The Sporting South

Island Escapes

By Anna McCollumJanuary 5, 2017

With winter weather bearing down on most of the South, now’s a great time to check out any of these new sun-soaked West Indian hideouts—whether you’re just dreaming or ready to book a beach getaway. 

The Bahamas House
Harbour Island’s miles of sea-grass beds and coral reefs have earned it a reputation for top-notch bonefishing and diving. And now that the adventure-travel pros at Eleven Experience have renovated this nineteenth-century home in Dunmore Town, you can expect more on-the-water thrills—paddle boarding, snorkeling, kite surfing, deep-sea fishing, and the like. elevenexperience.com/bahamas

Paddle boarding off Harbour Island. (Photo courtesy of the Bahamas House.) 

The Cliff Hotel
With just thirty-three villas and suites cloistered along Jamaica’s West End cliffs, the Cliff Hotel is a far cry from standard-issue, all-inclusive megaresorts. Here, island culture informs everything from the KiYara Spa, which features traditional Jamaican healing remedies, to the oceanfront restaurant, Zest, which showcases dishes like curried octopus and West Indian bouillabaisse. thecliffjamaica.com

The Cliff bar at the Cliff Hotel. (Photo courtesy of the Cliff Hotel.)

The Shore Club
Turks and Caicos
Situated on Long Bay Beach, some of Providenciales’s most sought-after real estate, this new resort is a people pleaser. Spring for a villa and you even get your own butler. You can make use of complimentary sea kayaks and snorkeling gear. Or grab a beach read from the vast library—an idle afternoon spent ashore can prove as satisfying as one on the turquoise water. theshoreclubtc.com

The view from a Shore Club suite. (Photo courtesy of the Shore Club.)

Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa
Cayman Islands
Steps from Grand Cayman’s famed Seven Mile Beach, Seafire makes the most of its surroundings: The majority of its rooms offer unobstructed ocean views through floor-to-ceiling windows. The Presidential Suite even includes a private wraparound balcony and a private outdoor kitchen—though the resort’s three restaurants and two bars make cooking more option than necessity. kimptonhotels.com

The Kimpton Seafire’s beach-side set up. (Photo courtesy of Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa.)