Splurge-Worthy Beach Resorts in the Caribbean
The Caribbean has no shortage of resorts, especially of the belly-up-to-the-all-inclusive-pool-bar variety, where watered-down drinks and dated, tropical decor are endured because of low prices in a saturated market.
But the Caribbean is also home to some of the most posh luxury resorts on the planet – getaways where personal butlers deliver champagne and strawberries to your private infinity pool.
These resorts aren't crowded into hotel strips where fried-seafood restaurants are jam-packed with tourists. They are tucked away and expansive, hosting the rich and famous who want to remain hidden as they relax on the beach and enjoy decadent meals.
Factoring in elements like degree of privacy, diversity of amenities and quality of service, we've rounded up the very finest luxury beach resorts in the Caribbean. These properties don't come cheap, but if you're going to take a vacation, why not splurge and live a little?
Amanyara, Turks & Caicos
From the moment you are picked up at the Providenciales airport in a luxury SUV with a menu of tunes to select for your 25-minute journey, you know Amanyara is not your average Caribbean resort. Removed from the resort district, this is the place celebs like Beyoncé and Roger Federer turn to for privacy, found in villas of two to six bedrooms surrounding their own infinity pool. Housed in complexes with private access to the beach, you could easily stay in your own “compound” and never encounter another guest.
Each villa is catered to by a dedicated butler and comes with a room for the nanny, should you travel with your children. An open-air living room, kitchen, courtyard, private gym and stereo sound system provide all of the comforts of a million-dollar home.
Should you come out from hiding, make your way to the wellness center to enjoy spa services and an outdoor yoga studio. Then explore the coastline by kayak, or grab a bite at the oceanfront (and open-air) resort restaurant. Be sure to try the restaurant's signature drink, the Basil Dazzle, a winning blend of vodka, basil, lime and ice, to get in the Caribbean mood.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
This private island retreat in the British Virgin Islands is owned by Virgin's Richard Branson and open only to elite guests who book through Virgin Limited Edition, a collection of uber-luxe resorts around the world. Its 11 villas are available for just 22 people, and may be rented exclusively for a private island getaway off the coast of Tortola.
During your visit, you will be waited on hand and foot. Everything is included with your panoramic-view stay, from boat transfers to meals to drinks to sailing to kite-surfing to a DJ spinning tunes one night of your stay – yes, your very own dance party!
The island features two tennis courts, a beach hot tub and two freshwater pools, as well as a pair of beaches and ample hiking.
Eden Roc at Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
Eden Roc is set into a 30,000-acre Punta Cana luxury estate with its own equestrian center, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Club, a lagoon-style swimming pool, tropical rainforests and pristine beaches. It is the only property in the Dominican Republic's that's part of the Relais & Chateaux global fellowship of best-of-the-best luxury hotels.
Sixty suites and villas make up the master-planned development. Choose from boutique suites and two- to bedroom-bedroom villas with private pools and even personal chefs, as well as oversized bathrooms, and living and dining rooms you’d kill to have in your own home. (Dig deeper into your wallet for a specialty suite and be rewarded with butler service.)
Set sail daily on deep-sea fishing trips, sunset catamaran rides or private boat trips – or just relax and rejuvenate at the private beach, 4,090-square-foot swimming pool or elegant Solaya Spa.
Jumby Bay, Antigua
Why bother staying on Antigua, when you could stay on the private 300-acre island just off its coast? If Jumby Bay is good enough for the likes of Oprah, Jim Carrey and Robert De Niro, it will certainly exceed your expectations for a high-end vacay. Accessible via private ferry or helicopter, Jumby Bay offers private estate homes and mansions – some with separate bungalows featuring a private swimming pool – for a home-away-from-home experience with a luxury twist.
Want to leave your accommodations? Enjoy the resort’s bicycles, kayaks and snorkel-gear to explore Jumby Bay by land and sea. If you're bringing the little ones, send them off to enjoy a summer camp-styled children’s program.
Cap Maison, St. Lucia
For an elegant getaway to St. Lucia, the boutique Cap Maison Resort is one of the island’s most stunning properties. Skip the sprawling resorts and find yourself nestled into the cliffs and rainforests in a private villa with your own rooftop swimming pool overlooking the aquamarine Caribbean Sea. (The resort's pier houses a 46-foot boat meant to be enjoyed by resort guests for private island excursions and tours.)
Next to the intimate beach, join guests at the oceanfront restaurant, or request an ultra-romantic dinner on the resort’s private deck, situated atop a cliffside rock. You can also dine at the clifftop Cap Restaurant, providing uninterrupted views of Martinique in the distance.
Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica
When Round Hill opened in Montego Bay in 1953, it immediately became the “it” place to be for socialites from both Europe and America. Today, the completely renovated resort continues to provide old-school glamour, but now it also offers enticing modern touches. The 36-room Pineapple House’s new interior, for example, was designed by famed American fashion designer Ralph Lauren. The resort's 27 villas were also influenced by Lauren’s tastes, boasting a Jamaican style and romantic four-poster mahogany beds.
