05 March 2021
Private islands, retreats and villas have seen increasing demand.
In this blog, we’ll try to pinpoint your desire whether it's the sparkling soft white sands of the Maldives or the verdant greenery of St. Lucia, there’s a paradise island for everyone.
These 40 coral islands south-east of the Bahamas are centred on Providenciales or ‘Provo’, where high-end resorts, boutiques and restaurants abound. The most exclusive is the private island resort of COMO Parrot Cay (several A-listers own homes here), one of the ultimate islands for foot-in-the-sand luxury. There is a real sense of space and serenity to the island, thanks to 1,000 unspoilt acres, much of which remains undeveloped, and an emphasis on light, soothing interiors most notably in the fabulous beach houses, alongside signature holistic therapies
Recently recognised as the Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination and the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination at the Annual World Travel Awards, the Turks and Caicos continue to offer an enduring Caribbean beach and island experience like no other.
Stylish overwater villas – check. Endless horizon views – check. But one element of a Maldivian escape that doesn’t get the attention it deserves is the dining experience. The Maldives has some of the most sensational restaurants to be found anywhere, with cuisine ranging from indulgent street food to exquisite fine dining. One of our favourites is the succulent seafood and local delicacies served up at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi’s Islander’s Grill where you’ll also enjoy blissful ocean views.
One of the most iconic remains Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, which has won more awards than you can shake a stick at for its sensory experience, world-class cuisine and impeccable service. Alternatively, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort has no less than a dozen venues serving cuisine ranging from elegant Japanese dishes to delectable international buffets; Soneva Jani’s Chapter 2 has just opened with new dining experiences including ‘Sonu’s picnic’, the ultimate desert island dining experience, private sunrise breakfasts on the north beach and delectable garden-to-table cuisine.
Dramatic shipwrecks, brightly coloured reefs and thrilling drifts make the ‘Spice Isle’ a world-class diving destination, especially around its south and west coasts. Don’t miss the ‘Titanic of the Caribbean’ – the luxury liner Bianca C, sunk in 1961 – or the underwater sculpture parks that provide a home to prolific marine ecosystems including whip corals, sea fans, rainbow runners and Creole wrasse.
Alternatively, venture inland where you’ll find the beautiful Grand Etang crater lake and at the island’s mesmeric waterfalls. Discover Grenada’s fascinating history at the Belmont Estate and Fort George before sampling rivered rum at the River Antoine Rum Distillery.
Families should opt for the family-run Spice Island Beach Resort, where you’ll enjoy sumptuously spacious beachside suites, a multi-award-winning spa and renowned cuisine in an enchanting setting. For a more intimate, casual and romantic vibe, Laluna is a gem with a gorgeous Indonesian spa and a beachfront area dedicated to supporting local arts.
For couples, Silversands stands out in low-key Grenada: think lashings of marble, walnut and floor-to-ceiling glass. The beach-club-esque Grenadian Grill is a chic spot for the likes of lobster quesadillas for lunch before you take to the water – don’t miss a sortie in the glass-bottom kayaks. The hotel is also home to the Caribbean’s longest infinity pool, this striking minimalist resort caused quite a splash when it opened in 2018 at the northern tip of Grand Anse.
While some islands are famed for their beaches, some for their diving and others for lush, green vegetation, only one has it all – Saint Lucia. The island is just 27 miles long and 14 miles wide and is lined with beautiful, palm-fringed beaches, idyllic bays and stunning waterfalls.
The truly one-of-a-kind Jade Mountain Resort appeared on the BBC’s Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby recently, fusing the blissful St. Lucian surroundings with striking architecture and design. Built into the mountainside, each of the resort’s rooms have three sides opening up to awe-inspiring views over the Pitons, and come complete with mosaiced infinity pools, Jacuzzis and artistic furnishings - treating guests to a truly unique luxurious experience.
“I had always wanted to see Jade Mountain. It consistently gets voted one of the best Caribbean Resorts. It truly is architecturally astonishing and has incredible views of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. The resort is the perfect place to relax with a sunset cocktail as you watch the sun go down over the sparkling Caribbean Sea, and The Jade Mountain Club is the perfect place to sample ‘Jade’ cuisine prepared fresh to order by James Beard Award Winning chef Allen Susser.”
Sally, Travel Counsellor
Whether it’s skydiving out of a plane, hiking through the mountains and National Parks or soaking up the local culture, Mauritius offers something for every type of traveller.
A wealth of exuberant water activities and unforgettable on-land excursions make Mauritius a nature lover’s paradise. Wildlife enthusiasts will revel in the chance to see sharks, turtles, eagle rays and moray eels in their natural habitat.
If swimming isn’t your thing, take to the seas on a glass-bottom boat, catamaran, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Hiking and trekking are also some of the best ways to explore - make your way to Black River Gorges National Park, a haven to highly endangered native plants and animals.
Embrace carefree, elegant living at the Long Beach Resort. Located on the iconic Belle Mare beach and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, this five-star property is a contemporary escape where you’ll find fitness experts to DJs and Michelin-starred chefs. Be sure to join the resort’s popular ‘Lobster and Astronomy’ evening.
Take the luxury escape you’ve always dreamed by contacting your Travel Counsellor today. You’ll enjoy exclusive benefits, such as full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.