Every now and then, you might get an urge to be where the waves and the sand meet. Sure you can head to Europe and check out some of the amazing Mediterranean resorts, but why bother with the jet lag when you can hop on a plane and be at one of the best Caribbean resorts within just a few hours?
Here are some of the best Caribbean resorts.
1.) Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort — Aruba
Looking for the most romantic place in the Caribbean? Check out Aruba’s Bucati & Tara Resort. This eco-friendly hotel was named the #1 Hotel in the Caribbean for 2019 by TripAdvisor and has only 104 rooms.
Keep in mind this resort is not very child-friendly. If you’re looking for a family-friendly option, keep reading.
2.) Hermitage Bay — Antigua
Look for a little R&R? Head to Anituga’s Hermitage Bay.
While the hotel does not offer overwater bungalows, it has detached luxury suites. There are only 30, so you’ll never have to fight the crowds for a spot on the beach or in one of the resort’s yoga classes.
3.) Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club — Grenada
Are beachfront villas, turquoise waters, and watersports your jam? You’ll love Mount Cinnamon Resort and Beach Club.
This resort has 31 hilltop villas overlooking the Caribbean. All villas come with private balconies and breathtaking views. Want to cook? You can opt for a suite with a kitchen and breakfast bar.
4.) Spice Island Beach Resort — Grenada
The only 5-diamond resort in Grenada, Spice Island Beach Resort is located on the Grand Anse beach. It’s one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.
There are only 64 suites at this resort, and all offer amazing ocean views. The food is amazing, the resort prides itself on its customer service, and the beach is a stone’s throw away. What else do you need?
5.) Curtain Bluff Resort — Antigua
Stunning views, white sandy beaches, and turquoise waters. Curtain Bluff Resort has it all.
This 72-room resort sits on a rocky promontory and offers beaches on two sides. One is rough and the other is calm. The resort also has two restaurants and offers kayaking, paddle-boarding, and waterskiing.
6.) Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall — Jamaica
Looking for a family friendly Caribbean getaway? Head to Jamaica and check out the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall.
This beachfront resort is all-inclusive, so parents can enjoy poolside drinks while the kids play at the KidZ Club. Looking for adventure? Check out the resort’s sea kayaks, paddleboards, and even catamarans!
7.) Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa — St. Barts
Looking for luxury in St. Barts? Le Barthélemy has it all.
This new luxury hotel is located between a lagoon and Grand Cul-de-Sac beach and offers panoramic views of the Caribbean. Rooms are large, the water is calm for kite-surfing and other water sports, and the food at the resort’s Aux Amis French restaurant is superb.
8.) Secret Bay — Dominica
Looking to get away from it all? Want somewhere remote? Check out one of Secret Bay’s six beautiful villas. You’ll feel as though you’re truly off the grid.
Each villa offers open decks, a private pool, and breathtaking views of the Caribbean and nearby mountain peaks.
9.) Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa — Cayman Islands
The Kimpton Seafire is a 266-room resort and spa located on Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach. You’ll find sugary white beaches, turquoise waters, and several amazing scuba spots.
Grand Cayman has direct flights from NYC and Boston, making it an accessible location. Whether you go for a weekend or a month, we promise you there’s something for everyone at this resort.
10.) The Reef by Cuisinart — Anguilla
If you love to golf and are looking for a sunny, tropical getaway, head to Anguilla’s The Reef. There’s something for everything, including an 18-hole golf course, six restaurants, two tennis courts, and a spa.
The hotel was renovated in 2017 and is an all-suit resort. Each suite offers stunning ocean views, private terraces, and an abundance of charm.
11.) GoldenEye — Jamaica
GoldenEye was founded in the late 1970’s and is where Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels. It’s a low-key, charming resort, and you’ll often see celebs.
If you’re looking for a luxurious, all-inclusive spot, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for privacy, charm, and beauty, you’ll find it here.
12.) Petit St. Vincent Resort — St. Vincent and the Grenadines
If you’re looking for privacy, head to Petit St. Vincent. Located on a private islet in the Grenadines, Petit St. Vincent is 135 unspoiled acres of forest, coral-sand beaches, and calm, blue waters.
The resort was established in the 1960s and has 22 villas. It prides itself on privacy and serenity, so we recommend it more for couples than families.
13.) Belmond Cap Juluca — Anguilla
After being destroyed by Hurricane Irma in May 2017, Belmond Cap Juluca is back and better than ever. Formerly known as Cap Juluca, it’s been called the best hotel on the best beach in the Caribbean.
In addition to stunning beaches, the food will stun you. Check out the neo-Caribbean restaurant Pimms as well as Cip’s, which is famous for its lobster pasta.
14.) Ladera Resort — St. Lucia
If you want to invoke the feeling of a Swiss Family Robinson getaway, check out St.Lucia’s Ladera Resort. This resort is built from local timber and stone, making it as eco-friendly as you can get.
