Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Travel + Leisure Names Top Caribbean Resorts

Travel + Leisure’s experience with finding the right resorts for luxury-minded travelers is among the best in the world. The Caribbean resorts on their newest list, "Best Resorts in the Caribbean," focused on the uniqueness of the locations in addition to the individual spot’s luxuriousness. Why? It’s easy--Caribbean resorts are already in a class of their own, with sand and surf at your toes within minutes of leaving your beautiful guest suites.

As Travel + Leisure explains, they used the results of their T+L 500 series to tally top Caribbean resorts. Travelers who are dedicated to the area have very strong opinions about the best places to stay, and the winners of the poll included 29 properties on 12 islands. The Caribbean locale with the most destinations on its land? Jamaica, with six top hotels as chosen by Travel + Leisure readers!

Some of our favorites, which also flaunt Exclusive Complimentary Perks?

Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn was listed as Travel + Leisure’s No. 3 property, and its accommodations are as good as one can imagine. Imagine having your bed always freshly made, no matter when you tumbled into it last, and take your pick of a refreshing tropical drink served in the afternoon. Champagne-colored sand stretches for 700 feet outside the Jamaica Inn and proves to be its most popular daytime stopping point, and you can even get your lunch delivered on the beach.

What Travel + Leisure Says: “This 60-year-old Ocho Rios property features 47 suites awash in whimsical periwinkle blue, plus an alfresco dining terrace where guests are invited to slow dance to live music.”

Regent Palms Turks and Caicos
This vacation spot is on the list for the first time, and that means that the Regent Palms is one of the top destinations for vacationing in the Caribbean right now. In fact, the past holiday season booked up exceptionally quickly because of its popularity, so this hotel is wonderfully suited for those who love planning well in advance. This destination flaunts superior services and amenities, wonderful beachfront guest rooms with a kitchen and a washer/dryer unit, and an array of leisure activities including water sports, tennis, and indoor fitness.

What Travel + Leisure Says: “Set on scenic Grace Bay, the resort is known for its airy, kitchen-equipped suites and award-winning spa.”

Tucker’s Point Hotel and Spa
Ah, Bermuda. Tucker’s Point might feel like a tucked-away bit of the globe, but it’s actually 90 minutes away from many east-coast U.S. cities. With options for families, couples, and travel groups, the hotel has gotten buzz in short time. Travel + Leisure points out that Tucker’s Point Hotel and Spa is the first new resort built on Bermuda in 37 years, and the youngest on their list.

What Travel + Leisure Says: “Tucker’s Point is palatial, opulent, and lavishly appointed; the sprawling 88-unit resort oozes British colonial charm, including a stately whitewashed manor house with contemporary art and period antiques plus spacious guest rooms, each with a private balcony, plantation-style hardwood furniture, Egyptian linens, and island-inspired Lili Bermuda bath products.”

No matter where you’re from in the world, there’s something particularly freeing about staying in the Caribbean. Judging from the flood of Travel + Leisure readers voting from their favorite resorts, it’s smart to book one of the winning properties now.

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