Article repost from Caribbean Journal
Luxury Caribbean resorts just keep getting more and more impressive, and with every year the standard for Caribbean luxury gets higher.
We’ve long said that Caribbean luxury is a unique concept; but even within the sphere there are so many different interpretations and manifestations of what the word means in the region.
There’s sleek, modern luxury; the luxury of the residential resort; the luxury of overwhelming beauty and design; and the luxury of endless indulgence — to name a few.
The hottest luxury Caribbean resorts for 2020 all exemplify a particular brand of luxury; what they all have in common is a commitment to making guests feel grand.
Here are the hottest, buzziest luxury resorts in the Caribbean for 2020.
Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski Dominica There’s no hotter luxury Caribbean resort than the brand-new Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski Dominica, the Nature Island’s first true resort. The 151-room resort in northern Dominica is the first-ever resort in the Caribbean for the luxe Kempinski brand, and a new level of modern luxury for an island that has long been one of the Caribbean’s most closely-guarded secrets. Make sure you go for one of the plunge-pool suites, either gazing at the sea or at Dominica’s stunning green-mountain scenery.
Eden Roc Cap Cana, Dominican Republic This Cap Cana celebrity favorite has long been a resort for those in the know. It’s discreet, serene and marked by a distinct Cote D’Azur vibe. The Relais & Chateaux property, which has 62 suites, is a gourmand’s hotel, with outstanding culinary options (including the lovely, uber-romantic La Palapa) and extraordinary service. And while the beachfront rooms are wonderful, we still recommend the simply gorgeous, indulgent pool suites.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands For decades, it was the height of luxury in the Virgin Islands, an iconic resort on Virgin Gorda. Now, after a hurricane and transformation project, Little Dix Bay is back in January 2020 with a brand-new look, 80 new guestrooms, suites and villas and a continued commitment to authentic Caribbean luxury. It doesn’t hurt that it’s set on one of the most magnificent beaches anywhere in the Caribbean.
Eden Rock St Barths Few luxury resorts in the Caribbean manage to conjure up romance and wonder like St Barth’s Eden Rock. That combination of a prominent position on St Jean beach, the colorful design, the friendly, playful, exceptional service, somehow gets your heart to skip an extra beat in a way few hotels can. And the new Eden Rock 2.0 has upped its game, with new suites, a new home for the island’s most famous beach lunches and a renewed faithfulness to offering up the essence of what makes St Barth so magical.
Park Hyatt St Kitts St Kitts’ flagship resort is a new kind of resort for the Caribbean, one that has cultivated a new identity for Caribbean luxury resorts with a stunning hybrid of historic and contemporary design styles. The dining concepts are outstanding, the service is terrific and, well, Park Hyatt’s first-ever Caribbean resorts continues to be a hit. This is the new look of Caribbean luxury.
Silversands Grenada Grenada, one of the region’s buzziest destinations has a major new luxury boutique resort: Silversands, which offers its distinct brand of modern, “intimate” luxury with 52 rooms and a spectacular 330-foot-long pool. Set on Grenada’s signature Grand Anse Beach, it’s a crisply, designed, breezy resort with some of the most exquisite guest rooms in the region — and the amenities, from espresso machines to high-tech sound sytems — to match.
Shore Club, Turks and Caicos When it debuted a few years ago, the Shore Club put Providenciales’ beautiful Long Bay Beach on the map — and it also set a new standard for “residential” resorts in the region — that is, resorts with full residential amenities married to luxury service. And it does both of those things remarkably well, from grand, opulent guest rooms to service that ensures no request ever goes unfulfilled.
Eclipse at Half Moon, Jamaica Jamaica’s most legendary resort is adding a brand-new standalone resort in March: Eclipse, a new imagination of Half Moon for the 21st century. With 57 rooms, two restaurants, an infinity pool and the resort’s signature white-sand beach, it’s an exciting new development for one of the region’s truly iconic places to stay.
Baoase Luxury Resort, Curacao It’s remarkable that this hotel somehow still manages to fly under the radar. Set on a private beach a short drive outside of Willemstad. it’s a slice of Bali in the Caribbean, with jaw-droppingly beautiful rooms, unmatched culinary prowess and service that sets the standard for the Caribbean. A superstar boutique resort.
Curtain Bluff, Antigua This Antigua institution has completed a series of transformations that have given a new glitter to what was long one of the region’s most legendary places to stay, a celebrity favorite that has attracted everyone from Elton John to Eric Clapton, among others. A portal to the jet-set age, the new Curtain Bluff is as modern as it is elegant, with some of the most sparkingly beautiful guestrooms in the Caribbean. Our pick? Go one of the resort’s Hulford Collection Suites.