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WE’VE BEEN CREATING AMAZING TRAVEL EXPERIENCES FOR OVER 20 YEARS And when we say creating, we don’t mean simply booking a few hotels and flights, or cobbling together a package deal. We mean genuinely creating unique trips that match every individual wish or whim of our clients to give them memories that last a lifetime. We don’t rest at finding them the perfect beachside hotel or the most adventurous safari, or the liveliest nightspots. We want everything to be exactly right. We’ve been able to do that for so long thanks to our team of destination experts. Actually, ‘experts’ is too vague a term for people who live and breathe these incredible destinations. These people have spent years falling in love with travel before turning their passion into their profession. Which means your travel experience will be put together by someone who knows every nook, every cranny and every five star restaurant, remote beachside shack or temple tour that will make your trip something special. We’ve scoured the world for interesting angles on some of the most dramatic, beautiful and exotic places you’re ever likely to visit. From the wild horses of the mid West to a delicate tea ceremony in China, from the graceful tigers of India to a beautiful sunset in the Caribbean, our travel experiences have it all. Whether you want to shop ’til you drop or relax as you’ve never relaxed before W&O travel experts know the best possible way to indulge you, your family, or your friends. In short, we guarantee you a W&Onderful experience.


CONTENTS Caribbean 6 USA Stopovers

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Island Hopping

10

Star Clipper Cruises

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Cuba

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St Lucia

Barbados

All-Inclusive

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50

Mexico

Dominican Republic

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W&Onderful Undiscovered Islands

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Antigua

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80

92

Anguilla

95

St Kitts & Nevis

98

British Virgin Islands

101

Grenada, St Vincent & the Grenadines

102

Dominica

110

French Caribbean

114

St Barths

117

Guadeloupe

119

Jamaica

122

Bahamas

130

Turks & Caicos

138

Airlines

144

Booking Conditions

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WHAT’S YOUR KIND OF W&ONDERFUL? If the Caribbean is what you’ve set your heart on, then you’ve already chosen somewhere pretty amazing. But at Western and Oriental we want to improve on amazing by making sure your experience is unique to you. We’ll help you create a holiday that is your kind of W&Onderful. We’ll find you a beachfront hotel that suits you down to the ground (or up to the penthouse). Or arrange a back street tour that’s truly out of this world. Or direct you to a secret cove where your feet are the first to make prints in the sand. Whatever it takes to make your trip special is what we’re here for. A MADE TO MEASURE EXPERIENCE

they claim. They’ve travelled across seas,

We don’t believe you should be limited

through jungles, up hills and down rivers

by rigid itineraries or schedules. You

to find you highlights above and beyond

tell us what you want and we’ll tell

the ordinary. Not to mention the number

you when, where and how to make

of bars, restaurants and stunning beaches

that a reality, whether that’s snorkelling

they’ve had to endure!

with stingrays in Antigua, or quaffing a Cuba Libre in Cuba. If there’s something

SMOOTH TRAVEL

particular you want to see or do, such as

We believe that how you travel is just

see more wildlife, explore more culture,

as much part of a holiday as where you

or visit more restaurants, we can arrange

stay. That’s why we have relationships

pretty much anything. If you want to mix

with the best airlines in the world, such

and match experiences, islands or even

as British Airways & Virgin Atlantic.

countries, then we can do that too.

Transportation between destinations and for sightseeing will be by private

THE ONLY LIMIT IS

air-conditioned car allowing you to travel

YOUR IMAGINATION

at your own pace and convenience

EXPERTS WHO LOVE THE ISLANDS

REASSURINGLY SECURE

Everything we suggest or recommend

We want you to enjoy every aspect of

is based on the real experiences of our

your holiday, even before you go. As

Caribbean experts. Our team have

members of ABTA and ATOL, you have

visited every hotel to make sure it’s as

the reassurance that your holiday is

luxurious, charming or distinctive as

financially protected.

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CARIBBEAN LOVE THE BEACH? THEN YOU’LL FALL HEAD-OVER-HEELS IN LOVE WITH THE CARIBBEAN. BUT THE CARIBBEAN IS MORE THAN ENDLESS STRETCHES OF BEACH AND SPARKLING TURQUOISE WATERS, IT’S A MELTING POT OF CULTURES, HISTORY AND CUISINES, AND DON’T FORGET THE RUM. WHEN TO GO

A DIFFERENT ISLAND FOR A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE

The Caribbean is always warm, making it a fantastic year round destination. The

No two islands are the same so even if

temperature remains a pleasant 29°C

you return year after year, you’ll have a

to 31°C thanks to constant sea breezes.

different experience. Some islands are

The most popular time to visit is from

only miles apart, yet they seem worlds

December to April, it’s not as humid

apart when you visit them. African,

during these months and rainfall is at

American, British, French, and Spanish

a minimum yet you can still experience

influences mix together in the Caribbean

great weather in June and July. Visiting

melting pot, creating unique cultures and

the Caribbean during the hurricane

special relationships to the homes of

season (which officially runs June to

their original settlers. The majority of the

November) may not seem like a good

islands are English speaking, with a few

idea. August and September are the

having Spanish or French as their first

higher risk months but the chances of

language so you shouldn’t get too lost

being affected by storms are low and

in translation.

October can be a great month to visit for those wanting to escape the crowds. GETTING THERE Getting to the Caribbean is simple with direct UK flights to main islands, with regular connecting flights to smaller undiscovered islands. Time zone: GMT – 4 to 6 hours (depending on island) Flight time from the UK: 8 to 12 hours

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USA STOPOVERS

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Visit the Wild West, and then fly to an island in the middle of paradise. Or enjoy the bright lights of New York, LA and Las Vegas before relaxing at a beach retreat. NEW YORK & SAINT LUCIA This is a perfect pairing and a popular choice for foodies, who delight in the variety of cuisines: from deli sandwiches to authentic Creole dishes. New York’s bright lights, brilliant shopping and landmark sights impress time after time while the beaches and dramatic mountain landscape of charming Saint Lucia lure all who visit into a relaxed state of being. NEW YORK & TURKS & CAICOS Enjoy the attractions of New York including iconic Times Square and Central Park and the shops of Macy’s and Fifth Avenue. Having walked blocks of the city, give your feet a rest on the powdery soft sands of the mesmerizing Turks & Caicos, just a short flight away. Stay in a luxurious beachfront resort on the beautiful island of Providenciales, dine on fresh seafood and lie back in this pristine setting. LAS VEGAS & RIVIERA MAYA

BOSTON & DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Soak up the buzz of the clubs, casinos, shops and

Get your history fix with a stay in Boston, the home

hotels themselves in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas

of the Freedom Trail. The big city has all you need

before jetting off to enjoy some well-deserved beach

for your shopping desires and has more than enough

time in the Riviera Maya. Las Vegas’ amusements and

sights to fill up your camera, especially if you get to

fun hotels are sure to charm and after a stay here,

see the famous Red Sox in action. After the buzz of the

the relaxation the Caribbean offers will definitely be

city, relax in the Dominican Republic. Visit picturesque

appreciated.

beaches, such as Sanoa Island where the Bounty bar advert was filmed. Just make sure to take the chance

MIAMI & TURKS & CAICOS

to get pampered at the many luxury resorts.

If you’re after a mixture of pulsing nightlife and a retreat to paradise, then this combination is your

COLORADO RANCH & CANCUN

dream come true. Miami is as electric in the day as

Pack your denim and cowboy boots for this trip to

it is at night. Zip back into the glamour of the 1950s

a Colorado Ranch. Experience the ranching lifestyle

along the art deco district before throwing yourself

under the warm western sun, then rocket down the

back into the present at the buzzing and beautiful

rapids with a thrilling white water rafting adventure.

Miami Beach. A short trip away, the stunning islands

We’ve combined this ranch holiday with Cancun so

of Turks & Caicos offer secluded white-sand beaches

you can relax on soft white-sand beaches and sip a

and the ultimate luxury hotels.

Mojito under the canopy of palms. Once the sun sets, the Mexican resort fires up with a vibrant nightlife.

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ISLAND HOPPING

ISLAND HOPPING DON’T JUST FLY AND FLOP. AT WESTERN & ORIENTAL, WE COMBINE YOUR FAVOURITE CARIBBEAN GETAWAYS INTO TAILORED ADVENTURES. EACH ISLAND HAS ITS OWN IDENTITY SO IT MAKES SENSE TO SEE MORE THAN ONE ISLAND DURING YOUR TRIP. OUR ISLAND HOPPING IDEAS WILL MAKE ANY CARIBBEAN HOLIDAY TRULY W&ONDERFUL. Why spend the holiday in one place

ST BARTHS & ANGUILLA

when you can spend part of your holiday

Superb combo if you want to splash

in a luxury resort, then a couple days in

the cash. Combine the exclusive French

a mountain spa retreat? With frequent

Caribbean Island of St Barthelemy with

flights between the main islands of

the beach-lover’s dream, Anguilla.

Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia, you can have the chance to explore the

St Barths is a favourite with the jet set

more private and exclusive corners of the

crowd and celebrities with its five-star

Caribbean. We can also arrange private

dining spots. Anguilla has some of

charters to those hard-to-reach places.

the Caribbean’s finest beaches, totally undeveloped and a population of just

GUADELOUPE & DOMINICA

14,500, but it offers over 100 dining

This combo would make an incredible

options.

authentic Caribbean experience by avoiding the more commercial islands. Guadeloupe is very laid back with mountain scenery and tropical forests. Dominica is known as the Nature Isle and as authentic Caribbean as you can get. Just remember to pack some walking boots as you’ll be trekking around mountain trails to find the boiling lakes.

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STAR CLIPPER CRUISES IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO SEE THE CARIBBEAN IS ON THE OCEAN. EXPERIENCE A CRUISE ON BOARD THE MOST HEAD-TURNING SHIPS AT SEA AND TAKE AN EXHILARATING VOYAGE ON ONE OF THE THREE TALL SAILING SHIPS IN STAR CLIPPERS FLEET. Choose from the flagship, Royal Clipper,

Life on board each of the Clippers

with its five spectacular masts and

is relaxed and friendly. With crew

thousands of feet of billowing sails,

on hand to specifically look after

sailing from Barbados, or select a

the sails and ropes, a team of

cruise on board the smaller sister ships,

uniformed officers to man the bridge

Star Flyer or Star Clipper, from

which is open to guests wanting to

St Maarten or Cienfuegos on the

discuss aspects of the voyage, and a

south coast of Cuba.

team of smiling cabin, restaurant and bar staff.

EXPERIENCE THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE LARGEST ISLAND

Each day the Clippers slip into

IN THE CARIBBEAN

anchorages that are often too small for

Our cruises to Cuba are the most

much larger conventional cruise ships,

popular. With such a diverse history,

or drop anchor in a deserted bay for a

it’s no surprise that more and more

beach barbecue. Included in each cruise

people want to see the eclectic island

are complimentary watersports, with

themselves.

kayaking, sail boards and waterskiing organised by the friendly sports crew.

We have a new cruise – a 10

Meals are free seating, the Tropical

night voyage between Havana and

Bar forms the centre of the ships’ social

Cienfuegos with plenty of stops. You

life and friendships are soon formed

can make the most of our Havana city

as fellow guests slip into a relaxing

breaks before or after the cruise, or tour

daily routine.

the island itself with a self drive holiday. Extend your Cuban holiday with a few nights on the beach at Varadero or Cayo Santa Maria

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CUBA

THERE’S AN ADVENTURE AROUND EVERY CORNER IN CUBA. WHERE ELSE CAN YOU CRUISE AROUND OLD COLONIAL TOWNS IN CLASSIC AMERICAN CARS, THEN POP OFF TO DO SOME SNORKELLING IN THE NEAREST BAY? WE’VE EXPLORED EVERY INCH OF THE ISLAND SO WE KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE THE PERFECT CUBAN EXPERIENCE, JUST FOR YOU. Enquire at Î 0207 666 1206 and

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CUBA VIVA LA REVOLUCIÓN! Cuba’s history is stamped all over the island, in the portraits of Che Guevara and the crumbling 18th century buildings. Visit the Museum of the Revolution housed in the former Presidential Palace to find exhibits depicting the revolutionary war of the 1950’s and pre-revolutionary Cuba. The fire of revolution still burns in the fun-loving Cuban lifestyle. You’re never too far away from a music bar if you want to join in the dancing.

A FANTASTIC PAST THAT’S MORE THAN CASTRO When you see period cars parked outside vintage houses, you’ll feel as though you’re in a time warp. Old towns like Trindad and Cienfuegos have been made UNESCO world heritage sites to protect their beauty. Cuba has more than just old buildings; there are natural wonders like Vinales to visit as well.

SUN, SEA & CIGARS As well as a hub of culture, Cuba is a stunning archipelago with lots to offer for divers and snorkellers. Not a fan of diving? You can relax by the sea with hand-made cigars and a crushed mojito. Or lap up the sun in an all-inclusive palace with your family. Bliss.

TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN CUBA 1. Cruise to the famous Buena Vista Social Club in a classic American car. 2. If you only visit one Museum in Havana, make sure it’s the Museo de la Cuidad in Plaza de Armas. 3. Dive or snorkel in the natural pools near Playa Giron on the Zapata Peninsula. 4. Dance the night away to Cuban music at Casa de la Trova. 5. Stay in a casa particulare (private home) for a unique Cuban experience. 16


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HAVANA

PLACES TO STAY IN HAVANA

Anything goes in Havana and that’s just how we

Havana offers a fantastic range of atmospheric hotels, including the historic Hotel

like it. It’s a crazy mix of eras where you can cruise

Capri, formerly the playground of the Mob, recently renovated to emerge as a

down the streets in a 1950s Cadillac or a rickshaw.

sparkling new hotel but staying faithful to it historic 1950’s décor. Iberostar Parque

With so much going on, it’s easy to miss something,

Central offers international standard accommodation and facilities right in the heart

but we can make sure that your slice of Havana has

of Old Havana, with Spanish colonial style architecture and boasting a rooftop

everything covered.

terrace and swimming pool. One of the classiest hotels in Old Havana is Hotel Saratoga, a wonderful example of restoration, originally dating back to the 1930’s,

A CITY OF INSPIRATION

many of the original design ideas are still a feature of this beautiful hotel, with the

Where else can you find colonial palaces next to

addition of modern luxuries such as a courtyard bar and rooftop swimming pool.

communist propaganda? Havana is a melting pot of ideals, religions and architecture. Many great minds have fallen in love with the eclectic capital. Writer Ernest Hemingway lived there most of his life, penning some of his greatest works in the city centre. EVERY STREET PULSES WITH THE HABANEROS Life in Havana thrives off their fierce passion for music, dance and sport. You can’t get anywhere without the throbbing rumba beat still in your ears. Whether you want to sit back with a cigar and rum or cha-cha-cha at the cabaret Tropicana, you’ll be taking part in a cultural revolution. AN OPEN-AIR MUSEUM Havana is like an open-air museum, to get a taste of its history just walk around the Plaza Revolution, old Havana or visit the suburbs of Mirimar and Vedado. Enrich your experience of Havana’s history even further by sticking your head into one of the city’s many museums and galleries.

TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN HAVANA 1. Learn about Cuba’s fantastic past at the Museum of The Revolution 2. Walk along the Malecon and finish the day off with a rum cocktail on the terrace of the National Hotel at sunset. 3. Dine in a paladar, a family run restaurant, which can be anything from a basic dining room to something more elaborate, such as La Guarida. 4. Get your groove on with a night out at Tropicana. 5. Walk down Callejon de Hamel, a street that’s turned into a modern art gallery.

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CUBA’S BEACHES After the hustle and bustle of Havana, or life in general, what could be better than relaxing at one of Cuba’s 200 beaches? You can swim with tropical fish in warm waters, then lie back on a recliner with an ice-cold rum cocktail. Why do anything else? THE IDEAL TROPICAL PARADISE From secluded bays to vibrant seaside towns, Cuba’s coastline has a different piece of paradise to suit every taste. We have a handpicked selection of hotels that have the perfect Caribbean experience for couples, friends and families alike. GET YOUR ADRENALINE PUMPING A bit of rest and recuperation isn’t for everyone. Zip across the sparkling sea on a jet-ski or take to the skies by parascending and see the world from a new perspective. You could try a new watersport every day, there are so many to enjoy. EXPLORE THE DEEP BLUE Cuba’s coastline is just as beautiful under the water. As a renowned diving destination, Cuba has great spots to explore. And you don’t need a tank to see the fishes, just grab a snorkel and drift along.

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UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF CUBA Cuba is home to some of the most beautiful cultural sites in the world. UNESCO have made them into World Heritage sites so they stay preserved for generations to enjoy. And there’s a broad variety too. VIÑALES VALLEY The Viñales valley is a gorgeous pocket of vibrant green farmland with limestone outcrops that loom over the traditional tobacco farms. Like most places in Cuba, Viñales is frozen in time. Everything, from farming to dancing, has remained unchanged for centuries. You’ll find that the village of Viñales brings the traditions of Cuba to life with its historical buildings and authentic Caribbean vibe. URBAN HISTORIC CENTRE OF CIENFUEGOS If you’re after the perfect example of early 19th century Latin American architecture, then Cienfuegos should be top of your list. Built by the Spanish, then settled by the French, it’s a melting pot of enlightened ideas, such as town planning and hygiene. The stunning facades of the town buildings could be mistaken for European mansions, with immaculate plaster decorations caressing sun-soaked verandas. Pretty on the outside and pretty on the inside, Cienfuegos is a town steeped in history that deserves protecting.

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CUBA TRINIDAD & VALLEY DE LOS INGENIOUS A masterpiece of a town, Trinidad will stun you when you visit. It’s a magical town with delicate spires, multi-coloured houses and a vibrant streetlife. Settled as early as the 16th century, Trinidad was built to honour the Holy Trinity and boomed economically due to its neighbouring sugar farms in the Valley de los Ingenious. You can visit the valley too. Only a few miles away, it’s a living museum, littered with 75 ruined sugar mills and plantations. It stands as a reminder of the more shadowy side of the colonial past, but is no less important for it. SAN PEDRO DE LA ROCA CASTLE, SANTIAGO DE CUBA San Pedro de la Roca may look like an imposing figure on the cliffs of Santiago de Cuba, but when bathed in the warm glow of the setting sun, it transforms from a military fort to a magnificent castle. As one of the best examples of Spanish military architecture, it’s stood the test of time – and war. Its battle-scarred ramparts have been lovingly maintained over the years, with the original cast-iron cannons sitting impressively against the smooth stone fortifications. You won’t find many castles with such a view either. HISTORIC CENTRE OF CAMAGUEY As one of the first villages settled in Cuba by the Spanish, Camaguey holds an important part in the island’s history. Its crumbling original buildings are well preserved, sitting among the patchwork streets of every colour. Its history is as diverse as its architecture, as it has been victim to fire, pirates and tropical storms. Despite everything that nature throws at it, Camaguey still remains as an idyllic destination.

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FLY DRIVES Drag yourself away from the poolside and stretch your legs with one of our fly drive holidays. Exploring Cuba by hiring a car and taking to the road is really popular. Cuba is still a big place, so we can point you in the right direction to make the perfect combination for your Cuban adventure. BUILD YOUR OWN ITINERARY Our holidays are flexible so you can set your own pace. We can build the itinerary to your own personal requirements. We also have some fantastic itineraries that our experts have put together which guarantee to give you the best Cuban experience during your time on the island. LIVE THE LOCAL LIFE IN A CASA PARTICULARE Immerse yourself fully with a stay in a casa particulare. What better way to experience Cuba’s culture than a stay in a private home with the opportunity to meet and mingle with the locals. We can help you find the ideal location in many different towns, from rural Viñales to bustling Havana.