Lauren’s touches continue into the dining spaces at the resort, which have landed on “best of” lists in the luxury category for the last decade. Visit and enjoy the resort’s spoils, from its double infinity-edge swimming pool, private beach and glass-bottomed boat to water sports, lighted tennis courts and ample nature trails.
Ocean Club, Bahamas
You’ll find paradise on Paradise Island at the One and Only’s Ocean Club Resort, a truly decadent vacation resort. The property is located on the same island as the Atlantis Resort – known for its massive water parks, swim-with-dolphins programs, nightclubs and casino – and offers complimentary access to that mega-resort. But unlike its go-big-or-go-home neighbor, Ocean Club is an intimate retreat tucked away on sugar-sand beaches, offering the utmost in privacy and high-touch service.
All guests of the resort are treated to 24-hour butler service, and champagne and strawberries are delivered to their room every afternoon. Resort rooms, garden cottages and villas with up to four bedrooms are available in a completely Bahamian setting, and the amenities are A-list: think spectacular dining and a Balinese-inspired spa, just for Ocean Club guests.
If the name didn’t give you a hint of what makes this Jamaican resort so ultimately cool, perhaps the name James Bond will. The author of 007 books, Ian Fleming, discovered 15 acres of tropical paradise in 1942, returning to purchase the land in 1946 and naming it GoldenEye. It is here where the author dreamed up his main spy character, even shooting “Dr. No” with Sean Connery on the property in 1961. GoldenEye has also been used as an Islands Records recording studio, housing world-renowned bands for decades.
Today, the resort caters to vacationers seeking the same lap of luxury that movie stars and musicians enjoyed for more than 50 years. The style is a bit more rustic, a throwback to the resort's beginnings, but there's plenty of luxury to be enjoyed in GoldenEye's original buildings, lagoon cottages, beach huts and villas.
Scrub Island Resort, British Virgin Islands
Don't let the name fool you: Scrub Island was given its moniker not because it's covered in scrub, but because pirates here used to scrub the barnacles off the bottom of their ships.
Today, the 230-acre island, just a quick sail away from Necker in the BVI, is home to this luxurious Autograph Collection resort, spa and marina. The property houses just 52 guest rooms and suites, plus a collection of two- to six-bedroom villas. Fifty-five slips are available in the marina, and many times, guests of the resort arrive via their own private yacht.
You can learn to sail at the marina’s sailing school or rent boats for your own excursions, should you not be so lucky as to have your own vessel.
COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
For another private-island getaway, visit Parrot Cay off the coast of the Turks and Caicos to be spoiled by 1,000 pristine acres of powder-soft beaches and wetlands. You’ll be tucked away in whitewashed villas and homes with private pools, expansive decks and open-floor plans. If you choose a room with two or more bedrooms, you'll have your very own butler for the duration of your trip – they'll even bring you drinks on the beach.
A beautiful screened-in yoga studio allows you to get your "om" on, and you’ll be pampered at a spa, as well as the island’s fine-dining restaurants. The spa and property have received countless awards since 2012, including spots on the "best hotels in the world" lists of "Conde Nast Traveler" and "Travel + Leisure."
Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Anguilla
As a Four Seasons hotel, you just know you’re in for a treat when staying at this property on the small island of Anguilla. Choose from among 70 guest rooms, 50 suites, 23 villas, four townhomes and 33 residences situated along Barnes and Meads Bay on the island’s west end – all accommodations have the sophistication one would expect to find at a beachfront property managed by one of the world's most highly regarded hotel companies.
The 35-acre resort is a tropical oasis with 200 water features, 1,000 feet of white-sand beach, blufftop and beachside swimming pools, a spa, tennis, water sports and rock climbing. If you should – yawn – get bored, excursions are available to smaller nearby islands, and Four Seasons staff will arrange for restaurant and bar hopping across the main island, as well.
Amanera, Dominican Republic
Nestled into Playa Grande Beach and the hills of the Dominican Republic, Amanera features 25 private casitas, each with ocean views. Every casita looks like it was plucked straight out of a Frontgate catalogue and offers more than 800 square feet of space and in many, you can enjoy your very own infinity pool. Two-bedroom options come with living, dining and kitchen space, as well as a personal butler to cater to your every need.
Should you decide to mingle with the guests of the other 24 casitas, take a dip in the 131-foot pool that curves around the hills of Casa Grande and affords views of the beach. A wellness spa, 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course, tennis courts, cooking lessons and horseback riding are available on property. Amanera can also whisk you off on excursions such as canyoning and cascading in the Septentrional Mountain Range, rum tastings at Ron Barcelo Distillery and snorkeling in Laguna Gri Gri’s freshwater lagoon.
Eden Rock, St. Barths
St. Barths is one of the most upscale islands in the Caribbean, hosting royalty and celebs from around the globe. Head to the island's Eden Rock property and you’ll feel like a star, too. This intimate resort has just 32 stylish suites, plus one- or three-bedroom homes where each room has been individually decorated by the property’s owner.
Sit back and chill under a umbrella on the beach in a comfy lounger while having your drinks delivered to you beachside, and enjoy nightly butler service to ensure your time in your suite is exactly as you want it. Room service is available 24 hours per day, but be sure to sample the French cuisine at On the Rocks, a dinner spot perched above the sea with a menu designed by renowned Master Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.