By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
CJ Travel Editor
Go big or go home? Not at these Caribbean resorts – all well under 100 rooms – where all-inclusive convenience is delivered in an intimate island setting.
Calabash Cove, St Lucia
This 26-suite beachfront hotel near Gros Islet offers both room-only and all-inc packages, but combining the intimacy of a boutique with the ease of all-you-can-everything rates seems like a no-brainer to us.
The Caves, Jamaica
The classic hipster hideaway in Negril has just 12 cottages and suites and a single villa, so you’ll have all the cliff’s-edge niceties – including an Aveda spa, a saltwater pool and that pristine expanse of blue – practically to yourself.
East Winds Inn, St Lucia
Twelve acres of beachfront gardens provide an Edenic and tranquil setting for this 30-room hotel near Castries where the tinkle of a Steinway and the calling of the resident macaw are the only intrusions bliss.
Guana Island, British Virgin Islands
A mere five villas and 15 rooms mean that you’ll share this low-key luxe private island’s seven beaches and dozen miles of hiking and walking trails with no more than 32 other guests.
Mango Bay, Barbados
The relaxed atmosphere and staff’s gracious “no problem” attitude towards guests’ requests makes staying here feel like visiting with Bajan friends – who just happen to have a 76-room beachfront resort.
Petit St. Vincent, Grenadines
You won’t find TVs, telephones or in-room WI-FI at this 22-cottage private-island resort, but given the idyllic setting, plush accommodations and unobtrusive yet attentive service, you won’t miss them.