Want the amenities of a resort but the privacy of your own villa for your Caribbean destination wedding? These Caribbean resorts and villas offer the best of both worlds: They're affiliated with a luxury resort but secluded from the rest of the property (and its guests), affording you the number-one "must" for a stellar destination wedding: privacy. Whether you're looking to say "I do" on Anguilla, St. Barth, Turks & Caicos, the BVIs, or another of the Caribbean's 7,000-plus islands, it's important to look for a place that offers luxury resort amenities and bespoke destination wedding planning services.
Here, a few of our favorite Caribbean resorts and villas:
Anguilla is one of those rare Caribbean islands that's simultaneously low-key and luxe. It's filled with stellar resorts, has the most locally owned restaurants of anywhere in the Caribbean, and there's an Insta-worthy beach everywhere you turn. Meads Bay, one of Anguilla's finest swaths of sand, is the setting for this 181-room property, with 24 villas and 33 private residences perfect for a wedding bash. The property originally opened as the Viceroy Anguilla, designed by L.A.-based interiors maven Kelly Wearstler, but reopened late last year following a rebranding and refresh as part of the superluxe Four Seasons portfolio. (Don't worry, Wearstler's signature sleek aesthetic remains prominent everywhere from the contemporary in-room furnishings to the hallelujah-emoji bar.) Couples looking to wow guests with impressive architecture and exclusive digs need look no further than the private villas, set apart from the main resort on quieter Barnes Bay. It's the ideal set-up for your immediate family/bridal party, who can spread out among the spacious three or four bedrooms (the outdoor showers are top-notch), plus the perfect place to host pool parties, cocktail receptions, and day-after brunches. The in-house culinary team can even send over a chef and full-service staff for a casual seafood barbecue—then retreat with your guests to Sunset Lounge for after-party cocktails or rent out Half Shell Beach Bar a for a toes-in-the-sand fiesta.
Valley Trunk Estate, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Each of the five suites and two standalone villas at Valley Trunk Estate, a 19-acre property on Virgin Gorda's palm-grove-filled Trunk Bay, are surrounded by lush vegetation, making them ideally situated for maximum privacy. (The property was actually a family residence for 30 years and is now only available for private rentals.) And why would anyone want to share those perfect white-sand beaches with strangers? Buyouts at Valley Trunk are super easy: Prices include all food and drink (including alcohol) as well as on-property activities, like tennis, mountain biking, paddle boarding, plus the use of the sauna, game room, and private cinema (plan a rain-backup movie night!). Couples can also exclusively use Valley Trunk's private 68-foot motor yacht Xanadu for day-trip excursions to explore Virgin Gorda's famed Baths National Park, as well as to check out other secluded beaches, islets, and coves. You'll can also expect to score major points with your guests, thanks to the in-room Frette linens and Hermes bath products.
Beach Enclave North Shore, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
The island of Providenciales was traditionally imagined as a couples retreat, so it can be hard to find resorts with multiple beds per room—a less-than-ideal scenario for guests who are looking to save a few bucks by bunking up together. Instead of shelling out on expensive resort room blocks, book one of Beach Enclave's exclusive villas. Couples can take their pick among nine brand-new, sleek and sophisticated homes within a private resort community—currently located on the secluded North Shore, with an expansion to Long Bay and Grace Bay coming soon. Each of the four- to seven-bedroom beachfront properties feature indoor-outdoor design, gorgeous infinity-pools, a private beach, and multiple spacious decks for ceremonies and receptions. Not to mention elevated hilltop views of the island’s entire North Shore, Princess Alexandra National Park, and barrier reef beyond. During their stay, couples and their guests can indulge in spa experiences, go sea kayaking or kite surfing, arrange private boating excursions, and even have their kitchen stocked before arrival—should you decide to whip up a lunchtime feast.
With its historic setting on a former 18th-century sugar plantation, surrounded by 100 acres of pristine rainforest, Sugar Beach is a lush paradise on Piton-flanked St. Lucia. The resort is already home to exclusive villas and bungalows set on perfectly landscaped grounds that cascade down to the stunning white sand of Sugar Beach. This year, however, will mark the debut of five private residences that promise to take the beach villa concept to a whole new level—guaranteeing your guests will be impressed by your choice of venue. The shock and awe starts with the entrance, marked with tranquil reflecting pools and two-story glass façades. Make your way into the open-air living room—with floor-to-ceiling windows, sleek contemporary furniture, and custom built Italian kitchens—and the grandeur of the space takes over. And with a secluded beachfront setting, spacious outdoor decks, gorgeous infinity pools, there's no shortage of picture-perfect moments at these residences. Even more memorable will be when your guests shoot down a second-story slide into the pool—it's rumored some villas will be outfitted with such chutes. (Just imagine the wedding hashtag Insta potential.)
Hotel Le Toiny, St. Barth
There's only one resort on St. Barth's undeveloped Côte Sauvage, where privacy and exclusivity are the main attractions. This year marks Hotel Le Toiny's 25th anniversary, though you'd never guess it, thanks to a recent renovation and expansion. Couples can take their pick of ceremony and reception venues on the 42-acre hillside estate overlooking Toiny Bay: The Beach Club offers a laid-back, tiki-torch-lit settting, while the main restaurant pool deck is unmatched in its romantic vibes and sunset views. Couples looking for extra privacy (or who are hosting smaller events) will find their perfect set-up in one of the 14 new ocean-view villas (increasing to 26 before the tend of the year). Each offers airy interiors, a large terrace for cocktails or a seated dinner, and a heated swimming pool (for late-night shenanigans). And as the only Relais & Chateaux-affiliated resort on St. Barth, you're guaranteed top-notch cuisine (expect lots of Mediterranean-inspired dishes like lobster linguini, mahi mahi ceviche with coriander and lemongrass, and poached cod with Jerusalem artichokes). So if you're looking for luxe, bare-foot chic vibes, you can expect just that—and then some—at Le Toiny.