Dear Mr. Bezos,
Congratulations on Amazon’s impending move into the online travel business. It’s exciting that Amazon is a great admirer of high-end, independent hotels and resorts and values the uniqueness of this segment. I wish you great success with your initial launch in four U.S. cities
We hope that your expansion into the Caribbean comes soon. Here are five properties that should be at the top of your consideration set. Each fits your criteria, is independent and carries a four-star TripAdvisor rating or higher. Three sport a coveted five-star rating. All, like Amazon, have built reputations for delivering superior levels of customer satisfaction.
The Somerset on Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos – TripAdvisor 4-1/2 Stars
Located on one of the world’s best beaches, The Somerset on Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos, is a magnificent resort. Within European architecture, manicured lawns and lush gardens are 53 one- to five-bedroom gracious villas ranging from 1,400 to 5,300 sq. – offering a perfect get together for family and friends.
This luxury resort, features fine dining, infinity-edge and reverse-current lap pools, spa and fitness center with steam room, complimentary Caicos Kids Club, concierge services and more.
Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis – TripAdvisor 5-Stars
“Staff are like family” according to guests at this intimate luxury resort . Attentive guest service is as ideal as the resort’s exquisite setting as the Caribbean’s only plantation inn located directly on the beach.
The resort’s 36 cottage-style accommodations set across 30 tropical acres invite privacy and romance. Elegant dining is enjoyed in the Great House, c. 1778. From there, the famed Avenue of the Palms sweeps down to Nisbet’s private white sand beach.
Such idyllic qualities together with the resort’s high level of personal service have made Nisbet Plantation one of the world’s best resorts according to Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor.com.
Jamaica Inn, Jamaica – TripAdvisor 5-Stars
Located in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica Inn is nestled on a private cove with an offshore reef. It’s private white sand beach is considered to be one of the best in the Caribbean. This exclusive resort is the perfect getaway for the traveler seeking unassuming style and charm.
A hallmark of Jamaica Inn is its dedicated and friendly staff, many of whom have worked there for decades. Thirteen members have between 30 and 55 years of service that combine for over 500 years.
Family owned since 1950 and boasting a roster of famed guests including Marilyn Monroe, Ian Fleming and Kathryn Hepburn, Jamaica Inn offers timeless elegance and relaxed luxury. It is the place to go when it’s time to unwind.
Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica – TripAdvisor 5-Stars
Rosalie Bay Resort is an eco-boutique and wellness retreat located on 22-acres where the Rosalie River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Here, three species of endangered sea turtles come ashore annually to nest on the resort’s protected black sand beach.
All hand built, Rosalie features 28 spacious accommodations, organic cuisine, nature-inspired spa, wellness program and chic amenities. Stunning natural beauty and modern touches work in perfect harmony to create a vacation that is simply magical.
Rosalie Bay Resort is the only Green Globe Certified resort on Dominica. Energy is generated from more than 200 solar panels and a 225 kW wind turbine, which is the largest in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, St. Thomas, USVI – TripAdvisor 4-Stars
Bolongo Bay’s 62 hotel rooms are truly oceanfront and steps from the sand. Recognized as the Caribbean’s “Most Entertaining Beach Resort,” activities abound both day and night with a full array of complimentary water sports, weekly snorkel booze hunt and Iggies, the quintessential Caribbean beach bar.
Passports aren’t required for U.S. citizens, which makes Bolongo Bay one of the Caribbean’s more popular spots for a destination wedding.
Welcome to the travel industry, Jeff. It is exciting and you’ll be meeting some of the nicest people on earth, especially when you open up the Caribbean.
All the best,