Many of the world’s best dive resorts are far longer on experiences than they are on amenities. It makes sense for hard-core divers who are mostly looking for a place to lay their head between dives. Three hundred thread count sheets and gourmet dining are secondary to multiple daily dive trips, day and night.
Not every luxury resort is limited to vanilla “resort dives,” however, and these Caribbean resorts offer a world-class dive experience alongside the kind of upscale rooms, activities, and service that will make your time out of the water (nearly) as great as the few precious hours you spend below:
St James’ Club, Antigua
Antigua is the world-class dive destination you may not have thought about. Long a best-kept secret for diving in the Caribbean, the country is filled with terrific dive sites, from Sunken Rock to Tarpon Alley to the famous Pillars of Hercules. While destinations like Bonaire, Cozumel and the Cayman Islands are rightly popular, Antigua is the region’s next great diving hotspot. And the epicenter is the island’s all-inclusive St James’s Club and its wonderful Mamora Bay Divers diving center, with programs for everyone from novices to experienced divers and a full PADI instruction program.