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    Jamaica Inn
    Ocho Rios
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1557 reviewsTripAdvisor (1557)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Welcoming guests to its private beach in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, since 1950, Jamaica Inn seeks to provide a home-away-from-home experience, and its guests believe it succeeds in doing so. Its air-conditioned suites, cottages, bungalows and villas  with cerulean walls, wooden furnishings and white and yellow or blue decor that pay homage to the beach, sea and sky  all offer complimentary Wi-Fi access, minifridges and private balconies or verandas. Meander across the hotel's manicured grounds for a meal and a Red Stripe beer at the open-air restaurant, or enjoy a massage and an iced lemongrass tea at the Ocean Spa. If the beach is more your scene, you'll find free snorkel gear, kayaks, paddleboards and Sunfish sailboats there, along with daily complimentary fruit punch from 11 a.m. to noon. What's more, you'll receive free afternoon tea and light snacks, as well as evening hot and cold hors d'oeuvres. Overall, travelers rave about the property's amenities and customer service; however, the boutique hotel's laid-back atmosphere means vacationers seeking a thriving nightlife scene may want to stay elsewhere.

    Ocho Rios
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1557 reviewsTripAdvisor (1557)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba
    Eagle Beach
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 5709 reviewsTripAdvisor (5709)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Resting on 14 sandy acres close to Aruba's westernmost point, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is a boutique, adults-only property that emphasizes environmental protection. Its 104 guest rooms, suites and penthouses offer intimacy and seclusion, along with private balconies or terraces, free Wi-Fi access and locally sourced Aruba Aloe bath products to use in solar-heated walk-in showers. Recent guests heap accolades on the guest rooms' views of Eagle Beach and the romantic, kid-free environment. Yes, this hotel is a splurge, but many past visitors said it's worth every penny. Sweethearts can dine in a private cabana on the beach (a favorite experience for many travelers) or at the poolside, oceanfront Elements restaurant. Though room rates do not cover lunches, dinners and drinks, a free breakfast buffet is available daily. Additional amenities found on-site include a fitness center, a spa, an infinity pool and a gift shop.

    Eagle Beach
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 5709 reviewsTripAdvisor (5709)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Baoase Luxury Resort
    Willemstad, Curacao
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 643 reviewsTripAdvisor (643)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking

    A popular hideaway for honeymooners, Baoase Luxury Resort sits on the southwestern side of Curacao, less than a 9-mile drive southeast of the island's international airport. Recent guests gushed about the hotel's attentive staff and its prime location on a secluded beach. And with just 23 rooms, suites and villas (and its own private island), it's easy to see how the resort manages to create an intimate atmosphere for lodgers. Aside from the five-star customer service, past visitors were pleased with their accommodations, especially the beachfront suites, which boast private infinity pools. If you're not willing to splurge on a suite, you'll still enjoy resort or sea views from your room's balcony or patio, plus complimentary Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a Sonos sound system, among other amenities. When you're not lounging in your digs, retreat to the resort's infinity pool, recline in a chair on the man-made beach or schedule a treatment at the spa. The beach is also where you'll find the resort's restaurant, which offers a menu of French international cuisine with an Asian twist. Although reviewers found the food delicious, they also said the prices are high.

    Willemstad, Curacao
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 643 reviewsTripAdvisor (643)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
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    Tortuga Bay
    Punta Cana
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 699 reviewsTripAdvisor (699)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Sitting between Cap Cana Marina and Punta Cana International Airport along the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, Tortuga Bay appeases travelers with luxurious amenities. Not many resorts can advertise spacious suites designed by fashion icon Oscar de la Renta. Aside from the stylish decor, accommodations also boast balconies or patios, Jacuzzis, walk-in closets, kitchenettes and flat-screen TVs. Guests rave about the tasty (albeit expensive) food served on Oscar's signature tables at Bamboo Restaurant (as well as at the five other eateries visitors have access to on-site and within the larger Puntacana Resort & Club complex). But that's not the only name you'll recognize. Avid golfers will likely jump at the chance to play one or both of Tortuga Bay's courses, designed by Tom Fazio and P.B. Dye. Meanwhile, relaxation-seekers can take advantage of the Six Senses Spa, which features a full menu of massages and body scrubs. But what travelers like most about this Leading Hotels of the World property is how different it feels from other Punta Cana resorts. Many vacationers say that the 1,500-acre reserve – maintained by the resort's ecological foundation – is a refreshing break from the overcrowded Bávaro beach hotel scene. And Leaders Club members you're in luck – this property grants perks like suite upgrades to rewards program participants.

    Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 699 reviewsTripAdvisor (699)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Nisbet Plantation Beach Club
    St. James Parish
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1005 reviewsTripAdvisor (1005)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Surrounded by 30 acres of tropical palms and powdery sands, this former 18th-century sugar cane plantation set along Nevis' northern coast impresses guests with its rustic charm. All 36 guest rooms and suites – which earn a thumbs-up from visitors for their spacious interiors and superb amenities – occupy lemon-tinted cottages and feature wicker furniture, stocked minibars, free Wi-Fi access and balconies, patios or screened-in porches. Travelers also rave about the authentic Nevis specialties served at the on-site restaurants: Coconuts, Sea Breeze Beach Bar and the Great House. Out on the grounds, you'll find amenities like a tennis court, beachside hammocks, a croquet lawn and a 75-foot lap pool. For an added dose of luxury, retreat to the full-service spa for a relaxing treatment or massage. Though a versatile menu of facilities is nice to have, guests say the boutique hotel's impeccable service and relaxing atmosphere are its greatest assets. However, some caution that a stay here is expensive. You'll find Nisbet Plantation Beach Club located 2 miles east of Vance W. Amory International Airport.

    St. James Parish
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1005 reviewsTripAdvisor (1005)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    GoldenEye
    St. Mary
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 411 reviewsTripAdvisor (411)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    In 1946, a former officer in the British Royal Navy bought some land in northern Jamaica and named it GoldenEye. Hoping to recuperate from the psychological toll of World War II, he planned to spend the rest of his days relaxing and writing in the tropics. The man's name was Ian Fleming, and it was here that he dreamed up the now legendary character James Bond. Once a writer's retreat, GoldenEye is now a fully functioning boutique resort, where you can indulge in a massage at FieldSpa or go snorkeling in a 4-acre lagoon. You can stay in the Fleming Villa, where the famed author penned "Casino Royale," or in various other villas, lagoon cottages or beach huts, each with an outdoor shower, a clawfoot tub, a welcome gift of Blackwell rum and complimentary Wi-Fi access to keep both secret agents and regular guests connected to the outside world. And even a spy's got to eat: You can satiate your appetite at one of two eateries: the treehouse-style Gazebo, which serves internationally inspired dishes, and Bizot Bar, where you can savor casual Jamaican dishes poolside while sipping a classic martini – shaken, not stirred. Although many vacationers praise the property's grounds and accommodations, several say the resort's customer service and cuisine are subpar at best. Note: Some areas will be temporarily unavailable while the property undergoes renovations from early May to mid-December 2019.

    St. Mary
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 411 reviewsTripAdvisor (411)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Caribbean Club
    Seven Mile Beach
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 675 reviewsTripAdvisor (675)
    Free Parking

    Offering 37 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and villas overlooking Grand Cayman's famous Seven Mile Beach, the Caribbean Club is ideal for vacationers looking for more space than a typical resort can provide. Along with the extra square footage, suites and villas come equipped with kitchens, washers and dryers, living rooms and furnished balconies. Aside from the well-appointed accommodations, the hotel's oceanfront pool and beach cabanas (free for guests) also impressed past lodgers. However, a few former patrons cautioned that the pool can feel crowded at times due to its limited seating. If you're not in the mood to make meals in your own kitchen, head to traveler-approved Luca, the hotel's Italian eatery. Or, explore the restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood – an easy feat thanks to the property's prime location. Other on-site amenities include a fitness center, free parking and in-room massage services (for a fee).

