Best Boutique Hotels in the Caribbean

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, St. Lucia

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday December 30, 2016 – Today’s traveler is searching for new, unforgettable experiences.  Beyond the white, sandy beaches and the warmth of Caribbean people, guests are looking for a home away home. That’s how boutique hotels dotted across the Caribbean have been winning the hearts of thousands of guests – offering travellers an authentic way to experience the culture of their destination. Experts from the Telegraph have been sampling some of the top boutique hotels in the region.

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, Soufriere, StLucia

8/10  Telegraph expert rating

Part of the same company as the ubiquitous Hotel Chocolat shops, Boucan by Hotel Chocolat lies on an historic cocoa estate. Guests can tour the seedling nursery and groves, and be taught how to make a chocolate bar. Virtually every dish in the sleek, open-plan restaurant has cocoa in it, whether as savoury nibs or chocolate, and the results are memorable. The 14 bedrooms have a stylish, pared-down look, and are stocked with home-made cookies and slabs of chocolate.

Golden Rock Inn, Charlestown, St Kitts and Nevis

8 /10 Telegraph expert rating

Hidden away in the verdant hills of Gingerland, Golden Rock Inn is an instantly de-stressing hideaway that is filled with colour. Created by New York-based artists Brice and Helen Marsden, the 11 rooms are simply but artfully furnished, and there’s a 50ft pool, flamboyant gardens and the popular Rocks restaurant serving modern Caribbean dishes such as shrimps glazed with rum and lime. I find the duplex cottages the most appealing, and it’s best to have a car to get around.

Little Arches, Christ Church, Barbados

8/10  Telegraph expert rating

Little Arches is an intimate, romantic, adults-only hotel with a hacienda look. Its 10 plush bedrooms are individually designed, the more expensive with their own plunge pool or whirlpool bath on their decks. The Caribbean/Asian/Mediterranean food served in rooftop Café Luna is excellent, and the centre of the fishing village of Oistins and its Friday-night fish fry party is just a stroll away. Untouristy Enterprise Beach, across the quiet lane in front of the hotel, is one of the island’s best

Petite Anse Hotel, Mount Alexander, Grenada

8/10 Telegraph expert rating

Petite Anse, up in the lush, little-visited north of Grenada, is a tropical version of an informal English country house hotel – the engaging hands-on owners, Philip and Annie Clift, are from Worcestershire. At its heart is the bar/lounge/restaurant, whose terrace basks in expansive views out to sea; the good food focuses on fresh fish and local fruit and veg. The 11 bedrooms are not luxurious, but have sea views and characterful touches. Directly below lies a wild sandy beach, but swimming here is often not safe.

The Atlantis Hotel, St Joseph, Barbados

8 /10 Telegraph expert rating

This revamped, historic seaside hotel lies in the seaside hamlet of Tent Bay on Barbados’ tranquil and undeveloped east coast. A seaside path takes you to the striking, sandy, surfers’ beach at Bathsheba in the next bay in 10 minutes. The style of The Atlantis is colonial chic: think white shutters, darkly polished pine floorboards, and photos of Barbados of yesteryear. Outside, there’s a decent-sized, kidney-shaped swimming pool. The restaurant serves an appealing mix of local and international dishes – its twice-weekly Bajan buffet lunches are a highlight.

True Blue Bay Resort, St George’s, Grenada

8/10 Telegraph expert rating

True Blue Bay is a fun, colourful, informal waterfront hotel on a yacht-filled bay on Grenada’s south coast. Stylish bedrooms, scattered over a hillside, are in bright, upbeat designs. The Dodgy Dock bar and restaurant, on a deck projecting out over the water, is a popular eating and drinking spot among locals and visitors staying elsewhere on the island. There’s a well-regarded dive centre on site but no proper beach, so you may want to rent a car for at least some of your stay.

 

Malliouhana, Anguilla

9/10 Telegraph expert rating

Perched on a craggy cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Malliouhana is Anguilla’s original luxury resort. The boutique hotel has been restored with an eclectic tropical aesthetic, offering cascading infinity pools floating into the horizon and sublime views as far as the eye can see.

Jakes, Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, Jamaica

7/10 Telegraph expert rating

There are a few places in the Caribbean that induce a smile of wonder – they’re so cool, so perfect in their setting and so… well… just right. Jakes is one of them, though. It has funky, faux-simple cottages in a lovely waterfront garden with a tree-shaded bar and pool, waterfront villas, a backdrop of waves and reggae, and an easy-easy air. Ideal for a hip hideaway.

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