The most delicious new offering is Hotel Chocolate in St Lucia. On the eponymous chocolatier’s very own working cocoa plantation, six deluxe “cocoa pod lodges” at the edge of the rainforest promise a unique confectionery fantasy when they open this summer.
From bean to mellow praline, guests can indulge in all things chocolate – who, after all, can resist cocoa-infused massage therapy? Hedonists should head to Anguilla’s new Viceroy, where 166 contemporary beachfront and blufftop villas, with a palatial two-story spa, overlook the pristine white sand of Barnes and Meads Bays. The soignée design features driftwood lamps, Indian metalwork and African beaded artwork. On Grand Bahama, Eastern ornamentation is also the leitmotif of Nandana, which has just opened its opulent Thai beach-mansion doors.
With waterfront pavilions, garden bungalows and a lavish 185sq m canopy suite, this palm-fringed paradise also features a grandly proportioned infinity pool and a deep-sea-fishing yacht. On a 120ha private island 1.5km off Antigua, Jumby Bay is equally exclusive. A breezy mélange of romantic Caribbean colonial and South Beach chic, the new five-bedroom estate homes each have a pool, tennis court and chef. A-listers in these and 28 smaller suites can observe endangered Hawksbill sea turtles on the windward side of the island.
Natural beauty and authenticity are also the hallmarks of Le Sereno on St Barth, where glorious views of the coveted Grand Cul-de-Sac beach have been integrated with warm textures in three new villas and 37 sumptuous suites.A day’s sailing west, the 26 modish rooms at the new Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands are a perfect haven, particularly for yachtsmen using the private island’s 53-slip marina.