Editor’s Note: Some of the information below may be out-of-date. Dominican Republic and St. Barth were heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Please visit caribbeantravelupdate.com or the specific hotel’s website for updates.
Personal butlers, outdoor hot tubs, private plunge pools: When it comes to amor, these romantic hotels know just how to serve it up. Check in to one of these Caribbean resorts on your next romantic getaway.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort – St. Lucia
Sugar Beach’s name itself is delicious, and beachfront bungalows with private butlers, patios and plunge pools only sweeten the deal. The view of the Pitons is epic at every turn (thanks to its setting on a UNESCO World Heritage site) as are the amenities — including the beachside bliss lunch at the thatched-roof Bayside Restaurant, the local rum selection at Sleek Cane Bar, the tropical treehouse treatment rooms at Rainforest Spa and the owner’s intriguing art collection that peppers the property.
Petit St. Vincent – St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Couples, head to PSV (as the regulars call it) to disconnect and reconnect. No phones, WiFi, TV or clocks… color-coded flags, rather than texts, are the primary means of communication on this 115-acre private island. Each freestanding cottage has a unique view — whether it’s cliffside or beach, vistas centered around tranquility help tune out the world beyond. Book a couple’s treatment at the hilltop spa or ask your butler to arrange a beach picnic anywhere on the island.
The Palms – Turks and Caicos
It’s on one of the most divine beaches in the world (that’s the five-mile-long Grace Bay Beach), but The Palms exudes romance beyond its sugary white sand. Restaurant Parallel23 offers the prettiest Caribbean-meets-colonial backdrop for dinner for two, a couple’s massage amid swaying palm trees heightens the spa experience and the serpentine infinity pool is meant for cuddling in a corner.
Port Ferdinand – Barbados
At Port Ferdinand you’ll want to book a room overlooking the shiny sheltered marina to get a view of the yachts that anchor there. The Caribbean resort’s water taxi, which ferries visitors to nearby beaches and restaurants, is a much more elegant means of a travel than a rental car. The property is less than a year old, but the island’s local endangered hawksbill and green turtles already know the beach is the place to be — see if you can spot them during a swim.
Baoase Luxury Resort – Curacao
Within under-the-radar Curacao’s mix of cultures (and year-round sunshine) is Baoase’s equally off-the-beaten-path charm. Opt for a private pool villa, where swimming isn’t merely an afterthought — couples can practically fall off a cushy sofa into their own stretch of sparking blue water that winds through the tropical gardens surrounding the villa.
El Secreto – Belize
With only GPS coordinates (and no address) to guide you the tip of Belize’s San Pedro Island, seductive El Secreto really does feel clandestine. Once dropped off via speedboat, get ready for the most delicious alone time — an eco-chic villa with an outdoor Jacuzzi, which is stocked with books to peruse while lounging in a hammock on what feels like your own private beach. Take a snorkeling jaunt to Hol Chan Marine Reserve on Belize’s barrier reef to observe a rainbow of fish.
Le Guanahani – St. Barts
If the words “private enclave” appeal, head to Le Guanahani, a 8½-acre peninsula on the northeast tip of the chic island. Guanahani means “welcome” in the region’s native tongue, and the romantic hotel’s laid-back elegance makes you feel exactly that. Spicy French and Creole influences reign through colorful yellow, blue and lavender cottages with subtle West Indian style (opt for one with a private pool). And don’t forget a Panama hat — it’s the Caribbean resort’s unofficial uniform.
Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort – Antigua
Jumby Bay, a 300-acre private island is already on any romantic’s radar — who can resist the idea of being whisked away from the mainland? And all the attributes of a private island apply: Naturally, rooms are elegant with four-poster beds, and beaches (all four-and-a-half miles) are pristine with endless stretches to claim for one’s own.
Round Hill Hotel & Villas – Jamaica
With 110 acres to frolic, no in-room TVs and a spa in a restored 18th-century plantation house, Round Hill invites you to simply just be, once you’re settled into a Ralph Lauren-designed oceanfront guest room, of course. Upping the celeb-approved romance factor, Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle recently took their love public here at a friend’s destination wedding.
Eden Roc Cap Cana – Dominican Republic
Within Cap Cana’s sprawling gated estate at the most eastern part of the island, Eden Roc feels like an extravagant enclave. And with 26 new two-bedroom beachfront casita-style suites complete, this romantic hotel is prime for a rendezvous. Rustic earthy tones, natural woods and handmade local art keep your feet on the ground, or have a heavenly experience on a daybed at the private beach club.