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This year's World's Best Awards survey was open for voting January 11 through May 10, 2021, as destinations around the world were lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Survey rules have always allowed readers to reflect on their travel experiences over a three-year period. We hope that this year's honorees will inspire your own travels as you get back out into the world.

In the second half of 2020, when most Caribbean countries reopened, travelers made a beeline to the region in search of space and seclusion, as well as sun, sea, and sand. It's not surprising, then, that islands which are either large enough to spread out on (Jamaica) or small enough to be relatively exclusive (St. Bart's) were home to half of the resorts that made this year's rankings.

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.

Aerial view of the pool at Kamalame Cay, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Kamalame Cay

Once on the ground in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas, T+L readers continued to prioritize privacy, favoring hotels that were either small, spacious, or secluded. Their preferences are proven by the top 10 retreats on the list, which comprise a mix of private-island resorts, villa-based properties, or hotels with fewer than 60 rooms.

The Turks and Caicos islands drew many travelers, who raved about Providenciales hotels No. 9 Point Grace ("Awesome location, awesome employees!"); No. 19 Seven Stars Resort & Spa ("The spa is the best on the island"); and No. 24 Grace Bay Club ("Our seven-night stay was spectacular!"). Round Hill Hotel and Villas, which came in second, was one of four Jamaican resorts to make the list. Readers praised it for its "stylish yet timeless interiors" and "delightful afternoon tea." "After 15 years of visiting we have never been disappointed," one fan claims. St. Lucia also put in a  strong showing with four resorts, including the ever-popular romantic retreat Jade Mountain, which earned the No. 3 spot. 

Your top pick, Kamalame Cay, was the only Bahamian resort to make the list. Read on to find out why it stood out from the competition.

1. Kamalame Cay, Kamalame Cay, Andros Island, Bahamas

Inside a guest room at Kamalame Cay, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Kamalame Cay

Described by T+L readers as "an amazing experience" that is "truly paradise," this 97-acre private-island resort with just 20 accommodations (a mix of bungalows, beach houses, cottages, and villas) checks all the post-vaccination traveler's boxes. Whether they arrive via puddle-jumper or hop seaplane, readers rave about the family-run boutique's "great service, excellent food," and "wonderful atmosphere." Home to the archipelago's only overwater spa, Kamalame also includes diversions like diving, fishing, and kayaking the Bahama-blue waters, as well as beach picnics and classic cocktails at its tiki bar, which draws patrons from Nassau, a 40-minute boat ride away. The sum total, according to one reader, is "spectacular and dreamy all around," making the cay a "destination that you want to rush to get to and never leave."

Score: 99.14
More information: kamalame.com

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

Round Hill, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Round Hill Hotel and Villas

Score: 97.49
More information: roundhill.com

3. Jade Mountain, Soufrière, St. Lucia

Aerial view of Jade Mountain resort, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Jade Mountain

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Score: 97.10
More information: jademountain.com

4. (tie) Cap Maison, Gros Islet, St. Lucia

Aerial view of Cap Maison, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Cap Maison

Score: 96.73
More information: capmaison.com

4. (tie) Tensing Pen, Negril, Jamaica

Aerial view of Tensing Pen resort, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Tensing Pen

Score: 96.73
More information: tensingpen.com

6. Hôtel Le Toiny, Anse de Toiny, St. Bart's

A pool deck at Hotel Le Toiny, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Hotel Le Toiny

Score: 96.71
More information: letoiny.com

7. Frangipani Beach Resort, Meads Bay, Anguilla

Entryway to a villa at Frangipani Beach Resort, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Frangipani Beach Resort

Score: 96.40
More information: frangipaniresort.com

8. Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Aerial view of the beach at Jamaica Inn, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Jamaica Inn

Score: 96.27
More information: jamaicainn.com

9. Point Grace, Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

A green and white guest room at Point Grace, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Grace Bay Resorts

Score: 96.25
More information: gracebayresorts.com

10. Secret Bay, Portsmouth, Dominica

Evening view of a guest villa at Secret Bay, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Secret Bay

Score: 96.18
More information: secretbay.dm

11. Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, St. Bart's

View from a guest room at Le Barthelemy, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Laurent Benoit/Courtesy of Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

Score: 95.75
More information: lebarthelemyhotel.com

12. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba

View of the Bucuti and Tara resort from the water, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Bucuti & Tara

Score: 95.75
More information: bucuti.com

13. Le Sereno, Grand Cul De Sac, St. Bart's

Exterior view of Le Sereno St Barths, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Sereno Hotels

Score: 95.67
More information: serenohotels.com 

14. Palm Heights, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

A chic bar at Palm Heights, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Palm Heights

Score: 95.60
More information: palmheights.com

15. Anse Chastanet Resort, Soufrière, St. Lucia

A colorful guest room at Anse Chastanet Resort, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Anse Chastanet

Score: 94.81
More information: ansechastanet.com

16. Eden Rock-St. Barths, Baie de Saint Jean, St. Bart's

A modern guest room at Eden Rock St Barths, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Eden Rock – St Barths

Score: 94.71
More information: oetkercollection.com

17. Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica

The lap pool at Half Moon, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Half Moon

Score: 94.43
More information:  halfmoon.com

18. Jumby Bay Island, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda

View the an entryway at Jumby Bay Island, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Jumby Bay Island

Score: 94.29
More information: oetkercollection.com

19. Seven Stars Resort & Spa, Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

A common area at Seven Stars Resort & Spa, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Seven Stars Resort & Spa

Score: 93.64
More information: sevenstarsgracebay.com

20. Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, Soufrière, St. Lucia

A pool deck at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort

Score: 93.53
More information: viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

21. Eden Roc at Cap Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

A villa and pool at Eden Roc Cap Cana, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Eden Roc Cap Cana

Score: 93.47
More information: edenroccapcana.com

22. Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel, Maundays Bay, Anguilla

View through an archway at the Belmond Cap Juluca, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Belmond

Score: 93.46
More information: belmond.com

23. Curtain Bluff Resort, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda

Aerial view of the beach and pool at Curtain Bluff resort, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Curtain Bluff Resort

Score: 93.27
More information: curtainbluff.com

24. Grace Bay Club, Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

Interior of a guest villa at Grace Bay Club, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Grace Bay Resorts

Score: 93.22
More information: gracebayclub.gracebayresorts.com

25.  Zemi Beach House, Shoal Bay East, Anguilla

A sunlit guest bed at Zemi Beach House, voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean
Credit: Courtesy of Zemi Beach House

Score: 93.04
More information: zemibeach.com

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2021.