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TripAdvisor's 25 Best Hotels in the Caribbean

There are many independent hotels throughout the Caribbean, and it becomes quite difficult at times to name only a few or to recommend the best.

When they are good, they are very good - and when they are bad... goodness me... you cannot wait to get out.

You have independent hotels owned by the locals - or by corporations. What you choose or like maybe dependent on experiences with certain brands - or you may just want to experience local ownership, how they differentiate themselves and what they have to offer. Whatever you do, make sure a Travel Agent is front, right and center in your decisions.

1. Royal Palms Hotel - Hamilton, Bermuda

1. Royal Palms Hotel
Hamilton, Bermuda

2. Jungle Bay - Point Mulatre, Dominica

2. Jungle Bay
Point Mulatre, Dominica

3. Jamaica Inn - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

3. Jamaica Inn
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

4. Seven Stars Resort - Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

4. Seven Stars Resort
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

5. The Cove Eleuthera - Eleuthera, Out Islands

5. The Cove Eleuthera
Eleuthera, Out Islands

6. Royalton Cayo Santa Maria - Cayo Santa Maria, Villa Clara Province

6. Royalton Cayo Santa Maria
Cayo Santa Maria, Villa Clara Prov.

7. The House - St. James Parish, Barbados

7. The House
St. James Parish, Barbados

8. Jumby Bay, A Rosewwood Resort - St. John's Antigua

8. Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
St.John's Antigua

9. The Tuscany - Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

9. The Tuscany
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

10. Tryall Club - Sandy Bay, Jamaica

10. Tryall Club
Sandy Bay, Jamaica

11. Sandals Royal Plantation - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

11. Sandals Royal Plantation
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

12. Eden Roc at Camp Cana - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

12. Eden Roc at Camp Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Rep.

13. The Regent Grand - Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

13. The Regent Grand
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

14. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba - Eagle Beach, Aruba

14. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts
Eagle Beach, Aruba

15. Blue Waters Antigua - St. John's, Antigua

15. Blue Waters Antigua
St. John's, Antigua

16. Port St. Charles - Saint Peter Parish, Barbados

16. Port St. Charles
Saint Peter Parish, Barbados

17. Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa - Saint Peter Parish, Barbados

17. Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa
Saint Peter Parish, Barbados

18. Iberostar Grand Rose Hall - Rose Hall, Jamaica

18. Iberostar Grand Rose Hall
Rose Hall, Jamaica

19. Carlisle Bay Antigua - Saint Mary's, Antigua

19. Carlisle Bay Antigua
Saint Mary's, Antigua

20. Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

20. Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel
Punta Cana, Dominican Rep.

21. Nisbet Platation Beach Club Nevis - St.Kitts & Nevis

21. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club
St. Kitts & Nevis

22. Ocean Two Resort & Residences - St. Lawerence Gap, Barbados

22. Ocean Two Resort & Residences
St. Lawerence Gap, Barbados

23. Sandy Lane Hotel - St. James Paris, Barbados

23. Sandy Lane Hotel
St. James Paris, Barbados

24. Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado don Pablo Collection - Samana Province, Dominican Republic

24. Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo
Samana Province, Dominican Rep.

25. Grace Bay Club - Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

25. Grace Bay Club
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

The above, by no means, includes all the good hotels in the Caribbean. I have stayed at some of the above and others that are not mentioned - but are extremely good.

Take for instance Casa de Campo/La Romana - fabulous hotel, a golfers dream, wonderful rooms and great food. You are assigned your own golf cart to wander the property. www.casadecampo.com.do/gatherings/weddings

The Aruba Marriott www.ArubaMarriott.com is another wonderful hotel, excellent staff and an all around favorite. When you have a hotel and staff that is there 20+ years later... you know they are doing something right. Attention to detail, manicured grounds and a great place for honeymoon, weddings or just a romantic jaunt.

The Aruba Surf Club is another Marriott hotel with luxury honeymoon suites and spacious 1 to 3 bedroom villas, perfect for wedding guests. The resort is surrounded by tropical gardens and features lagoon-like swimming pools and on-site bars and restaurants. It’s truly the perfect choice for romance, and by booking a timeshare rental from a by-owner website called ArubaSurfClubResort www.ArubaSurfClubResort.com you and your guests can save 60-70% off Marriott pricing.


Trip Advisor 25 All-Inclusive Resort - Caribbean

In the world of All-Inclusive Resorts you have to be extremely careful of what you are getting when you commit financially.

NOT EVERY 'ALL-INCLUSIVE' IS THE SAME.

