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The Caribbean is a wonderful destination for warm sunshine, great hospitality and clear warm waters. And, if you choose the right part of the Caribbean to visit, there's somewhere perfect pretty much all year round.
The Body Holiday, St Lucia
The Body Holiday is a lively resort (also all-inclusive) tucked away on the pretty Cariblue Beach on the northern tip of the island of St Lucia. It has a loyal following of repeat guests, popular with single travellers, small groups of friends and those seeking an all in one resort with an almost endless list of activities. As the name suggests, the resort is somewhere where you can relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and engage in as many or as few sports and activities as you wish.
Sugar Beach (formerly The Jalousie Plantation) enjoys a remarkable location on a hillside between the two famous pitons, surrounded by 325 acres of lush tropical gardens brimming with mango, coconut and papaya trees. And, of course, a magnificent beach. For moments when you're not relaxing by the pool or on the beach, there's the Rainforest Spa and fitness centre, diving centre with PADI instruction, snorkelling, tennis courts and hiking trails.
Located on St Vincent, one of the 32 islands forming the archipelago known as the “Jewels of the Caribbean”, the Buccament Bay is a five-star all-inclusive beach hotel reserved for a truly luxurious holiday experience. The resort is ideal for both adults and families, and represents outstanding value. There is a fabulous selection of land and watersports, including tennis and cricket academies. The children's club and programmes are excellent.
Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
Moving up a notch or two in terms of luxury and sophistication, the superb Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos is the northern Caribbean's pre-eminent private island. It combines nature – 1000 unspoilt acres, including a mile-long white powdered beach – with understated style, cosseting service and smiling staff. Here you will find an award-winning holistic spa, health-giving cuisine and beach houses with private pools. At Parrot Cay, your body and soul has space to rediscover those forgotten rhythms of long days and easy nights.
Carlisle Bay, Antigua
On the island of Antigua, we recommend the excellent Carlisle Bay, positioned on one of the islands best beaches on the unspoilt south coast. It's a sophisticated and contemporary beachfront resort, yet relaxed and informal, and ideal for families. Great for watersports, yoga, tennis and, at the end of a busy day in the sunshine, the gown ups can relax in the resorts excellent spa. A PADI scuba diving centre is on-site and diving excursions can be arranged for qualified divers or you can train to become a certified diver whilst staying at the resort.
Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
For a truly special experience on a private 1,200 acre island, particularly if you would like to rent your own luxury residence, Peter Island in the BVI might be the best choice for you. Swim, snorkel, scuba dive, read a book, rejuvenate in the spa or do absolutely nothing at all and just enjoy sitting by your pool enjoying the spectacular hilltop views. Alternatively, you could explore the neighbouring islands, fish for Blue Marlin or play tennis on one of four superb courts, two of which are lit for cooler evening play.
GoldenEye is a gorgeous hideaway on the coast of Jamaica is perfect for couples, with fabulous waterside suites and cottages, a genuinely laid back atmosphere, plus a wonderful mix of deep relaxation and entertaining activities. Swim or paddle over to the spa for some indulgent treatments, play a set or two of tennis, or hike or mountain bike in the hills. The property has been magically reinvigorated in recent years, and the original home of Ian Fleming is also available, and perfect for larger groups. Now owned by Chris Blackwell of Islands Records fame, this boutique resort is a delightful destination for some winter sun.
Superb new hotel with stylish, contemporary design that oozes Miami cool. Viceroy Anguilla is situated on a bluff between two sensational white sand beaches, overlooking the azur blue Caribbean Sea. Stunning accommodation options from suites to 4 and 5 bedroom glass fronted villas. The hotel also offers a fantastic spa and numerous land and water based activities to keep everyone pampered, fit and entertained. And with such warm clear sea, those that love to snorkel or scuba dive will not be disappointed. This really is a special place on a very special little island that's only 16 miles long and 3 miles wide.
Sandy Lane, Barbados
Considered by many to be one of the finest luxury resorts in the world, Sandy Lane sits within a mahogany grove on a beautiful stretch of golden beach. Beloved by movie stars and sporting celebrities, this is a resort that combines excptional service and accommodation with a superb spa and a comprehensive range of activities, such as golf (a choice of 3 courses), fitness, yoga, pilates, tennis (9 floodlit courts), sailing and kayaking. Barbados has much to offer visitors apart from its warm hospitality and is an ideal destination from January through to May.
