Some travelers are content with basic accommodations while others splurge on a five-star resort. Then there are those who seek something with a certain je ne sais quoi.

These hotels and resorts in the Caribbean have a unique personality.

El Convento – Puerto Rico

To visit Old San Juan is to take a step back in time. El Convento was built in 1646 and it didn’t become a hotel until centuries later. It has all the modern amenities, including a hot tub and pool, but still looks like a convent.

Guests are within walking distance of restaurants, bars and clubs. If you want to stay in, have a rum punch at Alegría Patio Bar, which is part of El Convento. There are also two restaurants on site: Santísimo and Patio del Nispero. The latter is set in a Spanish colonial courtyard and offers a fantastic breakfast.

Coulibri Ridge – Dominica

Located on the Nature Island of Dominica, Coulibri Ridge is where eco-friendly meets luxury. This resort was possible due to years of research and planning, and it’s powered by solar.

When you aren’t relaxing in your room, elevate self-care. Book a spa treatment, take a specially tailored yoga class, or bask in the simple, underrated joy of doing nothing.

Jade Mountain Resort – St. Lucia

St. Lucia is renowned for its beauty, and this resort lets you admire it from every angle. The architecture is what makes this Caribbean hotel unique, but it isn’t gaudy or ostentatious. There are 24 sanctuaries facing the Pitons, and the Sky Whirlpool suites offer similar views.

To sweeten your stay, take advantage of St. Lucia’s status as the chocolate capital of the Caribbean. You can book the Chocolate Alchemy package, which includes a spa treatment, a Chocolate Lovers’ breakfast in bed and so much more.

The Caves Hotel – Jamaica

If you’ve never gotten tipsy in a cave, here’s your chance. Take coral steps down to the water, cross a footbridge, and you’ll arrive at The Blackwell Rum Bar. This is a unique feature of The Caves Hotel in Negril.

In a similar vein, arrange for a private meal in another cave. Expect soft music, candles, and the sound of waves breaking on the rocks. The food is made from local ingredients, and it’s varied enough so that even the pickiest eater will be happy. Whether you want a jerk dish, or a feast consisting of multiple courses, the staff will rise to the task.

Dominican Tree House Village – Dominican Republic

Unwind at this tree house oasis in the middle of the jungle. The design is open-air, but don’t worry, the mosquitos won’t be a nuisance. Leave social media and emails for another time since there’s no Wi-Fi.

Choose from several houses including Tree Top, Family Tree House, and Coffee Tree House. Book a massage, play cards with other guests in the Main Lodge, or meditate by the firepit.