The 100-metre pool at the Silversands resort on Grenada
The Caribbean conjures images of palm tree-fringed beaches with white sand slipping gently into a sparkling, crystal-clear sea. And while these gorgeous islands are ripe for relaxation, they also have some of the best pools in the world, where you can take a dip without having to worry about tides, currents… or what lurks beneath the tropical waters.
Take, for instance, the epic 100-metre infinity pool at Silversands on Grenada’s Grand Anse Beach. It’s the longest in the Caribbean, offering views right across the ocean for those who like to indulge in some laps before hitting the breakfast buffet.
B&B costs from £635 per night based on two sharing (silversandsgrenada.com).
For something more secluded, Beach Houses By The Crane on the quiet east coast of Barbados are ideal. Well away from the busier resorts, each villa has an infinity pool looking out over the Atlantic, plus a hot tub for post-dip soaking.
The Discover Beach Houses B&B package starts at £205 per night for a one-bedroom suite (beachhouses.bb).
At Beach Houses By The Crane, pictured, each villa has an infinity pool and a hot tub for post-dip soaking
Not to be outdone in the private-pool stakes, Galaxy Sanctuaries, a resort within a resort at Jade Mountain on St Lucia, takes things to another level.
Each open-sided suite has an infinity pool that forms part of the bedroom and living space, with views of the towering Pitons across the bay.
High above the lush forest that tumbles down to the beach, these secluded pools are pure heaven.
Each open-sided suite at Galaxy Sanctuaries has an infinity pool that offers views of the towering Pitons across the bay
Life for guests at the Jade Mountain resort in St Lucia is sheer paradise
Nightly rates start at £795 based on two sharing (jademountain.com).
Further north, Antigua has stellar options for those looking to enjoy some serious pool time.
Curtain Bluff’s main pool is in an idyllic, shady spot surrounded by towering palm trees with plenty of space for stretching out and honing your front crawl.
Curtain Bluff’s main pool, pictured, is in an idyllic, shady spot with plenty of space for honing your front crawl
The resort, set on a rocky outcrop between two secluded coves, is one of the island’s very best. The Terrace Suite’s private pool overlooks the Caribbean and is the dream place to see out the day with a sundowner.
Double rooms start from £850 per night during high season, which runs from December 17 until April 2 (curtainbluff.com).
Over on St Vincent and the Grenadines, Bequia Beach Hotel has a new salt-water pool overlooking the beach. Procure a sunlounger and enjoy a well deserved cocktail.
B&B costs from £224 a night based on two sharing (bequiabeachhotel.com).
Pictured above is the new salt-water pool overlooking the beach at Bequia Beach Hotel on St Vincent and the Grenadines
On Canouan, a tiny island at the very south of the St Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago, the Mandarin Oriental’s gorgeous infinity pool runs along the back of its private, pink-sand beach.
Loll about in the shallow end and watch the waves break over the coral reef, or practise your front crawl with the warm sun on your back. The adjacent hot tub will help you work out any post-swim kinks.
Rooms cost from £1,192 per night based on two sharing (mandarinoriental.com/canouan).
On Canouan, the Mandarin Oriental’s gorgeous infinity pool, pictured, runs along the back of its private, pink-sand beach
Few pools in the region are as swanky as the one at private villa Kaia Kamina on Grand Cayman.
It sits high above the sea and the palms which surround the property, providing a secluded space for kicking back. Sure, it starts at £2,429 per night, but it sleeps 18.
And with private beach access, it has the feel of your own resort (luxurycayman villas.com).
Dive in: The two-tier infinity pool at Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda
The pool at Palm Heights, pictured, has a swim-up pool bar, which lends it a pleasingly 1970s Roger Moore-era Bond feel
Round the coast on Seven Mile Beach, the Palm Heights has put its pool at the heart of the action. There’s a swim-up bar as well as design touches that give it a pleasingly 1970s Roger Moore-era Bond feel. Rooms start at £767 per night (palmheights.com).
For something truly unique, make for Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, one of the British Virgin Islands. The resort’s two-tier infinity pool sits just above the quiet bay, part of a rambling 500-acre estate which is yours to explore.
Ocean View Cottages cost from £3,915pp for seven nights, including BA flights (elegantresorts.co.uk).