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Updated: Sep 8, 2021

Privacy is an increasingly popular request at Caribbean Journey. Understandably so, since the added living space that comes with all private retreats allows families and friends more room to spread out and enjoy each other’s company when traveling together. Social distancing is predicted to be the trend in travel for many years to come but there are plenty of hotels with private villas in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America.

We’ve dedicated an entire page to our favorite private island resorts, but there are more ways to travel private that you need to hear about.

You can test drive the dream life in a private villa on almost every island in the Caribbean. The most popular islands for villa rentals are St. John, Turks and Caicos, Mustique, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. The last three destinations feature fully-staffed villas that operate like small hotels. Our travel advisors are well-versed on all styles of villa vacations, from opulent estates to authentic beach bungalows. We will work closely with you to find the perfect home-away-from-home at the price point that best suits your desired budget. We’ve recently enjoyed private villa vacations in St. Barths and in the Dominican Republic and share full details on our travel blog.

Mustique is noteworthy as a top contender for private vacations because the island consists of almost all private villa rentals, with only two small hotels. On Mustique, you pick the house, and everything else about your trip is fully customizable and brought to life by an on-island team of luxury travel specialists dedicated to villa guests. Almost every Caribbean activity is available on Mustique, and by design, you’ll be the only one participating. Our favorite uniquely Mustique pastime is a private beach picnic. A collection of thatched pavilions, each one available to be reserved just for you by your villa concierge. You’ll arrive to find your villa kitchen team has prepared the perfect seaside dishes with icy cocktails to keep you refreshed. Dine, splash, and float the day away while making a lasting memory!

Private villas are typically located in luxury, oceanfront, residential communities. If you aren’t ready to leave the idea of a resort vacation behind, there are plenty of resorts and hotels with private villas and multi-bedroom suites on property. Here are a few of our favorites :

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