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Aruba, Cancun Top Most Popular Destinations in Allianz Survey

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Cancun and Aruba are the two most popular international destinations for summer travel this year, according to a new report from Allianz Global Assistance. Cancun is in the top spot for American travelers for the …

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Caribbean Photo of the Week: Kayaking in Turks and Caicos

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Phil Townsend, who sent in this beautiful shot of kayaking in Chalk Sound on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. Have you taken a great photo in the …

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Turks and Caicos Is Getting a New Kind of Boutique Hotel

 By the Caribbean Journal staff A new design-focused hotel is coming to Turks and Caicos: The Bight.  The new property is the brainchild of the EA Group, which is developing the 66-unit boutique hotel on the north shore of Providenciales.  …

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 By Bob FrielCJ Contributor In the world of travel, some forms are more difficult to pull off successfully than others. Solo trekking to the North Pole, diving to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, landing a man on the moon; …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff There’s a new private-island destination in the heart of the Turks and Caicos Islands. A new boutique all-inclusive hotel has quietly opened its doors on the three-mile-long island of Ambergris Cay (not to be confused …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Turks and Caicos’ Sailrock hotel is now part of the Hyatt umbrella, thanks to Hyatt’s new strategic alliance with the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection. That means the South Caicos property is now …

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 By Alexander Britell You spot David Feherty’s mug the moment you reach the baggage claim in Providenciales, urging you to try the Provo Golf Club. Feherty, the affable former pro golfer and current Golf Channel personality and commentator, who was named a few years …

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 By Alexander Britell and Guy Britton GRACE BAY calls you. Sure, there’s the requisite sand and surf, the whites and the blues and the calming kiss of the waves on the reef. But Grace Bay is more, a beach that …

 By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The newest residential hotel in Turks and Caicos has just released another sneak peek. Rock House, the first cliffside property in development on Providenciales’ north shore, just released renderings of a new collection of homes with …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Another top hotel project is coming to Turks and Caicos. It’s called Turks Cay, and the new beachfront luxury hotel will be set on the site of the former Third Turtle Inn in Providenciales, a …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff It’s hard to get much more exclusive than a beach villa in Turks and Caicos. And it’s hard to get any more exclusive in Turks and Caicos than the private island of Parrot Cay. That’s …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff American Airlines is adding another new route to the Dutch Caribbean. The carrier has announced plans to launch a new weekly route between Chicago O’Hare and the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, Caribbean Journal has …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff The dual-hotel Ocean Club Resorts on Providenciales in Turks and Caicos has begun a new series of upgrade projects. Both all-suite hotels have begun suite updates adding a “refreshed beachside design,” according to the project. …

all-inclusive resorts

 All-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean have changed to such a degree that many of them now defy categorization. While the term “all-inclusive” used to have an overarching, unified definition, there is now a dramatically diverse range of offerings in the Caribbean. …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Looking for a luxe villa in Turks and Caicos? There’s a new option on the market: the Gansevoort Villas. The residential component of the hotel property is set in Providenciales’ exclusive Turtle Tail neighborhood, with …

 By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The VIP Flyers Club, a private airport lounge at the airport in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, has completed a $150,000 renovation program. The project includes upgraded lounge offers, along with many new enhancements, including the club’s …

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 By Alexander Britell In the biggest flight expansion to the Caribbean in several years, American Airlines has announced plans to launch eight new nonstop routes to the Caribbean this year, along with a huge expansion in frequencies from Miami. Beginning …

