When the call of the Caribbean is too much to bear, it’s time to book a quick getaway shrouded in luxury and pampering. With hundreds of islands to choose from, each exuding its own special character and flair, the choices can seem endless. Here we take a peek at seven quick luxury getaways to the Caribbean which will have you dreaming of sandy footprints and fruity cocktails.
Jamaica – Round Hill Hotel & Villas
In Jamaica, the sounds and rhythm of reggae music sway with the wind through the rainforests and the lapping of the waves over reefs. Charismatic, colorful and friendly, Jamaica has personality in abundance. For a quick luxury getaway, head to Montego Bay and the Round Hill Hotel and Villas where understated luxury combines with British-colonial architecture and that trademark Jamaican hospitality. Feel the sea breeze from the ocean-front rooms, unwind in the spa, or enjoy family adventures such as scuba diving.
St Lucia – Jade Mountain
The island of St Lucia exudes tropical bliss with a dramatic landscape fringed by volcanic beaches and thriving coral reefs. Discover quaint fishing villages, rainforests teeming with wildlife, and a collection of understated, ultra-luxe resorts, such as Jade Mountain. With its maze of open-fronted suites, private infinity pools, and bridges clinging majestically to the side of a cliff, Jade Mountain is an extraordinary hotel. Gaze across the ocean to the island’s iconic Pitons volcanic peaks as you relax in unbridled luxury at this architectural masterpiece.
Antigua & Barbuda – Curtain Bluff
Laid back, beautiful and effortlessly cool, Antigua is the perfect quick getaway destination. The beaches are pale pink or gleaming white, the water shimmers invitingly, and the happy disposition of the locals is contagious. Spend a long weekend at the luxury Curtain Bluff Hotel, and return home feeling pampered, relaxed, and decidedly well-fed – the Tamarind Restaurant is renowned for its creative Caribbean cuisine. Choose to soak in the infinity pool, scuba dive on the reefs, or learn to sail; Antigua promises a true escape from the everyday.
Barbados – Fairmont Royal Pavilion
Whether you want to dance the night away, dig your toes into sugar-sand beaches, or soak up the charisma of the UNESCO World Heritage capital of Bridgetown, Barbados has it all. The Fairmont Royal Pavilion provides more than a base from which to explore. Resplendent in a fresh white palette, the hotel allows the Caribbean Sea to bring the color to the oceanfront rooms. Families and couples are well catered for with gentle watersports and plenty of sun-drenched private spaces.
St Barthelemy – Hotel Manapany
If you have dreamy visions of a perfect tropical getaway, then St Barths is an idyllic destination like no other. Draped in sun-kissed beaches of white sand, jungle-clad mountains, and low-key resorts, the island is quite simply sublime. Yachts bob in the bays, overlooked by designer boutiques and world-class restaurants, while the Hotel Manapany epitomizes the island’s understated sophistication. It features a 600-foot-long private beach, luxury spa, swimming pool and family-friendly activities to create that dreamy getaway you’ve been longing for.
British Virgin Islands – Necker Island
Richard Branson’s private Caribbean paradise of Necker Island lies tantalizing just off the coast of the British Virgin Islands. Ringed protectively by dazzling coral reefs, the 74-acre ultra-private hideaway can accommodate up to 22 guests in barefoot, let-your-hair-down luxury. While the island is usually offered for hire in its entirety, during select weeks throughout the year its rooms can be booked on an individual basis to create one of the most indulgent quick getaways on the planet.
St Kitts – Park Hyatt St Kitts
Don’t let the miniature size of St Kitts fool you into believing it’s anything less than tropical perfection. It fulfils its expectations of Caribbean bliss with bath-warm waters, a lush interior, and characterful bars. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find a rich history, where vast military fortresses, colonial plantations and a historic scenic railway bring the island’s past to life. Taking up the entire length of beautiful Banana Bay, the Park Hyatt St Kitts channels the charm of the West Indies. Children will delight in the cultural activities on offer, while the plentiful adult-only spaces include a sumptuous spa.