All-inclusives in the Caribbean love to throw around the word, “luxury,” but not all of them live up to the billing. Here are three such resorts in the Caribbean that get the Luxury Travel Advisor stamp of approval.
The Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands is the perfect pitch for VIPs looking to take part in such water sports as yachting, kayaking and windsurfing, all included in the room rates.
Most in-demand rooms are any of the 85 beachfront, bungalow-style cottages. Tip: The best suite here is the North Sound Suites, the resort’s largest rooms, situated on the south end of the resort in 20 secluded bungalows spread across a flowered hillside of bougainvillea, hibiscus and oleander rising high above a white-sand beach and palm-shaded pool. They have exceptional views of the Bitter End anchorage and North Sound.
Note: The Estate House at the resort would work well for large families. The Estate is a spacious two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom private house with impressive views of the anchorage of North Sound and the Caribbean.
For all room inquiries, advisors should contact Mary Jo Ryan ([email protected]; 284-494-2746), resort’s hospitality manager.
The Spa at Bitter End is open 12 hours a day, seven days a week. It uses both the internationally acclaimed Decleor line of spa products, as well as locally available herbs like neem, aloe vera, coconut and henna (for tattoos), which give a uniquely Caribbean flavor to its treatments and therapies. Note: The Spa at Bitter End has the option of in-room spa services for the VIPs. Hint: Besides all the treatments, corn row—a style of West Indian hair braiding—is extremely popular at the resort.
For all spa inquiries or to book your VIPs treatments before they arrive, contact Spa Manager Jenish Banthia ([email protected]; 284-499-1235).
|Spice Island Almond Suites have residential-sized swimming pools and terraces.|
As far as dining goes, the two best restaurants here are the Clubhouse Steak and Seafood Grille and The Crawl Pub. The Clubhouse Steak and Seafood Grille is Bitter End’s landmark restaurant with buffets and table service for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as cocktail service on the terrace all day and evening. For something a little more casual, The Crawl Pub is home to a brick oven delivering some of the best homemade pizza in the Caribbean. Its menu offers casual dining for lunch and dinner, as well as a full-service bar and entertainment each week. Note: All restaurants at the resort are open to locals. Tip: Upon requests, pirate dinners can also be arranged on the beach.
Reach out to Eva Shillingford ([email protected]; 284-494-2746), senior front desk concierge, with any queries.
Nice Touch: During Bitter End’s annual ProAm Regatta, the resort organizes for VIPs to sail with America’s Cup winners, around the world race winners, world champions, Olympic gold medalists and more. Hint: The resort can also organize helicopter tours of the Virgin Islands. A less frequent request is the occasional (owner allowed) tour of some really cool superyachts that happen to be in the harbor or on the docks.
Contact Mo Sallah ([email protected]; 284-494-2746, ext. 271) for more information.
Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada is set on the stunning Grand Anse Beach.
The resort’s most requested accommodations are the Seagrape Beach Suites, which are situated right on Grand Anse Beach within a few steps of the Caribbean Sea. Nice Touch: Each has an en-suite luxurious large whirlpool tub with views of the ocean and a separate shower with chic, new Hansgrohe fixtures designed by Philippe Starck; elegant living area; and a patio with a private garden, chaise lounges and a double hammock set against the Caribbean sunset. Note: Two suites are specifically designed for people with mobility problems.
|Galley Bay Resort & Spa suites have private balconies or patios.|
For large families or groups, we would recommend the Cinnamon and Saffron Suites. Offering a style and elegance befitting royalty, the palatial Cinnamon and Saffron Suites measure 1,440 square feet each and exude a romantic ambiance with a floating canopy bed, rich fabrics, an elaborate marble bathroom, dining area set for six and more. Note: Private concierge service is available for guests staying in the Cinnamon and Saffron Suites.
The luxurious, full-service, 5,600-square-foot Janissa’s Spa has four air-conditioned treatment rooms with exterior rain showers, an outdoor sunken whirlpool bath, a sauna, outdoor Jacuzzi, open-air couples’ massage room, and relaxation lounge overlooking a tranquil reflection pool. Tip: Advisors should book treatments for VIPs two weeks in advance. Hint: The most popular treatment is Janissa’s Signature Body Wrap. Hint: Perhaps the most popular masseuse is Jomel Dumont, who in addition to her skills as a spa therapist, is an extremely adept hairdresser.
Advisors should contact Spa Director Tricia Thomas ([email protected]).
Spice’s wedding package encompasses a tropically decorated wedding location on the beach or among the gardens; nine-inch, one-tier wedding cake and a bottle of champagne; bridal bouquet and boutonniere (for the groom); one 8”x10” framed photograph; hors d’oeuvres platter for two; room upgrade subject to availability and more. Hint: Couples can also ask for a private beachside dining; three hours of photography, including 24 edited photographs and a CD of all raw footage; two hours of video footage; steel band; sunset cruise which travels along the coastline and harbor; spa amenities; and extra champagne.
The Royal Treatment: Most recently, Spice welcomed Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex, who were in Grenada on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee.
For an onsite contact, advisors can send their queries to Donnette Stuart ([email protected]; 473-444-4258) in reservations.
The focal point of this luxury resort in Antigua is its three-quarter-mile white-sand beach on the clear, warm Caribbean, where VIPs can recline in the shade of a palm tree, soak up the sun or enjoy a refreshing swim and complimentary non-motorized water sports.
In addition to the 46 premium beachfront suites, the most requested accommodations at the resort are the 13 thatched-roof, Tahitian-style Gauguin cottages. Nice Touch: Ideal for a romantic retreat, each cottage includes a sun deck with a plunge pool, TV and refrigerator.
Note: The premium beachfront suites are the largest and the most luxurious accommodations category. Nice Touch: Each has its own private balcony or patio situated directly on the beach, his and her showers, a separate bathtub and Wi-Fi.
The intimate Indulge spa is surrounded by a bird sanctuary and lagoon and has two treetop and one indoor treatment rooms. The spa offers an extensive range of therapeutic, rejuvenating treatments using Pevonia botanic skincare products. Treatments range from body wraps and facials to a romantic Swedish massage for two. An à la carte spa menu is available upon request. Note: Treatments should be reserved in advance but can be booked at the resort when space is available.
Hint: The couples’ Swedish massage is the most requested treatment. The massage can take place in either the air-conditioned treatment room or in an open-air, treetop room with the soothing sounds from the bird sanctuary underscoring the service.
Advisors should direct their queries to Spa Director Tricia Greenway ([email protected]; 268-462-5601, ext. 114).
For dining, Gauguin, a very intimate restaurant, serves lunch and dinner in beachside, thatched cabanas for two. Dishes are inspired by European and West Indian cuisine. Highlights include island-style goat curry with red beans, and corn meal-crusted chicken with mango and spinach stuffing.
Contact Reservation Manager Cathleen Londre, Elite Island Vacations ([email protected]; 800-858-4618, ext. 161).