Elite Traveler Summer 2022

This image Barbados’s diverse geography Below right The Strand Grand Residences in Turks and Caicos


The Caribbean is a much-loved destination, but with so many new openings and exciting sustainable initiatives in the works, it’s well worth taking another look at the region. From new luxury hotels gracing the sandy beaches of Turks and Caicos to an unspoiled island boasting secluded white beaches and one of the largest coral reefs in the Caribbean, these four islands will quickly earn the top spots on your bucket list.

BARBADOS With a little of everything on o ff er, Barbados’s geography is as diverse as it is stunning: waterfalls, craggy caves, superb snorkeling — even pink-sand beaches. Striving to keep the island and its coral reefs in pristine condition, the government is hot on sustainable tourism, implementing legislation and forming agencies whose sole purpose is to protect, preserve, and educate locals and visitors. So — where to stay? Completely reimagined, the sprawling O2 Beach Club & Spa opened its doors at the end of 2021. Set on an idyllic beachfront, this new resort caters to all types of travelers: Explore the island on a 4x4 jeep safari, enjoy a romantic sunset catamaran cruise along the coastline, or unwind at the state-of-the-art Acqua Spa. Committed to being a responsible corporate citizen, the hotel (as part of Ocean Hotels) supports charities, initiatives and educational programs that help develop the community, allowing travelers to make a lasting

TURKS AND CAICOS Over the next few years, expect to see big changes to Turks and Caicos. Alongside new hotel openings from Ritz-Carlton, the increased demand for branded residences has made a recognizable imprint on the island: A unique resort and residential community on a 14-acre oceanfront site, Grace Bay Resorts’ Rock House opened in Spring 2022 and totals just 42 villas and cottages. Over the coming years, this new venture is set to be joined by Andaz Turks & Caicos Residences and The Strand Turks & Caicos residential resort community. It’s an exciting time to set down roots in the Caribbean, if you needed an excuse. With some of the most spectacular beaches and turquoise waters, as well as coral reefs that beg to be explored, there is so much to keep you entertained. While Grace Bay is the most popular, head to the area between Providenciales and North Caicos and you’ll fi nd an untouched collection of small cays and deserted white sand beaches. ritzcarlton.com, rockhouseresort.com, andaztcresidences.com, thestrandtci.com

impact at their destination. o2beachclubbarbados.com

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