Swept Away - Caribbean Resorts
In a region where the bar for luxury keeps on rising, staying ahead of the competition can be a tall order. Each of these unique resorts, however, is guaranteed pick you up and transport you to a fresh and exciting new world.
Words by Natasha Were.
Caribbean Club, Grand Cayman
Designed and executed for those who enjoy the finer things in life, the Caribbean Club combines classically elegant accommodation with exquisite Italian-inspired cuisine and unparalleled service. Small, but perfectly formed, the resort offers just 37 luxuriously appointed suites and villas, each equipped with a gourmet kitchen and direct access to the pure white sands and endless ocean views of Seven Mile Beach.
A place to leave your cares behind, the warmly welcoming staff will take care of your every need, from daily housekeeping and turn downs to an exceptional concierge service where any sea or land based activity you care to dream of can be arranged. Spectacular sunsets nightly are complimentary. www.caribclub.com
Trident Port Antonio Hotel, Jamaica
The 13 villas that make up the Trident Port Antonio Hotel create a sanctuary where guests can step back in time and indulge in the mellow, easy living of the 50's and 60's. Modernist in design, the spacious waterfront villas, each with a private plunge pool, exude an understated glamour, their cool, airy interiors decorated with a carefully curated selection of artworks and furnishings.
The ocean-edge infinity pool and private beach invite long languid days, and when the sun sets, music, cuisine and culture come to life at the resort's sultry speakeasy-style supper club, with superb live jazz and bop, paired with Jamaican and Japanese culinary creations. www.tridentportantonio.com
Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
Conceived as the ultimate luxury tropical playground for all ages, and spanning 7,000 acres, Casa de Campo's choice of amenities, dining and recreational activities is unrivalled.
The three Pete Dye-designed championship golf courses are only the tip of the iceberg: tennis courts, polo fields, a beach, marina and shooting facility ensure that active guests are entertained from sun up to sun down.
Accommodation choices include chic hotel rooms and sumptuous villas, and parents can choose to engage in activities en famille or take advantage of the many supervised kids' programmes. Whether it is sports, gastronomy or relaxation one seeks, this seaside vacation village is all about the pursuit of pleasure. www.casadecampo.com.do
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