The Caribbean has an enduring charm that’s unlikely to fade as long as travellers want soft white sands, calm emerald seas, consistently hot sunshine and some of the most fantastic food and drink on the planet. If it’s the ultimate in luxury you’re looking for, we’d suggest two islands as ideal retreats – St Barths and Antigua. Let’s find out a bit more about these two. If you are looking for all inclusive holidays in the Caribbean check Holiday Hypermarket latest offers.
With its French history injecting a little je ne sais pas, there’s definitely a touch of Riviera chic to this beautiful little island. Exclusive to the letter, only the rich and famous head for their holidays – and even they are blown away by the standard of accommodation.
The French Creole cuisine is beyond amazing and thanks to a range of fine dining restaurants, St Barths is easily one of the best places for eating out in the Caribbean. Many eateries cluster along the edges of the beaches with al fresco decks for appreciating the fine weather. Seafood is the way to go, with delicious mahi-mahi steaks and freshly caught lobster cooked in a variety of styles.
Sailing is a big activity here. Whether you’re simply sat on the sands or by the marina watching the glitzy yachts drop anchor, having a lesson for the very first time, or taking part in the most prestigious super-yacht races in the world, there’s a sense of fun that sailing provides pervading the shores.
A great luxury Caribbean destination for both couples and families, Antigua has a range of activities on offer. Being able to take a direct flight here makes it a winner in many people’s books, and the surrounding coral reefs mean the sands here are the Caribbean’s softest and whitest: Antigua famously has a beach for every day of the year.
Water sports are big news here. Kite surfing and sailing is popular on the East Coast where the warm trade winds buffet the shore. The coral reef offshore keeps the waters calm though, making it perfect for beginners and children to learn safely. There’s also some great gold clubs on the island, and a range of riding stables which arrange for novices and practised riders to take a romantic trip along the sands at sunset atop one of their elegant horses.
There’s lots of history to absorb here. Head to the old harbour area of Nelson’s Dockyard for a culture fix. Fort Barrington is an old British castle which overlooks the coastline. Built in 1779 to protect the island from the French, this is an interesting place for a wander. There’s a stunning view down to the beach and harbour below, and over to Montserrat.