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Activities/Things to do in St Lucia

The Caribbean is one of a handful of bucket-list destinations which is deservedly enduring in its allure. When it comes to unique selling point the Caribbean has an abundance of these. Of course, the instantly Instagram-able pristine beaches, warm clear waters and tropical landscapes are ubiquitous in the region, but every island has something different to offer in character, culture, climate and cuisine. With a flurry of activities and places to see, with our expert help, you will never be bored!

St Lucia:

St Lucia is famous for the Piton Mountains, a great exploration of their conical and Majestic hillsides, the piton peaks are cloaked with intertwined tropical flora, a striking mass of greenery against the backdrop of bright-blue Caribbean Skies, a great day out exploring! Or explore it Mountain Biking through the St Lucian Rainforest or Flying through the vegetation on a 500ft long Zip-Wire. St Lucia also boasts its own dormant Volcano, Sulphur Springs, the only drive in volcano in the world, an authentic St Lucia experience the whole family will never forget. St Lucia also hosts many Professional Golf Courses and Tennis Courts as well as the opportunity to Ride a Horse down a long stretch of Beach. Alternatively, if aquatics is more your thing, you can Snorkel or Dive and discover the depths of the Caribbean sea and the diversity of life beneath the ocean or visit Splash Island Water park for an adrenaline fun filled afternoon of water slides. If a classier alternative is more your cup of tea then explore the St Lucia island in dry luxury on board a stunning Boat to discover the picturesque coastline and all the beauty it holds. St Lucia also offers the classiest in Wedding Packages, as big or small as you want in quaint perfection. In the quiet beautiful scenery of Pigeon Island a National Park in St Lucia, enjoy your perfect wedding in a world of your own.

      

 

Barbados: What’s New

Barbados is a beautiful vibrant island, famous for alluring its British Tourists and rightly so. Boasting some new luxury hotels and updated features, Barbados has a lot to offer:

A new, all inclusive, Tamarind occupies a stunning crescent with 750 ft of white sandy beach and has recently been overhauled and redesigned to a new standard of luxury. Suitable for families and couple alike, it is also great for larger groups and reunions too.

All inclusive and right on the beach, the Sea Breeze Beach Hotel is said to have one of the best views in Barbados. On the island’s lush and beautiful south coast and overlooking Oistins Bay, with 1,000ft of pristine, newly refurbished chic style Caribbean beach.

A truly luxury self-catering resort, Ocean Two is located on the beautiful south coast of  Barbados and has access to an isolated bay. With full housekeeping, a front desk and access to concierge services, this resort is self-catering with a difference.

A premium all inclusive resort nestled on small cliffs overlooking the beach and the endless expanse of clear blue waters, Crystal Cove appeals to couples and families alike who are seeking a certain level of sophistication. Modern guestrooms and suites ensure you can have quality family time, or spend an intimate holiday with your loved one.

One of the most exclusive small hotels in the Caribbean.  The Sandpiper’s biggest selling point is its seclusion and privacy, making it ideally suited to romantic getaways, weddings and honeymoons.  Backing onto lush tropical gardens and with a pristine white sandy beach stretching north and south of the resort.  The serene and peaceful environment is ideal for relaxing on the tree-shaded deck or enjoying the warm turquoise waters lapping at your feet as you take a romantic stroll while feeling the soft sand between your toes.

Set on the beautifully pristine west coast of Barbados, the Coral Reef Club is a perfect example of luxury in the Caribbean.  12 acres of immaculately landscaped gardens and foliage surround the resort, while calm clear waters lap at the stretch of white sandy beach on its doorstop.  The epitome of West Indian elegance, it embraces the ambiance and classic island style of Barbados.

Though, as of recent, the new Prime Minister of Barbados has imposed a levy on accommodation, to be paid at the time of staying at the resort which needs to be taken into consideration when planning a holiday. Such that we want to make you fully aware of it so you can account for these additional costs from the Barbados Government.

The levy on accommodation, collected in resort, will cost between US$2.50 (£1.90) and $17.50 (£14.50 for 5* Hotels) per room per night until VAT doubles to 15% in 2020 as set by Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley.

Island Hoping Round The Grenadines

St Vincent & The Grenadines (SVG) is made up of 32 picture-perfect islands and really is a get-away-from-it-all destination. St Vincent is the main island; a lush, mountainous landscape with a dramatic volcano and undulating coastline with numerous yacht-filled harbours. To the South, The Grenadines are scattered like a string of pearls across the clear azure waters, ripe for exploration. While it may be a little harder getting here (fly to Barbados then transfer by boat or local airline), you’ll be rewarded for your efforts by the islands arresting natural beauty and warm hospitality. The profusion of private islands where you can stay adds to the sense of exclusivity and privacy.

