What the Caribbean offers is a diverse collection of exceptionally private escapes that are easily accessible from the United States.
The past year has brought challenges and changes to the travel landscape, especially luxury, but the concerted efforts and solution-oriented approach that the Caribbean region has implemented have been incredibly impactful and dynamic as we look to the future together.
While each island nation has developed unique protocols and strategies to help maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle, the collective region has had a consistency in messaging that can and should be directly linked to the recent growth in inquiries. , web tours and reservations. AT The Hartling Group, we’ve already seen a number of sold-out weeks in 2021 and promising forecasts for the coming summer and fall, a welcome change from 2020 and a positive outlook in travel trends going forward. .
What the Caribbean offers is a diverse collection of exceptionally private escapes that are easily accessible from the United States, which in today’s travel climate has been highly sought after and in line with what the wealthy traveler is looking for. . West travel age reported that an American Express survey found that “44%… were willing to pay more for a hotel where they could easily distance themselves socially” and “80% of respondents indicated they were more likely to book a vacation in a low traffic area or in an area offering private services. housing. The searches and reservations of private islands and private flights follow this same pattern.
Here are the luxury gems of the Caribbean that offer the ultimate in privacy, service and experiences:
The Shore Club Turks & Caicos is the only resort on Long Bay Beach, the pristine part of Providenciales beachfront real estate, a less crowded and more low-key place to spend a vacation or an extended stay. In addition to the 106 rooms and suites, four swimming pools, four restaurants, a wellness center and Dune Spa, the six private villas of the estate are exceptional accommodations for exclusive getaways. With private plunge pools, personal beach access, well-equipped kitchens, and even underground tunnel access, the self-contained villas embody the best of indoor and outdoor living. They are the most sought after in the Caribbean and have hosted celebrities like actress Chrissy Metz and comedian Tracy Morgan. The resort itself offers direct beach access and a variety of activities like paddle boarding, kayaking, and boat trips.
Jade Mountain in St. Lucia is known for its three-walled open-air shrines accessed by private bridges that extend from the main complex. The oversized suites feature private infinity pools, stunning views of the twin Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, and 24/7 butler service. The resort offers private experiences focused on relaxation, adventure and cultural exploration, in-suite spa treatments and learning about treat-making at the on-site Chocolate Lab, tours of organic farms, World-class snorkeling and scuba diving at the Gros Piton hike with a hiking butler equipped with gourmet canapes and cold towels.
Necker Island, located in the British Virgin Islands, reopened after a two-year closure after it was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Stays on Necker Island usually require a full buyout, meaning guests have the whole place to themselves. Guests visiting in 2021 will be among the first to experience the new island after its restoration, including the brand new Bali Hi resort featuring an extended swimming pool and outdoor lounges, as well as private pools in individual Bali villas. Travelers to Necker can interact with local wildlife, like lemurs, and can enjoy an abundance of water sports, like snorkeling off the coast.
Eden Roc Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic is a Relais & Chateaux property, located in the upscale gated community of Cap Cana for next-level privacy. Perched on a private beach, the resort offers travelers an ultra-luxurious Caribbean experience. The 30,000-acre luxury resort is home to deluxe accommodations (from multi-bed villas with private plunge pools to oceanfront suites), multiple dining destinations that celebrate regional products, a whole new spa and wellness experience. be and family programming.
The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort, located on Paradise Island, Bahamas, is the ultimate destination for those seeking an ultra-luxury and private retreat. Some of the most sought-after accommodations include the three- and four-bedroom beachfront villa residences that offer the glamor and luxury the resort is known for. For an extended stay option, the new Welcome by The Ocean Club is a home-away-from-home concept designed to embody all aspects of a luxury home with personalized pre-arrival designs (including picture frames and family decor).
Karen S. Whitt is the Vice President of Marketing for The Hartling Group (which owns and operates three luxury properties in Turks & Caicos). She is also a long-time board member of the Caribbean Travel + Hotel Association and a former award-winning CEO.