Best points hotels in the Caribbean

Feb 25, 2021

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The calm, clear water of Aruba, the dramatic coastline of Jamaica, the accessibility of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the views from St. Kitts and Nevis, the lively atmosphere of the Dominican Republic and the tranquility of Turks and Caicos. The Caribbean has it all — except the arduous journey required to travel half a world away.

While the coronavirus pandemic has sent a shockwave through the region, depriving many island nations of the all-important tourism revenue, islands have been opening up consistently over the last several months to tourists in hopes of drawing at least some of them back while nations (im)patiently wait for more of their citizens to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

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For the coronavirus-weary traveler, the Caribbean represents a jack-of-all-trades pandemic getaway: It’s sunny, it’s close to much of the U.S. and many islands are perfect for relaxing in relative isolation.

And, this winter has been especially snowy and cold in the Northern Hemisphere — yet another reason to escape to the Caribbean. There’s no better cure for the winter blues than a points and miles-fueled trip to the sun.

Whether you’ve already booked flights to the Caribbean using miles and just need to lock in your resort, or you’re still deciding which island among the region’s 30 countries and territories is right for you, we’re here to help.

What follows isn’t a list of every single Caribbean points hotel. Rather, we’ve curated a list of some of the best spots where you can use rewards points to book your stay.

For all the properties, we’ve listed the standard award category or points range, which doesn’t include possible discounts, such as a fifth-night free at various chains. As always, check the paid rates when you’re considering an award booking, as sometimes rates can be low enough to warrant paying cash and saving your points for another time.

Of course, the coronavirus pandemic has upended travel everywhere. But, many Caribbean islands were some of the first destinations to open to tourists after the initial stoppage of travel. Each nation or territory has its own policy when it comes to testing and quarantining after travel, and we’ll list general guidelines for each destination covered here. However, things seemingly change by the minute, so you’ll need to double-check your destination’s specific entry requirements before getting on the plane.

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Anguilla

Anguilla is still in Phase 2 of its reopening plan, which allows for hotels and resorts to be included in the government-approved pool of acceptable accommodations for visitors to the island. You have to have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours and will be required to quarantine for 14 days at your hotel, though you can participate in activities at the hotel and select government-approved venues.

Zemi Beach Resort, LXR Hotels

Hilton Honors: 95,000 points per night

Zemi Beach Resort, LXR Hotels
Zemi Beach Resort, LXR Hotels (Photo by Thierry Dehove Photography/courtesy of Hilton)

If you love using points but hate resort factories with hundreds — or even thousands — of rooms, this is a great option for you. Zemi Beach House has just 76 rooms and is right on the water. The six-acre property is on Shoal Bay East on the island of Anguilla. When it comes to getting there, you can fly directly to Clayton J. Lloyd Airport (AXA) in Anguilla or take a boat shuttle from Princess Juliana Airport (SXM) on St. Maarten.

This resort would also be a great use of your Hilton Weekend Night Reward certificates available with cards such as the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card. Note that Zemi Beach House is currently closed and slated to reopen in April 2021.

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The Reef by Cuisinart

World of Hyatt: 25,000 Hyatt points per night

Thanks to Hyatt’s addition of many of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, you can now use your Hyatt points to stay in a 700-square-foot suite at the 80-room Reef resort on Anguilla. This property is set on Merrywing Bay with St. Maarten visible in the background. Whether you want to snorkel, relax or just sip some cocktails (or do all three), this high-end resort is a welcome option to the points world.

Aruba

Aruba is open to U.S. citizens. However, strict requirements are in place for anyone traveling to the island, including proof of a negative PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival. More information can be found here.

Hyatt Regency Aruba

World of Hyatt: 25,000 points per night

Hyatt Regency Aruba
Hyatt Regency Aruba (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

The Hyatt Regency Aruba sits right on Aruba’s famous Palm Beach. This means calm, clear water and perfect, soft sand. It also means that you have walkable options for a variety of food, snacks and entertainment.

The hotel has a casino, spa, waterslide and multiple pools. If you want to include Club Lounge access with your award rate (and you don’t have access via your elite status in the Hyatt program), you can instead spend 33,000 Hyatt points per night for a club-level room to have access to easy breakfast, snacks and evening appetizers.

