In this article we will take a look at the 16 best luxury resorts in Caribbean in 2021. You can skip our detailed analysis of the tourism industry’s outlook for 2021 and go directly to the 5 Best Luxury Resorts in Caribbean in 2021.
The Caribbean islands are home to awe-inspiring vistas, beautiful sandy beaches, and several incredibly luxurious resorts. The tourist attractions in the Caribbean hosting these wonderful resorts allure millions of visitors every year from all over the world.
According to the Caribbean Tourism Organization, 31.5 million tourists visited the region in 2019 and more than half of them were from the United States. Caribbean travel and tourism witnessed an upward trend in the last decade, and in 2019, it contributed a whopping $58.9 billion to the region's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Decline in Caribbean Tourism Due to Covid-19
However, the Caribbean tourism industry suffered a disastrous setback in 2020 as COVID-19 engulfed the whole world. Major tourist markets for the Caribbean — the United States, and Europe — went into lockdowns and many islands banned entry for tourists. Several island nations including Dominican Republic, and Cuba also recorded a significant number of confirmed Covid-19 cases which further debarred visitors to tour the region.
Furthermore, Covid-related overseas air travel restrictions imposed by the United States severely hurt tourism in the Caribbean region. Resultantly, Caribbean destinations welcomed only 11.1 million tourists in 2020 facing a decline of 65.5% in the number of visitors when compared to 2019.
Prospects of Quick Recovery in 2021
The declining trend in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States and a robust vaccination drive has raised hopes of quick recovery in Caribbean tourism in 2020. In recent days the average number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the US has dropped to around 25000 a day which once peaked at more than 300000. Moreover, as of 23rd May, 48.9% of Americans have received at least one dose of vaccine. These are encouraging signs viz-a-viz travel and tourism in the Caribbean region as the US contributes a lion's share of visitors to the region.
Moreover, as more and more vaccine donations are reaching the Caribbean islands, a significant recovery in tourism is discernable on the horizon. Seeing a resurgence in the tourism industry, major hotel groups that own resorts in Caribbean including Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT), Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WH), and Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: HST) are preparing themselves to recover the losses they incurred last year due to Covid-19. Furthermore, online travel agencies like Airbnb, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABNB), Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), and Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) are also eyeing a big profit out of the upcoming upsurge in tourism in 2021.
If you are also planning to escape to one of the idyllic islands of the Caribbean, the following list of the 16 best luxury resorts in Caribbean in 2021 would be handy for you to pick the best luxury resort to make your stay there a memorable one. Before choosing your favorite resort, if you want to look for the best Caribbean islands to visit, you can find your dream island here.
We have meticulously read dozens of reviews and analysis from different sources to rank these resorts. To provide you an objective criterion we have used ratings by TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP).
With this context and industry outlook in mind, let’s start our list of the 16 best luxury resorts in Caribbean in 2021.
16. Mandarin Oriental, Canouan, St. Vincent & Grenadines
Tripadvisor Rating: 5/5 (58 reviews)
At the bottom of our list of 16 best luxury resorts in Caribbean in 2021 is Mandarin Oriental, Canouan. Nestled along the white powder stretch of Godahl Beach in St. Vincent and The Grenadines, the resort belongs to the Hong Kong based hospitality company Mandarin Oriental International Limited (M04.SI). Occupying a 1,200-acre estate on the island of Canouan, Mandarin Oriental offers a host of leisure activities including, sea trips, tennis, swimming, snorkeling, and a number of other watersports.
The resort offers different types of accommodations including Beachfront and Oceanview suites, and villas featuring private pools.
The place ranks 16th in our list of best luxury resorts in Caribbean in 2021.
15. Amanera, Dominican Republic
Tripadvisor Rating: 5/5 (76 reviews)
Surrounded by jungle and dramatic mountains Amanera overlooks the Atlantic ocean and Playa Grande Beach from its cliff-top setting on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. Being at the meeting point of jungle and the ocean, Amanera provides a wide range of possibilities for exploration. You can take a guided trek or a horseback ride through the jungle to discover astonishing biodiversity or amuse yourself from adventures on the ocean.
Some of the popular water activities at Amanera include big-game fishing to trap big fishes, Humpback whale watching, surfing, and kayaking.
Besides offering unobstructed panoramic ocean views, all of their accommodations are equipped with air conditioners, flatscreen TVs, and minibars. Amanera's luxury Casitas and Casas dot the lush coastline of Playa Granda and most of them feature private swimming pools.
The place ranks 15th in our list of best luxury resorts in Caribbean in 2021.
14. COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5 (1109 reviews)
With over four miles of beach and 1000 unspoiled acres of land, Parrot Cay by COMO Hotels and Resorts stands at the 14th spot of our list of 16 best luxury resorts in Caribbean in 2021. The resort is located on a private island in the British overseas territory of Turks and Caicos. The island resort offers a host of land and water adventures and cultural experiences. Land activities include biking through the tropical forest, stargazing in the beautiful clear sky, and tennis whereas snorkeling, private boat chartering to explore tranquil waters of the Atlantic ocean.
Parrot Cay offers a wide range of accommodations including rooms, suites, beach villas, and beach houses. Villas and beach houses feature private swimming pools and all of their accommodations have private balconies.
The place ranks 14th in our list of best luxury resorts in Caribbean in 2021.
13. Casa de Campo Resort and Villas, Dominican Republic
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5 (2699 reviews)
Casa de Campo Resort and Villas is a massive 7,000-acre resort community on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic in La Romana. Casa de Campo features a unique array of amenities including three world-class golf courses, an immaculate white-sand beach, tennis courts, an equestrian center, polo playgrounds, an expensive marina, and a number of other on-site activities. Depending on the number of group mates, you can book a separate room, suite, or villa. For a single person or couple a room would suffice. For families a suite, and for larger groups, they offer villas boasting three to ten bedrooms, private pools, living areas, butlers and full kitchens. For families and sports lovers, this is one of the best resorts in the Caribbean.
12. Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino, Aruba
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5 (5250 reviews)
At the 12th spot in our list of best luxury resorts in Caribbean in 2021 is a beachfront luxury resort by Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), located at Palm Beach, Aruba. During your stay at Hyatt Regency, you can amuse yourself with eye-catching views of the Caribbean sea, exhilarating boat rides, jeep rides to nearby tourist attractions including Aruba’s majestic Arikok National Park (9.1 miles away), Bubali Bird Sanctuary (1.6 miles away), or Archaeological Museum of Aruba (4.6 miles away).
Not only this, Hyatt Regency is providing a wonderful offer 'Work from Hyatt' during Covid-19 closures. With high-speed internet, abundant outdoor spaces, and private work areas, Hyatt Regency is a great place to change your work from home routine to work from Hyatt.
The remote work trend will also help companies like Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT), Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WH), Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: HST), Airbnb, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABNB), Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) and Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) in the future as people will travel more while working remotely.
Hyatt Regency offers 359 accommodations including guest rooms and 16 suites each offering beautiful ocean, garden, or pool views.
11. Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5 (978 reviews)
Surrounded by the untamed natural gardens, isolated beaches, rugged hills, and limpid blue water of the Caribbean sea, Rosewood Little Dix Bay resort is stretching across 500 acres on one of the British Virgin Islands. Located just north of Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda, the resort offers spectacular ocean views from all accommodations, tennis and snorkeling lessons, a modern fitness center, yoga and pilates classes, water taxi service to nearby beaches, an acclaimed spa, an infinity pool, and hiking at The Baths.
They have standard rooms, different types of suites with separate living rooms, and for a large group of visitors, they offer villas with two or three bedrooms, private pools, full kitchens, and flat-screen TVs.
The place ranks 11th in our list of best luxury resorts in Caribbean in 2021.
10. Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Cayman Islands
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5 (1284 reviews)
Located on the world-famous Seven Mile Beach, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa by InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (NYSE: IHG) ranks 10th in our list of best Caribbean luxury resorts in 2021. The resort has earned a great reputation within a few years after its inception in 2016. In addition to the awe-inspiring vistas of the Seven Mile Beach, the top amenities offered by the resort include concierge services, an 8,500 square feet Spa offering a complete array of soothing services, an around-the-clock fitness center, a kids club named Camp Seafire, and above all top-notch restaurants like Avecita and Ave Restaurant.
Accommodations include 266 guest rooms and suites each having a private balcony, flatscreen TV, minibar, and floor-to-ceiling windows among other amenities.
9. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5 (1673 reviews)
Lying on the 483 acres of former coconut plantation between El Yunque National Forest and the Atlantic ocean, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort exemplifies the striking natural beauty of the Caribbean. The resort is a 30-minute drive from the sprightly town of Old San Juan in Puerto Rico.
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort features a golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., an expansive seaside pool, a tennis center, 70 acres of lakes, as well as 4 miles of nature trails for hiking, and a boathouse for water sports. Furthermore, to appease your hunger you can dine on the Mediterranean fare at the Paros Signature Restaurant or bistro cuisine at the poolside Seagrapes Restaurant.
The resort is set to profit from the upcoming recovery in the travel industry which will also boost stock prices of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT), Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WH), Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: HST), Airbnb, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABNB), Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) and Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG).
In addition to ocean vistas and lush garden views, their elegant rooms and suites feature private balconies or terraces, butler service, minibars, and beamed ceilings among other luxurious furnishings.
8. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5 (1090 reviews)
Dorado Beach by Ritz-Carlton ranks 8th spot in our list of 16 best luxury resorts in Caribbean in 2021. Owned by a subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) the resort is a mini-paradise on the northern shore of Puerto Rico.
The resort offers a plethora of opportunities for non-stop entertainment including nature trails to explore untouched beauty, a family-friendly waterpark, two swimming pools, a fitness center, tennis, two extraordinary golf courses, supervised ambassadors of the environment activities, and a variety of water sports.
7. HERMITAGE BAY, Antigua
Tripadvisor Rating: 5/5 (1477 reviews)
Hermitage Bay offers three types of suites with different features. Beachfront Suites at a stone's through from sea provide spectacular views in addition to instant access to the turquoise, warm Caribbean water. Seaview Garden Suites are surrounded by the lush green flora of Caribbean. Their most palatial accommodation, Hillside Pool Suites, not only offer unparalleled views of the bay from a higher altitude but also feature a private swimming pool.
Hermitage Bay offers several exciting land and water activities including farm tours, scuba, sailing, and different watersports.
6. Cap Cana Sanctuary, Dominican Republic
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5 (7296 reviews)
Cap Cana Sanctuary by Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. (NASDAQ: PLYA) stands at 6th place in our list of best luxury resorts in Caribbean in 2021. Cap Cana Sanctuary along with nearby attractions in Cap Cana offers a broad range of amenities for fun and entertainment including six swimming pools including a saltwater pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, beach volleyball, tennis clinics, live music, Jack Nicklaus Signature Championship golf course, live music, dance lessons, high-quality restaurants, a world-class spa, and a shopping galleria.
The resort is set to gain from the upcoming recovery in the travel industry which will also boost the revenues of companies like Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT), Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WH), Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: HST), Airbnb, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABNB), Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) and Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG).
The suites and villas at the Sanctuary feature tropical rattan furnishings, private balconies or terraces, flat-screen TVs, espresso machines, and elegant coral bathrooms among other amenities.
The place ranks 6th in our list of best luxury resorts in Caribbean in 2021.
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