If you were stuck on a deserted island, who would you bring?
Caribbean islands are the perfect destination for those seeking a luxurious and secluded paradise. In our handpicked list, we ignore the typical ‘hotel room holiday’ and focus on space and privacy for small groups, large groups or just for you; sprawling estates, heavenly hotel villas, full service resorts and even private islands. All naturally accompanied by a full staff of butlers and chefs to cater to every palate and diet and all the facilities and comforts you could need, from golf courses, boardrooms, pilates studios and even an airstrip. Essentially, avoiding any unnecessary interaction with other guests or staff other than the ones dedicated to take care of you.
The Villas at Amanyara are impeccable sanctuaries, backing onto vast protected wilderness on Northern Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. Their properties overlook
the pristine reefs of the Marine Park, ready for snorkelling or just laid-back sunset watching in unparalleled tranquility.
For large families and multi-generational groups, hotel-managed villas are ideal for maximizing quality time together whilst also benefitting from access to the best hotel facilities – restaurants, nannies, spas, gyms, kids club and more. The Como Parrot Cay is a perfect getaway for families, with several stand-alone villas and residences located on the beach-fringed private island. Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas and Friendship Bay Estate on Bequia, have chic and laid-back cottage and villa collections that also blend the best of both – access to excellent resort facilities and services when you need it but in a secluded island setting away from it all.
Meanwhile, Villa Rockstar, at the ultra-hip and newly renovated Eden Rock hotel on St. Barts is a perfect spot for glamorous parties, celebrating special occasions or even recording your first hit single! With on-site events catering and even a recording studio in the basement, it is, as the name suggests, the ultimate Rockstar retreat.
Mustique island; the eccentric and effortlessly cool island oasis where paparazzi are illegal, mainly inhabited by the royals and the rich and famous since the 1960s. Boasting a striking collection of a hundred or so villas which have been owned by the likes of Princess Margaret, and David Bowie, all drawn to the low key, barefoot glamour of this little island.
The Ani Private Resorts in Anguilla and the Dominican Republic are modern, cliff-top, private resorts, where you can rent a minimum of four and up to 14 rooms, granting you and your guests full-exclusive use of the entire resort, its staff and facilities. The Great House on Barbados, a classically beautiful, whitewashed, full-service beachfront estate can accommodate up to 30 guests overnight in the adjoining guest and carriage houses dotted along the pristine property.
For those seeking complete isolation, there are always private islands. The ultra-luxe Over Yonder Cay in the Bahamas have a collection of four heavenly villas accommodating up to 28 guests, only accessed by boat or sea plane. Necker island, owned by Sir Richard Branson, has a collection of charming, open-air Balinese-inspired villas on the idyllic island which is also home to lemurs and a friendly flock of flamingos.