Experience the legendary warmth of the Caribbean and Mexico. Dazzling sands invite total relaxation.
Aptly named Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, this Caribbean hideaway is nestled within an 18th century sugar plantation. Surrounded by lush rainforest and set within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s no surprise that this resort attracts celebrity guests. Gather the whole family and discover the famous dive sites before retreating back to your accommodation to relax in your very own private plunge pool.
Enjoy an authentic chocolate making experience from scratch at the Rainforest Spa. Start by cocoa bean tasting, then shelling and grinding, before creating your own chocolate bar to take home. Return to one of the spa treehouses to enjoy a massage or body scrub.
Renowned for its heritage and hospitality, Sandy Lane is considered one of the most prestigious properties in the world. This iconic resort promises to pamper adults and pander to children with a plethora of activities available. Indulge in the luxury spa with treatments drawn from well-being traditions across the world, make use of the three acclaimed golf courses or swim with turtles in the Caribbean’s crystal clear waters.
Let the games begin
Home to one of the best kids’ clubs in Barbados, Sandy Lane is known for going above and beyond when it comes to families. Catering for kids from 7 to 16 years old, the Summer Sports Camp offers a range of complimentary lessons and games including golf, waterskiing, soccer, tennis, a ‘mocktail’ party and more.
Where guests are welcomed with the hand-on-heart gesture used by the OtomOi Indians of Jalisco, the wonders of Mexico will bring your senses to life at this indulgent retreat. Experience ancient healing rituals drawn on from indigenous Mayan tribes at the One&Only Spa and taste authentic Mexican flavours tequila tasting with expert mixologists or at Aqua restaurant.
A whale of a time
Set on the cusp of the Baja Peninsula, December through to April is the best time to witness the world’s largest mammals making their seasonal migration. Each room is equipped with a pair of binoculars, so take advantage of your sea view and see if you can catch a glimpse. For an experience you won’t forget, take a sunset whale watching cruise with a marine biologist and a photographer on hand to capture these special moments.
Firmly entrenched in the hearts of Barbados faithfuls, inimitable Bajan hospitality is prominent at this west coast beachside retreat, from the welcome of a cold lavender scented towel and refreshing drink, to the delectable cuisine on offer. Feast on Asian and European flavours with a Caribbean twist in the open-air restaurant overseen by Executive Chef Christophe Poupardin where menus change five times a week.
Timeless Bajan treasure
Don’t miss a visit to Harold’s Beach Bar, named after the friendly bartender who was awarded “Caribbean Employee of the Year” for his impeccable hospitality. His unique concoctions including ‘Harold’s Smile’ will have you beaming from ear to ear; it’s no surprise this is one of the islands’ best-loved bars.
One of the grand dames of the Barbados hotel scene, the success of this award-winning property is tribute to the creativity and vision of Cynthia and the late Budge O’Hara who came to run the hotel in 1956 and never wanted to leave. Perfectly capturing the beauty of this family owned hotel, the exquisite spa deserves recognition for its team of skilled therapists who carry out massages, facials and scrubs with unrivalled expertise.
A new you
Achieve profound restoration for the body, mind and senses during an all-purpose Wellness Week held 09 - 16 November. Elevate your fitness level with personalised activities including yoga, Pilates and beach workouts, coupled with healthy culinary preferences and rejuvenating spa treatments.
Overlooking the yacht-dotted English Harbour, this boutique style resort exudes exclusivity and elegant Colonial style. The lush hilltop scenery and the welcoming staff, who are the soul and spirit of the resort, allow guests to immediately relax into the stunning surroundings. Take a crystal kayak and explore the historic bay of Nelson’s Dockyard or enjoy a relaxing massage on the beach to the soundtrack of gentle waves.
Yachts from all over the world arrive in Antigua’s harbours for the Classic Regatta. Enjoy a short boat ride to Nelson’s Dockyard where your vantage point makes the sight of all the yachts unforgettable. Stop for lunch at one of the fabulous independent restaurants along the way to Falmouth Harbour.
Set along gorgeous Grand Anse Beach, this luxurious boutique hotel is somewhat of a Grenadian institution, beloved by royalty. Those seeking to distance themselves from the stresses of daily life will do well here, its manicured castaway feel soothing even the busiest of minds. Sandy strolls and sunbathing aside, a beachfront yoga pavilion, fully equipped fitness centre and full-service spa set the scene for an experience focused on health and wellness.
Salute the sun
Relax and rejuvenate in a serene oceanfront setting with a sunrise yoga session. The resort’s beachfront yoga pavilion is the ideal spot for guests to focus on their well-being, while breathing in the tropical scented sea breezes.
Standing head and shoulders with the finest hotels around the world, Grand Velas’ flagship resort delivers a fully-fledged luxury all-inclusive experience. Exceptional cuisine awaits at five signature restaurants and the Ambassador and Zen experiences are designed to delight families; think expansive suites, clubs for kids and teens as well as a Baby Concierge and pure relaxation for adults.
A culinary underworld
Dine 60ft underground in a recently discovered cenote during The Gourmet Cenote Experience. It begins with a private tour of the cavern and a dip in its crystal waters, followed by a three-course gourmet lunch accompanied by a tasting of ancestral drinks.
