Most of the Caribbean’s upscale resorts have spas; very few also have golf courses, and even fewer have both of them – excellent spas and golf courses. However, for many couples, these resorts can offer the ideal balance of wellness and indulgence, exercise and leisure.
Packing their clubs for these fantastic Caribbean resorts would be a perfect conclusion for couples who want to improve both their golf game and their spa routine. These are our top Caribbean golf and spa resorts.
Perhaps the most well-known names in Caribbean golf are Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore golf courses at Casa de Campo. Both Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore are Pete Dye designs, although they are significantly distinct from one another. Teeth of the Dog is an 18-hole course that plays along the Caribbean Sea’s edge, while Dye Fore has 27 holes overall, five of which plunge over 300-foot cliffs. Another Dye design, The Links, has a complex yet incredibly playable layout. Along with more conventional options like massages and other body treatments, the 18,000-square-foot resort spa provides unique services like JetPeel facials and binaural acoustic and dynamic stimulation, like guided meditation using music and vibration.
The Half Moon resort in Montego Bay, a favorite of visiting royalty, has been enticing and demanding golfers since 1962. The Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course winds around the grounds of a former sugarcane estate, and the Sugar Mill restaurant, which offers a romantic ambiance and superb food, bears witness to the area’s history. The Salamander Spa Fern Tree features an aromatherapy steam and sauna room, an outdoor pool and waterfall, body treatments using local fruit, herbs, and spices, and an Ital Cafe with a Rastafarian vibe that serves vegetarian meals and organic fruit juices.
Try your luck (and talent) at the Royal Blue golf course at the Baha Mar resort instead of gambling in the casino. The 18 holes of Royal Blue, a Jack Nicklaus Signature course, are situated among dunes and organic limestone formations behind the resort’s hotel towers. When it comes down to it, Baha Mar has two spas prepared to relieve any collected tension: the Sense spa at the Rosewood resort features treatments that include unique scalp treatments created by Miriam Quevedo, and the only ESPA in the Caribbean overlooks the ocean.
A focal point of the Cap Cana resort enclave, the par 72, Jack Nicklaus-designed Punta Espada Golf Course is an oceanfront venue for PGA events and is frequently ranked among the best in the Caribbean. With its village-like atmosphere and extensive treatment menu, the Sanctuary Spa at the Sanctuary Cap Cana is the ideal resort among the seven at Cap Cana for couples looking for a relaxing getaway.
If you have a visit from the green monkeys that live on the golf course at this Nevis seaside resort, your foursome could become more some. The 18-hole, par-71 Robert Trent Jones II course softly dips downward towards the beach. Though happily devoid of monkeys, the iconic Nevisian Massage utilizes various calming regional flavors.
The idea that the Dominican Republic is the golf capital of the Caribbean is further supported by the Corales Golf Course at the Puntancana Club. Of its eighteen holes, six of them are along the ocean and were designed by Tom Fazio. The 27-hole La Cana Course, built by P.B. Dye, features 14 holes with views of the ocean, making it even more picturesque. The club has treatments that combine traditional touch with wellness science, and it is home to the only Six Senses Spa in the Caribbean. You might choose to stay at the Westin Puntacana or the Tortuga Bay resort.
Barbados’s iconic luxury lodgings have three golf courses, including the Green Monkey, which is surrounded by rocky cliffs that gently slope onto the fairways and greens. Only ten tee times are available each day, making the course as elite as it gets in the golf world. If you are unsuccessful, you may find solace at the championship course at Sandy Lane, which is filled with lakes and created by Tom Fazio, and the storied Old Nine, which winds through mahogany tree groves. 47,000 square feet of treatment rooms, exercise centers, and indoor and outdoor leisure spaces make up the magnificent Spa at Sandy Lane.
The only golf courses on Anguilla are found at this opulent resort—two, to be exact. The Aurora International Golf Club has eighteen holes that wind along beaches, a 600-yard course that tests players’ par-five skills, and a last shot that must be taken across a salt pond. With its nine condensed holes, the Greg Norman-designed Avalon Links short course is ideal for fast play and serves as a pleasant prelude to a day spent on the main course. The Sorana Spa adds a steam room, sauna, and hydrotherapy course to its treatment rooms and fitness center.