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Caribbean

Best Hotels in the Caribbean

The Caribbean offers perfect tropical island getaways, from exploring mountainous rainforests and seeing UNESCO-listed sights, to relaxing on unforgettable beaches and trying out lively rum bars. Whether you opt for Aruba, Jamaica, Barbados or the Dominican Republic, these islands offer up the brightest turquoise waters, the whitest sands and the most infectious party atmosphere. So, to help you get the most from your break, here's our top pick of hotels in the Caribbean.

Riu Republica Hotel

With gorgeous views over the white sands and azure blue seas, the adults-only Riu Republica Hotel is a sanctuary of peace, relaxation and tranquillity. Based on Arena Gorda Beach, you'll be just a few steps from the soft sand. Back at the hotel, you've got eight pools, tropical gardens and impressive restaurants to experience, not to mention the luxurious and comfortable rooms, with Caribbean-style rum on tap. Every room has views over the luscious gardens and sea-view rooms are available too.

Sensatori Punta Cana

For an indulgent holiday at a first-class resort, head to Sensatori Punta Cana. The beautiful white sands of Uvero Alto beach are just steps from the hotel's sprawling grounds, while the hotel itself looks like something from the pages of an interior design magazine. There are four pools to dip into, as well as a sports hub and a theatre. You can even relax with a spa treatment or take a Caribbean cookery class. The all-inclusive restaurants are exceptionally impressive, each serving high-quality gourmet cuisine.

Playa Pesquero Hotel

You'll never run out of things to do at the Playa Pesquero Hotel. With two swimming pools, a sun terrace with sun loungers, a kids' pool, tennis courts, mini-golf and watersports, you can fill your days easily. The hotel's six restaurants include buffet, grill, Italian, Caribbean and seafood delicacies and food is available 24/7. There's also seven bars – including a gorgeous swim-up option. The rooms are spacious and cool, providing everything you need for a fun and comfortable holiday.

Sensatori Resort Jamaica

Right on Negril's famous Seven Mile Beach is the Sensatori Resort Negril. You'll get a taste of the Caribbean in the most perfect ways, from gourmet cuisine, through to incredible tropical views. Enjoy the long stretch of soft white sand and the warm sparkling waters and you'll see why it's often on lists of the world's best beaches. There's a beach club-style pool area, a reggae and rum lounge and four pools to enjoy, as well as activities like yoga and tai chi. You can even opt for a swim-up room, with over-the-water daybeds.

Royal Decameron Club Caribbean

The biggest pull to the Royal Decameron Club Caribbean is its sea views. Nestled against two half-moon coves – Montego Bay and Ocho Rios – you'll get stunning views over the picturesque sands. The pool faces over the sea too and the hotel's bar sits on a jetty that reaches out from the shore. There are three restaurants on-site, but you're close to neighbouring shops, restaurants and bars, if an evening out takes your fancy. Nearby is an 18-hole golf course and places to enjoy horse-riding, as well Dunn's River Falls.

Riu Palace Aruba Hotel

For an unforgettable holiday, the gorgeous Riu Palace Aruba never fails to impress. With five restaurants and a huge pool, you can spend your days luxuriating in the sprawling grounds and still feel as though you haven't seen everything. You'll find a boardwalk next to the pool that takes you straight onto Palm Beach and its stretch of white sand and tempting clear waters. Its stunning location and mesmerising views make it perfect for weddings and other special occasions. Everything about the Riu Palace Aruba is indulgent – from the decadent rooms to the Cava served with breakfast.

Royalton St Lucia

Take luxury to the next level at the Royalton St Lucia. Tucked into a private cove with a long stretch of golden sand, you're guaranteed peace, tranquillity and seclusion. The hotel has its own indulgent spa, where you can treat yourself to a range of high-quality treatments. There are seven restaurants, including five la carte, as well as a selection of bars. From the moment you arrive, you'll be treated to reservation-free dining and 24-hour room service too.

Riu Palace Antillas Hotel

Located just 20 minutes from Aruba's eclectic and exciting capital, Oranjestad, the Riu Palace Antillas Hotel is ideal for a romantic break. Set on Palm Beach's platinum sands, the adults-only hotel has everything from gorgeous views to huge pools. Spend your days relaxing on the tropical beach, or retire to the sun terrace and admire the gorgeous grounds. With five restaurants to choose from, there's plenty of variety for dining and the rooms are spacious, with their own balconies.

Bel Jou Hotel

On the outskirts of St Lucia's lively capital, Castries, this hotel boasts magnificent views. From its position up in the hills, you can take in the island's sprawling coastline and its luscious countryside. The adults-only Bel Jou Hotel is just a few minutes' drive from the picturesque harbour and a slew of gorgeous beaches. Onsite, you can lose yourself in traditional Caribbean life by taking dance classes or indulging in local cuisine, before heading to the pools. These are surrounded by Bali beds and rattan sofas, so you can sit back and enjoy a slower pace of life.