Rooms With a View

Bou­tique bolt­holes, beach­front ho­tels and over-the-wa­ter vil­las, the Caribbean of­fers it all. Here are seven of the best…

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Ladera Re­sort, Saint Lu­cia

You get a view with a room at this bou­tique ho­tel. All 37 rooms fea­ture an open wall, so you can ad­mire 360-de­gree views of the sea and Pi­tons. Set on a vol­cano ridge­line high above the sea, the ho­tel is built on Rabot Es­tate, one of Soufrière’s old­est co­coa plan­ta­tions. Ev­ery room comes with binoc­u­lars and a star chart, so you can gaze up at the skies when dark­ness falls.

Cas­tara Re­treats, Tobago

These 16 tree­hous­es­tyle hill­side lodges pro­vide a bird’s-eye view of two stun­ning back­drops – cres­cent-shaped Cas­tara Bay and lush rain­for­est. Set in two acres of trop­i­cal gar­dens, the self-cater­ing lodges are hand­crafted in cedar hard­wood, sus­tain­ably sourced from the is­land’s rain­for­est. The vibe is laid-back, with only the sounds of surf and birdsong dis­turb­ing the peace.

San­dals Royal Caribbean, Ja­maica

You can en­joy sea views be­neath you, as well as all around you, thanks to glass floors in the bed­rooms of the re­sort’s over-the-wa­ter Tahi­tistyle bun­ga­lows. The vil­las come with pam­per­ing but­ler ser­vice, lights for night seal­ife view­ing and out­door tubs. There’s also a pri­vate beach and a dragon boat to take you to the main­land if the seren­ity some­how palls.

Montpelier Plan­ta­tion & Beach, Ne­vis

Built around an 18th-cen­tury su­gar plan­ta­tion in the foothills of Ne­vis Peak, this bou­tique hide­away of­fers Re­lais & Chateaux hos­pi­tal­ity with AAA Four Di­a­mond food, fine wine and aged rums. Sur­rounded by 60 acres of trop­i­cal gar­dens, there’s a choice of pre­mier or plan­ta­tion rooms, a ‘green’ gar­den suite with bam­boo floor­ing and wide jalousie win­dows for cool­ing air flow.

Quin­tes­sence Ho­tel, An­guilla

The ‘Q Ho­tel’ is An­guilla’s lat­est ul­tra-luxe hotspot and is lav­ishly fur­nished with high­qual­ity fur­nish­ings, Swedish Has­tens mat­tresses, antiques and a fine col­lec­tion of Haitian Art. The nine lux­ury suites and vil­las are set in trop­i­cal gar­dens over­look­ing the white sands of Long Bay. Ex­ec­u­tive Chef, Do­minique Thevenet, serves Caribbean cui­sine with a French twist in the fine-din­ing Julians restau­rant, plus there’s an in­fin­ity pool, yoga pav­il­ion, spa, and 24-hour but­ler ser­vice.

Lu­mina Point, Stock­ing Is­land, The Ba­hamas

The only way to reach this hid­den gem, off Great Ex­uma, is by the ho­tel’s pri­vate boat. With views over El­iz­a­beth Har­bour and Tur­tle La­goon, the 12 wa­ter-front rooms, with large veran­dahs and out­door show­ers, are within toe-dip­ping dis­tance of the sea. There’s a pri­vate beach, farm-to-ta­ble restau­rant, spa, yoga and sail­ing for those who stir from their loungers.

Ma­hogany Bay Re­sort, Belize

In­spired by the rus­tic charm of Belize and the el­e­gance of Bri­tish colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture, Ma­hogany Bay Re­sort of­fers 205 apart­ments with pri­vate beach­front ac­cess and salt­wa­ter pool over­look­ing the bay. Swim with the friendli­est of sharks in Shark Ray Al­ley or re­lax in the well­ness cen­tre with spa and yoga ser­vices. The re­sort is a pop­u­lar choice for divers, who come here to ex­plore the Belize Bar­rier Reef.

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