Some of our unspoilt gems in SVG include; Petit St Vincent a real paradise island, unspoilt by modern technology. Rolling hills, encircled by two miles of white sandy beaches. This retreat offers all the luxury you could want not least the freedom of being disconnected from everyday life. With no formal check in, no room keys, no televisions or phones; this is escapism in the truest sense. One of the most popular islands in The Grenadines, Bequia could be described as the Caribbean’s best kept secret, and The Liming is its newest addition. With just nine villas, plus the five-bedroomed Gingerlily Mansion House and Junior Suite, this property is small but perfectly formed. Each has a private infinity pool or hot tub, and is surrounded by lush gardens. This Place is truly tranquil! Sharing this island, the Bequia Beach Hotel maintains a reputation as one of the finest properties on the Bequia Island. Situated on arguably the most beautiful beach in Bequia – Friendship Bay – this elegant and charming hotel offers a choice of luxurious suites, villas and rooms. Finally, on our to see list, Palm Island Resort & Spa,another private property, Palm Island is 135 acres of privacy and indulgence. With just 43 stylish guest rooms, it almost feels as though you have the whole island to yourself. So, whether you just want to dangle your toes in the crystal waters, or fancy a leisurely cycle around the inland trails, this is the perfect place to switch off. To save yourself the headache of having to decide between these perfect destinations, why not visit a few of them in one holiday and see the best of the islands in one perfect luxury holiday.

If that just isn’t enough, you can explore all of  SVG, island hopping with Star Clippers sailing vessel or Dream Yacht Charters luxury yachts. Set your own itinerary and enjoy the stunning Caribbean waters at your leisure. Qualified sailors can take a ‘bareboat’ to explore the beauty of the Caribbean unaided, or you can hire a fully crewed yacht where all the hard work is done for you. For more details on your exploration of St Vincent & The Grenadines send us a quote or give us a call to help you create your perfect luxury holiday.

Sailing in the Caribbean

If your undecided about which of the fantastic Caribbean Islands to visit then we have a couple of sailing options for you which will allow you to discover the beauty of the whole Caribbean.

Star Clippers offer a cruise experience that is like no other. If you are looking for an adventure on the waves which includes the atmosphere and character of traditional sailing but still with the comfort and luxury found on most modern cruises; you have come to the right place.

For a more personalised boating holiday, you can’t beat a Dream Yacht Charter. Offering the world’s most extensive fleet of luxury yachts, our partner company has an unrivaled selection of luxury vessels available to hire with or without a skipper.

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Learn More About Barbados and Our Favourite Hotels

Thanks to its British colonial past, Barbados is an enticing mix of the familiar and exotic: dotted with Anglican churches and cricket pitches, surrounded by green monkeys chattering in palm trees. Famous as the playground of celebrities and royalty, it is certainly glamorous and vibrant, but there are many more facets to this particular Caribbean jewel.

The so-called ‘platinum’ west coast is where many of the luxury resorts and hotels can be found, scattered along the long, white sands and calm turquoise sea. The east coast is more rugged and sparsely populated, with Atlantic winds and strong currents making it a magnet for surfers.  As a coral island, there are some superb snorkelling and diving sites, teeming with sealife and stunning reef formations.

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An Introduction to St Lucia

St Lucia has been described as the emerald jewel in the Caribbean’s crown, with its lush rainforest interior, fringed by white sandy beaches. The majestic Piton Mountains rise out of the turquoise waters, providing a dramatic backdrop to this island paradise which has long been an award-winning honeymoon destination.

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Our 10 Year Anniversary

I can hardly believe that it’s ten years since I started Simply Caribbean, but perhaps that’s an indication of just how passionate I am about my business and my clients. However, I didn’t want this important milestone to go unmarked, so we’ve created this beautiful portfolio of some of our favourite destinations to share with you.

As well as introducing you to the very best the Caribbean has to offer, we also want to tell you more about us. A bit like some of the properties in this brochure, Simply Caribbean is something of a hidden gem, based right here in the Sevenoaks area. Tucked away in an idyllic barn-style office near the Kentish village of Plaxtol, we look after clients across the UK.  However, if you’re looking for a truly personal service from a tried and tested tour operator, where nothing is too much trouble, you can find a Caribbean holiday specialist right here on your doorstep.

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Relax in style at the award-winning East Winds, St Lucia

East Winds is one of the top ten all-inclusive hotels in the world and it’s easy to see why.  This beautiful boutique property nestles in La Brelotte Bay in the Caribbean paradise of St Lucia, surrounded by verdant vegetation, fragrant flowers and captivating birdsong. The accommodation is welcoming and luxurious and the staff warm and friendly, so it comes as no surprise it has won a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award every year since 2008 and has an outstanding level of repeat guests.Continue reading…

My story: why I started Simply Caribbean Luxury Holidays

When you have a frustrating experience with a product or service, it’s often the case that, in the heat of your exasperation, you exclaim loudly, “I could do better myself!”.  When it came to booking a family holiday with four young children and parting with our hard-earned cash to treat ourselves to our annual indulgence of a pampering trip abroad, I was sick of the poor service and over-priced options on offer.  Eventually I could take it no more and, after talking to friends about my vexation, realised that there was a genuine gap in the market for Simply Caribbean.Continue reading…

Everything you need to know about planning your dream wedding in St Lucia

It’s no surprise to us that St Lucia is one of the top wedding destinations in the world.  Not only that, it’s been voted the world’s leading honeymoon destination a record nine times too. If you’re engaged or thinking about getting married, a wedding in St Lucia could be the big day you’ve always dreamed of and, what’s more, we’re here to make the whole process easy and stress-free.Continue reading…