When you’re sat at your desk daydreaming of an island paradise getaway, few places spring to mind faster than the Caribbean. After all, it’s an idyllic archipelago made up of azure waters, pristine beaches, and some of the world’s most stunning natural landscapes. But deciding where within the two-million-kilometre paradise to visit can be a tricky task, especially with 13 nations and countless hotels and resorts scattered across the territory. So, we’ve searched far and wide to find the best luxury retreats in the Caribbean for a tropical wellness getaway.
This article was originally published on August 15, 2019, by Amanda Sheppard and was last updated on August 16, 2022.
All-inclusive holidays have a reputation for compromising quality in the name of quantity, but The BodyHoliday puts that notion to bed. The award-winning five-star facility on the island of St Lucia boasts just 170 rooms and suites, each complete with its own pillow menus and digital directories. As one of the best luxury retreats in the Caribbean, the sprawling beachfront property boasts three freshwater swimming pools, two tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and a wide range of scheduled activities and programmes including scuba diving, aerobics, water skiing, spinning and more. There are also wellness activities including yoga, meditation and Pilates.
Prices start from US$4,830 for a 7-night retreat | Book now on Compare Retreats
COMO Parrot Cay
Bringing COMO’s signature brand of wellness to the shores of Turks and Caicos, COMO Parrot Cay is a holistic resort on a private island. So the property is perfect for guests in search of an intimate and relaxing retreat experience. The resort boasts a watersports hut, dedicated running trail and the option of a personalised butler service. Meanwhile, the signature COMO Shambhala wellness programme offers Pilates, Ayurvedic therapies and a wide range of massages and spa treatments from one of its nine treatment rooms.
On the Dominican Republic’s northern Gold Coast, Amanera provides Aman’s trademark luxurious accommodation and service with a family-friendly resort for an active healthy holiday. An 18-hole clifftop championship golf course is just one of the unusual perks of this retreat, along with activities like kitesurfing, mountain hiking and signature Aman spa therapies with treatments inspired by local ingredients and the healing practices of the indigenous Dominican Taíno people.
Prices start from US$1,850 per night | aman.com
This intimate boutique property is designed by Armani architect Gabriella Giuntoli. It’s made up of just 16 rooms, cottages and villas. It sits on the island of Grenada. While the resort encourages you to while away your time relaxing and basking in the beauty of your surroundings, there are countless activities for the fitness-fanatics among you to keep busy, including mountain biking, yoga, snorkelling and a plethora of water sports, too. After a long day spent outdoors, guests can enjoy a well-earned spa treatment at the hands of a professional Balinese masseuse, in one of the traditional Japanese Tatami rooms or signature couples rooms.
Prices start from US$450 per night | laluna.com
On the island of Antigua in the central Caribbean, Blue Waters stands pride of place in Soldier’s Bay with three beaches on its doorstep. It makes for the perfect secluded getaway, particularly for those in search of an active retreat that isn’t based indoors. Available watersports include snorkelling, kayaking and windsurfing, while jet skiing can also be arranged with advanced requests. Meanwhile, on land, the 17-acre property boasts a floodlit tennis court, outdoor yoga pavilion and a PGA certified golf course just three miles from the resort.
Set among 43 acres of luxurious vegetation on the island of Antigua, this $50-million resort is pure luxury. Its 60 rooms all boast private balconies overlooking the property’s beautiful gardens and the nearby Caribbean Sea. With wellness at its core, Sugar Ridge’s 2,500-square-foot spa draws on traditional Indian Ayurvedic healing principles while modern trends in health and wellness can be found in personal training sessions and group and private yoga classes.
Prices start from US$200 per night | sugarridgeantigua.com
In St Georges, Grenada, Sandals is a leading luxury all-inclusive resort. Its rooms boast plunge pools and sea views and make for the perfect base for a weekend of wellness. Thus, there are a whole host of activities at your disposal. Activities vary from scuba diving and tennis to beach volleyball and aerobics classes. Moreover, the state-of-the-art fitness centre is available to use at your leisure. And for a moment of downtime, visit the Red Lane Spa, which offers numerous Caribbean-inspired spa treatments and therapies.
Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach
This 1950s property and former plantation was transformed into an idyllic beachfront estate that spans more than 50 acres. Rooms are complete with outdoor showers, open-air living rooms and spacious, welcoming living and sleeping areas you may find yourself struggling to leave. Like its rooms, the resort’s fitness centre and Spa Botanico blend seamlessly into their surroundings. So, it houses a wealth of traditional knowledge, state-of-the-art equipment, and contemporary approaches to health and wellness.
Malliouhana is the epitome of barefoot luxe. Rooms boast spacious outdoor terraces overlooking the ocean. Thus, it reflects the island’s vibrancy and flair, and is full of statement art and décor. Amid the peace and tranquillity of Anguilla’s Turtle Cove, guests bask in spacious accommodation. Moreover, there’s a stunning infinity pool overlooking the azure waters, an outdoor yoga pavilion, and a serene spa a stone’s throw from the beach. Optional excursions include sailing, paddle boarding, cycling through town, kayaking, cliff jumping, tennis lessons and more.
Few places evoke images of picture-perfect beaches, rest and relaxation quite like the Turks and Caicos. The island paradise of Providenciales is pristine. Meanwhile, Amanyara resort is one of the top luxury wellness retreats in the Caribbean. It sits amid a private 18,000-acre nature reserve. Moreover, guests have access to its Pilates studio, four clay tennis courts, yoga and meditation sessions taking place on its outdoor pavilion. They’ll also have access to the wealth of spa and wellness treatments offered across its four spa pavilions. Finally, outdoor excursions including tag and release turtle programmes with its conservation team available upon request.
Prices start from US$1,550 per night | aman.com