For most, a trip to to the Caribbean is an indulgence in itself, but if you really fancy pushing the boat out, the Caribbean is a laced with super luxury retreats. So if you’re on the lookout to rub shoulders with elite jet setters, chances are you’ll fancy one of the hotels in my Top 5 Luxury hotels in the Caribbean.
The one fit for the A-List…
St. Barths, Eden Rock
One of the most famous A-List haunts in the French West-Indies, The Eden Rock in St. Barths is the place to go if you want to feel like a rock-star. Most definitely on my luxury hotel bucket list, the Eden Rock Resort offers sumptuous rooms, suites and private villas – all of which come with the most jaw-dropping amenities and stunning views over the bay. And if you fancy doing it properly…as in really properly…there are two uber-deluxe villas on the site that give you a good idea how the A-List Travelistas live (Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba, Elle MacPherson). Think two private pools per villa, your own butler, your own art gallery and even a Mini Cooper at your disposal!
The one for workaholics needing to switch off…
St Lucia, Anse Chastanet
For those looking to really get away from it all to an extent most of us mere mortals can’t ever comprehend, Anse Chastanet redefines gorgeous seclusion. You wouldn’t normally expect it from a deluxe resort, but out there you will find no communication technology or devices, which means it’s bye-bye Wi-Fi for a much-needed escape. As a social media and blogging addict, this prospect terrifies me, but I think a stay here would force me to switch off and relax. It’s all about the purest of the pure here and guests find themselves on rough terrain and facing a climb to get to their bespoke wooden hillside rooms. The people at Ane Chastanet believe it’s only by going back to basics like this that you can get a feel of the authentic Caribbean and real island living. More than reason enough to go in my book!
The one for getting active…
British Virgin Islands, Bitter End Yacht Club
No surprises here – sailing is the order of the day at this resort which occupies a stunning plot on the coast of Virgin Gorda. The best thing about this resort is that use of all the smaller craft and windsurfers etc. is included in the price you pay, which makes it the perfect place for anyone with nautical dreams. The ambience is lively, there’s always something going on and there are few better places in the world to take your very first sailing lesson.
The one for pure relaxation and culture vultures…
Anguilla, CuisinArt Resort
Unlike the other humdrum resorts you find scattered around Anguilla and many other Caribbean islands – CuisinArt Resort is quite literally, one big work of art. Rooms are enormous and painted to resemble a clear blue sky, while the exterior of the building will in some areas have you wondering if you’ve been washed on the shores in Greece. The atmosphere is all about laid-back relaxation and guests are lavished with an all-inclusive spa, tons of sports on offer, a staff contingency that just can’t do enough for you and two restaurants supplied by the resort’s own hydroponic farm. I shall say no more!
The one for family-friendly luxury…
Dominican Republic, Paradisus Palma Real
And to finish off with one for the family, this little gem is part of the Melia hotel group and has Leading Hotels of the World status. The Paradisus Palma Real Hotel caters perfectly for families demanding more from their holidays. Even the standard rooms are off-the-scale – featuring a jacuzzi for two, jet showers, flat screen TV, huge balcony and so much more besides. On hand are staff with a proven passion for keeping kids entertained and showing families the time of their life. It’s all about opulence with a family-friendly twist here – a unique find if you ask me.
Have you been to any of the hotels in my Top 5 or are you simply dreaming of visiting? Let me know what you thought in the comment box below!
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