FIND YOUR SELF A SPOT A LONG A GOLDEN RIBBON OF SAND, FEEL THE CRYSTALLINE OCEAN LAPPING AT YOUR TOES AND LET YOURSELF DRIFT INTO A STATE OF PURE RELAXATION AS THE SUNSHINE WARMS YOUR SKIN. THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT BEING NEAR WATER AND GAZING OUT AT A VAST OCEAN VIEW THAT INSTANTLY CALMS AND REJUVENATES THE SOUL.
Bequia Beach Hotel, St Vincent & The Grenadines
Bequia Beach brings to life the true essence of the Caribbean – barefoot, bohemian chic with a relaxed and casual ambiance. Its location on the secluded Friendship Beach adds further to its charm, with stunning views out to Mustique.
The island of Bequia itself is one of the most beautiful islands we’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. The gorgeous Bequia Beach Hotel makes you feel completely at ease from the moment you arrive. Owned and run by a Swedish family, their attention to detail is evident - we love the cool, colonial décor which is super stylish and full of character.
The two al fresco restaurants are the perfect spots to take in the breathtaking ocean vistas. The recently-renovated Bagatelle restaurant is set right on the sand and dining out under the stars here, on the fresh catch of the day, is sure to be one of your holiday highlights.
On nearby Princess Margaret Beach, the pulsing Jack’s Beach Bar serves up exquisite cocktails alongside a menu of fresh, local ingredients, attracting both locals and holidaymakers alike.
7 nights from £1,299 per person sharing a Classic Room
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save up to 15%, plus one
complimentary dinner for two.
STAY: 14 Oct – 19 Dec 2018.
Long Beach, Mauritius
Mauritius’ famed Belle Mare Beach is fringed with coral, dusted with white sands and bejewelled with crystalline waters. Long Beach is the perfect setting from which to take full advantage of this spellbinding location. Slip into a beach cabana and snooze the day away as butlers deliver refreshments right over to your spot on the sand. Or wade into the crystal-clear lagoon and enjoy complimentary snorkelling, have a go at windsurfing or join the crew on a glass-bottom boat ride to discover the marine life swirling below.
Then, replenish yourself with lunch at the beachside Tides Restaurant, which serves up delicious fresh fish, crisp salads and dreamy deserts. We’re sure you’ll be spending a lot of your time on the beach here, but to get even closer, we recommend upgrading to a Junior Suite Ocean Front for exceptional ocean views, or an exclusive Long Beach Executive Suite with a prime location right on the sand.
7 nights from £1,459 per person sharing a Junior Suite on Half Board.
OFFER: Save up to 40% plus complimentary golf green fees.
STAY: 16 Apr 2018 - 06 Jan 2019.
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Maldives
Set in a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve, this haven of tropical tranquillity never fails to amaze. There’s a large emphasis on sustainable tourism here, with a marine biology team on site that assists with conservation efforts in the surrounding waters. Look out for manta rays, turtles and a mind-boggling amount of fish of all shapes and sizes swimming in the crystalline lagoon. Choose a villa tucked into the jungle-like foliage on the island, or out above the shimmering water and house reefs. You can even play Robinson Crusoe and escape to your own private island for the night, home to just one traditional hut. Enjoy your time in paradise by watching dolphins dance beneath the waves, going waterskiing or parasailing, sipping Champagne on an elegant sunset cruise around the island, and enjoying intimate dinners with astounding views.
7 nights from £1,599 per person sharing a Beach Villa on All-Inclusive.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save up to 40% plus complimentary All-Inclusive and a villa upgrade.
STAY: 16 Apr - 31 Oct 2018.
