When we think of the closest thing to paradise, it’s always the Caribbean that springs to mind. Whether you’re searching for a romantic getaway somewhere exotic, a family holiday to top all family holidays or an out-of-this-world group getaway, the turquoise waters and white sands are calling out your name. To give you a bit of an idea of where to stay in the Caribbean, we’ve rounded up our top 10 villas in Barbados, St Lucia, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica so you can really experience these tropical islands in all their glory.
1. Oceana at Sugar Hill, Barbados
Prices from: £128pppn | $177USD
Tucked away amongst tropical trees and a private driveway, Oceana offers perfect privacy and peaceful living on the grounds of the exclusive Sugar Hill. The villa itself has been beautifully designed with elegantly curved doors, natural wood windows and coral stone walls, giving it a calming, natural feel. The living room opens out onto a lovely covered terrace through two sets of French windows, where you’ll find the large private pool deck, gardens and view of the sea beyond. Meals can be enjoyed in the partially open-air dining room while looking out to sea from the internal garden. There’s even a built-in bar where you can fix some cocktails as you watch the sunset. Blissful.
P.S. Guests have access to all that Sugar Hill has to offer, including the clubhouse with its large pool, the restaurant, fully-equipped fitness centre and members lounge, as well as the first class tennis facilities.
2. Arc En Ciel, St Lucia
Prices from: £190pppn | $262USD
Modelled on a traditional Caribbean plantation house, Arc En Ciel is sure to take your breath away. We can almost bet that the glorious pool area is where you’ll spend most of your time, offering a viewing deck, sun beds, lush tropical plants, a bridge, cave, waterfall and infinity edge. The garden is also an absolute stunner – think covered patio, dining terrace and even a bar. If you’re lucky enough to bagsy the master hotel suites, you’ll be treated to incredible views of the Petit Piton mountains – we’d recommend hopping in the the bath tub and admiring these views out of the floor to ceiling window wall.
3. Tradewinds at the Tryall Club, Jamaica
Prices from: £140pppn | $193USD
Recently renovated from top to bottom in 2018, Tradewinds is brand-spanking-new and we’re 100% here for it. Probably the most impressive feature at this villa, the heated infinity pool extends right out onto your own private beach! As if that wasn’t enough, there’s even a hot tub perfect for some after dinner relaxation.
Going with the kids? Sleeping 6-8 guests, this cottage is ideal for a family with small children as two of the bedrooms are interconnected. The extensive garden makes a great spot for some lawn games – why not whip out the croquet set and have a family tournament? Loser jumps in the pool…
4. Villa Barbs, Barbados
Prices from: £64pppn | $88USD
If a beachside retreat tickles your fancy, Villa Barbs is only a short stroll from the beach but if you can’t bring yourself to leave the house, you can admire the glistening waters from the privacy of your rooftop deck. Surrounded by towering palm trees, the spacious swimming pool is about as tropical as they come and you’ll even be able to lounge on the sunbeds with a view out to sea. Inside, the interiors are bright and airy, keeping you cool and calm away from the heat. But if you do need a bit of a cool off, head upstairs to the deck for a dip in the plunge pool – it’s the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing rum cocktail!
5. Shangri La, Barbados
Prices from: £171pppn | $236USD
The palm-fringed courtyard at Shangri La creates the ultimate welcome when you arrive on the sun-drenched island of Barbados. Boasting a stunning setting and gorgeous ocean views that can be enjoyed straight from the private swimming pool, you could easily fall in love with this villa without taking a step inside. But if you manage to drag yourself away from the idyllic exterior, inside you’ll find opulent living spaces, Crystal Versailles Chandeliers, French doors that let the sea breeze roll through the interiors, and the modern media room complete with its own cocktail bar. A housekeeper, laundress and cook are available to help you make the most of your stay and there are local restaurants and bars within walking distance for when you want to explore your surroundings. Pretty perfect, right?
6. Coral Blu at Royal Westmoreland, Barbados
Prices from: £64pppn | $88USD
Looking for all the luxuries of a high-end resort with all the privacy a villa has to offer? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Coral Blu will treat you to the best of both worlds; set within a a gated enclave with 24-hour security, you’ll have utter privacy while also being close to tennis courts, restaurants, golf and even a shuttle service to one of the west coast’s finest beaches. The bedrooms are placed on the ground floor making it a leisurely morning stroll straight to the pool deck while the upper terrace is where you’ll want to be to catch the magnificent sunsets.
7. Casa Turquoise, Barbados
Prices from: £101pppn | $139USD
Perched right on the beach, you’ll feel like you’re living on the water at Casa Turquoise. If sipping your morning coffee overlooking uninterrupted views out to sea is you’re kind of thing, this villa is the one for you. Each bedroom has its own en-suite and the a-frame master bedroom has white-washed wooden beams and incredible, endless views. Located in a pretty town only a stone’s throw from Speightstown, you can pop out for a taste of the local cuisine. But it you’d rather stay at this beachside oasis, the cook is available to prepare two meals per day so you won’t even have to lift a finger.
8. Xhale, St Lucia
Prices from: £155pppn | $214USD
Aaand breathe. As you can probably tell by the name of this villa, calm and tranquillity are written in the walls at Xhale. Cradled on a dramatic cliff face on the northern tip of the island, you’ll have flawless views out to where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea. You can soak up these views from the secluded, private balconies in each room or straight from the chic pool and sun-loungers on the terrace. And if that wasn’t enough, the interior design of this contemporary villa is equally as incredible as the exterior! Equipped with sleek furnishings and state of the art fittings, it effortlessly blends avant-garde and local charm for a real sense of luxury. We’re feeling zen already.
9. Almond Hill, Jamaica
Prices from: £100pppn | $138USD
Based on a former coconut plantation and designed by Prince Kasimir Korybut, this tropical paradise is quite literally fit for royalty. The crowning glory of this cosy villa is the veranda, it’s the perfect spot for candlelit dinners with romantic view over the bay. Situated only a 1-minute drive from the prestigious Round Hill Hotel, guests can enjoy complimentary resort membership so you can indulge in the beachside bars, continental restaurant, shops and water-sports – there’s even a kids club to keep the little ones happy!
*Prices correct at time of publishing
If you’re dreaming of the sunny islands of the Caribbean right about now, why not see what else we have to offer in our full portfolio properties in the Caribbean? You may be spoilt for choice, but our friendly concierge team is on hand to help hand pick your perfect Caribbean getaway! Don’t hesitate… paradise awaits.