By Judy Sweetland
Ahhh, the Caribbean. Where turquoise water, white powdery beaches, and steel drums fill the air. Dance under a moonlit sky with sand sifting beneath your toes. Everyone is relaxed and friendly, and the food is plentiful and delicious. Great reggae and calypso songs are sung about this exotic string of islands by Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney and the late great Bob Marley.
No matter which island you choose you’re sure to be welcomed with gracious hospitality, and you will immediately settle into a vacation state of mind. Some of the best snorkeling, diving and sailing in the world can be found in these tepid waters, while the best dining, relaxing and spa treatments are taken on land.
The Crane in St. Philip Barbados is known for gracious hospitality and guests return again and again to see warm familiar faces and connect to a more restful lifestyle. Strolling hand-in-hand on the bluffs in an exotic location is really all that is necessary to melt away the trials of daily life. No need to over complicate things, just pack a bag and escape to the life that is calling you.
The Turks and Caicos offers everything from family options to wellness getaways. Think Grace Bay Resort for families who want to frolic the day away in the calm Caribbean Sea. The Kid’s Town Program promises to be a blast for little ones, and teens will love the excursions. If a wellness retreat is in order look no further than the ultra-luxe Parrot Cay resort, where Bruce Willis, Donna Karan and other celebrities go to unwind. The Shambala Yoga Retreat, treatments, and spa menu are impeccable and a daily regimen can be customized to suit all of your needs.
For an exclusive and elegant experience discover the French Caribbean – specifically St. Barthelemy, also known as St. Barts. This playground is where the lifestyles of the rich and famous go to unwind and do a little duty-free shopping. Le Sereno’s luxury villas on the Grand cul-de-sac offer a contemporary ambiance with ocean views from private pools.
Anguilla boasts two great options as guests with smaller parties (up to 10 guests) can enjoy the 3-5 bedroom villas or suites at Cap Juluca Resort. Stunning views from five-star accommodations are on deck with a plethora of onsite activities. Our neighboring private villas at Sheriva can accommodate a much larger group (up to 40 guests!), with tailor-made meals and experiences. Guests of these magnificent villas will also enjoy signing privileges at Cap Juluca.
St. John’s Antigua offers a unique experience as guests enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of Soldier’s Bay and the beach from a villa perched at the end of a jetty. Accommodating 10 guests, Rock Cottage is a private paradise with resort, restaurants, and activities just a short 2-minute walk away.
So many islands, so little time. Whether you’re thinking St. Kitt’s, Jamaica, or any one of the villas described above, the choices are plentiful throughout the Caribbean, and any one of our hand-picked villas would provide an over-the-top experience that would exceed the highest of expectations. If you’re considering Christmas in the Caribbean be sure and book early, as our villas are already filling up! Come on down – the water is perfect!