The best hotels in the Caribbean based on analysis of industry awards, hotel star ratings and user ratings. Hotels ranked in the top 10% of the best hotels in the Caribbean receive a gold badge. Hotels ranked in the top 30% of the best hotels in the Caribbean receive a Silver badge. The hotels that appear after the rated hotels are sorted by hotel class.
1. Eden Rock – St Barths
As the premier hotel in St Barts, Eden Rock has been welcoming sun-seeking travelers for more than 60 years. Celebrities such as Greta Garbo and Howard Hughes have graced the halls of this hotel.
And after an extensive rebuild from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, Eden Rock remains just as elegant, according to a recent guest. Each accommodation is unique, with bright color accents and private terraces, and guests describe a stay here as worth every penny.
Treat yourself to a special villa and you’ll have access to extras like a private art gallery (at Villa Nina) or a recording studio (at Rockstar Villa). Located on the Bay of St. Jean on the island’s north coast, Eden Rock gives visitors access to pristine sandy beaches and nearby coral reefs.
When you need a break from the sun, indulge in a spa treatment or dine at the renowned Sand Bar restaurant, led by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
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2. Jade Mountain Resort
Standing above its sister hotel, Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain offers views of the towering Pythons, with architecture inspired by the natural beauty of St. Lucia. Each of his “Sanctuaries” has only three walls (a room where the fourth wall should be fully exposed), 15-foot ceilings, and furnishings made from tropical hardwoods.
Some suites also feature an infinity pool that creates the illusion of infinity space between you, the Caribbean Sea and the Pythons. However, recent guests have warned that modern conveniences such as TVs and telephones are not available in any accommodation.
Some also say that while the exposed walls offer majestic views, it also means you’re up close and personal with some of the island’s towering wildlife and the occasional rainstorm.
In addition to beautiful views, Jade Mountain offers an extensive list of island sports, including snorkeling in Anse Chastanet Bay, sunset sailing on a resort cruise, and scuba diving with the experts from the on-site PADI dive center.
In addition, Jade Mountain knows how to create a romantic atmosphere. Couples can arrange in-room massages at Kai en Ciel Spa or private dinners at Celestial Terrace. For other meals, tourists can choose to dine at the Jade Mountain Club or dine in the room.
3. Belmond Cap Juluca
above Maundays Bay on the south coast of Anguilla, Belmond Cap Juluca is a serene resort surrounded by a mile of white sand. Each Greco-Moorish villa features sea views and a private terrace, patio or solarium. Guests praise the luxury accommodations at this Belmond Hotels outpost.
Each has a white-and-blue décor and comes with a fully stocked minibar, free Wi-Fi access and a smart TV, plus a terrace or patio with ocean views. If you want to relax away from the seaside digs, laze by the infinity pool or on the beach.
All room rates include the use of two lounge chairs on the beach, plus snacks, drinks and cold towels delivered by the beach maid. When you need a break from the sand, play tennis or relax with a treatment at Arawak Spa.
Then sit down for a meal at one of Cap Juluca’s three restaurants or enjoy casual tapas in the onsite vintage food truck. Travelers rave about all the restaurants, though some warn that the food and stay here don’t come cheap.
4. Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels & Resorts
Recent guests commented that the accommodation and service was outstanding at this resort overlooking East Anguilla’s Shoal Bay. The resort’s 76 rooms and suites are spread over 6 acres and feature deep soaking tubs, walk-in showers and furnished balconies with pool, resort or ocean views.
Past visitors love the spacious layout of their accommodations (which range in size from 600 to 2,826 square feet) and the contemporary Caribbean interior design (think: natural wood furniture with crisp white linens and accents). Guests were equally impressed by the outdoor infinity pool overlooking the sea, considered one of the most beautiful in the world, and the spa, which is housed in a 300-year-old Thai house and features a hammam and juice bar.
The resort also offers a fitness center, yoga classes and beachfront training camps, but if you want your adrenaline pumping in the water, you can ask the beachfront concierge to arrange water activities such as kayaking and snorkeling.
While the resort’s dining options are limited (there are two on-site restaurants), the property’s convenient location makes it easy to explore nearby restaurants. You will also find three bars on the site. In addition, the hotel participates in the Hilton Honors award program as part of the Hilton hotel portfolio.
5. Eden Roc at Cap Cana
Eden Roc in Cap Cana proudly offers secluded luxury. Tucked away in Cap Cana, one of Punta Cana’s most exclusive communities, this outpost at Relais & Châteaux offers a long list of luxury amenities. Each of the resort’s 62 suites features high ceilings, free Wi-Fi access, a Nespresso machine and a private balcony or terrace.
Some even come with a private pool. Outside the suite, travelers can relax with treatments at Eden Roc Wellness & Spa or enjoy Eden Roc Beach Club, a private facility featuring a leafy swimming pool, BBQ area and beach bar.
However, some guests agreed that the restaurant was too expensive for what they offered. For more action, families can visit the children’s pool or drop off the little ones at the Koko Kid’s Club for games, crafts and more.
When it comes time to eat, tourists can head to one of three restaurants. Suite rates include daily breakfast at the BLUE Grill + Bar, while the Mediterraneo restaurant offers seasonal flavors for dinner, and a third restaurant, La Palapa, is available for fresh seafood on the Caribbean Sea.