The Caribbean remains as one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world as the warm weather and beautiful beaches attract waves of tourists each year. Now that 2017 is upon us and it’s starting to get cold (depending on where you live), it’s time to finally take that dream Caribbean vacation that you’ve always been thinking about. Here we will take a look at ten Caribbean vacations that you have to take in the new year.
Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino – Aruba
Located right on Eagle Beach in Aruba is the Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino. This four-star property consistency ranks as one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean and since it’s all-inclusive, you won’t miss out on what they have to offer. The property has 411 rooms and suites, a few pools, a club, private beach access, a casino, a Ruth’s Chris Steak House (among other restaurants), a spa, a fitness center, and more.
Beaches Turks & Caicos – Turks & Caicos
While it is one of the most recognizable names in terms of Caribbean resorts, the Beaches Turks & Caicos is still a property that you should check out. This all-inclusive, four-star resort has essentially everything one could want in a Caribbean vacation. The location is absolutely pristine, there’s a 45,000-square-foot waterpark, 12-miles of beach, 19 different dining options, a few shopping boutiques, and 770 rooms, suites, and villas. The Beaches Turks & Caicos constantly receives a range of different awards because it’s just that good.
The East Wind Inn – St. Lucia
You could easily sail right past the East Wind Inn in St. Lucia and completely miss it, and in this particular case, that’s probably a good thing. For those that want a more intimate and quiet vacation, the East Wind Inn is absolutely perfect. It is a four-star boutique hotel that offers only 30 rooms in the form of private cottages. It’s tucked away in the surrounding foliage, which is why it’s so private. While it may not have all the amenities like those sprawling, 700+ room resorts, the East Wind Inn still has all the comforts you could want like a few restaurants, some bars, a large spa, a pool, and a fitness center. It’s also located on one of the islands most beautiful beach, but again you come here for a private, relaxing, and intimate vacation.
The Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall – Jamaica
Within Iberostar’s large portfolio of properties, they have their “Grand Collection” of hotels and resorts which are considered the companies best, and the Grand Hotel Rose Hall in Jamaica is one of them. A winner of multiple travel awards, the Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall is one of Jamaica’s finest resorts. It’s a high-end, five-star property that offers the quintessential luxury experience. They have an award-winning spa, massive suites and rooms, a golf course, private beach access, four restaurants, a gym, and access to a plethora of watersports and games. And for many, the best part about this resort is that it’s adults-only.
A Royal Caribbean Cruise
Why settle for just one vacation destination when you can have many? Since there are so many islands in the Caribbean, they make for a perfect location for cruises. So why not go with the best name in the business? Royal Caribbean International has a massive fleet of different ships that sail all throughout the Caribbean. On their website you can precisely plan out the perfect cruise for you. Want an affordable, three-day experience? They’ve got that. Or do you seek a luxurious, ten-plus-day excursion visiting multiple islands? Royal Caribbean has those as well. Their ships are absolutely massive and packed with most of the features and amenities you’d expect a beautiful beach resort to have.
Melia Buenavista – Cuba
Melia Buenavista is a secluded boutique resort situated west of Cayo Santa Maria in Cuba. The five-star property is pretty much on its own right on the water, and with only 105 rooms and suites in total, it’s truly quite private. This adults-only property offers most of what you’d expect within a country that is often overlooked by many travelers, especially from the United States.
The Atlantis Paradise Island Resort – The Bahamas
The Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas has become an iconic Caribbean resort over the years and it’s certainly one of the most popular ones. This sprawling complex is absolutely massive and filled with virtually everything. They have a casino, night venues, multiple beaches, shopping boutiques, a plethora of restaurant and bars, a few spas, a waterpark, and much more. It’s best to think of Atlantis as a small beach town, as that is essentially what it is.
Windjammer Landing – St. Lucia
Windhammer Landing is an all-inclusive, four-star beach resort in St. Lucia. The resort is comprised of an assortment of villas, houses, and pavilions that dot the small hill that overlooks the water and are spread out over some 60-acres. It gives off the vibe of a small town on a Greek Island, despite obviously being in the Caribbean. They’ve got 237 rooms, suites, and villas to rent, all of which are quite beautiful. Add in a host of resort amenities (a few restaurants, a spa, pools, etc.), and you’ve got a great vacation destination on your hands.
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort – Puerto Rico
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico is perfect for those that want a high-end and luxurious beach vacation in the Caribbean. This five-star property is pretty much what expensive and premium resorts are all about, and the name certainly speaks volumes. There are only 139 rooms and suites here located on the resorts 483-acre property. It’s beautiful, eloquent, and sure to please even the most discerning of travelers.
The Sandals Royal Plantation – Jamaica
Sandals is another tried and trusted name when it comes to Caribbean beach resorts, and their Royal Plantation property in Jamaica is arguably one of the best. This five-star, all-inclusive resort provides guests with all of the features and amenities seen within sprawling resort complexes, yet there are only just 74 suites in total. Every guest gets their own butler and and with views of the beach in every suite, you cannot go wrong with this Sandals resort.