In this article I pick 5 unusual resorts in the Caribbean that you haven’t heard of. These luxurious but hidden gems offer amazing beaches, stunning wildlife and the perfect escape.
1. Discover A Huge And Unspoiled Beach In Nicaragua
Although Nicaragua is bordered by the Caribbean to the east, there are some unbelievable beaches that can be found on it’s Pacific coast to the west. In fact, if unspoiled beaches are what you are looking for, Nicaragua is THE place to visit, and although this coast is not strictly in the Caribbean, my hotel choice of Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan’s Rock is as crowd-free as beach resorts come.
Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan’s Rock is located on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, on the edge of a 4,000 acre expanse of Nicaraguan jungle and on the shores of the most idyllic golden sand beach. In this private protected reserve you can enjoy this private beach bordered by unspoilt lush jungle, along with all its associated wildlife.
Fifteen bungalows, constructed of natural materials are tucked into the jungle. Set into the treetops, each three-sided bungalow is perched on a cliff 30-100 feet over the private beach and cove, just across a 50 yard jungle suspension bridge. The balcony is a highlight, with a queen size day bed suspended by thick marine rope. Expect to see howler monkeys, languorous sloths hanging from the trees, and a variety of vibrant tropical birds.
Surf during the day, stroll the soft sands in the evenings and beach bonfires at night. The star lit beach is also the perfect place to witness baby turtles hatchlings scurrying out to sea.
2. Belize For Beaches, Jungle, Mayan Ruins & Barrier Reef
Belize’s natural beauty rivals some of the world’s most sought after playgrounds and offers glorious beaches on the shores of the sparkling Caribbean sea. Lush jungles with Mayan ruins coupled with pristine beaches and cayes provide endless exploration opportunities in Belize. On the coastline, be the first to experience the brand new Itz’ana Resort.
This resort is ideally located next to islands, beaches, rivers, jungle, caves and the world’s second largest barrier reef. 39 luxury boutique cottages and villas, designed for waterfront living, are set around the “Great House”, an ode to the great Caribbean estates of years past.
Itz’ana also offers its own private island basking under the tropical Belizean sun. Make it your own overnight campsite for a back to nature experience, with the barrier reef as your backyard.
3. Remote White Sand Beaches on Turks & Caicos
It is no secret that Aman Resorts is one of my favourite luxury hotel brands and Amanyara is certainly one of the best luxury hotels in the world. You can also read my review of Aman Canal Grande Venice and take a look at Amanera (pictured above) in the Dominican Republic.
You will find some of the best beaches in the world on Turks and Caicos Islands and Amanyara resort is located along the pristine reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park, acclaimed for some of the world’s best wall and reef diving. As you would expect from an Aman hotel, Amanyara feels ultra exclusive and offers a slick escape of silvery-topped pavilions, chic teak terraces, shaded loungers, centred on a huge infinity pool designed using volcanic rock with a conical bar. The overall feel is Asia in the Caribbean with a Zen and peaceful feel and of course is ultra luxury.
You may also be interested in my top 5 best romantic, honeymoon style overwater villas in the Caribbean.
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