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, Bermuda
Long regarded as one of the world's most romantic spa resorts, the luxury Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa is a fabulous, adults only retreat. Admittedly, it's 1,000 miles north of the Caribbean in the Atlantic Ocean, so shouldn't really be listed here - but it's probably still the best place for it! A perfect destination from May to October with a lovely warm, temperate climate. Enjoy first class service, pristine beaches, the fabulous spa, superb snorkelling and scuba diving and some great golf courses.
Esencia, Mayan Riviera, Mexico
Also overlooking the Caribbean sea, but on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera in Mexico, is the exceptional Esencia resort. To complement blissful, relaxing days on one of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches, or by one of its two swimming pools, Esencia also offers yoga and meditation classes. Furthermore, Esencia's wonderful Mayan inspired Aroma Spa offers a selection of special treatments using organic indigenous fruit, plants and herbs, many of which are grown in the hotel’s garden.
Weather and seasons
If you anticipated continuous sunshine and balmy trade breezes you wouldn't be too far wrong!
The Caribbean has two seasons, the dry and the wet, however they are not always very well differentiated. During the dry season, from February to June, there will often be weeks of clear sunny weather broken only by an occasional small rain shower. In the wet season, from July until January, there will still be plenty of sunshine, but with more frequent showers and occasional rainy days with no sun. There is very little temperature difference between the seasons; you can expect 25° to 29°C all year around.
anguilla, caribbean 7 nights from £1,895
Anguilla's newest and most luxurious resort, Viceroy Anguilla, is set on a bluff in 35 acres of lush tropical gardens with half a mile of ocean frontage along both Barnes and Meads Bay. Perfect for honeymooners, friends or families; there's an accommodation option to suit all.view
antigua, caribbean 7 nights from £2,435
Situated in one of Antigua's most beautiful settings, Carlisle Bay has a backdrop of rolling hills, lush tropical rainforest and lagoon, and positioned on one of the islands best beaches on the unspoilt south coast. It's a sophisticated and contemporary beachfront resort, yet relaxed and informal, ideal for families.view
barbados, caribbean 7 nights from £2,525
Sandy Lane is considered to be one of the finest luxury resorts in the world. Situated on the west coast, in St James, the resort is classically designed in local coral stone and overlooks a pristine beach and the vibrant blues of the Caribbean Sea. Fabulous for families and couples alike.view
barbados, caribbean 7 nights villa rental from £30,930
An impressive Colonial-style estate, set in over an acre of lush, landscaped gardens that lead down to the beach. Perfect for a large group of family or friends seeking hotel-style luxury in their own private retreat. Sleeps 16.view
british virgin islands, caribbean 7 nights from £1,965
Peter Island is a 1,200 acre tropical paradise. You can roam the five beaches and twenty secluded coves including the spectacular Deadman’s Bay, one of the loveliest stretches of sand in the Virgin Islands. This spa resort also offers three fabulous private residences for families or groups of friends.view
british virgin islands, caribbean 7 nights from £11,900
Pacific Wave is a 72ft sailing yacht operating in the British Virgin Islands. The layout of the vessel, on-deck and below-deck, offers a feeling of spaciousness and a comfortable living area perfect for yacht charter. Master cabin and two twin cabins.view
st lucia, caribbean 7 nights all inclusive from £2,410
As the name suggests, the resort is somewhere where you can relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and engage in as many or as few sports and activities as you wish. It's a lively all inclusive resort tucked away on the pretty Cariblue Beach on the northern tip of St Lucia.view
st lucia, caribbean 7 nights from £1,675
Sugar Beach (formerly The Jalousie Plantation) enjoys a remarkable location on a hillside between the two famous pitons, surrounded by 325 acres of lush tropical gardens brimming with mango, coconut and papaya trees. And, of course, a magnificent beach.view
turks and caicos, caribbean 7 nights from £2,195
Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos is the northern Caribbean's pre-eminent private island. It combines nature – 1000 unspoilt acres, including a mile-long white powdered beach – with understated style, cosseting service and smiling staff.view
Kathryn Brierley, Director
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