Cayo Espanto

Resort in Cayo Espanto

Billed as ‘a private island,’ this ultimate romantic retreat boasts seven delightful villas, each designed for maximum privacy and panoramic views. Each casa has a private dock complete with loungers under cloth umbrellas and private waterside plunge pools.

Luxurious and stylish yet unpretentious, the overall vibe here is shipwreck chic – the kind of outcome you'd expect if a couple of talented interior designers and architects had washed up along with Gilligan and his team.

Each villa has polished concrete or bright tile floors and king-size beds dressed in high-thread-count designer sheets. There is an abundance of comfortable cane furniture and the TVs and other mod-cons are carefully hidden in elegant wooden cupboards so as not to clash with the castaway vibe. Many rooms also have alfresco showers sheltered by coconut trees and mangroves.

The most unusual option is Casa Ventanas, which is perched out at the end of a long dock, surrounded by 360 degrees of crystal blue loveliness, while two-story Casa Estrella is extra spacious and affords fantastic views from the upstairs master bedroom.

One of the highlights of staying at Cayo Espanto is the exceedingly attentive service (all packages include the services of a personal 'houseman'). Prior to arrival, guests are invited to fill out a preferences survey, which is used to prepare for all aspects of the visit, including the menu. Chefs create artistic, delicious dishes according to your personal tastes and serve them in the privacy of your villa.