The 20 Best Luxury Hotels in the Caribbean

The 20 Best Luxury Hotels in the Caribbean

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It’s the Caribbean’s natural allure that attracts more than 30 million visitors each year. Between the tropical weather and translucent sea, it’s easy to see why. Beyond the world’s best beaches, the Caribbean is also home to some of the most luxurious beach hotels in the world, attracting celebrities and high-class clientele year round.

From beachfront walkout rooms to private dining in a cave, rooms carved out of rocks, and over-the-water bungalows, the unbelievable amenities at these luxury hotels in the Caribbean surpass the most exquisite expectations. For a vacation suitable for the upper-crust beach lover, pack your belongings and head to any of these most luxurious Caribbean hotels located directly on the beach. Your butler awaits.

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The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort

Bahamas

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For quintessential low-key luxury, The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort is the epitome of elegance, perfect for families and couples alike. This resort has earned a reputation as one of the most luxurious hotels in the Caribbean since 1962, and now welcomes the world’s most affluent guests. Traipse through the Versailles-style gardens and make your way down to a manicured lawn overlooking the bluest of seas. Every night, enjoy champagne and strawberries delivered to your hotel room after a long day of Balinese-style spa treatments and rounds of golf at the Ocean Club Golf Course.

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COMO Parrot Cay

Turks & Caicos

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For ultimate seclusion, COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos is located on its own 1,000-acre private island in the Caribbean archipelago. Recognized by Conde Nast as one of the 20 Best Hotels in the Americas and Caribbean in 2017, this luxury hotel blends the natural world with all of the amenities expected at a five-star resort. Open-air living spaces and beachfront bungalows are complemented by expansive pools leading to powdery white beaches. There are no cars here, making this the ultimate place to zen out. Find balance at COMO Shambhala Retreat, specializing in Ayurvedic aromatherapy and Asian-inspired treatments. For the ultimate over-the-top romantic evening, arrange a private dining experience through your concierge to dine with your feet in the sand.

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Jade Mountain Resort

St. Lucia

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Easily one of the most luxurious beach hotels in the Caribbean, renowned for dramatic cliff-side views and secluded stretches of sand, Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia is a go-to for weddings and honeymoons. Stunning “Sanctuaries” or infinity pools are placed at different elevations throughout the property, serving up awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Pitons and Caribbean Sea.

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Coral Sands Hotel

Bahamas

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Set on famous Pink Sand Beach in the Bahamas, Coral Sands Hotel is much smaller than other luxury hotels in the Caribbean, but the vibe is authentic and fresh with pops of bright colors. With just 38 rooms, the service and boutique experience is tailored to exclusive guests. For families seeking the most private and upscale setting on Harbour Island, book Villa Carissa, a three-bedroom house on the property. Enjoy all of the resort’s amenities from your own home away from home, including a private swimming pool, housekeeping and room service.

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Rosewood Baha Mar

Bahamas

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The Rosewood Baha Mar exceeds expectations with the Ocean Front Six-Bedroom Villa set directly on Cable Beach in the Bahamas. Consisting of two separate houses adjoined by an outdoor deck, this 6,200-square-foot living space comes equipped with a personal butler, concierge service, 24-hour in-room dining and daily housekeeping and turndown service. In the mood to “get out of the house?” Rosewood Baha Mar’s amenities rival the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean, from world class dining at Commonwealth where you can order bottomless Guava Bellinis, to tee times at the legendary Jack Nicklaus Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar.

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The Cove, Eleuthera

Bahamas

Nominated for the 2019 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, The Cove, Eleuthera is a favorite among island lovers with exquisite taste located on the small and quiet island of Eleuthera. With oceanfront villas and cottages, The Cove, Eleuthera caters to any sized party with 500+ thread count bedding, and indoor/outdoor showers. When a signature Signature Wellness Massage sounds too relaxing for you, make the most of the Premium Resort Activities with a charter boat, or catch your own conch on a chartered conch fishing excursion where you’ll cruise the turquoise ocean, snorkel for the Caribbean delicacy and then dine on fresh conch salad prepared on the sea by your Captain. It doesn’t get much fresher than that.

