Nothing can keep the Caribbean down. After surviving one of 2017’s most powerful hurricanes, this year our favourite beach holiday destination is bouncing back with force, with luxury Caribbean resorts throwing their doors open wider than ever to welcome guests to its beautiful shores.
Perfect for winter sun, there is still time to jet off on a Caribbean getaway during these limbo months as we await the arrival of Spring – there is no better antidote to the burden of grey skies than a dose of sun, rum and Caribbean fun, where you can swap puddles and morning chills for sizzling seafood and balmy twilights.
Join the sensible sun-seekers among us and prepare your suitcase with our top luxury Caribbean resorts to visit in 2018.
Zemi Beach House, Anguilla
Wasting no time, Zemi Beach House will be the first five-star hotel in Anguilla to reopen on the 15th February 2018 following Hurricane Irma, as well as setting up a relief effort named Anguilla Stronger to help support the residents affected by the damage.
Having won a Conde Nast Traveller ‘Reader’s Choice Award’ in 2017, this stylish hideaway has begun 2018 with a ‘World’s Best Award’ nomination from Travel + Leisure, placing itself as one of the best luxury Caribbean resorts to stay at this year.
Zemi Beach House sits in the heart of Anguilla’s trendy Shoal Bay, where flawless beaches are paired with a silver lining of restaurants and beach bars. The hotel itself is fittingly stylish and perfect if dining and wellness are high on your holiday wish-list. Fresh-off-the-boat seafood is a staple on the menus, showcasing lively Caribbean flavours, while the Rhum Room features more than 100 small-batch rums to taste. The spa is exquisitely housed in an authentic 300-year-old Thai house, where you will find the island’s only hammam, offering treatments to help you enhance your Caribbean glow.
Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels, Barbados
For couples – maybe looking for a Valentine’s Day surprise? – Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels is a dream. Located on the prime sands of the highly sought-after ‘Platinum Coast’ of Barbados, this adults-only boutique hotel has recently been transformed by the Elegant Hotels group, known for its collection of eight luxury Caribbean resorts along the west coast of Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua.
The most recent addition to the Elegant Hotels family, the experience at Treasure Beach is built on enjoying art, great food and making the most of all that Barbados has to offer. You can meet visiting local artisans, take a tour to see the workshops and galleries of artists on the island or join the award-winning chef to learn how to create magazine-worthy food presentations to show off back at home.
The restaurant offering here is simply mouth-watering, too. Themed nights include the ‘Chef’s Palette’, a barbecue buffet and tapas from around the world, while private beach dinners and gourmet picnic blankets can create the perfect romantic moments.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St Lucia
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort has a reputation for being one of St Lucia’s most stylish spots. This rustic-meets-chic Caribbean getaway should always be a top pick if you want to see St Lucia at its finest, boasting breathtaking views of the Pitons and a sweeping stretch of sugary sands, which are paid tribute to by hotel’s name.
The brand-new selection of rooms called the ‘Beachfront Collection’ add a new level of luxury to the experience. Designed by the award-winning London-based architects, Michaelis Boyd Associates, the seamless indoor-outdoor living space is simply paradisiacal, flowing with natural light and boasting a private entrance to Glenconner Beach.
It is also home to a fantastic spa, described by Marie Claire magazine as ‘one of the coolest spas in the world’. Set in natural wood and stone thatched cabins, the treatments harness the natural properties of coconut, aloe vera, cocoa and the nearby volcanic springs alongside bamboo massages, hot rock and holistic therapies.
Blue Waters Hotel, Antigua
It may be one of Antigua’s longest standing resorts, but that’s not to say it rests on its laurels. Having undergone a £1.2 million refurbishment investment, and won a World Travel Award for five years in a row, it has never been a better time to stay at Blue Waters Hotel.
With a bright and airy new look, surrounded by lush gardens and sparkling sea views, everyone is welcome here. The refreshed children’s club makes it a perfect option for families, though grown-ups can still find peace and quiet at the adults-only swimming pool.
The Cove Restaurant continues to be one of the best places to dine in style with mesmerising sea views and candle-lit hallways. The new Pelican Bar offers the dream Caribbean relaxation spot, where you can sit back with a cocktail as the steel pan band plays the night away, while the laid-back Carolyn’s is a great addition, offering an irresistible light lunch menu and fruity drink selection.
Park Hyatt St Kitts, St Kitts and Nevis
One of the latest additions to the offering of luxury Caribbean resorts, Park Hyatt St Kitts opened for the first time in December 2017, making it one of the shiniest and newest places to indulge in a Caribbean getaway.
While Nevis usually gets more attention in this dual-island country, St Kitts is the larger, less travelled, hideaway that is perfect if you want to keep away from the crowds. With a stunning location on the bountiful sands of Banana Bay, Park Hyatt St Kitts is the place for total relaxation amid tropical surroundings.
One of the highlights of the resort is the Miraval Life in Balance Spa, set within a replica stone sugar mill for a wonderful sense of place, where after a treatment you can unwind further with meditation or yoga in the tranquil outdoors. The Fisherman’s Village restaurant is also designed in tribute to the island’s heritage, with a nod to the huts that once lined the coastline. The atmosphere is perfect for family dining, though there is also the more intimate, adults-only Stone Barn restaurant offering rich dishes served from the hearth.
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