Luxury Holidays in the Caribbean
When you think about a Caribbean holiday no doubt your first thought is one of spectacular white sand beaches and warm blue seas, especially if you are experiencing a cold British winter.
Although the West Indies’ sunny beaches and crystal-clear waters are undoubtedly alluring, there’s more to this region than meets the eye.
The Caribbean archipelago consists of more than 7,000 islands, covering an expanse of a million square miles. And that’s not to mention the ten continental Central and South American countries that have a Caribbean coastline. Given its size and diversity it is hardly surprising that both the islands and the continental coastline have a rich history and culture waiting for the adventurous holidaymaker to explore away from the beach. With the most wonderful music and delectable cuisine, the Caribbean makes for an exciting and rewarding break, whether you choose an all-inclusive package, hire a Caribbean villa and live like 007, or drift through the clear blue waters on a sailing boat.
Our favourite Caribbean Stays
Here is a selection of our most popular places to stay in the Caribbean.
These hotels may whet your appetite, but if you already have a place in mind, we would love to help tailor-make your dream holiday.
When to Visit The Caribbean
Year-round, temperatures in the Caribbean remain fairly consistent, typically ranging from the late 20s to the early 30s. The most popular time to visit the Caribbean is between December and April, as these are the driest months of the year, however May, June and November can also be excellent times for a holiday.
July to October is the green season. During these months there can be daily downpours of rain, although they tend to be brief and followed by hot sun.
Places to visit in The Caribbean
Beguiling as the emerald blue waters and deserted coves may be, if you can somehow manage to drag yourself away from the beach you will discover a typical Caribbean island with a distinctly British flavour. Bustling capital St John’s has an English Harbour and historical forts. While further afield lie candy-coloured villages just waiting for you to explore and share some rum with the locals. Follow Fig Tree Drive through rainforest or take a hike around the island. Just make sure you get back in time for a cocktail on the beach for sunset.
From Rockley Beach to Paynes Bay, Barbados rightly is renowned for its powdery white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. However, beyond these you will discover the Unesco-listed capital Bridgetown which is great for trying the local cuisine, and a non-stop nightlife. If you want to rub shoulders with the rich and famous then head west to the Platinum Coast named after either the colour of the sand or the credit cards used at the numerous bars and restaurants.
Known as the Spice Island, the whiff of nutmeg in the air informs travellers that they have arrived at Grenada. There again this Caribbean paradise could also have been dubbed the fruit island or beach island equally appropriately. Grenada consists of three islands. If you want to escape it all then head to Carriacou where cruise liners fear to tread, and discover the Caribbean how it used to be. Grenada’s capital St George’s is one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean and easy to explore by foot.
If you had to choose one Caribbean island that was blessed by nature, St Lucia would be it. Just stand in Soufrière and look up at the otherworldly Pitons rising form the earth like colossal green pyramids before descending into the inviting clear waters. The more athletic can climb Gros Piton with a guide, alternatively just relax close to the waters and soak up the atmosphere of this charming and lush green island. Head to the fishing village of Gros Islet and explore the rum shops and fishing shacks.