The Caribbean’s Best Spring Specials

Prime resorts are on sale, but only for a limited time


As winter wanes across North America, its time to shake off memories of the seasonal chill and head for the tropics. And if you act now, you’ll enjoy some substantial savings at prime Caribbean resorts. Here’s the lowdown on the best deals and some of the best places.

The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua

On a finger of land set between a calm lagoon and the blue waters of the Atlantic, the suites and villas of this eco-friendly resort justify the property’s name by offering extra large verandahs, most with incredible water views. Couples can enjoy both privacy and big views in suites perched on a low bluff, while families and groups can opt for two-bedroom hilltop villas with interconnecting balcony doors, private pools and courtyard gardens. All guests have access to three freshwater pools, two beaches, three on-site restaurants, the Tranquility Body & Soul Spa, a wide range of water sports and supervised children and teen programs. By booking by March 31, guests can take advantage of a special $169 per person nightly rate, and receive an additional $250 resort bonus. Book now:

Antigua Verandah

The Verandah Resort & Spa is located adjacent to a sheltered lagoon on Antigua’s east coast. Guest accommodations feature large porches, most with elevated or hilltop water views. Photo: Elite Island Resorts

Ocean Club Resorts, Turks & Caicos

On the island of Providenciales, Grace Bay Beach continues to earn top honors from travel magazines, journalists and online polls for its dazzling white sands and bright water. The same is true for the two Ocean Club Resorts that occupy prime locations on this famous strand. Sequestered on a pristine stretch of sand, the Ocean Club delivers classic and intimate Caribbean style, with amenities that accommodate every taste from casual to elegant. A mile down the beach, the Ocean Club West delivers an added degree of sophistication along with convenient access to local shopping, restaurants, and island nightlife. Guests of either resort can enjoy all the amenities of both properties, and those who book by April 15 can enjoy 20 percent off stays before April 30. To book:

Turks and Caicos Ocean Club

The Ocean Club West is located on Grace Bay Beach, a mile west of the original Ocean Club. Guests enjoy reciprocal privileges for all amenities at these sister resorts. Photo: Ocean Club

Club Med Punta Cana

In addition to the expected range of all-inclusive pleasures that guests have come to expect from Club Med, the brand’s Punta Cana property offers a new experience that provides an atmosphere of intimate privacy and calm. The adults-only Zen Oasis features rooms designed to promote wellness and comfort with amenities such as spa-like bathrooms, mood lighting, private gardens with plush daybeds and an isolated, adult-only beach. Of course, families are also accommodated throughout the rest of this spectacular beachfront resort, which, in addition to a full menu of land and water activities, is home to the unique Club Med’s CREACTIVE, with activities inspired by the best of the famous Cirque du Soliel shows. Through May 2, travelers can enjoy special rates with the “Get Up and Go” promotion, which also includes a $400 air credit. For more information:

Punta Cana Club Med

Palm trees, white sands and trade winds create a relaxed beachside ambiance at the Club Med Punta Cana. This all-inclusive resort provides a wealth of activities for guests of all ages. Photo: Club Med

St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, St Lucia

With pools, palm groves and an expansive beach that leads to clear Caribbean waters of Morgan Bay, this premier property has all the ingredients needed for either a relaxing getaway or an active vacation. Guests have access to a variety of non-motorized water sports as part of the all-inclusive package, and can participate in organized programs such as aerobics, yoga, spinning, tennis, sailing, windsurfing and more. On-site amenities include four pools, six unique dining experiences, six bars and a cafe, tennis courts, a fitness center and children and teen activity centers. All this and more can be enjoyed with savings of up to 45 percent on stays of five nights or more by booking before by March 31 for travel through January 2, 2018. As an added bonus, the resort will add a $250 credit towards activities such as golf, scuba diving and spa visits. More information: st-lucia/st-james-club-morgan-bay/

St. Lucia Club Morgan Bay

In addition to an excellent beach washed by calm Caribbean waters, the St. James’s Club Morgan Bay offers four pools. Six on-site restaurants serve both casual and upscale cuisines. Photo: Elite Island Resorts

Club Med Cancun Yucatan

It’s everything you love about Cancun, minus the spring break crowds and the non-stop revelry. Club Med Cancun Yucatan sits at the southern point of the peninsula’s resort district, separated from the hotel strip by a mangrove lagoon, and surrounded by beach and ocean on three sides. This setting is ideal for both couples and families, and the property has been named one of Mexico’s top three family resorts. With dedicated programs for children and teens, and a long list of activities, sports and water sports on the all- inclusive menu, there’s something for every member of the family, including mom and dad. By booking before May 2 for travel by November 3, guests can enjoy special rates starting at $109 per person, per night and a $400 air credit, with children under 4 staying for free. For deals:

Club Med Cancun

At the southern end of the resort district, the Club Med Cancun Yucatan enjoys a more tranquil and private beachfront setting for water sports, and is also adjacent to an inland lagoon. Photo: Club Med

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