Caribbean Beach Holidays
Some say that St. Lucia is the most romantic of the Caribbean islands but it is far more than just a beautiful beach. With its gorgeous mountain scenery, visitors can hike through the lush rainforest in Pidgeon Island National Park and visit La Soufrière, set against the majestic volcanic Pitons, is known for its Sulphur Springs and mud baths. While here, go whale and dolphin watching, snorkelling and even take a scenic helicopter tour.
Surrounded on all sides by tropical coral reefs and as many beaches as there are days in the year, Antigua is a true bucket list destination. Visit historic Nelson's Dockyard, which Admiral Horatio Nelson made his base in the 1780s and Shirley Heights, a former military lookout which offers stunning views across the bay. Of course, a visit to the Antigua Rum Distillery is a must.
With cricket as its national sport and a weakness for afternoon tea, there are definite hints of home dotted throughout this tropical island, but that is where the similarities end. The island is home to tranquil beaches, dramatic cliffs and world class golf and some of the best food in the Caribbean. What are you waiting for?
Some of our favourite hotels in St. Lucia
BodyHoliday: If you want to completely recharge and revitalise your body and soul, the BodyHoliday, set in an idyllic beachfront location, is the perfect holiday. The resort has the most comprehensive wellness centre in the Caribbean as well as water aerobics classes, water volleyball, a yoga pavillion and even scuba training.
Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort: If you are looking for a little more independence on your holiday to the Caribbean, Windjammer could be for you. Most of the resort's suites and villas are set into the hillside, affording a real sense of privacy. Villas with private pools could also be a perfect option for honeymooners.
Cap Maison: Cap Maison, a Spanish hacienda style boutique hotel with just 49 rooms, is located atop a stunning ocean bluff with incredible views of Pidgeon Island.
The Landings Resort & Spa: The Landings is the only hotel with its own private marina. With spacious accommodations, gourmet dining opportunities and world-class facilities including four swimming pools, tennis courts, extensive spa facilities and watersport equipment.
Some of our favourite hotels in Antigua
Nonsuch Bay: Nonsuch is located in a secluded bay on the east coast of the island and offers suites and cottages, making it a great choice for families. The resort is well known as a sailing destination; it hosts an impressive fleet and offers tuiton to guests of all ages. You can also go kitesurfing, windsurfing and paddle boarding.
St. James's Club & Villas: Situated on 100 acres of a secluded peninsula, St. James's Club offers a choice of rooms, suites and villas, making it a great option for larger groups. There are no less than six swimming pools, four tennis courts and a Tranquility Spa on site.
Blue Waters Resort & Spa: At Blue Waters, the emphasis is on friendly service and West Indian hospitality, making it a favourite for return visitors to the island. Alongside watersports opportunities, the resort also hosts yoga and pilates classes and wine and rum tasting sessions.
Galley Bay Resort & Spa: Galley Bay is an authentic adult-only resort set in an idyllic beachfront setting, making it particularly popular with honeymooners. For a truly special experience, book a Gauguin Suite which have their own private plunge pools overlooking the tranquil lagoon.
Some of our favourite hotels in Barbados
Cobblers Cove: With just 40 rooms, Cobblers Cove is one of the best loved hotels in the Caribbean. The hotel (iconic pink outer walls) is a family owned mansion, dating back to the 1940s. Its impeccable service, charm and style keep people coming back time after time.
Sugar Bay: An all-inclusive property presiding over a quarter of a mile of pristine white sand beach. It is located just 10 minutes from the capital city of Bridgetown. The resort has four restaurants, two swimming pools, including a swim-up bar, two onsite spas and access to snorkelling and kayaking equipment and pedalos.
The Sandpiper: Set within seven acres of tropical gardens, this family run hotel offers two swimming pools, tennis courts and coaching and complimentary watersports facilities including sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling.
Sandy Lane: Often hailed as one of the most luxurious and elegant hotels in the world, Sandy Lane definitely offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to its guests with impeccable service and beautiful rooms and suites. The resort also has its own golf courses and a state-of-the-art spa.