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

Marriott Bonvoy: 70,000–100,000 points per night

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba is one of the, well, ritziest places to stay on the island. The hotel is at the end of Palm Beach, meaning it’s quieter and more secluded than many of the other properties on the beach.

This hotel has a lot of other things going for it as well — balconies in every room, a 24-hour casino and Ritz-Carlton luxury service. With cash rates climbing as high as $1,000 a night during peak season, this is an easy way to get incredible value from your Marriott points, even though the hotel, unfortunately, climbed up into the top-tier Category 8 rung in Marriott’s award chart.

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba. (Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton)
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. (Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton)

Related: Which Marriott Bonvoy card is right for you?

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino

Hilton Honors: 66,000–80,000 points per night

Hilton Aruba (Photo courtesy of Hilton)
Hilton Aruba. (Photo courtesy of Hilton)

Also on Palm Beach is the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort. This beautiful property came under the Hilton banner a few years ago, having previously been branded as a Radisson. The Hilton renovations have been getting positive reviews from guests, and those with Gold and Diamond Hilton status (even from a card such as the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card) will get some help with food costs in the form of a property credit.

Also popular are the beachfront palapas, which you can reserve by smartphone app the day before instead of getting up at the crack of dawn (though you’ll still need to claim your palapa in person by 9 a.m. or it’ll go to other sun-seekers).

Related: The best ways to earn points with Hilton Honors

Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino

Marriott Bonvoy: 50,000–70,000 points per night

The Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino. (Photo courtesy of Marriott)
The Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino. (Photo courtesy of Marriott)

The Aruba Marriott Resort often has rooms available for point redemptions when its two nearby two sister resorts — the Marriott Aruba Ocean Club and the Marriott Aruba Surf Club — have no award space. Even better, guests at this hotel have access to many of the facilities at the pair of neighboring properties. You can add cash to your points reservation to upgrade as high as a top-floor Tradewinds Club room, which gives you additional access to a club lounge, a private beach and a dedicated concierge.

Related: The best ways to earn points with the Marriott Bonvoy program

The Bahamas

The Bahamas is open for visitors, though they are required to show proof of a negative PCR test no older than seven days before arrival. Additionally, visitors will be administered a rapid test upon arrival and on the fifth day of their trip, if they’re staying longer than five days. See this page for more information.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

World of Hyatt: 20,000 points per night

One of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar’s pools. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

A few years ago, the Grand Hyatt was the first hotel to open in the 1,000-acre Baha Mar development, and it boasts 1,800 rooms and a ton of facilities. It’s a big casino resort, to be clear, but it’s a nice one. Think of it as the Bellagio of the Bahamas. At the Baha Mar resort complex, there’s a 100,000-square-foot casino, 11 swimming pools, 30 luxury shops and an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and Golf Club. Kids love not only the “cliffs” you can jump off into the pool but also the “cave” where you can watch sharks and other wildlife swim on just the other side.

See the marine life from above or below. (Summer Hull / The Points Guy)
See the marine life from above or below. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Related: The best ways to earn points with the World of Hyatt program

The Cove at Atlantis

Marriott Bonvoy: 70,000–100,000 points per night + $80 resort fee

Cove at Atlantis (photo courtesy of booking.com)
The Cove at Atlantis. (Photo courtesy of the resort)

Atlantis is a polarizing fixture of the Bahamas. Some people absolutely love the massive property and its famous waterpark. Others don’t. And while some of the facilities at the Atlantis resort are unquestionably getting a bit long in the tooth, the resort is made up of multiple hotels, with some much nicer than others. If you want to go toward the nicer end of the scale at Atlantis, you can book the Cove using your Marriott points.

The Cove’s pool is restricted to adult guests over 18 years old, and the buffet at the tower’s Mosaic restaurant gets consistently positive reviews from guests. Since this is a Marriott Autograph Collection property, all the towers at Atlantis can be booked with Marriott Bonvoy points, but watch for expensive resort fees tacked on to your stay. On the plus side, you will get wristbands to the Atlantis waterpark for the registered guests in your room.

Related: The award traveler’s guide to Marriott Bonvoy

French Leave Resort, Autograph Collection

Marriott Bonvoy: 70,000–100,000 points per night + $50 resort fee

If you want Bahamian blue waters (or even pink sand), but you’re after something different from what’s offered on points in the Nassau area — look to the French Leave Resort. The French Leave Resort on Eleuthera Island provides you your own villa, highly rated service and a much calmer atmosphere than the mega-resorts.

