Some Popular Getaway Caribbean Islands For The Rich
The Caribbean is one of the most popular getaway for the wealthiest 1 percent and 5 percent of travelers: 47 percent are considering a vacation there in the next one to two years, according to a report released by Resonance Consultancy.
Below is a list of Caribbean sites typically frequented by celebrities and others with deep pockets:
Hotel Guanahani & Spa, St. Barts
St. Barts has been a favorite destination of the rich and famous for a while, with celebs like Jimmy Buffet and Steve Martin even owning property on the island. Hotel Guanahani is a beautiful resort on the northeast side of St. Barts that attracts well-heeled guests and celebrities (Bethenny Frankel came here for her honeymoon). The hotel offers 75 rooms and separate cottages, all of which feature terraces, colorful, beachy decor, and modern amenities such as large flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. The extensive amenities include a pool, two kids’ clubs, tennis courts, several delicious dining options, and a top-notch spa, ensuring that there’s plenty to keep both couples and families happy — though the hotel does tend to attract more couples. The beach has numerous activities, but is relatively small, so many guests take day trips to the nearby beaches.
One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas
Just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas is a year-round destination thanks to its warm weather, world-class scuba diving, and friendly locals. The best place to stay is the appropriately named One&Only, as there’s nothing quite like it in the Bahamas. The 106 rooms and suites, split into two sections, are luxurious, though those in the newer Crescent Wing are a bit more modern and stylish. Expansive manicured grounds have two outdoor pools, a romantic garden and statuary modeled after Versailles (a dream for weddings), and the endless stretch of white-sand beach and turquoise waves. Health and wellness nuts are spoilt for choice with daily yoga, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, an indoor/outdoor fitness center, and a Balinese-style spa with private villas. After a day in the sun, guests return to the room to find champagne and strawberries waiting, and many choose to begin their evening with sunset drinks at Jean-George’s Dune restaurant.
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, Anguilla
Anguilla is a favorite destination of celebrities, like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and the five-pearl CuisinArt Resort & Spa will certainly make you feel like a star. One of the best-known resorts in Anguilla, it’s a sprawling beachfront property dotted by white, Grecian-like buildings. It features numerous amenities, from an extensive spa to the only golf course on the island, but the real standout here (not surprisingly given its CuisinArt ownership) is the food; several on-site restaurants offer gourmet meals with a focus on fresh ingredients from the resort’s hydroponic farm, and guests can nosh on Japanese, Italian, or Mediterranean fare. Though the hotel exudes an upscale vibe throughout, rooms don’t quite live up to its status. But they’re modern and at least partial ocean views can be seen from each of the 98 rooms.
Rosewood Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa, Bermuda
Beautiful pink sand beaches, turquoise waters, great scuba diving, and two-hour flights from the East Coast make Bermuda an easy island getaway for NYC-based celebs. One of the most luxe hotels on the island is Rosewood Tucker’s Point, known for drawing an affluent clientele. As a result, you will pay the island’s most expensive rates. But if you can afford it, you’d be a fool to pass it up — no other property on the island has quite the sparkle and shine of this stunning 200-acre resort with immaculate grounds, four pools, four restaurants, a championship golf course, a private beach, a tranquil spa, and spacious rooms featuring million-dollar views.
Parrot Cay by COMO, Turks and Caicos
Accessed via a 30-minute boat ride from Providenciales, the 1,000-acre all-inclusive Parrot Cay by COMO resort is on a private island. With an incredible infinity-edge pool, world-renowned COMO Shambhala Spa, waterfront Balinese-style villas, doting service, and more than three miles of pristine beaches, it’s easily one of the most luxurious and romantic options in Turks and Caicos. Each villa is privately owned (with Donna Karan, Keith Richards, and Bruce Willis among the reported resident list) and thus each has its own design flair. But hefty price tags put it out of reach for many, and the rare level of privacy comes as the cost of convenience — a boat commute is required to reach any nightlife or shopping.
Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica
Round Hill is a near perfect hotel in the always popular Jamaica. Sincere, intimate hospitality; private child care; large, beautifully designed rooms by Ralph Lauren; and breathtaking grounds (to which no photo can do justice) — it is easily among the best resorts in Jamaica, even with a few mosquitoes and ants in the room. As expected, a laundry list of celebs have stayed at this ultra-luxe resort, including Anna Wintour, Paul McCartney, and JFK and Jackie who honeymooned here. From the delicious Jamaican food to the stunning infinity pool, Round Hill delivers a memorable experience.
Sandy Lane, Barbados
Decked out in signature pink, the 112-room Sandy Lane is the creme de la creme of Barbados — indeed, it’s one of the most luxurious resorts in the world — known for unparalleled service and distinct touches. Guest amenities run rampant; perhaps the most noteworthy is access to the super exclusive Green Monkey golf course with a separate apparel line that can only be purchased after completion. A Rolls Royce Phantom, top-notch spa, outstanding restaurants, and celebrity sightings are just a few aspects that set the elegant Palladian-style hotel apart from the rest. This is a very special place, for those who can afford it. As far as celebs go, the Beckhams, Rihanna, and Gwyneth Paltrow have stayed at the hotel, and Tiger Woods was married here.