A private island holiday promises a unique experience with a feeling of seclusion and exclusivity. Our top picks in the Caribbean and Maldives offer white sand beaches, as well as luxurious accommodation and facilities that allow guests to relax and unwind, or take advantage of the facilities and activities on offer.
Villa holidays can be a great alternative if you are looking for a little more privacy and the freedom to dictate your own mealtimes around the plans you have with family and friends. We offer a wide range of villas from cosy apartments within beachfront complexes to spacious holiday homes within exclusive communities. Some have direct access to the beach while others are inland yet boast stunning sea views. All have fully-equipped kitchens and comfortable living areas, many with staff who are on hand to help make your holiday as enjoyable as possible. The most luxurious options have private swimming pools and other facilities such as small gyms and cinema rooms.
Below we have selected some of our favourite in-resort villas which offer you all the benefits of a villa holiday, whilst allowing you the option of enjoying the facilities, entertainment and atmosphere of a resort.
Bequia is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and secluded islands within the Grenadines, which stretch from St Vincent in the North to Union Island in the South. It is a true hideaway island, rich in history with tales of Black Beard and his band of pirates causing havoc on the Caribbean seas.
Where better to gain experience and your diving qualifications than in the tropical warmer seas of the Caribbean and the Maldives? This week we have handpicked our top 6 resorts where the diving schools cater for everyone from the first time diver looking to gain confidence, to the experienced diver looking to explore the wrecks and reefs of a new destination.
A huge benefit of learning to dive in one of our resorts is that you can save precious time by completing the theory side of your course from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace prior to flying out leaving you to focus and enjoy the practical elements in paradise!
The cuisine on offer at Bequia Beach Hotel’s has an excellent reputation; from the internationally inspired dishes available at the beachfront restaurant – Bagatelle, classic Italian-style fair at Blue Tropic on the hill, down to the freshest seafood on offer at the bohemian Jack’s Beach Bar. Guests can also enjoy some of the most stunning scenic views we have ever seen, making mealtimes an extra special occasion, every time.
Bequia Beach Hotel Colonial Style meets Laid Back Luxury
If you have never visited the Grenadines, then you will definitely fall in love – and if you have already been, then you are probably dreaming of heading back. Bequia island is an ideal holiday destination for travellers who are looking to stray from the beaten path and want to relax in true ‘Caribbean style’.
People often travel to immerse themselves in the local culture, be it swapping stories at a local bar, enjoying the sand in between their toes while they dine or being pointed by the locals towards the best food on the Island. The Caribbean is renowned for its friendly locals, relaxed lifestyle, seriously good jerk sauce and abundance of seafood… Our advice when you are next in the Caribbean is to keep an open mind when trying new local dishes – you are likely to stumble along something incredible. The Caribbean offers a selection of fantastic fine dining, beach bars, small island beach dining and incredible street food therefore we have created a list of our favourite restaurants that we feel you just have to visit on your next trip!
And just like that … we are half way through 2019! If like us, you are in need of a little ‘me’ time to relax, recharge and reset, then we have some great retreat recommendations for you. The term retreat doesn’t have to mean lycra, yoga and meditation; instead you could get engrossed in your favourite book, do a cookery course, creative writing or painting all whilst enjoying a stay on one of the islands of the Caribbean or Maldives.
With young people moving further from their hometowns for love or their dream career, and annual leave limited, it can be hard to prioritise a family holiday over making the sometimes-long journey to visit parents and in-laws! For this reason, multi-generational travel is becoming increasingly popular.