Sweating Out the Stress in Jamaica
The goldeneye is not just the latest sun-splashed, reggae-infused, ganja-wafting-through-the-treetops utopia from Island Records founder and de facto Jamaican tourism czar Chris Blackwell (from $536 including breakfast; goldeneye.com; opens November 12). It’s also a Caribbean resort for the multitasking vacationer who would rather spend days bird-watching for some 255 resident species, or triathlon training with a former member of the Jamaican Olympic team. Of course, should you want sand and only sand, you have that option; the edenic James Bond Beach, surrounded by the verdant mountains of St. Mary, is only half a mile away, while the resort is adjacent to a wave-free lagoon.
Skipping From Pool to Beach in Curaçao
Want to be parent of the year? Take your kids to the coolest swimming pool on an island—heck, on a whole island chain—that’s littered with them. The pool at the Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino (from $160; marriott.com), located in Willemstad’s Otrabanda neighborhood—once, literally, the “other side” but now the capital’s hot spot—doesn’t just have an infinity edge peering out on the postcard-perfect Caribbean. It’s actually the world’s first “infinity beach,” with tons of trucked in white sand. When the kids tire of the faux beach there’s also the real thing: Sail on Bounty Adventures’ 54-foot catamaran to Klein Curaçao, an uninhabited spit of land encircled by turtle- and stingray-filled waters (from $89, bountyadventures.com).