The resort offers private plunge pools and unobstructed views of the Caribbean. The beach is about five minutes away, and there’s a free shuttle that will take you there.
15.) Guana Island — BVI
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort where you can be pampered at the spa and drink fruity cocktails by the pool, move on. This isn’t it.
If, however, you’re looking for a quaint, hidden gem, you’ll love Guana Island. The resort is small. It can hold just 35 guests in its 18 rooms, but that’s part of the allure. It’s private and you can be as social (or anti-social) as you want.
In addition to the scenery, the resort offers spectacular, farm-to-table Caribbean cuisine. You can even meet the chickens who produce your daily eggs if you so desire!
16.) Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort — Anguilla
Have you ever visited a Californian Auberge Resorts? They’re spectacular. They took over the Malliouhana in 2014 and revamped the 30-year old resort.
Set in Turtle Cove, the Malliouhana offer everything from rum tastings to kites-surfing, horseback riding, outdoor yoga, and more. It’s perfect for couples or families and offers something for everyone.
17.) The Buccaneer — St. Croix, USVI
There’s a lot of history to the Buccaneer. It’s the longest-running resort in the Caribbean (and has been family run for more than 70 years). Prior to becoming a resort it was a cattle estate, a cotton estate, a sugar mill, and a private home!
The Buccaneer is like a country club. It’s family friendly, offers an 18-hole golf course, eight tennis courts, and three beaches. The restaurants are even bathing suit friendly!
18.) Manapany — St. Barts
Owned by Parisian hotellier Anne Jousse, Manapany was renovated in 2016. It’s located on 4.2 acres of beachfront property. The eco-friendly resort is perfect for a romantic getaway.
The resort offers 43 sea-view villas, eight of which are directly on the sand. It’s perfectly acceptable to attend dinners barefoot. The spa is supplied by Dr. Hauschka, and the oranges, avocados, and mangos all grow on the property.
19.) Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve — Puerto Rico
The Dorodo Beach Ritz was built on a 1,400 citrus and coconut plantation just 30 miles west of San Juan. Revamped in 2018, the hotel has 114 rooms.
Live in NYC? This tropical paradise is a short, three-hour flight away! If you’re in need of a getaway, you’ll love the resort’s two-miles of private beach.
20.) Anse Chastanet Resort — St. Lucia
Anse Chastanent is a 600-acre beachfront resort. It offers a mix of waterfront rooms and hillside cottages and is perfect for adventure travelers as well as those looking for a romantic getaway.
The resort is free of televisions and phones (at least in your room). It also has an excellent restaurant, the Treehouse Restaurant, which offers a fully vegetarian menu and includes organic vegetables grown on its farm.
21.) Round Hill Hotel and Villas — Jamaica
Located in Jamaica’s Montego Bay, Round Hill Hotel and Villas rests on 110 beachfront acres. It offers 360 oceanfront rooms and 27 private villas designed by Ralph Lauren.
There’s an infinity pool, a snorkeling reef, tennis courts, a golf course, and a fabulous spa. Dining is excellent as well: the menu is set by a James Beard Award-winning chef.
22.) Rockhouse — Jamaica
Rockhouse has been around since 1972 and has housed its fair share of famous guests including Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and even the Rolling Stones.
The boutique hotel is located in the West Cliffs and overlooks the Caribbean. It has three excellent restaurants, a spa specializing in holistic treatments, and even painting and yoga classes. And, of course, the snorkeling is out of this world.
23.) Jade Mountain — St. Lucia
Looking for somewhere fabulous like you’ve never been before? Head over to St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain.
The hillside retreat sits high up in the hills and offers breathtaking views of the waters below. Each rooms has 15-foot high ceilings, and private infinity pools. The resort also offers a wonderful restaurant led by a James Beard Award-winning Chef.
And did we mention there’s a Celestial Terrace for stargazing?
24.) BodyHoliday — St. Lucia
BodyHoliday opened in St. Lucia in 1988 and is unique for its focus on health, fitness, and wellbeing. If you’re looking for a private place to get healthy, this is it.
BodyHoliday rests in a private cove. Upon arrival, guests are given personalized itineraries for the 40+ activities a day (as well as a daily spa treatment). Packages are all-inclusive for food and drink as well and well-priced.
25.) Casa de Campo Resort & Villas — Dominican Republic
If you love beautiful golf courses and sugary white beaches, you’ll love Casa de Camp. How could you not? It’s home to Teeth of the Dog, one of the Caribbean’s best golf courses!
The resort itself is large: 7,000 acres. It’s located on Minitas Beach and even has a private island, Catalina, as well as a movie theater. There are multiple food options – everything from a buffet to a pizza joint to a food truck.
Next time you want a beach vacation, consider one of these amazing resorts.