The best laid-back luxury hotels in the Caribbean
Our top pick of laid back luxury hotels in the Caribbean feature the first private island escape in the Grenadines, a laid back retreat set in tropical gardens on the island of St Lucia and a unique and artistic hideaway on the sleepy island of Bequia. Laid back luxury is all about the no frill’s escape where you can truly unwind in comfort in a beautiful setting.
With each of these hotels you can escape the fast pace of normal life, take a deep breathe and completely unwind. These hotel’s have been selected not for their white glove service or butlers but for their charm and authenticity which combined with their excellent service and attention to detail makes them ideal laid back luxury hotels in the Caribbean, blogs Emily Whittington.
East Winds, St Lucia
Set within 12 acres of tropical gardens East Winds is a boutique property that offers guests an understated luxurious holiday where service is key. Guests can unwind on the beach, take a stroll through the tropical gardens using the guide book to identify the many types of flora and birds or enjoy a massage in the spa pavilion.
Nestled within the tropical gardens are the hotels quaint gingerbread style cottages which are home to the guests spacious accommodation. As an all inclusive hotel, guests can completely unwind and the hotels inclusive, all inclusive policy means guests can enjoy sunset bubbly and fresh Lobster for dinner.
Bequia Beach Hotel, The Grenadines
Hidden on the sleepy, friendly and charismatic island of Bequia sits the Bequia Beach Hotel, an independently owned Caribbean gem nestled on the shores of Friendship Bay. Bequia Beach Hotel is the kind of place you dream of.. A colonial style property with artistic flares from the 1950’s, warm welcoming staff and a genuinely relaxed feeling to it, one sip of their punch and you’ll completely unwind.
Days on the island of Bequia can be spent jumping on a bike and exploring the island ( everyone will wave as you whizz past), enjoying a stroll around Port Elizabeth followed by a beer or enjoying one of Bequia Beach Hotel’s Lobster or BBQ nights with a live band. You can even jump on the “Friendship Rose” for a day of sailing around the Tobago Cays. You’ll never want to leave.
Young Island, The Grenadines
Forget the fancy frills, the accolades and the white glove service our final choice was the first private island resort in the Caribbean – a rustic, authentic yet completely beautiful island set just 200 yards off the coast of St Vincent. Young Island has character in heaps from the warm arrival (complete with a cold punch) at the jetty to the delicious selection of home baked breads served daily with a smile. Young Island offers guests a completely laid back retreat.
Spend your time admiring the views, swimming to the bar for a cocktail (it’s docked slightly off shore for that afternoon cocktail) or taking a stroll around the island to catch the perfect sunset. Everything at Young Island is just as it was 50 years ago.. and exactly how it should be for a laid back luxurious Caribbean holiday which allows you to completely unwind.