Luxe Resorts for Less!
Location: St. Lucia
Perched on the side of a cliff facing the island’s Piton Mountains, the two-year-old resort is all about panache and privacy. Pack a pareo but forget your Manolos; you’ll beclimbing up to the restaurant and down to the spa and beach transport areas. There are 36 staircases scattered throughout the property. Each of the 24 open-air “sanctuaries” comes with a water view, infinity pool, and bridge leading to it.
Get a deal: Visit jademountainstlucia.com for current promotions.
Rates: Double rooms at Sky level start at $900 per night; jademountainstlucia.com.
The Landings, St. Lucia, a RockResort
On the calm waters of Rodney Bay, The Landings spreads out over 19 acres and includes an 800-foot secluded beach. Villa suites have living rooms, kitchens, and spacious terraces. Some suites have plunge pools.
Get a deal: Visit landings.rockresorts.com for current promotions.
Rates: Suites start at $335 per night for a seven-night stay; landings.rockresorts.com.
The Inn On The Bay
Stylish resorts are nice, but if you just need an island home as a base for exploring, try this five-room inn. A free shuttle takes guests to Marigot Bay with its shopping, restaurants, and nearby beach. Or lounge at the inn, where a pool and patio provide sweeping sunset bay views.
Get a deal: Visit slucia.com/innonbay for current promotions.
Rates: Rooms start at $175 a night; slucia.com/innonbay.
Location: Virgin Gorda
Imagine a tropical paradise of fragrant frangipani, deep-green sea grape trees, and tamarind groves rimming white beaches and you get only part of the picture of this spectacular spot, set above the North Sound of Virgin Gorda. All of the 24 bright, airy ocean suites, including one Premier and two Grand, set above the crashing Atlantic. Seven more are tucked within the landscaped gardens.
Get a deal: Visit biras.com for current promotions.
Rates: Suites start at $495 per night (meals included) and $700 (meals not included); biras.com.
Mango Bay Resort
Check into this newly renovated island villa that fronts a beautiful, unspoiled beach with a coral reef just offshore. Snorkeling gear, kayaks, and hammocks are all gratis.
Get a deal: Visit mangobayresort.com for current promotions.
Rates: The basic garden suite is hardly basic. It includes living and dining rooms and a bedroom starting at $205 per night; mangobayresort.com.
Guavaberry Spring Bay Vacation Homes
Stay in a charming, ocean-view community of rental homes and one- and two-bedroom villas not far from Virgin Gorda’s famous Baths.
Get a deal: Rental rates drop about 35% in summer.
Rates: A one-bedroom house starts at $150 per night; guavaberryspringbay.com.
St. Bart’s has lots of swanky hotels, but the refurbishment of Le Toiny, on 38 sloping acres of Morne Vitet, is making the most ripples. Their 15 pastel villas have kitchenettes, private terraces, and heated pools.
Get a deal: Visit letoiny.com for current packages.
Rates: Suites start at 520 euros (approximately $660) per night. The resort is closed in September and October; letoiny.com.
Isle de France
Find peace and quiet at this privately owned hotel on Baie des Flamands. Sleep in a spacious, crisp-white room, suite, bungalow, or villa―many with panoramic ocean views.
Get a deal: Visit isle-de-france.com for current specials.
Rates: Rooms start at 450 euros (approximately $571). The resort closes September through mid-October; isle-de-france.com.
Salines Garden Cottages
Even chichi St. Bart’s has bargains to be found. This getaway spot offers a home away from home. Lounge in the pool, go exploring, or enjoy the colorful international crowd. Then take the money you’re saving and dine in the island’s restaurants, some of the finest in the Caribbean.
Get a deal: Breakfast and airport/harbor transfers included. Visit salinesgarden.com for current promotion.
Rates: Cottages start at 90 euros (about $117); salinesgarden.com.
This old English country house on the northwest coast has been an elegant destination for loyal clients (including lots of Brits) who return faithfully every season. Accommodations include 40 spacious suites, with traditional English decor and private patios.
Get a deal: Visit cobblerscove.com for current promotions.
Rates: Superior suite doubles start at $465 per night; cobblerscove.com.
Everybody stays in a suite in this quiet, charming inn on primo shoreline.
Get a deal: Suite prices plunge more than 50% starting mid-April. Visit treasurebeachhotel.com for current promotions.
Rates: Pool View Suites start at $315 per night. The luxe Hemingway suite starts at $825 per night; treasurebeachhotel.com.
Southern Surf Barbados Beach Apartments
Barbados means beaches, and at this location you’re just across the street from the popular Accra strand in Christ Church. Each of the 12 air-conditioned studios has a mini kitchen and balcony overlooking the Caribbean.
Get a deal: Rates include all taxes, and WiFi is free.
Rates: Rates start at $125 per night for a standard studio; southernsurfbarbados.com.
Location: Turks & Caicos
Amanyara is nestled in the vegetation along a secluded white talcum-powder crescent lapped by the Atlantic on the western shore of Providenciales. Choose a pondside, partial ocean, or ocean pavilion, all clustered around a bar, library, and indoor-outdoor restaurants. The Beach Club is the place to while away lazy days. Villas are also available for rent.
Get a deal: Starting June 1, rates drop several hundred dollars a night. Visit amanyara.com for current promotions.
Rates: Pond pavilions start at $1,200 per night and include airport transfers, yoga classes, daily snorkeling trips, and afternoon tea; amanyara.com.
Ocean Club Resorts
On gorgeous Grace Bay, Ocean Club offers plenty of low-impact enticements―like lounging by the pool all day―but more active vacationers can enjoy snorkeling, fishing, sailing, and a round of golf.
Get a deal: Visit oceanclubresorts.com for current packages.
Rates: Studio suites start at $180 per night; oceanclubresorts.com.
Sibonné Beach Hotel
Also located on Grace Bay Beach, Sibonné was one of the first hotels built in the area, which gives it one of the best sites. Guests choose from 29 rooms and one beach apartment.
Get a deal: Forget required minimum stays. The three-day rule is waived from mid-April through December 20.
Rates: The motel-style value rooms start at $89 per night, including Continental breakfast. Or splurge on an ocean-view balcony room at $125; sibonne.com.
(Published May 2009, updated May 2010)