Another perfect thing about the Caribbean: travel deals. With this being the time to plan your next escape to the Caribbean, ISLANDS research editor Ashley Fraxedas recommends these eight resorts for great stays at great prices. And for even more of Ashley’s island travel bargains, see her daily deals blog.
From $100 a night_Estate Concordia Preserve, St. John_No passports are required for the U.S. Virgin Islands, which fits perfectly with Estate Concordia’s mission of simple travel. And the resort is also one of the greenest ways to experience St. John, with solar power, elevated trails to preserve vegetation and a Trash to Treasures Art Center close by. Stay in one of 25 eco-tents or nine studios with views of Salt Pond Bay and Ram Head. Your footprint will not be left behind. maho.org
From $140 a night_Tranquility Bay Resort, Ambergris Caye_Situated just inside the Belize Barrier Reef, Tranquility Bay is the only resort within the Bacalar Chico National Marine Park. Just 11 private beachfront cabanas share 12 acres of sand north of San Pedro. Dive and snorkel close by at Shark Ray Alley, the famous Blue Hole and the scenic Hol Chan Marine Reserve. tranquilitybayresort.com
From $150 a night El Conquistador Resort, Puerto Rico For visitors to Puerto Rico, El Conquistador has long been a favorite. This Waldorf Astoria resort boasts clifftop views and 100-acre private Palomino Island. You can choose to stay in one of El Conquistador’s five villages and enjoy every- thing from ocean views at the Grand Hotel to 24-hour butler service at Las Casitas Village. It’s also a launching point to go see one of the famed Bioluminescent Bays, directly below. elconresort.com
From $160 a night Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, Aruba Family owned and operated since opening in 1989, this 72-room, Dutch-colonial-inspired boutique sits directly across from beautiful Eagle Beach, but it’s also well positioned five minutes away from downtown Oranjestad. Both relaxation and the nightlife will beckon. amsterdammanor.com
From $190 a night _Hawk’s Nest Resort & Marina, Bahamas_This Cat Island resort combines the best of the Out Islands: water adventure and a laid-back, barefoot atmosphere. On-site, there’s a 28-slip marina, a full-service PADI dive center and a 43-foot boat ready for diving & snorkeling. You can also enter the resort’s annual wahoo and billfish tournaments. At night, dinner is served promptly at 7 p.m. Save your catch and let the chefs grill whatever they caught from their own dock earlier that day. hawks-nest.com
From $200 a night Strawberry Hill, Jamaica Nestled at 3,100 feet in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, Strawberry Hill provides a natural solace with exquisite panoramic views of Kingston far below. Once an 18th-century coffee plantation, the resort features 12 deluxe Georgian-style cottages — each luxurious. islandoutpost.com
From $210 a night Cobalt Coast Dive Resort, Grand Cayman Call this 18-room resort a diver’s dream. Three pristine dive sites (Cobalt Ridge, Sea Fan Reef and North Wall) just outside your door offer the island’s best no-hassle shore diving. The luxurious amenities add a nice twist: free tanks and unlimited shore dives as well as oceanfront dining, whirlpools and spacious suites. cobaltcoast.com
From $220 a night Presidente InterContinental Resort & Spa, Cozumel With a hammock stretched across your back patio, it may be hard to peel yourself away from your room. But palapas, a half-mile of white-sand beach, two pools, an open-air restaurant and incredible diving also deserve such attention. And ISLANDS readers (and editors) rave about the on-site Mandara Spa. intercontinentalcozumel.com
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