 

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Barbados

Visitors to Barbados must present a negative PCR test taken within three days of arrival. Then, a government-approved transport company will take you to an approved hotel or resort to isolate until you get the results of a second COVID test, which is administered five days after arrival. If that test comes back negative, you’re free to move about the island. Learn more at this page.

Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados

Radisson Rewards: 50,000 points per night

Radisson Aquatica Barbados (Photo courtesy of booking.com)
Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados (Photo courtesy of the resort)

Barbados has a few points-friendly hotels, though none that stand out as the best or nicest options at the moment. But since Radisson hasn’t featured heavily on this list (or at all), know that Radisson’s Aquatica Resort on the beach at Needham’s Point can be a good choice for your points in Barbados. While 50,000 points gets you a standard room, 75,000 points can get a business-class room that includes an evening drink, free breakfast, ocean views and more.

Here’s a complete guide to using your points and miles for a vacation in Barbados.

British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are welcoming visitors. Travelers need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR within five days of arrival, get tested upon arrival, undergo a quarantine period of four days and then receive another test. If that test on day four comes back negative, they will be free to move about the islands. See here for more specifics.

Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina, Autograph Collection

Marriott Bonvoy: 70,000–100,000 points per night + $30 resort fee per adult, per night

Scrub Island (Summer Hull/The Points Guy)
Scrub Island. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Want to stay on a private island you can book with points? Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands may be just the place for you. The resort is reachable only by boat. You can fly into the nearby island of Tortola and the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) on Tortola and take an included five-minute ferry ride to the resort.

Based on my 2019 stay at the resort, the location is five-star, though the rooms are not quite as glamorous. However, you are sleeping virtually right next to gazillion-dollar yachts and when day breaks, you can hop a ferry or water taxi and go play in the same gorgeous water. Between explorations to the Baths on Virgin Gorda, drinks at the nearby Pusser’s restaurant and adventures on Tortola, this is a location to put on your list.

Scrub Island is open for reservations, though a five-night stay is required for all bookings due to COVID-19 protocols in the British Virgin Islands.

Necker Island

A ton of Virgin Atlantic miles + elite status

(Photo courtesy of Necker Island)

Got a whole bunch of Virgin Atlantic miles in your pocket and want to go all-in on points-fueled island fun on Richard Branson’s private island in the British Virgin Islands? A few weeks a year you can book a seven-night stay on the 74-acre Necker Island for 1.5 million Virgin Atlantic miles (or tens of thousands of dollars) and enjoy life as Richard Branson does.

Snagging awards here isn’t easy, even if you have the miles and elite status to leverage, but if you do, you’ll enjoy a dedicated waitstaff team, all your meals and drinks, pools, tennis courts, water sports equipment and much more.

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands reopened to tourists on Oct. 1, 2020 with many restrictions in place, including testing and quarantine requirements. See this page for more details.

Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa

IHG: 70,000 points per night + $70 resort fee

Kimtpon Seafire Resort on Grand Cayman (Photo by Scott Mayerowitz/The Points Guy)
Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa on Grand Cayman. (Photo by Scott Mayerowitz/The Points Guy)

Thus far on this list, Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton have dominated the line-up of the best hotels in the Caribbean as far as points travelers are concerned, but on Grand Cayman one of your best point options can be booked with IHG points. The Kimpton Seafire is a beachfront hotel with 266 rooms just 20 minutes from the airport.

Here, IHG elites can raid the mini bar, leverage the Kimpton secret password during select times of the year and enjoy complimentary snacks by the pool. Kimpton is a fun, but higher-end brand and Grand Cayman is a gorgeous location. If you have the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, you’ll receive a fourth night reward — and four nights is actually about the right amount of time to experience a good amount of Grand Cayman while still enjoying plenty of time by the ocean.

The Kimpton Seafire Resort is currently closed to new reservations and is slated to reopen on April 1, 2021.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Marriott Bonvoy: 70,000–100,000 points per night + $85 resort fee

Kimpton isn’t the only game in town when it comes to Grand Cayman. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman sits proudly on Seven Mile Beach and TPG himself actually stayed there a few years ago during the Cayman Cookout, declaring it to be “easily one of the best point hotels in the Caribbean.

