7 Tropical Hotels to Beat the Winter Blues

During these long winter days it’s easy to get down. But we’ve found one sure-fire way to lift our spirits is to book a tropical getaway and these 7 independent resorts are just what we’re looking for.


Hermitage Bay | St. Mary’s, Antigua

Tucked away inside 140 undeveloped acres, Hermitage Bay offers barefoot luxury and a relaxed ambiance. Local pride meets lovely scenery in this lush Caribbean resort. For your convenience, Hermitage Bay is all-inclusive, with a variety of made-to-order a la carte and premium bar options. With its adjoining mangrove and on-site garden, this 30-suite resort provides a familiar yet discreet service approach.

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Thatch Caye Resort | Dangriga, Belize

As one of the only resorts offering overwater bungalows, Thatch Caye is a unique Belizean gem. Hospitality, relaxation, and barefoot adventure are around every corner. Guest rooms and gathering areas feature just the right amount of amenities—you’ll enjoy rustic island charm without any fuss. At Thatch Caye, only 30 guests stay on property at a time, so your vacation will be filled with island adventure and a warm community vibe.

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Hotel El Convento | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Tradition and community are at the foundation of this historic boutique. The Carmelite convent for which this property is named dates back to the 17th Century. But make no mistake: While this place is rich with heritage, it’s also a fantastic base from which to explore all the hottest attractions of Old Town San Juan. At Hotel El Convento,  little things matter. You’ll notice it in the period details throughout the property, and you’ll feel it in the top-notch service you receive from everyone you encounter.

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The Springs Resort & Spa | Arenal, Costa Rica

The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal is anything but understated. With a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, natural hot and cold springs, five unique dining experiences, and an impressive full-service spa, this is a spot that truly defines the word “vacation.” Thanks to its perch 1,000 feet above the Arenal Valley, The Springs offers incomparable views of the volcano, plus inspiring city views and comfortable breezes. With 165 acres, a 14,000-sq. ft. full-service spa, hot springs, a kilometer of frontage on the Arenal River and a wildlife rescue preserve — this is a place where boredom is impossible.

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Hopkins Bay Resort | Hopkins, Belize

Balancing modern conveniences with charming local touches, Hopkins Bay Resort nails the “family getaway” vibe. There’s something for everyone here, and the activities and amenities promote a warm sense of friendliness and community. You’ll enjoy authentic Caribbean relaxation and hospitality on property. You have easy access world-class activities and sightseeing, all in close proximity.

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Casa Cayuco Eco Adventure Lodge | Bocas del Toro, Panama

Embrace sustainability and escape civilization at Casa Cayuco, an eco-adventure lodge where off-grid living and chic, open air accommodations come together in perfect harmony. Winner of TripAdvisors Travelers Choice award 4 years in a row and recipient of GreenLeaders Platinum status, Casa Cayuco is the premier eco-resort in Panama.

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Royal Belize Private Island | Hopkins, Belize

For the ultimate in bucket list check-offs, Royal Belize is a completely private, hyper-luxurious experience where everything is included. The resort hosts only one party at a time, so it’s truly all about you. The discreet yet attentive staff makes sure you don’t have to worry about meals, snacks, drinks or planning from the moment you arrive. With flexible bed arrangements, high-tech touches, and knowledgeable activity concierges, your only responsibility is to have the time of your life.

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Looking for more tropical destinations? Let’s go!

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