The Residence, Mauritius
On one of the very best beaches in Mauritius, with the warm Indian Ocean caressing powdery sands that continue for over a mile, you’ll find The Residence Mauritius. Reminiscent of a bygone era, a holiday here is like stepping back in time, with nostalgic décor, white-gloved butlers and attentive service that harks back to the times of grand colonial estates. Each of the 135 rooms and 28 suites are complete with shuttered balconies or terraces, décor in rich shades of cream with dark wood, and opulent marble bathrooms. A lovely touch is the way the air in your room is infused each evening with the subtle scent of ylang ylang, inviting a soothing sleep. Aside from the wide range of watersports available to try out on the beach, days spent here invite you to make some time to pamper yourself in the oasis of The Sanctuary Spa, take a dip in the lagoon-style pool, enjoy convivial afternoon teas and evening cocktails, and relish a range of world cuisines.
7 nights from £1,299 per person sharing a Colonial Garden View Room on Half Board. OFFER: Save up to 50%.
STAY: 16 Apr - 21 Dec 2018.
Niyama Private Islands, Maldives
Not one, but two islands are yours to enjoy at this incredible Maldives resort. These two picture-perfect white-sand paradises offer a veritable wonderland of luxurious accommodation, outstanding facilities and exceptional dining experiences. The resort strikes the ideal balance between relaxation and activities by dedicating each of the islands to one of the two. ‘Play’ is the family-friendly, livelier of the two, whilst ‘Chill’ is ideal for couples, with a relaxed ambiance.
The islands feature some of the most extraordinary dining spaces we’ve seen, including Nest, a restaurant set high up in the treetops; Subsix, an amazing underwater enclave for a romantic lunch; or Tribal for African, Central and South American fare. Then there’s Edge, the exclusive over-water restaurant which is only accessible by boat. There are activities in abundance here with snorkelling and PADI dive courses, a 24-hour spa for pampering night or day, two stunning pools, wine tasting, yoga and kick boxing… desert island living doesn’t get much better than this.
7 nights from £2,685 per person sharing a Beach Studio on Half Board.
OFFER: Save up to 40%, plus complimentary Half Board.
STAY: 16 Apr - 19 Dec 2018.
Spice Island Beach Resort
There are few beaches in the world that encapsulate the Caribbean dream as perfectly as Grand Anse in Grenada. Its golden ribbon of soft sand, inviting turquoise waters and gently swaying coconut palms conspire to evoke a sense of blissful relaxation in even the most world-weary of individuals. We’d be lying if we said this paradisiacal setting wasn’t one of the reasons Spice Island is one of our very favourite Caribbean resorts. Of course, the gracious hospitality offered by our good friend, Sir Royston Hopkin, along with his family and team, adds to the charm. Nothing is ever too much trouble and the attention to detail means all of our guests are treated like VIPs from the moment they arrive.
The 64 luxurious suites are stylishly furnished with contemporary Caribbean décor. The popular Sea Grape Beach Suites are located right on the sand and feature outdoor terraces bordered by gardens dotted with leafy lemon, almond and sea grape trees. Other suites have their own plunge pools and dining terraces, perfect for enjoying the balmy Caribbean weather. The wonderful Janissa’s Spa ranks as one of the very best spas in the Caribbean. Beautifully designed by architect and interior designer, Kobi Karp, the spa is shaded by tropical gardens and adorned with a beautiful outdoor reflection pool, peaceful relaxation lounge and tranquil beachfront yoga pavilion.
The all-inclusive offering at Spice Island is excellent – expect delicious sevencourse table-d’hote menus, traditional afternoon tea, delightful cocktails and fine wines.
At Oliver’s Restaurant you can sample a range of local specialities, whilst the Sea and Surf Terrace & Bar offers gourmet cuisine infused with authentic local flavours in a beachside setting; its weekly Sunday Barbecue lunch buffet is always a favourite with guests. The upbeat melodies of calypso, reggae and steel pan bands provide a fitting backdrop for your dining experience.
7 nights from £3,099 per person sharing a Sea Grape Beach Suite on All-Inclusive.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 6, plus complimentary upgrade to a Sea Grape Beach Suite.