CRUISES Sail Cuba’s waters aboard the Star Flyer tall ship. The Star Flyer features two pools, 16 sails and a relaxed atmosphere with no rigid schedules, or dining restrictions adopted by many more conventional cruise companies. Star Flyer departs from Cienfuegos and Havana and ports of call include the southern cays of Cuba, Trinidad and the Cayman Islands. Explore Cuba further with a few nights in Havana, at the beach or fly drive.

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BESPOKE & ESCORTED GROUP TOURS Help us create your perfect holiday. We know the island inside out, but only you know what you want out of a trip to Cuba. Whatever your interests and passions, we can put together a W&Onderful holiday just for you. LET US GUIDE YOU THROUGH CUBA Whether you prefer to travel independently or as a small group with like-minded travellers, we can help you get the most out of your Cuba holiday. We can offer private bespoke guided holidays or small group tours taking in all of Cuba’s highlights. EXPERIENCE CUBA THE WAY YOU WANT TO Make an amazing holiday even more memorable by pursuing the things that you have a passion for. We can find the best tours and guides for your interests, whether you want to learn more about Cuba’s exciting history or want to explore the wildlife hotspots. What’s more, we can make the most of your budget so if you want a private tour or to explore in a group, we can make it happen.

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SAINT LUCIA

IT’S ONE OF THE MOST SCENIC ISLANDS IN THE CARIBBEAN, SAINT LUCIA OFFERS MORE THAN A BEACH HOLIDAY. LUSH RAINFORESTS, CORAL REEFS, AND THE MOST BREATHTAKING MOUNTAIN VIEWS MAKE THE ISLAND A PARADISE WORTH EXPLORING IN DEPTH, AND WE CAN SHOW YOU EVERY FASCINATING INCH OF IT. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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SAINT LUCIA AN ISLAND OF NATURAL BEAUTY There’s a picture-perfect moment around every corner in Saint Lucia – whether that’s taking underwater snaps of the coral reefs or lying back and admiring the views of the Pitons, Saint Lucia’s magnificent mountain natural wonders. Take a refreshing shower under Diamond Falls or look out for the six colourful endemic birds of Saint Lucia. And how many other islands can boast a drive-in volcano?

A TOP ROMANTIC GETAWAY With such a stunning backdrop, it’s no surprise that Saint Lucia is a popular honeymoon destination. Why not spend the most romantic time of your life on the most romantic island? Be pampered in a hotel spa, then live the dream on a sun-drenched beach. But couples aren’t the only people falling in love with the island - there’s plenty of fun for families too.

LET YOUR SENSES TAKE IN ALL OF SAINT LUCIA’S CHARM When the sun sets, the streets come alive with music. Follow the rhythms of the night to local bars for rum. Saint Lucia hosts festivals throughout the year with new chances to experience the island’s culture. You can swing the night away at the May Jazz Festival or tuck in to Creole cuisine at Anse La Raye Fish Friday.

Courtesy of Adams Toussaint

TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN SAINT LUCIA 1. Take a zip line tour through the treetops at Treetop Adventure Park in Dennery or Morne Coubrail Estate 2. Take the Tree to Bar Tour and learn how to make chocolate at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat 3. Shake your booty at the Friday night Jump Up at Gros Islet 4. For the energetic, climb Gros Piton 5. Dine at Cap Maisons Cliff at the Cap Restaurant 26


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NORTH VS. WEST (OR BOTH) Often described as two islands in one, Saint Lucia splits into the energetic North and the more laid-back and scenic West. We find the best experiences come from combining both.

EAT, PLAY, LOVE In the North, the vibrant flavours of Saint Lucia are right on your doorstep. Rodney Bay has many restaurants and great bars to choose from and a beautiful beach just around the corner. You can let your adventurous spirit loose with a trip to Pigeon Island, which hosts a fantastic Jazz Festival in May. Cram as much fun as you can into your time at Saint Lucia with watersports. After riding the surf, you can explore the depths thanks to the new craze of Snuba (the lovechild of scuba and snorkelling).

THE PERFECT ISLAND GETAWAY IN THE WEST The West is the quieter, serene side of the island with traditional fishing villages and glorious coves nestled around the volcanic coastline. And there’s plenty to do inland, such as bird watching, visiting cocoa estates, mountain biking, jeep safaris or relaxing at the spa. Although stunning, the West of Saint Lucia has a fiery past. The Pitons and their surrounding rainforest are the remnants of a huge collapsed volcano. With hot springs, sulphuric pools and a coral reef, the area has long been recognised as a place of natural beauty by UNESCO.

A selection of images are courtesy of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board

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WELLNESS & SPA

SAINT LUCIA – IN THE NORTH EN BAS SAUT Take a hike into the verdant Edmund Rainforest where you will take the challenging ‘Under the Waterfall’ trail. The hike climaxes in a refreshing dip in the waterfall before scaling back out of the rainforest. Expect to see St Lucia’s flora and fauna up close and personal.

HELICOPTER TRANSFERS To truly indulge, take a helicopter transfer from the international airport to the resort. Offering a bird’s eye view of Saint Lucia’s lush mountainous landscape, it is the ultimate way to start your luxury stay.

THE BODYHOLIDAY Expertly fusing the luxuries of a Caribbean beach holiday with that of a wellness retreat, The BodyHoliday has certainly earned its place as one of the most popular resorts in the Caribbean. Tucked away on the upmarket Cap Estate in the north of Saint Lucia, arriving here is to leave the stresses and strains of everyday life firmly behind. Make time for your complimentary daily spa treatment and for the rest of your day, you can do as much or as little as you like. The experience is designed to offer every means possible to enhance your sense of wellbeing; be it the fresh and delicious food, plentiful activities, relaxation classes or spa treatments. Of course, lying back on the gorgeous whitesand beach with a good book is always a good option. A fresh and balanced dining ethos permeates throughout the resort’s five eateries, with the highlight being TAO – an award-winning PanAsian restaurant. The equally award-winning wellness centre is a haven of relaxation amidst its Moorish-design. Accommodation is pleasingly simple, but the true draw is what the resort offers. So be sure to explore.

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SAINT LUCIA – IN THE WEST

SUGAR BEACH A VICEROY RESORT Found within the Valley of the Pitons, set in 100 acres of tropical rainforest, and elegantly positioned on the only white-sand beach of the Soufriere area, the renowned Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort certainly is in one of the most spectacular locations in the world. In fact the ‘wows’ don’t end there, the resort was formerly a working sugar plantation and is located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sugar Beach is unashamedly upscale; a butler is allocated to every

cotton sheets. There are three restaurants, including the fine-dining Great

room to ensure guests’ needs and wants are met – coupled with a private

Room. There are plenty of options to while away your days too. From

plunge pool, you may never leave your room.

relaxing in the dedicated Rainforest treetop Spa to tennis and fitness classes; and when the lights go down, enjoy a cocktail under the stars at

The 18th Century Colonial feel is complemented by contemporary styling.

Bayside beach bar. The Cane Bar offers a taste of the Caribbean with its

Rooms and villas have voile draped four-poster beds with crisp Egyptian

array of rums and resident rummilier.

NIGHT SNORKELING As the sun sets, don a pair of fins and take to Sugar Beach’s marine protected reserve. An expert guide can accompany you to explore the underwater world after-dark.

GROS PITONS Being in the valley between the two majestic Piton mountains, a trip here wouldn’t be complete without a climb to the top of the Gros Pitons. The breathtaking views are worth it in themselves, but if you need more persuasion, the hotel will arrange for a romantic couple’s cabana massage in the Rainforest Spa upon your return. Superior Luxury Villa

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ADULT ONLY ALL-INCLUSIVE

SAINT LUCIA – IN THE NORTH LIGHTHOUSE VISIT To experience another part of Saint Lucia, take the 1.5mile stroll to the Vigie Peninsular, found on the north side of Castries harbour. It is a gentle walk offering stunning sea views.

SUNSET WALK Rendezvous really has thought of all the ingredients necessary to create an unforgettable, couples-only holiday. Join a group on a Tuesday or Friday and take a sunset walk along the beach.

RENDEZVOUS Since the Barnard family opened Rendezvous in the 1960’s, the ethos has been to create an idyllic retreat dedicated to couples. To this day, that has been achieved with sophistication and elegance. Rendezvous is small and intimate yet very sociable, guests set the pace. While away sun-drenched days on the two-mile stretch of white sand Malabar beach or discover a discreet hideaway island in the midst of the lazy river that winds around the resort’s verdant gardens with its very own water-waiter service. With such an emphasis on relaxation, the Spa in the Water Garden is at the heart of Rendezvous. Choose from individual treatments, or enjoy a couple’s ritual alongside your partner. Next, the Champagne bar offers a decadent sundowner with sparkling wine tastings 6 nights per week, before your evening meal. Everything from elegant beachfront dining to fine-dining is available with ambient live music adding to the atmosphere. Retire to your room, cottage or suite, relax on the balcony or veranda, and listen to the gentle waves of the Caribbean Sea. Verandah Suite

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ADULT ONLY

SAINT LUCIA – IN THE WEST

TI KAYE RESORT & SPA Ti Kaye Resort is refreshingly simple in its concept. The owner is happy as long as his guests and staff are. This is evident in the excellent service you receive. It is most suited to those looking for a romantic hideaway break, where the staff has attentive, non-invasive service down to a fine art. Tucked into the West Coast of Saint Lucia, moments away from the stunning Anse Cochon Cove, the resort is precariously perched hillside atop a silver sand beach. It offers 33 ‘gingerbread’ cottages dotted throughout 15 acres of lush vegetation, with incredible views across the Caribbean Sea, each with a wide balcony and outdoor shower, some complete with a private pool. The beautiful tropical gardens are a haven for local wildlife, so expect to share your holiday with Hummingbirds and Frigate birds too. To let go of the outside world in this remote utopia is not hard. The bay offers incredible dive sites; the pool and beach are ideal for catching up on your reading, and the spa has an extensive menu designed to really get that holiday feeling started. The resort’s restaurants have seafoodfocused menus, and for after dinner drinks, the underground wine cellar and bar is the obvious choice.

‘MOMENTS AWAY FROM THE STUNNING ANSE COCHON COVE, THE RESORT IS PRECARIOUSLY PERCHED HILLSIDE ATOP A SILVER SAND BEACH’ WINE TIME Join the resident sommeliers for weekly wine tastings in the underground wine cellar to sample a few of the 500 different wines stocked. The Kai Manje restaurant is one of only seven restaurants in the Caribbean to have received the second tier award from Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’.

DIVING AT TI KAYE Saint Lucia boasts some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean, these can be explored from the shores of Ti Kaye with the help of the resort’s dive shop, offering full PADI Dive courses and boat diving trips for qualified divers.

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SAINT LUCIA – IN THE NORTH TIME FOR PAMPERING Enjoy one of the signature spa and wellness treatments available at the new 6,500 sq ft spa at Windjammer Landing, anything from volcanic mud and marine body wraps to circuit training and core cultivation classes are on offer.

JAMMERS DAY SAIL Experience true Saint Lucian spirit as you set sail down the west coast. Get closer to nature with a trip to a drive-in volcano before cooling off in the Toraille Waterfalls.

WINDJAMMER LANDING VILLA BEACH RESORT Stretched over a precipitous hillside on Saint Lucia’s north-west coast, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort offers barefoot serenity with a charming Mediterranean touch. Set across 60-acres of lush gardens and tawny sand beach, the terracotta roofs and whitewashed buildings contrast with the blue Caribbean Sea making an enticing playground for the whole family. Guests are invited to fill the day as they please; parents can relax poolside with a cocktail in one of six pools, while teens and kids learn

Premier Ocean View Room

the local language or take a nature walk with dedicated club leaders.

are a great choice for a romantic break. This is a traditional resort

In the evening, dine under the stars in the restaurant of your choice

and nothing is too much trouble for the staff.

as the kids show off their newly learned reggae dance moves at the children’s disco.

This is the Caribbean, and therefore life is centred on the beach – take to the water for a swim, snorkel or kayak, and for the more

Depending on the holiday you are seeking, there is accommodation to suit. Ranging from traditional hotel rooms through to very luxurious ‘estate villas’ complete with private pool and in-between, the suites

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adventurous, try your hand at windsurfing or sailing.


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SAINT LUCIA – IN THE NORTH

Beachfront Villa Suite

THE LANDINGS Unapologetically upscale, The Landings revels in its reputation for offering colonial-style service to those who choose to walk through its doors. Located in Rodney Bay, the architecture of the resort makes good use of its surroundings. The harbour is there to watch the comings and goings of the superyacht crowd, the westward facing beach is ideal for a dip in the calm Caribbean waters, and its jungle backdrop is perfect to get out into the thick of it. Each accommodation type has remarkable views – from marina-view to beachside – and boasts first class facilities.

The experience the resort offers is one of traditional Caribbean friendliness. Couple this with fine dining experiences, barefoot beach chic, a 7,000-square foot spa and luxuriously self contained accommodations, and you have a resort tailored to whatever kind of holiday you desire. The children’s club hosts daily activities, encouraging the little ones to learn about Caribbean culture and make long-lasting friends from around the world.

PIGEON ISLAND Join the kids on a picnic trip to nearby Pigeon Island to explore its rugged beauty. A popular family trip.

TREETOP ZIP LINING Make use of Saint Lucia’s tropical topography and venture into the jungle to swing through the treetops among the native birds. Be close enough to touch the wet jungle leaves and leave feeling exhilarated. Premium Villa Suite Living Room

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ROMANCE

SAINT LUCIA – IN THE WEST FAMILY MARINE EXPERIENCE Head out to Trou Voullant to discover this colourful underwater world. The whole family can fish and catch your own lunch which will be BBQ’d on the beach.

RIDGE CLIMB This trail is located across the bay and offers spectacular views of the Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina, the southern end of the island, including the tallest peak in St. Lucia, and the many celebrity villas and mansions dotted along the hillsides.

CAPELLA MARIGOT BAY RESORT & MARINA Dubbed ‘the Caribbean’s most beautiful anchorage’ by novelist James Michener, Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina Saint Lucia sits snugly into an emerald cove on the Caribbean Sea. A breezy tropical feel permeates the property with its highly polished wooden decks and colourful prints in vibrant turquoise and magenta. From the cool poolside sunbathing area dotted with ‘eggshell’ sun pods, to its super-yacht marina visited by the sleekest motor yachts cruising the region, it oozes sophistication. Accommodation is designed to evoke serenity, with hot tubs, balconies

Resort View King

and traditional West Indies design. A day at this resort could entail an alfresco breakfast followed by a dip in the pool (complete with

For a romantic setting, the staff can arrange for a private candle-

cascading waterfall), lunch served poolside, while for dinner you are

lit soiree, or you can take in the views of the bay at the signature

spoiled for choice.

restaurant, The Grill at 14°61°. When the sun goes down, the Rum Cave beckons. Be guided by the resident rum expert, and learn how to infuse rums with selected spices to make your own distinctive blend.

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NATURE

SAINT LUCIA – IN THE WEST

ANSE CHASTANET RESORT Surrounded by 600 acres of tropical rainforest and neatly nestling between two soft sand beaches, Anse Chastanet Resort is a wonderland of wildlife and marine habitats. Creating a unique emphasis on harmony between man and nature, room concepts merge into the Eden-like surroundings. Twelve rooms are tucked beachside, behind coconut palms. Others sit camouflaged into the hillside; octagonal whitewashed cottages offering incredible vistas from their flower-draped balconies, blending perfectly into the manicured hillside. The deluxe and premium suites show off a more whimsical side, one has a balcony wrapped around a full-grown red gommier tree. The resort is found in the UNESCO World Heritage Site near the Peaks boasting protected waters in the marine reserve. This offers unrivalled snorkelling underwater and incredible trails moments from the hotel.

‘INCREDIBLE VISTAS FROM THEIR FLOWER-DRAPED BALCONIES, BLENDING PERFECTLY INTO THE MANICURED HILLSIDE’ GOING ORGANIC Expect organic gourmet delights with a culinary scene regarded as one of the finest here. Choose from the Jungle Grill for a laid-back vibe, or an intimate hillside or beachside dining experience for that special occasion.

EMERALD FARM Guests are invited to view the resort’s own farm which supplies the hotel’s restaurants. Discover how chef embraces the farm-totable concept and creates tasty dishes from fine homegrown ingredients. The farm is found in the hills around 20 minutes from the Anse Chastanet Resort.

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GOURMET

SAINT LUCIA – NORTH & WEST

CAP MAISON Perfectly placed in lush tropical gardens in Saint Lucia’s exclusive north-west coast, Cap Maison is a romantic boutique hotel for the sophisticated traveller. Its feel is distinctly elegant with a fun twist – there is an emphasis on mingling but with enough room to hide away when the mood takes. The villa suite design takes its cue from traditional Spanish Caribbean styles, merging

Villa Suite

handmade tiles, wide verandas, chandeliers and iron

Caribbean including The Cliff at Cap

head back to Cap Maison to discover

balustrades, many with their own private pools, and

and The Naked Fisherman. The head

how to combine your ingredients to make

all set upon an ocean-front bluff.

chef (a Welshman) is a protégé of Marco

a delectable Caribbean treat.

Pierre White, and offers inventive dishes Guests can spend the days among the brightly hued flowers of the tropical gardens, then cool off in the pool

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followed by a rum punch as the sun sets.

WHALE WATCHING

combining fine dining with local produce.

A COOKING CLASS

Saint Lucia is famed for its whales and bottle-nosed dolphins, so a trip to the

After you have spent the morning at the

island wouldn’t be complete without seeing

The real emphasis is on the gourmet scene, the resort

market at Castries (voted the world’s third

these magnificent creatures. Dedicated

offers some of the finest restaurants in the whole of the

best market by National Geographic)

boat tours can get you closer to the action.

THE TREE TO BAR EXPERIENCE

BOUCAN HOTEL & RESTAURANT

Create your own chocolate right on the estate. The tour starts with a walk around the estate selecting cocoa pods, and culminates with you mixing and tasting the pods until you have your very own bar.

This hotel’s story is as whimsical as it is unique. Its owners, having purchased an old cocoa plantation in Saint Lucia, sat on its wide veranda one evening discussing the loveliness of the estate over a drink (or

TWO SIDES OF SAINT LUCIA

two). As the rum-count grew, so did the idea of creating a boutique hotel. The result is an idyllic hotel, with jungle-surrounded hilltop lodges perched right next to the cacao plantation. Of course, the real emphasis is on the plantation’s produce

To work some of this chocolate-madness off, take a

– its chocolate. Guests are encouraged to join in master

dip in the black quartz infinity pool, head down to

classes to understand how it is created; the spa indulges

the beach, or take advantage of some of the stunning

in chocolate-based treatments; the restaurant serves

hiking trails nearby.

up sumptuous meals that include ways of introducing chocolate into savoury dishes.

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For a truly gourmet Saint Lucian experience combine a few days at Cap Maison on the north with a few days at Boucan Hotel & Restaurant high up on the mountainside of the west coast.


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EAST WINDS An ornithologist’s dream, East Winds is a boutique hotel set in 12 acres of lush green gardens. Located in a secluded bay but close enough to Rodney Bay Village’s bars and restaurants, this hotel is peaceful but not isolated. The rooms are a mix of individual cottages dotted around the verdant gardens, offering an extremely romantic, private atmosphere. Guests are invited to wander through the grounds to the stretch of typically

UNDERWATER WORLD

Saint Lucian tawny sand beach fringed by the lapping

has an emphasis on nature, so for a week

waters of the Caribbean. The swimming pool offers a

of barefoot beauty in Eden, East Winds

Found just 200 metres along the

swim-up bar, perfect for an alfresco cocktail or two.

really delivers.

beach, join local dive instructors on a

specially selected list of treatments.

