Whether you want laidback beach vibes or boutique with glamour, the Caribbean has it all when it comes to hotels. Undefeated by the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma in 2017, you can expect revamped, revitalised and all-new hotels that are better than ever before.
From the celebrity/royalty hangout that’s been completely transformed, to the uber modern resort boasting the longest swimming pool in the Caribbean (yes, really), these are the comeback hotels that make our hotlist when we want to escape the cold. Enjoy our Caribbean Hot Hotels Edit.
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Eden Rock, St Barths
Dubbed ‘the return of the Rock’, Eden Rock has flung its luxe doors back open following a major two year renovation post-Irma. Bigger and better (but with the same unmistakeable Eden Rock vibe and trademark red), the iconic resort in St Jean Bay has undergone a complete transformation that includes new rooms and suites, revamped bar and restaurant, and spa concept. Partnering with local brand Ligne St Barth, the new Eden Spa features a new ‘yacht on land’ themed lounge and spa cabins to give guests a real Caribbean wellness journey from the top of the Rock. Don’t miss the two brand new suites that come complete with private swimming pools.
This new arrival may have only just celebrated its first birthday but Silversands is a resort that brings the utmost luxury to the island of Grenada. Slick, contemporary and ultra-sleek, the never-ending 100 metre swimming pool is the longest in the Caribbean if you want to get your lengths in before breakfast. The all-suite resort has 43 Studio Suites, as well as nine three-bedroom Hillside and four-bedroom Beachfront villas that are unobtrusively peppered throughout the surrounding lush landscape. If relaxation is on the agenda, you probably won’t want to leave the spa, which features an ice cave, hammam and experiential shower.
Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
Set in one of the most beautiful, untouched locations in the world, Jumby Bay Island is a private island two miles off mainland Antigua that’s only reachable by boat. No paparazzi here. Last year saw a revamped Caribbean ocean-inspired look, and this winter sees the completion of 28 luxury suites. Expect 16 Beachside Suites, 10 Pool Suites and two Estates Suites that blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces with lush foliage and crisp cool blues. For a true hideaway feel, this private isle has not one, but three white-powdered beaches and countless winding bicycle paths to get lost in.
Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla
Belmond, known for its oh-so-brilliant restorations of historic establishments like Cipriani in Venice and Copacabana Palace in Rio, acquired Cap Juluca from its owners and closed it on 28 August 2017. One week later, Hurricane Irma devastated it. Two years on? Belmond Cap Juluca is fully reimagined but retains its beautiful Greco-Moorish, all-white aesthetic. The Belmond makeover includes a new beachfront infinity-edge pool, ‘disappearing spa’ and rustic beach bar that cement Cap Juluca 2.0 as one of Anguilla’s most legendary, luxury retreats (the private beach helps, too).
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
It’s the idyllic, private Caribbean island where you and 21 friends and family can vacation exclusively – aka Richard Branson’s home and private hideaway. Guests visiting in 2020 will be among the first to see the fully completed 74-acre Necker Island, following more than two years of reconstruction after Hurricane Irma. The newly renovated Bali Hi complex has been restored to its former glory with the addition of private plunge pools (open from April 2020). If hiring out the entire island isn’t going to go down well with the bank manager, check out Necker’s popular ‘Celebration Weeks’ for individual bookings.