Enjoy the VIP treatment and jet set lifestyle in the Caribbean
Direct flights from the UK to this tropical corner of the world take around 10 hours, depending on which island you’re travelling to.
The Caribbean is well known for its deluxe hotels and white sand beaches fringed by coconut palms and spectacular sea views. In Aruba, for example, you’ll find a wide range of uncrowded shores, including the exclusive Renaissance Island with two flawless beaches and a swanky bar where you can watch the sun set over the ocean. Meanwhile, St Lucia is home to a host of unique black and white sand beaches lined with chic All Inclusive resorts and fantastic reef diving opportunities.
However, it’s not just the stunning landscapes that draw holidaymakers to the Caribbean to experience the lap of luxury. Islands like Jamaica have long been a destination loved by the rich and famous thanks to its world-class dining scene, yacht clubs and relaxing spa and wellness centres.
Living the high life in the Caribbean
Barbados also attracts luxury-seeking visitors year-round, where holidays are best spent being served cocktails on the beach, browsing designer shops in Bridgetown or spending an evening sampling the fashionable bars and nightclubs at St Lawrence Gap.
Home to some of the most sought-after resorts in the Caribbean, Jamaica offers an array of adults-only hotels with private beaches, tranquil spas and first class hospitality. If you want to explore the island’s magnificent scenery, take a private tour to Dunn’s River Falls or hop on a catamaran cruise from Montego Bay.
The small but perfectly formed island of Aruba includes everything from secluded shores and swish casinos to colourful colonial architecture and the Arikok National Park, making it the perfect spot for those who want a combination of relaxation and adventure, all wrapped up in luxury.
Other luxury holidays to take a look at
If you want your holiday to come with five-star treatment, the Caribbean isn’t your only option. Other luxurious destinations to consider include Mexico, Mauritius and Italy.
But if the Caribbean has truly captured your heart, our handy travel guide can provide you with further information and tips to help you plan a holiday of a lifetime. To give you a clue of what’s on offer, here’s our pick of some of the Caribbean’s top luxury hotels.
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The 5* Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino is synonymous with luxury, with past guests including the Queen of Holland and Monaco's Royal Family. This centrally-located hotel features three pools, a private island, swim-up bar, movie theatre, chandelier-lit casino and designer shops. Guests also have a choice of two hotels - the adults-only Renaissance Marina Hotel and the family-friendly Renaissance Ocean Suites, which are about a five-minute walk apart. The rooms have a variety of mod cons, such as rainfall showers and LCD TVs, and there's a choice of dining options and daytime activities like tennis, language classes and aerobics on offer.
Set in tropical grounds with a glorious beachfront setting, the 4* Ocean Two Resort and Residences oozes sophistication and style. Just a few steps from the hotel is a stunning palm-fringed beach, where the hotel's exclusive waiter service will allow you to sit back and enjoy a refreshing drink while admiring the views. The bedrooms are spacious and modern and include special touches like rainfall showers, fluffy bath robes and in-room spa service. There's also a swimming pool with cushioned sunbeds, an adults-only rooftop bar with a plunge pool overlooking Oistins Bay, as well as a smart restaurant serving international cuisine.
The Couples Sans Souci is perfect for those looking for a romantic retreat. This 5* hotel is free from the hustle and bustle of families, giving you the chance to enjoy true peace and quiet on your have-it-all holiday. When it comes to relaxation, a gorgeous beach is just a few steps away and you can take your pick from the four pools on offer, one of which has a swim-up bar. Secluded on a rocky outcrop with stunning sea views, this hotel featured on the Conde Nast Traveller's Gold List in 2013. There's plenty of gourmet dining options, as well as daytime activities like pilates, aqua aerobics, tennis lessons and tours to Dunn's River Falls.
If you're looking for the cream of the crop on your next holiday, the 5* Secrets St James Montego Bay is the ideal choice. With its kilometre of private beach, three whirlpool baths, swim-up bar, tranquil spa and range of gourmet restaurants to choose from, it's easy to understand why this adults-only hotel has won numerous awards. You'll also find an array of daytime activities available, including non-motorised watersports, plus night-time entertainment such as themed parties and live shows.
The high-class Royalton St Lucia comes with a private sand beach, a stylish spa and seven excellent restaurants. Perfect for your wedding day or a special couples' getaway, you can expect pure indulgence at this classy 5* hotel. The All-In Luxury™ concept allows guests to benefit from reservation-free dining, 24-hour room service and concierge service. Rooms at this hotel are elegantly decorated and there's also a nightly entertainment programme and a selection of modern bars to unwind in.