White sand, azure waters, and nodding palms – it’s no wonder the Caribbean is often described as “paradise”. Beyond the magnificent beach resorts, these islands boast stunning areas of wilderness, lively cities, and cultural customs that have shaped a truly intoxicating way of life. A luxury holiday to the Caribbean is a dream come true.
Though the islands of the Caribbean share a laid-back way of life and an emphasis on the simple pleasures – not to mention year-round sun – each has its own clear identity. Visit the mountainous St Lucia and commune with nature away from the bustling towns. Hike up the astonishing peaks of the Pitons, take a guided tour through the jungle, snorkel on the coral reefs and keep your eye out for the St Lucia parrot, the national bird.
On Antigua & Barbuda, the sea breezes, empty stretches of beach and tranquil way of life make for a truly restful stay. Perhaps the most iconic Caribbean experience can be had in beautiful Barbados – the island that does a bit of everything. Fringed by sublime beaches and excellent resorts, Barbados also boasts scenic forests, picturesque colonial buildings and incredible nightlife spots.
Alternatively, you can get away from it all on one of the less developed Caribbean islands – Grenada is a haven for travellers seeking quiet luxury.
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.
The Caribbean is a treasure trove of culinary delights. Take a luxury holiday here and you’ll have the opportunity to sample 5-star fine dining, traditional Caribbean fare, and everything in between! At the beach resorts you’ll order à la carte, dining as you watch the sun set over the ocean.
In the cities and towns you can try out a range of different Caribbean dishes – from jerk chicken and pepperpot to Oil down. Popular drinks include fresh fruit cocktails, ice cold beer, and – of course – Caribbean rum.
As the Caribbean encompasses several different nations, the entry requirements can vary from island to island. Check out your destination at GOV.UK before booking. When you go, be sure to make photocopies of your passport and other official documents.