The Ritz hosts six bars and restaurants, two pools, an oceanfront hot tub, a nine-hole golf course and a tennis center. Parents with little ones will also love that the hotel has a splash pad, something the nearby Westin did not.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman will be closed from Aug. 1 to Nov. 13, 2021 for a full renovation.

(Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman)
(Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman)

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa

Marriott Bonvoy: 50,000–70,000 points per night + $65 resort fee

Just down Seven Mile Beach from The Ritz-Carlton is The Westin Grand Cayman. This property on the western side of Grand Cayman, was renovated a couple of years ago and features the largest freshwater pool on the island, along with two hot tubs and a courtyard café and bar at the pool. (Here are tips for saving on food while staying at The Westin Grand Cayman.)

The Westin Grand Cayman. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Beach House, the property’s main restaurant, won AAA’s 4 Diamond Award and features seafood dishes designed by executive chef Sandy Tuason. And since it’s a Westin, at the end of the day you’ll hopefully sleep soundly on your room’s Heavenly Bed.

The Westin Grand Cayman is closed for new reservations until April 1, 2021.

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort. (Photo courtesy of Westin)
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa. (Photo courtesy of Westin)

Curaçao

Curaçao has reopened to visitors, though they will be required to present a COVID-19 PCR test with a negative result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. See this page for more details.

Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort

Marriott Bonvoy: 40,000–60,000 points per night 

Curaçao has limited points-friendly hotel options, but the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort is a newly renovated, relatively calm six-acre oceanfront resort that has 336 rooms and suites, two pools and a variety of on-site dining options. As a Marriott Category 6 property, you could use a Marriott up to 50,000-point certificate from a card such as the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card on nights that ring in at 50,000 points or less per night.

 

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Renaissance Curaçao Resort and Casino

Marriott Bonvoy: 30,000–40,000 points per night

A candidate for your up to 35,000-point certificates that come with cards such as the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card is the Renaissance Curaçao. You won’t find a beach at this hotel, but there’s something almost as cool: a saltwater infinity pool with a man-made beach area. Guests of the hotel give it good reviews, but if that’s not your thing, you can also enjoy the additional freshwater pool. (Do be aware that some rooms here are interior with no windows, so you will probably want to avoid those.)

Dominican Republic

Entering the Dominican Republic is fairly easy, with no pre-departure testing requirement, but rather tests upon arrival for 3% to 15% of visitors or anyone displaying symptoms. See this post for more information.

Sublime Samana Hotel and Residences

World of Hyatt: 25,000 points per night

The World of Hyatt program made waves in 2018 by adding a partnership with the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. This has added new Caribbean locations to the Hyatt portfolio, including the Sublime Samana Hotel and Residences on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. The gorgeous property is set in lush, tropical surroundings and boasts an on-site restaurant and spa. The standard award rooms are one-bedroom suites that span over 1,000 square feet, including a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and living space with a sofa bed (perfect for families).

Sublime Samana isn’t taking new reservations for stays until March 28, 2021.

The Sublime Samana is one of the newest Caribbean hotels bookable using points. Image courtesy of the hotel.
The Sublime Samana is one of the newer Caribbean hotels bookable using points. (Photo courtesy of Sublime)

Related: Best ways to use Hyatt points at new luxury hotels

Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana

World of Hyatt: From 25,000 points per night for double occupancy

The all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva and Zilara properties in Punta Cana opened in late 2019. These adult-only and family-friendly all-inclusive brands have a loyal following and are bookable with Hyatt points. The neighboring beachfront resorts have a wide variety of really good restaurants, multiple pools, an included kids club, waterpark and friendly staff. While the opening of the resorts was rocky (to say the least), with more time under their belts, the amenities are likely to grow to match the gorgeous oceanfront location.

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Jamaica

Jamaica is currently open to tourists, but those entering are subject to requirements including negative PCR tests taken at no more than 10 days before arrival. For more information, see this page.

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa

Hilton Honors: 38,000–184,000 points per night

If you’re considering an all-inclusive resort where you won’t have to worry about the cost of food or drinks, Jamaica could be your destination target. That’s because the Hilton Rose Hall Resort is just one of several all-inclusive hotels on the island that can be booked with points. The resort features the largest waterpark and the longest white sand beach on the island, and with seven bars and restaurants serving up grub and booze at no added cost, you’re in for a well-sated stay.

