It may be cold outside, but read this to warm your soul:
The Caribbean islands (sigh) are a hive of activity this year with some truly inspiring new openings. If only…
In Jamaica, for instance, two new projects look set to return Port Antonio to its 1950s heyday, when the likes of Errol Fynn made the Victorian seaside town his ‘home from home’. Trident Castle (above) and Trident Hotel, from the A-listers’ hideaway specialist Geegam Collection (geejamcollection.com), are both new for 2013 and set in this exotic and little-known area on the northeastern side of the island.
The nine-bedroom Trident Castle (which can also be exclusively hired) has a stunning dining room, outdoor lounge, library and a games room. Meanwhile, the ocean-front Trident Hotel offers laid-back luxury with super-slick contemporary interiors, including amazing music systems and outdoor bathtubs. Also lined up is the Blue Hole Restaurant, Club and Spa (ariel view above), a laid-back hangout offering cocktails, treatments and food on the shores of the town’s lagoon.
One of the most talked-about resorts in the Caribbean is Parrot Cay by Como (above) in the untouched Turks & Caicos islands (comohotels.com/parrotcay). They’ve further upped the ante with three new, super-luxe ocean-view beach houses. Perched on the top of a pristine sand bluff, each has undisturbed views across the ocean. Interiors are contemporary and flooded with light, with furnishings sourced from Bali. There are outdoor decks and showers, private pools and butler service.
Over in Dominica, known as the ‘nature island’, new eco-luxury resort Secret Bay (secretbay.dm) has garnered rave reviews since it opened a year ago. Designed by award-winning Latin American architect Fruto Vivas in a minimalistic style, the resort is made up of just four villas and bungalows and has an eco-consciousness at its heart.
For those interested in truly living the Caribbean dream, the resort has announced that it is to start work on a further 10 villas, which will be available to buy this year under a fractional ownership scheme.
Sure to put the tiny islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines on the map is the new $240 million international airport, which is to open this half of 2013. It follows the opening of the swish Buccament Bay Resort (buccamentbay.com) whose villas look out over baby-soft beaches and the revamp of the private island resort of Petit St Vincent (psvresort.com).
Finally, just opening in time for those winter-sunseekers is Sugar Beach in St Lucia (viceroyhotelsandresorts.com). Formerly the Jalouise Plantation, the hotel has been rebranded as a Viceroy Resort. It’s been given a lavish makeover – with cool white interiors, a new dive centre, a spa set by a stream and two excellent restaurants. It is set in 100 acres of rainforest, under the Pitons – which, thankfully, is the only thing that remains untouched.