5 of the best eco excapes in the Caribbean
Jakes, Treasure Beach, Jamaica
With just 30 hippy-chic cottages in secluded Treasure Beach, Jake’s is also a member of the eco-conscious Island Outpost hotel group (along with The Caves and the Geejam). Guests come to unplug — there’s no phone, Internet, or TV in the cottages. The black-sand beaches aren’t conventionally beautiful, but the Driftwood Spa, on-site painting and yoga classes, and excellent food make this a particular favorite.
How did it all begin?
Here, Sally Densham Henzell tells the story:
“It’s because of the Wall Street crash—the first one, that is—that we’re here. My uncle, Lionel, was a navigator on a beautiful sloop belonging to a rich American. Their round-the-world cruise had started in Cannes, but when they got to Miami, the yacht owner discovered he was broke and the voyage ended right there. However, the last port of call before Miami had been Jamaica. And Uncle Lionel had fallen in love with the island.
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Natura Cabanas, Dominica Republic
Natura Cabanas consists of just 10 stone-walled, thatched-roof bungalows. All are eco-sensitive, meaning there is no AC, light bulbs are energy efficient, and guests must manually activate (and then shut off) hot water when showering. Rooms also have no televisions and no phones. In keeping with the eco-sensitive theme, most of the furniture was constructed from the bamboo and coco palm trees that were cleared to construct the property.
Rock House, Negril, Jamaica
Rockhouse is a boutique hotel stretching across the cliffs of Pristine Cove. Nestled amongst eight acres of tropical lush gardens, thatched roofed villas are perched on the water’s edge. Guests swim in the sixty foot horizon pool or take the stairs carved into the rock down to the cove for snorkeling on the reef.
The hotel is home to two award winning restaurants – the Rockhouse Restaurant, Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar. The renowned Rockhouse Spa has a philosophy that is a simple, holistic approach to well-being, health and happiness. Spa treatments are undertaken “on-the-rocks” in the cliff-edge Massage Cabana or at the eight room garden spa. Yoga classes are offered daily overlooking the sea.
Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain St.Lucia is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty.
Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has expanded upon his philosophy of building in harmony with Caribbean nature in his creation of Jade Mountain St.Lucia. The bold architectural design – individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky – makes Jade Mountain St.Lucia one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences.
Boardwalk Hotel, Aruba
Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba is a locally owned and family run hotel in Aruba by twin sisters Kimberly and Stephanie. Born and raised in Aruba for the first six years of their lives, the young twins moved to Belgium in the early nineties. They never skipped their yearly vacation to Aruba and always stayed in close connection with their native soil.
In 2008 – while on vacation kite boarding in Aruba- the twins discovered the hidden gem across the surfers’ beach of Fishermans Huts, Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba. Both girls instantly fell for this tropical oasis of what was once a working coconut platation (see picture above) and a few years later, when they learned the small property was up for sale they knew that their island was calling them back.