After Europe, the Caribbean is the second-most popular getaway for the wealthiest 1 percent and 5 percent of travelers and 47 percent are considering a vacation there in the next one to two years, according a report released by Resonance Consultancy.
But with luxury villas and resorts popping up like pieces on a Monopoly board, spread out amongst 7,000-some idyllic islands, which countries and destinations are the most sought-after for a little off-the-desk time?
Read on to see where America richest 5% people like to vacation in the Caribbean...
1. St. Bart's (of course)
It’s like France in the Caribbean. It’s got bars, great restaurants, bars, nightlife; St. Barts is used as a benchmark of what many other islands wish they had. Maybe it’s just gotten too glamorous for its own good: New Year's 2016 saw Roman Abramovich and Larry Gagosian’s Leonardo DiCaprio-hosted bash at La Plage pitting the Black Keys against Diddy and his S.S. Oasis yacht party with guests like Rihanna, Russel Simmons, and Rick Rubin.
2. British Virgin Islands
The 60 islands that make up the BVI are all about yachts and sailing- “a bygone era of romance and natural wonder” in the official words of its tourism official. Millionaires whose yachts are on-order can charter his Necker Belle (for $80,000 a week with crew) for a sail to Necker Island (a $78,000-a-night private island), or his/her three-villa estate Moskito Island ($47,300 a night) off Virgin Gorda. “The Virgin Islands are renowned for its secluded and private setting, which is part and parcel to its appeal,” says the territory’s official tourism representative.
3. Cayman Islands
The world’s new favorite tax haven may be in the Nevada desert, but the super-yacht scene (whoops, Paul Allen) and billionaire-led development isn’t going anywhere. Not with plenty of white-sand beaches, the only AAA Five Diamond ranked restaurant in the Caribbean (Blue by Eric Ripert), and a brand new all-suite boutique hotel by the islands beloved spa, Le Soleil d’Or, opening in February. Plus stingrays. Because who doesn't love stringrays?
Tiny, boho-chic Anguilla has the best dining in the Caribbean, with over 100 multi-starred restaurants. But what really puts it up the list: privacy. Tourism here doesn’t happen in hordes or on cruise ships with paparazzi documenting the scene. “Anguilla is not for those seeking validation,” said Hon. Cardigan Connor, a parliamentary secretary for tourism, “Our low-key, understated vibe is what attracts our celebrity clientele.” To add to the bliss: the only Turkish hammam in the Caribbean opened recently at the new Zemi Beach House.
5. St. Kitts and Nevis
Although a bit unknown to the wider world, people like Oprah and Meryl Streep have come to these sister islands, separated by a two-mile channel, to lay low. St. Kitts is where you’ll find golf clubs, restaurants, bars, casinos, and beautiful beaches. Nevis—which has a Four Seasons but not one streetlight to speak of—is where you go to really get away from it all.