Hilton Rose Hall
Hilton Rose Hall beach cabanas (Photo courtesy of Hilton)

Related: Maximizing redemptions with Hilton Honors

Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Rose Hall

World of Hyatt: 25,000 points per night for double occupancy

Hyatt has had all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica in the last few years by way of the family-oriented Ziva brand and adults-only Zilara adjacent to each other on Jamaica’s Montego Bay. There are many shared amenities between the two resorts (though children are relegated to the Ziva side). Note that the adult-only side is a newer build than the family-friendly side, so it is a touch nicer in my experience.

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt.com)

Related: Maximizing redemptions with World of Hyatt

Puerto Rico

Travelers to Puerto Rico must fill out a health declaration form as well as present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. More details can be found on this page.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

Marriott Bonvoy: 70,000–100,000 points + $85 resort fee

(Photo by Nick Ellis/The Points Guy)

This 139-room oceanfront property on the northeast side of Puerto Rico underwent a $60 million renovation to bring it to even better than its pre-hurricane glory. Here you’ll find multiple restaurants, the signature St. Regis service, an included kid’s club, beach amenities, water toys and more.

The resort is tranquil, with a private and secluded stretch of beach, and a massive pool complex that you won’t have to fight other guests for a chair at. If you want a top-of-the-line beachfront vacation on points, you’ll be hard-pressed to do much better than this Puerto Rican escape.

La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort

Marriott Bonvoy: 40,000–60,000 points per night + $30 fee per day

The La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort, in the heart of San Juan’s Miami-esque Condado district, provides the best of both worlds. Set right on the beach, you can spend full days relaxing by the pool or swimming in the strong surf of the Atlantic Ocean, but by night you’re just a short walk away from the many San Juan restaurants that are putting this island territory on the foodie map.

This is a Marriott Category 6 property, meaning that on nights when the rate is 50,000 points, you can use an annual award night that comes with the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (worth up to 50,000 points).

La Concha. (Photo courtesy of the resort)

St. Maarten

If you are traveling from a high-risk country (which includes the U.S.) to St. Maarten, you’ll be required to present proof of a negative PCR test taken within 120 hours of departure, purchase mandatory travel insurance and more. For more details, see this page.

Belmond la Samanna

First, the bad news … you aren’t really going to be using traditional hotel points on St. Maarten right now. However, you can leverage American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR) benefits from a card such as The Platinum Card® from American Express — including daily breakfast, 4 p.m. late checkout, early check-in and a $100 food or beverage credit — at the Belmond la Samanna.

Belmond La Samanna (Photo courtesy of booking.com)
Belmond La Samanna. (Photo courtesy of the resort)

If that isn’t the right property for you, you could also use fixed-value points from a card such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve® at a value of 1.5 cents each to book a hotel through Chase Travel.

St. Barths

St. Barths closed its borders to foreign tourists once again on Feb. 3, 2021 per a directive from France (the island is a French territory), though it is in talks with the French government to come to an agreement that would allow the island to reopen its borders. More information can be found here.

Le Sereno

As amazing as St. Barths is — and it really is — your traditional hotel points also aren’t going to help much here. You’ll again need to leverage credit card benefits such as the Amex FHR perks somewhere, such as booking a bungalow at Le Sereno, or turn to fixed-value points to book the hotel of your choice. And fair warning: Nothing on St. Barths is particularly budget-friendly.

Le Sereno (photo courtesy of booking.com)
Le Sereno. (Photo courtesy of the resort)

St. Lucia

St. Lucia reopened to tourists this summer, and all people entering the country must submit proof of a negative PCR test no more than five days before arrival on the island. More information can be found here.

Harbor Club St. Lucia, Curio Collection by Hilton

Hilton Honors: 44,000–60,000 points per night

Hilton Harbor St. Lucia (photo courtesy of booking.com)
Harbor Club St. Lucia, Curio Collection by Hilton. (Photo courtesy of the resort)

There aren’t many points hotel options in St. Lucia. In fact, there is really only one. The Harbor Club St. Lucia is next to the marina in Rodney Bay. Note that while there are multiple pools, this is not a beachfront hotel. That said, the hotel does provide a boat or bus to the beach.

