Six New Caribbean Resorts for Your Next Warm-Weather Getaway

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Six New Caribbean Resorts for Your Next Warm-Weather Getaway
Dreaming of secret beaches, laidback meals, and eco-friendly retreats? Read on for the experiences and places that are bound to inspire your next island vacation.
By Ann Abel, AFAR Contributor
Courtesy Playa Grande Beach Club
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    Playa Grande Beach Club
    Dominican Republic

    Hidden away at the end of a pristine mile-long beach on the less visited north coast, Playa Grande Beach Club comprises a central great house and nine sea-facing, bohemian-chic bungalows done up in sherbet tones and mismatched prints. Take a sunset cruise along the dramatic limestone coast of the Laguna Gri-Gri. From $800
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    Le Barthélemy
    St. Bart's

    The newest hotel on the Grand Cul de Sac, Le Barthélemy, specializes in tranquility. All of the 46 rooms and suites have drop-down screens that transform outdoor terraces into private spaces. French chef Guy Martin, of the two-Michelin-star Le Grand Véfour in Paris, developed the menus for the two restaurants. Book the “Picnic Chic” service and a concierge will pack beach chairs, a hamper of canapés, and a bottle of rosé for you to take to any of the island’s secluded beaches. From $682
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    Villa Marie
    St. Bart's

    Jocelyne Sibuet is the Martha Stewart of France, and she’s behind the stylish Villa Marie, which opens in December on a landscaped hillside above picturesque Flamands Beach. The 19 bungalows and 2 villas have an understated vibe: seashell-rimmed mirrors, hand-woven cordage lamps, and sun-bleached wood. The resort boutique, curated by Sibuet, stocks clothing and jewelry custom designed for the hotel by traditional French companies. (Opening December 2016.) From $560
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    French Coco

    Opened in July near the unspoiled Caravelle Peninsula nature reserve, French Coco is a study in rough-hewn, raw, and natural materials. Most of the 17 airy suites have private plunge pools, and the open-air French Creole restaurant makes use of the on-site garden, seasonal produce from local farmers, and freshly caught fish. From $335
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    Kimpton Seafire
    Grand Cayman

    Grand Cayman, known for its sprawling Seven Mile Beach and world-class scuba diving, has its first new resort in more than a decade. Most of the 266 rooms at the Seafire offer views showcasing the sunsets that inspired the property’s name. The three restaurants include the seasonal, small-plate Ave, whose 24-seat chef’s counter, Avecita, serves a Spanish tapas tasting menu. At the bar off the lobby, try a cocktail featuring tepache, a beverage made from fermented pineapple rinds. From $339
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    Zemi Beach House

    This beachfront retreat on Shoal Bay East—known for its sugar-white sands and low-key beach bars—has 54 guest rooms, 9 suites, and 27 larger residences, all with private outdoor spaces and sea views. The resort’s showstopper is a 15,000-square-foot spa, built within a wooden house transported from Thailand. The Rhum Room stocks more than 100 rums. From $530
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