Summer is finally here—and we can’t stop thinking of the beach. In this edition, what better place to highlight than Mexico’s Mayakoba Resort, with its beautiful beaches and amazing amenities. While we’re talking about Mexico, we also give you the lowdown on Mezcal, a traditional drink that’s becoming popular with a new generation. And after coming back from a wonderful company retreat recently, our specialists are here to offer some advice on planning one of your own.
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
Think you’ve done the Caribbean? These four beauties offer far more than a relaxing time in a picture-perfect island setting.
Belle Mont Farm, St. Kitts
This cluster of staggered guest house and villas gives special meaning to being at one with nature. From the lush foothills of Mount Liamuiga, you’ll awaken to tranquil turquoise seas and frolicking monkeys. The farm stands by its farm-to-table ethos: practically everything served (minus wine and cheese) is either sourced locally or on property. Even the golf course is edible! It’s the future of sustainable luxury. Bonus: island hopping to Nevis only takes 20 minutes. Best for…foodies, couples, Caribbean aficionados.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
With award-winning views, Jade Mountain was designed for romance in the tropics. Twenty-four eco ‘sanctuaries’ include in-room infinity pools that overlook the majestic Piton Mountains and sea below. Each boasts three walls – reserving the fourth side for open-air, uninterrupted panoramas. Butler service is offered 24-hours a day to keep the magic alive. All-inclusive meals plans are optional but recommended. Beautiful reefs nearby make snorkeling and diving a must. Guided hikes, mountain biking and sunset sailing are all a great way to experience the island. Grab a complimentary kayak and paddle to secluded Anse Mamin beach for a romantic lunch too. Best for…romance and honeymoons.
Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort, Antigua
Columbus discovered this pristine private island in 1493. Today Jumby Bay is still only accessible by boat. The difference is that guests can touchdown at the mainland airport and be lying on the beach in 45 minutes. Management greets you at the dock upon arrival. You’re escorted to one of a variety of luxury accommodations – from rooms and suites to villas and estate homes (with private chefs). From there you choose the pace. Perhaps rum tasting and cooking class one day; snorkeling excursion the next. Meals and activities are included so all you need to do is unwind. There is an endangered sea turtle conservation project in which you can take part. Best for…couples, families, retreats and multi-generational groups.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Who hasn’t fantasized about renting their own decked-out private island? Sir Richard Branson has made it a breeze. Grab 33 of your friends and family to spend a week on your own 74-acre isle of paradise. All-inclusive means you’ll have a full team of sports and spa professionals, and French-trained chefs to keep you happy. There’s even a nature sanctuary where you can feed endangered lemurs. Here’s a secret: if you don’t need the entire island, during certain Celebration Weeks over the year, you can book an individual guesthouse that’s all inclusive too. Best for…retreats and celebrations of any kind!