Our Favorite Caribbean Destinations
Between your room, the beach, and the restaurant, you'll have everything you need. From $425 to $1,595 (junior suite, high season); capjaluca.com.
Super Spa: CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa
Try a massage with warmed seashells. From $400 to $1,020 (high season); cuisinartresort.com.
Sexy & Serene: Viceroy Anguilla
Sophistication comes to shore in this Kelly Wearstler-designed beauty. From $995 (resort-view room, high season); viceroyanguilla.com.
Euro Style: Malliouhana Hotel & Spa
Atop a lush, terraced bluff, this lodging overlooks Meads Bay and Turtle Cove beaches on the island's west end. From $430 to $1,120 (beachfront room); malliouhana.com.
This is the place for champagne cocktails, lobster, and tiramisu amid strains of Andrea Bocelli; 264/497-8819.
Haute Cuisine: Blanchards Restaurant
Try spicy dry-rubbed snapper with sautéed wild mushrooms, sweet potatoe puree, and ginger bok choy; blanchardsrestaurant.com.
Amazing Seafood: Mango's
A perennial local fave with super-fresh seafood (lobster cakes, crayfish, snapper in sesame-soy tahini) overlooking the ocean; 264/497-6479.
Best Beach Bar: Gwen's Reggae Grill
A perfect oceanside meal of grilled seafood on Shoal Bay, with hammocks for a post-lunch nap; 264/497-2120.
While many of the meals here are haute-cuisine, you can also find amazing food at affordable prices. Try O'Corail for burgers and frites on the beach, Le Vietnam for noodles, Eddy's for Creole specialties, and Nikki Beach for sushi.
Enjoy a bungalow with a private entrance and pool. Breakfast is included, and you can have it on your patio. From about $780 to $2,750 (high season); letoiny.com.
Ultra Chic: Eden Rock Hotel
It's on the main drag in St. Jean, but the beach is private, and the quiet suites and villas welcome you with Caribbean-modern style. From about $730-$1,935 (ocean-view suite, high season); edenrockhotel.com.
Best Beach Hotel: Hotel St. Barth Isle de France
Lounge by peaceful Flammands Bay or by the pool, large by St. Barts standards. Rooms have a soft-white, French country flair. From about $670-$1,652 (tropical villa, high seasons); isle-de-france.com.
Gaïac at Le Toiny resort; letoiny.com. The restaurant at Hotel St. Barth Isle de France; isle-de-france.com.
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L'Isola. Italian fare in Gustavia; lisolastbarth.com.
Best Beachside Seating
Eddy's, in a walled-garden setting; 011/59/027-5417. Kiki-è Mo, a delish deli in St. Jean; 011/59/027-7047.
Good to know: The U.S. dollar is the official currency on Virgin Gorda.
More playcation islands: Little Cayman, Roatan, Bonaire
From the upscale cabin-like accomodations to the nearly infinite range of day and night activities, it's like summer camp. From $530 to $960 beach-front villas, high season); beyc.com.
Easy Cruising: Biras Creek Resort (pictured)
Perfect for couples looking for solitude in their own oceanfront villas and a chance to get out on the water. Staffers are available to resort guests for lessons and outings. Bonus: Guests get beach cruisers for exploring the property. From $700 to $1,150 (ocean suite, high season); biras.com.
It's a journey to reach Petit St. Vincent, but it's worth it for the rejuvenating solitude. Most visitors fly to Barbados, then take a short flight to neaby Union Island, where they meet a boat for the brief trip to the resort.
Good to know: Petit St. Vincent's dock house offers guests sailboats, windsurfing boards, and glass-bottom kayaks at no extra cost.
More islands for blissful solitude: Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Andros Island, Bahamas; La Desirade, Guadeloupe