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Top 10 responsible hotels & resorts in The Caribbean

Top 10 responsible hotels & resorts in The Caribbean

An increasing number of hotels and resorts are doing things differently in the Caribbean and creating responsible places to stay that support both the local environment and the local communities, without shirking on style and comfort. Here, Ali Nicholls chooses her top 10 sustainable hotels in the Caribbean.

This is a feature from Issue 16 of Charitable Traveller. Click to read more from this issue.


For 65 years, Jamaica Inn has been welcoming some of the world’s most influential and inspirational people with its soft, sophisticated and gracious service. Here, guests unwind in antique-appointed rooms that line the private beach and savour the exquisite island-fresh cuisine. The hotel runs the Jamaica Inn Foundation, which provides education and well-being support to young people on the island, and also helps support the ongoing preservation of the surrounding marine environment. 

2. Blue Waters Resort & Spa, Antigua

Tucked away on its own private bay on Antigua’s north-western coast, Blue Waters is a family-owned resort with roots dating back to 1960. Over the decades the 85 luxury rooms, villas and suites have been thoughtfully modernised, while maintaining the original elegance that its loyal guests find so welcoming. Over 80 per cent of the resort’s staff are local Antiguans and this year the owners launched The Blue Waters Education Fund to support employees’ family members in educational endeavours. 

3. Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel, Grenada

Found where the Caribbean Sea’s crystal waters meet the fresh Grenada saltwater breeze, this Relain & Chateau property is everything you’d expect from a sublime, contemporary beachfront hotel. At its heart is the Garbutt family and their gracious island hospitality, while recently two new collections of treatments have been unveiled at The Spa at Calabash – ‘Zero Miles Spa’ and ‘Cocoa Infused Treatments’ – which centre around the antioxidant-rich ingredients grown in Grenada. The hotel is part of Pack with a Purpose so please check out Calabash, Grenada – Pack for a Purpose before you visit to see what supplies you can take to help support local projects.

4. Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts

St. Kitts’ unspoiled rain forests, rich farmland and tranquil beaches seem tailor-made for the unique vision of this West Indian farm to table resort found on Kittitian Hill. To start with, the island of St Kitts is carefully managed to protect the landscape, and a quarter of the land is set aside as a national park, and as a working organic farm, Belle Mont is committed to preserving and celebrating the natural beauty that surrounds the resort. Through the owners’ dedication to local, sustainable living and partnering with like-minded farmers, artisans and specialist suppliers, they have created a community in harmony with the beauty of St. Kitts.

5. Castara Retreats, Castara, Tobago

An intimate, family-run eco resort, Castara does things a little differently. Managed by a team of locals who have a stake in the business, the aim is to create a balance between the services on offer in a hotel with the freedom and independence of self-catering. Perched on a hillside above a friendly fishing village, Castara offers rustic luxury underpinned by excellent value, most notably at the relaxed restaurant where instead of fine-dining and white table cloths, you’ll find freshly prepared, creative food influenced by the flavours of the Caribbean. 

6. Fort Young Hotel and Dive Resort, Roseau, Dominica

Authentic experiences and sustainability are at the heart of what Fort Young Hotel offers. First and foremost are its range of planned excursions and experiences that use locally-owned, managed and run transport and tourism services that provide a sustainable approach to all-inclusive travel. This not only gives guests a second-to-none holiday, it also benefits the whole island. Located in Roseau, Dominica’s capital, Fort Young is in the main marina with the ferry port and market just a minute’s walk from its entrance. Refuel over traditional island dishes and relax at the waterfront Zemi Spa, or venture further afield for world-class diving, whale watching, and wildlife spotting on the Caribbean’s longest hiking trail, or take a dip in the island’s thermal spas, 365 rivers and dramatic waterfalls.

7. Bucuti & Tara Beach REsort, Eagle Beach, Aruba

At Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, the owners’ priorities are nature and beauty, and this has been evident since the hotel opened in 1987. Having made it onto the official list of CarbonNeutral® certified hotels in 2018, Bucati is one of the greenest hotels in the world. There’s a dedicated sustainability concierge that’ll guide you to EV transportation, environmentally friendly activities and low impact meals during your visit, and there’s a great selection of vegan options at their restaurants. An adults-only resort, Bucati is a tranquil and wholesome haven for some R&R on the white powder sands of Eagle Beach. 

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8. Eco Lifestyle + Lodge, Tent Bay, Barbados

A 10-bedroom boutique hotel located in Tent Bay, Eco Lifestyle + Lodge is in a quiet and unspoilt location overlooking the ocean. With a laid back, rootsy east coast vibe this hotel is all about simple living and a deep respect for nature. Eco Lifestyle + Lodge is Green Globe Certified, and sustainable practices are apparent throughout the property: drinks are served with bamboo straws harvested in the garden, all water is solar-heated and only organic cleaning products are used, while coral-safe sunscreens and surf wax are available in the ECO Shop. You’ll also find one of the island’s leading farm-to-table restaurants, that’s developing a strong primarily plant-based and organic menu full of clean and wholesome dishes. Ingredients are sourced from local farms, the hotel’s own off-site organic garden and fresh seafood from nearby waters.

9. Golden Rock Dive and Nature Reserve, St Eustatius

With a marine park larger than the island itself, St Eustatius is one of the best diving destinations in the region. Located just five miles northwest of popular St. Kitts, the island has more protected historical sites underwater than anywhere else in the Caribbean, while on land the Quill volcano is one of the most predominant features of the island (if you’re visiting in June or July, take a trek through its foothills to meet the bountiful blooms of its 17 species of orchid). To enjoy St Eustatius’ untouched nature both on land and at sea, check into one of Golden Rock’s 75 rooms.

10. Anse Chastanet Resort, St Lucia

Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy believes passionately in nature. So he created a hotel that makes the foliage and the flowers, the perfumes and the peaks, the sea and the bird song an integral part of your holiday experience. The estate covers 600 lush tropical acres bordering two soft sand beaches. Not only do you get a World Heritage Site anchored by the twin volcano peaks on land, the resort’s two crystal-clear bays are part of a designated marine reserve protecting miles of colourful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish. Due to its hillside setting this resort is only suitable for those with full mobility. 

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This is a feature from Issue 16 of Charitable Traveller.