For superyacht crew, the festive period over Christmas and New Year can be one of the busiest times of the year. While most land-dwellers take this time to relax, superyacht crew are in the midst of the craziest weeks of the Caribbean season. So now the celebrations are over and the decorations have been packed away, making the most of any time off is essential if you want to kick start the new year feeling recharged and rejuvenated.
Celebrate the New Year and treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. Why stay at run-of-the-mill hotels or copycat resorts when you can rest your head at unique one-of-a-kind stays? So, if you’re lucky enough to be in the Caribbean with time to burn or planning on spending time there, check out these exceptional and quirky getaways for yacht crew in the Caribbean.
Castara Retreats, Tobago
This treehouse-style resort run by a local couple is nestled on a rainforest hillside overlooking the ocean. Castara Eco Lodges has seventeen rustic-chic tree houses that offer one or two-bedroom accommodations, with enough choices to suit all budgets and requirements. Swim in the perfect blue ocean or explore the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere, where you can find the Castara waterfall that cascades into a freshwater rock pool. Rejuvenate with yoga or a message in the open-air pavilion, and then finish off the day by enjoying an evening meal and delicious cocktails made from locally sourced, fresh ingredients at the open-air panoramic restaurant.
– One night stay from £107.
Set on Jamaica’s south coast on Treasure Beach, Jakes is a family-run boutique hotel that’s at the centre of the local community. It’s certainly no stranger to Instagram, with Jakes’s cool, low-key vibe enhanced by its string of brightly coloured cottages that decorate the shoreline. There’s plenty to do with the nearby YS Falls, Pelican Bar, art galleries, and onsite spa. Plus, boat excursions and island tours are run by friendly locals. It’s the perfect place to stay for those on a budget who still want to stay somewhere with charm and authenticity.
– One night stay from $139.
Soak up the sun and 300 years of history at Montpelier Plantation and Beach. This luxury boutique hideaway is built around one of the island’s original 18th-century sugar plantations. Explore the island’s lush rainforest on foot or bike on the many trails. Or take advantage of the offered hotel activities, such as deep-sea fishing, sailing, horseback riding, waterskiing, windsurfing, nature walks, mountain treks, boat trips, and tennis lessons. Set in the foothills of Nevis Peak and surrounded by lush tropical gardens that stretch 60 acres, Montpelier is the perfect spot to rest and recharge.
– One night stay from $255.
Cottonwood Tree House, Jamaica
Settled on twelve lush acres on Jamaica’s Gold Coast, Cottonwood Tree House is part of the Hermosa Cove Villa Resort. This handcrafted resort offers a selection of secluded villas, each with its own charm and personality. Guests can soak in the deep bathtub located on the upstairs terrace while enjoying views of the ocean, and local flora and fauna. The resort features a private beach, beachside dining, three outdoor pools, spa services and water activities.
– One night stay from €506.
The Grand Tiki
Taking glamping to a whole new level is this stay located just off the coast of Key West, Florida. This Grand Tiki houseboat can accommodate two people and features a big double bed, hammock, outside terrace and seating, TV, hot water and even air conditioning. You’ll need to bring your own picnic-style food, but it is equipped with a fridge and coffee machine.
– One night stay from $556.
The Caves, Jamaica
Perched atop limestone cliffs just outside of Negril’s beautiful West End, The Caves offers tranquillity and luxury while just minutes away from one of Jamaica’s most vibrant towns. Twelve brightly coloured cliffside cottages offer one, two or three-bedroom accommodations and feature outdoor showers, verandas, and other luxuries. One cottage even has access to its very own blue hole. The resort also boasts a Spa, sauna, jacuzzi, private hot tub, salt¬water pool, indoor dining room, outdoor gazebo dining area, a sand bar, private cave dining, and a secret rum bar located inside the caves.
– One night stay from $570.
Eternal Bubble, Puerto Rico
In the town of Ponse, Porto Rico, you can escape from reality and literally live in your own little bubble. Stay inside a bubble dome, watch the skies and enjoy the views of the nearby river before falling asleep underneath the stars. The private bubble comes with its own private pool, outdoor kitchen, and tub, so it’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the surrounding nature and mountain scenery.
– One night stay from $360.
Golden Eye, Jamaica
If you’re a die-hard James Bond fan, then the only place you should be thinking of staying when in the Caribbean is Golden Eye. Ian Flemming, the writer and creator of the 007 franchise, bought the land and built his dream home in the 1940s. He created the famous character during his first winter in residence and continued to write here for the remainder of his career. Today, the property is owned by Chris Blackwell, the music producer who discovered Bob Marley and has been extended to include oceanfront villas, lagoon cottages and beach huts.
– One night stay from $626.
Kalua Private Island, Columbia
Ever fancied staying on a completely private island? Although slightly further afield off the coast of Columbia, Kalua Private Island makes up its own completely private island, complete with a pool and staff to cook, clean, and assist you in any way. Get away from the world and relax as you take in the glorious 360-degree blue ocean views. The property can sleep up to 12 people, so if you gather enough friends and crew mates, it can work out at just €130 per night each.
– One night stay from €1,382.
Rabat Hotel, Saint Lucia
Immerse yourself in nature at the Rabat Hotel by Hotel Chocolat in Saint Lucia. Rabot Estate, the island’s oldest working cocoa farm, is nestled in a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site close to the old capital of Soufriere. Twenty Five eco-lodges provide the accommodation and include views of the Petit Piton and the Caribbean Sea and boast open-sky rainforest showers. Within the estate visitors also have access to the open-air restaurant, bar, and spa. Guests can enjoy Project Chocolat, a multi-sensory, tree-to-bar experience, indulge in cacao-infused cuisine at Rabot restaurant, or enjoy the views from the infinity pool. There’s also a selection of activities available for adventure seekers, including a guided tour of the cacao groves.
– One night stay from $766.
Jade Mountain Resort, St Lucia
For those looking to blow the budget, Jade Mountain Resort is a scenically stunning architecture lover’s dream. Owned and designed by architect Nick Troubetzkoy, the resort overlooks the 600-acre beachfront resort of Anse Chastanet and is designed to blend harmoniously with the local Caribbean nature. With its open plan layout and the absent fourth wall, indoors and outdoors blend seamlessly, and the mesmerising views of the Caribbean sea and St. Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site take centre stage at all times.
– One night stay from $1,410.
We’d love to hear about your experiences at any of our Caribbean recommendations. Tag @funairfun on socials in your vacay snaps. Or, if you have any of your own suggestions, send them to us at [email protected].