GUIDED NATURE WALK

diving tour of the Saint Lucian reefs and marine life. It is also possible to end up

Take a tour through the tropical gardens

swimming alongside some of the island’s

After dinner, the Bamboo Lounge is a popular hang-

as an expert points out the indigenous

famous residents – bottlenose dolphins.

out. It offers a very social atmosphere where guests

plants and visiting birds such as

exchange travel stories over a late-night rum. This hotel

hummingbirds and songbirds.

CALABASH COVE

AN OUTDOOR PAMPERING SESSION Perched above the Caribbean waters, enjoy an outdoor treatment at Ti Spa to the relaxing sound of resident birds and the rolling waves of the turquoise seas.

This charming resort sits in the beautiful bay of Bonaire Estate. Hanging hillside, it gently descends to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. From the top, the panorama views from Windsong Restaurant and the C Bar are unrivalled. Guests often choose to sit up here and watch the world go by with a good book.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL

The hotel has relaxation down to a fine art. Splash in the

Pigeon Island National Historic Park: This is St. Lucia’s first national park and is joined to the mainland by a causeway.

infinity pool and marvel at its impressive views; wander through its beautifully manicured tropical gardens, relax beachside, or slip into the onsite spa for a range

GOURMET

Visit the open air spa pavilion where you can enjoy a

of treatments dedicated to well-being. An old world, Caribbean charm breezes through the resort, and as

The accommodation offers exquisite views across the

you step into Calabash Cove, the outside world soon

Caribbean to nearby Martinique and over to the capital

becomes a distant memory.

Castries. The dining options include international and local fare mixed with live music. The C Bar is locally known as the spot for a cocktail as the sun sets.

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BARBADOS

WITH THE ATLANTIC WILD SURF ON ONE SIDE AND THE GENTLE TURQUOISE CARIBBEAN SEA ON THE OTHER, BARBADOS IS A COCKTAIL OF BLISS AND BUSTLE (AND RUM). THE HISTORIC CAPITAL, CRYSTALLISED CAVES, 17TH CENTURY MANSIONS AND BUSY NIGHTLIFE ARE ONLY TOPPED BY THE PURE WHITE SAND BEACHES.

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BARBADOS

A LITTLE SPOT OF ENGLAND IN THE CARIBBEAN

FULL OF NATURAL SPLENDOUR Explore Barbados top to bottom. There are so many

The island’s long history with England has left its mark.

twists and turns to Barbados’s coastline, we’re still

Amid the royal palm trees and white beaches, there

finding beaches and natural wonders. Delve into the

are English place names like ‘Cheapside Market’ and

deep mysteries of the island by rocketing through

Brighton. Cricket takes over their lives and televisions,

Harrison’s cave on an underground tram. The cave’s

and it’s easy find a cuppa. You certainly won’t feel

crystallised limestone cavern homes emerald pools

homesick in Little England.

and sparkling stalagmites.

CITY LIFE IN THE HISTORICAL BRIDGETOWN Retreat from the sophistication of the west coast to find the seat of Bajan culture. Bridgetown, the capital, throbs with life and reggae beats. Dabble in some shopping, wander to the Garrison (Barbados’s UNESCO site), maybe grab a bite to eat (and some rum) and watch the sun set over the harbour (and maybe another rum).

TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN BARBADOS 1. Swim with turtles on the west coast 2. Either watch a game or take lessons in Polo at Apes Hill Polo Club (seasonal) 3. Visit the rugged coastline of the east at Bathsheba and flower forest in St Joseph 4. Visit Mount Gay and take a cocktail tour to learn the history and production of Mount Gay Rum. And taste it of course. 5. Search for Bottom Bay, one of the island’s hardest to find beaches on the southeast, but you will be well rewarded for your efforts 40


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WEST VS. SOUTH We believe the best holidays in Barbados bring together the best of both worlds. And in this case, the two worlds are the west coast and south coast. With blissful white sand beaches, and fringe forests of palm trees, the West Coast, also known as the Platinum Coast, lures the rich and famous. The livelier South never fails to deliver with its cultural feast of history, music and sport.

PLATINUM BY NAME & PLATINUM BY NATURE With tranquil retreats and luxury estates, the west coast is a favourite haven for millionaires. Where else can you swim with sea turtles then take off in a catamaran to watch the sun set with a glass of bubbly in hand? The west coast has sophistication down to a tee – especially true for golf lovers who can test their skills with a round at the Royal Westmorland golf course. With rum distilleries to visit (and rum to taste) and more traditional colonial towns to explore, you’ll really have to budget your time to fit everything in. Fish Pot Restaurant

CARIBBEAN CULTURE, CALYPSO & CARNIVALS IN THE SOUTH Drink up the Southern cocktail of stunning beaches, exciting watersports, gourmet restaurants and sizzling culture. Along the coastline, there are beaches for every occasion and the St Lawrence Gap is the ideal place for an evening stroll along the promenade. Bridgetown has its fair share of historical sites, including the beautiful Parliamentary buildings. And in the summer, the city comes alive with the Crop Over festival, a traditional celebration of the sugar cane trade that brings the carnival into Barbados.

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BARBADOS BY ELEGANT HOTELS

The House by Elegant Hotels

BARBADOS BY ELEGANT HOTELS

TAMARIND BY ELEGANT HOTELS Tamarind sits on 750 ft. of beachfront on the west coast and is as family-friendly as it is an exclusive adult hideaway. The resort features 104 contemporary rooms and suites, a spa and two restaurants. The younger family members are entertained at the Flying Fish Kids Club and family gaming lounge, beach ambassadors serve refreshing

Elegant Hotels, Barbados is a collection of stunning beachfront resorts,

drinks, iced fruit lollies and scented cool towels to your beach

all sharing a passion for gracious Bajan hospitality, superlative services

lounger. Splash around in one of the three pools or take advantage

and amenities. From adults-only, The House, to something for everyone

of the complimentary motorised watersports and fitness centre.

at Colony Club and Tamarind to premium all-inclusive at Turtle Beach

Enjoy signature dine around programme with 3 sister properties and

and Crystal Cove, Elegant Hotels will ensure a truly authentic Barbados

complimentary water taxi between select West Coast Elegant Hotels.

holiday of a lifetime.

THE HOUSE BY ELEGANT HOTELS Exclusively for adults, on the west coast of Barbados is a chic haven of pure tranquillity designed to evoke a sense of relaxation and reconnection. Every detail is well thought out from the fire-lit wooden drawbridge entrance to the glass of rum punch handed to you on arrival. The 34 Junior and one-bedroom suites feature bespoke wooden furniture and custom-made French doors. Bathrooms offer state-of-the-art body jets and exquisite rain showers. Guests enjoy a complimentary jet-lag massage, daily champagne breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapÊs. Daphne’s, located next door, combines the fine Italian menu of its famous London counterpart with a truly idyllic beachside setting. Guests enjoy complimentary motorised watersports and water taxi between West Coast Elegant Hotels. 42

Tamarind by Elegant Hotels


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Luxury Ocean View Room – Colony Club by Elegant Hotels

Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels

COLONY CLUB BY ELEGANT HOTELS Colony Club, located on the west coast, is a timeless retreat with lagoon-style pools and serene tropical gardens. The hotel appeals to those who enjoy healthy eating and unique-health conscious amenities. All premium rooms feature custom-made wood furniture and French doors, the resort’s facilities are impressive and include, motorised watersports, beach ambassador service, seasonal kids programme, fitness centre and classes. Its sophisticated ambience creates countless opportunities to enjoy its environs, from the on-site spa, themed dinners to paddle boarding clinics. The hotel also offers healthy dining choices, an organic herb and vegetable garden, bespoke tours, excursions and activities.

CRYSTAL COVE BY ELEGANT HOTELS

Junior Suite Ocean View – Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

TURTLE BEACH BY ELEGANT HOTELS

This premium all-inclusive resort rests on a beachfront cliff on

Set on a 1,500 foot stretch of white-sand beach, the premium all-

Barbados’ renowned west coast. This bright and vibrant resort is built

inclusive, all-suite Turtle Beach resort features 161 contemporary suites

in the style of a traditional Bajan village with 88 modern guestrooms

on Barbados’ luminous south coast. Turtle Beach appeals to families and

and suites. The three pools cascade through the resort, with one

couples and is within walking distance from The Gap and nightlife. The

featuring a swim-up cave bar under the waterfall. Children are

resort has three restaurants, including Zagat rated, Asiago’s, two bars,

kept entertained at Flying Fish Kids Club, while adults can enjoy the

two swimming pools, plus Jacuzzi, tennis courts, complimentary non-

beach ambassador service, watersports and fitness centre. Reflections

motorised watersports, beach ambassador service, Flying Fish Kids Club,

restaurant offers elegant dining in the open air by the pools, serving

spa facilities, fitness centre and classes plus complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms

themed menus from Italian to Bajan while casual oceanside meals are

and throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the signature dine around

served at Drifters. Enjoy the signature dine around programme with

programme with three sister properties too.

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BARBADOS – IN THE WEST GOURMET

‘THE CULINARY SCENE IS HIGHLY REGARDED AMONG THE LOCALS’

SWIM WITH THE TURTLES Pick up a snorkel and mask at the hotel and head for a swim with the resident hawksbill and leatherback turtles that often visit shores of Barbados’s west coast.

TANTALISE YOUR TASTEBUDS Join chef on Tuesday at Fairmont Royal Pavilion for a weekly cookery demonstration, learn to cook a signature or local dish, conveniently at 11am just before lunch to whet your appetite.

FAIRMONT ROYAL PAVILION A hibiscus- and bougainvillea-lined path flanked by towering palms carves its way to the elegant Fairmont Royal Pavilion. Already boasting one of the most exclusive addresses on the island of Barbados, the westfacing beach offers the warm waters of the Caribbean mixed with a sugary white-sand beach. This 72-room and suite hotel has an enviable beachfront location. The suites have direct access to the beach from their sundeck and offer Butler Service. Exuding an aura of yesteryear, it rarely feels crowded and has enough facilities to keep everyone amused with a variety of non motorised watersports from the Beach Club. The floodlit tennis courts ignite a healthy competition and the lap-sized swimming pool complete with sunloungers is the ideal place to bask in the sun. The culinary scene is highly regarded among the locals, especially the Sunday Brunch with the lilt of steel pans. Taboras offers casual beachfront dining and the open-air Palm restaurant offers a formal experience under the stars, both with nightly entertainment.

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Beachfront Junior Suite


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COBBLERS COVE Dropped on the Platinum Coast on Barbados’s west side, Cobblers Cove is a foodie’s dream vacation. This 40-suite hotel is set amidst towering palms next to the stunning turquoise blue coastline – an English colonial charm is present in its pink buildings and Great House, whereas the suites are whitewashed, with flowing drapes and shutters allowing an ocean breeze to filter through. For those who like the finer things in life then Cobblers Cove boasts an award-winning restaurant serving up island-inspired, creative cooking.

Ocean Front Suite

Dining can be a formal three-course affair or more casual during the weekly BBQ buffets. With an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients, guests can experience a true taste of Barbados by joining chef on a trip to market. The signature suites offer a very private stay. Each comes complete with a personal plunge pool and sundeck. Other resort facilities include a game of tennis on the courts, complimentary watersports, complimentary afternoon tea – or simply kicking back with a good book poolside overlooking the tranquil beach.

RELAIS & CHATEAUX Cobblers Cove’s reputation for excellence in cuisine has earned the hotel its much coveted place in the prestigious Relais & Châteaux group, whose emphasis on food and wine has set the culinary bar at the highest level.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Market Tour: Get an insight into island life that you wouldn’t normally see as you join Chef on a tour of the vibrant food markets and street food hot spots of capital, Bridgetown.

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BARBADOS – IN THE WEST

CORAL REEF CLUB

GARDEN TOUR Every Wednesday join resident wildlife experts as you wander through the tropical garden paradise of Coral Reef Club. Expect to see hummingbirds and the little yellow and black sugarbirds fluttering between the brightly hued flora and fauna.

Set in 12 acres of beautifully manicured tropical gardens, Coral Reef Club is a charming boutique hotel, with a timeless colonial-meets-yacht-club style. Its gourmet scene is rich and very much aimed at candlelit romance under a Caribbean moon. Each week you can enjoy different themes, including seafood barbecues,

CLIFF DINING

West Indies dishes and international buffets. The breakfast

For one of the island’s finest dining experience, head for the exclusive Cliff Restaurant. Make sure you book well in advance to be able to get one of the best tables.

buffet is vast, and there is no request too big or too small for this family-run affair.

Luxury Cottage Suite

A frangipani, bougainvillea and palm-lined path gently

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‘CANDLELIT ROMANCE UNDER A CARIBBEAN MOON’

meanders through the resort and around its 88 beautiful rooms, suites and cottages. Indeed the sweet smell of the flowers, the salt of the ocean air, and the delectable waft of the kitchen combine to make Coral Reef a firm favourite with both local clientele and mainly British staying guests.

THE SANDPIPER This exclusive residence is in an idyllic location and maintains an aura of elegance and modest luxury – the result of its family-run values. In fact, The Sandpiper and sister hotel Coral Reef Club are the only familyowned and managed resorts on the island. The dining scene here is exceptional, serving Caribbean fare with a twist. The menus change five times a week,

One Bedroom Suite

offering ever-evolving choice for holidaymakers and

getting a taste of local Barbados life,

of supervised fun affords them an extra

locals alike.

lively Holetown is only a seven-minute

few sundowners.

walk. With only 48 rooms and suites, including the much talked about Treetop Suite, The Sandpiper is ideal for

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FAMILY FUN

ANDEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS Flower Forest at the Botanical Gardens

those looking for a truly relaxing beach break with

During certain times of the year there is

has many of the vibrantly coloured

fabulous food. Nestled next to a beautiful stretch of

a dedicated children’s programme. Kids

plants and flowers of the islands and are

beach with a multitude of watersport options available,

can enjoy swimming lessons while adults

guaranteed to take your breath away.

there is never a need to leave. But if you do fancy

can relax knowing an added few hours


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BARBADOS – IN THE WEST

MANGO BAY Mango Bay is a charming boutique hotel offering just 76 rooms. Located in St James, on the west coast of Barbados, and close to the buzzing restaurants and bars of Holetown, the oldest settlement in the country, guests are treated to quiet resort time with the option to sample the Caribbean party-vibe. This is an all-inclusive resort, so sit back and let the dedicated staff attend to your every need. An impressive dining menu includes indulgent afternoon tea, as well as delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners; rum-based cocktails kick-start the Caribbean initiation, while access to watersports and snorkelling allows guests to fully explore the beauty of the Caribbean. Complimentary water skiing and the catamaran sailing trip always score highly with guests. The hotel invites you to relax with a good book found in the library, indulge in one of the treatments at the resort spa, or try your hand at something new with a complimentary scuba diving lesson.

Penthouse Living Room

‘THIS IS AN ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT, SO SIT BACK AND LET THE DEDICATED STAFF ATTEND TO YOUR EVERY NEED’ UNDERWATER WORLD If you fancy seeing the mesmerising underwater world of the Caribbean while keeping dry, head out on one of the resort’s glass bottom boat tours or the Atlantis Submarine expedition tour.

TROPICAL TASTE No trip to the Caribbean is complete without a trip to Mountgay, the world’s oldest rum distillery. Learn the history of Mount Gay Rum that dates back to 1703, and of course enjoy a tasting.

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BARBADOS – IN THE WEST YOGA HEAVEN Yoga heaven: Indulge in some beachside Yoga and Pilates at sunset or sunrise to truly enrich your day.

WATER TAXI Hop aboard the hotel’s water taxi and enjoy the beautiful coastal views as you arrive at local restaurants island style. Head for Saint Peters Bay’s sister hotel, Port Ferdinand where you can make use of their spa and fitness facilities. Families can enjoy a water taxi trip just off the shore where you can snorkel and swim with turtles.

SAINT PETER’S BAY LUXURY RESORT & RESIDENCES Enjoy the very best of island living with a stay at the beachfront Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences. Offering sumptuous two or three bedroom homes all with an idyllic view of the Caribbean Sea, this resort is dedicated to fulfilling any Caribbean family escape. The resort is set among four acres of lush landscaped gardens backing on to a golden sand beach. With just 57 homes, this resort never feels too crowded. The lagoon-style pool curves in front of the resort and next to the beach and offers spots for sun worshippers and shade dwellers. With an emphasis on family fun, kids will enjoy learning about the local wildlife including seeing the Hawksbill turtle lay eggs on the stretch of beach outside the resort. When the eggs hatch, the baby turtles can be seen scurrying back to the sea. The children’s programme offers younger guests the chance to hang out and enjoy movies, arts & crafts and games while for outdoor fun there’s the pool and beach or take the water taxi to the outside playground at Port Ferdinand.  

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LITTLE GOOD HARBOUR

The Little Spa: A haven of tranquillity, The Little Spa has an extensive treatment menu designed to transport you to a more relaxed place.

Tucked away in a quaint fishing village on the west

ROMANCE

BARBADOS – SOUTH & WEST

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL

coast of Barbados, Little Good Harbour exudes classic Caribbean charm for your romantic getaway.

Juju’s Beach Bar: If you fancy a night out, then Juju’s Beach Bar is a west coast institution. Visiting superyachts are often anchored out in the bay and the whole vibe is Caribbean beach party.

With private cottages and suites to choose from, privacy is the key component to holidaying in this resort. Set among fragrant tropical gardens and with a small sandy beach right on your doorstep, the hardest decision will be finding that ideal spot to relax in. There are always the two swimming pools and spa to indulge further. This family-run boutique property enjoys the understated luxurious plantation-style creating a very liveable feel. Dining is a treat here too. The Fish Pot Restaurant perched on the water’s edge offers open air informal dining. Lobster ravioli, pan-fried Mahi Mahi and oven-roasted Sea Bass

LITTLE ARCHES BOUTIQUE HOTEL

leafy path and stroll out of the resort to

the local tipple is a must as the sun

explore some of Barbados’ best-kept

goes down.

secrets: hidden coves filled with fine sand and turquoise waters.

TANDEM BIKES

ROMANCE

One Bed Garden Suite

are often highly regarded.

With so many paths winding through

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

the south of the island, share a bike for

This tiny hotel sits in a remote southern corner of

Join the hotel manager and other guests

Barbados. Found on a silver-sand piece of coast known

for a cocktail evening where sampling

two and explore the local area.

locally as Miami Beach, it is your perfect adults-only hideaway. The owners have taken inspiration for the hotel building design from the Mediterranean, so expect terracotta roofs and tiled floors, but the influence of the Caribbean permeates the setting through locally crafted pottery used in murals. With only 10 rooms and suites, this hotel is truly intimate. The rooftop restaurant is popular among locals and guests alike. And with views out to sea, a sundowner at Café Luna is also another magical experience. The freshwater swimming pool creates a space to relax, or take to the Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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CARIBBEAN BY ZOËTRY WELLNESS & SPA RESORTS

ZOËTRY WELLNESS & SPA RESORTS This understated, luxurious brand brings to the forefront an emphasis on a holistic approach to wellness. Incorporating many elements including elegant accommodations, nutritious gourmet cuisine, a tranquil spa and the opportunities to immerse yourself in The Art of Life® with cultural, artistic and educational experiences, Zoëtry truly treats all the senses. Set in beautiful surroundings no matter which resort you choose, a holiday with Zoëtry is sure to leave you feeling re-energised and relaxed.

