The claim that Antigua has a beach for every day of the year might just be a slight exaggeration, but there is no doubting they are numerous and excellent quality, some of the very best in the region. A generally flat island with some rolling hills rather than mountains on the south coast. As such one of the drier islands, so what it might lack in scenic beauty is compensated by the many rain-less days.
The beaches will be difficult to resist but take time to visit the historic English Harbour/Nelson Dockyard area on the south shore, plus the capital St John’s has an easy going charm and some good duty free shopping. Night life is low key and mainly hotel based, although there are some excellent restaurants.
Pear shaped, frequently called Little England. It was England’s second settlement in the Caribbean way back in 1627 (St Kitts was the first in 1623).
One of the most developed of the islands. Its size is similar to the Isle of Wight, and with probably the best infrastructure making it the ideal introduction to the region. It also has one of the highest repeat followings, drawn by the excellent hotels, the superb restaurants, the good beaches particularly on the West coast where all of our hotels are located.
Arguably the most fascinating and cultural of all the islands. Cuba is full of exciting contrasts. Proud of its Spanish background and its more recent history. It has all the laid back ambiance associated with the region, but with a style that has the warmth and flair of Latin America. And of course the music, a salsa of African and Spanish influence. The beaches are good, particularly in the manicured resort of Varadero, with its good mainly all inclusive resorts.
Come for the dense forests, the numerous waterfalls and fast flowing rivers, the misty mountains, volcanic sand beaches and charming ramshackle villages. Dominica offers a unique Caribbean experience, essentially appealing to the adventurous eco-influenced traveller, with a variety of trekking opportunities, bird watching, whilst at sea you have whale watching and some of the best diving in the region.
The main resort area of Saint Lucia is in the north west of the island, around Rodney Bay and Cap Estate, 90 minutes from the international airport which is located on the south coast. Here you will see the greatest development of hotels and villas and good selection of restaurants, shopping malls and some quite lively bars. Probably the best golden sand beaches, particularly Reduit at Rodney Bay which is long and expansive but can get busy, especially when cruise ships visit. The transfer from the international airport is scenic as you initially travel along the wilder Atlantic coast before crossing through banana plantations and dense forest before emerging onto the Caribbean (west) coast.
About St Kitts & Nevis. St Kitts is slightly more developed, but both offer an interesting contrast to the more commercialised tourism now found on many other islands. Basseterre, the capital and located on St Kitts is one of the best planned and attractive cities in the region with great charm. Nevis is even more laid back and tropical.
The Grenadines are a stunning string of thirty two islands stretching down from St Vincent in the north through to Carriacou in the south. They include such evocative and romantic names as Bequia, Palm and Union Islands, Petit St Vincent, Canouan, and our featured island, Mustique.
St Vincent is a relatively large, lush island (18 miles long and 11 wide, with a population of 100,000 plus). Dense tropical forests, volcanoes & waterfalls, mainly dark sand beaches.
Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain Resort share a wonderfully secluded setting on the west coast, looking out to the majestic Piton twin peaks. Located with a 600 acre estate, with the accommodation built on the hillside, with the Jade Mountain resort at peak, both in location and price range. 60 minutes to the airport.
Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa is an excellent valued and perfectly positioned first class hotel. Located on Reduit Beach in the popular Rodney Bay resort area. 90 minutes drive from the international airport.
The hotel offers 36 deluxe rooms with either garden or pool view, all interconnecting with 36 extremely spacious one bedroom suites (easily converting into two bedroom suites). Each room is decorated in a bright Caribbean style, and all have en suite bathroom, and balcony or terrace.
To many the Caribbean is still the ultimate jet set destination. Easy access, just 7 Plus hours flight from London. Barbados with its highly developed infrastructure and super beaches. Antigua with its history and even more beaches, and the incredibly scenic St Lucia & Grenada. And Dominica – the nature island of the region where time seems to have stood to attention!
Carlisle Bay Antigua is a sophisticated and stylish hotel, with good all round family appeal. Located on the south west corner of the island, 30 minutes from the airport, on a long cove beach with a lush green backdrop, one of the highest points on the island.
Coral Reef Club and Spa is another Caribbean property with a long standing and totally deserved reputation for good service and elegant hospitality. Located on the west coast in a prime location, 40 minutes from the airport and 25 minutes to Bridgetown.