STAY: 01 Jun - 15 Dec 2018.
East Winds, Saint Lucia
Relax into tropical bliss at East Winds, the epitome of informal luxury and an absolute heaven for foodies and wine buffs. This is boutique luxury in tranquil and informal surroundings with just 30 cottage-style suites. As a member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the International Association of Gastronomy, East Winds is renowned for its outstanding cuisine. Expect menus that change nightly, accompanied by an excellent choice of wines.
For something a little different, have a go at mixing your own cocktail at the hotel’s swim-up pool bar. Wellness is a key feature of the resort, with complimentary yoga and Pilates classes, as well as a range of fitness equipment, then the soothing Open Air Spa Pavilion to wind things down. Those with an eye for the natural world will find the hotel’s 12 acres of gardens, harbouring an abundance of tropical birds, trees and plants, a pure delight.
7 nights from £2,189 per person sharing a Deluxe Cottage on All-Inclusive.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: 20% saving, plus complimentary room upgrade.
STAY: 01 May - 14 Sep 2018.
Jamaica Inn, Jamaica
Set on a private white-sand cove, Jamaica Inn will charm you with its elegance and style. It’s all about chilling out here, with no televisions to disturb the peace, and no clocks to count the time.
Each of the 52 suites and cottages are beautifully furnished with colonial-era antiques, and feature open-air balconies or verandahs with spectacular views over the ocean or beach.
The cuisine here is exceptional. Start the day with a breakfast of local delights or traditional favourites overlooking the bay on the restaurant terrace, savour light snacks on the beach for lunch, indulge in a traditional afternoon tea, and feast on gourmet creations for dinner.
The beautiful Ocean Spa sits up on the bluff and offers daily yoga and Pilates classes as well as a sauna and range of holistic treatments using exotic and aromatic natural ingredients.
7 nights from £1,759 per person sharing a Superior Balcony Suite on Room Only.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save 35%.
STAY: 01 Jul - 31 Aug 2018.
Curtain Bluff, Antigua
We were especially excited about the reopening of Curtain Bluff following its $13 million refurbishment last year. The iconic resort was closed for six months while the dining spaces, lounge, bar, reception and entrance underwent a complete overhaul. Now, it’s back and better than ever with décor in shades of turquoise and melon reflecting the hues of the ocean, plus rooms and suites showcasing a sleek new look. Architect Andrew Goodenough is behind the resort’s new contemporary look and his team have taken care to preserve well-loved features of the resort.
On the beach, you can enjoy the new chaise loungers and sand chairs while being waited on by the ever-attentive Beach Concierge team. There are two beaches to choose from on either side of the bluff; Bay Beach for watersports, barbecues and live music, and Surf Beach for quiet relaxation and playing in the surf.
7 nights from £2,799 per person sharing a Deluxe Room on All-Inclusive.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: $100 resort credit.
STAY: 01 May - 31 Dec 2018.
Young Island, St Vincent & The Grenadines
If you’re looking for something truly unique and intimate, Young Island is for you. This private island resort is comprised of just 29 charming wood-framed cottages scattered along hillsides overlooking the ocean. The ambiance is casual and relaxed, creating a true sense of escapism, yet the service is flawless, with a staff to guest ratio of 3:1.
The 13 acres are a joy to explore, presenting you with astonishing views at every turn, and, below the water’s surface, a wondrous world of sea life is yours to discover on snorkelling trips. Dining on the beach is another highlight, toes in the sand as you savour the island’s famous freshly-baked bread and flavourful cuisine under open-air thatched-roof huts. We love Young Island’s unique swim-up Coconut Bar, anchored just off the beach so you can reward yourself with a cocktail or fruit punch after a refreshing swim.
7 nights from £1,629 per person sharing a Deluxe Cottage on All-Inclusive.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 5, plus complimentary room upgrade.
STAY: 01 May – 19 Dec 2018.