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10 New Caribbean Hotels to Visit This Year

Be among the first to check out one of these new-for-2018 island retreats.


If you check in to the same Caribbean hotel year after year, consider switching it up at one of these brand-new resorts.




If you check in to the same Caribbean hotel year after year, it’s time to switch it up. Be among the first to check out one of these new-for-2018 island retreats.
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Pink Sands Club, Canouan – St. Vincent and the Grenadines

New Caribbean Hotels: Pink Sands Club, Canouan
Pink Sands Club, Canouan

On a 5-square-mile isle whose name means “land of the tortoises,” you expect the tempo to be leisurely. And at Pink Sands Club, Canouan (which will be reflagged as a Mandarin Oriental resort in May 2018), your days should be appropriately unhurried. Settle into one of 26 marble-clad suites or 14 plush two-, three- and four-bedroom villas, and do nothing more than bask on the sands of Godahl Beach. Then, when you’re sufficiently relaxed, you can explore the lush 1,200-acre spread, where amenities include an 18-hole golf course, a hiking trail to the island’s highest point and a spa with hillside palapas overlooking the ocean. Just don’t take on too much too soon: Life on this island is best enjoyed at the pace of its namesakes.

Baha Mar – Bahamas

New Caribbean Hotels: SLS Baha Mar
SLS Baha Mar

Baha Mar, the billion-dollar resort development on Nassau’s Cable Beach, opened two of its three resorts in 2017. First up, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, which debuted in May with the Caribbean’s largest casino, a whopping 1,800 rooms, six pools, and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. The swanky SLS Baha Mar followed in November fewer rooms (only 299), but guests here have access to all of the Grand Hyatt’s amenities. Three SLS restaurant options include Fi’lia, helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz — the Caesar salad, made tableside, is a must. We’re looking forward to raising a rum punch at the Sky Bar, which will offer cocktails with an island view from its 20th-floor perch when it opens this summer. Keep your eyes peeled for Rosewood Baha Mar, slated for an April opening.
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Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman

New Caribbean Hotels: Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman
Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman

Searching for your lost shaker of salt? You just might find it at Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman. This 285-room resort, set on Seven Mile Beach, began its phased opening in spring 2017. Inspired by the lifestyle and lyrics of singer Jimmy Buffett, there’s plenty for Parrotheads to enjoy, including four pools; the License To Chill Bar and 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar & Grill; as well as nightly (complimentary) band performances. And by March 2018 the Banana Wind Café will be serving up Cheeseburgers in Paradise; you’ll be able to drop little ones off at the Parakeets Kids’ Club; and meeting spaces will come on stream so you can wedge some work in between “wasting away.”

Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa – Jamaica

New Caribbean Hotels: Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa
Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa

Debuting September 2017, Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa (which had a short previous life as a condo development) has some of the largest suites we’ve come across in an all-inclusive resort. One-bedrooms with full kitchens; penthouses; and butler-serviced three-bedroom villas are all great options for groups. But the beachfront hotel’s star is the spa, an oasis that’s spread over two levels and 30,000 square-feet, which boasts the island’s only Himalayan salt therapy lounge and massage tables filled with finely ground quartz crystals.

Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club – Belize

New Caribbean Hotels: Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club
Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club

Set on 60 acres of offshore island Ambergris Caye, the Hilton-branded compound Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club opened December 2017 as a luxurious launch pad to explore Belize’s rugged beauty. 205 plush cottages and villas are centered around a Great House with a farm-to-fork restaurant and two bars, one aptly named Shaken and Stirred. The Bay Club has its own pool, and the Beach Club, a swift boat ride from the resort’s marina, has its own white-sand beach.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts

New Caribbean Hotels: Park Hyatt St. Kitts
Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Until November 2017, if you were looking for a luxury hotel in the twin-island federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, you’d have to look to Nevis’ Four Seasons. But now big sister St. Kitts has a plush playground of its own on the Southeast Peninsula’s Banana Bay. Park Hyatt St. Kitts’ 126 rooms and suites are modern and understated, some with rooftop infinity pools and views of Nevis, just 3 miles away. And three restaurants (we love the adults-only Stone Barn); two pools and a kids’ club, complete with a rock-climbing wall and amphitheater, instantly impress. But the Miraval Life in Balance spa, where treatments feature Kittitian brown sugar, really hits the (sweet) spot.
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Seadust Cancun Family Resort – Mexico

New Caribbean Hotels: Seadust Cancun Family Resort
Seadust Cancun Family Resort

Seadust Cancun Family Resort, is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort that opened August 2017 in Cancun’s Hotel Zone. With more than 500 rooms, the former Grand Parnassus resort accommodates even the largest traveling tribe, and offers diversions for every age. For kids, there’s a water park, a rock climbing wall, a mini golf course, a zip-line and an even an extensive selection of spa services. Grown-ups can amuse themselves at seven restaurants, 11 bars and three pools.

Excellence Oyster Bay – Jamaica

New Caribbean Hotels: Excellence Oyster Bay
Excellence Oyster Bay

If your summer vacation plans include a few nights away from the kiddos, consider Excellence Oyster Bay, an adults-only all-inclusive resort slated to open in Montego Bay in June 2018. Set on a peninsula about 30 minutes’ drive west of MBJ, the all-suite retreat promises more than 300 rooms — some with private plunge pools and rooftop terraces — along with eight restaurants, 10 bars, three pools and 24-hour room service. So if a sunset stroll along 2 miles of white-sand beach followed by a butler-drawn bath for two sounds like your speed, this just might be your resort.
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Sandals Royal Barbados

New Caribbean Hotels: Sandals Royal Barbados
Sandals Royal Barbados

Just when you thought the bar for all-inclusive perks can’t get any higher, Sandals Resorts elevates it with a raft of all-you-can-everything innovations at its second Barbados hotel, Sandals Royal Barbados which opened December 2017. When you’re not lounging in one of 222 butler-serviced suites at the St. Lawrence Gap beachfront resort, you can swim laps in the rooftop infinity pool; practice your strikes at the bowling alley; raise a glass in a tropical beer garden; or get groomed in the barber shop, another Sandals first. Six restaurants and five bars (check out rooftop Raising the BARbados) mean you’ll never go hungry. And, since guests have exchange privileges at neighboring Sandals Barbados and can dine at a total of 17 restaurants and bars, there’s no need to pack skinny jeans.

Silversands – Grenada

New Caribbean Hotels: Silversands
Silversands

Grand Anse, the white-sand strand that stretches for 2 miles along Grenada’s coast, is the island’s most famous beach. And in July 2018 it also becomes home to the spice isle’s newest resort, Silversands, a modern and minimalist enclave of 43 suites and nine villas that’s the first development to open on Grand Anse in a quarter-century. Anchored by an infinity pool measuring more than 300 feet (claimed to be the Caribbean’s longest), the retreat will also have two restaurants, a spa and a beach club where guests can watch the sun dip below the sea from its prime west-facing perch.

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