Spend a week at your very own luxury private Caribbean island paradise. Turneffe Island Resort is located 30 miles off the Belizean coast on Turneffe Atoll, which is part of the 200-mile Belizean barrier reef, the longest reef system in the western hemisphere. The resort has 21 luxury, mahogany and teakwood rooms with private baths, indoor and outdoor showers. All rooms have screened-in porches that offer breathtaking views. Upgrade to a Private Villa nestled between coconut palm trees for added privacy.
Nestled amidst a lush, tropical 600-acre estate with two soft-sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, Anse Chastanet is right in the heart of the island’s marine reserves, with St. Lucia’s legendary twin peaks — the Pitons — as its dramatic backdrop.
If you can’t distinguish a seahorse from a sea rod, consider St. Lucia. Local laws aimed at preserving the Soufriere Marine Management Area require a guide to join any diver, whether from shore or boat, which means you’ll never overlook another frogfish, shrimp or sea slug again — at least while on island. St. Lucia’s gradually sloping walls are known for a big diversity of small stuff, and healthy populations of species rarely found elsewhere in the Caribbean, including the broadbanded moray.
If the little island of Tobago is diving’s best kept secret, then Blue Waters Inn is the very heart of that secret. Nestled in its own exquisite bay on the island’s north coast, it is surrounded by phenomenal dive sites. The resort is aptly named, and this is evident from the first breathtaking glimpse of Batteaux Bay. Every room faces the ocean for a view of the water and guests have their choice of suites, kitchen efficiencies and standard rooms.
Wild yet sophisticated, Maui is an island of paradoxes. The rugged upcountry is home to paniolo — Hawaiian cowboys — and to five-star dining. During the day, go refined — golf, yoga, spas — or turn up the adrenaline with surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kite surfing, paragliding, zip-lining or mountain biking.
With 341 rooms and suites, Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa and Casino is one of Curaçao’s largest vacation properties, as well as its only all-inclusive resort. Given its location just two miles from Willemstad, adventurers can opt for off-property excursions and explore the island’s historical, business and cultural capital.
Set on a coastal road about a mile south of George Town, this middle-bracket hotel — whose rooms are divided among a quintet of two-story outbuildings — is Grand Cayman’s “pearl in an oyster.” Accommodations are simple, no nonsense and very comfortable. This place is favored by divers and snorkelers, who appreciate spectacular shore diving and the extensive diving programs.
"One of the four must-dive locations on this blue planet,” was how renowned oceanographer Jacques Cousteau described Belize. Considered one of Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secrets, Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world, and boasts three of only four coral atolls in the Caribbean.
The premier diving and snorkeling center on Nassau is located in a quiet seaside village used in the 1996 feature film Flipper. Today, the set is a state-of-the-art dive center offering guests a variety of activities that explore southwest Nassau’s spectacular walls, reefs, wrecks and movie sites.