By NAN Lifestyle Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Mar. 4, 2016: Small hotels are serving up service and great options across the Caribbean region, especially in Jamaica, and many are being lauded by TripAdvisor travelers. Here are the top 10 compiled by News Americas Now:
1: The Trident Hotel, Jamaica: The Trident Hotel located on a rocky bay in Port Antonio, Jamaica serves up high end contemporary oceanfront villas with 1950s and ‘60s artwork, terraces with plunge pools and hot tubs, as well as living areas and minibars and rain showers along with 24-hour room service. It is located 4 km from both Errol Flynn Marina and Navy Island and 5 km from Frenchman’s Cove beach and offers an open-air sea-view restaurant, a bar and a cool reading lounge/game room as well as a cinema room. Visitors to Trident are raging about its “impeccable service and excellent food” and the fact that you get a mobile phone to call home and make calls to the hotel or local numbers while they visit.
2: The Resort at Wilks Bay, Jamaica: Coming in at number two is The Resort at Wilks Bay, also located in Port Antonio, Jamaica. This hotel has made the top ten list for best service in the Caribbean.
Mary and James Lowe and their staff of The Resort at Wilks Bay, Port Antonio – between San San Beach and Frenchman’s Cove – Jamaica, get rave reviews from guests, landing them in the number 7 spot on the best service list. Wilks Bay is a hidden gem – a small group of apartments clustered around a lawn and pool, with the beautiful backdrop of the bay (and private beach). It offers a relaxed and friendly environment generously serviced by a dedicated staff team. The one, two and three bedroom villa, cottage and apartments each have a cook/ housekeeper to look after you. They are ideal for couples, families and honeymooners or small groups looking for a peaceful getaway. Visitors say The Resort offers “a real taste of Jamaica and it’s culture, people and food.”
3: Secret Bay, Dominica: Located in Portsmouth in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Secret Bay has been named as the number three best small hotel in the Caribbean. It’s a perfect escape with six two-storey luxury villas and bungalow tree houses made from Guyana Greenheart. Here guests can get immersed in nature while enjoying personalized service that caters to guest preferences and privacy. The personalized experience begins with guests greeted at the airport and given a guided tour on their way to this luxurious resort, complete with a private chef.
4: The SPA Retreat Boutique Hotel: This hotel has also made the top ten for service. The SPA Retreat Boutique Hotel in Westmoreland, Negril, Jamaica is a rustic-chic adults-only hotel with rooms and suites set in stone cottages with thatched roofs, private balconies and stylish woodsy decor. The hotel offers a sea-view restaurant with a terrace, plus cooking classes, a saltwater pool and a beach deck and its location is perfect for romance or weddings and honeymoons.
5: Le Petit Hotel, St. Maarten-St. Martin: Named the fifth best small hotel in the Caribbean is Le Petit Hotel in Grand Case Maarten-St. Martin. This hotel has also made top ten ranks for service as travelers give Remy and Yamina four stars for their “amazing suggestions” on things to do in St. Martin. The hotel has only ten rooms but they all offer a stunning view of one of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean. Each room has a private balcony overlooking the sea where you can enjoy a quiet breakfast, a sunset cocktail before heading to dinner and a nightcap before bed. It is close to the main town, but there is still a feeling of seclusion.
6: Geejam, Jamaica: This exclusive private hotel in Port Antonio is located on six acres and extends from the foothills of the John Crow and Blue Mountain chains to the Caribbean waterfront. It prides itself on being located in “the bush” and even has a Bush Bar too boot, which is dubbed one of the “top ten most fascinating places to hang out.” Geejam’s mantra focuses on a grassroots approach to relaxation, restoration and reinvention but still includes a state of the art recording studio and all the creature comforts of modern life. It is a ten-minute drive to the historic town of Port Antonio, the capital town of the parish of Portland, located on the northeast coast of Jamaica and shrouded by the Blue Mountains and is also home to the Errol Flynn marina which boasts a thriving hub of local culture, with a varied nightlife, including Ska bars, Reggae sound-systems and nightclubs. Guests rave about the courteous, friendly and professional staff as well as the the outstanding food and the “true Jamaican flare!
7: Lighthouse Bay Resort Hotel, Barbuda: Lighthouse Bay Resort Hotel on the western coast of the island of Barbuda has been named by TripAdvisor as the seventh best small hotel in the Caribbean. Located on Codrington, Barbuda it is dubbed as “a hidden gem” that offers tranquility and beauty along with service. It’s beach is made up on pink and white sand and the only sound you hear is the quiet lapping of the waves. Guests must take a short flight from Antigua via helicopter and are then greeted by the manager and staff. Get ready for each beach walks, good food and a wonderful staff, allowing you to unwind from the busyness of life.
8: Pagua Bay House Oceanfront Cabanas, Dominica: Located just 10 minutes South of Melville Hall airport on the rugged coast in Marigot, Dominica, the Pagua Bay House Oceanfront Cabanas integrates a simple modern aesthetic with comfortable rusticity in a stylish ocean view retreat overlooking Pagua Bay. Guests can choose from a walk on the beach, a swim in the crystal clear Pagua River or lunch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at our restaurant Pagua Bay Bar & Grill. It is a relaxing, welcoming, and stunning retreat that is also very private that offers the “jungle” behind and the ocean in front. The friendly owners and staff cater to their guests needs.
9: Hotel L’Esplanade, St. Maarten-St. Martin: This 24-room hotel in Grand Case has been owned and operated by the Petrelluzzi family since it was built in 1992. It is designed to provide absolute relaxation and genuine hospitality and stunning, lush tropical setting helps along with a zen-ful yoga platform offering daily complimentary yoga classes, and a luxurious spa tucked away in a cottage on the property while bartender Alain keeps the drinks flowing.
10: Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia: It’s been called one of the most romantic places in St. Lucia and perhaps the Caribbean and the Soufriere-located Jade Mountain Resort rounds out our top ten list. This hotel is located above the 600 acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet on St. Lucia’s south-western Caribbean coastline. Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has done a phenomenal job of making this resort seem like its sitting in the middle of St. Lucia’s famed Pitons. Jade Mountain St. Lucia’s bold architectural design including its individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns reaches towards the sky and leaves guests oohing and aahing as they take in what is perhaps one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences. Guests especially rave about the wrap around infinity pool with a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors, the Jade Mountain Club, the Jade Mountain Club James Beard Award winner Chef Allen Susser’s “Jade Cuisine” and the caring staff. Also wowing guests are the rooms with one wall completely open to the view of the incredible Pitons including from your own private pool in our room. All in all, a delightful experience!