Diminutive Grand Turk may be the administrative capital and seat of government for the Turks and Caicos Islands, but don’t let that deceive you – a visit to this low-lying beach-fringed island is like stepping back in time. With a 20 mph speed limit, donkeys and horses that roam freely, and colonial architecture lining the streets, it offers a glimpse of the Caribbean of times gone by.
From remote castaway to red carpet royal treatment, the private island resorts of theCaribbean offer accommodations and experiences to suit every taste.
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Craving different scenery, fresh experiences and the excitement of exploring new destinations? Now is the time to discover aspects of the island’s nature, culture and history you may never have previously thought of.
Expansive grounds, myriad activities and spacious suites or cottages make these some of the sweetest places to kick back and relax as a couple or a family.
Short term international travel may be on hold, but longer stays – both at home and abroad – are still an option. Enjoy a change of scenery without getting on an airplane, or if you work remotely, take your laptop to a different isle and stay a while. These villa rental agencies are adapting to current travel restrictions with offers to stay, play and vacay for up to three months.
Set like a topaz jewel in the Caribbean Sea, the easternmost of the Cayman Islands, Cayman Brac, shines bright with natural splendour. Not only does the tranquil Brac offer lush greenery and reefs rich in marine life but its pristine palm-fringed beaches are soaked in history and traditions of the island’s past. Little Cayman, the smallest of the islands, is swathed in powder-white sand and multi-hued waters that so ensnare you in its deserted arms that you’ll never want to let go.
The islands of the Caribbean are peppered with ruins of plantation houses, sugar mills and forts. Some of these storied buildings have been restored and reopened as characterful hotels where one can step back in time and experience the ambience of the colonial past.
Founded by Penny Cumber, what began as a one-woman property management business run out of a home office has grown into Cayman’s leading vacation rental firm. Now managed by Penny’s daughter Juliet, Cayman Villas has over 100 properties on all three islands, a staff of 13 and high hopes for the future.
Jamaica regularly makes an appearance among the top ‘coolest’ Caribbean islands. With its dreadlocked Rastas, sweet reggae rhythms, jaw-droppingly delicious jerk and that infectious, charming accent, it’s easy to see how it earned its standing. Beyond all that, there’s plenty to explore on this island and we’ve rounded up just a few must-dos for you.
Today’s Caribbean travellers want more from their vacation time than a sun lounger and a pool. They want to engage in new activities, have unique experiences, and go home feeling both refreshed and enriched.
Freshly caught fish, masterfully prepared and discreetly delivered, only steps from the ocean – that’s an experience to be savoured, at home or away. We’ve scoured the region to find the finest seafood restaurants all of which are bound to set your taste buds tingling
With islands, beaches and boats aplenty, the question for many Caribbean travellers is how best to explore: cruising between ports of call with the wind in your hair, or sampling the land-based luxe of the finest resorts? The good news is, you may not have to choose.
From wellness weekends to rainforest retreats, and cool colonial elegance to barefoot beach chic, Caribbean vacations take many forms. The following one-of-a-kind resorts each boast their own unique brand of island charm.
Havana, Cuba: a friendly-faced city of derelict buildings, run-down balconies and cobbled pathways teeming with activity. The bustling alleyways are filled with intoxicating smells, vivid sights and a cacophony of sound. Nowhere else on the planet has been so stalled in its development, but in recent years, Cuba has restored diplomatic relations with the US and other countries, and is slowly emerging from its Soviet-era stasis. Not just about the cigars and rum, Cuba is vivid and arresting, capturing and ensnaring you with its colourful culture and its vibrant daily life.
Made up of three distinctly different islands, the US Virgin Islands make for the tropical beach vacation of your dreams. There's St. Thomas, a buzzing island with a yacht-lined marina and stunning vistas; St. Croix, blessed with golden sunshine, glorious temperatures, a captivating past that is tucked away in a vast natural rainforest; and then there's St. John, a nature-lovers dream, offering a high-end experience while still keeping its charming authentic Caribbean flair.
White sand beaches and clear blue seas may be the hallmarks of a Caribbean vacation, but should you wish to delve deeper into the region’s history, nature and culture, these intimate one-of-a-kind resorts, offer a different take on island getaways.
Go Big! Luxury Caribbean Group Getaways. For two or more families vacationing together, three generations seeking a memorable escape, or a group of friends on the trip of a lifetime, a rental villa promises more privacy, more space and more independence than a resort, and often at a more reasonable rate.
Feeling healthy and vital in body and mind is something we all aspire to – and that's exactly the desire the wellness industry taps into. Distinct from medicine, which deals with disease, wellness is concerned with all-round health, including physical fitness, psychological wellbeing and good nutrition.
A wild paradise in the southern Caribbean with blue skies, gentle breezes and serene, mutli-hued water. A diver's paradise with a vibrant underwater world, in Bonaire, you just relax and enjoy the ride.
Above All Expectations - Caribbean Resorts. Some travel for immersive experiences, others to enjoy luxurious surroundings. But what if you could have both? A handful of visionary Caribbean hoteliers are pushing boundaries like never before, offering over-water bungalows and treehouses for grownups.