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Ready for a getaway that allows you to completely forget about your cares and melt every last inch of stress away? Many top Caribbean islands are open to visitors and some resorts are providing COVID testing for a more seamless travel experience back home along with other special incentives. From the stunning sands of Grace Bay Beach on Turks and Caicos to the beautiful Bahamas, these are some of the dreamiest options.
Located directly along what’s often named the world’s most beautiful beach, Grace Bay, Ocean Club Resorts is made up of two all-suite properties with direct access to the pristine sands. Concierge services have extended their offerings to help U.S. travelers ensure they get tested for the return home, making it easy to visit now, and without going over budget. They even include the comforts of home like a kitchen and washer/dryer while providing guests with the opportunity to enjoy watersports and all sorts of beachside activities. Younger ones can enjoy Seafari, an interactive learning game too.
One of the top resorts in Turks and Caicos, The Somerset on Grace Bay offers complimentary on-site COVID testing providing a luxurious stay on Grace Bay Beach with apartment-style accommodation that includes private terraces, full kitchens, and washer/dryers. It’s located right on the beach and offers everything you need right on the property, including two gorgeous swimming pools, an on-site restaurant and pampering spa treatments.
One of the best resorts in Antigua, Hermitage Bay makes it easier to travel as a medical professional will come to the hotel to administer a rapid antigen test with results in 45 minutes (for a fee). World-renowned for its barefoot luxury, this five-star resort hosts luxe cottages that are tucked into colorful tropical gardens and fronted by a pristine white sandy beach, edged by stunning clear blue waters. You’ll have your own private infinity plunge pool, perfectly positioned to enjoy glorious sunsets, while the on-site spa offers treatments influenced by ancient Eastern concepts of chakra. The all-inclusive rates include three meals a day, an afternoon snack, premium-brand drinks and house wine, plus activities like snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, along with Pilates, meditation and yoga classes.
Sandals Royal Plantation is a popular luxury resort in Jamaica, offering complimentary COVID-19 antigen testing for U.S. residents and PCR testing for Canadian residents at the resort. It’s also known for providing some of the best amenities of any property on the island, with ocean-view suites that come with butler service, canopied four-poster beds, and a Champagne and caviar bar. Guests also have access to a stunning, secluded private beach with unlimited scuba diving, water and land sports, including golf. The outstanding a la carte restaurants are included in room rates too.
The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau is an ideal option for families, located on Cable Beach. It provides on-site COVID-19 testing upon arrival and departure, and a ton of amenities for a Caribbean-meets-Vegas feel. It hosts the largest casino in the Caribbean, six pools, a golf course, lavish spa, fitness facilities, luxury shops, and nine tennis courts. Families will appreciate the kids’ club as well as opportunities to get up close to sharks and sea turtles at The Sanctuary. There are a wealth of dining options too, ranging from food trucks with Mexican fare to a seafood restaurant and Haute Chinese cuisine.
Sugar Beach offers a prime location nestled between the Pitons on an unspoiled white sandy beach with its villas tucked into lush foliage. All come with private decks, plunge pools, butlers and 24-hour room service. Guests also have access to the island’s best spa, the Tree House Spa, complimentary water sports and land activities. Dining options include everything from a beachside eatery serving wood-fired pizza and sushi to a fine dining establishment focused on French-Caribbean fare.
Round Hill has partnered with a health center to offer rapid antigen and PCR tests for an additional fee. A luxurious property, it offers timeless elegance set along a sandy beach with lush grounds. Ideal for both couples and families, it offers a kids’ club, watersports, outdoor pools, a spa, and an open-air yoga studio. There are multiple bars and restaurants, one that’s a rooftop eatery providing magnificent views, while accommodation includes rooms, suites and villas, some of which have their own private outdoor pools.
