Hodges Bay Resort and Spa
Hodges Bay Resort and Spa

New Caribbean Resorts Beckon

As the Caribbean islands recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, some hotels in heavily damaged areas have been rebuilt or refurbished and reopened. Meanwhile, several new resorts have recently popped up. Here, we spotlight three newcomers that up the ante on Antigua, St. Kitts, and Barbados:

Hodges Bay Resort and Spa. This Antigua property, which opened in December on a prime stretch of north-shore beach, offers 79 contemporary villas and suites. Guests enjoy complimentary water sports, fitness classes, and holistic spa therapies. Four casual and formal restaurants feature internationally inspired cuisine and Antiguan dishes. There are six bars, including a swim-up spot at the infinity pool and a rooftop perch with exquisite views. 

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Hodges Bay is part of the Elegant Hotels Group, known for its properties on Barbados and luxury service. With amenities such as dedicated concierge, optional pre-stocked pantry, and a wash-and-fold service, there’s no need to lift a finger here. You’re set with beach and pool ambassadors, too: just snag a daybed or cabana and the rum sommelier will be around to recommend a specialty island beverage.

Park Hyatt
Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt. The brand’s first foray into the Caribbean brings sophisticated luxury to St. Kitts with this beach-and-spa resort. Opened in November 2017, the minimalistic-style retreat overlooks Banana Bay at a quiet, remote end of the island with views of neighboring Nevis.

In addition to pristine beaches and water sports, the resort incorporates a spa that offers fitness classes, innovative therapies, mesmerizing views, and reflection pools. Yoga and meditation are on the menu at the Sugar Mill, a tranquil space built in the style of an old mill.

The resort serves superb international and local cuisine at three restaurants: the colonial-style Great House, which features a rum bar; the Stone Bar, for intimate dining; and Fisherman's Village, for seaside atmosphere and ocean-to-table fare.

Sandals Royal Barbados
Sandals Royal Barbados

Sandals Royal Barbados. The king of all-inclusive romantic resorts has upped its game with its second Barbados property, which opened in December. Amenities include a rooftop infinity pool, a “Lover’s Lane” bowling alley, a barbershop, and six restaurants, including American Tavern and Chi Asian. The resort also boasts the first Sandals beer garden and a cantilevered cocktail lounge called Raising the BARbados.

The all-suite accommodations feature Sandals’ signature Skypool and Lagoon Swim-up suites, each with a private “tranquility soaking tub” for two. Top-category suites come with amenities such as private chauffeured Rolls-Royce airport transfers.

Activities range from spa and water sports to musical entertainment and theme nights, such as Reggae Fest and Beach Party. And the resort gives exchange privileges for dining and other amenities with sister property Sandals Barbados, which is a short stroll away.

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