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Superior Room, Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun

catamaran sunset sail and a shopping trip by boat to the seaside

Zoëtry Paraiso de La Bonita

town of Puerto Morelos as part of Zoëtry’s Endless Privileges®.

Set in a secluded area along Cancun’s Riviera Maya boasting a seafront location, this resort offers a slice of tranquillity in Mexico’s busiest tourist

Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun

scene. The signature all-inclusive Endless Privileges ensures that guests

From the moment you step onto the yacht, which transports you to

receive the highest standards of service while enjoying world class

the bohemian Isle Mujeres, your adventure begins. This boutique

amenities such as the fine spa and wellness centre complete with a

resort, offering just 35 ocean-front rooms offers all-inclusive luxury in

comprehensive treatment list, four restaurants serving cuisine from around

a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere, yet it is located only 25 minutes

the world and a range of activities. Guests can enjoy a complimentary

from bustling Cancun.

®

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ZOETRY EXPERIENCES

MEXICO - Take a private tour and snorkel over the world’s second largest barrier reef system, Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and snorkel through underground rivers and in spring fed cenotes.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Visit the traditional town of Altos de Chavon, filled with local arts and crafts followed by a tour of the Basilica Higuey, one of the island’s most popular monuments.

Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

ENDLESS PRIVILEGES® Enjoy luxurious indulgences at Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts including gourmet a la carte dining, a bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit in your suite daily, limitless International and local top shelf spirits, 24 hour private in-suite dining, complimentary 24 hour laundry service, daily afternoon tea, complimentary 20 minute wellness or fitness consultation and complimentary unlimited worldwide calls.

Found on the pristine shores of Punta Cana, this 96-suite property offers an earthy, feet-in-the-sand experience. Each suite with its cane-thatched roof, hardwood floor and natural stone detail is set beside the palm-fringed beach. The option to relax beach and poolside with a book is a glorious way to spend your day, or head for a treatment at the resort’s spa. Dining is exquisite with a range of options too. Feel the warm breeze while you gallop along the shore on horseback, another addition to your Endless Privileges® holiday at Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

Private Dining, Zoëtry Paraiso de La Bonita

Ocean Front Suite, Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

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ADULT ONLY ALL-INCLUSIVE

CARIBBEAN BY SECRETS RESORTS & SPAS

Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

SECRETS RESORTS & SPAS Secrets Resorts & Spas offers adults an exquisite setting to get away from it all and spend some luxurious quality time together. Utilising all tools available such as idyllic beachside retreats where nature sets the scene for a romantic break or manmade helping hands such as Unlimited-Luxury速, the all-inclusive package that gives your holiday that extra spark, Secrets Resorts & Spas has the perfect recipe for an indulgent Caribbean escape dedicated to the two of you.

Preferred Club Master Suite Ocean Front Private Pool, Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort

UNLIMITED-LUXURY速 Enjoy Unlimited-Luxury速 at Secrets Resorts & Spas that includes a welcome cocktail and cool towel, dining at an amazing choice of restaurants where there is no need for you to make reservations, unlimited premium brand alcoholic beverages, fruit juices and soft drinks, 24 hour room service, pool and beach wait service, no all-inclusive wristbands and live nightly entertainment. Junior Suite Pool View Swim-Up King, Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun

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CARIBBEAN BY SECRETS RESORTS & SPAS PREFERRED CLUB PRIVILEGES If you are seeking an even higher level of luxury, Secrets Resorts & Spas offer the Preferred Club. Benefits include an exclusive club lounge with afternoon hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, suites are located in premium locations and offer upgraded mini-bar selection and bath amenities. Each resort has beach areas and pools exclusively reserved for Preferred guests.

MEXICO Secrets Resorts & Spas offer six adult only Unlimited-Luxury® resorts stretching 120kms along Mexico’s Caribbean coast from Playa Mujeres in the north to Akumal in the south. The all-suite Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort has an idyllic beachfront location boasting five a la carte restaurants and a world-class golf course. The pampering spa menu is also set to delight. Escape from it all, or head into lively Cancun for a sizzling

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night out. The elegant and contemporary Secrets The Vine Cancun sits on

Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

the powder white sands of Cancun and offers 495 chic guestrooms and

This colourful Caribbean resort is found amidst tropical manicured

suites, with floor to ceiling windows, teak furnishings and porcelain floors.

gardens and on the shores of a white-sand beach. It exudes a romantic

With a more fun vibe, this resort suits those that like to mingle.

atmosphere with many hideaway pools or beachside places to escape to.

Mexico’s Rivera Maya is fast becoming the destination of choice for

JAMAICA

those seeking a luxurious all-inclusive Caribbean holiday. Here you will

Secrets St James & Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

find Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, a young funky resort with a

Both Secrets properties located in Jamaica offer incredible beachside

Miami cool vibe, stylish modern décor and trendy facilities, and close

holidays. The wild and raw natural beauty of the island permeates

enough to enjoy the party atmosphere of nearby Cancun. Secrets

through the resorts ensuring your break is dedicated to escapism and

Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is located on one of the best beaches

relaxation with a hint of the party-loving Jamaican spirit too.

in the area; this romantic retreat is a haven of tranquillity, where each one of the 412 suites offers a Jacuzzi to fit two, a four-poster bed (or two double beds) plus a balcony or terrace, some benefit from direct access to the meandering pools. The newest property for Secrets Resorts & Spas on the Mexican Riviera Maya is Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya. Beautifully located in a natural setting, this resort is perfectly positioned for exploring the ruins of the Pre-Columbian Maya walled city of Tulum. Bask in sun-fuelled days beachside, take to sea for kayaking, snorkelling or sailing and enjoy gourmet dining at the eight resort restaurants.

Junior Suite, Secrets The Vine Cancun

The Preferred Club Junior Suite Swim Out, Secrets Wild Orchid

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya

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CARIBBEAN BY DREAMS RESORTS & SPAS

DREAMS RESORTS & SPAS

MEXICO Cancun and the Mexican Riviera Maya makes for the perfect family holiday destination. Long powder soft sand beaches, water and adventure activities such as Parque Nixuc Waterpark and Xplor as well as all the cultural sites and Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba.

At the forefront of family all-inclusive resorts sit the fun-in-the-sun

Dreams Resorts & Spas offer resorts in Cancun, Riviera Maya and

Dreams Resorts & Spas. With an emphasis on spending quality time

Tulum. Our favourites include Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa,

as a family, each resort offers an unparalleled beachfront holiday.

ideally situated in the heart of Cancun offering an idyllic beachfront

Whether enjoying the white sands of Mexico or the palm fringed

holiday set with a host of amenities to suit everyone. From watersports,

beaches of the Dominican Republic, rest assured that there is enough

to beach reading or making new friends in the Explorer’s kids clubs

to keep everyone entertained.

before selecting your desired cuisine in either one of the six à la carte restaurants or the buffet or grill restaurant.

UNLIMITED-LUXURY® At a Dreams Resort & Spa you can expect to enjoy gourmet dining at an array of buffet and a la carte restaurants, without the hassle of making reservations beforehand. Exquisite bars offer unlimited topshelf spirits, beers, wines and soft drinks throughout the day. Countless daytime activities and nightly entertainment will amuse. Other inclusions are 24 hour room service, pool and beach wait service, daily refreshed mini-bar plus, for the kids, the Explorer’s Club, and

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is set on a white-sand beach on Cancun’s Riviera Maya, this resort caters perfectly for families and couples alike. The resort boasts a world-class spa and an array of sports and activities. Dream Tulum Resort & Spa is located near the historic town of Tulum, where ancient Mayan cities once stood, escape to this family-friendly resort to enjoy the best of a beach holiday combined with culture. With fantastic amenities such as several restaurants and a range

teens can enjoy the Core Zone Teen’s Club in Dominican Republic

of watersports options plus fantastic accommodation options including

and Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa.

swim-up suites, this beautiful resort set beachside and in 44 acres of manicured garden will certainly excite.

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CARIBBEAN BY DREAMS RESORTS & SPAS EXPLORER’S CLUB & CORE ZONE TEENS CLUB The young explorers of the family are kept entertained for hours with countless daytime activities, fully supervised by staff certified by Red Cross in CPR and first aid for children. Fun days are filled with sports and games, arts and crafts, treasure hunts and kids’ theatre time. Big screen movies are shown under starlight and camp-outs at the beach are highlights of any child’s Dreams Resort & Spa holiday. Explorer’s Club is available for 3–12 year olds at all Dreams Resorts & Spas. Teens can enjoy their own space at Core Zone Teens Club at all Dreams Resorts & Spas in Dominican Republic and Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa in Mexico. Here teenagers can meet and mingle with new friends, enjoy a vast array of sports, games and nightly social events including weekly bonfires and discos.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean Island with a Latin flair. The resort area of Punta Cana boasts over 30 kilometres of palm fringed sandy beaches, a host of outdoor activities and adventures and oceanside golf courses. For a family Unlimited-Luxury® holiday in The Dominican Republic, Dreams Resorts & Spas offer Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, a large resort, featuring 751 family-sized rooms. The resort sits at the shores of a pristine white-sand beach lapped by the warm Caribbean waters. Offering a traditional colonial Spanish ambience with a colour palette of terracottas and whitewashed buildings, all guests are sure to feel that relaxed Caribbean vibe. Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana is set beside a glorious white-sand beach, spend your days lying poolside or on the beach, trying out the range of watersports or watching the little ones make new friends in the Explorer’s kids club, Dreams Palm Beach has the family-friendly stamp on it. With the option of a babysitter, adults can try their luck at the huge casino too.

ADULT ONLY ALL-INCLUSIVE

BREATHLESS RESORTS & SPAS Offering adult-only resorts, and catering to singles, couples and friends, Breathless Resorts & Spas is fun-fuelled and high energy for those looking to make new friends or simply indulge in a sizzling summer holiday. Located in several locations in the Caribbean, each destination has been chosen to truly reflect Breathless Resorts’ mantra of stylish fun in the sun. The Unlimited-Luxury® package ensures that all you need for that allinclusive holiday is available.

MEXICO

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa

Indulge in this adult-only resort where the atmosphere is hot and

Set on the tropical island of the Dominican Republic, this resort offers

the vibe is cool. Opening in 2016, expect 24-hour room service,

an exciting beach break combining a party vibe with outdoors

trend-setting restaurants and a range of bars to kick start your night.

adventure. Life is never dull at a Breathless Resort, so get involved in

Whether you are looking to bronze yourself beachside, indulge in a

the themed party nights, make new friends as you enjoy a cocktail

spa treatment or party the night away with your new-found friends, this

under the stars and then spend the day suntanning on the beach

resort will certainly deliver beyond expectation.

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CARIBBEAN BY SANDALS RESORTS

Pink Gin Beach, Grenada

GRENADA

SANDALS RESORTS

Located on the Pink Gin Beach on the fairly untouched coastline of Grenada sits Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa. This flagship property is described as a picture perfect beachfront property offering

Created exclusively for couples in love, Sandals Luxury Included

a couples-only experience. Choose from 10 restaurants, a range of

offers romantic all-inclusive holidays in some of the best locations

accommodation types and butler service in top tier suites. As with

the Caribbean has to offer.

all Sandals properties expect the Red Lane® Spa and a whole host

®

of amenities to ensure you and your partner are kept as busy as you Each Sandals destination has been chosen due to its idyllic and

wish. For moments of escapism, head to the beach or one of the five

picturesque setting and no matter if you opt for the pink sands of the

swimming pools.

Bahamas or the palm-fringed beaches of Saint Lucia, the Sandals standards will always remain. In most resorts, expect the signature

BARBADOS

Red Lane® Spa; gourmet dining in a choice of restaurants; local

Sandals Barbados expertly combines a romantic luxury holiday with a

and premium brand drinks included and a whole host of on land

fun, social atmosphere. Located adjacent to the white sands of Dover

or watersports available. The accommodation will always be first

Beach on the South Coast, couples can spend their days relaxing

class and may even include an English Guild Trained Personal Butler

poolside, discovering the chic, stylish scene at nearby St Lawrence

Service in the suites.

Gap or lounging on the beach. By night, the resort comes alive with nightly entertainment and a choice of 11 restaurants serving anything

Sandals’ mantra is to exceed its guests’ expectations through ensuring

from Japanese teppanyaki to sumptuous steak. A host of bars are dotted

everything from the service to the amenities are simply perfect. All you

throughout the resort serving drinks morning, noon and night.

have to worry about is relaxing and enjoying a high-end romantic break away.

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SAINT LUCIA This is one of the most popular choices due to its intimate bay setting. Sandals Halcyon Beach is the quintessential beach holiday where relaxation and together time make up its mantra. The resort’s three swimming pools two of which offer swim-up bars, the white-sand beach backed by lush green rainforests and the option to dine at the end of a 150ft pier make for the ideal romantic break. Saint Lucia is also home to two further Sandals Resorts.

JAMAICA Sandals Royal Plantation is unashamedly upmarket; offering a butlerserviced intimate resort of just 74 ocean-view suites, this resort is the ideal hideaway holiday. Set in Ochos Rios, this historic hotel offers casual island elegance attracting an international jet set crowd. Home to the

Offshore Island, Sandals Royal Bahamian

island’s only Champagne and Caviar bar, afternoon tea served daily and butlers preempting your every whim mean this resort is set to impress.

BAHAMAS

Dropped in 500 acres of lush green fauna and nestled between two

Boasting its own private island, Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort

white-sand beaches, Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa

& Offshore Island offers an exclusive beach retreat holiday. The

offers a Caribbean experience with an edge. Combining architectural

impressive colonial style buildings add to the glamorous feel where

influences from France, the Netherlands and Italy, guests are invited to

guests can spend their days by one of the seven pools, enjoying

explore the resort’s top amenities including four pools, seven restaurants

afternoon tea in the old house, dining at one of the 10 gourmet

and the signature Red Lane® Spa. After a relaxing day, a sundowner at

restaurants or finding a little piece of heaven on the private island found

one of the six bars tops off the evening perfectly. Jamaica is also home to

just off the beach. Here, hide away in a private cabana or hammock,

five further Sandals Resorts.

have drinks brought to you as you sunbathe or simply walk barefoot hand-in-hand around the island. Located on a mile-long white-sand beach and to a backdrop of 500 tropical acres, Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort offers understated grandeur with a traditional Bahamian feel. Being placed on Great Exuma, one of the outer islands, this resort really offers that desert island aloneness, ideal for couples wanting a bit of escapism. The facilities include three pools; one has a fire pit in the middle for added drama and a whole host of international and local restaurants to dine in.

ANTIGUA Saint Lucia

Set in beautiful Dickenson Bay, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa expertly combines two holidays in one: laid back Caribbean in the breezy Caribbean Village and grand opulence in the Mediterranean Village. Wherever you choose to stay rest assured the same luxury service will be sustained. As with all Sandals properties, expect to enjoy a range of watersports, on land activities, six different swimming pools plus the Red Lane® Spa.

Rondaal Suite, Sandals Grande Antigua

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CARIBBEAN BY HARD ROCK HOTELS | ALL-INCLUSIVE COLLECTION

HARD ROCK HOTELS ALL-INCLUSIVE COLLECTION

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana This expansive resort offers an impressive array of facilities for couples and families alike. From the 15 swimming pools to the thrilling gaming action at the casino, or the kids club and numerous dining options to non-motorised watersport activities, guests are certainly spoilt for

Hard Rock Hotels has taken the all-inclusive mantra and reworked

choice. Set on the eastern shores of the island in Punta Cana, when

it firmly cementing its own rock ‘n’ roll edge on it. While still being

the activities get a little too much, the serene beach beckons. To take it

luxurious, Hard Rock Hotels’ all-inclusive range offers a ‘cool’ vibe

down a notch, the full-service Rock Spa® and Lazy River will leave you

where you set your own pace. Whether it is nightly entertainment

feeling ready to tackle another action-packed night.

or top shelves drinks you want, a comprehensive kids club or watersports included, Hard Rock Hotels will have you wanting for nothing. Set in the Dominican Republic or on the Caribbean shores of Mexico, these locations have been chosen for all they offer today’s holiday-maker.

LITTLE BIG CLUB™ Kids are fully entertained at Hard Rock’s Little Big Club™, here they get to hang out with favourite TV characters. It’s non stop fun with an array of interactive activities such as story time and railway races with Thomas the Tank Engine™. Join Angelina Ballerina™ at her tea party, build sandcastles with Bob The Builder™ or learn Spanish with Barney™. A whole host of other games and activities keeps the kids amused including Piañata making, pool parties and The Little Big Club™ live show each week. Hacienda Deluxe Family, Hard Rock Riviera Maya

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LIMITLESS RESORT CREDIT* Stay 5 nights or more at a Hard Rock All-Inclusive Hotel and receive up to US$3,600 worth of resort credits; the longer your stay the more credit you receive. Credits can be used on limitless upgrades and amenities throughout the resort, including unlimited golf, spa and beauty treatments at Rock Spa®, off resort tours and adventures, special dining events, upgraded wine selections, Rock Shots® photo packages and car rentals and much more...

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*A 20% service fee will be charged against any purchases made with your resort credits and will be payable by cash or credit card at the end of your stay.

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Vitality Pool, Punta Cana Spa

MEXICO

ROCK ROYALTY LEVEL For that extra level of luxury and exclusivity Hard Rock All-Inclusive Hotels offer the Rock Royalty Level. A Rock Royalty Level suite will come complete with access to a personal assistant, a 25 minute couples massage at the Rock Spa®, complimentary beach bag, pool and beach areas reserved exclusively for Rock Royalty Level guests and many more benefits.

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun Set in the midst of the action on Cancun’s legendary strip, this hotel wows with its panoramic sea views, Hard Rock memorabilia and ultra cool location. Dining here takes you around the globe with cuisines that include Asian, Italian, Brazilian steakhouse and Mexican. The hotel is bursting with rock memorabilia that includes a rare handwritten note from Elvis Presley, outfits from female iconic artists such as Britney Spears and Cher, and male iconic artists such as Prince and Billy Idol. Hard Rock Riviera Maya Located south of Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, this resort is a hotel of two parts. Hard Rock Riviera Maya Hacienda offers a traditional hacienda-style, created for families who like to spend their days in one of the many pools, beachside or indulge in the included activities before taking to one of the restaurants. Lavish accommodations

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

MUSIC LAB

include the Family Suite, sleeping a family of 6 and guarantees two interconnecting rooms with special touches such as Xbox 360, L’Oreal kids’ bath amenities and kids’ beach toys included. The Little Big Club™

For those who want to experience the rock & roll lifestyle*, Hard Rock All Inclusive Hotels in Mexico offer you The Music Lab. Under expert guidance you get to star in your very own rock band, from lessons to rehearsals, sound check and the grand finale event, performing live on stage. Learn to spin the decks and perform live on stage, become the star of your very own music video or overlay your vocals onto the original of your favourite tune in the recording studio.

offers year-round fun for the little ones all with a rock ‘n’ roll theme. Hard

*12 year olds and above only (recording studio only featured at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun)

access to two 18 hole championship golf courses.

Rock Riviera Maya Heaven has been created as a luxurious haven exclusively reserved for adults, with three restaurants, its own nightclub with Jacuzzis and swimming pool, the largest Spa in the Caribbean with 75 treatment rooms and private adult only beach and pools. Guests at both Hard Rock Hotel Cancun and Hard Rock Riviera Maya also have

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MEXICO

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ON AN ISLAND TO BE IN THE CARIBBEAN. MEXICO’S RIVIERA MAYA HAS ICONIC TROPICAL BEACHES WITH A SPRINKLE OF MEXICAN SPICE. SO WHETHER YOU’RE AFTER A LUXURIOUS BEACH RETREAT OR A FIERY FIESTA OF AN ADVENTURE, WE CAN MAKE MAGIC HAPPEN IN MEXICO.

