Top 10 Caribbean Resorts
Top Ten Caribbean Beach Resorts
Welcome to paradise. We're counting down Caribbean resorts with crystal-clear waters, powder-soft sands, sumptuous settings and world-class accommodations. These aren't your average cookie-cutter beachfront hotels either. These Caribbean hot spots rank among the most luxurious and lavish in the world.
No. 10 - Hyatt Regency, Aruba Resort & Casino
Aruba, Netherland Antilles
Set just 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba is the westernmost island of the Netherland Antilles. Here Spanish, Dutch and Caribbean culture blend as comfortably as your beachside cocktail. The Hyatt Regency Aruba is one of the region's premier resorts, because it has a lot of casual elegance and the staff combine that attribute with an incredible array of really fun activities.
No. 9 - Caneel Bay
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
The island of St. John is a treasure trove of tropical jungle and enticing enclaves. It was once the playpen of gazillionaire Lawrence Rockefeller, who fell in love with this lush land in the 1920s. Facilities here include 166 elegantly understated rooms, three restaurants, a 20,000-square-foot spa and a state-of-the-art tennis facility - all presented in a style called 'upscale Spartan.'
No. 8 - Parrot Cay Resort & Spa
Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands
Located 575 miles southeast of Miami, the eight major islands and more than 40 keys of Turks and Caicos cover only a combined 196 square miles of sun-drenched shoreline. Stars like Paul McCartney, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and David Copperfield have all said ahoy to this place. And unlike super-accessible mega-resorts, the exclusive five-star Parrot Cay Resort and Spa can be reached only by small boat.
No. 7 - Little Dix Bay
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Set 90 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, Virgin Gorda is 8 1/2 square miles of lush greenery and stunning crescent bays. Little Dix Bay is truly a tropical wilderness. It's a huge property, with sprawling acreage. The on-site attractions include an amazing number of hiking trails, and the snorkeling there is really fantastic.
No. 6 - Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
A visit to these beautiful islands will often cost you a pretty penny, but not if you stay at the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa. Opened in 1997, this popular spot is an all-inclusive resort.
No. 5 - Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Thomas is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, just east of Puerto Rico. Blessed with breathtaking views, it's no wonder this island attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. Combining Old World Colonial charm with a tropical setting, the 152-room Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas sits on 15 acres of impeccably manicured grounds. With rooms ranging from $325 to $2,500 dollars a night, the resort attracts the affluent from all over the world.
No. 4 - Four Seasons Resort
Nevis, West Indies
The tropical island of Nevis sits a balmy 19 degrees north of the equator. While it's only separated from other islands in the West Indies by two miles of warm water, go there and you'll feel a world apart. One of the most remarkable aspects of the Four Seasons, Nevis, is that it has attained a five-diamond rating. Getting a five-diamond rating from AAA is hard enough in the United States, but to get this rating on a relatively remote Caribbean island is a testament to the resort's commitment to service.
No. 3 - Atlantis
Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
Rising up majestically from the Caribbean is Atlantis, a resort based on the mythical city that sank without a trace 11,000 years ago. It's impossible to get bored at this resort. Take Cabbage Beach, for example. Along these 3 miles of sugary sand, guests can snorkel, parasail, jet-ski or just lounge to their hearts' desire. Then there is the Leap of Faith: a 60-foot drop down a Mayan temple water slide. It takes no leap of faith to figure out that this slippery ride takes you through part of Atlantis' most spectacular family attraction - the aquarium.
No. 2 - Sandy Lane
St. James, Barbados
Fresh off a $200 million renovation, the stunning Sandy Lane is just what any Caribbean connoisseur is looking for. This 800-acre resort features an 18-hole golf course, a 7,000-square-foot pool, state-of-the-art tennis facilities and museum-quality art. In fact, Sandy Lane has become not only the premier luxury resort in Barbados but also one of the premier resorts in the world.
No. 1 - Hotel Maroma
Thirty miles south of the crowded Mexican resort of Cancun, in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, you'll find the pristine, quiet area of Maroma. The Hotel Maroma has a mere 36 suites, which can cost as much as $1,600 a night. But one look at the individually decorated rooms, decked in handmade mahogany and bamboo furniture, and you'll know a stay there is worth every penny.