You’re looking for a different kind of Caribbean getaway: an authentic one.
One where you get a real taste of an island’s personality, of its soul. There are certain hotels made for that, smaller properties that are all about offering you a real sense of place.
Here are 10 boutique hotels to try in the Caribbean right now.
Calabash, Grenada The Caribbean’s newest Relais & Chateaux hotel is also the best hotel in Grenada, a rarefied, elegant 30-room property that’s also home to one of the Caribbean’s best restaurants.
The House, Barbados The car rolls over a wooden drawbridge past a row of torches and you’ve immediately found a very different kind of hotel, even for Barbados. This is hip but unpretentious, small but complete and effortlessly intimate. Even better? The property just finished a major refresh.
Graycliff, Nassau One could argue that no hotel in the region understands the art of luxury better than Nassau’s historic Graycliff Hotel, from its impossibly vast wine cellar to a collection of old cognacs to its in-house cigar factory. This is the real Nassau, away from the crowds and a truly legendary place.
Admiral’s Inn, Antigua Antigua’s beautiful historic inn is set in the heart of the now-UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nelson’s Dockyard, built in a group of historic buildings dating to the late 18th century.
Hotel Plein Soleil, Martinique Set on a hill above a lagoon, this hotel exemplifies the best of Martinique, with tastefully-designed rooms (most of which have private pools) and a haute-cuisine restaurant.
Rockhouse, Jamaica It doesn’t get any cooler than this funky spot in Negril’s bohemian enclave of Negril. Just about everything emphasizes local culture, from the Jamaican timber in the furniture to the Pushcart restaurant and rum bar.
Boardwalk, Aruba Maybe you’ve been to Aruba, enjoyed its world-class beaches or tried its impressive dining scene. But this is another side of Aruba, a tiny oasis just a short stroll from Palm Beach.
Valentines Resort Harbour Island is as charming a destination as there is in the Caribbean, and this mini resort is a great way to experience it, just steps from Dunmore Town and with its own private beach club on Pink Sand Beach.
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat You can stay on a working cacao plantation at this tiny hotel that has one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful infinity pools, in plain view of Petit Piton. The restaurant is superb, too, cleverly integrating cacao in just about every dish.
Casa Colonial, Dominican Republic As chic a hotel as there is in the Dominican Republic, this property is the work of noted designer Sarah Garcia, who has created a cool, comfortable and ultra-stylish retreat in Puerto Plata.