Occupying a privileged position on a stretch of stunning coastline between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, this impressive all-inclusive resort magically blends Mexican culture with world-class service and contemporary design. Here, each oversized suite boasts captivating sea views and comes with a personal butler, who is more than happy to tend to every need at all hours of the day. Heavenly days can be spent unwinding on your own patch of golden sand, lounging by one of the three pools or indulgent pampering and relaxation at the expansive spa, led by your own Spa Atelier.
Indulge in complete culinary magic from 27 – 30 November 2019 with two world-renowned chefs, Fabrice Vulin and Sidney Schutte visiting the hotel for a mesmerising three-night gourmet experience. Sure to change all perceptions of contemporary cuisine, the chefs will be cooking up a storm as well as doing a Meet & Greet with guests.
It’s easy to comprehend why families ease into island time at Park Hyatt’s first property in the Caribbean. Set on the golden sands of Banana Bay, the hotel echoes a contemporary colonial aesthetic feel; welcoming touches include interconnecting rooms and suites, a dedicated zero entry family pool and children’s menus in The Great House and Fisherman’s Village Restaurant. The dynamic Island Fort by Camp Hyatt entertains younger guests aged three to 12 years with scavenger hunts, pyjama movie nights and calypso workouts.
Climb aboard the St Kitts Scenic Railway for an unsurpassed 30 mile journey discovering the island’s former sugar cane empire. Listen to fascinating commentary and a three-voice a cappella choir whilst gazing at the 360 degree panoramic views from the observation platform of its unique double deck carriages.
If you’re Caribbean bound and looking for pure unadulterated escapism, the virtually unspoilt enclave of the Turks & Caicos is the one for you. A favourite amongst A-listers, Amanyara, meaning ‘peaceful place’ in Sanskrit welcomes its guests as if to the home of a close friend. Water lovers can revel in some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling along the pristine reefs of the North West Point Marine National Park, however our favourite spot has to be the 165 foot onyx-hued volcanic rock infinity-edge swimming pool.
A coastal wonderland
The resident naturalist leads the way on a number of eco-conscious rich activities above and below the water. Learn about the island’s rare flora and fauna with a private eco-hike through the forest and shoreline trail before enjoying a delightful picnic on a secluded deck hovering over the turquoise waters.
A secluded sanctuary surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty and mesmerising ocean views – this is island living at its best. Relax on the white sand beach after spending your day snorkelling, paddleboarding or fishing; explore the diverse and tropical plants at the Botanical Gardens of Nevis; charter a yacht on the crystal waters of the Caribbean or unwind in your private plunge pool before hiring a chef for in villa dining.
View from the top
Not for the faint hearted, a morning hike up Nevis Peak is an incredibly rewarding experience. The 3,232ft volcano provides a breathtaking backdrop to the idyllic island with its lush, tropical greenery. However, this iconic landmark offers more than just epic scenery – the climb itself is physically challenging, with rugged terrain and ropes to assist with the ascent. Not recommended to do without a guide, this hike will provide you with a real sense of accomplishment.
Follow in the footsteps of royalty and retreat to the haven of Cotton House. Adults will love the intimacy and security of this exclusive island allowing them to relax and the children to play carefree. Here, you can do as much, or as little as you like; hop in a glass bottom kayak and explore beneath the waves, be pampered at the spa or visit a neighbouring island on your own private charter.
It’s all down to you; first decide on your picnic location – will you choose the Caribbean or Atlantic side of the island? Then, select your menu. Delicious dilemma over, sit back, relax and spend time together as a family taking in the spectacular views whilst your private butler takes care of everything else.
You’d be hard pressed to find anywhere more ‘out-of-the-way’ than this immaculate private-island resort. Here you’ll enjoy more than just a holiday, you’ll find time to truly switch off – accommodation is free from Wi-Fi and televisions. Explore the surroundings on a rewarding hike to reach the summit of Marni Hill before retreating to the white-sand beaches to relax.
Hire a private charter and whisk the whole family away on an island hopping adventure. Declared an official wildlife reserve, the Tobago Cays Marine Park is home to sugar-white beaches, colourful marine life and coral and is the perfect place to spend a day snorkelling and unwinding.
Discover the true essence of Caribbean charm with a 10 night itinerary that takes you to three of the most beguiling islands in the region. Begin your journey at Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort in Anguilla for four nights, where you will experience beachside elegance at its finest. Here you can explore all the island has to offer by setting sail on a private boat for four hours of adventure and discovery. Swim with turtles, relax on the white sand beaches and explore secret coves before heading back to your hotel to try the extensive collection of rums at Sunset Bar.
Next, head to St Barths for four nights at the celebrated Eden Rock - St Barths. Reopening autumn 2019, this family property has been completely refurbished whilst still preserving its unique heritage dating back to 1953. The final two nights of your journey will be spent at Jumby Bay Island in Antigua – visit its newest culinary experience – The Beach Shack – offering authentic West Indian fare, it is a must-visit for cultivated food mavens.