Central America

Our definitive list of the most opulent, extravagant and decadent accommodations on the planet takes you on a journey of discovery from the hills of Bali to the shore of Lake Geneva. Exceptional amenities, stunning design and over-the-top attention to detail ensure these suites are a cut above the rest.

The Villa, Sandy Lane, Holetown, Barbados

Sandy Lane in Barbados is one of the most grandiose hotels in the Caribbean. Opened in 1961, it’s known for its see-and-beseen crowd, its Bentley house car, three famous golf courses, tennis, water sports, four restaurants and many bars, a 47,000-sq-ft spa and endless white-sand beach. Sandy Lane departs from the island’s traditional Bajan style with its grand, Palladian-style architectur[...]

Seven South, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman has it all, with its nine-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course, Nick Bollettieri-run tennis program and environmental activities headed by ambassadors for Jean-Michel Cousteau’s foundation. Of course, its position on the famous Seven Mile Beach doesn’t hurt, nor do its six restaurants and bars, including Blue by Eric Ripert. Seven South, perfect for familie[...]

Amanyara Villa, Amanyara Turks & Caicos

The secluded Amanyara resort in Turks & Caicos is a minimalistic space with a zen-like quality. There are dozens of low-hanging structures spread spaciously over the western coast of Providenciales island, which are perfectly woven into the protected marine reserve and parkland. Amanyara aims to enhance and blend in with its local surroundings, rather than conceal them, which is why t[...]

Casa del Cielo Residence Estate, Four Seasons Resort at Costa Rica Peninsula Papagayo

This mostly outdoor Four Seasons property in a remote area of Peninsula Papagayo boasts ocean and beaches on both sides. There are plenty of adventure offerings (zip lining, wildlife excursions and surfing), and five dining options ranging from tapas and seafood to Italian and a DIY bar experience. The largest residence on property is Casa del Cielo Residence Estate. It sleeps up to 14 gu[...]

Ty Warner Mansion, Las Ventanas al Paraíso, Mexico

There are few places that combine Mexico’s hacienda-style living with world-class art and modern design quite like Las Ventanas al Paraíso. Add the resort’s top-notch service to the list, and the result is an elevated vacation experience unlike any other in Los Cabos. When you stay at the resort, you have access to five nearby golf courses, tennis and beachside cabanas with plunge pools a[...]

Villa Rockstar, Eden Rock, St Barths

After Hurricane Irma’s devastating destruction in 2017, St Barths’ most notable property, Eden Rock, is refreshed and open for business. The beachfront property is perched atop a jagged rock formation along one of St Jean’s liveliest coves. Despite its central location, Eden Rock remains exclusive, perfectly secluded from the area’s bustling streets. All of its suites and villas have been[...]

Villa One, One&Only Palmilla, Mexico

If it’s authentic Mexican luxury you seek, One&Only Palmilla delivers. A hideaway for ultra-private travelers, the hotel sits on an oceanfront bluff far (but not too far) from the craziness of downtown Cabo San Lucas. Family-friendly, but quiet, One&Only has a 27-hole golf course, a lovely spa with locally inspired wellness rituals, and superb restaurants, including chef Jean-Geor[...]