June is finally here, which means the 2014-2015 school year will be ending very soon. With summer vacation quickly approaching, it’s time to begin planning your annual family vacay. Ditch the tried-and-true branding of large hotel chains and opt for an uber-chic boutique hotel in the Caribbean islands.
Why a boutique hotel you ask? Regardless of the city, a boutique hotel can offer you a rare experience as well as a more plush, personalized accommodation and services compared to the cookie-cutter hotel chains.
Here are 5 ultra-luxe Caribbean boutique hotels to visit summer 2015.
Nestled in the northeast coast, in Port Antonio the capital of Portland, is The Trident Hotel. The Trident offers a sensuous vision of contemporary luxury. All 13 oceanfront villas are appointed with hand-selected furnishings and original artwork. The villas are stocked with posh amenities such as Tempur-Pedic beds, 46” LED Smart TV, full maid service, private terrace, heated plunge pool and more.
Rates vary depending high season, low season or festive season. During low season rates start at $500 per night.
Travel to the southern Caribbean seas and discover the unique beauty of the French West Indies at La Toubana. This lavish oasis features 32 bungalows and 12 luxury suites. All bungalows have partial sea views or garden views, whereas the luxury suites offer full ocean views. The property features a grand hilltop infinity pool where guests can take in the calm and softens of the French Caribbean.
Rates start roughly at $192.
On St. Lucia’s cocoa plantation, lies Hotel Chocolat. The property offers two types of accommodations: lodges and luxe lodges. The six lodges are positioned around courtyard garden with views of the Petit Piton, one of two mountains overlooking the Soufrière Bay. The eight luxe lodges have views of not just the Petit Piton, but also the Caribbean Sea. All luxe lodges come with a private veranda. All lodges feature open-sky views of the rainforest.
Rates vary depending on the season. Low season months are May to November, starting at $480.
With just six sustainable luxury villas and bungalows, Secret Bay has quickly made a name for its self as one of the best boutique resort in the Caribbean. Located on the cliff-top overlooking the water Secret Bay offers two beaches, the Cario River, a sea cave, and two distinct micro-climates. Villas include large open raised deck with dining area, private pool deck area, outdoor showers and more. Guests are fed fresh local organic food.
Rates vary depending on seasons and quoted for a minimum stay of six nights.
Considered an Old San Juan gem, El Convento has 58 hotels rooms that features handcrafted furniture, marble bathrooms and Andalusian tile floors. Lodging amenities include Bose stereo systems, refrigerators stocked with complimentary chilled bottled water as well as plush bathrobes and slippers. Guests can also take a dip in the plunge pool or explore Old San Juan.
Rates start at roughly around the mid $100 mark.
(Featured photo via El Convento)