Vacation time is the right time to recharge, relax and restore one’s balance for more life—and less work. Craving a place in the sun to create a home away from home bubble? These seven luxury island resorts offer a multitude of amenities and the ultimate luxury: privacy.
Serenity at Coconut Bay, St Lucia
Located on the grounds of a former coconut plantation, Serenity at Coconut Bay is a relaxed sanctuary. Guests are instantly transformed into vacationers as a personal butler escorts them to an all-inclusive suite.
Each room, cocooned by bougainvillea and palm trees, comes complete with a plunge pool, personalized wet bar, lounge chairs and hammock in the courtyard. The expansive interior features a king canopy bed, stone rain shower and jetted tub.
Serenity’s pool deck is made for relaxation, with in-pool loungers and stylish cabanas. It is conveniently adjacent to indoor and outdoor dining at Greathouse Restaurant, exclusive for Serenity guests. Spend time at the reserved Serenity beach cabanas relaxing on a suspended Bali bed with fresh coconut water. Or make a reservation at the spa for a soothing massage which can be done right in your suite.
Mandarin Oriental Canouan, St Vincent and The Grenadines
Arrive by private jet to Canouan Island from nearby Barbados. Within 15 minutes you’re welcomed into the marble lobby of the first Mandarin Oriental resort in the Caribbean. Staff guide guests into the Italian-designed patio villas on the hillside, offering unforgettable views of the resort’s pink sand beach.
Start with a swim in the infinity pool and relax within the sleek villa’s indoor and outdoor lounge areas, designed to maximize island views in every direction. Every villa includes dedicated butler service and two golf carts to access the island (and the Canouan Estate Championship Golf Course, designed by Jim Fazio).
Unwind in a beach cabana or get pampered with a soothing treatment at the hotel’s Indonesian-style spa. Guests can easily make requests via tablet for lunch on the terrace or a dinner reservation at the laid-back L’Ance Guyac Beach Club for Grenadine cuisine.
Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Paradise Island The Bahamas
Sequester within the five-star luxury of Ocean Club’s elegant villa residences. The resort’s app makes communication seamless with the hotel concierge. But there’s also a dedicated staff for your villa to help plan an afternoon at the adults-only Versailles pool or a picnic lunch on Cabbage Beach.
The three or four bedroom villa residences include expansive master bedrooms. Each has an ensuite bathroom with infinity pool overlooking the sea. You also get a gated courtyard with jetted tub and patio dining, and private access to the beach.
Steal away from the family fun to indulge in a dinner for two at Dune. Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten created the menu, combining French, Asian and Bahamian flavours.
Laluna Boutique Hotel and Villas, Grenada
Friends will beg to be in your travel bubble at one of these contemporary-style villas at LaLuna, exuding the wellness vibes which made this resort famous.
Choose from three, four or five bedroom villas with views of the sea and the lush tropical landscape. Each one designed to maximize the flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Each villa includes a gourmet kitchen, wine fridge, pool overlooking Morne Rouge Bay, daily housekeeping, pool cleaning and laundry.
This boutique resort offers special additions (for a fee). They include a stocked fridge prior to arrival, hiring a butler, chef, personal trainer or babysitter. You can also choose an all-inclusive option for meals at the hotel restaurant.
Explore nearby island trails with self-guided tours on the hotel mountain bikes. Or ease into the day with a morning beach yoga class. For those who want to check out the island’s underwater sculpture park, Laluna can arrange a private snorkelling tour on its luxury catamaran, Helia.
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen Mexico
Let the ocean breeze guide you from the open-air lobby to your fashionable suite at this boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen. Complete with effortless digital check-in.
In the Beachfront Bi-level Suite, the main floor’s modern living room and kitchenette lead to a furnished terrace and plunge pool just steps from the white sand beach. Chill out upstairs in the king bedroom suite with walk-in rain shower and be greeted each morning with a sunrise over the Caribbean Sea.
Choose from several dining options and burn off extra calories by hopping on a bicycle, available for use within the Mayakoba gated community. Two wheels offer an ideal means of exploring the extensive gardens and nature trails. Or reserve a spot on the hotel’s Von Dutch yacht to check out nearby Cozumel Island and snorkel the world’s second largest reef, the Mesoamerican Reef.
Read more about how the Andaz Mayakoba is creating a safe luxury getaway here.
The Mariner House at Scrub Island Resort, British Virgin Islands
Check out of the rat race and into the calm of one of the smaller isles of the BVIs at The Mariner House. Upgrade by flying via private plane from Puerto Rico direct to the island. The traditionally-styled villa will easily orient you to island time, dictated by the movement of sailboats and yachts at the Scrub Island Marina.
The expansive terrace offers a bird’s eye view of the resort pools (and nearby islands). Or relax at the plunge pool before an afternoon nap in one of three elegant master suites. The villa includes all the bells and whistles, from gourmet kitchen to spacious bathrooms. The resort’s Scrub Island Outpost has all the provisions to stock the villa’s pantry and wet bar. Treat yourself to a special night: reserve a private dining experience at a beachside cabana on the resort’s Pavilion Beach.
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, Dominican Republic
There’s plenty of room to roam at the exclusive Casa de Campo, located on the Dominican Republic’s sunny south coast near La Romana. With 7000 acres of property to explore, a golf cart is included upon check-in.
There are many private villas, individually-styled with contemporary accents. They offer a cozy home away from home experience within spacious living quarters. Each villa includes personal staff, made-to-order daily breakfast and a dedicated concierge for daily planning. Whether its golf, horseback riding, snorkelling, standup paddling or kayaking from the soft sands of Minitas Beach.
After sunset, there are three nightclubs on property for adults. The nearby Altos de Chavon Amphitheatre and a night-time program for kids and tweens.
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