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The Ultimate Caribbean Hotel Guide*

Ericka McConnell In front of a guest cottage at Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas.

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Romantic Getaways

Rock House The swooning setup at Harbour Island’s 10-room Rock House was created by grafting a B&B from the 1940’s onto an adjacent Catholic schoolhouse from the 1840’s. One thing we know: if you can’t fall in love in a poolside bamboo cabana by the flickering light of a tiki torch, you can’t fall in love anywhere.

Laluna Anyone would appreciate Laluna’s 16 cottages, carved into the hills overlooking the sea, but there’s something even more special about this Asian-meets-Mediterranean hotel. Imagine dipping into your private plunge pool, rinsing off in your indoor-outdoor shower, and watching the day go by from your Balinese daybed—it’s the stuff of dreams.

Hôtel Saint-Barth Isle de France The 33-room Hôtel Saint-Barth Isle de France can’t be topped for location—on Baie des Flamands, the island’s longest, widest beach. Check into one of the 12 oceanfront rooms, for its whitewashed interior, private terrace, and views of the surf. Lest you be tempted to spend all your time enjoying the scenery, the couples massage at the Molton Brown spa provides reason enough to venture out.

Spa Hotels

Malliouhana Hotel & Spa When it opened in 1984, this visionary 55-room resort with its 15,000-square-foot spa helped put the beach-blessed island of Anguilla on stylish travelers’ maps. Today, it continues to delight with such offerings as a spa staff of 20; indoor and outdoor treatment rooms; and spectacular suites where couples can spend hours getting scrubbed, wrapped, and soaked in blissful peace.

Hôtel Guanahani & Spa In a tropical garden above Grand Cul de Sac Bay, the Clarins Spa at the 75-room Hôtel Guanahani focuses on Parisian-style pampering: French manicures, hydrating facials, and Leonor Greyl hair treatments. The resort’s new Wellness Suite comes with an ocean-view terrace and after-hours access to the adjacent pool.

Parrot Cay Owner Christina Ong personally vets each therapist at this private-island resort’s Shambhala spa, which recently doubled in size. East-meets-West treatments and weeklong yoga retreats led by such notables as Rodney Yee are big draws. Those looking to keep the Zen going can grab a seat at Shambhala’s restaurant, which serves healthy dishes like steamed fish with shiitake mushrooms and ginger broth.

Caneel Bay, A Rose-wood Resort Director Jan Kinder and her limber staff at the Self Centre at Caneel Bay, on St. John, playfully guide frazzled guests through yoga and stress-management techniques in an eco-friendly aerie. This lean-and-green bower has blissful views of Honeymoon Bay, one of seven white-sand beaches at the low-impact, 166-room retreat within the national park.

Social Spots

Rockhouse Hotel If nearby Negril is Jamaica’s party capital, the Rockhouse is its more grown-up social sibling. A 60-foot seafront pool, a restaurant serving updated Jamaican fare, and an outdoor yoga pavilion set the chill vibe at the 34-room boho favorite. Or, book one of the 19 cliff-top villas, which have private terraces, and invite new friends for sunset cocktails.

Cotton House Resort On Mustique, anyone without a private villa checks in to the Cotton House. Recently refreshed by acclaimed hotelier Grace Leo-Andrieu, this 19-room, 300-year-old onetime cotton warehouse sits on 13 lush acres wedged between the isle’s Caribbean and Atlantic coasts. At the weekly Manager’s Cocktail Party, guests mingle with Mustique’s other visitors—and residents.

Eden Rock Hotel Maybe it’s the perch on a rocky promontory above the bronzed sunbathers on St. Jean beach, or the celebrity elbows rubbed at cocktail hour in the Sand Bar: the colorful, eccentric Eden Rock Hotel remains the elite epicenter of status-conscious St. Bart’s. And the three beachfront villas are big enough for jet-loads of Vuitton luggage.


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