5 of the Caribbean’s Hottest New Hotels
Kanopi House, Jamaica
Nearby is the two-month-old Kanopi House ($5,000, all-inclusive), a six-acre private villa compound that’s a sibling of the tony Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas. A maximum of 10 visitors stay in the five rustic-chic cottages, which have wooden platform beds, high, beamed ceilings, and French doors that open out onto the surrounding tropical forest.
Peninsula House, Dominican Republic
The DR continues to move beyond the all-inclusive market with the help of the Peninsula House (doubles from $520), which debuted early last year in a restored Victorian plantation house on the Samaná peninsula. The six tasteful suites showcase designer Serge Robin’s take on global style and are filled with Louis XV chairs, handwoven rugs from Turkey, and a cosmopolitan collection of objets d’art (African masks; Indonesian marionettes). All have terraces overlooking a remote jungle setting.
Until recently, former music execs Jon Baker and Steve Beaver rented out Geejam (doubles from $595), their lush 46-acre estate in the hills off Jamaica’s northeastern coast, to musicians like Gwen Stefani and India.Arie to use as a recording studio.
Seven Stars Resort, Turks and Caicos
At Seven Stars Resort (doubles from $610) on Grace Bay Beach, the 115 spacious rooms are more like mini apartments, with marble flooring, four-poster beds, and fully equipped kitchens. The beachside scene is just as posh.
La Concha, Puerto Rico
Great Value The Midcentury Modern La Concha (doubles from $299) was a favorite among architecture buffs when it debuted on San Juan’s Condado Beach in 1958. Now the 248-room property is once again ready for its close-up, after a $220 million injection from Renaissance Hotels. Rooms have been streamlined and have a muted palette of seafoam green, tan, and beige, while the bright and airy lobby has one wall made entirely of glass. Still, many original details remain intact, including the fanciful poolside restaurant set in a giant shell-shaped building.
—Pamela Edwards and Sarah Kantrowitz