Mention the Caribbean and one immediately thinks of the sun, the sea and the sand. The pace of life is laidback and you can enjoy a glass or two of your favorite drink under coconut and palm trees with the breeze coming from the ocean gently caressing your face. The place may be the closest thing to paradise that we have here in our planet.
And since you are already in paradise, you might as well go all the way and spoil yourself rotten and stay in one of those classy upscale resorts. Sure they may be expensive, but why risk ruining your vacation by staying in a cheap and rundown place? Here now are the top 10 most high end resorts in the Caribbean.
10. Sandy Lane, St. James, Barbados
Sandy Lane is considered as a haven for celebrities and other famous people. It has more than a hundred guest rooms and a villa with five rooms. A reef is located just off the hotel’s coast. Called Little Sandy Lane, barracudas and lobsters are mainstays in this part of the Caribbean. The hotel also has three golf courses, which was probably what prompted Tiger Woods to rent out the entire resort when he got married to Elin Nordegren. Unfortunately, the couple didn’t visit the place often enough. Had they done so, Sandy Lane’s stylish and romantic ambiance could have helped save their marriage.
9. Hotel Maroma, Mexico
A vacation in Mexico would probably conjure images of Acapulco or Cancun. Of course, included in the images is the crowd. Go further down the road because 30 miles away is the quiet place of Maroma. Hotel Maroma itself only has 36 suites, thus ensuring the place will never get crowded.
8. Ritz Carlton St. Thomas, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands lies on 15 acres of perfectly manicured grounds. Its 152 rooms are in demand because of the place’s elegance. The island itself offers amazing views all around. You will get close to nature while living in the luxury of a well-appointed hotel.
7. Atlantis, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
Around 11,000 years ago, it is said that a great city existed before it completely sank into the sea leaving not a single trace of its being. The city was called Atlantis, and this is the name that has been adopted by a resort in the Bahamas. It has fine sand and water sport activities abound. You can also take a Leap of Faith, or more accurately, a slide that plunges 60 feet down to the resort’s aquarium, which is one of the main attractions. The resort is located in Paradise Island, so that alone should say enough of the wonders of the place.
6. Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos is a string of islands in the Caribbean just around 600 miles off the coast of Miami. You can actually choose a spot among its eight major islands and 40 plus keys. The place is a celebrity hotspot, so don’t be surprised if you bump into someone famous. Head to Providenciales and book a room at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa. It will serve as a good base to enjoy your vacation.
5. Caneel Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands
Talk about high end, this island used to be the roaming ground of the Rockefellers. The verdant island features a rich tropical jungle. Caneel Bay can make your stay unforgettable with its 166 enticing rooms, humongous spa and three restaurants. Tennis buffs will also like the resort’s modern facilities
4. Parrot Cay Resort & Spa, Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
There are resorts and then, there are the secluded resorts. Outstanding mega resorts abound in the Caribbean and each can offer all the luxurious amenities a person can only dream of. Sometimes, the only thing that will set a resort apart is its exclusivity. This is where Parrot Cay Resort & Spa comes in. it is as exclusive as a resort can get. Using a small boat is the only way one can access this five-star luxury resort. This means that only a handful of people can visit the place at any given time. Parrot Cay is luxurious, private and exclusive.
3. Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Virgin Gorda is located off the coast of Puerto Rico. Measuring only slightly larger than eight square miles, the island is made of lush greenery and amazing views of the bay. In the middle of it all is Little Dix Bay, a huge resort that features the best of both worlds whether you want to go up or down. The resort has several hiking trails varying in levels of difficulty to accommodate everyone from beginners to experienced hikers. If you want to go under the sea instead of up the mountains, you can also try the place’s wonderful snorkeling spots.
2. Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles
Aruba is located near the coast of Venezuela in South America. It features a unique combination of Dutch, Spanish and Caribbean culture. The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino offers a great ambiance of class and relaxation. Fun activities are always on tap, courtesy of the resort’s well-trained staff.
1. Four Seasons Resort, Nevis, West Indies
Have you heard of those five diamond ratings that the classiest hotels in the most expensive cities like New York and Paris aspire for? The Four Seasons Resort in the tiny island of Nevis in the West Indies has attained that rating despite its far-off location. Service in this hotel is unparalleled, which will make your stay in the Caribbean even more heavenly. The island of Nevis itself is actually just a couple of miles away from other islands in the West Indies, but somehow, it offers a unique charm that will make you feel like you are in a different world.
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