Continuing our series of the best beaches and luxury hotels around the world, I have picked the top 5 best luxury hotels in the Caribbean.
1. Amanyara, Turks & Caicos
Set on the beautiful island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Amanyara (pictured above) is a secluded haven embracing the best elements of the Caribbean. It is no secret that Aman Resorts is one of my favourite luxury hotel brands and Amanyara is certainly one of the best luxury hotels in the world. You can also read my review of terribly romantic Aman Canal Grande Venice.
You will find some of the best beaches in the world on Turks and Caicos Islands and Amanyara resort is located along the pristine reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park, acclaimed for some of the world’s best wall and reef diving. As you would expect from an Aman hotel, Amanyara feels ultra exclusive and offers a slick escape of silvery-topped pavilions, chic teak terraces, shaded loungers, centred on a huge infinity pool designed using volcanic rock with a conical bar. The overall feel is Asia in the Caribbean with a Zen and peaceful feel, many miles away from the jolly and colourful resorts on islands like Jamaica.
The pool is a great feature of this luxury hotel. Lined with timber decking, Amanyara’s infinity pool is a 50m pool that sparkles by day and becomes a star-speckled mirror by night. With views of the Atlantic (February to April, you can spot migrating humpback whales), this pool, surrounded by loungers and the perfect place to enjoy the sunset
Beyond this, the Amanyara private beach is a half-mile-long stretch of powdery soft white sands sprinkled with oversized loungers. To the South you will find rocky inlets and sandy coves
2. Amanera, Dominican Republic
Also an Aman resort but this time in the Dominican Republic, what makes Amanera different is the fact that it offers the first golf-integrated Aman with the highest number of oceanside holes in the Western hemisphere. Amanera will also offer extensive dining, spa and recreational facilities, as well as a beautiful beach and that magical Aman touch that makes these hotels so exceptional.
Amanera is centred around the essence of Aman: the sense of peace that the brand was founded upon (Aman is the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’), the harmony that each resort has with its location, the feeling of discovery that each Aman stay offers and the embrace of belonging that comes with the warm, personal atmosphere that pervades each Aman.
3. Four Seasons Resort Nevis
As regular readers will know, we are also big fans of Four Seasons resorts at Luxury Travel Diary. This resort only gets slightly marked down because it’s not possible to fly direct to the island of Nevis. This remotely located Four Seasons Resort Nevis sits on a large, attractive beach, basking in the near-perfect weather of this little-known wonder in the Caribbean West Indies. Almost all rooms have beautiful mountains or ocean views, and come with private balconies. Relax in one 3 pools, rejuvenate in the award-winning spa, or play golf to dramatic Caribbean views or simply relax on the golden beach and let the lapping of the waves drift you to happiness.
My favourite Four Seasons hotel in the world is Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel which I visited this summer and like so much that I will return next summer. The Four Seasons Hampshire is one of my favourite country house hotels in England and the Four Seasons London Park Lane makes the perfect city break as does the gorgeous Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg. In Hawaii its hard not to love the Four Seasons Wailea on Maui and the Four Seasons Manele Bay on Lanai.
4. Sandals Montego Bay Overwater Villas, Jamaica
In December, Sandals unveiled its first five all-inclusive over-the-water villas in in Montego Bay, in the Caribbean. These are their first honeymoon style overwater bungalows (pictured above) and each comes with a private pool, Jacuzzi, glass floors, and a personal butler. The glass panels in the villas’ floors illuminate at night and show sea life swimming underneath (see picture!). The deck boasts not only the small infinity pool but two outdoor showers, an oversized over-the-water hammock, chic white sun loungers and a shaded circular swing chair. The villas also have 24/7 room service and two dedicated butlers.
The resort’s private island, the setting for the fantastic new suites, is located moments from the shore of the main resort, and features an authentic Thai restaurant and a casual beachfront grill, a pool with a whirlpool and swim-up pool bar, along with a secluded private beach.
Sandals Montego Bay Overwater Villas, Jamaica also features in my top 5 best romantic, honeymoon style overwater villas in the Caribbean.
5. Parrot Cay By Como, Turks & Caicos
Once a wild, uninhabited island, now a luxury, whitewashed wellness retreat, Como Parrot Cay is a colourful Caribbean destination for the honeymooning A-list. This private Caicos island boutique hotel has an award-winning spa and a mile of unspoilt, uninhabited and unforgettable beach. The private island offers over 1,000 unspoilt acres edged with powdery soft beach. All rooms and suites have whitewashed interiors furnished with soft, cotton-covered chairs, airy four-poster beds and teak furnishing. Private villas have their own pools and direct beach access.
You may also be interested in my top 10 white sand beaches in the world, my 5 best family resorts in the Caribbean and my out of the ordinary Caribbean article.