Best Caribbean Beaches
The star of the Caribbean is surely its fine, soft-to-the-touch shoreline. Here, five resorts put the beach front and centre, paying proper homage to this sandy showstopper.
Words by Maria Carter
Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa, Jamaica
Beach lovers will not miss a beat at Sandals Whitehouse, where every single room offers stunning oceanfront vistas and overlooks a two-mile stretch of gorgeous white sand beach. Seductively secluded on the undiscovered South Coast of Jamaica, this all-inclusive resort resides within a nature preserve encompassing 500 acres of mountains, palm groves and beaches that lead to the bright blue sea. Designed to invoke the feel of Dutch, French and Italian styles, this Sandals outpost offers three distinct villages and a variety of enjoyment, from a sanctuary-esque spa with meditation lanai and a two-storey amphitheatre for live entertainment, to six full bars (including two of the swim-up variety), seven scrumptious restaurants and 80 extravagant suites, each with its own personal butler. For those wanting a break from sunbathing on a pristine strip of shoreline, guests may even venture off land with unlimited watersports and scuba diving.
The Dunmore, The Bahamas
Where the sapphire sea meets the pink sand on Harbour Island, you will find The Dunmore, a collection of well-appointed cottages and a circa-1790s clubhouse that was once the estate of Lord Dunmore, first governor of The Bahamas. This resort with a storied past fronts a three-mile stretch of the famously coral-hued beach. Here, guests love to stretch out on loungers, indulge in food and drink service and make use of the property’s gratis kayaks, paddleboards, snorkels and beach volleyball equipment. The grounds also feature a heated swimming pool (overlooking the ocean, of course), a tennis court and a restaurant of Caribbean-based cuisine crafted by their award-winning chef. Private fishing charters, personalised core training, Pilates and yoga instruction are also available for those who want a customised experience.
Regent Palms, Turks and Caicos
Perched on the edge of Grace Bay Beach, the bright white Regent Palms treats the water’s edge like the centre stage of a beautiful, never-ending play. Its serpentine infinity pool faces the ivory sand and sparkling Caribbean Sea, as does its swim-up bar, al fresco dining area and balconied suites. A breezy, openair lobby ushers guests into a courtyard of upscale gift boutiques, resort-wear purveyors and a restaurant with palatetempting cuisine and an extensive wine list. Do not miss the 25,000-square-foot oasis of a spa, featuring fitness classes, treatments inspired by local rituals and a new menu of light, organic fare.
The Shore Club, Turks and Caicos
As the first resort real-estate development to occupy a spot on Provo’s Long Bay Beach, The Shore Club property spans more than 800 feet of bright alabaster sand – a perfect launching point for snorkelling trips and refreshing dips in the clear blue water. All 44 strategically placed condos and villas, housed in buildings that resemble West Indies mansions, offer both privacy and stunning sea views. A central pathway connects all accommodations to the resort’s many amenities, including multiple pools (beachfront, adults-only and lap), tennis courts, delectable restaurants and a full-service spa and wellness centre. In addition, nonmotorised watersports provide excitement without disturbing the island’s peaceful atmosphere.
Carlisle Bay, Antigua
White umbrellas contrast with leafy palms, a mix of both hugging the Caribbean Sea’s immaculate coast. A backdrop of lush, green mountains enclose the space. Carlisle Bay is a tranquil haven dedicated to ocean views and powder-soft sand beaches. Each accommodation in this Campbell Gray Hotel offers an awe-inspiring look at the turquoise waters, complete with a private balcony or terrace with daybed, a fully stocked minibar and fresh fruit and water replenished each day. Three restaurants and bars sate appetites and thirst, while the resort’s full-service spa and health club keep guests refreshed and in shape. Active types who like to get the most out of their holidays will love Carlisle’s yoga and Pilates pavilion, guided rainforest hikes and professionally instructed sailing, tennis, and windsurfing lessons.
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