License to Chill

Ten handpicked resorts that are rich in sun-drenched beauty, high on adventure, and fine-tuned for luxury.

Another green world: exploring the ruins of a 19th-century sugarcane plantation just off the Gros Piton Trail, on St. Lucia     Photo: Douglas Friedman

To zero in on the most idyllic resorts this side of paradise, we dispatched a crack squad of writers to the Caribbean. They came back with a hit list of places where creature comforts and adventure are not mutually exclusive. Now it's your turn.

Laluna, Grenada: A Minimalist's Idea of Maximum Bliss
By Katie Arnold

The Hermitage, Nevis: Frangipani Breezes, Volano Views
By Janine Sieja

Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia: This Is Jungle Luxe
By Randy Wayne White

Tiamo Resorts, The Bahamas: Check Your Blackberry at the Door and Get Way, Way Offline
By Hampton Sides

Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, Panama: The Lullaby of Lapping Waves
By Bonnie Tsui

Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda: Fat Sails in the Sunset
By Grant Davis

Maroma Resort and Spa, Mexico: A Mystical Hideaway on the Mayan Riviera
By Sally Schumaier

Caneel Bay, St. John: The True-Blue Classic
By Mike Grudowski

Turtle Inn, Belize: The Godfather's Resort
By Karen Karbo

Jake's, Jamaica: How Does It Feel to Be One of the Beautiful People?
By Lisa Anne Auerbach

PLUS: The Essential Eight
Swimming in Mosquito Bay, sailing the Grenadines, climbing 10,000-foot Pico Duarte, and five other don't-miss dream outings.

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