Astudy released last week found that more than half of Americans would pay at least $500 to skip winter, and I have a hunch that after last week, Bostonians would happily empty their 401(k) accounts to avoid further arctic conditions. The study, conducted by the website Travelzoo , also found that 75 percent of Americans said that winter hurts them physically, mentally, and emotionally. I can’t make winter go away, but I can point you to some newly-opened and top-ranked Caribbean hotels and resorts where you can defrost for a few days.
It was more than 30 years ago that Malliouhana opened and put Anguilla on the jet-set circuit. After an 18-month renovation, the resort shed its 1980s trappings and reopened with new decor, amenities, and food options. malliouhana.aubergeresorts.com
It’s a resort made up entirely of suites, and some even have private pools. If the pool isn’t to your liking, the hotel is situated on the spectacular Grand Anse Beach. Such luxury is not cheap (rooms start at $1,300), but can you really put a price on warm sand? www.spiceislandbeachresort.com
The words “sustainable” and “resort” usually don’t appear in the same sentence, but the newly opened, $600 million Kittitian Hill promises to bring locals and visitors together on its 400 acre property with food stalls and arts festivals. The resort takes farm-to-table to new extremes with signs letting visitors know when they can pick fruit from trees. kittitianhill.com
The ultramodern architecture of El Blok is a stark, modern contrast to the sleepy island’s humble homes. The hotel’s curved, perforated exterior walls were designed to resemble a coral reef and the effect creates ever-changing light patterns inside the hotel. More importantly, it’s close to a gorgeous beach. www.elblok.com
The newly opened Capella may lack direct access to the beach (a ferry shuttles guests to a nearby shore), but the trade-off is that the resort has a rum cave (yes, please), along with three chic pools. The property faces a marina, but if you don’t have a yacht to dock, JetBlue offers seasonal direct flights. www.capellahotels.com/stlucia