Quaint Caribbean: 5 Relaxing Island Retreats

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When the feeling strikes to just “get away from it all”, there’s no better place head to than the Caribbean’s smallest outposts. For an escape that’s sure to leave you feeling totally revitalized, these quiet island retreats are calling you. No cellphones allowed! 

Saline Reef, St Lucia 

quiet-island-stlicia_salinereef_19Perched high up in St Lucia’s Cap Estate, Saline Reef’s welcoming mint green exterior makes the perfect first impression for visitors. Bougainvillea and tropical flowers surround the villa’s multiple terraces, where you can kick back and enjoy the stellar ocean view, including nearby Martinique in the distance. Just off the living room you’ll the perfect sunset viewing point, and a sign strung over cozy chairs that reads, “Relax, it doesn’t get much better than this!” We have to agree.
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LaVida, Virgin Gorda 

gal-virgingorda_lavida__03The Virgin Islands are ther escape of choice for business tycoon Sir Richard Branson, the ultimate stamp of approval for Virgin Gorda’s effortless laid-back luxury vibes. This small, hilly rock in the BVI is home to LaVida, boasting commanding views of Nail Bay on the island’s serene northwest coast. You can stretch out on your private swath of sand before exploring the world beneath the waves on a snorkeling excursion. Just make it home in time for sunset hour, when the sun bathes the sea in this picture-perfect golden hue, night after night.

Les Palmier, Antigua 

gal-antigua_lespalmiers_03Breezy indoor-outdoor living is at its finest at Les Palmier in Antigua’s world-class Jumby Bay Resort. While sunny days and sea breezes create the ideal setting for relaxing, it’s the special extras that make this spot unbeatable: a chef, butler and housekeeper promise you won’t have to lift a finger. What’s more, Jumby Bay has its own putting green, private yacht charters, and, most importantly, a Rosewood Spa. Can’t you just picture yourself here?
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Coral Cove Cottage, St John 

smallercarib-stjohn-coralcovecottage_04One of the choice escapes for American travelers jet setting to the Caribbean as you can head here without a passport, St John is a nature lover’s dream, even if the beaches are busier than you would like. All it takes is venturing a bit further afield to the quieter side of the island to find your peace and quiet, without sacrificing the island’s picturesque scenery. Coral Cove Cottage boasts a wraparound terrace so close to the sea you can see the turtles swimming in the water as you sip your morning coffee.
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Outer Banks, Tortola 

gal-tortola_outerbanks_26Situated on a private turquoise cove surrounded by emerald green mountains, Outer Banks will delight any ocean-minded sun seeker. Caribbean charm rules all here thanks to the villa’s playful use of color; bright blue shutters and a pink roof blend with the interior’s floral accents and breezy high ceilings. French double doors open out to Outer Banks’ wraparound terrace, drawing you outside to enjoy that incredible sea view around the clock.
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Colleen McNamara