Rising from the azure blue ocean, the islands of the Caribbean wrote the rulebook for paradise. The multitude of islands reveal an almost endless supply of stunning beaches, bays and towns to explore at leisure.
From Barbados to St Barts, each heaven comes fully loaded with its own unique culture, with a short boat trip often bringing a change in language, currency and cuisine. Outside the vibrant and bustling towns, those in search of serenity will find peace and solitude on natural white sand beaches. The ideal spot for individuals looking to live out their own desert island fantasy.
To experience all this in the highest possible luxury you should look no further than the exquisite offerings from onefinestay. The luxury private rental brand’s villas across the Caribbean can accommodate all group sizes and includes some of the grandest residences across the Caribbean isles.
Taking things a step further, a trip with onefinestay comes with its complimentary concierge service, removing the stress from organization and allowing you to enjoy a seamless stay in peace.
Global travel continues to bounce back and many are flocking to the Caribbean, so don’t delay – we’ve been told the Christmas period is nearly sold out. Here, Elite Traveler highlights the best onefinestay villas available for your next Caribbean getaway.
Barbados – Seaclusion
The 21-mile island of Barbados is a truly world beating location. Few destinations manage to be so abundant with activities and sights while preserving a level of idyllic solitude that is part and parcel of a Caribbean stay.
The vibrant cultural experience that Barbados offers is only possible due to its rich history. From Farley Hill National Park, which overlooks a ruined plantation house, to the colorful capital and Unesco World Heritage Site of Bridgetown, visitors will not be disappointed.
Just north of Bridgetown in the parish of St James, you will find Seaclusion. The perfect example of the luxury Caribbean villas that ooze a palatial grandeur can be found on the west coast of Barbados. Six bedrooms and seven bathrooms make Seaclusion ideal for a large family or group of friends.
With unbeatable ocean views and a private section of white sand, Seaclusion is already an incredible villa, however, it is the exquisitely designed interiors that set it apart. A beautiful cohesive design language of white and blue creates an almost seamless transition from interior to exterior.
The professional kitchen, cocktail bar and several dining areas mean Seaclusion is the perfect villa for entertaining. Through onefinestay’s concierge service, you can organize a private chef to cook for the evening or the entirety of you stay, allowing you to focus on what matters.
St Barts – Antares
A jewel of the Caribbean, St Barts (or Saint Barthélemy as its officially called) is an overseas collectivity of France. Highly regarded for its natural beauty, St Barts brings an exceptional degree of luxury to the Caribbean with the superyacht-filled harbor, Gustavia, acting as the island’s hub.
Once on the 9.7-square-mile island, visitors will be blessed with picturesque views and incredible cuisine — partly aided by the French connection. An abundance of elegant white beaches sit at the bottom of grand green hills and create a breathtaking contrast to its coastline.
To the island’s north towards Mont Jean, you will discover Antares, a contemporary four-bedroom villa. Located inside a private gated community, Antares blends timeless colonial architecture with the modern comforts that are to be expected from a luxury villa.
onefinestay’s Antares is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and its own large gate, taking the idea of seclusion to new levels. Such a high level of privacy allows visitors to enjoy endless sea views without interruption.
Inside, relaxed neutral tones are used throughout the property to create an overwhelming sense of calm. The property itself envelopes a large infinity pool, which from the spacious al-fresco dining area, looks as though it extends out to sea. Antares is a true Caribbean treasure.
Turks & Caicos – Salacia
Situated north of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands are a hidden gem among the Caribbean islands. The sizable archipelago is made of 40 coral islands, meaning incredible beaches are not hard to come by. A particular highlight is Grace Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales, suggested by many to be one of the best beaches in the world.
Not far from Grace Bay Beach you will find Salacia, one of the finest luxury villas in the Turks and Caicos. Salacia’s six bedrooms and nine bathrooms are dotted around an extensive plot of land. Numerous living spaces provide plenty of opportunity to either gather or find a cozy corner to yourself.
An expansive modern kitchen gives visitors plenty of cooking options, or you could leave it to the chef at Salacia, who will prepare three decadent meals a day. In addition to a chef, Salacia also comes with its own butler to assist you during your stay.
Of the six bedrooms, four can be found in the main house with two more in the guest house. Salacia also includes a wine cellar, bar, games room and cinema room. So whatever kind of night you’re planning, Salacia will provide a fitting venue.
Mexico – Casa Tesoro
Head west to Mexico where you will find the incredible Punta Mita. Once a small fishing village, Punta Mita is now popular with celebrities and high-net-worth individuals, with exclusivity being one of its key draws. The peninsula juts out into the Pacific Ocean and is framed by the visually impressive Sierra Madre mountains.
The area is famed for its beautiful beaches that are adorned with beach clubs and a gentle surf that families will love. Below the water line, coral formations will amaze snorkelers while there are also abundant opportunities for experienced divers. This is whale country so there is always the chance to hire a yacht and go in search. Meanwhile, those looking to stay on dry land could try out the two championship golf courses designed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus.
Those staying in Punta Mita should look no further than Casa Tesoro. Found within a hidden cove inside the Punta Mita gated community, Casa Tesoro exudes everything this area is about. Seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms can house up to 18 guests in a villa that could not get closer to the beach without getting wet.
Interiors are kept minimalist and modern. The infinity pool means a quick dip is never far away. A state-of-the-art kitchen is a perfect place for the chef (who comes with the villa) to prepare and cook meals. The chef is also joined by a butler, housekeeping and security so visitors will not have to lift a finger during their stay.
To book your stay, visit onefinestay.com or contact reservations at email@example.com, +44 800 808 5830 (UK) +1 855 553 4954 (US)