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December 31, 2012updated Mar 15, 2013

The 2 Best Hotels on the Leeward Islands

By Chris Boyle

Suite bedroom , Carlisle Bay

Whether you want a sumptuous bed, a spectacular view or service beyond compare, choose from our stunning selection


Outdoor pool

Nestled in the curve of St. Martin’s loveliest beach, the Baie Longue, this resort is a sprawling palace right on the edge of the ocean.

La Samanna’s sleek swimming pools, lush gardens and outdoor tennis courts make it the perfect storybook setting for your stay in St. Martin. Be sure to enjoy brunch or dinner in the hotel restaurant as the views are divine and the ambiance is pure French Riviera. Connoisseurs will also appreciate the 14,000-bin wine cellar. All suites have panoramic balconies, deluxe bedrooms, living and dining rooms and spacious bathrooms laid with hand-painted Mexican tiles. For the ultimate in luxury, the resort also has eight villas, each with its own wraparound infinity pool and private rooftop terrace.


Sun terrace, La Samanna

Why we love it: With six specialty suites to choose from at La Samanna, the three-bedroom penthouse Baie Longue Suite is our pick of the bunch. It offers cheerfully appointed island-inspired interiors and unparalleled views of the ocean from a long terrace balcony which extends along the entire length of the suite. Other details, such as a butler’s pantry, can also be arranged for the guest.



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  • Square footage: 1,950
  • Nightly rate: $5,475

Pascal Deyrolle

+ 590 590 87 6400

Baie Longue, French Low Lands, St. Martin


Carlisle Bay

Stunning and stylish, Carlisle Bay is not just the finest hotel in Antigua, but has the chops to give all other resorts in the Caribbean a run for their money.

Boasting every luxurious amenity possible, from a private movie theater to personal sessions with tennis pros, this place leaves its guests feeling like royalty. All beds are laid with crisp, white Frette linens and the rooms are fitted with bespoke furniture—smart sets of dark Indonesian teak and rich Italian upholstery. The Beach Suites are only steps away from the water, providing instant gratification for the sun and surf seeker.


Suite bedroom , Carlisle Bay

Why we love it: From its private wrap around terrace, this three-bedroom stunner provides guests with the best ocean views in the resort. You’ll have the beach right on your doorstep while you enjoy all of the Carlisle Suite’s special little touches, such as the Gaggia espresso machine or the range of REN bath and beauty products.




  • Square footage: 2,644
  • Nightly rate: $3,150

Jonathan Reynolds

+1 866 502 2855

Carlisle Bay, Old Road, St. Mary’s, Antigua

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