The Best Caribbean Hotels 2011
Secret Bay, Dominica
Another eco-luxury retreat, Secret Bay seems to rise from the bush. Designed by Venezuelan architect Fruto Vivas, the four wood-and-glass villas on stilts are made from native hardwood with kitchenettes and floor-to-ceiling windows; outdoor showers and hammocks are ideal for watching the sun dip behind the azure water. Two secluded beaches and a hidden sea cave, not to mention a chef at your disposal for en suite meals, offer the perfect excuse never to leave the property. Portsmouth; 767/445-4444; secretbay.dm; villas from $420.
T+L Tip: Arrange a guided tour of the nearby Kalinago territory to see the centuries-old traditions of pottery and basket-weaving by one of the Caribbean’s few remaining indigenous peoples.