    Seven Mile Beach
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 675 reviewsTripAdvisor (675)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
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    Hotel Christopher
    Gustavia
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 633 reviewsTripAdvisor (633)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Located on St. Barts' northern coast, Hotel Christopher provides luxury-seekers with an intimate getaway. Each of the 42 guest rooms and suites features neutral decor with pops of bright orange throughout and comes outfitted with a private terrace, free Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player, a minibar and Sisley toiletries. Previous visitors said they left this Preferred LVX hotel feeling completely relaxed as a result of the property's isolated location. High-end amenities like the full-service Sisley Spa and the stunning seaside infinity pool are bound to help you unwind, while the two on-site dining venues, Christo Lounge Restaurant and Mango Beach Club, are sure to satiate your appetite after a long day of swimming, sailing, hiking or lounging. Although most past guests heaped praise on both eateries, a few desired tastier (and less expensive) options and faster service. To save some coin while staying here, members of the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can use reward certificates to cover the cost of their rooms.

    Gustavia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 633 reviewsTripAdvisor (633)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Eden Roc at Cap Cana
    Playa Bavaro
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 592 reviewsTripAdvisor (592)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Eden Roc at Cap Cana prides itself on offering secluded luxury. Tucked inside Cap Cana, one of Punta Cana's most exclusive communities, this Relais & Châteaux outpost offers a long list of sumptuous amenities. Each of the resort's 62 suites features a private pool or ocean views from a private balcony or terrace, high ceilings, complimentary Wi-Fi access and a Nespresso machine. Although past vacationers appreciated the accommodations' spacious layouts, some encountered malfunctioning suite amenities or broken fixtures. Outside the suites, travelers can unwind with a treatment at Solaya Spa or enjoy the Eden Roc Beach Club, a private facility that touts a palm-shaded pool, a barbecue area and a beach bar. For more action, families can visit the children's pool or drop their little ones off at the Koko Kid's Club for games, crafts and more. When it's time to eat, vacationers can head to one of three restaurants. Suite rates cover daily breakfast at Mediterraneo restaurant or BLUE Grill + Bar, and a third eatery, La Palapa, is also available for fresh seafood by the Caribbean Sea.

    Playa Bavaro
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 592 reviewsTripAdvisor (592)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Rockhouse Hotel
    Negril
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1208 reviewsTripAdvisor (1208)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Rockhouse Hotel gets its name from its rocky surroundings, which play into every aspect of this boutique hotel 3 miles west of downtown Negril, Jamaica. Its 34 air-conditioned villas and guest rooms are built directly into the volcanic stone of Pristine Cove, and contain mosquito-netted four-poster beds and eco-friendly solar heaters. Some villas even seem to be rising directly from the waves – recent guests appreciated the seclusion of their private wraparound balconies and open-air showers that meld seamlessly into the rocks. Like Rockhouse's accommodations, its restaurants' appearances and offerings reflect the bays and coves of Jamaica. Guests can enjoy a crab turnover in the airy, open dining room at Rockhouse Restaurant or savor peppered shrimp – a Jamaican street favorite – atop Pirates Cave in the Pushcart eatery (though some visitors think the restaurants are quite expensive). Even Rockhouse's spa takes cues from its surroundings – travelers can indulge in cliffside spa treatments like an invigorating coffee scrub or the Caribbean Drench, which mimics a Jamaican downpour.

    Negril
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1208 reviewsTripAdvisor (1208)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The House by Elegant Hotels
    Paynes Bay
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 706 reviewsTripAdvisor (706)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Upon arriving at The House, you'll be greeted with a complimentary jet lag healing massage, afternoon tea and evening canapes. And the pampering at this adults-only Paynes Bay, Barbados, resort doesn't stop there: Rooms and suites offer feather-topped beds, complimentary Wi-Fi access, espresso machines, 24-hour butler service and private patios or balconies. When you're craving some fun in the sun, unwind by the oceanfront pool or at the resort's beach. The House offers complimentary water sports equipment, including paddleboards, snorkel gear, kayaks and Hobie Cat sailboats. Plus, you'll enjoy free water taxi transportation to beaches flanked by other Elegant Hotels. This means guests at The House can also indulge in spa treatments at the Tamarind by Elegant Hotels or eat at other Elegant property restaurants. However, most guests recommend dining at The House for the complimentary Champagne breakfast and Italian dishes at Daphne's, although a few caution that service at the restaurant can be slow at times.

