Seasoned travel journalist and luxury hotel
expert Meg Nolan Van Reesema sussed out the Caribbean
's most exotic and exclusive escapes for her entrancing new book Caribbean Hideaways: Discovering Enchanting Rooms and Private Villas
from Rizzoli. The thirty gorgeous destinations from fifteen different islands
featured in the book were chosen for their unique views, elegant decor
– no examples here of the tacky tropical style we like to call "Caribbean Awful" – and unique ambience. Over 200 vibrant photographs by Jessica Antola bring the desirable destinations to life, while practical information about the best suites, what to expect during your stay, and the local surroundings is also included.
Standouts include the relaxed, chic bungalows of Hermitage Bay
with dark wood furnishings and freestanding tubs; the open-air guest rooms of Jade Mountain in St. Lucia
with unparalleled views of the Piton peaks; the posh, private Oliver Messel-designed Fustic House estate in Barbados
; the spectacular Balinese furnishings of Anguilla
's Bird of Paradise Villa; St. Barth
's super-stylish Isle de France hotel; the ultra-luxe Yemanja villa on Mustique
(pictured on the book's cover above) complete with a private screening room; and the elegant British Colonial-style Colleton Suite at Barbados' Cobblers Cove
. Check out the gallery for a preview.