Whether it’s the picturesque Caribbean islands or Mexico’s pristine coast that appeals most, each of these destinations is home to a selection of luxurious resorts. We take a look at the best beach resorts that are in easy reach for US travelers.
Carlisle Bay, Antigua
Situated on Antigua’s south coast, Carlisle Bay lies alongside a picture-perfect beach, amid swaying palm trees and with a backdrop of lush rain forest. Here, within classic Caribbean architecture, each of the contemporary suites comes with an ocean view, with floor-to-ceiling windows and their own private terraces to make the most of this setting. The award-winning Blue Spa, Yoga Pavilion and tennis courts, and four distinctive restaurants serving cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, make every moment here one to savor.
The Buccaneer, St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Having been run by the same family for a number of generations, The Buccaneer is one of the longest running resorts in the Caribbean. The five-star resort combines its heritage with modern décor and a wealth of facilities. The coastal grounds encompass an 18-hole golf course, two pools and a water sports center, as well as three restaurants, a number of boutiques and a spa.
Grand Velas Los Cabos, Mexico
Boasting a prime spot on this coveted coastline, Grand Velas Los Cabos sits between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Within the lavish hotel, each of the sprawling ocean view suites features a private terrace, with an outlook of the resort’s pool, palm trees and pristine shores. The spa spans two floors where treatments focus on Mexico’s blue agave plant and pre-Columbian wellness roots., with facilities including a eucalyptus-scented steam room, polar pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, multi-sensory pool, and a Spa Atelier where guests can join insightful workshops. Of the five restaurants here, the signature eatery is Cocina de Autor, which is helmed by two Michelin starred chef Sidney Schutte.
Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Tucked into the lush rain forest of Riviera Maya, on the white sand shores of this idyllic coast – just to the north of Playa del Carmen – Rosewood Mayakoba exhibits the natural beauty this region in celebrated for. The resort’s setting also affords exceptional exclusivity and privacy to enjoy the Mayan-inspired hotel, which is designed to blend harmoniously into its surroundings. Each of the luxury suites here features a private plunge pool, rooftop sundeck and garden shower, with Sense, A Rosewood Spa and a beachfront pool to relax in too.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
This private island resort owned by Richard Branson has become synonymous with superlative luxury, exclusivity and fun, combining a breathtakingly beautiful setting in the British Virgin Islands with thoughtfully designed Balinese style villas, unique dining experiences – from dining on the beach to being served sushi on a floating sushi bar in the pool – and activities to take part in on the water, underwater and on land. The spa then provides a range of rejuvenating aromatherapy and Balinese treatments. Then, as the sun goes down, the parties Necker Island is known for begin.