Caerula Mar Club is a luxury boutique resort that sits on peaceful South Andros, with a population of just 2,000. At the helm are a couple of HGTV stars who discovered an abandoned hotel while they were vacationing and decided to move their family here, revamping it into this beautiful new property. It offers an intimate stay with private villas and lavish suites that are just steps from the brilliant blue sea. Dining options include everything from a poolside bar to a fine dining restaurant with ingredients sourced from the property’s own organic farm. Of course, the highlight is the spectacular white sands that can be enjoyed practically all to yourself. There’s also an oceanfront spa to complete the tranquil experience.
Azul Beach Resort Negril is an all-inclusive property offering free, on-site antigen testing and an idyllic location on Seven Mile Beach, renowned as one of the best in Jamaica. Family-friendly, it has a relaxed vibe while offering something for everyone, including teen and kids’ clubs with sandcastle building, cooking classes, and all sorts of activities. Water sports like kayaking, canoeing, and boogie boarding can be enjoyed along with yoga, dance, and aqua aerobics classes. Dining venues include an Italian restaurant, a Caribbean eatery with sea views, and a beach bar.
This luxurious resort is ideal for tranquility, wellness, and romance, complete with breathtaking sea views. COVID-19 antigen testing is provided to get you back to the U.S., while the all-inclusive package comes with a bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit daily, gourmet dining options, a twice-daily refreshed mini-bar, and unlimited top-shelf spirits served in two elegant lounges. There are multiple restaurants on-site along with a large outdoor pool and a Thalassotherapy center providing seawater treatments. All rooms are ocean view as they sit right along the seafront. Some feature private plunge pools or two-person marble sunken bathtubs.
Jade Mountain is the perfect spot for romance seekers, frequently named among the world’s most romantic resorts and it offers the rapid antigen test on the property, free of charge to guests through September 30th, 2021. The vast suites overlook the Pitons and the endless blue of the Caribbean, and come with dedicated butlers, beautiful canopy beds, private infinity pools, and raised whirlpool tubs in all but the most basic rooms. All-inclusive packages include award-winning dining with ingredients organically sourced from the nearby plantation. Enjoy spa services, live music and out-of-this-world stargazing on the sky deck too.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort offers affordable rates and is currently providing a $120 per person resort credit to help offset the cost of COVID-19 testing which runs $65 per person. Despite the lower price tag, this value destination has an exhaustive all-inclusive list: meals, snacks and drinks (including alcoholic beverages), minibar service, a kids’ club with supervised activities, beach and cocktail parties, dance classes, and more. Plus it sits on a beautiful white sandy beach and includes a large signature Oasis pool, a separate pool for kids, and restaurants and bars. It even hosts a casino with Vegas-style products and slots as well as a spa with an extensive menu of massage and treatment options.
Hyatt Zilara offers complimentary on-site COVID-19 testing through May 31 for guests traveling to or returning to the U.S., a date that may be extended depending on testing requirements. A spectacular adults-only all-inclusive resort, it’s all about tranquil luxuries here with no noisy party crowds, although the all-inclusive package does come with unlimited beverages, including alcoholic drinks. You’ll also enjoy 24-hour in-suite dining, daily and nightly activities, live music and other entertainment. There’s a gorgeous swimming pool with cabanas at the beachside, a spa with ocean views, and a wellness center, while the cuisine is exceptional and diverse, including gourmet buffets served at multiple chef-inspired eateries. Suites have large balconies, some that are swim-out, and bathrooms come with Jacuzzi tubs for soaking with stunning views.
Lighthouse Pointe is the leading all-inclusive resort at Grand Lucayan which just officially reopened in Grand Bahama. To celebrate, it’s offering very impressive rates as part of an early booking bonus. You’ll need to make your reservations by May 31, traveling anytime through December 20, 2021, but the rates are as low as $123 a night, or $195/per person, per night for an all-inclusive package. A beautiful resort, it sits right on the beach, complete with water sports facilities. It also hosts ocean view rooms, an outdoor ocean-view pool, hot tub, spa, upscale restaurant and laid-back bar.