While lounging by a gorgeous hotel pool sounds like a great way to relax on vacation, kicking back alongside 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 12 amazing rooms in the Caribbean with private plunge pools.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re coming to Excellence Oyster Bay expecting to find rowdy beaches and bars, you’ll be sorely disappointed. This luxurious adults-only property is suited for travelers seeking peace and quiet. You’ll find exactly that, from the gorgeous pool to the pristine beach. Even the rooms, which are spacious and contemporary, are designed for relaxing in a tranquil environment, with spacious terraces, private jetted tubs, plunge pools, and beach views in most. Other noteworthy amenities include numerous elegant dining options, a full gym with cutting-edge equipment, and a beautiful spa featuring a hydrotherapy circuit.
Set on a forested ridge overlooking the Pitons, the adults-only Ladera Resort delivers show-stopping 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.
Sugar Ridge Resort 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.
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.
Just one of a handful of hotels on Harbour Island in the Bahamas, the upscale Pink Sands Resort is home to freestanding cottages set along a peaceful, 20-acre bird sanctuary. There are several cottage categories available, but we recommend booking into one that has an outdoor patio with a private pool and gorgeous ocean views, plus direct access to the unspoiled three-mile stretch of beach. Other property highlights include great dining, a small freshwater pool, tennis courts, and golf carts for exploring other parts of the island.
Located on Bonaire Bay, Calabash Cove Resort and Spa has a long list of impressive on-site amenities, including an infinity pool and excellent restaurant, both of which are designed to take advantage of the property’s dramatic sea views. It’s also home to 26 rooms, divided into three categories, each of which offers polished decor and in-room features like swim-up pool access. The Water’s Edge Cottages are the highest-level room category, featuring beautiful wraparound porches with private plunge pools, hammocks, and loungers. Cottages also come with separate living areas and outdoor showers. These features, plus the striking beach, entice many guests to spend most of their time on the property.
Romantic and luxurious, the adults-only Sanctuary Cap Cana is a gorgeous retreat along a pretty white-sand beach in Punta Cana. The rooms at this all-inclusive property are lovely, and feature furnished balconies or patios (some with ocean views). The Honeymoon Suites add private plunge pools as well as butler service, while the Monarch Villa overlooks the beach with a large porch area facing the sand. This is on top of six swimming pools (including one with a swim-up bar), multiple restaurants, an extensive spa area with its own juice bar and private pool, and daily activities like cooking classes and games. Bonus: It’s only a 15-minute taxi ride from Punta Cana International Airport.
With arguably the best location on St. Lucia — right in between the Pitons and on a white-sand beach — Sugar Beach has plenty of wow factor. Features include a family-friendly pool, fitness center, tennis courts, free waters sports, and a romantic tree-house spa. Even better, the 79 rooms all come with private plunge pools (many with jaw-dropping views), butlers, and 24-hour room service, so you can relax in peace. Want to up the ante? Upgrade to one of the Luxury Villas, which include separate living rooms, walk-in closets, and spacious private terraces with even bigger plunge pools.
The words quiet, serene, and soothing spring to mind first upon setting foot in Hermitage Bay, a luxurious all-inclusive resort that’s set on 140 tropical acres. The property offers 30 suites in individual cottages, all with private terraces, outdoor showers, and sea views. Meanwhile, the chic hillside suites feature private plunge pools and jaw-dropping panoramic vistas of the sea and surrounding scenery. There’s also an infinity pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga and cooking classes, and water sports at the white-sand beach. An open-air restaurant with rotating menus and a chill bar with nightly entertainment round out the package nicely.
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