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MEXICO SUN, SEA & CHILLI The Yucatán Peninsula may boast beautiful beaches and coves, but it also sizzles with energy. Cancun has restaurants, bars and clubs as well as some magnificent beaches. Crunch away on a taco with the Caribbean sea sparkling in the distance. Bask in the tropical sun and enjoy a mojito (or tequila) before heading over to bars and clubs at night.

MAYAN & MODERN Yucatán peninsula has a rich mix of cultural sites, including Mexico’s most famous Mayan ruin – Chichén Itzá. The ancient city’s stone pyramid is the most famous piece of Mayan architecture. Throughout the area, there are mementos of Mexico’s ancient civilisation mixed with modern life. Crumbling ruins are scattered in bustling cities, like Merída, the Yucatán capital.

ABUNDANT WILDLIFE IN SEA & ON LAND On the Riviera Maya, you’ll find some of best snorkelling spots in the Caribbean. With coves, natural lakes and a chance to swim with majestic whale sharks, the coast has more to do and see than you can fit in a lifetime. There are some amazing adventure parks to enjoy with the family too. We especially love Xcaret with underground rivers, jungle fauna and flora. Activities such as zip-lining through the trees make the park a thrilling day out.

TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN MEXICO 1. Swim with whale sharks at Holbox Island between May – September 2. Escape to the slow pace and idyllic Islas Mujeres for the day 3. Soar through the treetops by zip wire or swim through underground rivers at Xplor Adventure Park 4. Snorkel through the underwater art installation where 400 life size statues made from concrete create a unique yet eerie display 5. Visit the Mayan ruins and archaeological site of Coba

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MEXICO CANCUN Create your Caribbean adventure at Cancun. Climb through the jungle at an adventure park, swim in the natural pools with water at bath-tub temperature then soak up the sun on the beach without a care in the world. When the sun sets, Cancun transforms into party central. Let your hair down and boogie the night away with your friends ISLA MUJERES Off the coast of Cancun, Isla Mujeres is the perfect getaway with secluded beaches far away from the noise of the rest of the world. All around the islet, there are snorkelling spots for you to swim with the tropical fishes. There are plenty of places to eat, drink and party. Hire a golf cart and explore the island at your leisure. PLAYA DEL CARMEN The trendy town of the Yucatån Peninsula, Playa is quieter than its bigger, neighbouring town of Cancun but is fast becoming a contender as our favourite place for a holiday. The resort has a European feel with glitzy promenades and designer shops. Down at the beach, you can dive or snorkel with rays, moray eels, and turtles living in the corals. See more of the coast by setting sail on a catamaran and find unreachable coves without a soul in sight. TULUM One of the best beaches in Mexico, Tulum has everything you expect from paradise. Without moving resort, you can snorkel at colourful sites, climb Mayan ruins and live in luxury at one of our handpicked hotels. At this spectacular location, you’ll definitely experience Mexico in a nutshell. In the southern part of Tulum you will find the Tulum Beach Strip where you find a bohemian atmosphere with rustic beach bars and restaurants, craft shops and boutiques.

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MAYAN & CULTURAL PRIVATE TOUR History oozes from every pore of Mexico. You’re never far from a ruin or museum. Seeing sites and experiencing them are two completely different things, so we make sure that wherever possible, you have the choice of our private tour. NOT A WHISTLE-STOP TOUR Our Mayan & Cultural Private Tour is a two-week expedition into Mexican history. Stay at a selection of exclusive and characterful hotels and walk through the ruined civilisation of Mexico’s ancient ancestry. This private tour takes a circular route south from Cancun visiting the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba and as far south as Palenque and the ruins of Yaxchilan located in the Lacandon Jungle which can only be reached by crossing the Usumacinta River by boat. Visit two indigenous communities near San Cristobal and the majestic Sumidero Canyon. Head north for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Campeche, visit the archaeological site of Uxmal before spending time at the world famous ruins of Chichen Itza.

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FINEST PLAYA MUJERES Tucked between the Caribbean Sea and a verdant nature reserve, Finest Playa Mujeres caters to families, couples and adult parties. A unique concept to the area but each party will find areas to socialise; find romantic, kid-free zones for some alone time or get out and party the night away in nearby Cancun. Boasting 10 swimming pools and two miles of beach, there is always somewhere that you can relax by the water and soak up the sun. And there is no need to move from your spot as drinks and food are served directly to your lounger throughout the day. Accommodations come in all shapes and sizes, starting with 800 sq. feet jr. suites, to family suites, direct pool access with private decks, or two storey rooftop terrace suites with plunge pools. The two club sections take you to a whole new level of bliss, oceanfront suites,

All-inclusive dining at Finest Playa Mujeres offers globe-spanning

exclusive areas and personalised service, the Finest Club for all ages or

dishes, with nine restaurants serving cuisines from France, to Italy,

the Excellence Club for adults only.

Asia to Spanish tapas or lobster and seafood.

DON’T MISS Kids club: No matter whether you have teens, toddlers or tweens, Finest Playa Mujeres has a club to suit. They can choose from zip lining, discos, water polo and whole host of other imaginative and fun activities. A favourite with the kids is the pool with Mayan Temple and waterslides.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Island Escape: Catch a local ferry to the off-shore island of Islas Mujeres, a laid back escape with a bohemian feel. Hire a golf buggy to explore the island or head to one of the beach clubs and bars in the north and dance the afternoon away in the sand.

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MEXICO – RIVIERA MAYA GRAND CLASS Grand Velas Riviera Maya loves families; for those seeking a child-free environment, the Grand Class wing offers accommodation, restaurants and its own beachfront infinity pool reserved exclusively for those over 16yrs.

DON’T MISS Swim with the Dolphins: When visiting this region of Mexico, swimming with the dolphins is an absolute must. Join the experts on this full day excursion as they offer demonstrations, insights into the dolphins’ daily lives and then invite you to get in the water and swim alongside these beautiful creatures.

GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA Boasting the best of what Mexico has to offer, Grand Velas Riviera Maya offers world class service and Mexican hospitality. Carefully bridging the azure waters of the Caribbean with the lush Yucatan Jungle means that guests can enjoy the thrills of the great outdoors with a relaxing beach break.

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The resort offers 539 suites and all are designed to blend harmoniously into the natural surroundings be it jungle or ocean view. The resort offers three distinct ambiences from the peaceful family friendly haven at Zen, to the lively family ocean front Ambassador Suites. For a child-free environment, adults head for the ocean front Grand Class wing. For families, life doesn’t get any better. Innovative activity programmes and expansive kids and teens clubs keep even the most active entertained. Family time can be spent enjoying beach games, bike rides or exploring

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the nearby adventure parks or Mayan ruins. For a little me time, rejuvenate

Dining is an exquisite experience here, with eight restaurants and cafes

your spirit at the world class spa, an extensive treatment menu along

available you can take a gastronomic journey around the world, choose

with 40 therapy rooms and separate male and female hydrotherapy

from fine dining Mexican, the exotic flavours of Asia and inventive

areas help to ease all the strains and stresses of everyday life.

Basque-inspired cuisine at the award-winning Cocina de Autor.


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THE BELOVED HOTEL For a romantic and active Caribbean break, The Beloved Hotel sits right on the shores of Mexico’s Caribbean Sea. Boasting a two-mile stretch of white-sand beach, a marina capable of hosting yachts up to 180 feet and beautiful tropical gardens, it is the quintessential sun, sea and sand holiday. Boasting 109 suites, all with a contemporary, breezy feel, this hotel has an aura of Balearic island chic to it. Choose from beachfront to swimup for the ultimate in privacy and luxury. The hotel offers four a la carte restaurants and with its close proximity to Cancun, guests can indulge

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in a night out on the strip before returning to the tranquillity of the resort. Activities are aplenty here too. From diving and watersports to a round of golf and sightseeing, there is something for everyone here. Sun worshippers take note: The pool and beach are ideal to spend your days, and if it all gets too much, indulge in a massage, treatment or ritual at the 35,000 sq ft Wellness & Hydrotherapy centre.

‘FROM DIVING AND WATERSPORTS TO A ROUND OF GOLF AND SIGHTSEEING, THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE HERE’ SUNSET CRUISE Take a sunset cruise out of the dedicated resort marina to watch the Mexican sun set on another day in paradise, complete with a cocktail or glass of wine.

DEEP SEA FISHING The resort’s in-house fishing charter will help you spend the day on the open seas to make that big catch. With expert fishermen to guide you, you can sit back and enjoy the sun while waiting for a bite.

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MEXICO – PLAYA DEL CARMEN ROYAL SERVICE Upgrade to Royal Service at La Perla, a heightened level of luxury with suites complete with whirlpools, VIP lounges, exclusive areas at the beach and Royal Service Pool plus much more.

FAMILY CONCIERGE Add Family Concierge to your holiday at La Esmeralda, and benefit from access to an exclusive heated family pool with butler service, concierge service, preferential reservations in restaurants and sports activities and many other extras.

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PARADISUS PLAYA DEL CARMEN Escape to the tropics to indulge in some family fun. Paradisus Playa del Carmen is a resort draped across the shores of the Caribbean Sea and is a resort of two parts. La Esmeralda offers 512 suites and is dedicated to ensuring the whole family receives luxurious services while away. La Perla offers 394 suites in a kids-free environment. With dedicated pools, bars and restaurants reserved exclusively for adults only, yet allowing you access to the full facilities of the entire resort including bountiful restaurants, complimentary beach and watersports, fitness centre, YHI Spa and fitness centre. Entertainment is the forte here. For adults-only, get into the swing in the Prohibition Party where the theme is the 1930s – expect a live jazz band, roulette table and flowing champagne. For the kids, the day care centre will exceed your expectations. Kids will learn Mayan rituals; attend maskmaking classes, beach volleyball, pirate parties and so much more. Of course, if you just want to sit by the pool or on the beach and relax, that is there for you too. 70

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FAIRMONT MAYAKOBA Entwined in 240 acres of tropical rainforest interrupted by waterways and fringed by the Caribbean Sea, Fairmont Mayakoba is a stunning retreat on the fabled Riviera Maya. The 401 rooms, including 34 suites are completed in a modern Mexican style all featuring deep bathing tubs and brightly hued walls. The property

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offers all-inclusive luxury for all the family leaving a feeling of peace and serenity as you enter the resort.

the luxurious Banyan Tree and the Rosewood means there is aways something new to see. There are enough activities on offer to excite the

Dining options are aplenty here too with formal through to laid-back.

whole family. For the kids, make new friends while discovering the secrets

Expect exquisite seafood, delectable international cuisines and local

of the Mayan culture and for adults relax in the 20,000 square foot Spa.

delicacies. The option to dine in the other Mayakoba hotels such as

DON’T MISS Tennis and Paddle: For those who enjoy a spot of healthy competition then get out on the courts for a game or two.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Muyil Jungle Tubing Tour: Explore the jungle via its waterways. Meander along inside a private tube stopping to see some of the ancient Mayan sites and villages along the way. An experience not to be missed.

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MEXICO – RIVIERA MAYA ANTOJERIA MEXICAN STREET FOOD Every Tuesday, Coral Grill is transformed into a Mexican street market. Wander the street-food stalls sampling fresh fish dishes, grilled steaks and chicken – all accompanied by an impressive selection of tapas and tequila.

GOING UNDERGROUND If you are looking for a little bit of action, then head out to explore underground rivers, known as cenotes. Don a pair of fins and a mask to discover marine life in these special pools. No matter the weather – sun or rain, these rivers remain temperate.

VICEROY RIVIERA MAYA Arguably one of the most peaceful places in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico, this intimate resort fuses beach beauty with a verdant tropical rainforest backdrop. Immerse yourself in the lush jungle surroundings where you may meet the resident family of spider-monkeys or stroll along the sugary whitesand beach, lapped by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean sea. Viceroy Riviera Maya offers the ultimate in unpretentious luxury with

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only 41 stand-alone villas dotted amongst ferns palms and guava trees. Each villa comes with its own private pool, high-ceiling thatched

Indulge in a couple’s Mayan ritual at the spa or ask for a massage on

palapa roofs, outdoor showers and your own terrace with chaise

the beach or resort’s pier. Traditional Mexican food is offered throughout

longue and handmade crochet hammock. Guests will be greeted with

the resort including tequila and ceviche tasting sessions, hot chocolate

a special Mayan blessing, performed by the resort’s resident Shaman

with churros and Mexican cookery classes. Perhaps opt for the flexible

before being personally escorted to your villa.

All-Inclusive option and have part of your stay with meals included, for the rest you can enjoy the bars, restaurants and nightlife of the nearby Playa del Carmen.

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NIZUC RESORT & SPA Lying on Punta Nizuc, Mexico, between the Caribbean Sea and the Laguna Nichupté, NIZUC Resort & Spa is a quiet Eden where age old rituals extended from the Mayans meets new age comforts. To create this unique resort, numerous artistic talents collaborated ensuring that the Mayan ethos permeates throughout. The 274 suites and rooms are sprawled out along the 29-acre spit of land ensuring privacy and

Ocean Suite

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luxury for all. With designated regions for families and

Sushi and Tequila: While in Mexico

Coba & Caverns: The resort can

adults, the resort caters perfectly for a romantic escape.

indulge in the local tipple, tequila paired

organise a half day tour to the amazing

with freshly caught and prepared sushi.

Nohoch Muul Pyramid found deep in

Its unique dedication to indulging the senses means that

the jungle cornered by two blue lagoons

from the delectable dining (Peruvian, Mexican, Asian

followed by a trip into a cave filled with

and Mediterranean) to its 30,000 square foot spa by

lagoons, stalagmites and stalactites.

renowned spa leaders ESPA, your whole body will feel

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DON’T MISS Swim with the turtles: Just a few metres from the hotel’s shores is a beautiful protected area where turtles are often spotted. Borrow all the gear and head out to meet these beautiful creatures.

With only 29 rooms in total, this boutique hotel dropped on the turquoise shores of the Caribbean Sea embodies sophisticated simplicity; seamless service and a romantic break away never to be forgotten.

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energised after a few days here.

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A colonial Spanish design is obvious throughout with

Horseback riding: There is nothing more romantic than a horseback ride along the beach. This particular trip will culminate in snorkelling or diving in an Ecopark.

whitewashed buildings and terracotta roofs. Its charming story adds to the ambience – the hotel was originally built for an Italian Duchess. It is set in the relatively undeveloped area of Xpu-ha, so guests can enjoy the serenity of the resort but lively Playa del Carmen is only a taxi ride away. The extensive list of amenities means that for a beach break it has everything including sunrise yoga, a juice bar, organic spa and dining is a relaxed affair. Utilising influences from Mexico expect Caribbean flavours infused with Latin America and the Mediterranean.

Garden Villa

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

SHARING AN ISLAND WITH HAITI, THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IS THE MOST AFFORDABLE OF THE CARIBBEAN DESTINATIONS. BUT THIS DOESN’T MAKE IT ANY LESS OF A PARADISE. HOME TO THE FAMOUS BOUNTY ADVERT BEACH, ISLAND SAONA, AND EPIC WATERFALLS, BREATHTAKING BEAUTY IS AS ABUNDANT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AS COCONUTS.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BURSTING AT THE SEAMS WITH EXOTIC WILDLIFE For nature lovers and adventurers, the Parque Nacional Los Haitises has an exotic array of animals and plants. As a protected virgin rain forest, it’s a beautifully unspoiled slice of a world far from the towns and cities we’re used to. Among the wildlife, endangered animals live in their natural habitat. If you’re lucky, you might even find the ashy-faced owl.

NEVER A DULL DAY IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC There’s much more to the Republic than beaches. Visit the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua, then hike around the rainforests and cool off in the canyon’s natural pool. For a slice of civilisation, visit Santa Domingo and wander through the streets of the oldest city in the New World. On a day off from exploring, you can enjoy a round of golf or voyage through the deep blue at one of the signature diving spots.

MAKE CARIBBEAN MEMORIES IN PUNTA CANA Voted as one of the Top 10 Destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean by the Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Awards, this gem of a resort ticks everyone’s boxes. Punta Cana has everything a family holiday needs (and more than enough for couples too). It’s where our experts stay and they know best.

TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1. Visit Island Saona, the setting for the Bounty chocolate bar advert. 2. Take a tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Santo Domingo which is rich in history and culture. 3. Visit the area of Samana Bay and Parque Nacional Los Haitises. 4. Scramble through the many waterfalls of Damajagua and explore the forests around the canyons. 5. Wander through the gardens and mangrove forests 76

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THE WESTIN PUNTA CANA RESORT & CLUB For a fun Caribbean beach holiday, The Westin Punta Cana Resort & Club offers three miles of white-sand beach to while away your days. The 200-ocean view room resort is set within the Playa Blanca area, which boasts a serious amount of activities to keep everyone amused. Being under the international Starwood brand, guests can feel at ease

Within the resort grounds are a shopping village and

that everything can, and will be taken care of. For the

a watersports centre with a shuttle that can take you

adults the world-renowned Six Senses Spa has a huge

around the amenities. The dining scene is world class

array of treatments, the championship golf course is

and guests can opt for barefoot beachy or a more

only moments away and then there is the full-service

formal experience and as the sun goes down head

marina should you wish to spend an afternoon dolphin

into the Don Queco Cigar & Bar. Two items that make

spotting or scuba diving.

the Caribbean so special.

DON’T MISS Family fun: Make sure you get down to the beach for some daily family fun with the entertainments programme which will have you doing anything from beach volleyball to water fights.

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TORTUGA BAY AT PUNTA CANA RESORT & CLUB Set in the Punta Cana Resort & Club and among other world-renowned brands, Tortuga Bay sits unashamedly upmarket. Guests can choose from one, two or three-bedroom villas all designed by international star Oscar De La Renta. This boutique resort sits in a private enclave offering serenity and privacy from other guests. When you book a night here, guests automatically

Tortuga Bay Junior Suite

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receive VIP treatment from an airport pick-up to your very

Bamboo: Enjoy a delectable dining

Galerias Punta Cana Farmer’s market:

own concierge team and if you fancy getting out and

experience at the exclusive Bamboo

This a fantastic chance to see local

about then the Punta Cana Resort & Club has a lot to

restaurant. Chef serves up tasty fusion

produce that the resort chefs buy from

offer. From golf courses to the Six Senses Spa – Tortuga

dishes all set in an alfresco setting.

the local farmers to produce the fine

Bay guests have access to all.

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PARADISUS PALMA REAL Set on the beautiful Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Paradisus Palma Real indulges in the finer things in life. With the feel of a boutique hotel and the facilities of a large resort, a holiday here combines the best of both worlds. Royal Service Garden View Suite

The feel is Caribbean chic and livable luxury with good old family-fun traditions. The lagoon pool offers

varied and fun, and arranged to meet the

daily aerobics and the resort staff teach an array of

requirements of the whole family.

Latin dance styles. For the kids, a dedicated club will ensure they are kept amused throughout their stay.

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OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Saona Island: Found just off the coastline near Punta Cana, this tiny protected island is the ultimate lazy

When the mood takes, head over to the indulgent YHi

For the kids: The Olympics come to

beach day out. Pack a picnic and enjoy

Spa to partake in a spot of blissful peace and quiet.

Paradisus Palma Real when the kids and

the emerald green waters and pristine

teenagers are invited to show off their

white sand.

With an extraordinary range of restaurants from

skills against their new-found friends.

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casual to fine dine, the culinary journey here is

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Latin Beats: Each week the resort lays on a Latin Party. So get your salsa moves together, grab a rum punch and dance the night away under the Caribbean moon.

