09/05/2012 06:42 am ET Updated Jan 02, 2013

The Best Hotel Villas In The Caribbean (PHOTOS)

Mega-resorts will always have their perks, but these days more and more travelers are choosing to stay in private villas.

The perks of a villa? Well, no shared walls with loud, late-night partiers for one thing. Or you can be that late-night partier and not worry about noise complaints. More space. More privacy. And the homey feel of being in a free-standing unit, surrounded by attractive landscaping.

But what we really love is when you can find a private villa on a resort's property, merging the best of both worlds. Guests receive all of the benefits and amenities of a resort, while still enjoying the seclusion of a villa.

We did a tour of hotel villas in the Caribbean and found the best of the best on seven islands.

-- Jane Reynolds,

The Best Hotel Villas in the Caribbean (PHOTOS)