Ranking the best Caribbean resorts is bound to be contentious. Each traveler has different tastes and priorities. Everyone has his or her own favorite island or beach. With so many top Caribbean luxury resorts, finding the best can be a challenge.
Although there are top Caribbean luxury resorts on most
islands, several islands are stocked almost exclusively
with upper-end hotels. Virgin Gorda in the British
Virgin Islands is particularly attractive to the discriminating
traveler. Bitter End Yacht Club and Little Dix Bay are
two top Caribbean all
inclusive resorts on the island. Peter Island, a tiny
speck of land in the BVI, is home to the Peter Island
Resorts, one of the most exclusive of all top Caribbean
all inclusive resorts.
St. Barthelemy (or St. Barth's)
has many top Caribbean luxury resorts. St. Barth's
Hotel Isle de France is one of the best Caribbean resorts
on any island, but there are few bad lodging places on
Other islands to look to for top Caribbean luxury resorts
include Turks &
Caicos, Barbados, Grand
Cayman, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St.
Lucia. Nevis, part of the tiny island country of St.
Kitts and Nevis, has several top resorts; Four Seasons
and Nisbet Plantation Beach are among the best. Generally,
the best Caribbean resorts are on the smaller islands. Jamaica and Puerto
Rico have their share of good hotels and all
inclusive resorts, but smaller islands like Nevis
have the more intimate, exclusive hotels.
Curtain Bluff Hotel on Antigua finds a perennial place on the Conde Nast list of top
Caribbean luxury resorts. Its beaches have to be seen
to be believed. The service is as impressive as the location.
The rooms are exquisite. Extras like free scuba
diving and deep sea fishing make Curtain Bluff an exemplar of what top Caribbean all
inclusive resorts can be.
The best Caribbean resorts are, unsurprisingly, heavy
on the wallet. Expect to pay $350 a night and up for most
of the resorts mentioned above. This generally includes
meals, drinks, and other complimentary extras, but that
is not necessarily the case. Savings can be had by booking
a package that includes flights and accommodation and by visiting in the off-season (May
to November), but the best resorts are never cheap.
Sometimes, though, a dream vacation worth a splurge. If you are ready to invest in serenity and luxury, one of the top Caribbean luxury resorts is the place to go.