If you’re hoping to tap into the classic spirit of the Caribbean for an upcoming vacation, a good bet may be one of these very special West Indian hotels that hang onto the past, stylishly celebrating simpler times. 

Whether it’s preserved colonial architecture or a historic location, each offers a time warp to a different era. Be warned that a 17th- or 18th-century vibe can also mean no telephones, TVs, or air-conditioning. If those amenities are important to you, check with the hotel before booking.