The 7 Best Places To Stay During A Warm Weather Escape This Winter
The warm-weather getaway is a tried-and-true winter tradition — and there’s no better place for a sun-and-sand escape than the Caribbean. Hotels and resorts in these spots are taking things to the next level in 2020 – check out some of the latest developments below.
Resorts World Bimini
Located in The Bahamas just 50 miles east of Miami, Resorts World Bimini recently unveiled plans for its new beach club, which will open its doors in April 2020. An inspired collab with Virgin Voyages, the new island hot spot will deliver the luxury of a premium beach club and resort. Additionally, all Virgin Voyages cruises itineraries will feature a stop at Bimini, Bahamas for guests to enjoy the new beach club starting next year. Guests will enjoy a full-scale party atmosphere at night, local cuisine and enhanced access to aquatic adventures. The new beach club will also offer a blend of spa-style treatments and services like yoga and meditation opportunities.
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
Sustainability is a major trend in travel – and Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman is leading the way. Recently, the Seafire team has joined forces with a local dive company to help replenish the coral in Caribbean waters, launching a program called Seafire Guardians, whose mission is to protect, develop and regenerate the ocean’s coral reefs. Additionally, the resort weaves sustainability throughout the property, with open-air architecture, meandering gardens, solar panels, eco-friendly materials and modern designs that utilize natural elements to maximize energy efficiency.
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas reopened in late fall 2019, following a period of extensive enhancements. The all-encompassing $100 million project includes fully reimagined and redesigned public spaces, rooms and suites, event and meeting space, and dining venues inclusive of a new culinary concept. The resort’s 180 guestrooms and suites have been entirely reimagined with a bright and airy design that amplifies the natural beauty of the island, all purposefully facing the Bay to offer guests expansive ocean views. Other new features include a remodeled infinity pool, a new Sicilian restaurant, Alloro, and a new luxury catamaran, the Lady Lynsey II.
Barceló Maya Riviera
Barceló Maya Grand Resort welcomes the new all-inclusive, adults-only, all-suite Barceló Maya Riviera on Dec. 15, 2019. The latest addition to the renowned Barceló Maya Grand Resort complex, the new resort joins Barceló Maya Palace, Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya Tropical. In December, the resort complex will also unveil Barceló Maya Arena, the largest convention center and meetings inventory in the region. A combined investment of $250 million has been allocated to this expansion project.
Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos
Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos has just launched an immersive Elements of Baja experiences focus on key pillars that are essential to the culture and history of the region: Water, Earth, Art and Fire. Each adventure is exclusive to Solaz Resort guests and have been created by local guide and photographer Oscar Ortiz, who has lived in Baja for more than 20 years. Experiences include a journey through Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; a trip back in time to explore some of the earliest indigenous artwork of the region; an immersive day in Todo Santos, a Baja artists’ colony; and a restorative visit to the thermal springs and freshwater pool oasis of the Sierra de la Laguna.
Bermuda is home to several incredible hotels and it’s only getting better. In 2020 the island will welcome several new developments including the Sandymount, Azura Boutique Hotel and Residences and Bermudiana Beach Resort, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Additionally, 2021 will see the opening of The St. Regis Bermuda Resort. These developments are an exciting addition to Bermuda’s already robust hotel offerings, which range from a Relais & Chateaux property to another featuring one of the world’s only subterranean cave spas. Finally, the L.F. Wade International Airport will soon debut a new, start-of-the-art terminal.
Naia Resort and Spa
A short 30-minute flight on a puddle jumper from Belize City is Placencia, where Naia Resort and Spa is nestled perfectly on 200 acres of lush private grounds. The resort has just announced they are expanding their inventory to include a new luxurious accommodation by the end of the year, just in time for 2020 guests. The resort. Ideal for families or groups of friends, the stunning three-story beachfront villa will allow guests to enjoy the quintessential Belize escape. The new residence will feature over 7,000 sq. ft. of pure modern luxury, with five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and a plethora of over-the-top amenities. Highlights will include an elevator in the villa, a large lap pool with a sky deck and suspending waterfall feature over the pool, as well as, a private concierge/butler service which can arrange dinners and yoga sessions for guests at the beach-house.