Work with a trusted Travel Agent to match your desires and personality with the destination and hotel offerings. And in the cases of All-Inclusive, 'buyer beware'.

Although, you do have some fabulous All-Inclusive that do it right. The food is excellent, the rooms lovely and the staff almost feel like family. I have stayed at a few and have enjoyed every moment. I have also had the pleasure of staying at a miserable one or two... that I could not wait to leave. My motto is always the same: "You get what you pay for and if it sounds too good to be true... go with your instinct".

So, below you will find Trip Advisor's List. I have stayed at a few on this list, and the experience was wonderful. But at the risk of repeating myself, unless you have first hand experience with the property, work with a Travel Agent.


1. Royalton Cayo Santa Maria Villa - Clara Province

1. Royalton Cayo Santa Maria Villa
Clara Province

2. Iberostar Grand Rose Hall - Rose Hall, Jamaica

2. Iberostar Grand Rose Hall
Rose Hall, Jamaica

3. Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

3. Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

4. The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

4. Reserve, Paradisus Palma Real
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

5. Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Don Pablo Collection - Samana Province, Dominican Republic

5. Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo
Samana Province, Dominican Republic

6. Sandals Royal Plantation - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

6. Sandals Royal Plantation
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

7. The BodyHoliday, LeSport - Castries, St. Lucia

7. The BodyHoliday, LeSport
Castries, St. Lucia

8. Beaches Negril Resort and Spa - Negril, Jamaica

8. Beaches Negril Resort & Spa
Negril, Jamaica

9. Gros Islet, St. Lucia

9. East Winds Inn
Gros Islet, St. Lucia

10. Melia Caya Coco - Caya Coco, Jardines del Rey Archipelago

10. Melia Caya Coco
Caya Coco, Jardines del Rey Archipelago

11. Sandals Whitehouse (Spa) - White House, Jamaica

11. Sandals Whitehouse (Spa)
White House, Jamaica

12. Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island - Montego Bay, Jamaica

12. Sandals Private Island
Montego Bay, Jamaica

13. Coco Bay Resort - Bolans Antigua

13. Coco Bay Resort
Bolans Antigua

14. Rendezvous Resort - Castries, St. Lucia

14. Rendezvous Resort
Castries, St. Lucia

15. Paradisus Rio De Oro Resort and Spa - Holguin, Cuba

15. Paradisus Rio De Oro Resort
Holguin, Cuba

16. Galley Bay Resort - St. Johns, Antigua

16. Galley Bay Resort
St. Johns, Antigua

17. Couples San Souci Resort - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

17. Couples San Souci Resort
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

18. Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa - Providenciales , Turks and Caicos

18. Galley Bay Resort
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

19. Excellence Punta Cana - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

19. Excellence Punta Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

20. Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pedro Collection - Punta Cana, Dominica Republic

20. Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar
Punta Cana, Dominica Republic

21. Iberostar Varadero - Varadero, Cuba

21. Iberostar Varadero
Varadero, Cuba

22. Melia Buena Vista Caro - Santa Maria, Villa Clara Province

22. Melia Buena Vista Caro
Santa Maria, Villa Clara Province

23. Iberostar Haciendo Dominicus - Bahayibe, Dominican Republic

23. Iberostar Haciendo Dominicus
Bahayibe, Dominican Republic

24. Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

24. Bahia Principe Esmeralda
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

25. The Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort and Spa - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

25. The Jewel Dunn's River Beach
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

I know a few excellent ones that did not make this list - Maroma Resort, El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels which is part of the Karisma Hotels & Resorts www.KarismaHotels.com. The Maroma has its own private plunge pool off the bedroom on the second level (slice of heaven: you can have breakfast while dangling your feet in the water)..great beach, large pools elsewhere on the property and of course beautiful rooms. Loved every moment I stayed there.

The same goes for Le Blanc Spa Resort www.LeblancSpaResort.com. The service is beyond expectations, and the food just fantastic. Great place to stay.

I really like the Iberostar Grand www.Iberostar.com. The service is superior, rooms are wonderfully designed and of course the Grand comes with a butler. What more can you ask for. The diversity and presentation of meals is excellent. Again a wonderful All-Inclusive.

I had the pleasure also of staying at Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and the experience was wonderful. What I loved and appreciated was the attention to detail. Excellent service and an overall good experience www.sandals.com.

My daughter's favorite was the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Village and Spa - Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. For a family there is so much to see & do for the children and you the adult can finally go off and have some peace in the 'adult section'. If you know Turks & Caicos you will know that the Beach is fabulous www.beaches.com/destinations/turks-and-caicos.


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