By Brandon Presser
January 15, 2015
Le Soleil D'Or Boutique Hotel
Credit: Courtesy of Soleil D'Or

Four small hotels that let you live large.

Montpelier Plantation & Beach, Nevis

This elegant Relais & Châteaux hideaway in the mountains, which also has a seaside club, has been drawing the in-crowd for years. And it’s more stylish than ever now that the 19 rooms have been redone with natural Caribbean accents (local-bamboo headboards, coral lamps). $$

Casas Del XVI, Dominican Republic

There wasn’t a chic place to stay in Santo Domingo until this seven-room property opened last year. Occupying two restored colonial-era houses, it feels like a stone-andbrick casbah in the heart of the city’s historic district. Antique furnishings and conquistador-era tile floors fill the interiors, and each guest gets a loaner iPhone in order to stay in touch with a personal butler. $$

The Lone Star, Barbados

Recently renovated, the six airy rooms are each named for a car—fitting since this beachside hotel is actually a former Texaco garage. (Buick and Studebaker have ocean views.) A blue, gray, and white color scheme gives the whole property—which includes a popular restaurant serving killer wood-fired pizzas at lunch—a calming vibe. Five-night minimum. $$$$

Le Soleil D'Or Boutique Hotel and Rentals, Cayman Islands

Most travelers flock to the Caymans for two things: diving and Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach, the country’s marquee stretch of sand. To go off the beaten path, head out to this new retreat (pictured) with a 20-acre organic garden on tiny Cayman Brac. Guests can choose between a two-story villa, a one-story cottage, and a four-room hotel, and spend their days lounging at the beach club, touring the farm, or taking a cooking class. $$$

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000