If you’re anything like us, the first instance of snow signals a need to escape somewhere warm. The Caribbean is an ever-popular pick among travelers looking for sunny skies, soft sand, and consistent temps. Plus, its proximity to the East Coast and bevy of upscale resorts doesn’t hurt either.
While hurricane season did wreak havoc on parts of the region—leaving some locales, like St. Barts and St. Martin, with extensive damage—there are still plenty of islands open for business, among them Antigua, Barbados, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, and Turks and Caicos.
Ready to book your tropical getaway? Ahead are six Caribbean resorts guaranteed to banish your winter woes.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia
It’s impossible not to get swept up in the majesty that is St. Lucia. And perhaps no place better captures the scenic beauty of the island than Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort. Set on the site of an 18th century sugar plantation, surrounded by a lush rainforest, this posh paradise offers exceptional views of Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Adding to its allure are private plunge pools in every room and world-class dining.
Westin Grand Cayman
Westin Grand Cayman occupies a prime position on the famous Seven Mile Beach. But the appeal doesn’t end with powdery sand and crystalline water. The resort—which recently completed a full-scale, $50 million renovation—tempts travelers with its laid-back vibe and aquatic adventure, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, wakeboarding, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
Four Seasons Resort Nevis
Those seeking a serene escape will love Four Seasons Resort Nevis. The 196-room and 50-villa respite impresses with its tranquil atmosphere, Nevisian hospitality, and unspoiled setting. Whether dipping your toes in the warm Caribbean tides, enjoying a soothing spa treatment under the stars, or savoring farm-to-fork cuisine at one of five gourmet restaurants, the Eden-like environment imparts a feeling of pure relaxation.
The Shore Club, Turks and Caicos
When you think of Turks and Caicos, Grace Bay likely comes to mind. But if you head to the Southeastern coast of Providenciales, you’ll find Long Bay Beach, a secluded stretch of white sand and waveless, turquoise waters that’s effectively free of resorts—save one standout, The Shore Club. In addition to lavish suites and breathtaking views, couples can take advantage of an array of amenities, from spa services and private tennis lessons to snorkeling and daily yoga classes.
Rockhouse Hotel, Negril, Jamaica
Perched atop the volcanic cliffs of Negril’s Pristine Cove, Rockhouse Hotel has attracted discerning travelers since the 70s (Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones were among the first guests). Every detail—from the thatched-roof villas constructed with local timber and stone to the stairs carved into the rockface—demonstrates an uncompromising dedication to style and environmental responsibility.
Curtain Bluff, Antigua
Situated on the south coast of Antigua, between two beaches, Curtain Bluff has long set the standard for island luxury. On October 28, the iconic all-inclusive debuted a fresh, new look when it reopened its doors following a $13 million renovation. The aesthetic is Caribbean cool meets contemporary sophistication. Common spaces and guest rooms are dominated by shades of blue and turquoise—a nod to the property’s unparalleled seaside setting.