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5 New Caribbean Resorts to Visit This Year

Written by on February 3, 2020

According to Wright (2020) of The New York Times, in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, many hoteliers in the Caribbean have regrouped and rebuilt — and are ushering in a new age of hospitality. 


Founded in 1964 by the financier and conservationist Laurance Rockefeller, this storied place in the British Virgin Islands closed in 2016 to undergo some updates. Just before reopening in 2017, hurricanes Irma and Maria hit, devastating the entire resort. This month, it’s back in business — the ultra-deluxe business — after a complete renovation led by the New York design boutique Meyer Davis. There are 42 guest rooms, 35 suites, two beach houses and one hillside villa, all of which face the sea, many of which feature a locally sourced Pietra Cardosa stone wall, and almost none of which have a television. Freedom from devices is encouraged, from the moment guests board the fancy catamaran in Tortola for the 20-minute sail to the resort’s secluded bay on Virgin Gorda (Wright, 2020).


When the co-founders Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris wanted to get closer to the source of Hotel Chocolat, their British chocolate company with retail shops from London to New York, they stumbled upon a centuries-old 140-acre cocoa plantation on St. Lucia and bought it in 2006. By now, they have turned it into a “tree-to-bar” operation that has changed the fortunes of 220 St. Lucian growers, from whom they buy every bean harvested. The property also doubles as a 14-room luxury hotel and makes agriculture seem almost sexy. (Project Cocoa, a six-acre campus where visitors can learn, up-close and hands-on, how fine chocolate is made, will open this summer.) (Wright, 2020). 

At the tail end of Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya, this spanking-new $100 million resort was imagined by the entrepreneur Alex Ferri to preserve the landscape — there are no plastic bottles, for example — yet spare no creature comfort. Each room, for instance, gets a “Nomadic Guide,” a.k.a. a butler. There are 314 suites facing the ocean, some with bunk or trundle beds, done up in a spare but tropical style that extends to the ample bathrooms. There’s a spa, an open-air gym, a full-time shaman who oversees all manner of yoga, four restaurants and a food truck (all with plant-based options), four infinity pools overlooking the resort’s half mile of Caribbean beach, two pool bars, sun loungers with integrated shade systems, and a children’s center with Waldorf-trained staff. No babysitting fees required (Wright, 2020).


Opened in late 2018, this tiny 11-villa resort is part of the Scottish ICMI Luxury Collection, which includes Greywalls Hotel in Edinburgh and Cromlix, the tennis star Andy Murray’s redoubt, in Perthshire. The vibe is understated grandeur: French doors opening onto plunge pools with views of the private marina, deep sofas and enormous pillows, ceiling fans and marble bathrooms (some of which open to the outdoors), and a thatch-roofed restaurant with panoramic views of the vivid blue ocean. There’s a new tennis court — advantage, Mr. Murray — and picnics can be arranged for island hopping. Mustique, Canouan and Tobago Cays are all an easy boat trip away (Wright, 2020). 

Four years in the making, this 151-room resort on the volcanic island of Dominica opened in October. It’s on a northern peninsula alongside the rich green wilds of Cabrits National Park, one of three preserves in this small nation in the West Indies. There’s an 18,000-square-foot spa, two floodlit tennis courts, three restaurants (that source from the resort’s gardens and local partners, such as Northern Aquaculture, a sustainable freshwater shrimp farm in nearby Portsmouth) and no fewer than 30 Dominican bush rums served by the firepit at the beachside RumFire Bar (Wright, 2020).

To read more, visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/01/travel/hotels-caribbean.html

Works Cited: Wright, Christian L. “5 New Standout Resorts in the Caribbean.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 1 Feb. 2020, www.nytimes.com/2020/02/01/travel/hotels-caribbean.html.  

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