Spring break travel is coming to an end—if you didn’t get away this year, there’s still time. Relaxing in the Caribbean at an infinity pool with a frozen mojito doesn’t have to wait until winter. One of the best times to travel to the islands is after the Easter/spring holiday to June, which is the shoulder season. You’ll get better rates, less crowds, and the rainfall is still light.
To help with the getaway planning, check out some of the best pools at luxury hotels and resorts across the azul Caribbean Sea.
El Secreto, Belize – www.elsecretobelize.com
El Secreto Belize is only accessible by boat to the hotel’s private pier. Choose from 13 exotic thatched-roof villas at this intimate resort in Ambergris Caye. Kick back and relax at the infinity pool in a cabana bed or canopy overlooking the ocean. The outdoor shower on the pool’s infinity dock is a window to the sea. Enjoy complimentary poolside amenities such as coconuts, fresh fruit, and five-minute massages.
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, Anguilla – www.cuisinartresort.com/
The Mediterranean-inspired design of CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa will give you the feeling of being on a Greek isle. Its long infinity pool stretches from the main building to the beach bar on Rendezvous Bay—definitely worth the swim. Golfers will find a new home at the CuisinArt Golf Club, an18-hole championship course designed by Greg Norman.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia – www.jademountain.com
Jade Mountain is the mecca of infinity pools with a selection of 24 different sanctuaries connected to suites. Ranging from 400 to 900 square feet, each features different glass tile color schemes, shallow water lounge areas, and a sophisticated water purification system. Play with the fiber optic settings to illuminate the pool through a range of colors at night or just sit and enjoy the mountainous backdrop.
Sienna Villa, Mustique Island - www.mustique-island.com/villa/sienna
Mustique Island has hosted celebrities and British Royalty for decades. The private island offers 70 plus villas for weekly rent, each uniquely designed by its owner. Live like a king in Sienna Villa, which features a bi-level marble and stone pool that has a swim in cave with seating, a bocce ball court, media room, and gym. Each villa comes with a butler, chef, housekeeper and vehicle.
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts, Aruba - www.bucuti.com
Travelers have two main hotel areas in Aruba: the high- and low-rise districts. For more breathing room on the beach, tranquility and boutique hotels, stay in the low-rise district. With only 104 rooms, The Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts caters exclusively to adults and offers sunset views from its freshwater infinity pool. After sunset, dine on property at Elements, Aruba’s new and only restaurant that offers an organic, natural menu.
Four Seasons Nevis, Nevis, West Indies – www.fourseasons.com/nevis
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Sun seekers attached to their digital toys can stay connected at all four pools at the Four Seasons Nevis, which offer wi-fi. The beachside, free-form Garden Pool features round cozy chairs, an adjacent hot tub, full lunch and cocktail service, and cold, scented towels. Sunblock, aloe gel, and Evian Water Spray mist are available upon request.
Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, St. Barth – www.isle-de-france.com
French-speaking St. Barth is one of the sexiest islands in the Caribbean, buzzing with models, celebrities, and amazing culinary options. A highly sought-after hotel is Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, recently bought by luxury brand LVMH. There’s a freshwater pool that is next to Flamands Beach, but we suggest a more private experience. Book a beachfront Beach Suite and relax in your own infinity plunge pool that overlooks the bay.
The Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica – www.tryallclub.com/property/twin-palms-villa/
An oasis 12 miles west from bustling Montego Bay, The Tryall Club is Jamaica’s largest all-villas resort with a world-class championship golf course, tennis, restaurants, and private beach. Choosing a villa with a standout pool is no problem here—renters are spoiled for choice. Big groups can stay at seven-bedroom villa Twin Palms and enjoy seven connecting pools of varying depths that flow from one to the next around the villa. Each rental comes with a butler, chef, housekeeper and vehicle.
By: Nubia DuVall