Winter’s chill inspires dreams of a sun-kissed Caribbean escape. As privacy continues to be the new luxury, these hotels with standalone villas, bungalows—and even a house—offer clear aquamarine waters, soul-restoring sunshine, and delicious seclusion.
Blissful solitude envelops you the moment you set foot on Tiamo Resort located on South Andros Island - the least-populated island in the Bahamas, and accessible only by boat. Surrounded by the lapping waves of a protected cove on one side and mangrove wetlands and wild copprice forest on the other, Tiamo has eleven chic eco-villas done in a fresh ocean blue and white palette, with traditional Bahamian thatched coconut roofs and wrap-around verandas to bring the outdoors in. Some villas have their own private deck and pool; all have direct access to the private beach. For larger families or travel pods, the three-bedroom Bird's Nest has a 1400 square foot private terrace for watching the island's mind-blowing pink sunsets.The feeling of peaceful serenity extends to the surrounding water, where you can snorkel among rays and jewel-colored parrotfish in the wolrd's third largest barrier reef.
The essence of Hôtel Le Toiny is space, calm and decadent privacy. Each of the resort's 22 freestanding Villa Suites has a private heated pool, expansive terrace, and dramatic views of the postcard-perfect Toiny Bay. Those who crave deeper seclusion can stay at the storied Nureyev Villa, the former vacation retreat of legendary Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nuyerev, and the only villa on the ocean side of the wild coast. The history-rich four-bedroom hideway is all gleaming dark wood and snowy white linens: Russian art and antiques such as a piano add a glamorous touch. The 3000 feet of outdoor space includes a Jacuzzi, a Hammam, and pool that magically floats directly above the crashing waves of the Caribbean Sea.
Opportunities with loved abound at Eden Roc Cap Cana, the Dominican Republic's plush seaside enclave in the exclusive beachfront community of Cap Cana, nestled on the country's easternmost tip. Smaller groups will adore the breezy one-and-two bedroom oceanfront bungalows done in bright Caribbean decor, all with their own villas, all a quick five minute zip to the beach via complimentary golf carts. ALL have a sleek contemporary design and expansive deck for intimate poolside alfresco dinners, while the two largest multi-room villas have butler service and a private chef. For a one-of-a-kind adventure, the staff can set up an intimate dinner on the deck of the property's unique onsite cenote, or open-air deep limestone cave-a short stroll from the villas, but a literal world away.
Set on a secluded peninsula affording breathtaking views of the azure waters of Prickly Bay, the villas at Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel villas offer plenty of room to spread out. Ranging form 4500-10,000 square feet, all have open-air lounges to take languid dips in the private pool with infinity edge and natural river stones; some have a full kitchen for lingering family dinners as the sun dips below the sea. Larger groups can stay at the spectacular five-room Hummingbird Villa, voted one of the best hotel villas in the world by CN Traveler. Accessed by private road from the Calabash, it has a bright, contemporary look, with an open layout, high ceilings and kitchen housing the very latest equipment. For easy socializing, living areas and bedrooms are set around a breezy central courtyard. Grenada’s crystalline waters offer many opportunities to go off the grid. Snorkel at the island’s famous underwater sculpture park, set sail to Tobago Cays Marine Park, witch teems with colorful sea life like turtles and rays, or dive among the wreckage of the famous Bianca C ocean liner, dubbed the "Titanic of the Caribbean."
If you've ever dreamed of living in a mansion on a private island, your fantasy can some true at Quintessence Hotel, Anguilla's crown jewel resort, perched above the blue heaven of tranquil Long Bay Beach. The entire three-floor Tropical Mansion, sleeping up to 22 people, is available for a full buyout for the ultimate remote escape. It look a decade to build this show-stopping, eco friendly abode, witch brims with character and charm. Every item of décor in the nine elegant suites has been carefully hand-selected, from the owner's extensive collection of Haitian art to the vaulted cedar ceilings; each room also features an exquisite handcrafted bed with Hastens Mattresses, Frette Linens, and marble bathrooms with enormous Roman soaking tubs. The Mansion is serviced by around-the-clock butler and concierge service, and is mere steps from a pristine sugar-white sand beach-so all yout needs in the West Indies paradise are taken care of.
Tucked away in the verdant rainforests of Dominica, the ten stunning villas of Secret Bay overlook the Caribbean Sea from a dramatic clifftop promontory with access to a delightful "secret" beach. The villas, composed entirely of sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods, blend show-stopping design and skilled local craftsmanship for seamless indoor-outdoor living. While the setting may be alluring remote, villas are equipped with the latest smart technology, from lightning-fast Wifi to personal iPhones to Sonos Bluetooth speakers. The recently-debuted Hillside Ti-Fey Villas are cloistered in the densest, leafiest area of Dominiica's rainforest. The airy two-story abodes have private plunge pools, an outdoor rain shower cantilevered off the second floor, an under-deck hammock, contemporary gourmet kitchen, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls offering panoramic jungle-to-ocean views. Immerse yourself in solitude with a hike on the lush trails within easy reach of Secret Bay, or lounge in natural pools under waterfalls.