Caribbean Island Hotel News
Published: March 2009
By Lisa Cheng
Anguilla The 35- acre, clifftop Viceroy Anguilla (Meads Bay; 800/357-1930; viceroyanguilla.com; rates unavailable at press time) opens next summer with a focus on personalized service: a team of "lifestyle assistants" will act as concierges and cultural guides, while a "director of romance" will plan intimate dinners on one of two private beaches.
Dominican Republic Last May, the 53-suite Agua Resort & Spa (Uvero Alto; 866/757-2482; aguaresort.com; doubles from $350) opened just north of Punta Cana, bringing high style (and butler service) to the Caribbean coast. Guests can hire a private helicopter or take an off-road Hummer tour into the rugged Uvero Alto countryside.
Jamaica The oceanfront Palmyra Resort & Spa (Palmyra Resort Dr., Rose Hall; 866/725-3969 or 876/632-8000; thepalmyra.com; rates unavailable at press time), just minutes away from Montego Bay’s airport and Gloucester Avenue (nicknamed the "Hip Strip"), debuts in fall 2008. Main attractions: 288 colonial-style suites and a promenade that leads to the new Rose Hall shopping complex nearby.
St. Lucia Scheduled for an April unveiling is Cap Maison (Cap Estate; 011-208/812-4734; capmaison.com; doubles from $435), a 1,500-acre former plantation with 22 sprawling oceanfront villas featuring barrel-vaulted ceilings and outdoor showers—not to mention a 46-foot boat for sunset cruises.
St. Thomas A $40 million overhaul is bringing new life to the Ritz-Carlton (6900 Great Bay; 800/241-3333 or 340/775-3333; ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $839). An exclusive Club Level opened last month; four Presidential suites have fitness rooms and telescopes for stargazing. The 180 guest rooms and three restaurants are also being redesigned.