This vibrant, glorious group of 7,000 island nations, dotted across the Caribbean Sea between the southeastern tip of the United States and the northern coast of South America, is a sun-seeker’s paradise. From its sugar-sand beaches and ultra-luxury resorts to its towering peaks and technicolour reefs, it’s all set to the intoxicating rhythms of salsa and reggae, soaked in rum and spice and steeped in a complex and fascinating modern history of colonialism, slavery and revolution, dating back to the days of buccaneer pirates and the voyages of Christopher Columbus.
In more recent times, the Caribbean has become synonymous with luxury travel, it’s holiday islands – some bustling and party-filled, others remote and untouched – serving up an ideal blend of palm-fringed relaxation and adventure. Our specialists are on hand to recommend their favourite islands and resorts from across the Caribbean, and to tailor you a holiday that suits you and your interests to perfection.
Of course, it’s hard to look beyond the Caribbean’s beaches, their pristine sands and azure seas the stuff of escapist dreams. But, while they’re the thread that ties the region together, there’s also so much that makes each island different, a unique experience all of its own. Naturally, if it’s time in the sun you’re after, you’ll be well served, with thousands of gorgeous, sun-kissed stretches to choose from. But even these have their idiosyncrasies, as from coast to coast you’ll find everything from gently lapping seas to surf-happy swells and sands shimmering in hues of white, pink, brown and black. What’s more, with just 10 percent of the islands inhabited, it’s easy to escape the crowds, so why not hire a boat and guide for the day, pack a picnic and a bottle of bubbles and head off in search of a private paradise all of your own?
If you’re looking for more from your holiday than just beach time, then you’re in luck. Swim and snorkel in seas rich with coral and teeming with marine life, from dolphins and whales to stingrays and manatees. Hike into the wilderness to find verdant mountains, hidden waterfalls and spectacular birdlife, or embrace your adventurous side with the likes of white-water rafting, tubing or zip-lining. Then there’s the culture – fun, flamboyant and showcased across the region in food, drink (rum anyone?) and so many festivals and carnivals that it’s impossible to count.
From boutique boltholes brimming with colonial charm to state-of-the-art resorts packed full of the latest and greatest facilities, the Caribbean offers accommodation for all tastes. Here, our specialists have picked out a collection of their favourites, but if there's something else you're looking for, don't hesitate to get in touch.
The Sandpiper, Barbados
7-night luxury holiday from £2,140 pp incl. flights & transfers
Flanked by tropical gardens and a powder-white sandy cove, The Sandpiper is a tranquil idyll where the worries of everyday life simply melt away.
Carlisle Bay, Antigua
7-night luxury holiday from £2,620 pp incl. flights & transfers
Nestled between a jade-green rainforest and glorious beach, Carlisle Bay is the epitome of barefoot luxury, with luxury ocean-front suites and unmatched service that make it the ultimate Caribbean escape.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St Lucia
7-night luxury holiday from £3,120 pp incl. flights & transfersSave up to £395 pp – ends 30 Sep
This luxurious, plantation-style resort offers spectacular accommodation in one of the Caribbean's most beautiful settings.
Coral Reef Club, Barbados
7-night luxury holiday from £1,910 pp incl. flights & transfers
Set on the gorgeously serene west coast of Barbados, this family-run, beachfront hotel is one of the Caribbean's most laid-back yet luxurious offerings. Alongside truly world-class service and hospitality, expect colonial-style suites as well as ultra-fresh seafood and complimentary water sports.
Jumby Bay Island Resort, Antigua
Set on 300 acres in its own private island paradise, the exclusive resort of Jumby Bay offers all-inclusive indulgences among powder-white sands, with private pool-adorned suites, fine beachfront dining and a wealth of fabulous facilities.
Sandy Lane, Barbados
7-night luxury holiday from £3,870 pp incl. flights & transfersSave up to £400 pp – ends 30 Sep
Everyone will have heard the name Sandy Lane. One of the world’s most famous hotels, this five-star Barbados gem is the true emblem of luxury, with exquisite dining, a fabulous spa and rooms fit for a king.
The Inn at English Harbour, Antigua
7-night luxury holiday from £2,170 pp incl. flights & transfers
In a postcard-perfect setting on southern coast of Antigua, this hilltop resort overlooks the beautiful natural bay of English Harbour with a private white-sand beach, ocean-front swimming pool and five-star Asian-inspired spa.
Cobblers Cove, Barbados
7-night luxury holiday from £2,290 pp incl. flights & transfers
Listed by Homes & Gardens as one of the twenty most beautiful hotels in the world, boutique Cobblers Cove is a much-loved Caribbean haven, combining tropical paradise with more than a hint of country-club luxe.
Curtain Bluff, Antigua
7-night luxury holiday from £2,795 pp incl. flights & transfersSave up to £695 pp – ends 30 Sep
Fringed by Antigua’s serene Caribbean coastline, Curtain Bluff tempts visitors with its unrivalled hospitality and fabulous facilities, from suites with private plunge pools to world-class fine dining.
The BodyHoliday, St Lucia
7-night luxury holiday from £2,715 pp incl. flights & transfers
Relax, unwind and prepare to be pampered at this stunning St Lucian resort where your entire stay is dedicated to the wellness of body and mind.
With its spectacular beaches and world-class resorts, Barbados is a favourite among our clients. And, like much the rest of the Caribbean, there are an abundance of activities that will bring you beyond the sands and into the island’s unique culture and spectacular natural world. Perhaps you’ll take a jeep trip into the rainforests to discover hummingbirds and hidden bays or stroll between the pretty orchids at the Tropical Flower Garden. Alternatively, look back at the island’s past, taking in colonial-era churches and plantation homes, or experience the sheer joy of live music and traditional Barbadian street-food at the seaside fish market in Oistins which, on Fridays and Saturdays hosts the island’s best party – a rum-soaked extravaganza of reggae and Caribbean pop.
There’s a distinct English flavour to this Caribbean favourite, its colonial past showcased in the bustling capital, St John’s, a well as across numerous old forts and historical highlights which dot the dreamy coastline and verdant interior. With hidden coves and secluded bays, it’s easy to transport yourself back to the times of Lord Nelson and the pirates that once ruled these azure seas. Back to the present day, though, and alongside its blend of old-work heritage and quintessential Caribbean charm, Antigua is all about sophisticated luxury. Its glitzy harbours are host to myriad private yachts while the island’s stella resorts feature indulgent spas and gourmet restaurants all fronted by picture-perfect, palm-fringed beaches and gently lapping waves. Sheer perfection!
Overlooked by the famous peaks of the iconic Pitons, the island of Saint Lucia serves up the wonderful blend of relaxation and adventure, Caribbean style. Across the island, you’ll find a collection of boutique hotels and wellness retreats fronted by some of the West Indies’ best beaches, ideal for a slice of sun-worship. Then, if you’re feeling active, hiking trails trace routes between volcanic cones while zip-line routes chart verdant rainforest canopies, perfect for working up an appetite before tucking into the island’s flavoursome Creole cuisine.