The Harbor Club is currently closed to new reservations and is slated to reopen May 1.

Related: The best Hilton credit cards

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis is open for visitors, though they need to comply with various guidelines including required testing and contact tracing. More information can be found here.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts

World of Hyatt: 30,000 points per night

Park Hyatt St. Kitts (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
Park Hyatt St. Kitts. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

The Park Hyatt St. Kitts is a point-friendly gem of the Caribbean. With only 78 rooms and 48 suites, the property features two swimming pools — one adults-only and one for families — three restaurants, a spa, an included kids club and, of course, access to the Banana Bay beach. With paid rates reaching toward $800 on some dates, this resort can be the perfect spot for a points redemption, though be sure to check for possible cash deals through portals such as Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts if you have The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express.

Related: How to redeem points with the World of Hyatt program

St. Kitts Marriott Resort and The Royal Beach Casino

Marriott Bonvoy: 30,000–40,000 points per night

While not as high-end as the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, the St. Kitts Marriott Resort has recently undergone renovations, and you’ll find an expansive resort with the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club and the 15,000-square-foot Emerald Mist Spa as highlights. Cash rates at this property can sometimes fall below $150 per night, so make sure to double-check the cost of paid nights before burning your points here or 35,000-point Marriott certificates here.

I’m cheating here a bit, as it is not a traditional points hotel, but the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, just a boat ride away from St. Kitts, recently completed a renovation and is bookable via the Amex FHR program. Even if you don’t stay on Nevis, it’s worth a visit while you are on St. Kitts.

 

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Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos are open for tourism, but travelers must be pre-approved by taking certain steps including pre-arrival testing, purchasing medical insurance and completing a health questionnaire. More information can be found here.

Point Grace Resort and Spa

World of Hyatt: 40,000 points per night

Until recently, booking Turks and Caicos resorts on hotel points wasn’t really possible, but with the addition of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World lineup to World of Hyatt, you have a few options. Point Grace Resort is a boutique, all-suite beachfront hotel on Grace Bay. Here, your Hyatt points get you an over 1,000-square-foot cottage. There are only 28 suites at this oceanfront resort, so it is a great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy the spa, beach and other amenities available.

Point Grace (image courtesy of booking.com)
Point Grace. (Photo courtesy of the resort)

Sailrock Resort

World of Hyatt: 40,000 points per night

Sailrock Resort — in South Caicos on a small, remote island — is another quality Small Luxury Hotels of the World option you can book with your Hyatt points. Here you’ll find 34 suites and villas that come with complimentary round-trip airfare to and from Providenciales International Airport (PLS) to South Caicos Airport (XCS). 

Sailrock Resort (photo courtesy of booking.com)
Sailrock Resort. (Photo courtesy of the resort)

As always, if you don’t have enough Hyatt points to book the Turks and Caicos getaway you want from your World of Hyatt Credit Card, you can transfer them to Hyatt 1:1 from cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Travelers to the U.S. Virgin Islands, which include St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, must either present a negative PCR test within five days of arrival to the territory or a COVID-19 antibody test with positive result within four months of travel to the islands. More information can be found here.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

Marriott Bonvoy: 70,000–100,000 points per night + $80 resort fee

(Photo by Jane Frye/The Points Guy)

Recently reopened after a massive $100-million-dollar post-hurricane renovation, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is set to become one of the premier points hotel options in the Caribbean. The resort features four restaurants, a remodeled infinity pool, new family pool with waterslide and a renovated club lounge.

The Westin St. John Resort Villas

Marriott Bonvoy: 50,000–70,000 Marriott points +$45 resort fee

Westin St. John (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
The Westin St. John Resort Villas. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Also fresh off a massive post-Hurricane Maria renovation and reopening, The Westin St. John Resort Villas is a solid points-friendly option in the U.S. Virgin Islands, though admittedly less luxurious than The Ritz-Carlton on nearby St. Thomas. These villas are a great match for a slightly more do-it-yourself-style vacationer who still wants to stay on a gorgeous island with points.

Ready to start planning? Here are TPG’s recommendations for getting to the Caribbean using points and miles

Additional reporting by Ethan Steinberg and Nick Ellis

Featured image of the Westin St. John courtesy of Zach Griff/The Points Guy

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  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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