Bucuti & Tara Boutique Beach Resort, Oranjestad, Aruba.

7 island hotels to make you wonder why you aren't living the island life yet

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TRVL Tips 7 island hotels to make you wonder why you aren't living the island life yet

Sun, sand, ocean, and luxurious resorts. Sound good?

Michaela Immar
Michaela Immar

These island hotels tick all the boxes needed to make your next beach holiday unforgettable. You’ll enjoy your stay in paradise so much that you’ll never want to leave, and before you know it, you’ll be relocating to one of these perfect tropical islands.

Hawaii is full of natural beauty; few would argue with its label as “paradise.” If you’re looking for accommodation that rivals Hawaii’s nature as paradise, look no further than the Halekulani in Oahu. The name of the hotel even means “house befitting heaven” in Hawaiian, and this hotel is truly that. The 5-star hotel boasts a spa for relaxation, five bars/restaurants, and a beach location that allows all suites and most rooms to overlook the ocean. Even the oval, mosaic-floor pool is only steps from the beach. What more could you ask for?

2. Bucuti & Tara Boutique Beach Resort, Oranjestad, Aruba

This adults-only resort is the perfect place for your next romantic beach getaway. At this boutique resort, you can enjoy the white sand and crystal clear water of Eagle Beach while enjoying a luxury stay at an eco-friendly resort. Bucuti & Tara offers a movie night on the beach twice a week, a Sandbar with happy hour, and even the opportunity to dine on the beach by the water at a table for two in a private cabana. If you’re into health and wellness, the resort even offers the option of having a Wellness Specialist to assist you during your stay.

3. The Caves, Negril, Jamaica

Ever wanted to stay where the stars spend their vacations? You can experience Hollywood-level accommodation at The Caves. This resort is distinctive in the fact that it is a series of 12 unique luxury cottages on the limestone cliffs of Negril overlooking the ocean. The cave setting of the resort gives it a hidden, secluded feeling while the resort offers everything from a cliffside hot tub to seaside fine dining. If that’s not enough, don’t miss the Blackwell Rum Bar — a bar in a secret cave with openings in the rock walls giving views of the sea. To get to the bar, you have to go down a coral staircase by the water and cross a wooden footbridge to arrive at your new favorite bar.

4. The Cove Eleuthera, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

Those looking for a secluded, relaxing holiday in the sun will find just the right amount of solitude at The Cove Eleuthera, a beachside resort on Eleuthera. With a variety of accommodation options ranging from island chic rooms to oceanfront cottages with luxury bath amenities, there is something to please any visitor. Take a dip in the oceanside infinity pool or go snorkeling along the lively reefs — the choice is yours.

5. Eden Roc at Cap Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Eden Roc at Cap Cana offers its visitors luxury accommodation along with ultimate privacy. The resort’s 34 suites and villas each offer a private pool and use of a golf cart to access the resort’s facilities. Each visitor is given an iPad which controls the lights, TV, and sound of their room. When not enjoying the luxurious accommodation, you can venture out to the Eden Roc Beach Club and soak up some sun.

6. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

The Ritz-Carlton is the ideal resort for those who want to experience the finer things on their beach holiday with no shortage of things to do. You can spend your time taking advantage of the island’s natural beauty by snorkeling, kayaking, or sailing, or you can make use of the resort’s tennis courts, spa, water hammocks, and fitness classes. Kids can enjoy Starfish Cay, the water playground for children. There’s something for everyone at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

7. Harbor Village Beach Club, Kralendijk, Bonaire

The Harbor Village Beach Club is all about watersports. The resort offers dive lessons twice a day in some amazing dive spots. Windsurfers will be delighted with the windsurfing spot at Lac Bay. For those looking for a less active stay, Harbor Village boasts the best beach on the island, and it’s available only to guests of the resort. Spacious rooms and friendly staff will make your stay even more enjoyable.

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The Cove Eleuthera, Eleuthera, The Bahamas Photo by Martine van den Boomen

Martine van den Boomen

Martine van den Boomen

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The Cove Eleuthera, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

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