We’ve definitely caught a case of Calypso fever in the office at the moment, and it’s catching. Say hello to the Caribbean! We’re excited to showcase no less than four incredible, new destinations launched in April 2016, with some breathtaking Caribbean villas added to our extensive collection. With its idyllic climate, pristine beaches and gently swaying palms, the Caribbean epitomises pure holiday heaven. It’s warm, it’s welcoming, the culture and cuisine are simply incomparable, and with its vibrancy and exoticism, it’s time to discover the Caribbean…
Our beautiful Caribbean villas in Barbados can be found along the west coast, in choice and exclusive resorts, such as Sandy Lane – famed for its luxury accommodation. You might even spot a celebrity or two! You can also find villas at the Mullins resort, which is just 10 minutes from the Royal Westmoreland Golf Course, as well as Paynes Bay, which offers intimate snorkelling and swimming opportunities. With many more Barbadian locations to discover, you’ll be able to find your own corner of paradise.
Known as the Platinum Coast, the west coast of Barbados has some of the finest beaches on the island. The warm Caribbean waters are teeming with life and support shoals of colourful, tropical fish, providing incredible snorkelling opportunities. Consider yourself a super-surfer? Check out the Soup Bowl by Bathsheba village, an exciting part of the coast for surfers.
Shop ’til you drop
While Bridgetown is home to the main shopping area in Barbados, you can find the island’s largest department store at Cave Shepherd – it’s the best place to pick up duty-free goods! For those, like me, who think more with their stomachs, you can check out the fishing village of Oistins on the south coast, which has a fantastic market selling fresh fish for you to cook back at your villa.
Our Antigua Caribbean villas at the Galley Bay Resort in Five Islands village and at the township of Jolly Harbour are all excellently located on the island’s west coast. Antigua is known as the “land of 365 beaches” and when exploring this stunning destination, it’s easy to understand its popularity. Antigua also encompasses its twin island, Barbuda, which is home to dreamlike, pink sandy beaches.
Swimming with stingrays
One of the most memorable experiences you can have in Antigua is to swim with stingrays in their natural habitat, known as Stingray City. Southern rays have a friendly disposition and are known to swim up to people, so don’t be alarmed! Guides will show you how to properly feed the rays, as well as how to handle them if they approach you. It really is a moving experience, and one that can be enjoyed by all the family.
Taste local cuisine
The twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda each have a wonderful local cuisine, featuring specialities such as Ducuna (steamed dumplings made from grated sweet potatoes) and seafood with Creole sauce (local fish such as snapper, rock lobster or mackerel, cooked in a spicy sauce with onions, peppers, garlic and thyme).
The Caribbean’s third-largest island, rainforests and mountains make up much of Jamaica, with Mystic Mountain boasting thick vegetation and thrilling terrain to be explored around its 700-foot peak. With our Caribbean villas in Jamaica dotted along the north-western coast at the Tyrall Club and Half Moon Resort, you’re never far from hubs of activity and culture, like the bustling Montego Bay.
Discover the island
Whether you’re taking a zip line through Jamaica’s high canopies, a chair lift through the treetops of Mystic Mountain, or a coastal drive from Montego Bay to Rio Bueno, you’ll be stunned by the natural beauty of this island. If you follow the coast from Montego Bay you can find beautiful stretches of sand, such as Burwood Beach. From there, enjoy the views from Rio Bueno, which boasts the deepest bay in Jamaica.
Practice your swing
Golf is a popular pastime in Jamaica – like many of the other Caribbean islands. There are 11 golf courses in total, with the top five found in Montego Bay, near to many of our villas. White Witch, Cinnamon Hill, Tryall and Half Moon have all hosted Johnnie Walker Championships more than once, so you know you’re in good company on the green!
You can find James Villa properties across much of St Lucia’s western coast, from the very north at Cap Estate, right down to the lively town of Soufrière. Winner of the ‘World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’ eight times – according to the annual World Travel Awards – St Lucia is a paradise for romantic travellers. However, there really is something for everyone here, from world-class nature trails, to seeing the Rabot Estate, where Hotel Chocolat makes its delicious treats.
Scale the Piton Mountains
The fertile Piton Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the glorious Jalousie Bay nestled between the two peaks. Soufrière and Choiseul are the nearest towns to the mountains and you can find guided tours leading climbers and hikers up Gros Piton – the island’s second highest peak. The park employees – who are on hand to advise hikers – are helpful and friendly, and while it’s a relatively strenuous hike (taking around two hours), you don’t have to have any previous experience.
Scuba diving and snorkelling
60% of St Lucia’s marine area is made up of coral reefs, which support hundreds of rare species of fish and plants. Overhead you could see bats and rare birds, while closer to land you can find tropical reptiles and amphibians. The island is a also diving and snorkelling haven. If you’re new to the sport, check out Anse Chastanet on the southwest coast to see turtles, parrot fish and moray eels. Elsewhere, the famous area of Anse Cochon has a sunken cargo vessel wreck and is known as one of the island’s most exciting deeper dives.