    Paynes Bay
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 706 reviewsTripAdvisor (706)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France
    Baie des Flamands
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 388 reviewsTripAdvisor (388)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France's white-washed walls and marble foyers feel almost palatial; guests say the breathtaking views of northern St. Barts' Flamands Beach push this property into the realm of luxury. And the boutique hotel's accommodations aren't too shabby, either. Guest rooms and suites feature bright white decor, hardwood floors and gray, pink or orange accents, while those willing to splurge on a villa will find a private infinity pool and an open-air kitchen. If you can part from your lavish abode, pamper yourself with a treatment at the Cheval Blanc Spa or head to the water for some sailing and water skiing. When your tummy starts to rumble, sit down for some fresh seafood and sea views at La Case de l'Isle restaurant. Diners say that menu prices are high, but the servings are memorable. Note: Cheval Blanc closes annually between Sept. 1 and Oct. 15.

    Baie des Flamands
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 388 reviewsTripAdvisor (388)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Le Sereno
    Saint Barthelemy
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 233 reviewsTripAdvisor (233)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    With only 39 suites and three four-bedroom villas, Le Sereno is especially exclusive. This boutique resort – flanking Anse de Grand Cul-de-Sac's sands on St. Barts' northeastern coast – is ultra chic, with suites displaying bright white hues and dark wood accents. Along with the sumptuous accoutrements, accommodations come equipped with decks with private gardens or pools, free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, Ex Voto Paris toiletries and iPads and Nespresso machines (upon request). But even with all of these luxe amenities, guests agree that Le Sereno doesn't feel pretentious, saying that they were greeted by hospitable staff members. However, some say the property's quiet setting is not ideal for families. During your stay, you can stretch across the bay's chalky white sands or indulge in a refreshing (albeit pricey) treatment from Spa Le Sereno. When it comes to dining, visitors heap praise on the menu at Restaurant Le Sereno, citing its delectable cuisine, romantic atmosphere and unbeatable ocean views as highlights. What's more, the hotel is part of The Leading Hotels of the World family, meaning Leaders Club members have access to perks during their stays.

    Saint Barthelemy
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 233 reviewsTripAdvisor (233)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Cove, Eleuthera
    Gregory Town
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 645 reviewsTripAdvisor (645)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Located about 50 miles northeast of Nassau on the secluded island of Eleuthera, The Cove, Eleuthera boasts 57 guest rooms, suites and villas nestled on a white sand beach. Rooms feature 500-thread-count linens, minifridges, Nespresso machines and flat-screen TVs. All accommodations are steps away from The Cove, Eleuthera's oceanfront infinity pool and on-site eateries. Whether you're lounging on the beach or snorkeling in the cerulean waters, The Cove offers a variety of ways to keep busy while on vacation. You can also arrange island tours, yacht charters and other recreational activities through the resort (at an additional cost). Despite the property's plethora of outdoor pursuits, some past visitors bemoaned the lack of on-site evening entertainment. Others cited poor housekeeping services and warned that meals served in the resort's two dining venues are pricey.

    Gregory Town
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 645 reviewsTripAdvisor (645)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Petit St. Vincent
    The Grenadines
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 362 reviewsTripAdvisor (362)
    Free Breakfast

    This grouping of exclusive cottages can be found on the private island of Petit St. Vincent, roughly 4 miles southwest of Union Island. Built from local stone and wood, the resort's 22 cottages feature bright and airy decor, complete with fresh white, blue and green linens, stone walls and private wooden decks. When you're not lounging in your room or enjoying a massage at the Hillside Spa, you can take part in yoga classes, play a round of tennis or golf (the golf course is located on nearby Canouan Island) or set sail on the surrounding cerulean sea. After working up an appetite, past visitors recommend grabbing a bite to eat at the Beach Restaurant. Chairs are anchored into the sand, and meals are served under thatched roofs and palm trees. (If you prefer inside seating and heartier meals, you can also choose to dine at the Main Restaurant.) While recent guests gushed about the resort's beautiful grounds and attentive service, they also warned that if you're used to an all-inclusive Sandals-like experience, this isn't the retreat for you.

    The Grenadines
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 362 reviewsTripAdvisor (362)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast