The Bahamas may be touristy, but with 700 islands the country, the nation still offers some of the best chances for unadulterated escape, especially if you’re into the sport of bonefishing or the sport of private-villa buying; Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage, Shakira, Roger Waters, and Eddie Murphy all have had a go.
Kimberly Wilson-Wetty, co-president/owner of Valerie Wilson Travel, a New York-based agency specialising in high-net-worth clientele, also credits to easy accessibility for the Bahamas’ popularity—commercial flights vs. private jet vs. yacht—and standout resorts like Paradise Island’s One&Only Ocean Club. The luxury traveler is really driven to the hotel when they’re choosing the island—especially in the Caribbean, says Wilson-Wetty, “There aren’t just a lot of ‘luxury islands.’ Baha Mar brought the Bahamas a new limelight, an element of intrigue.”
Tiny, boho-chic Anguilla has the best dining in the Caribbean, with over 100 multi-starred restaurants. But what really puts it up the list: privacy. Tourism here doesn’t happen in hordes or on cruise ships with paparazzi documenting the scene. “Anguilla is not for those seeking validation,” said Hon. Cardigan Connor, a parliamentary secretary for tourism, “Our low-key, understated vibe is what attracts our celebrity clientele.” (Indeed, among just the 1 percent, the country ranks No.2.) To add to the bliss: the only Turkish hammam in the Caribbean opened recently at the new Zemi Beach House
Aruba got a little hokey in the 1980s and ’90s after massive tourism developments and a certain Beach Boys song introduced this small tropical paradise to the hoi polloi, so much so that in 2007, the government moved to slow the growth. This past June, the island announced progress on its $1 billion “revitalization and beautification” investment program, including hotel and airport upgrades to recapture its exclusive feel.
Rosalie Bay, Dominica is set on the wild Atlantic coast of rugged, mostly undeveloped Dominica, Rosalie Bay offers a tranquil island escape 45 minutes from the capital city of Roseau.
Stay: The Rosalie Bay Resort features 28 guest rooms and suites with mountain, ocean, river, or garden views amid towering palms and coconut trees.
Eat: Zamaan Restaurant offers fresh ingredients from Rosalie Bay Resort’s garden and authentic Dominican favors. Enjoy your meal under the moonlight on their outdoor veranda.
Do: Lace up your hiking boots for an intense trek over moss-covered paths to Boiling Lake, the world’s second-largest volcanically heated body of water.