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If you’re anything like our travel team, you’ll be dreaming of a beach right now! The good news is that travel has begun to open up again, and the Caribbean is the perfect sunshine escape as winter sets in – with easy flight connections from the US. Below we’ve selected some of our team’s favourites, all with simple testing requirements and welcoming US travellers right now.

TURKS & CAICOS

  • Welcoming US visitors
  • A negative PCR test required, taken within 5 days prior to arrival

Amanyara

  • From $6,895 per person for 7 nights in an Alcove Pavilion

Bringing the signature Aman-style of Orient influences to the Caribbean, Amanyara is an isolated and soothing retreat set on the shores of an 18,000 acre nature reserve in the Turks & Caicos Islands. With a kilometre of pristine private beach and vibrant waters filled with marine life, it’s the perfect island escape, offering watersports, wellness and Caribbean cuisine in world-class open air restaurants. Accommodation is in standalone pavilions or villas – with the half-open pavilions embracing an outdoor-indoor living style, featuring floor to ceiling glass doors that open up onto ponds or the reserve’s sea waters. Choose a pool option for a private oasis, or larger villas with three to six bedrooms for a large haven to call your own, with black infinity pool and personal cooks and housekeepers – many with direct beach access or even your own stretch of private beach. Snorkellers and watersports lovers are well catered for at the beach club, loungers will be happy by the sparkling infinity pool, and the five pavilion spa is an oasis within itself.

The Shore Club

  • From $2,250 per person for 7 nights in a Garden View Junior Suite

The only hotel situated along the 2.5 mile Long Bay beach, The Shore Club boasts a location on the most pristine stretch of seafront on the east end of the Providenciales. Fresh, white and chic, this beach house hotel is stylishly designed to emphasise the colours of the azure sea – and you certainly won’t be able to stop staring at the views. A world away from the outdated tropical décor that many Caribbean hotels are infamous for, instead you’ll find 106 oceanfront suites and six sprawling villas with private pools – perfect for families and travelling as a group. With three dining options, ranging from casual to fine dining, expect plenty of fresh seafood, after a day strolling along the beach or relaxing in one of the spa’s four pools. Their kids’ club has the little ones covered, and for a full adventure head out on one of the hotel’s private luxury yachts.

ST LUCIA

  • Welcoming US visitors
  • A negative PCR test required, taken within 7 days prior to arrival

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

  • From $2,740 per person for 7 nights in a Superior Luxury Sugar Mill Room

At Sugar Beach, individual whitewashed villa rooms sit tucked into the hillside and framed by the Piton mountains. With 100 acres of pristine rainforest, this former sugar plantation with a classic colonial style now offers private accommodations within lush gardens, with private plunge pools and butler service. Head out snorkelling from picturesque white sand beaches or indulge in a treatment at the Rainforest Spa. Dining options are aplenty, with breakfast on the sweeping terrace, al fresco dining on the seafront, Caribbean menus or sushi at the speciality rum bar. Or your butler will always be on hand to offer a mojito or arrange a private dinner by candlelight. A world-class resort that is high on our list of favourites in the Caribbean, it’s not a surprise to hear that it’s won multiple awards.

Jade Mountain

  • From $5,650 per person for 7 nights in a Sky Suite

At Jade Mountain, expect grand sweeping views, with the iconic backdrop of both the Piti and Gros Piton mountains floating upon the Caribbean Sea. Rising above 600 acres of lush tropical forest bordered by two sandy Caribbean beaches and nearby pristine coral reefs, not only is this the only resort to boast this view, but the location offers a sanctuary where you’ll feel at one with your natural surroundings. Rooms are connected by bridges and seem to float out onto platforms – with the fourth wall entirely absent and infinity pools perfectly placed to frame the views. The Celestial Terrace is unbeatable for sunset drinks or stargazing, and menus designed by award-winning chef Allen Susser boast the freshest seasonal produce and bold Caribbean flavours. If this isn’t enough, guests have full use of the nearby sister resort Anse Chastanet and the restaurants and bars there, as well as watersports and two soft sandy beaches.

PUNTA MITA, MEXICO

  • Welcoming US visitors
  • No PCR test required for entry

One&Only Mandarina

  • From $3,630 per person for 7 nights in an Ocean Treehouse

This brand new, sustainably designed One & Only resort opens on November 1st 2020. It is their second resort in Mexico and is nestled between the Pacific Coast and the protected Sierra del Vallejo mountain range. Mandarina is the ultimate retreat for those looking for privacy as rooms are in the form of standalone treehouses and cliffside villas. Relax in ultimate luxury as each one of the villas offers private pool decks, vistas of the rainforest or ocean – and you never have to leave with your 24-hour butler service. For those looking to explore the surrounding area, discover the coastal rainforest by zipline, cycling trails, kayaking the estuary or heading out whale watching. Mandarina has a trio of restaurants, complete spa, gym and yoga facilities, and palm-fringed white sands along swimmable shores making it suitable for both families and couples.

Imanta Resorts Punta di Mita

  • From $3,325 per person for 7 nights in a Standard Jungle View Suite

With 250 acres of coastal rainforest right on the seafront, as well as its own stretch of beach, this resort offers all of the 5-star amenities you’d expect, in the most spectacular setting on the Pacific Ocean. This isolated spot is easy to get to from the airport, yet is a world away from the tourist magnets – a serene and idyllic escape that oozes elegance. Sprawling suites and villas offer sweeping ocean views, private pools, sunken bathtubs and terraces – all nestled in jungle gardens. Splurge on the top Casona Jaguar for a rooftop hot tub if you’re looking for the most romantic picture-perfect setting. The stone and glass villas make the most of their setting, with floor to ceiling windows, oversized beds and a neutral modern Mexican design – nothing too ostentatious. With two main restaurants and breakfast on the beach, a gym, spa and ranch for riding, you won’t have to leave the resort. Whale watching and baby turtle releases are available in season, too, and surf lessons are available nearby.

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO

  • Welcoming US visitors
  • No PCR test required for entry

Nobu Los Cabos

  • From $2,960 per person for 7 nights in a Deluxe King

Nobu Los Cabos is a sleek modern resort on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, with minimalistic architecture and Japanese influences. This hotel is the first venture in Latin America for Robert de Niro and acclaimed chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, and as expected, the food here is the shining star. With both Mexican classics and a hybrid of Japanese-Peruvian food with Mexican influences, Nobu restaurant itself is a delightful reinvention from his namesake. Welcoming both couples, families and groups alike, the smart grounds, gardens, five bars and four pools (including a seafront infinity option) offer plenty of space to relax in. The well-equipped gym and full spa will keep you feeling refreshed, and golfers will be happy to hear about El Cardonal course next door. At only four miles from the bustling downtown Cabo itself, you’re here to get away from it all, with a virtually empty beach and sweeping views of the crashing waves of the Pacific.

Montage Los Cabos

  • From $5,160 per person for 7 nights in a Coastal View King Room

On the shores of Santa Maria Bay, you’ll find the idyllic Montage Los Cabos with premier beachfront in the heart of Cabo. Set on 39 acres, the resort is expansive and includes picture-perfect white sand beaches and walk-in access to a seafront perfect for snorkelling, swimming and diving. The range of rooms, suites and villas offer elegant contemporary styling with Mexican influences, and there are three pools to enjoy alongside four restaurants offering an abundance of the freshest seafood. With the largest spa on the Baja California peninsula, a brand new golf course designed by former Masters Tournament champion Fred Couples, and a varied children’s program, there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied.

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