Best 20 Caribbean Resorts of 2016

Readers voted in this year's "Readers' Choice Awards" and chose these 20 resorts as the best in the Caribbean, from Jamaica to St. Lucia.

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20. The BodyHoliday, St. Lucia

This beachfront all-inclusive is set on a private cove in northwest St. Lucia, near Pigeon Island National Landmark. The wellness center, decorated in Jerusalem stone and mosaics, offers Pilates and Reiki and has a heated marble massage bed. All five restaurants use local produce, often from the hotel's own organic garden. A $20 million renovation, completed in 2011, added an infinity pool and a boardwalk and expanded the water sports center.

19. Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, USVI

The Ritz-Carlton’s St. Thomas property focuses on understated elegance. Its 180 rooms and suites have been designed in neutral colors and delicate fabrics, leaving the focus on the expansive white, sandy beaches just outside the window. Activity highlights include leisurely day or night cruise on the resort’s private, 53-foot catamaran, the Lady Lyndsey, or learning how turn shells and sand into personalized, custom souvenirs.

18. Cheval Blanc Saint-Barth Isle de France

Some hotels have concierges, but the Cheval Blanc offers their guests an “alchemist,” who will “imagine tailor-made activities” for every guest. That can include everything from picnics on private islands to cruises at sunset and bespoke meals in their rooms. Accommodation options include rooms, bungalows, and villas, all with gorgeous views of the Caribbean, some with private pools.

17. Ladera Resort, St. Lucia

There’s no fourth wall in the suites at this ridge-top eco-resort, offering unobstructed views of the towering Pitons and the sea way below. Built on the site of a former cocoa plantation, Ladera is made of locally sourced stone and timber, lending the resort complete harmony with its surroundings. Suites all have small, private plunge pools and are decorated with antique French furniture. Dine on the open-air terrace at Dasheene, which serves St. Lucian cuisine made with ingredients from farms on the island and freshly-caught fish.

16. Malliouhana (An Auberge Resort), Anguilla

Anguilla is a very Anglo island: Malliouhana was, for decades, one of its most staunchly traditional hotels, so it was a surprise when quintessentially Californian Auberge Resorts took it over. But what a difference a fresh perspective makes! Lemon yellow and ice-blue walls, vibrant striped cotton dhurries on the floors, and ornate glass sconces have breathed new life into this Caribbean classic.

15. Jumby Bay (Rosewood), Antigua

If you want serenity, you can't get better than a private island resort accessible only by boat, with no cars and near-perfect white sand beaches (the majority of the resort’s staff members go back to the "mainland" at night, making the place feel blissfully remote). Spend days relaxing on the beach or trying out the sailboards, boats, and snorkels. Because of the island’s rare and mostly untouched ecosystem, the resort has committed itself to being eco-friendly, with sewage water purification, composting, and a project to protect the endangered Hawksbill turtle.

14. Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

The 144 acres of the Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman extend from the Caribbean to the North Sound, giving guests a nearly endless list of ways to interact with the sea. However, with that interaction comes responsibility, and the hotel works with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program to make sure that their tourism isn’t hurting the local environment. Kids can learn about local plants and animals while adults take eco-tours or go snorkeling, and naturalists are on hand to answer questions.

13. Dorado Beach (A Ritz-Carlton Reserve), Puerto Rico

Originally developed by philanthropist and environmentalist Laurance Rockefeller, Dorado Beach is a Ritz Carlton-owned resort that opened in 2012. Oceanfront rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and rainforest showers with indoor tubs. The emphasis here is all on outdoor luxury: think a spa with open-air treatment rooms, an “aquatic playground” for both kids and adults, and poolside food and drink service.