Our readers chose cliff-side havens in St. Lucia as well as sleek newcomers in Grand Cayman and Turks & Caicos in this year’s World’s Best Awards.
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.