Few Caribbean destinations boast the sheer diversity of Saint Lucia’s hotel product. The range is vast, from tiny eco-friendly retreats to sprawling beach resorts to all-inclusives and full-fledged bucket-list experiences. That means there’s something for every kind of traveler here, whether you want to bring your family to the sand, take your significant other on an adults-only escape or spend a few nights in the rainforest.  
 Here are 15 great Saint Lucia resorts worth checking into right now.  
 Marigot Bay Resort It’s hard to find a more complete resort in Saint Lucia, with a broad portfolio of amenities, including a spectacular island beach, outstanding, diverse food, a serene spa and the added benefit of the energy of a megayacht marina. And that’s without mentioning the spacious, beautifully appointed rooms (just make sure you get one with a private hot tub.)
 Ladera The resort that pioneered the three-walled concepts remains one of the Caribbean’s most romantic hotels — and one of the region’s most authentic places to stay, too. The wood construction, warm service and breathtaking scenery will take you to another place entirely — while never letting you forget you’re in Saint Lucia. 
 Jade Mountain Home to perhaps the world’s most iconic infinity pools, this resort is equal parts luxury hotel and spaceship, a transformative experience that has long set the standard for adults-only retreats. The only problem here is the withdrawal when you come back to earth. 
 Cap Maison This is Saint Lucia’s hotel for gourmands, for those who love good, old-fashioned luxury, the kind you find in world-class restaurants, in gastronomically-inclined beach bars and in voluptuously designed hotel rooms. This is the essence of boutique hospitality. 
 The Landings You can travel across the island and not find better service than you get at The Landings, perched on a gorgeous stretch of beach in view of Saint Lucia’s Pigeon Island. This is one of the island’s best beach hotels, and it’s got some of its most comfortable rooms, with the full kitchens giving travelers the chance to experience a different level of living in Saint Lucia.  Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort The blinding white sand and position at the base of Gros Piton provide for an intoxicating ambience, one that’s only enhanced by the amenities from on-the-sand bungalows to the ethereal Rainforest Spa. That’s without mentioning one of our favorite bars on the island, the rum-focused Cane Bar. 
 Ti Kaye This has long been one of Saint Lucia’s best-kept secrets. There are just 33 cottages and rooms at this adults-only resort, with breezy oceanfront accommodations and a locally-focused spa. But the real standout is the food and beverage offering, which includes the largest underground wine cellar on the whole island.    Fond Doux Whether you stay here for one night or a week, a stop at Fond Doux is a must for those in search of the essence of Saint Lucia. Set on a 250-year-old plantation, travelers here become immersed in the natural splendor of the island, from freshly-grown cacao to a host of nature trails. When you stay here, you’re right in the heart of the rainforest — and it’s not an experience you’ll soon forget.  
 Bay Gardens Beach Resort You won’t find a better value anywhere in Saint Lucia than this Reduit Beach standout, long one of the most beloved Saint Lucia resorts. And if you want to hop around, it’s part of a burgeoning collection of hotels, from the Bay Gardens Marina Haven to a new villa collection called Water’s Edge.   Stonefield Villa Resort This is a place that just oozes romance and authenticity, with a collection of 17 one, two, three and five-bedroom villas in view of the Pitons. And, yes, they’re full-fledged villas, each of which boasts its own private pool and outdoor shower. This is a place for serenity and seclusion, where you’ll enjoy a very different kind of life in Saint Lucia. 
 St James’s Club Morgan Bay It’s a classic Caribbean all-inclusive, but it’s also got the laid-back ambience Saint Lucia is famous for. That’s a rather delightful combination. Here, you get six restaurants, six bars, four pools (including a spectacular rooftop adults-only pool near the spa) and a wonderful location that puts everything from golf to nightlife within very easy reach.  Sandals Regency La Toc We couldn’t do a list of must-visit resorts in Saint Lucia and not mention Sandals, which boasts three Saint Lucia resorts, including the Grande St Lucian, the Halcyon Beach and the La Toc, with La Toc our favorite for some time. The property, set on a 220-acre estate and a lovely stretch of beach, has nine eateries, eight bars and offerings like unlimited scuba diving and free greens fees. Serenity at Coconut Bay The newest addition to the popular Coconut Bay resort on the south of the island is a stunner, with 36 beautifully-appointed suites, all of which have their own private plunge pools. This adults-only oasis is a new level of luxury all-inclusive in Saint Lucia, and instantly one of the island’s most sought-after stays. The Harbor Club, Curio Collection by Hilton This new hotel in the Gros Islet area is a wonderful addition to Saint Lucia. The maritime-inspired design is hip and fresh, the dining options are varied and the pool complex, home to four multi-level pools, is worth the trip on its own. Add that to a marinafront location and you have an energetic hotel perfect for active travelers. Hotel Chocolat It’s hard to think of a cooler place to stay in Saint Lucia than this tiny boutique in Soufriere set on a working cacao plantation. It rather deftly marries the cool and the authentic, with rustic-chic “lodges,” a show-stopping infinity pool and one of the best restaurants on the island. But what you really won’t forget is the joy of making your own very own chocolate bar.

 Great luxury is its own form of travel. It’s a journey away from the ordinary, from the adequate. It’s a journey to the indulgent, to the beautiful, to the extraordinary. The best luxury resorts take you on that journey, working …