Set among 400,000sq m of ecological garden, Paradisus Punta Cana owns one of the most prestigious

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corners of Punta Cana, right alongside the exquisite white-sand Bavaro Beach.

Waterfall walk: Journey into the rainforest to the beautiful Limon Waterfall. The 120ft cascading falls feed into an emerald green lagoon with a lush green jungle border.

The resort exudes classic luxury in an all-inclusive setting. Rooms vary from traditional hotel rooms to two-storey bungalows offering that extra space and privacy if required. For added luxury opt for a Royal Service Suite, which will give you all the benefits of top-end service.

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This is a large resort with many amenities meaning you

Spa offers laid back relaxation and an array of dining

can be as social as you wish and then hide away when

scenes allows guests to choose from casual to chic and

the mood suits. Five outdoor pools plus the beach mean

sophisticated. For a resort-based holiday, Paradisus Punta

sun worshipping is high on the agenda: a dedicated YHi

Cana really delivers.


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EXCELLENCE PUNTA CANA The natural beauty of Punta Cana is the real draw for those staying at the luxurious Excellence Punta Cana. The area is renowned for its aesthetic appeal and soft adventure activities. Guests flock to the area to bask on the 30-mile stretch of white-sand beach, to hike its jungle interior exploring caves and wildlife and to get out on the water to whale watch or just gently bob above the soft waves

Excellence Club Honeymoon Suite with Rooftop Terrace Oceanfront

The resort is vast and therefore there is always something new to explore.

as you sail the coastline on a catamaran.

Whether this is one of the two swimming pools, dining in a different spot in one of the nine restaurants, getting sporty as you run the 607-metre jogging course or getting out in the water with a snorkel and mask. Life can be as busy or sedate as you wish here. The large suites create a tranquil haven when you want to shut yourself away with a good book.

DON’T MISS Horseback riding: Included in your package is a 30-minute horseback ride per stay. Ride along the beach or through the jungle tracks. A beautiful back-to-nature trip.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Take to the skies: Indulge in a helicopter ride that reveals the lush tropical panorama of Punta Cana.

Excellence Club Junior Suite

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ANTIGUA

WITH A BEACH FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR, ANTIGUA STEALS THE HEARTS OF ALL WHO ARRIVE ON ITS SHORES. WE CAN EVEN HELP YOU FIND YOUR OWN SLICE OF PARADISE BY SAILING OUT TO A DESERT ISLAND. ANTIGUA HAS MORE THAN A BEAUTIFUL COASTLINE. YOU CAN EAT FRESHLY CAUGHT LOBSTER BY THE BEACH, SHOP ALONG THE COLOURFUL STREETS OF ST JOHNS AND PARTY THE NIGHT AWAY AT THE WEEKLY FIESTA. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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ANTIGUA 365 GORGEOUS BEACHES TO EXPLORE Protected by a ring of coral reefs, Antigua’s beaches are some of the best in the world. The coral gives the sand a special pink glow. With a rich sea-life, there are many amazing diving spots around the island. But don’t just explore the sea beneath the waves. Set out on a charter boat and find the hard-to-reach havens, even sail over to Antigua’s sister island, Barbuda, for a romantic escapade.

NOT JUST A RELAXING RETREAT Relaxing at the beach is far from the only thing to do. Sailing enthusiasts can set out at the end of April for the world famous Antigua’s Sailing Week. Or you can watch the streets explode with colour and music during the Carnival. But you don’t have to wait for August to experience the party. There’s a fiesta every Sunday at Shirley Heights where history can be enjoyed with a healthy dose of steel bands and rum.

BRITISH HERITAGE IN THE CARIBBEAN As the most historic outpost in the Caribbean, the whole of Antigua is littered with remnants of its colonial past. English Harbour and Falmouth Bay bring the island’s maritime history to life, especially at Nelson’s Dockyard. The old docks have been lovingly restored, holding a fantastic museum with some of Nelson’s own trinkets on display.

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THE GATEWAY TO THE UNDISCOVERED ISLANDS OF THE CARIBBEAN We’ll help you create a holiday that brings together the rich culture of Antigua with smaller islands so you can enjoy the perfect combination for your Caribbean getaway. Antigua has a prime location among the Lesser Antilles. Daily flights from the UK connect through Antigua with scheduled and charter services to less developed islands such as Anguilla, Guadeloupe and British Virgin Islands.

‘ANTIGUA BOASTS A DIFFERENT BEACH FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR’ TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN ANTIGUA 1. Join the party at Shirley Heights on a Sunday and dance along to the cheerful chimes of the steel band. 2. Take a trip back in time by visiting Nelson’s Dockyard and see Nelson’s own telescope among his other possessions. 3. Grab some fresh, local produce at the Public Market. You’ll find it at its most vibrant on Saturday Mornings. 4. Explore some of Anitgua’s secluded beaches by travelling the island by hiring a boat. 5. Witness the sheer beauty of nature by visiting some of Antigua’s natural wonders, such as Devil’s Bridge and Mount Obama.

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ANTIGUA SUPER CHILL OUT Upgrade to Carlisle Bay’s Super Chill Out package to have all your food and beverage requirements included. That’s three meals per day, cocktails, spirits, beers and soft drinks, selected wine by the glass and afternoon tea. (Premium spirits and wines excluded).

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL The island of Antigua attracts sailing enthusiasts from across the world, and you may spot a superyacht or two close to Carlisle Bay’s shores. Join the elite and set out on a sailing day exploring Antigua’s 365 beaches.

CARLISLE BAY ANTIGUA For the ultimate romantic break away, head to the moon-shaped secluded bay in which sits the stunning boutique Carlisle Bay. Fronted by the white sands and turquoise water shoreline of the Caribbean, and fringed by the verdant rainforests of Antigua, this 82-suite hotel offers indulgent privacy. The vibe is contemporary, and although catering for everyone, the

Bay Suite

adult-only Bay Suites lend themselves perfectly to that special holiday

Dining is a special treat here, with four restaurants serving locally sourced

for two. Enjoy the service of a dedicated butler and the indulgence of a

ingredients. Enjoy all day dining at Indigo on The Beach, grilled meats

four-poster bed.

and seafood at the adult only Jetty Grill, casual Italian favourites by poolside Ottimo! or the exotic flavour of Asia at East.

A wide range of facilities keep guests both relaxed and entertained, from the resort’s award-winning Blue Spa, tennis courts, rainforest hikes and sunset yoga on The Jetty. A Caribbean holiday must always be centred around the beach and here at Carlisle Bay, it is beautiful. Partake in the complimentary watersports or just relax on the white sands.

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‘ENJOY THE SERVICE OF A DEDICATED BUTLER AND THE INDULGENCE OF A FOUR-POSTER BED’


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ST JAMES’S CLUB & VILLAS Set in a 100-acre private peninsula, St James’s Club & Villas is a treat for the whole family. With extensive facilities including two beaches it is not hard to see why guests of all ages return again and again. A casual country club vibe filters through the resort leaving a true home-from-home feel. The room décor is a mix of warm colours utilising

Royal Suite

terracotta, beige and dark woods complete with rattan furnishings. Upgrade to one of the adult-only Royal Suites which benefit from an

Whatever you have come to Antigua for, this resort can cater. Opt for

exclusive pool and bar and offer spectacular waterfront views.

the calm waters of Mamora Bay, the tranquillity of the spa and the pampering of the beauty room or for fun and adventure then head to the resort’s second beach – Coco Beach which is likened to an aquarium just moments off shore. When it comes to dining there is a choice of four distinctly different restaurants and five bars.

DON’T MISS Mamora Bay: Non-motorised watersports such as kayaking, paddle boarding and hobie cat sailing along with lessons with one of the dedicated instructors are on offer in the safe haven of the resort’s bay.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL: Shirley Heights: In the middle of the island sits Shirley Heights. Take a jeep ride to the top for unrivalled views down to Nelson’s Harbour and across to neighbouring islands while the sun casts pinks and reds before plunging into the blue Caribbean Sea.

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ANTIGUA DON’T MISS

HERMITAGE BAY

Cooking course: Food is such an important part of any holiday and at Hermitage Bay, the chefs want to involve you in this element. Each week by the pool, one of the chefs guides you through the preparation in making one of their famous dishes.

Journey to the stunning southwestern shores of Antigua to find the beautiful Hermitage Bay. This boutique hotel comprises 25 individual cottages nestled into the verdant hillside and sandy beach. An adult-only resort, Hermitage Bay is all about you and

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the celebration of you without any distractions, it makes no apologies for this ethos. The crescent-shaped bay entices you in at first glance – pale sands with a vibrant blue lagoon-coloured sea gently rolling in – in the distance make out the faint silhouettes of neighbouring Montserrat,

Hillside Cottage

St Kitts and Nevis. Lazy sea days give way to sundowners

Tucked up on the hillside sits the Garden Spa offering

at sunset followed by an alfresco dining experience by

panoramas across the bay and resort; treatments are

candlelight under the Caribbean stars.

dedicated to healing chakras leaving you feeling

Eco-tours: Explore the hinterland, including the mangroves and reef systems of Antigua. The trips are led by Antiguan eco-guide Eli Fuller.

revitalised as you wander back through the fragrant

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flower-lined path post-treatment.

GALLEY BAY RESORT & SPA Set admist 40 acres of verdant tropical gardens and backed by a ¾ mile yellow sand beach, Galley Bay Resort is dedicated to creating a peaceful retreat for its guests. Its 98 guestrooms are scattered throughout the property. Expect beachside, lagoon view or for total privacy opt for a garden view where the lush garden ensures you,

breezy pods. Other treatments including a

and your private plunge pool are never overlooked.

dedicated couples ritual are available too.

Dining is a romantic affair with three open-air restaurants

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Adventure Antigua Extreme Circumnavigation: Head out highspeed – Miami Vice style to see all 365

each serving fine Caribbean, or international fare. The

Caribbean BBQ: Every week, chef takes

beaches of Antigua. A short stop will be

three welcome lounges create the setting for afternoon tea

the team to the beach for a traditional

made at Stingray City and a buffet lunch

and then turn into the ideal spot for a sunset cocktail or two. Caribbean BBQ to cook up delights such as jerk chicken, spare ribs, locally To completely unwind Indulge Spa sits adjacent to the bird

caught fish, and steak. As the sun sets

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CURTAIN BLUFF A resort combining the finesse of a boutique hotel with worldclass facilities. Curtain Bluff sits on a rocky outcrop bordered by two yellow-sand beaches, one offering dramatic surf and the other sedate swimming opportunities; spectacular panoramas across the Caribbean Sea are unrivalled from the veranda of one of the 72 luxury beachfront suites. The vibe is laid back and casual during the day and beach chic for the evenings. Bluff Room

The facilities are extensive here from The Spa located right on the water’s edge to the incredibly well-stocked wine cellar featuring over 400 different wines sourced world over. The dining scene ranges from sophisticated dinners in the open-walled plantation style Tamarind Tree to casual lunches and romantic beachside dinners lit by flickering tiki torches. For those who are more active, indulge in a spot of tennis at the championship tennis courts, or perfect your putt on the putting green. The array of watersports on offer are impressive too so expect hobbie cats, windsurfing and much more.

‘SPECTACULAR PANORAMAS ACROSS THE CARIBBEAN SEA ARE UNRIVALLED FROM THE VERANDA OF ONE OF THE 72 LUXURY BEACH FRONT SUITES’ DON’T MISS A garden tour: Wander the manicured tropical gardens of the resort accompanied by one of the gardeners to see hibiscus arnottianus or a bougainvillea peruviana in all their glory.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Helicopter trip around volcanic Montserrat: Take a day trip to Montserrat ‘the Other Emerald Isle’ for a memorable scenic helicopter flight around the live volcano. Hike one of the trails, or snorkel and kayak around the volcanic shores.

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ANTIGUA TEE OFF Golfing enthusiasts should visit Antigua’s only 18-hole PGA rate par 69 golf course, Cedar Valley Golf Club, just a ten minutes’ drive away. Reduced golf fees are available through the hotel.

BENEATH THE SEA Coral reefs, walls and shipwrecks are found along the coasts of Antigua, making great diving areas. There is little or no current and in most places the average water temperature is around 80°F. For those that like wreck diving in particular, the Andes merchant ship in Deep Bay is a must.

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BLUE WATERS AND THE COVE SUITES Tucked away in serene Soldier’s Bay, Blue Waters, Antigua is the ideal hideaway resort. Peaceful golden-sand coves fringed by 17 acres of tropical gardens create an aura of tranquillity. Elegant hillside and beachfront rooms enjoy views of verdant gardens or the mesmerising Caribbean Sea, whilst the Cove Suites offer seclusion and privacy and boast a concierge service and pools reserved exclusively

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for The Cove Suites guests. Enjoy the luxuries of home at Turtle Cottage, offering four bedrooms, a luxurious kitchen and private pool, the two three bedroom villas at Pelican House which share a pool, ideal for families or groups of friends, or if you are looking for complete seclusion, opt for the five bedroom Rock Cottage which is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. The hotel offers an excellent dining experience and has three restaurants and bars. Dine alfresco at the Palm Restaurant at the heart of the resort or, for more formal and intimate surroundings, visit the air-conditioned Bartley’s Restaurant. The Cove Restaurant combines Caribbean and finedining in a magnificent setting on a clifftop where flaming torches offer a dramatic entrance into a candlelit dining area with breathtaking views. 88

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THE INN AT ENGLISH HARBOUR Colonial elegance on a beachfront setting is what awaits as you descend the island of Antigua from the north at the airport to the southern tip finding The Inn at English Harbour. The scenic transfer will take you through local villages giving way to spectacular panoramas eventually leading to the sandy beach of Freemans Bay, where The Inn At English Harbour sits. This boutique resort is the epitome of Caribbean chic with its breezy beachfront cottages and Italian-inspired dining. A hint of days gone

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by wafts through the resort via its colonial architecture; global artifacts collected by the owners over the years give an eclectic international edge. The culinary scene here is dedicated to creating gourmet delights. The owners carefully selected the décor for the hotel restaurant from Capri and shipped it over so expect tastes of Italy fused with local delights. In fact this attention to detail is present throughout the hotel. Everything is laced with that sophisticated Italian touch but yet it still remains true to its

‘A HINT OF DAYS GONE BY WAFTS THROUGH THE RESORT VIA ITS COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE’

laid back Caribbean location.

DON’T MISS Reef Bar: Indulge in a specially made rum cocktail as the sun sets on another day in Antigua

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Nelson’s Dockyard: Just minutes from the hotel is the age-old Nelson’s Dockyard where the British had a presence for over 300 years. Now see the old stone buildings, museums and boutique stores bordered by the world’s finest superyachts that often dock here.

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ISLAND HOPPING Experience the unadulterated romance of the Caribbean by island hopping. Antigua is the gateway to the rest of the undiscovered islands of the Caribbean. Live in complete luxury at Viceroy Anguilla Resort & Spa, then hop to St Barths for a sensational fine dining experience. Explore the many islets in the British Virgin Islands or explore the plantation houses of St Kitts & Nevis.

ANTIGUA + ST KITTS + NEVIS Go back in time with this amazing historical tour of plantation houses and Inns of the Caribbean. Stay at the traditional Inn at English Harbour (Antigua), Ottley’s Planation Inn (St Kitts) and Nisbet Plantation Beach Club (Nevis) and blend the colonial past with the Caribbean present. There are regular flights that connect all three islands. ANTIGUA + ST BARTHS + ANGUILLA Combine the West Indies with the French Caribbean to experience a real contrast of cultures. We recommend this combination as the perfect honeymoon. Relax at Hermitage Bay in Antigua and Le Sereno in St Barths, then dine in luxury at Malliouhana in Anguilla.

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ANTIGUA + BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS Fly to the British Virgin Islands from Antigua. This combination is superb for sailing enthusiasts as not only is Antigua home to the Sailing Week, the British Virgin Islands promise an incredible adventure as all sixty islands are close. There are also gourmet restaurants dotted around the islands for an unforgettable dining experience.

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WE ARE ALWAYS EXPERIMENTING WITH OUR HOLIDAYS, COMBINING DIFFERENT DESTINATIONS, UNTIL WE FIND THE PERFECT PACKAGE. OUR EXPERTS KNOW WHAT MAKES A CARIBBEAN HOLIDAY TRULY MEMORABLE. THEY’VE PUT THIS EXPERTISE INTO OUR ISLAND HOPPING IDEAS, MAKING THEM THE BEST WAY TO EXPERIENCE THE CARIBBEAN.

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UNDISCOVERED ISLANDS ANGUILLA A bite-sized piece of paradise, Anguilla is only sixteen miles long. With breathtaking white sands and untouched bays that are only accessible by boat, this beautiful island is the land of dreams for beach lovers. The island has earned itself a reputation as ‘the culinary capital of the Caribbean’ and rightly so, enjoy goat or shrimp rotis from roadside roti huts, or tuck in to fresh and tasty lobster, crayfish and chicken washed down by rum punch at Scilly Cay – a small island restaurant just a couple of hundred yards offshore.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS There is no shortage of adventure in the British Virgin Islands. With around sixty cays making up the group, there’s always something new to be discovered. And you can experience the heart of island hopping by hiring your own boat and drifting between paradises on the warm tropical breeze.

ST KITTS & NEVIS A natural haven with volcanic mountains, a stunning national park and plenty of sports, St Kitts is tropical adventure waiting to happen. With plenty of history, it feels like travelling back in time. Nevis, the smaller island, is home to an extinct volcano. The amazing views and beaches inspire romance – Horatio Nelson himself met, courted and married Fanny Nisbet on the island.

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MALLIOUHANA AN AUBERGE RESORT Malliouhana, one of the pioneers of luxury resorts in Anguilla, opened 30 years ago but has benefited recently from a stunning refurbishment breathing new life into this iconic Caribbean retreat. An Auberge Resort, this exquisitely designed tropical oasis expertly blends barefoot luxury with class and sophistication amongst luxuriant gardens. The resort is set atop a bluff offering vistas out to the Caribbean Sea where only a set of steps separates the hotel from a choice of three whitesand bays, Meads Bay, Turtle Cove and Bobbing Cove Beach. Meads Bay with its choice of famous restaurants is just footsteps from the hotel. The influence at Malliouhana is on together time. From the large airy

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‘THE RESORT IS SET ATOP A BLUFF OFFERING VISTAS OUT TO THE CARIBBEAN SEA’

rooms all offering white four-poster beds, to the highly acclaimed spa;

The signature restaurant makes dining alfresco a chic but elegant

guests will come away feeling energised and relaxed. The double infinity

affair. The taste is modern American with a touch of Mediterranean

pool is the ideal retreat to enjoy a book or simply admire the view.

and Caribbean. The west facing restaurant and sunset bar offer the perfect sunsets – the ideal spot for a sundowner or two.

DON’T MISS Explore: Get out and explore the region via pushbike. The resort is happy to lend you their complimentary bicycles and offer directions so you can explore this understated island. Alternatively, enjoy the tennis courts, complimentary watersports including paddle boards and kayaks

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Scilly Cay: Head for the tiny coral island of Scilly Cay where Eudoxie, Sandra and their two sons Brandon and Alexander serve up a sumptuous feast of fresh lobster, chicken, crayfish and fish, all washed down with rum punches.

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UNDISCOVERED ISLANDS – ANGUILLA DON’T MISS n Family fun: The hotel is extremely proud of its family programme. Chef will be delighted to pack you up a picnic; the entertainment staff will give you a ball and other beach toys and then will drop you off at an uninhabited island for the afternoon to enjoy some quality time together.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL n Calypso charter: The fun island of St Maarten is only 30 minutes away so jump on a themed charter across the water to explore. Top tip? Take advantage of the shopping opportunities here.