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Tortuga Bay at Punta Cana Resort & Club

Dominican Republic

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Is it haute in here, or is it just the decor at Tortuga Bay at Punta Cana Resort & Club? Designed by Oscar de la Renta, this oceanfront luxury hotel is the only AAA Five Diamond Awarded property in the Dominican Republic. From arrival to departure, experience the utmost service starting with a VIP airport pickup to a personal concierge and AAA Three and Four Diamond Award-winning restaurants including La Yola Restaurant with marina views. One thing that sets Tortuga Bay apart from the other luxury hotels in the Caribbean is the experiences. Tailor your vacation to your favorite hobbies with experience-based packages from golf getaways to yogi detox retreats and romantic escapes with horseback riding on the beach.

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Rock House Hotel

Jamaica

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This one is best described as the vacation of a lifetime hence the return of celebrities including Rita Ora, Bella Hadid and Bob Marley. Thatched-roof bungalows overlook Jamaica’s crystal-clear water at the Rockhouse Hotel in Negril, with carved rock staircases leading down to the snorkeling-permitted sea. There’s a focus on freshness throughout this gem, and while it doesn’t boast designer decor and over-the-top fixtures, this low key hangout is among the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean thanks to its unique setting and natural surrounding.

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Half Moon

Jamaica

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With a 400 acres, a full two miles of beachfront, and a bucket load of amenities, Half Moon is the only luxury resort in the Caribbean equipped with its own equestrian center. The beach here is sugar white and secluded, and a new addition of a natural swimming cove makes the resort especially family friendly. A variety of oceanfront suites and villas are available at Half Moon, all decorated elegantly with a traditional colonial flare. For foodies, The Sugar Mill is a world-class restaurant set in the former Running Gut Estate on the Rose Hall Sugar Plantation. Chef Christopher Golding puts a unique twist on Jamaican cuisine with Solomon’s Brochette and a widely curated selection of rums, including the oldest rum available for purchase, the 50-year-old Appleton Estate rum.

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GoldenEye Hotel

Jamaica

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Bond. James Bond. GoldenEye is a place so special that it sparked a cinematographic empire. Yes, that’s right, the author of James Bond, Ian Fleming, created his iconic character while on vacation here, and you can actually get the whole experience at the on-location Fleming Villa. This non-traditional hotel is composed of villas, cottages and beach huts with tropical gardens and secluded coves. A destination in itself, GoldenEye has it all from lowkey dining spots hovering above the ocean to the FieldSpa, a cozy spa located in a cottage at the edge of the lagoon.

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Anse Chastanet Resort

St. Lucia

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The sister resort of Jade Mountain, Anse Chastanet Resort is also designed by Nick Troubetzkoy. His vision for this 600-acre property was to encompass the natural surroundings and incorporate everything from the twin peaks of the Pitons to the two onsite crystal-clear bays into the guest experience. Stay in one of the dozen rooms nestled along the beachline to enjoy Troubetzkoy’s delightful and creative take on architecture. One suite comes with a balcony built around a full-grown red gommier tree; another with red flowers from a tree draping across the balcony; or a suite with an entirely floor plan facing the ocean. As if the natural surroundings aren’t beautiful enough, the art collection here rivals the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean with sculptures and painted ceilings, along with acrylic paintings.

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St. James Club Morgan Bay

St. Lucia

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Among the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean is the all-inclusive St. James Club Morgan Bay, an upmarket approach to worry free vacations with sophisticated packages in St. Lucian paradise. Six restaurants, six bars and cafes, four pools and nightly entertainment, along with watersports awaken the adventure in an otherwise sleepy Caribbean destination.

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Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Dominican Republic

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Serving a guest list of golfers and beach lovers alike, this resort is among the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean thanks to its beachfront and ocean-view rooms paired with award-winning golf courses including Pete Dye’s masterpiece, Teeth of the Dog. Each room at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas has its own four-person golf cart for you to easily navigate the resort – whether it be to make your tee time or enjoy a gourmet dining experience at nine different restaurants, both white tablecloth and casual options. For the ultimate luxe vacation, book an exclusive villa, spanning from three to 11 bedrooms, with marble baths, children’s play area, butler service, private airport transfer and a welcome package upon arrival.

