Home shares and lifestyle hotels are no longer the trending buzzwords when it comes to accommodations. Millennial travelers, especially, are looking for accommodation options that go completely outside the box. Travelers want something out of the ordinary and a conventional guestroom with four walls and a ceiling just won’t do. Thankfully, the Caribbean answers this demand with ease. There’s no other region in the world where you can go from staying in a tent to a bubble in just a few hours’ journey.
If you’re just easing into the super-unique accommodations trend, maybe stick with three walls but leave out the fourth? Jade Mountain in St. Lucia gives guests unprecedented luxury, private infinity pools, butler service and an open fourth wall so you never lose sight of the gorgeous Pitons. Or, if you’d rather stay in a thatched-roof hut (that’s still luxury, nonetheless) with direct access to the water, Rockhouse Hotel in Negril, Jamaica, has you covered. The boutique hotel is relatively affordable, with several dozen huts connected by jungle paths sitting right on the water, with just a few feet of open-air standing between you and the crystalline sea.
For a totally out-of-the-box experience, stay at Le Domaine des Bulles in Martinique, “the bubble hotel.” The luxury eco-resort takes only a few guests at a time in clear bubble rooms (don’t worry, you’re set apart from the other guests, so you get your share of privacy), with 360-degree views in the bubbles’ bedroom and living areas. You get all the amenities you need, including access to the property’s spa and your own private plunge pool or hot tub, your choice. While there aren’t ocean views, since the entire experience is meant to make you feel as if you’re in a private oasis retreat, you’re just steps away from the shore.
Even though glamping has been buzzing around travel industry talk for a while, it’s still growing in popularity, particularly among the luxury travel crowd. Anegada Beach Club in the British Virgin Islands does glamping exceedingly well. Your tented suite is situated right on the dunes, with ocean views from not only your luxury tent, but also your hammock and outdoor bathtub.