Infinity pools, turquoise water, white-sand beaches, and luxurious all-inclusives are just a few of the things that define a perfect Caribbean getaway. And since it’s no secret that the right hotel can make all the difference on any trip, here are five bucket list-worthy Caribbean resorts that you have to visit at least once in your life. Why not start now?
Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
You’ve probably seen Jade Mountain’s gorgeous views on Instagram, which have made it one of the top bucket-list Caribbean resorts. Located on gorgeous St. Lucia’s south-western coast, Jade Mountain embraces indoor-outdoor living. Your bedroom and living areas open to a private infinity pool that overlooks St. Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site.
Amenities: Private infinity pools, panoramic views, spa, fitness studio, James Beard Award winning-chef, outside terrace, and access to sister resort Anse Chastanet.
Geejam Hotel, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Choose from either a private villa, deluxe cabin, or studio suite at Geejam, which is also home to one of the leading residential recording complexes in the Caribbean. The hotel is located on the San San Estate, and is within walking distance to Frenchman’s Cove and Blue Lagoon, which are consistently ranked on roundups of the world’s best beaches.
Geejam hotel is also close to the historic town of Port Antonio and the village of Drapers, as well as waterfalls and hiking trails. (The hotel can arrange excursions.) And, don’t miss out on the hotel’s onsite restaurant, Bushbar, serving Jamaican and Asian-influenced cuisine.
Amenities: Recording studio, healing spa, pool, gym, bar, location, onsite restaurant, beachfront property, Wi-Fi, steam rooms, Apple TV, air conditioning, nanny service.
Gansevoort Playa Imbert, Sosua, Dominican Republic
The newly opened Gansevoort Dominican Republic is located on a private beach, Playa Imbert, and is nothing short of a bucket-list Caribbean resort. Experience true luxury in a one- or two-bedroom loft, three-bedroom apartment with a private plunge pool, or a four-bedroom penthouse.
The penthouses each have a rooftop Jacuzzi and floor-to-ceiling windows, among other deluxe touches. Don’t worry if you can’t splurge on a penthouse—the hotel also has a tiered infinity pool, private beach, cabanas, and onsite restaurant to enjoy.
Amenities: L’OCCITANE spa, onsite restaurant, private chef and private beach dining, infinity pool, adult-only pool, wine and cigar cellar, full breakfast included (served beachside), fitness center, game room, private beach, use of snorkel equipment, kayak, and paddleboards, free Wi-Fi, pet-friendly.
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino, Palm Beach, Aruba
The Hyatt Regency Aruba overlooks Palm Beach and is located close to the Tierra del Sol Golf Course and Aruba’s international airport. All rooms have either an ocean-, pool-, or garden view, and the beachfront access makes all water sports possible onsite. And, the onsite casino has gaming tables and slot machines, making it one of the most versatile Caribbean resorts.
Amenities: Beachfront property, convenient location, free Wi-Fi, happy hours, four indoor-outdoor restaurants, five bars, swim-up beach bars, outdoor pool, gym, tennis courts, casino, spa.
The Cove, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Located on the Bahamas Out Island of Eleuthera, The Cove is an intimate resort with guest rooms, suites, villas, and cottage options. Resort activities include relaxing on the private beach, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, boating, conch diving, biking, and pool lounging. The Cove will also arrange for other island activities like horseback riding or a trip to Governor’s Harbour. The resort’s minimalist design and incredible restaurant cuisine make it one of the best resorts in the Caribbean.
Amenities: Beachfront property, free Wi-Fi, balcony or patio with every room, private pools with villas, sushi restaurant, private beach dining, seaside bar, movie room, game room, two private beaches, infinity pool, spa services, gym, walking trails.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.