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Le Sivory Punta Cana Hotel

Dominican Republic

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Another AAA-Diamond Status property on the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean list, Le Sivory Punta Cana Hotel is a boutique-style, adults-only hotel with all-inclusive options. Simplicity rules here, but the most luxe of the accommodations is the Luxury Jr. Suite Ocean Front With Private Pool, an 800-square-foot suite with a small pool overlooking the ocean, a sun terrace and bathtub for two. All-inclusive doesn’t have to mean basic. The dining at Le Sivory Punta Cana Hotel is anything but. La Veranda Restaurant serves up Mediterranean cuisine throughout the day while GastroAtelier Restaurant serves up international specialties each night.

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Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

St. Lucia

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Escape to Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort for lush panoramic views of St. Lucia’s Pitons and more than 100 acres of rainforest terrain on what  used to be a sugar plantation. Two beachfront homes stand directly on famous Sugar Beach, and they are designed to drop jaws. Step inside, and you’ll find floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to a wide pool terrace overlooking St. Lucia’s most epic views. The spa here also lands this resort among the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean, the Rainforest Spa is made up of seven thatched tree houses where you can truly become one with nature during a facial or massage.

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Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection

British Virgin Island

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Scrub Island takes luxury to the next level. Private island level. Set just a mile and a half off of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, this resort is surrounded with private beaches,  crystal-clear water and lush mountains. Stay in a luxury villa for panoramic ocean and beach views, and you’ll receive all the five-star amenities and services you can dream of from private plunge pools to full gourmet kitchens with professional-grade appliances, access to a private chef and more. Just because your an island away, doesn’t mean you’ll be limited on things to do. Charter a boat from the island marina, learn to sail or dive, or arrange a day trip to one of the British Virgin Island’s natural gems like a hidden cove.

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Jamaica Inn

Jamaica

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Timeless elegance lives at Jamaica Inn located on a stretch of private beach in Ocho Rios. A big player in understated luxury since the 1950s, the manicured grounds, pristine natural beach and intimate cottages make Jamaica Inn a staple among the most luxury beach hotels in the Caribbean. Only 48 rooms and suites make up this property, but its the quiet surroundings that really set it apart. With a mission to always be pleasant and never pretentious, you’ll find the hospitable service and simple joys, like tropical birds singing, to be perfect for your beach vacation.

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Rock House Hotel & Restaurant

Bahamas

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Since the early 1940s, Rock House Hotel & Restaurant has earned recognition as one of the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean, initially as a bed and breakfast, then a private rental, and now as an adults-only boutique hotel. The property’s 10 rooms overlook the famous Pink Sand Beach, but its the Bahamian hospitality that really sets this luxury hotel apart. Elegant suites come with an adjoining private cabana and a complimentary poolside continental breakfast to start the day. The Rock House Restaurant is also one of the most famous on Harbour Island, with stunning oceanfront views and poolside dining. Opt for the Chef’s table to really impress.

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Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island

Jamaica

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One of the first and only over-the-water bungalows, this romantic couples-only resort is new to the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean list. Located in Montego Bay, this resort is reminiscent of the Maldives, with everything from a private butler, see-through glass floors, a private infinity pool and outdoor shower, access to the resort via a “Royal Duffy” luxury boat, and more. All-inclusive packages make a vacation here easy to comfortably splurge with 21 restaurants and five bars.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Cayman Islands

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A sprawling 144-acre resort sits directly on the Seven Mile Beach, with all of the pizzazz expected from The Ritz-Carlton brand. Indulge at the spa, or pick up a tee time at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. Check in to the Club Level for exclusive amenities including a DIY Juice Bar and access to a private terrace overlooking The Great Lawn. We recommend a visit to Bar Jack for the ultimate view of a Grand Cayman sunset.

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