Discover a Caribbean that the world doesn’t yet know. These luxurious but hidden gems in the Caribbean offer incredible empty beaches, unmatched wildlife and the perfect escape.
1. 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 (pictured above) which is about to open. Named after the Mayan god of day and night, Itz’ana offers beachside luxury and the perfect spot to experience the soul of Belize.
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.
Just beyond the heavenly Itz’ana waters awaits an even more blissful escape. Their private island basking under the tropical Belizean sun. Here you can feast on an island picnic, sail a sundown yacht charter or even make it your own overnight campsite, with the barrier reef as your backyard.
2. 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 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 ulte luxury.
3. Ultra Luxury In Overwater Villas In Jamaica
To be honest, Sandals is not exactly a hidden gem but the overwater villas which have just been built at Sandals Montego Bay are most certainly a gem. These are their first honeymoon style overwater bungalows and each comes with a private pool, Jacuzzi, glass floors, and a personal butler. The glass panels in the villas’ floors illuminate at night and show sea life swimming underneath (see picture!). The deck boasts not only the small infinity pool but two outdoor showers, an oversized over-the-water hammock, chic white sun loungers and a shaded circular swing chair. The villas also have 24/7 room service and two dedicated butlers.
The resort’s private island, the setting for the fantastic new suites, is located moments from the shore of the main resort, and features an authentic Thai restaurant and a casual beachfront grill, a pool with a whirlpool and swim-up pool bar, along with a secluded private beach.
The resort itself is situated only a few minutes away from the airport in Montego Bay with a free shuttle to and from, making the resort easy to get to.
4. Jet Set Luxury In St Barts
The little island of St Barts is known to attract the rockstar glitterati. It is easily the most exclusive of the Caribbean Islands and comes with a distinctly French flavour.
Stay at Le Sereno, an intimate beachfront hotel and spa, combining simplicity, elegance, and five-star service in 37 suites and three spacious villas all overlooking Grand Cul de Sac, the bite-shaped cove on the eastern coast. Here, natural materials and linens contrast with dark woods that offset the spectacular views of the turquoise Caribbean sea. 80% of their rooms are beach front rooms and all are situated at sea level as well as the restaurant, spa, and gym. Three unique Sereno Villas also grace the grounds with 3 bedrooms each, stunning views and private pools. The views are pure Caribbean: turquoise bays and low hills dotted with houses the colour of sugared almonds.
The beaches on St Barts are peaceful, pristine and white-sand. There are no crowds here as the prices are so high. Unspoiled, exclusive beaching is what this island is all about.
5. Miles & Miles Of 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 your dream, you will not beat Nicaragua, 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.
Located on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan’s Rock sits 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 exquisite bungalows, constructed of natural materials are tucked gracefully into the jungle (nearly all of these bungalows boast a gorgeous view of the hacienda’s private beach). 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. Enjoy a morning coffee, a glass of wine with the sunset, or a well deserved nap in your day bed while soaking in stunning vistas and unparalleled wildlife. 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..
To celebrate our love of beaching, we are giving away an exclusive week in the Caribbean. You may also be interested in my top 5 best romantic, honeymoon style overwater villas in the Caribbean.
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