Boutique Caribbean: The Luxe Villas You Need to Visit
What’s the ultimate boutique getaway in the tropics? Booking your own private villa, of course. Travel Journalist @katherineparkermagyar spotlights the most luxe villas in the West Indies in our latest edition of #HAPBoutiqueCaribbean.
Secret Bay (Portsmouth, Dominica): Enjoy the wild beauty of the Caribbean’s “Nature Island” at the aptly named Secret Bay resort. Book a Ti-Fey villa for a supremely elegant (and supremely secluded) treehouse retreat along the northeast coast of Dominica. Sustainably built with Guyanese Greenheart wood, the villa features a private plunge pool, outdoor rain shower, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls to best appreciate the surrounding rainforest. This is a Relais & Chateaux hotel. Mount Cinnamon Resort (St. George’s, Grenada): Located 100 nautical miles off the coast of Venezuela, Grenada is one of the most beautiful islands in the West Indies. And the best place to admire the tropical wildflowers and lush mountaintops of the Eastern Caribbean is the porch of your private villa at Mount Cinnamon Resort. The eco-friendly property overlooks the shores of Grand Anse—one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Sailrock Resort (South Caicos, Turks & Caicos): Skip the hectic scene in Providenciales and go off-the-grid on the island of South Caicos, where you’re more likely to spot wild donkeys than fellow human beings. When you book a beachfront villa at Sailrock, the resort facilitates your private 40-minute seaplane across the Atlantic—not to mention your blissful immersion into one of the last untouched oases in the Caribbean Sea. This property is part of Small Luxury Hotels. Mare Blu Villa (St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands): St. John’s verdant green mountains and aquamarine waters certainly earn the U.S.V.I. its nickname, “America’s Paradise,” and—since the Virgin Islands National Park protects 60% of the land—private villas are the primary accommodations. Rally your friends and splurge on the ultra-luxe Mare Blu Villa, an indoor-outdoor retreat tucked along a hillside on the island’s southern coast boasting spectacular views of Rendezvous Bay from the private infinity pool.