The Caribbean is a dreamy winter sun destination, with hot and dry weather drawing thousands of visitors to the isles. But with more than 700 islands and 13 nations comprising the Caribbean, it’s easier said than done to choose your location.
How To Get To The Caribbean From the UK
The UK & Europe chapter of the Caribbean tourist organisation notes that: ‘Around 18 operators fly to the Caribbean with direct flights from UK international airports with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic to Jamaica, Anguilla, The Bahamas, Barbados, Saint Lucia and Antigua.
‘For Grenada, Nevis, St. Kitts, Trinidad & Tobago and the Turks & Caicos, you would normally make a stop in Antigua, Nassau or Saint Lucia,’ it says.
Where To Stay In The Caribbean
Bequia Beach Hotel: Bequia is laid-back and cool, and this hotel is the understood go-to place on the isle, with throngs of tropical palms, papaya and almond trees lining Friendship Bay Beach, where the hotel’s suites and cottages are nestled. bequiabeachhotel.com
The Aerial BVI, British Virgin Islands: This resort is set over 43 acres on Buck Island, sleeping 30 guests in five residences, and visitors can try a range of bespoke activities designed to enhance mind, body and soul, including environmental healing, red light therapies, acupuncture, hikes, yoga and ocean water therapy. World-class nutritionist chefs, wellness consultants and spa therapists are also on hand to guide you throughout your stay. aerialbvi.com
Cabot St Lucia: On an idyllic emerald stretch of coast, Cabot St Lucia is primarily a private community centred around an 18-hole golf course and a luxury resort. But 2022 has seen the launch of 40 new one, two and three-bedroom luxury suites for visitors, enabling them to take advantage of the stunning location, vibrant Beach Club, restaurants, spa and, of course, the golf course. cabotsaintlucia.com
Castara Retreats, Tobago: The sparsely populated younger sibling to Trinidad, Tobago is often described as the unspoilt part of the Caribbean, characterised by quiet palm-lined beaches and lush rainforest – perfect for a winter sun getaway. Nestled on a hillside on the edge of a friendly fishing village, Castara Retreats’ 17 eco-conscious treehouses melt seamlessly into this landscape. castararetreats.com
Sugar Beach, St Lucia: Set within more than 100 acres of rainforest in the World Heritage-listed Val des Pitons, with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and the Pitons, this resort features luxury rooms, cottages, bungalows and villas, each of which has its own private plunge pool. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
Image: Bequia Beach Hotel.