Hermitage Bay, Antigua
Few things in life are as good as they are broadcast to be, but Hermitage Bay is a rare gem that actually exceeds all. The beautiful natural environment at Hermitage Bay lays the foundation for their guiding principles; heartfelt concern for the guests, staff and environment, healthy living, and the restoration of mind, body and soul. The natural beauty and tranquility of the bay and gardens are healing in themselves. To further promote a sense of wellbeing, they offer luxurious organic treatments in the Garden Spa and provide regular yoga, meditation and pilates classes on the spa deck.
Only here: The 30-minute ride from the airport is largely on a private, rather unmaintained road. It's what gives Hermitage Bay guests unrivaled privacy.
When to go: As with most Caribbean destinations, May is a spectacular shoulder-season month to save and dodge the masses.
Eden Rock Hotel, St. Barts
Eden Rock – St Barths offers 34 highly individual accommodations located “on the rock”, dotted along the beach or set within the lush green garden. Each guest accommodation is individually decorated by Jane Matthews in her unique style. Flat screen satellite televisions and dvd players are available in all rooms, as well as complimentary high speed internet access, iPod docking stations, Bulgari amenities – and lots lots more… A generous and non-corporate business approach has always been the way at the family owned Eden Rock.
Only here: Each room at Eden Rock is unique. So unique, the Rockstar Villa comes with a recording studio.
When to go: St. Barts' resorts tiptoe into affordable realms during May and June.
Cayo Espanto, Belize
The South Pacific's overwater bungalows have a luxurious Caribbean rival. Belize's Cayo Espanto offers a private overwater bungalow off a private dock on a private island. All of it is a short flight from your not-so-private daily life.
Only here: The resort’s overwater villa (not pictured) features a glass floor to view sea life. We know of no other villa like this in the Caribbean. When to go: March and April offer the clearest water and weather.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
Romance is having no fourth wall, no doors, no windows — and no distractions — separating you from one of the world's most iconic views.
Only here: Sleep, eat, lounge and bathe inside a screensaver scene.
When to go: May is best for savings, and for securing the Galaxy Sanctuary, which offers a 270-degree wall-less view of the Pitons and Jade Mountain's private beach.
North Island, Seychelles
North Island is a luxury private island resort, in the heart of Seychelles. This is an exceptional destination, where unashamed luxury, bespoke service and a generous all-inclusive offering combine to give you exceptional privacy and exclusivity in your tropical home away from home.
Only here: Giant seeds (coco de mers) grow to resemble the human buttocks.
When to go: May to November, when cooling trade winds kick in.
Fowl Cay Resort, Exuma, Bahamas
Fowl Cay is a private island with a difference: discover six uniquely beautiful villas spread across a private 50-acre retreat in the secluded chain of the Exumas, Bahamas. No neighboring hotels, no passing ships, no crowds – just you and the excitement of exploring a special kind of wilderness. Made up of 365 tiny islands and cays, stretching across more than 120 miles of crystal-clear, warm turquoise water – the natural beauty of the Exumas is one of the most extraordinary settings on the planet. It's time to explore the world of Fowl Cay – no longer just a dream...
Only here: Villas come with a boat, but no boat captain. That’s your job. Private picnics, castaway fantasies — anything is possible amid 365 cays and islands.
When to go: Winter offers the best weather; June the best deals, though there's a greater chance of rain.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji
Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a haven of subtle luxury for adults only and the first and only resort in Fiji with authentic over water-bures. It is a unique and special place amidst a pristine and natural environment, designed with integrity to Fijian cultural values, traditional designs and architecture, and is embraced by the renowned warmth of the Fijian people.
Only here: Music dominates daily life. So much so that an easy-to-pack box of guitar picks given to the Likuliku staff creates lifelong friends. When to go: May, June and October blend low rates and favorable weather. Fiji's peak season is July through September (winter break for Aussies and Kiwis).
Sandals LaSource, Grenada
An exotic, unspoiled hideaway, Sandals LaSource Grenada offers a romantic Caribbean vacation in the heart of Grenada's exclusive Pink Gin Beach. Defying every convention of traditional design, this resort features three unique villages with cutting-edge innovations such as Skypool Suites with infinity-edge plunge pools and an ocean-side pool with a "living room." Completing the Luxury Included® experience are a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa, and ten gourmet restaurants including the Caribbean's first true steakhouse.
Only here: Notions of an all-inclusive resort expand. Live shows, sailing lessons, and snorkeling and diving tours are included in the nightly rate (from $339 per person).
When to go: Early December sees deals and sunny skies.
Ian Fleming once demanded two-month vacations to write at his estate in St. Mary, Jamaica, now the jewel of GoldenEye resort — yes, like the James Bond movie. Fleming's writing desk (007's birthplace) still beckons. So do villas Vesper, Honey Chile and Solitaire.
Only here: The Fleming Villa includes its own pocket beach and a modern-day media room Q himself would appreciate.
When to go: Late November and early December visits offer big savings, and avoid the holiday (and hurricane) season.
Le Meridien, Bora Bora, Islands of Tahiti
Romance is waking up in a dream. You're there, in Tahiti, in one of its signature enclaves hovering above the lagoon of Bora Bora. Pronounce it quickly like the locals — podapoda. You don't want to waste any time here.
Only here: Snorkeling with dozens of turtles is a given. The resort's lagoon is a turtle-rehabilitation habitat, unique to Le Meridien.
When to go: May through October is the region's dry season and peak season. Deals are rare in Tahiti, but the first week of January is a good bet, though there's a greater chance of rain.
Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Arrive by luxury speedboat to find glass-floored overwater bungalows and your own personal butler. The island is home to the first underwater spa and what's said to be the largest wine collection in the Maldives. A-lister Kate Moss is a frequent guest. Actually, anyone who stays here is on the A-list, if only for a few days.
Only here: The spa is more aquarium than therapy room. A treatment's challenge is closing your eyes.
When to go: May through November offers great deals, fewer neighbors and fantastic snorkeling.
Sanctuary Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Sanctuary Cap Cana resort is located in Cap Cana, a private retreat inside Punta Cana. Cap Cana is made up of 30,000 acres of flawless beaches, and oceanfront valley roads. It is the ideal destination for any type of traveler, with a variety of things to do, such as, water sports and outdoor activities, and high quality restaurants. This destination is also home to Punta Espada Golf Club, which is considered one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean. Cap Cana also holds one of the most spectacular Marinas in the world, famous and accredited by international journals for its fishing. All of these amenities combined with Cap Cana’s turquoise waters and white sand beaches make it one of the most beautiful and desirable vacation spots in the world.
Only here: A private-island feel among a slew of all-inclusives.
When to go: From March to May, the peak-season crowds start dipping out. June through November sees lots of deals (but the weather can be iffy).