VICEROY ANGUILLA Straddling two white sandy beaches, the Viceroy Anguilla offers a more simplistic approach to the family Caribbean resort. With pareddown luxury and a feeling of part low-key Miami and part exotic Bali, this resort really wows anyone who enters its grounds. The ambience is extremely laid back and driftwood lamps, beaded African artwork and neutral beachy décor leaves a sense of organic beauty. The luxury accommodation comprises elegant garden view guestrooms to beachfront villas with private pools. Guests can spend their days relaxing beachside or admiring the views from the infinity pool that stretches out over a bluff delivering an unrivalled seascape. On offer are five restaurants to choose from and dining is dedicated to classic Caribbean flavours infused with international provisions shipped in. This includes an extensive global wine list too. When all the fine dining, drinking and swimming get too much, indulge in a treatment at the fully equipped spa and wellness centre.

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CUISINART GOLF RESORT & SPA This ultra cool, Grecian style resort nestled into the crescent at Rendezvous Bay attracts a fashionable crowd who are concerned with fine dining and fine living. Whitewashed suites and villas occupy a beachfront location. Décor is modern and chic with dashes of vibrant colours accenting walls and soft furnishings. The resort is extremely well groomed and guests can relax pool- or beachside while the dedicated staff pass by spritzing cooling water on anyone who needs it. The spa, aptly named Venus,

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offers a diverse range of treatments intent on leaving you feeling like a Greek god/goddess. The dining scene is what attracts most to the shores of CuisinArt though and expertly bridging the flavours of Greece and the Mediterranean with the Caribbean is what has earned this resort its stripes. Expect locally caught seafood such as spiny lobster with flown-in delicacies like foie gras and then pair this with the home grown goods from the onsite hydroponic farm leaving a true taste sensation.

‘MODERN AND CHIC WITH DASHES OF VIBRANT COLOURS ACCENTING WALLS AND SOFT FURNISHINGS’ DON’T MISS Hydroponic Farm Tour: Dr. Howard Resh, the onsite hydroponics specialist, will guide you through the extraordinary Hydroponic Farm to see how chef prepares the delicious fresh cuisine.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL The highlife: Take a day trip over to the nearby glitzy island of St Barths. Spend the day designer shopping, celeb spotting and sipping champagne in one of the high-end harbour-side cafes.

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‘SPECTACULAR CROSSISLAND VIEWS TO THE CARIBBEAN SEA OR THE VERDANT RAINFORESTCOVERED HILLS’

BELLE MONT FARM AT KITTIAN HILLS For a taste of subtle luxury set high in the hills of St Kitts opt for the traditional Belle Mont Farm hotel. Expect nothing less than spectacular cross-island views to the Caribbean Sea or the verdant rainforestcovered hills, private plunge pools and roll top stand-alone baths. This is classic colonial charm at its finest. Each one of the secluded guesthouses or farmhouses has been tastefully designed to ensure it blends into its surroundings. It doesn’t pull focus and the bountiful beauty of the countryside still remains at the forefront. Each day an organic fruit basket is left for you to enjoy while you experience true relaxation away from the rest of the world.

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The dining scene is as you would expect organic with a lot of the

Belle Mont Farm’s healthy

The Beach Bar: Everyone

produce sourced locally and from the resort’s own farm. West Indies

lifestyle: Participate in the daily

loves the beach so head down

is the foremost influence but infused with exotic international flavours.

harvest or hike into a local

to Arthur’s seafood restaurant

The Great House offers views across to the green slopes of Mount

village. Take advantage of Belle

for a cocktail or two – it’s the

Liamuiga; for a sundowner head to The Mill and for a more formal

Mont Farm’s impressive location

hangout for the resort’s local

affair Coco House offers the ultimate foodie experience. The chef will

and explore the surrounding

fishermen who may take you

take you out to the farm in the morning and if you arrive early enough,

countryside.

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OTTLEY’S PLANTATION INN Perched on a hillside 500 metres above the mighty Atlantic Ocean, Ottley’s Plantation Inn is a welcome spot away from the daily grind. Set in over 35 acres of private rainforest at the foot of Mount Liamuiga, this is the ultimate boutique Caribbean hideaway. As you enter the grounds, a reminder of simpler times wafts over as you enjoy a spot of croquet, or a game

unrivalled vistas across the landscape. The

Sunday at the resort. As the staff

of tennis. What was once an old sugar mill has been

pool area is ideal for a pre dinner or late

ensure your glass is always full

renovated into a restaurant, spa and 23 rooms in the

afternoon cocktail and if all gets too much

admire the grounds and the laid-back

plantation house and cottages. The original stone walls

then the Mango Orchard Spa has an

ambience.

remain for part of the facilities and this blend of old and

extensive treatment menu too.

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Culture vulture: After breakfast take the

The dining is unforgettable too; island flavours with

Champagne Brunch: Indulge in a

11am shuttle down to the historic town of

international cuisine is offered while you admire the

decadent Champagne brunch every

Basseterre or to a choice of two beaches.

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NISBET PLANTATION BEACH CLUB

Spa time: Head to the three-room spa set in a charming cottage for total relaxation.

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Tucked away on the north coast of Nevis beside a

Feeling energised? After a few days of total relaxation opt for a guided hike up the infamous and stunningly beautiful Mount Nevis. The vistas from the top are picture perfect.

well-manicured white-sand beach sits the former sugar plantation that has now been converted into the beautiful Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. The character of the property evokes a real sense of days gone by, with its 18th century grand Great House and the ruins of the old Sugar Mill. The resort has a romantic tale to tell too. Legend has it that Horatio Nelson met his wife Fanny Nisbet here.

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new really makes its décor stand out.

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Dining is top notch with different options for each meal. Breakfast at Coconuts is casual and seaside;

The 36 rooms are located within one and two-storey

Sea Breeze offers barefoot dining on the beach for

cottages and surrounded by extensive gardens. Each

lunch and dinner and The Great House hosts colonial

is decorated in calming green tones and features a

afternoon tea daily, as well as fine dining five nights a

traditional Nevis white pyramid roof. It’s an idyllic

week. Dress code ranges from casual to elegant.

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FOUR SEASONS NEVIS This large resort found on the white-sand Pinneys Beach on the sheltered west side of the island offers anyone visiting a good time. With the noted service of the Four Seasons brand, the idyllic location and excellent amenities, this resort is by far the gem of the island. Its central location means that it is ideal for exploring the Dining is across four restaurants with generally

head to and fro from St Kitts. However, you will find it hard

the most popular being Mango, which sits in

Take a trip to visit some of the island’s

to make time to actually leave the resort. Starting with its

the sea serving fresh fish and seafood. The

other residents. The Monkeys. Watch

196 rooms including 17 suites; each one has impressive

others range from more intimate to enjoying a

them in their natural environment

views either out to sea or across to Mount Nevis. The

rum punch as the sun sets.

swinging tree to tree without a care

feel is fun and sporty with a serious number of activities to keep everyone amused including tennis, watersports

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MONKEYING AROUND

stunning island of Nevis, or jumping one of the boats that

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and sailing and the immaculately manicured golf course

Visit the alfresco big screen and enjoy a

boasting some of the best views in the Caribbean to

good old family movie. Popcorn will be

ensure a fun-filled holiday.

served too.

in the world.

DON’T MISS

PARADISE BEACH BOUTIQUE RESORT NEVIS

Sundowners: As the sun sets on the island, make sure you head to the Paradise Beach Bar to grab a rum cocktail to admire the view with.

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Located a matter of steps away from the beach on Nevis’ west coast is the idyllic villa resort of Paradise Beach. This small, but perfectly formed retreat is fronted by a pristine white-sand beach and overlooked by the mighty Mount Nevis. The dining scene is unique; with each villa owning a

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The style of the resort brings a touch of Asia to the island

grand kitchen, professional chefs will come and cook

with its Balinese-inspired villas. Each one has been

right in front of your eyes. So choose your own special

uniquely and intelligently designed to blend meticulously

menu, then sit back and let your Private Chef work their

into the island’s landscape – they come complete with

magic. If you want to get out and explore, the resort’s

a private plunge pool and are surrounded by the lush

concierge can arrange dinner reservations in one of

manicured gardens of the resort.

the nearby world-class restaurants.

Botanical Gardens: To experience true serenity, indulge in a trip to the Botanical Gardens to see a wide range of beautifully manicured gardens showcasing a variety of trees, plants and flowers.


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PETER ISLAND RESORT & SPA For the best in old school classic Caribbean glamour, nowhere does it better than Peter Island Resort & Spa. This highly exclusive private island occupies 1,800 acres of prime real estate in the British Virgin Islands and attracts a host of high profile guests – it is also a top stopping off point for visiting superyachts making use of the full service marina and extensive spa facilities here. The impressive island offers a choice of five charming beaches from The 55 ocean view rooms, suites and villas all offer impressive sea

family fun to Honeymoon Beach – just made for two, plus a whole host

views and various degrees of privacy; they all embody that barefoot

of activities such as watersports, sailing, diving, tennis, snorkelling, hiking

and beachy feel which resonates throughout the resort. It is upmarket but

and off island excursions.

that doesn’t mean it is stuffy – far from it – guests can walk barefoot for

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lunch and relax in their casuals over dinner.

Diving: Peter Island is famed for its diving opportunities. Join the experts on a wreck dive on the famous Wreck of The Rhone and have your dive memories photographed by resident professional photographer Armando Jenik.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Sunset Loop: One of the most awe-inspiring sights in the BVI’s is the sunset. The resort staff will drop you off at the vantage point of The Loop with a platter of cheese and fruit, plus the beverage of your choice to admire the view as the sun sets on another Caribbean day.

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GRENADA, ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES GRENADA, ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES ARE QUIETER THAN THEIR NORTHERN COUSINS. BUT QUIETER DOESN’T MEAN BORING. HOW COULD YOU EVER BE BORED WITH PARADISE? WITNESS NATURE IN ALL ITS UNINTERRUPTED SPLENDOUR AT ST VINCENT, TASTE THE FULL FLAVOUR OF LIFE AT GRENADA OR SET SAIL THROUGH THE 32 ISLANDS OF THE GRENADINES. WHAT’S MORE, WE CAN HELP YOU EXPERIENCE IT ALL.

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UNDISCOVERED ISLANDS – GRENADA, ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES ST VINCENT The island of St Vincent, the main island of the country, is mostly undeveloped. But this means that there is so much more to explore. Nature is left to its own devices. You can explore the verdant forests and hike around the Mount Soufriere volcano. The capital, Kingstown, bustles with most of the island’s activity and trade. Here the market buzzes with life and the smells of fresh fruit, especially bananas. Just north, Fort Charlotte is worth a visit. Its battlements loom over the island and look out to the Grenadines in the distance.

THE GRENADINES Bequia Island may be off the beaten track, but only for land-lubbers. Moor your boat and enjoy a chilled glass of bubbly as you watch the sun set over paradise. Mustique relishes being the millionaires’ playground. While private estates take up most of the island, you can still rub shoulders with celebrities at the only hotel on the island, Cotton House. Take a private holiday to the next level at Palm Island. The whole resort has its own island where you can relax on a private beach or explore it by bicycle.

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UNDISCOVERED ISLANDS – GRENADA, ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES GRENADA It seems you can’t mention Grenada without talking about spice. But the ‘Isle of Spice’ has much more than great nutmeg, cinnamon and cocoa. The Grand Etang National Park has an exhilarating hiking tour with a chance to see monkeys and armadillos among waterfalls and rainforests. As a Caribbean island, of course Grenada’s beaches are like snapshots of heaven. Our favourite is Grand Anse, but Pingouin Beach comes a close second with great snorkelling for those itching to explore the depths. If you can drag yourself away from the beach, you’re sure to find spice, but you’ll also find chocolate. Visit Belmont Estate, a 300-year-old plantation, for a chance to experience cocoa production and even sample the raw product.

TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN GRENADA, ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES 1. Go for a soak in water around 35 degrees at River Sallee Boiling Springs, Grenada. 2. If you aren’t a diver already, you should learn just to swim around the shipwrecks and underwater sculpture park off Grenada’s coast. 3. Hike around La Soufriere, St Vincent’s Volcano, and down to the crater for a mineral mud bath. 4. Sunbathe at multi-coloured beaches – from black to gold, then up to the purest white. Make sure you have a rum cocktail at least once. 5. Explore the reef at Tabago Cays National Park at Mayreau for the chance to swim with turtles.

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‘A RELAXED AMBIENCE EXUDES THROUGHOUT THE RESORT, THE DESIGN IS A MIX OF RETRO WITH MODERN CHIC’’

DON’T MISS: Paddle boarding: One of the most beautiful ways to explore Bequia’s bays is via paddle board. The hotel will happily lend you one, and send you off for an afternoon of exploring.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL St Vincent: Combine your beach holiday at Bequia Beach with a few days exploring the volcanic island of St Vincent. The intimate Grenadine House, housed in the historic Great House, originates from 1765 and is under the same private ownership of Bequia Beach Hotel.

BEQUIA BEACH HOTEL On the relatively untouched island of Bequia and sitting upon one of the Caribbean’s most naturally beautiful beaches at Friendship Bay sits Bequia Beach Hotel. On an island where barefoot beauty is its selling point, this romantic offering really delivers. A relaxed ambience exudes throughout the resort, the design is a mix of retro with modern chic. A range of accommodation options is available starting from smart colonial style rooms to two-bedroom bungalows with private plunge pools. Facilities include two pools and a spa to really aid relaxation. Dinner is served beachside and offers a romantic candlelit atmosphere, perfect for an after supper stroll along the beach. Caribbean and European dining can be found in the numerous local restaurants, there is an incredible choice for such a small island.

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PALM ISLAND RESORT Set among the 32 tropical islands of the Grenadines, Palm Island offers a private island paradise. With only 41 guest rooms an 2 villas, switching off from the outside world is made easy here. Accessible only by boat, your holiday starts as you arrive dockside to the welcoming faces of the staff offering a rum cocktail and escorting you to your suite. Each room has been designed to blend harmoniously with the 135-acre island offering its guests pure, uninterrupted privacy. Spend the days basking on one of five white-sand beaches, wandering the grounds

There is a range of dining options here from the elegant

admiring the native birds and spotting the prehistoric-

Royal Palm restaurant to the feet-in-the sand sunset grill.

looking iguanas that share the island. The option to sail

For a more private arrangement chef will be more than

to the Tobago Cays is also a fantastic day trip.

happy to arrange a romantic picnic lunch on one of the secluded picnic spots or dinner by candlelight on the

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beach beneath the heart shaped tree.

COTTON HOUSE Colonial elegance is offered in the 13-acres of tropical gardens that lead down to Endeavour Bay on the exclusive island of Mustique at the Cotton House. The 17 rooms including nine suites are dotted around the resort and all offer an understated luxury feel with whitewashed walls and teak verandas. The public areas are grand, and mix colonial elegance with country club chic. It also plays host to the island’s rich and famous residents who gather here every Tuesday night for Champagne and canapés. The resort’s facilities allow the stunning views to pull focus from the pool that looks out across the manicured gardens to the spa that overlooks the blue Caribbean Sea. This resort is exclusive and charming.

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UNDISCOVERED ISLANDS – ST VINCENT SPORTS COACHING The Harlequin Sports Academy offers complimentary group coaching sessions to both children and adults. At different times of year celebrity coaches and sportsmen and women make guest appearances and join in with the coaching sessions.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Sail to the Set of The Pirates of the Caribbean: Take a snorkelling trip to the Leeward side of the island to snorkel on the black sands Wallilabou bay.

BUCCAMENT BAY RESORT Set on the shores of the Caribbean interspersed within tropical gardens and under the watchful gaze of lush green rainforestcovered hills, Buccament Bay Resort boasts a stunning array of facilities in an unspoiled environment. This all-inclusive resort is dedicated to offering the entire family a seriously good time. The facilities are quite literally world class with the Harlequin Soccer Academy, Pat Cash Tennis Club and Performing Arts school led by West End calibre dancers. On top of all this, guests can relax by one of the two pools, on the man-made white-sand beach or indulge in a treatment in the dedicated spa. Kids are well looked after too at Little Harlequin’s Kids Club when the adults want to indulge in a cocktail or two at sundown. As the stars come out, the dining options really shine there with its Midwest US steakhouse, sushi bar, fine Indian cuisine and Caribbean delights.

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SPICE ISLAND BEACH RESORT This highly sophisticated but low-key resort, owned and run by Sir Royston Hopkin, is one of the top luxury choices not only in Grenada, but the Caribbean as a whole. It boasts 64 rooms in total with more than half being the super luxe Sea Grape Beach Suites. These sit right on the Grand Anse Beach, with the gentle sea breeze passing directly through them, creating a cool and tranquil ambience.

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Oliver’s Restaurant, located seaside, specialises in

Stroll just a few yards from the luxury of your suite and

excellent Creole and international food as well as

you are walking among lemon, almond and seagrape

vegetarian. Guests have the opportunity to savour

trees. Beyond is the lush natural beauty of the Isle of

authentic local specialties in a fine dining atmosphere,

Spice – Grenada.

while enjoying the very best of Grenada’s calypso, reggae and steel bands.

JANISSA’S SPA Using the spices of the island to their fullest, the spa offers signature treatments using local herbs and spices to reinvigorate and relax all who enter.

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CALABASH HOTEL Located in a sheltered bay on Grenada’s south coast, the ‘all-suite’ Calabash Hotel is renowned for its five-star dining and impeccable service. The 30 elegant suites are arranged around the beautiful gardens and face the Caribbean Sea, some come complete with private pools. The beach is lapped by calm waters, which in turn attracts a bevy of superyachts, which anchor out to sea. This makes for a great people-

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watching spot. The five Calabash Villas are set on a secluded peninsula directly west of the hotel, each

is served by the white powdery sands of L’anse Aux

offering full kitchen facilities, 2 – 5 bedrooms and all

Epines Beach, with tapas also a favourite and served

boasting private pools.

from late morning to late afternoon. Dinner is a special event at Rhodes Restaurant, with menus created

This hotel really does gourmet well – breakfast is

by Gary Rhodes using the island’s best produce,

prepared to order by each suite’s personal maid and

expect Caribbean fusion as you dine by candlelight

served on the guests’ private terrace or balcony. Lunch

overlooking the manicured grounds.

CAPTAIN’S COCKTAILS Meet the manager of the hotel at one of the soirees each week. Mingle with other guests and enjoy a rum cocktail.

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DOMINICA

KNOWN AS THE NATURE ISLAND, DOMINICA IS COVERED FROM COASTLINE TO MOUNTAIN-TOP IN THICK RAINFOREST. WITH ONLY A FEW POSTCARD BEACHES, THE BEAUTY OF DOMINICA LIES WITHIN. THERE ARE OVER 300 MILES OF FOOTPATH, WINDING THROUGH THE FOREST TO HOT SPRINGS, EPIC WATERFALLS AND HIDDEN BLACK-SAND COVES.


UNDISCOVERED ISLANDS – DOMINICA LET LOOSE YOUR SENSE FOR ADVENTURE The epic hikes through mountainous rainforests are not for the faint-hearted. But with the boiling lake at the end of it, the long trek is well worth it. Hot springs and mud pools are a commodity in the Trios Pitons Natural Park. The site of a collapsed volcano, the Park encompasses a number of natural wonders, giving it the status of a UNESCO world heritage site.

EXPERIENCE THE AUTHENTIC CARIBBEAN Spared from the influences of mass tourism, Dominica still holds onto its character. The towns aren’t flashy resorts, but marketplaces buzzing with life. You can sample village life too in the beautifully recreated Kalinago Barana Autê, a traditional village that immortalises Dominica’s native past. And don’t miss the World Creole Music Festival if you stay in October.

