The best Caribbean resorts to visit by superyacht

Visiting the Caribbean islands on a superyacht this winter season? We round up the best luxury hotels and resorts in the Caribbean worth stepping ashore for.

Spice Island Beach Resort


Sitting at the southern end of the three-kilometre curve of golden sand that is Grenada’s Grand Anse Beach, Spice Island Beach Resort is a gleaming white example of Grenadian hospitality. The property is run impeccably by Sir Royston Hopkin and his family and exudes old-school luxury: porters in gleaming gold buttons and pith helmets greet you upon arrival, staff address you by your surname and “elegant casual” dress is required for dinner.

The low-lying resort, which was rebuilt after Hurricane Ivan struck in 2004, is undergoing a rolling revamp to ensure it keeps up to date with Grenada’s luxury tourism boom. Its traditional interior colour palette is being modernised to include brighter blues and lighter woods to complement its spectacular views of the gently shelving beach and cerulean waters beyond. This picturesque location is also handily located just a short drive, or quick tender spin, from the Camper & Nicholsons Marina – making it the perfect stop-off before or after an exploration of the unspoilt Grenadine chain by boat.


Jade Mountain Resort

Soufriere, St. Lucia

Designed by architect Nick Troubetzkoy, Jade Mountain is an ecologically sound resort, constructed largely from natural materials and offering jaw-dropping views and more fresh air than you might expect. It's a remarkable, hill-clinging structure overlooking The Pitons makes the most of its stunning views thanks to clever architecture and the complete absence of, in complete seriousness, an outside wall. Troubetzkoy wanted to make guests feel that they are floating into space and becoming one with the view; and he succeeded.

Guests at Jade Mountain have access to a beautiful spa, not to mention exquisite service, an award winning chef and their own 30 acre organic estate providing all the fruit, vegetables and herbs one could desire. The resort even has its own cocoa plantation which is used to produce all of the chocolate used on site - so guests will be getting a truely St Lucian dining experience when they come to stay.


Curtain Bluff


Set on a small peninsula on Antigua’s southern coastline, where the turbulent waters of the Atlantic meet the gentle Caribbean Sea, Curtain Bluff’s destiny was secured when Sir Howard Hulford flew over the site in 1957. With a personality as flamboyant as his colourful shirts, he and his wife Chelle set about creating Antigua’s first luxury resort. Howard died nearly a decade ago but Chelle continues his legacy, still hosting weekly guest cocktail parties on their huge wraparound patio with views across to Montserrat and Guadeloupe.

It is this personal connection that allows the term “all-inclusive” to take on a new meaning, with its fiercely loyal staff more akin to a superyacht crew. The resort’s two palm-lined beaches are less than 30 minutes from English Harbour but, with two fine dining restaurants, a tennis centre, water sports, scuba diving tours, a kids’ club, gym and yoga studio at your fingertips (and at no extra cost), you’re unlikely to find a reason to return to your yacht.


Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

Soufrière, St Lucia

Nestled between St Lucia’s iconic Piton mountains, this former plantation has been transformed into an uber-luxurious Viceroy Resort, claiming what might be the best view in the Caribbean. The picturesque bay was once the stomping ground of the late eccentric Lord Glenconner, who once owned Mustique, and his pet elephant Bupa which he acquired from Dublin Zoo. Today, Hollywood stars and rock legends roam the resort’s 100-plus acres, where the lush vegetation is peppered with tropical flowers.

Anchor in the deep bay and tender in to the resort’s jetty, which juts out from a powdery white beach. A dapper staff member will call a multicolored tuk-tuk to whisk you up the hill to visit either the sprawling spa, which is set alongside a waterfall (no need for music during your treatment), or the chic white and charcoal Cane Bar, where a “rum-melier” will help you select your perfect local libation.

For ultimate seclusion, book in to one of the two new treacle-colored Beachfront Collection residences. The four bedroom properties have large decks and infinity pools that offer views out to Petit Piton and the superyachts bobbing beneath.


Jamaica Inn

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Picture the scene: the honeymooning actress Marilyn Monroe giggles over a cocktail on the terrace as her new husband, Arthur Miller, pulls her up for a dance while Sir Winston Churchill, easel tucked under his arm, strolls back from the private bluff where he has spent the afternoon painting the Caribbean Sea. Such romance and relaxation are what this 52 room, family owned boutique hotel on Jamaica’s Ocho Rios north coast has specialised in for six decades. Everything here, from the pristine beach to the no clocks policy, and from the impeccable service to the slow hum of the ceiling fan in the library, is designed to help visitors switch off.

For the ultimate R&R, moor at Ocho Rios pier, only two miles away, and take a private transfer to the property. Follow hand-painted signs past bougainvillea and ackee trees to the Indonesian-styled Ocean Spa and relax in an open air room right at the water’s edge, letting the experienced hands of a masseuse release the strains of your body as the susurration of the waves eases your mind. And, as you float back to the terrace bar for a reviving Planter’s Punch, you’ll understand why this low key hotel has been a favourite of the world’s elite for so long.


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