Escape to Paradise at these celestial Caribbean Resorts
Whether it's the scenery, the services or the cuisine that define your personal nirvana, you'll find a different interpretation of heavenly at each of these celestial resorts.
Words by Natasha Were
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Stretching from the picture-perfect sands of Seven Mile Beach on one side to the sparkling waters of the North Sound on the other, a sense of genteel calm pervades every inch of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman‘s manicured grounds and polished interiors.
The unparalleled service provided by a team of 800 smiling staff is matched by an array of amenities guaranteed to impress even the most discerning of guests. Whether the perfect vacation means teeing off on a Greg Norman designed Blue Tip golf course, savouring the culinary delights of Eric Ripert's signature seafood restaurant - the only Caribbean restaurant to have earned the coveted AAA Five Diamond award, or luxuriating in a divine treatment at Silver Rain a La Prairie spa, this is a place where perfection is possible.
To learn more visit: www.ritzcarlton.com
Mahekal Beach Resort, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Re-opening December 2014 after a multi-million dollar renovation, the thatched roof casitas of Mahekal Beach Resort have a certain desert island quality, albeit of one supreme barefoot luxury. Dotted amongst palm trees and connected by sandy pathways, the extensively renovated rooms are a bright, airy blend of modern design and Mayan tradition. The use of natural stone and wood lends the freestanding white-stuccoed beach houses an organic quality, while bold Mexican fabrics add vibrant splashes of colour.
Situated on the largest and one of the finest stretches of beach on Mexico‘s Playa del Carmen, the casitas enjoy dazzling sea views, along with private patios complete with plunge pools – all only steps from bustling Quinta Avenida‘s collection of high-end boutiques, restaurants and lounges.
To learn more, visit: www.mahekalbeachresort.com
Strawberry Hill, Jamaica
Nestled among the lofty peaks of Jamaica‘s Blue Mountains, Strawberry Hill has attracted a long list of illustrious guests over the past 200 years. At over 3,000 feet above sea level the unique micro-climate is both rejuvenating and invigorating, and the sweeping views from each of the exquisitely crafted plantation-style cottages are breath-taking.
Warm, sunny days are ideal for exploring the lush gardens and surrounding villages, or swimming lazy laps in the stunning infinity pool. In the crisp, cool evenings, guests can sample contemporary Jamaican cuisine at The Restaurant, before retiring to the convivial, wood-panelled bar to enjoy a glass of owner Chris Blackwell‘s own rum, beside a roaring log fire.
To learn more visit: www.strawberryhillhotel.com
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