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The Caribbean's Best Resorts

The Caribbean is blessed with fantastic beaches, sparkling blue waters, a relaxed pace--and some of the world's best resorts.

By Lisa Mullins Bishop
Caribbean Edge Staff Writer


These resorts consider every luxury--the newest spa treatments, the most exquisite luxury accommodations, the "hottest" gourmet dishes, the "in" sports, the best entertainment. Whatever you are looking for, you'll find it at these top-notch Caribbean resorts ranked as some of the best in the world.

One and Only Ocean Club

Nassau, Bahamas

A favorite of celebrities and other luminaries, One and Only Ocean Club offers its guests luxurious rooms and plenty of amenities. The resort was once the private estate of Huntington Hartford, heir to the A&P fortune. Now it is a playground for the rich and famous.

Guests can choose to stay in one of the 155 luxury rooms or they can rent one of the private villas.

The resort's sophisticated Dune restaurant enjoys a reputation for fantastic French-Asian cuisine. Chef Jean-Georges
Vongrichten's menu is an ever-changing feast for all the senses.

Here guests can golf on the Tom Weiskopf-designed course, play tennis, lounge by the pool, enjoy the beautiful beach, or take advantage of the varied water sports the resort offers like jet skiing, waterskiing, windsurfing, and kayaking.

The resort's spa is a favorite of guests who want to indulge in a variety of treatments. The spa is run by Mandara, and has eight private treatment villas complete with waterfall shower. The setting is exquisite, complete with a temple water fountain.

The fabulous gardens are also worth exploring. The centerpiece is a French cloister. The Versailles-style gardens feature waterfalls, reflecting pools, fountains, and a beautiful stone gazebo.

A visit to the One and Only Club is a treat you give yourself.

Malliouhana Hotel and Spa

Anguilla

Anguilla is a gathering spot for celebrities, and Malliouhana is one of the island's top resorts. Located on Meads Bay, this resort offers guests a variety of accommodations, ranging from the 55 rooms and suites located in the main house to a series of villas nestled in the beautifully landscaped gardens as well as in the terrace area overlooking Turtle Bay.

Malliouhana's restaurant, the Main House, has won critical acclaim from both guests and the culinary world. Wine Spectator magazine honored the restaurant with its highest award, the Grand Award, for its extensive wine cellar of 25,000 bottles. The open-air restaurant specializes in French cuisine in a magnificent waterfront setting. The resorts beachside cafe, Le Bistro, serves both lunch and afternoon tea.

Guests can avail themselves of the resort's swimming pools, complimentary water sports, tennis courts, and one-on-one basketball court. Malliouhana has three beaches: the mile-long white sand beach along Meads Bay, Bobbing Cove adjacent to Meads Bay, and the secluded Turtle Cove, which is only accessible by boat or the hotel grounds.

Malliouhana's 15,000-square-foot spa offers treatments for everyone from the traditional to the exotic. Guests can enjoy body manipulation like deep tissue massages, stone therapy, reflexology, and reiki; body treatments like aromatherapy, peels, polishes, wraps, and exfoliation; and facials, manicures, and hand and foot treatments.

This resort is a great place for star gazing--both on land and above land.

Peter Island Resort

Peter Island, British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are a mecca for sailors and Peter Island Resort is a mecca for discerning travelers. The resort's accommodations suit every taste--there are a variety of rooms, suites, and villas available.

Diners at the resort's Trade Winds restaurant enjoy fantastic island cuisine as well as magnificent views of Sir Francis Drake Channel. Weekly wine dinners take place in private wine cellar where wines from the extensive cellar are paired with a variety of specially prepared dishes. Deadman's Beach Bar and Grill.

There's plenty to do at Peter Island Resort including sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, mountain biking, tennis, and beach volleyball. The five-mile island loop is ideal for walking and biking and offers unparalleled views of Drake's Channel, White Bay, and Reef Bay, the surrounding islands, sparkling water, and indigenous plants.

This private island has five beaches, offering something for everyone. The private White Bay Beach is the perfect beach for a picnic lunch with its awe-inspiring views of Norman and St. John Islands and wonderful snorkeling. Reef Bay Beach has a shallow reef, making it a great beach for enjoying sunset views, swimming, and beachcombing. Deadman's Bay Beach is a white sand crescent overlooking Dead Chest and Salt Islands.

The resort's 10,000-square foot spa is a treat for the soul as well as the body. Located on its own private beach, the spa is elevated enough to provide awe-inspiring views of the sea yet close enough to hear the relaxing sounds of the water. The spa has ten suites offering treatments that take advantage of the island's offerings. Some of the most popular are the Salt Island Scrub, which uses locally farmed sea salt, and the West Indian Honey and Sesame Seed Rub. The spa also has a yoga garden, private pool, and a juice bar that offers a light menu.

Those with discerning tastes find this resort to be one of the best.

Parrot Cay Resort

Turks and Caicos Islands

Pirate Calico Jack Rackham and his female cohorts Mary Read and Anne Bonny reputedly established their hideout here on this 1,000-acre cay. Today Parrot Cay is the hideout of celebrities and other titans of business, entertainment, and government.

Christina Ong, the well-known hotelier, created an ultraexclusive and ultrastylish resort on this private island. The oceanfront villas set the standard for luxury with private pools, hot tubs, and butler service, while the suites provide the utmost in relaxation with their serene minimalist interiors. The resort evokes the spirit of the Far East with its architecture, interiors, and spa treatments.

The renowned Shambhala spa, ranked as one of the world's best, is a total sensory experience. Guests can enjoy Japanese cedar soaking tubs, spa treatment rooms with magnificent views of the turquoise waters, special teas and other elixirs, a variety of massages like Indian head massages and Thai massages invigorate the body, movement classes like yoga, saunas, hot tubs, and a Turkish bath.

Guests sunbathe on the beautiful beaches, enjoy watersports in the sparkling waters, play tennis, mountain bike on the island's, workout in the gym, and savor the resort's gourmet meals. Visitors such as Bruce Willis prize their stay at Parrot Cay for the unprecedented privacy and pampering they receive.

Petit St. Vincent Resort

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The beauty of St. Vincent and the Windward Islands are showcased in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. If you dream of being castaway on an island in the Caribbean like Captain Jack Sparrow, you'll want to book a stay at Petit St. Vincent Resort. This private island in the string of islands known as the Grenadines offers its guests privacy and seclusion. The resort has no telephones, televisions, or resort areas. Guests experience the tranquility and beauty of a fabulous private island.

The resort guarantees complete privacy: Guests stay in cobblestone cottages and communicate with the resort's staff by hoisting the appropriate color flag--red for privacy, yellow for service.

Each of the cottages features a large bedroom with a separate sitting room and stunning views of the ocean. Guests can enjoy dinner in the open-air dining pavilion, room service in their cottage, and picnic lunches on the beach.

Strategically placed hammocks on the beach beckon guests. There's plenty to do on the island. Guests can play tennis, snorkel in the crystal waters, enjoy a variety of watersports, hike throughout the island's 113 acres, or sunbathe on the beautiful beaches.

This island is truly a getaway: the only access to the island is via the resort's motor launch which escorts guests form Union Island to Petit St. Vincent resort.




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