While popular Caribbean islands have their best beaches lined with shorefront high-rise hotels and mega-resorts, there are still some hidden outposts, home to pristine beaches and quiet resorts far from the crowds. Perched high among Jamaicas stunning Blue Mountains, this former 18th Century coffee plantation offers a sophisticated stay on more than 40 acres of lush tropical grounds and botanical gardens. Surrounded by miles of meandering nature trails, the resort offers a range of biking and hiking tours of private gardens, coffee estates, and nearby national parks. Each Georgian-style guest cottage includes four-poster beds, hand-carved fretwork, and private verandahs with magnificent mountainside views. The resorts spa specializes in Ayurvedic healing techniques. For a deeply relaxing getaway, try the resorts special Unwind Package, which covers breakfast and a la Carte dinner, a one-hour spa treatment, free use of the Sauna, and more, from $296/night for single occupancy and $455 for double occupancy.
You can also get more resort ideas on Jamaica, Nevis and the Bahamas in Sherman's Travel magazine's new Off-the-Path Caribbean Spotlight. These laid-back resorts offer value rates, packages, and special incentives that are just as appealing as the empty beaches.