As we traverse midwinter’s monochrome, is it any wonder that we daydream of white sands, palm trees, and the serene sapphire seas of the Caribbean? To provide respite before the vernal equinox, Luxury Defined presents six tropical escapes in the Caribbean, where winter’s chill is but a memory. Contemplate that fathomless blue from a glass-front pool or infinity-edge spa in the Turks and Caicos; unwind on the tennis court, putting green, or full-service spa of a secluded seaside sanctuary in Anguilla; or, find solace on a 16-acre idyll in the Bahamas, with its own deepwater marina for the superyacht that gets you there.
Iconic Abaco Estate
Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
In a corner of the Caribbean favored by royalty, the iconic Abaco Estate on the idyllic Bahamian island of Man-O-War-Cay offers easy access to the U.S. mainland yet seems a world away with its extreme privacy, leagues of private white-sand beach, and mesmerizing sea views. The 16-acre estate has a bounty of amenities: four beautiful homes built by local artisans, staff quarters, a waterside party pagoda, a beach pavilion, and landscaped gardens. The estate is fully accessible by boat: the private deepwater marina and safe harbor is capable of handling a 100-foot superyacht and provides sheltered docks for a dozen smaller vessels.
Cabrera, Dominican Republic
The largest and grandest property in the Dominican Republic, Villa Anacoana is more than a home: It is a resort-like sanctuary set in a 50-foot hillside with seven acres of gardens and a private beach. Located in the exclusive community of Orchid Bay on the north shore of the island, Villa Anacaona welcomes its guests with luxury, privacy, and tranquility. With 22 bedrooms and 25 bathrooms, the property can accommodate up to 40 guests and offers all of the amenities, including a gym, tennis court, squash court, yoga room, expected from a world-class resort, yet with all the comforts of home.
West End, Anguilla
Cerulean Villa lies on a secluded stretch of beach amid tranquil landscaped gardens, creating an ambience of luxury and elegance. One of the most luxurious and exclusive beachfront properties in the Caribbean, this villa on the serene Leeward Island of Anguilla was decorated by celebrated New York-based interior designer Scott Salvator. The spectacular residence combines a serene atmosphere with a sense of proper indulgence. There are nine bedrooms with three additional staff rooms, a dining room warmed by a fireplace, an alfresco dining and kitchen area, a recreation room, tennis court, putting green, and gym. A full-service spa room is also on-site with a full menu of pampering and treatments.
One Sandy Lane
Paynes Bay, Saint James, Barbados
Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, amid beautiful gardens on Barbados’ Platinum Coast, One Sandy Lane is an enclave of ultimately private, refined, and secure residences exuding an atmosphere of an unsurpassed opulence. Perhaps the most luxurious property ever built on the island of Barbados, this magnificent development was conceived to emulate the graceful beauty of the legendary Sandy Lane Hotel just a short stroll away. Eight palatial units, ranging from 8,500 to 10,000 square feet, exhibit superb craftsmanship, striking artistry, and a casual elegance that exemplifies the Barbados lifestyle.
Long Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
This contemporary villa overlooks turquoise waters and sugar-sand beaches from its ultra-private location on Long Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands—ranked as one of the world’s 10 best island beaches by Condé Nast Traveler. This two-acre haven has 155 feet of beach frontage and more than 12,000 square feet of lavish interiors. Each of the seven en suite bedrooms has its own private deck. Other highlights include a designer kitchen and sunken lounge, an outdoor movie theater with fire pit, an open-air kitchen, a beachfront yoga pavilion, a tennis court, and a huge glass-front pool with an infinity edge hot tub framed by a landscaped lawn.
Pointe Milou, St. Barths
Located on Pointe Milou on the exclusive island of St. Barths, Villa DIC has been perfectly integrated into its natural setting, positioned to take in one of the most dramatic sunset views on the island. The chic, minimalist interiors open onto a split-level pool terrace. The private quarters comprise three luxurious bedroom suites, each with its own private terrace and Jacuzzi. A fully equipped kitchen and living room extends out to a covered terrace. There are both indoor and outdoor dining options and an abundance of comfortable seating, making the villa ideal for entertaining or for quiet relaxation. The alfresco areas include tropical gardens, wooden decks and an infinity pool with panoramic vistas of the tropical landscape and azure seas.