Travelers wanting a beautiful island setting with a grown-up vibe should book a stay at one of the numerous adults-only resorts in the Caribbean. And while there are many resorts that fit this bill, opting for a luxury property means you'll also likely get a stunning, serene beachfront, chic pool with a swim-up bar, impressive spa with a hydrotherapy circuit, and gourmet dining, to name a few. To help you narrow down your options, here are the 14 best adults-only luxury hotels in the Caribbean.
One of the most impressive and romantic resorts in the world, Jade Mountain is a stunning property overlooking St. Lucia’s famous Pitons. The 29 suites are huge, elegant, and unique, offering open fourth walls with views of the sea from the entire room, plus canopy beds, whirlpool tubs, and (in all but the entry-level rooms) private infinity pools. Lounge areas, 24-hour butler service, and tea- and coffee-making facilities are standard as well. Views are also stellar from the tasty open-air restaurant with an adjacent pool, and meal plans are available. There’s even a spa and gym, and guests get free access to the beach and facilities at sister property Anse Chastanet, which is a hike downhill (o five-minute shuttle ride).
The Excellence Punta Cana is a luxurious all-inclusive for adults 18 and over. It’s set along a peaceful and beautiful white-sand beach, with tons to keep guests busy. A 45-million dollar renovation, which was completed in 2017, brought a modern and airy look to the property, from the two-story spa with a free-to-use hydrotherapy circuit to the 450 suites with jetted tubs, furnished outdoor spaces, rainfall showers, and minibars with free beer, wine, liquor, and snacks. Two large pools give travelers room to spread out, and the main ocean-view pool runs the length of the property and features a swim-up bar. Ten delicious restaurants and a dozen bars mean guests don’t have to walk far to satisfy their appetite or quench their thirst.
Ladera Resort is the more affordable version of Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia. This adults-only resort also has fabulous views of the Pitons, including from all 37 rooms, the clifftop pool, and all-day open-air restaurant serving free breakfast. Rustic-chic rooms all have cold or heated plunge pools — some with swings — sitting areas, and free Wi-Fi. A tiny spa and fitness center are on-site, and the resort provides free shuttle transportation multiple times each day to and from Sugar Beach. All-inclusive meal plans are available.
The 492-suite Excellence El Carmen attracts young couples and groups of friends with its hip vibe. It has a gorgeous beachfront setting in Punta Cana’s laid-back Uvero Alto area, which is about a 45-minute drive from the airport. Sleek suites have glass-enclosed whirlpool tubs overlooking private balconies, Nespresso machines, and free full-size liquor bottles. All-inclusive rates cover 11 restaurants — such as Indian, Spanish, and Mexican spots — 24-hour room service, drinks at multiple bars, non-motorized water sports, and access to a hydrotherapy circuit with a sauna and steam rooms, a plunge pool, and jetted beds.
The 225-room, all-inclusive Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa is a sprawling oceanfront property situated on the southwestern tip of the island. Its 17 lovely acres house five pretty pools — one with a swim-up bar — a spa, and free-to-use tennis courts and water sports. Certified scuba divers even get unlimited diving. Tons of sleek room options are available, some adding personal butlers, outdoor tubs, and private pools. There are 10 restaurants, ranging from Caribbean to French, as well as five bars and nightly entertainment.
The 2013-opened Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville Don Pablo Collection has a quiet and peaceful setting near La Romana in the Dominican Republic. The 244 rooms here are spacious and cheery, all with furnished balconies, coffeemakers, rainfall showers, and separate two-person jetted tubs. All the necessary features are found here, including an outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, free non-motorized water sports, a spa, and dining options that range from buffet eateries to a la carte spots.
Equal parts luxurious and romantic, the 174-room Sanctuary Cap Cana by Playa Hotels & Resorts is a striking, all-inclusive oceanfront property that resembles a Spanish castle town. It’s located in the upscale Cap Cana complex, just a 15-minute ride from the airport. Room decor varies by their location, but all have private outdoor spaces — most with ocean views — showers and separate bathtubs, and daily restocked minibars. A whopping six pools — one of which has a swim-up bar — give guests room to spread out, while a spa, lounger-lined beach, and a variety of restaurants serving Asian, Italian, and international fare round out the offerings.
The all-inclusive Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana is the adults-only option within the Royalton complex on gorgeous Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana. This property specifically has an outdoor pool, private stretch of beach with a bar, and a seafood restaurant, plus guests get access to the Royalton Punta Cana and Memories Splash Punta Cana. In addition to pools, a spa, and various activities, there are nine bars and multiple restaurants offering buffet, Italian, Mediterranean, steakhouse, and Japanese options. The 161 rooms here are elegant and come with furnished terraces, rainfall showers, and hairdryers.
Although more of a rustic luxury, The Caves in Negril, Jamaica, is a showstopper. It has a dramatic cliffside setting — cliff-jumping is popular here — just 11 individually decorated cottages, and stellar dining and drinking options. Rooms vary, with some offering kitchenettes, outdoor showers, and/or ocean views. All-inclusive rates cover private five-course dining in a grotto at the base of the cliffs, a rum bar that occupies another grotto, and a clifftop bar with authentic jerk-barbecue nights. A saltwater pool, whirlpool hot tub, and small spa are also available.
The all-inclusive Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay is a luxe, adults-only resort with ample amenities to keep guests busy. A large pool, expansive spa, free non-motorized water sports, tons of activities such as dance classes, and a secluded white-sand beach are all found here, though note that most facilities are shared with the next-door Secrets St. James. The 350 suites are contemporary and sophisticated, with four-poster beds, separate showers and soaking tubs, free minibars, and furnished terraces with whirlpools. Top-shelf drinks at multiple bars and cuisines covering Mexican, Asian, Italian, and Jamaican are all included.
The 295-suite Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall is the best of the three Iberostar resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Handsome rooms have deep Jacuzzi tubs and separate rainfall showers, balconies with hanging wicker swings, and free well-stocked minibars. Some facilities are shared with the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach and Iberostar Rose Hall Suites — including the spa, fitness center, casino, and nightclub — but guests at this hotel have exclusive access to a huge pool with a swim-up bar, six delicious restaurants such as a steakhouse and Japanese eatery, and a gorgeous stretch of sand.
The 227-room, all-inclusive Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island is a standout in Jamaica for its proximity to the airport, private island — with a stellar Thai eatery, pool, and clothing-optional beach — and the 2016-opened overwater bungalows. At the main resort, you’ll find several pools, beach loungers, the Red Lane Spa, free-to-use water sports, five whirlpools, and entertainment that includes nightly shows. Restaurants serving international, French, and Caribbean cuisines are covered, as is premium alcohol at bars. For true luxury, upgrade to a room with butler service.
Also offering a limited number of overwater bungalows, the 301-room Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort is a romantic, couples-only resort on the island’s northwest coast. Most activity takes place around the main pool with a swim-up bar, plus there are more serene, intimate pools around the property. An elegant spa, ample free water sports, cozy fire pits, a plethora of free restaurants, and a white-sand beach with views of Pigeon Island are all available here. Attractive rooms have colonial Caribbean style, coffeemakers, and furnished outdoor spaces.
Opened in November 2013, the 750-suite Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa is a huge, luxe all-inclusive for adults only. Ample features keep crowds dispersed, including a gorgeous beachfront, stellar spa, small casino, and several pools with swim-up bars, whirlpools, and a lazy river. Tons of activities, such as water sports and horseback riding, are also on offer. Rates cover all food and alcohol at the nearly dozen restaurants — serving Italian, French, and Asian cuisines, among others. Rooms are sleek and cheery, and all have terraces with whirlpools.
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