The Top 25 Resort Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas in 2017

Bungalows at Rockhouse in Negril
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When it comes to picking a resort in the Caribbean, Bermuda, or the Bahamas, the decision can seem tough, almost daunting: what island should I choose? Do I opt for a nonstop flight or am I willing to go farther afield? Do I want calm beaches, or waves? Or, how about asking yourself: Will I get bored staying on a private island, where the rooms have no Wi-Fi or TVs? Clearly, our readers were up for a digital detox, because Kamalame Cay, a stylish hideaway off Andros Island in the Bahamas, won as the top resort hotel in the region for the second year in a row. Vacationing at this 96-acre hideaway can sometimes feel like a throwback to another era. Guests can walk its three-mile-long beach in total solitude; help themselves to generous pours of champagne at the breakfast buffet; and spot a mama manatee right at the arrival dock. The owners, the Hew family, even make it a point to invite guests to a brunch in their home, where they’ll whip up grilled chicken, frittatas, and rum punch. “Once you visit, you are part of the family,” said one reader, “and you will want to go back year after year.” Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as City or Resort based on their locations and amenities. Kamalame wasn’t the only private-island resort to make the list. Exclusive retreats like Petit St. Vincent in the Grenadines, Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, in Antigua, and Guana Island, in the British Virgin Islands, also earned spots on the list. All three offer guests privacy, multiple beaches, and the chance to see marine life. At Petit St. Vincent, you’re just a short boat ride away from the diving mecca the Tobago Cays, and on Jumby Bay, hawksbill sea turtles often come to nest on the shore. Six resort hotels that specifically cater to adults — Jade Mountain, a stylish aerie perched high in the hills of St. Lucia; its sister resort, Anse Chastanet; the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios; and Jamaica’s popular Couples Negril, Couples San Souci, and Couples Swept Away — also placed, proving that the region is still top-of-mind for a romantic vacation. “Jade Mountain is a spectacular hotel,” raved one reader about the No. 2 hotel. “Rooms and food are unforgettable. It’s a great place for a honeymoon.”

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25. Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

A beach house villa at Jamaica Inn
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Score: 92.43

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24. Hermitage Bay, Antigua

Chairs at the Hermitage Bay beachfront
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Score: 92.44

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23. Couples Swept Away, Negril, Jamaica

Couples Swept Away pool at dusk
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Score: 92.46

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22. Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The dock at sunset at Petit St. Vincent
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Score: 92.80

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21. Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, St. Bart’s

Poolside at Cheval Blanc
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Score: 92.85

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20. Gansevoort, Turks and Caicos

The boardwalk at The Gansevoort Turks and Caicos
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Score: 92.90

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19. Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort, Anguilla

The veranda at Malliouhana in Anguilla
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Score: 93.08

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18. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico

Dorado Beach
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Score: 93.28

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17. Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort

seaside view of Rosewood Jumby Bay
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Score: 93.31

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16. Eden Rock, St. Bart’s

Porch overlooking the water at Eden Rock
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Score: 93.44

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15. Couples Negril, Jamaica

The pool at Couple Negril
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Score: 93.55

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14. The House, Barbados

Chairs along the beach
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Score: 93.58

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13. Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica

aerial view of Rosalie Bay in Dominica
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Score: 93.73

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12. Hôtel Le Toiny, St. Bart’s

The beach bar at Hotel Le Toiny
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Score: 93.77

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11. Couples Sans Souci, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

A porch looking out on the water
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Score: 94.18

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10. Zemi Beach House, Anguilla

Zemi Beach House
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Score: 94.27

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9. Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

The beach at Guana Island
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Score: 94.30

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8. Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica

A luxurious bathroom at Round Hill
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Score: 94.33

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7. Rockhouse, Negril, Jamaica

Bungalows at Rockhouse in Negril
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Score: 94.50

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6. Anse Chastanet Resort, St. Lucia

Jungle Spa
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Score: 94.59

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5. Cap Maison, St. Lucia

The pool at Cap Maison
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Score: 95.16

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4. Curtain Bluff Resort, Antigua

The seaside pool at Curtain Bluff
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Score: 96.45

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3. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis

The grounds at Nisbet Plantation
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Score: 97.00

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2. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Jade Mountain in St. Lucia
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Score: 97.03

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1. Kamalame Cay, Andros, Bahamas

The overwater spa at Kamalame Cay
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Score: 97.49

“Wonderful, organically natural resort with plenty to do — or nothing at all.” That’s how one reader summed up this unique Bahamian retreat. Adventure-minded guests can experience superb bonefishing and diving just offshore. On-island, it’s all about lounging with a book by the quiet, restful pool, heading to the overwater spa for a massage, or taking cocktails in the Great House’s cozy living room before a dinner of grilled lobster or Andros stone crabs. The 27 rooms and 15 villas, which have all been uniquely decorated and face the sea to take advantage of the breezes, feature colorful artwork, white linen sofas, and plenty of natural woods. “Three little words: paradise on earth!”

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