The sun-kissed sugary sands and swaying palms of the Caribbean are once again calling as the region reopens for tourism post-pandemic. From the lush isles of St. Lucia and Dominica to sleepy, beachy Antigua, cool Jamaica, and fun-filled Barbados, each island has a luxury all-inclusive resort that is ideal for a self-contained holiday in your very own beach bubble. Here is our guide to the top, quarantine-free destinations with hotels welcoming travellers right now for a safe and serene trip to the tropics.
The gorgeous shores of the Caribbean are accessible once more, with quarantine-free beach holidays now available. High-end all-inclusive hotels and barefoot beach enclaves are ever popular in the Caribbean where many are spread along their own sandy coves.
Beachfront villas, private plunge pools, attractive excursions, gourmet dining and on-site activities taking advantage of acres of rainforest and coral reef systems make these finely-tuned seaside resorts a tempting escape at the best of times. But now they are perfectly placed to offer the kind of self-contained travel suited to the current age.
Ready-to-go all-inclusive Caribbean resorts
From the fun-loving island of Barbados and tropical shores of Jamaica to charming Antigua and lush St. Lucia, all the destinations featured below are included in the UK’s current travel corridor with international flights resumed and hotels certified covid-safe. Each island features at least one luxury adults-only beach hideaway with all-inclusive services that is welcoming British visitors right now for that long-dreamed-of escape.
Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa
Dickenson Bay, Antigua
Those in search of secluded sands need look no further than Antigua, which famously boasts a different beach for every day of the year. Less commercial than other Caribbean islands, development has been unobtrusive and sympathetic to the environment so as not to spoil its undeniable natural beauty.
Stunning by any standards, Dickenson Bay is the location for Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, offering the finest powdery sand and opalescent water on the island. All-suite terracotta villas are spaced through a Mediterranean-inspired village with a romantic atmosphere geared towards couples. No less than 11 dining venues ensure all tastes are well catered for, while private catamaran tours circumnavigate the island and a PADI diving centre lets guests explore Antigua’s amazing barrier reefs.
Current travel advice for Antigua
Sunset at the Palms
Beach hammocks and tropical cocktails beckon at this boutique retreat tucked among the palm-tufted shores of Negril. The adults-only all-inclusive is ideal for couples and travelling companions who want to kick back on the coolest island in the Caribbean.
Channelling Jamaica’s laid-back beach style, Sunset at the Palms‘ luxury treehouse-inspired accommodation offers privacy in a peaceful lemongrass-scented enclave known for its stunning sunsets. Priding itself on tasty Jamaican cuisine, the hotel offers classic Jerk dishes and snacks, Blue Mountain coffee, Jamaican Appleton rum cocktails and, of course, Red Stripe beer on tap. Its breezy Ginger Lily Spa helps guests unwind from the stresses of modern life, while a dedicated activities desk offers everything from windsurfing off the two-mile-long beach to Jamaican cooking and cocktail-making classes.
Current travel advice for Jamaica
Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels
Prospect Bay, Barbados
The first of Barbados’s Elegant Resorts portfolio to reopen since the pandemic, Waves Hotel & Spa By Elegant Hotels is also the first on the island to really embrace the wellness trend in travel, offering ultimate all-inclusive mind and body wellness packages. Its airy and spacious plot lets guests spread out and claim their own slice of tropical paradise along Barbados’s famous “Platinum Coast”.
Ocean-front rooms look out over a long crescent of fine sand that dips into the island’s sheltered western waters providing an idyllic spot for soaking in the tropic sun and immersing in the Caribbean Sea. For guests who want to get active on the open water, an on-site watersports centre offers aquatic activities such as kayaking, hobie-cat sailing and water-skiing. While tuition and equipment is free, snorkellers should bring their own mask and snorkel to spot the resident sea turtles.
Current travel advice for Barbados
Not as well-known as some of the more established Caribbean holiday destinations, Dominica is a tropical hideaway that feels like a fresh discovery. Peaceful and uncrowded, aside from powder-soft beaches with overarching palms, the island is cloaked in rainforest laced with waterfalls and the Caribbean’s longest walking route, The Waitukubuli National Trail, making it hiking heaven.
Reopened this summer, like all the hotels mentioned here, the ultra-luxe award-winning Secret Bay has new protocols in place to ensure guests’ wellbeing. It offers soul-soothing seclusion with free-standing villas set in acres of rainforest, so guests can go from a modern sanctuary into the arms of Mother Nature in just a few steps.
Its collection of residential villas fuse high design with natural materials, indulging guests’ individual tastes with gourmet kitchens and private catering, and including extensive outdoor space with plunge pools and terraces perched above the ocean. A little exploration reveals secret secluded beaches and sea caves indenting the resort’s rocky cliffs, while inland guests can go on hikes and waterfall canyoning adventures arranged by the hotel.
Current travel advice for Dominica
Anse Chastanet Resort
Soufriere, St Lucia
The epitome of barefoot luxury, Anse Chastanet Resort‘s handful of gorgeous suites are knitted into lush and verdant slopes behind two private sweeps of silvery sand with views towards St Lucia’s famous twin-peaked Pitons on the south-western tip of the island.
The high-end eco-retreat has a sustainable ethos promoting natural activities with well-maintained hiking and jungle biking trails snaking around its 600 private acres of rainforested slopes and historic plantation land. On-site watersports including paddle-boarding and snorkelling in protected coral-rich waters let you immerse in nature without even leaving the resort. Eco-minded visitors may also appreciate the dedicated vegan restaurant and a seafood grill serving up invasive lionfish as its catch of the day to help protect local reefs.
Current travel advice for St Lucia
Happy Caribbean holidays
For the time being, most Caribbean nations require visitors to complete an online travel authorisation and to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken before travelling. As such, a number of UK healthcare providers are offering fast coronavirus testing and “Fit to Fly” certificates for international travellers.
At Kenwood Travel, our resident Caribbean experts will guide you through the specifics to ensure you have a smooth and relaxing trip to the tropics. When you book today, you can take advantage of our super low deposits from just £99 per person and we will even send you a complimentary face mask. Simply call 020 7749 9245 to speak to a travel consultant.