore anywhere besides the resort.
Stay in a villa complete with a recording studioFit for a rockstar. | Oetker Collection Hotels
Hotel: Eden Rock Hotel Villas, St. Barths
Price: $9,000 per night
Located right next to this villa’s private movie theater is its fully functioning recording studio. Now, you can really uncover the rock star in you. It’s known as “Villa Rockstar” and boasts 16,000 square feet of living space, butler service, a private pool, and a Mini Cooper in the garage for you to use at your leisure. Expect to pay even more than $9,000 per night during the high season, though.
Next: This takes ‘dining room’ to another level.
Eat world class cuisine while dining privately in a caveThere is a cave bar for everyone to enjoy. | The Caves Hotel
Hotel: The Caves, Jamaica
Price: $705 and up
This resort offers private dining at its finest. Dine in a carved out, cave-like area built into the side of a cliff for a real taste of The Caves Resort. Plus, you’ll enjoy a five-course meal with an ocean view. If you’re not interested in the private dining (it does cost extra), the resort also built a rum bar into the cliffs for guests to enjoy.
Next: Stare under the water all day in a room like this.
Cozy up in an over-water bungalowA view that’s impossible to beat. | Sandals Resort
Hotel: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, St. Lucia
Price: $7,000 and up
The Sandals Grande offers many great amenities, but it’s the only Caribbean resort that lets you stay in an over-water bungalow. Not only do you have a 360-degree water view, but glass floor panels also let you watch sea life under water any time. 24-hour room service is included. Although the rate is typically around $7,000 per night, it’s actually pretty easy to get a cheaper deal through the Sandals website or by calling.
Next: This resort’s golf course is one you won’t want to miss.
Golf at one of the most beautiful courses in the worldImagine golfing with those views. | Tucker’s Point Golf, Beach and Tennis Club
Hotel: The Rosewood, Bermuda
Price: $900 and up
When you stay at The Rosewood, you get to golf at one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful and renowned golf courses: Tucker’s Point. The course has won awards from various travel magazines and travel media. Its pristine ocean views make it one of the most desirable courses in the world.
Sip on a 50-page wine listIt won’t open until December 2018. | Belomond La Samanna
Hotel: Belmond La Samanna, St. Martin
Price: $700 and up
The Belmond La Samanna suffered serious damage during 2017’s Hurricane Irma and won’t open until December 2018. But when it’s back, it will be better than ever — and you’ll once again be able to indulge in its incredible wine list. With more than 50 pages of wine to explore, this resort has the most expansive wine list in the Caribbean. But dinner at the resort’s Trellis restaurant definitely comes at a premium.
Hotel: Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
Price: $1,200 and up
This hotel has rooms with ocean views from literally everywhere, which is something hard to come by at most luxury resorts. The rooms are known as “sanctuaries” at this intimate resort. Interestingly, every room has an open view — meaning there are no windows. This gives you a completely open experience to really become one with the ocean.
Next: This resort has more restaurants than anywhere else in the region.
Dine at nearly two-dozen restaurantsFor a family-friendly option. | Beaches Resort Villages Spa
Beaches resorts are the world-class, “family-friendly” version of their counterpart, Sandals. Beaches Turks Caicos is one of the largest resorts in the Caribbean. This five-star resort offers 21 dining options, meaning you can stay a whole week and never eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the same place twice. Very few resorts — if any — can say the same.
Next: Here’s how to choose the best resort.
The Caribbean has a lot to offer, and so do its resorts. But choosing the best one can be difficult. Try to narrow it down to what matters the most: Do you want to explore the island? Are you looking for the best cuisine? The best view? If you choose one or two “musts” to focus on, it will make deciding on a resort much easier. Plus, if budget is a factor, it also narrows the list.
Safety is extremely important when choosing an island destination. Before you decide on an island, check its safety rating, especially if you plan on leaving the resort. As with all vacation destinations, exercise caution, especially if you’re traveling alone. Although most Caribbean destinations are safe, it’s important to always stay aware of your surroundings.
If you want to take a vacation but aren’t sure if you have the budget, check out one of those islands. They typically offer less expensive airfare and room rates than places like Aruba and Turks Caicos. However, the less expensive islands do sometimes have higher crime rates. Always be sure to check travel websites to make sure your island and resort are safe.
The best time to travel to the Caribbean is whenever you need a vacation. But actually, the warmer months are usually the “low season,” meaning room rates are less expensive. Colder months, specifically December through April, are when you’ll likely see the highest rates. But for northern islands like Bermuda and the Bahamas, you’ll want to avoid traveling during the winter. The temperatures might be too low for you to enjoy it. It’s also important to be mindful of hurricane season, which lasts from June through November.
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