While lounging by a gorgeous hotel pool overlooking the sea sounds like a great way to relax on vacation, kicking back by your own private plunge pool is the ultimate luxury. Luckily, the Caribbean is full of resorts waiting to make that bed-to-private pool dream a reality. From St. Lucia to St. Barts, here are nine amazing rooms in the Caribbean with private plunge pools.
1. Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
If you want a luxury private plunge pool experience, you’re going to have to shell out for it. Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia is one of the most romantic resorts in the Caribbean -- and the world, for that matter. That’s in part thanks to its 29 enormous suites, called "sanctuaries." Through an innovative, open fourth wall, each one overlooks the sea from its canopied bed, raised whirlpool tub, and (in all but the entry-level category) private infinity pool. This, coupled with organic cuisine, doting butler service, and unwavering silence (no TVs or radios), make for an upscale off-the-grid getaway.
2. Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada
This luxury resort is one of the most elegant and well-regarded hotels in Grenada, with 64 posh suites dotting a quarter mile of beachfront. Best of all, plenty of these suites come with private pools.And while lots of upscale resorts offer small private plunge pools, many of the pools accompanying the Pool Suites at Spice Island Beach Resort measure 16 by 20 feet -- a nearly regular-sized swimming pool. The Royal Pool Suites even have the addition of a private cedar sauna. That’s to say nothing of the resort’s beautiful spa, water sports, and all-inclusive rates, which include meals, stocked minibars and premium drinks.
3. Hotel Le Toiny, St. Barts
Undoubtedly one of the most prestigious hotels in St. Barts, Hotel Le Toiny sits amid 42 lush acres of natural hills and beachfront. Privacy and seclusion are among the main selling points here, especially thanks to the hotel’s 14 villas that come with private infinity-edge pools. (We recommend taking a dip while watching the romantic sunset.) The renowned French restaurant is also a highlight -- and another reason A-list celebrities like Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow come here to relax. Rates are nothing to sneeze at, but you’ll definitely receive the all-star treatment that should come with such a hefty price tag.
4. Horned Dorset Primavera, Puerto Rico
With a secluded beachfront location in Rincon, the Horned Dorset Primavera feels romantic and exclusive. Blending Spanish Colonial and Moroccan design elements, the hotel offers a restaurant with sea views, a spacious open-air yoga studio, and a charming game room with a lending library. To top it off, each of the 17 rooms features a spacious layout with an extensive list of upscale amenities -- kitchenettes, marble bathrooms, and private plunge pools overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
5. Ladera Resort, St. Lucia
Set on a forested ridge overlooking the Pitons, the adults-only Ladera Resort delivers showstopping views and rustic, chic decor, but no TVs or telephones. Some might find the lack of technology undesirable, but most will find the clifftop pool, open-air restaurant, modern fitness center, and lovely spa with outdoor mineral pools enough of a distraction. Another major draw is the property’s 32 one- and two-bedroom suites, which feature lots of local furniture and private plunge pools. Rooms are completely open to the elements on one side, creating a bold, beautiful frame from which to study the island’s sprawling natural landscape, while pondering your next dip in that glorious private pool.
6. Sugar Ridge Hotel, Antigua
Sugar Ridge Hotel doles out unparalleled panoramic views -- especially at sunset. After all, the property is situated high on the side of a hill looking out over the west coast of Antigua. The view is only made better by the fact that it can be enjoyed from the comfort of your room -- all have private decks that overlook the valley and some also have private infinity plunge pools with unobstructed vistas of the coastline. Other hotel highlights include two stylish pools (a tiered pool with waterfalls and infinity pool on a cliff), an excellent spa, and a large gym. Though not billed as adults-only, you won’t find many children roaming around the grounds.
7. Laluna Hotel, Grenada
If you want an upscale retreat with a side of rustic appeal, the lush habitat of the Laluna Hotel should do the trick. Tucked away on a steep, leafy hillside on a peaceful, secluded beach, the hotel’s atmosphere is posh but laid-back. Daily yoga classes held steps away from the sea, eco touches like an herb garden, and an excellent Balinese-style spa are all impressive features, but the main talking point is the property’s cozy cottages, which have private decks with small plunge pools.
8. Ottley’s Plantation Inn, Saint Kitts
Occupying a restored 18th-century sugar plantation, Ottley’s Plantation Inn in Saint Kitts whips together a heady mix of historic beauty and natural charm. The family-run establishment lures visitors (primarily tranquility-seeking couples) with its popular restaurant, cocktail bar, and spring-fed pool set amid original-stone sugar mill walls. There’s also croquet, tennis, a spa, and majestic rainforest trails to explore. Its 23 rooms feature minibars, terraces or verandas with sweeping sea views (in some), and thoughtful touches like welcome scones and fresh ice. Supreme categories also have huge, hot tub-equipped bathrooms and private plunge pools to soak it all in.
9. Pavilions and Pools Villa Hotel, St. Thomas
While rooms with private plunge pools typically come with an intimidating price tag, the villas at the Pavilions and Pools Villa Hotel offer one way to obtain the experience on a relative budget. The hotel, which is a six-minute walk to Lindquist Beach, consists of 25 privately owned and individually designed vacation villas, with full kitchens, flat-screen TVs, separate living or dining areas, and private outdoor terraces with barbecue grills and pools. However, keep in mind that parts of the hotel can feel a bit dated, and that there isn’t much in the way of extra amenities.
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