Luxtripper Travel Editor
Struggling which Caribbean island to choose? Take a look at our round-up of Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia.
Perfect For: Beach Lovers and Sailing Enthusiasts
Where to stay: Jumby Bay, Rosewood Private
The exotic Caribbean island of Antigua is the destination for tropical luxury, with its multitude of perfect beaches, turquoise seas, and blue skies. One of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, it is a romantic, secluded and opulent getaway, and has many hidden beaches that can be exclusively explored.
Formerly a British colony, Antigua has 365 beaches - 'one for each day of the year', according to its tourism office. There are numerous luxury resorts and spas and it is possible to enjoy peace and luxury mixed with exciting daily activities. Antigua is the classic sun-drenched Caribbean island, with some excellent hotels, and now more increasingly private villas.
Antigua has a long tradition of sailing and is the home of Caribbean’s major annual regatta along with a number of luxury mega yachts. It is also well known for the easy life with friendly islanders making it an enjoyable place to visit. For the ultimate in luxury, Dickenson Bay lies to the northwest and boasts indulgent powdery sands and calm clear waters, which can make it an ideal destination for families with children. It also has an array of reefs and wrecks for diving and snorkelling.
Perfect For: Families and Culture Seekers.
Where to Stay: Hilton Barbados Resort
Barbados has long been a much-loved destination for individuals who look for the finer things in life. It has kept its British heritage to the point that it is dubbed "Little England" and maintains quaint English traditions such as high tea. The island's lavish and iconic hotels are all set blissfully on white-sand beaches. Barbados offers the laid back way of life with sociable locals and an infectious Barbadian rhythm of life. Barbados offers a wonderful mix of culture and island beauty, and there are many places to eat and drink while enjoying the sunset.
Barbados has 70 square miles of gloriously long white sand beaches so the beach is never too far away on this small island. The chic and famous west coast attracts royals, movie stars and leading sports stars to its fashionable luxury resorts such as The Fairmont Royal Pavillion. Its popular Platinum Coast is home to world-renowned resorts like the exclusive Sandy Lane which offer guests unparalleled service and luxury spas, gyms and excursion activities. For a touch of something different, the wonderful Saint Peter's Bay offers incomparable luxury apartments which can offer more independence and seclusion to the experienced traveller.
Perfect For: Couples and Honeymooners Seeking Off-the-beaten-track Luxury.
Where to Stay: Jade Mountain Resort
St. Lucia is an exceptional option for an out-of-the-way, romantic luxury escape in the Caribbean. It is the home of the magnificent twin Piton volcano cones, offering breathtaking views that contribute to its reputation as a leading honeymoon destination.
The significant decision when planning a holiday to St. Lucia is whether you base yourself in the north or the south of the island, each of which has different elements to offer traveller seeking a luxury experience. The north, which includes the capital Castries and Rodney Bay Village is hectic and more developed, but has clear beaches and an exceptional choice of restaurants and bars. The south, where the Pitons are located, is much more scenic and serene and is where most of the island's most special places to stay are located. Accommodation can offer a range of treats such as a hammock for two, outdoor garden showers, a private plunge pool, a secluded furnished balcony, and a view of the Caribbean.