The Top 25 Resort Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas in 2018
Whether you’re looking for an adults-only retreat, a luxe all-inclusive, or a family-friendly property with tranquil shores for kids, the Caribbean Islands, Bermuda, and the Bahamas do not disappoint. Our readers’ favorite hotels in the region cover all three types of properties — and then some.
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.
Related: The 2018 World's Best Awards
This year’s list spans 12 countries and territories, including St. Bart’s, Aruba, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Anguilla. But St. Lucia took home the most winning hotels — five, to be exact, including honeymoon mainstays Jade Mountain, Anse Chastanet Resort, and Ladera Resort. “Most romantic hotel ever,” said one reader of the 30-year-old Ladera, which has jaw-dropping views of the Pitons from the open-air suites. “The rooms are an experience out of this world, and cannot be described in words or photos.” Sister properties Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet Resort earned similar raves for their open-air rooms — Jade, in particular. “The service, private beach, and views were incredible,” remarked one honeymooner of Jade Mountain, which sits higher up on the hill from Anse. “We hope to go back for our 10th anniversary.”
We should note that two properties — Eden Rock and Malliouhana, of the Auberge Resorts Collection — are currently closed because of last year’s devastating hurricanes. (They are expected to reopen this winter.) That didn’t stop readers from singing their praises. “My heart aches for Eden Rock given the last hurricane season,” said one fan. “But our babymoon spent on their beaches was a vacation we will not soon forget.” Anguilla’s Zemi Beach House and Four Seasons Resort & Residences were also briefly closed; they reopened this spring. “Beautiful, modern rooms,” praised one Zemi fan. “Snorkeling was amazing!”
Jamaica also fared well this year, with four properties on the list. The affordable Rockhouse draws couples to the cliffs of Negril, while Round Hill attracts the family crowd in Montego Bay thanks to its spacious villas, calm shoreline, and welcoming staff. “Round Hill is pure peace, and the people working there are the absolute best,” remarked one fan.
The No. 1 property is in Anguilla — which, fittingly, was also voted the top island in the region overall. Read on for the full list of top hotels in this diverse part of the world.
25. COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
24. Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Antigua
23. Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
22. Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
21. Shore Club, Turks & Caicos
20. Marigot Bay Resort & Marina, St. Lucia
19. Eden Rock, St. Bart’s
18. Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection, Anguilla
17. The Cove, Eleuthera, Bahamas
16. Rockhouse, Negril, Jamaica
15. Zemi Beach House, Anguilla
14. Reefs Resort & Club, Bermuda
13. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis
12. Four Seasons Resort & Private Residences, Anguilla
11. Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa, Grenada
10. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba
9. Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
8. Cap Maison, St. Lucia
7. Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica
6. Anse Chastanet Resort, St. Lucia
5. Ladera Resort, St. Lucia
4. Tensing Pen, Negril, Jamaica
3. Curtain Bluff Resort, Antigua
2. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
1. Frangipani Beach Resort, Anguilla
This boutique property of 19 rooms and suites, plus a four-bedroom villa, is set on Meads Bay — just one of the 33 gorgeous beaches on Anguilla, the No. 1 island in the region for the second year in a row. Service, as well as the on-site restaurant, Straw Hat, stood out to our readers, who voted Frangipani the No. 1 resort hotel in the region for the first time in World’s Best history. “The staff remembers your name and helps share their love of exploring Anguilla.”
See all of our readers' favorite hotels, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2018.