CHAMPAGNE DIVING WITH WHALES Dominica may not have many beaches, but it does have beautiful ones. Our favourite beach is Champagne with its unique diving experience. Its bubbly water makes it feel as if you are swimming in champagne, only alongside pretty coloured fish. Where possible, we’ve created holidays close to the beaches so you can experience a whole package. Just make sure you travel further out to sea as Dominica has the best whale watching all year round.

Courtesy of Dominica Tourist Board

TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN DOMINICA 1. Hike through the mountains to find the Boiling Lake. 2. Dabble in some extreme sports, like zip lining, mountain biking, and rock climbing. 3. Take a boat tour to search for sperm whales and in Dominica, you’re almost guaranteed to spot one. 4. Snorkel off the incredible Champagne Reef and feel the bubbles tickling your skin. 5. Visit the vibrant Saturday market of Roseau and buy fresh fruit from the locals. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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UNDISCOVERED ISLANDS – DOMINICA DON’T MISS Sea Turtle nesting: During turtle season (March to November) join resident expert Simon on a guided educational tour of the nesting ground of the Hawksbill Turtle.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Emerald Pool: From the resort, take an easy hike into the rainforest to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Emerald Pool. It is the perfect place for cooling off or a romantic dip.

ROSALIE BAY Set in a lush valley where the Rosalie River meets the Atlantic Ocean sits the eco-boutique hotel Rosalie Bay. With an emphasis on sustainability, wellness and organic goodness, this charming resort embodies tranquillity and peace. Its idyllic location means it is more suited to those seeking a private sanctuary. The resort was constructed over a period of nine years and now features 28 rooms and suites. Electricity is powered by the wind turbines and 300 solar panels at Rosalie Bay Resort and food is grown in the resort’s organic gardens. The entire resort is engulfed in raw natural beauty – a black-sand beach leads to the vibrant blue waters of the ocean on one side, the gentle meandering of the Rosalie River filters through to another and behind sits the Morne Trois Pitons. The riverfront spa utilises nature’s raw ingredients with hot stone massages and mud packs and the Zamaan restaurant blends healthy treats with Caribbean fare.

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Zabuco Bedroom

SECRET BAY Tucked away on the island of Dominica, sits the ultra-luxurious hideaway resort of Secret Bay. With only six sustainable villas and suites guests can enjoy the privacy of this resort but with the reassurances of a well-established hotel. Located upon a clifftop overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Secret Bay embodies a unique geographic location. Offering two sandy beaches, clifftop views, the beautiful Cario River, a spectacular sea cave and two distinct microclimates, getting back to nature is easy here. Relaxation is a big part of the mantra so expect to find meditation corners, cliffside yoga classes and massages to the sound of the waves. The infinity pool and orchid garden are memorable places to just watch the world go by. The dining concept is also unique where the resort staff will come and cook for you twice a day as there is no onsite restaurant - this makes the resort one of the most personlised in the Caribbean.

DON’T MISS Swim the sea cave: Imagine arriving in an emerald green lagoon locked inside a cave. Secret Bay resort staff are happy to accompany you first time as you venture into this slice of paradise.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL: Indian River: Kayak from Secret Bay or take a guided boat ride up this magical river, which leads you deep into the forest, past mangroves and the amazing Bwa Mang trees.

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FRENCH CARIBBEAN

WE HAVE TWO VERY DIFFERENT LOCATIONS FOR A FRENCH CARIBBEAN HOLIDAY. FOR ST-TROPEZ GLAMOUR AND PARISIENNE SOPHISTICATION, ST-BATHELEMY BRINGS THE COTE D’AZUR TO THE CARIBBEAN. OR YOU CAN ESCAPE TO GUADELOUPE, WHICH TRADES TRENDY BARS AND FASHIONISTAS FOR PLUSH RAINFORESTS, MANGROVES AND GORGEOUS, UNTOUCHED BEACHES. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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UNDISCOVERED ISLANDS – FRENCH CARIBBEAN C’EST LA VIE IN ST BARTHELEMY Feel like a starlet fresh from Cannes as you strut your stuff down Gustavia’s shopping district. This exotic piece of France has some of the most exclusive hotels and restaurants in the Caribbean. You could enjoy Michelin star cuisine on a Michelin star beach. St Barths’ very hilly narrow roads aren’t ideal for travel, so we recommend hiring a mini chopper to explore the islands. The island slows down during the peak months of summer and a lot of hotels and shops close. We can help you book in at the right time so you get the full cosmopolitan experience.

GUADELOUPE – THE NEW W&ONDERFUL LOCATION We’re always on the lookout for the best holidays. Guadeloupe is our most recent discovery. Shaped like wings in flight, the mainland is a natural masterpiece with mangrove forests and coral reefs. Without the boost of major tourism, most of Guadeloupe feels undiscovered. Every inch of the island’s tropical forest is covered with wildlife and the oceans burst with colour with schools of bright fishes. While Guadeloupe is new to us, we’ve already fallen in love the archipelago.

TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN THE FRENCH CARIBBEAN 1. Shop until you drop at St Barths. Shops include Louis Vitton, Bulgari, Hermes and Cartier in Gustavia and Saint-Jean. 2. Dive in the crystalline waters in the bays around St Barths, especially Pain de Sucre, an islet off Gustavia Harbour. 3. After sampling the French cuisine in St Barths, make sure you try a hearty Creole stew with a rum cocktail for that Caribbean taste. 4. Visit Fort Napoleon in Guadeloupe. Tours are in French, but you can walk through on your own and still have a great experience. 5. For a secluded swim, trek over to Anse Crawen. Its snorkel experience is second to none (and is a perfect opportunity for a skinny dip).

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LE SERENO

DON’T MISS Spa time: Let time stand still as you indulge in a seaside spa treatment – for true romance ask about the couple’s package.

The exclusive boutique resort of Le Sereno effortlessly blends luxury with simplicity. Sitting upon an 180 metre

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stretch of white-sand coastline, almost all of the 36 rooms and 3 expansive sea facing villas offer

Celeb spotting: Head to the glitzy capital of Gustavia to watch the comings and goings of the super-rich on board some of the largest megayachts in the world. The portside restaurants and bars are all top notch.

Caribbean Sea views. The resort embodies a laid-back luxury ethos, which extends to the staff exceeding your expectations without you realising. On an island famed for its superyacht, celebrity crowd, Le Sereno is a welcome respite away from the masses. The hotel and villas are fashioned by French designer Christian Liaigre, each offering sleek and elegant surroundings. The dining scene here is heavenly, you are never far from the sea whether watching the sunrise at breakfast or enjoying dinner under the stars to the sound

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HOTEL CHRISTOPHER Located near the clear waters of the Caribbean is the Parisienne-inspired Hotel Christopher. The oversized rooms along with the ocean front infinity pool means that you may never need leave the resort. Its feel is uber chic and attracts a cool crowd; watching the sun set on your lounger by the side of the pool, or enjoying a cocktail as you gaze out over the Caribbean Sea is what reality is made of here. There are two dining options and both offer local seafood and catches of the day – the lunch bar is cool and casual whereas dinner requires a little more class.

Ocean Panoramic Suite

DON’T MISS

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Sisley Spa: The waterside spa requires

Go for a walk: Take the rugged

little effort to get to, so make sure you

30-minute hike from Gustavia to

pop in for a pampering session.

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UNDISCOVERED ISLANDS – ST BARTHS DON’T MISS

CHEVAL BLANC – ISLE DE FRANCE

Set in the heart of the maison’s tropical garden, this serene spa offers a huge menu of treatments all designed to suit your needs.

Set on the Flamands Bay, widely regarded as the

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island’s finest, the iconic Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France is home to 40 beautifully appointed rooms, suites and villas, with panoramic beach views or nestled in the lush gardens. The inimitable style of the Maison blends West Indies unpretentious spirit with French charm. Each spacious accommodation is individually-designed with distinctive vintage French fabrics, cool cottons and linens. Savour exquisite locally-inspired French cuisine created The highly personalised service is delivered by a

by Chef Yann Vinsot at La Case de l’Isle restaurant

passionate team, impeccably dressed in pale pinks,

overlooking the pool and the ocean or at La Cabane

inspired by the fabled glamour of St Barths in the

de l’Isle for a feet-in-the-sand lunch or a private dinner.

Private picnic: The resort staff’s intimate knowledge of St Barths means that they can whisk you off for a gourmet picnic on a deserted island beach. Chef will pack your basket and then arrange for you to be in total isolation as you dine barefoot in the sand.

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1960’s.

EDEN ROCK A real institution in St Barths is the world famous Eden Rock. Being the first luxury hotel to be built on the island, this resort enjoyed a star-studded list of inhabitants including Greta Garbo and Howard Hughes. Today, the intimate resort, part of Oetker Collection, sits atop a rocky outcrop bordered by a white coral sand beach. The resort’s feel is cool and luxurious and the 34 guestrooms and villas sit nestled into the rockface, on the

LIVE LIKE A ROCK STAR One of the world’s greatest beach

Colombier cruise: This stunning white

houses, Villa Rockstar boasts a setting

sand beach is only accessible via boat,

Dining is an upscale affair here and people flock from

and luxuries any rockstar would envy

so join the superyacht crowd and spend

all over the island plus others to grab a table at either

including its own state of the art

the day basking in this glorious setting

the beachy Sand Bar or the more formal On the Rocks.

recording studio, The Glen Afrric whisky

as the resort staff ensure you have

Expect stunning views, exquisite cocktails and a fusion

bar, gym, private pool, butler and

everything you need for this luxurious

menu using only the freshest of ingredients.

personal staff and a choice off cars in

day out.

beach or in the pleasant manicured gardens.

your Rockstar garage!!!

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MAHOGANY HOTEL RESIDENCE & SPA Tucked between lush manicured gardens and the rolling waves of the sea sits the Mahogany Hotel Residence & Spa. Ideal for feature holidays, here you can do as much or as little as you wish. The resort has several programmes in which you can holiday, where included in your stay is an exhilarating

Accommodation is set across the resort

resort are a beautiful swimming pool,

sea scooter island tour launching right off the beach to

ranging from seafront to garden view.

watersport options, a spa and fitness

spa and wellness breaks dedicated to utter relaxation.

All rooms and suites are extremely

centre and several restaurants and bars

You set the pace here.

roomy making them perfect for family

offering signature cocktails, local and

stays. Other activities included at the

international cuisine.

LA CRÉOLE BEACH HOTEL & SPA The sister hotel to Mahogany Hotel Residentia & Spa, La Créole occupies an envious location on Guadeloupe. Sat among the natural fauna of hibiscus, palm trees and bougainvillea and along a stretch of pristine white sand beach, guests come here to escape the daily grind. There are 211 rooms and suites dotted around the resort offering garden or sea views and are all designed with space and relaxation in mind. Again, all rooms work extremely well for families with children.

DON’T MISS Spa secrets: Indulge in a treatment at the onsite spa. The qualified masseuse performs relaxation rituals all in a serene wooded therapy room.

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Salon duplex

tailor make your holiday; from an intense water fun

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Go for a dip: Head to the Cascade aux Ecrevisses for a refreshing dip. This 10 metre high waterfall is situated in the National Park of Guadeloupe and your resort staff will be only too happy to organise a guided tour.

The two restaurants on the resort promote social interaction and offer a menu fusing Créole and western in one. Room service is also offered during meal times too for when a little extra privacy is required.

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LANGLEY RESORT FORT ROYAL Set in a tropical paradise filled with orange, lemon and grapefruit trees, is the traditional 1927 colonial house. This resort has a loving family-run edge to it that really engulfs each guest as they arrive. The nine rooms of the property are in either the colonial house or in individual style cottages, whichever option you choose be assured you will have the feeling of getting back to nature without compromising on luxury.

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Dining is in the main house offering Each cottage is well equipped for family stays with

views of the lush green landscape and

Head out to Grande-Terre where a

dedicated kids rooms adjoining the property. Adults

offers a blend of local produce ranging

domain of white-sand beaches, with

can opt for a romantic honeymoon break too and

from vegetables, fruits, seafood and

crystal clear waters protected by Coral

enjoy the privacy this resort also offers.

meats. Once a week enjoy the picnic in

reefs await.

the Jardin Malanga where an epicurean

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delight awaits in the grounds.

DON’T MISS

LE JARDIN MALANGA HOTEL

A musical spectacular at the Beach Bar – keep an eye out for live music at the beach bar – usually island inspired, this makes for a fun evening under the stars.

Located on the idyllic coastline at Deshaies, this large resort offers exceptional beaches, stunning raw landscapes and multiple activates for a fun family holiday dedicated to the great outdoors. With 133 rooms, seven suites and 82 bungalows, whatever’s on your criteria for a holiday, you will be well catered for. Couples can escape for alone time and families can stay together in large accommodation. The many activities on offer here keep everyone

The two restaurants offer a laid back vibe at the Beach

entertained from the nautical club for sailing

bar where signature cocktails are created and enjoyed

enthusiasts to tennis courts, biking, beach volleyball

as the sun goes down or the Restaurant Le Royal, for

and so much more.

magnificent views across the Caribbean Sea, serving Créole delights.

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ISLAND HOPPING

ISLAND HOPPING Our undiscovered islands collection are best explored by hopping from one island to the next. Whether you use Antigua or Barbados as a gateway or St Maarten in the French Caribbean, these islands are well connected with frequent inter-island flights and a network of local ferries. DOMINICA & GUADELOUPE Combine Dominica with Guadeloupe to see nature and beauty in its rawest form. Spend days on the nature Isle of Dominica exploring the walking trails, hot mud pools and Champagne Reef, then relax on the undeveloped hidden beaches or in a jungle retreat in Guadeloupe. GUADELOUPE & ST BARTHS Two very different sides of the French Caribbean. We suggest a few days exploring the beaches, reefs and tropical forests of Guadeloupe before popping over to the St Tropez of the Caribbean and enjoy exclusive hotels, fine dining and celebrity spotting in St Barths.

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JAMAICA

THINK OF JAMAICA AND YOU THINK OF SIZZLING JERK CHICKEN, REGGAE BEATS AND THE LAID-BACK RASTA WAY OF LIFE. BEYOND THOSE TYPICAL IMAGES ARE IDYLLIC BEACHES, BEAUTIFUL BLUE MOUNTAINS AND A JUMPING STREET LIFE. WE NEVER FORGET THAT BENEATH ALL THE GREEN, YELLOW AND BLACK MEMORABILIA, JAMAICA IS A PARADISE Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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JAMAICA BLUE LAGOONS & BLUE MOUNTAINS Where else can you find lagoons that glow at night and the best coffee ever grown on a misty mountain? Nature still takes pride of place in Jamaica. If you want to see the countryside, why not see it on horseback? You can even ride bareback along the beach. Jamaica has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean – especially Long Beach in Negril with its uninterrupted stretch of white sand.

CULTURE & CREATIVITY IN ABUNDANCE It’s almost impossible to escape Bob Marley’s presence. Whether you’re relaxing at the beach with a cocktail or exploring the busy streets of Kingston, his reggae soundtrack will follow you. Jamaica has inspired more than its fill of great artists, and not just musicians. Visit Ian Fleming’s estate, Goldeneye, where he penned many of James Bond’s missions.

LIFE IN JAMMIN’ JAMAICA The party never ends in Jamaica and as one of the most musically influential nations, there’s always an opportunity to dance your sandals off. But most of the time, the easy-going atmosphere that makes up Jamaica’s charm will have you chillin’ on one of the sleepy beaches. Jamaican cuisine is diverse, but our favourite dishes include Jamaican patties, jerk meat and fish or curry goat.

TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN JAMAICA 1. Visit Rose Hall Great House, a restored 1770 plantation home. 2. Explore the large system of interconnecting limestone caves at Cave Valley. 3. Glide down Martha Brae River on a bamboo raft. 4. Horseback ride through scenic countryside and even bareback ride in the sea. 5. Visit the glistening waters of luminous lagoon at Glistening Waters, one of the best areas in the world to experience bioluminescence.

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NEGRIL

MONTEGO BAY

OCHO RIOS

BLUE MOUNTAINS

With stunning white-sand beaches

Our most popular location,

With humble beginnings as

Bathed in mist, these magnificent

and a relaxed way of life, Negril

Montego Bay, has more

a fishing village, Ocho Rios

mountains appear blue from the

has become a popular resort.

spectacular beaches, buzzing bars

now ushers in tourists from their

coast. Come closer and you’ll

The miles of beach are ideal for

and tasty cuisine than you can

cruise-ships. Around from the

find a natural Eden, covered in

snorkelling, and with bars dotted

shake a chicken drumstick at. With

harbour, Ocho Rios boasts

plush forest that stirs with wildlife.

along the stretch of sand, you

elegant resorts lining up along the

beaches of varying sizes. Each

Whether you stay in a mountain

can relax with a beer after a

picturesque coastline, there’s lots

has the classic white sands that

retreat or take the trip up the

long swim.

of choice when it comes to hotels.

we love about Jamaica.

slopes, you’ll always find peace

We love the Jamaican food,

Live like Jackie O at Round Hill or

For something different to relaxing

on top of Blue Mountain Peak.

but where you eat it makes all

fill your days with romance at an

the difference. Why not have

adults only hotel.

a plate of Jerk Chicken and a

at the resort, you can admire the

On a clear day, you can even see

cascades of glittering water at

Cuba in the distance.

Whatever your choice of holiday,

Dunns’ River Falls. Trek around

Find total bliss at a mountain spa

beer along the shore. There are

we can find somewhere for you at

the twisting mountain trails for

as you look over the misty valleys.

traditional cafes and trendy bars

Montego Bay. Take a day out of

great birdwatching and a day

Or sit back with an invigorating

where you can cool off at a pool

your busy schedule of sunbathing

of adventure. Once you’ve

cup of Blue Mountain coffee after

with a drink. Watching the local

to enjoy a round of golf at one of

finished hiking, you can enjoy

walking through the famous coffee

thrillseekers diving off the 100m

the world-class golf courses. Or

a cold drink at the beach where

plantations.

cliffs will keep you entertained

taste fine dining with a stunning

the waters settle.

while you dine.

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JAMAICA DON’T MISS Friday Jamaica Night: Every week head to the Seaside Terrace to enjoy a feast and celebration of Jamaican food and rum all to the sound track of steel drums. Be entertained with dancing, fire eating and authentic entertainment. It is a night to remember.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Dune Buggy Safari: For a muddy day out, jump a dune buggy and head off into the mountains and tropical landscape. It is a great action-packed adventurous day out for all the family.

Luxury 3 Bedroom Villa

ROUND HILL HOTEL & VILLAS Once upon a time, a colony of cottages was built to attract the elite and glamorous down to Jamaica. The socialites of New York to Hollywood saw the attraction and bought in. As the resort grew, the same elite service is offered but now as an elegant and family-friendly resort. The 110-private enclave offers a traditional Caribbean holiday laced with the warm Jamaican hospitality. There are 36 luxury rooms in the Pineapple House, all ocean front and designed by Ralph Lauren. Additionally, there are 27 villas, many with pools and all complete with dedicated staff, affording the ultimate in-resort villa experience.

bottom boat rides and a whole host of other sporting amenities to keep all family members entertained. If you just wish to lay back and relax,

Children are at the heart of the resort and guests often comment

head for the adult only area at the oceanfront spa where you can indulge

on how quickly the staff learns each name. Families can enjoy the

in a range of wellness treatments enjoy the gym and new yoga pavilion

complimentary Pineapple kids club where children are free to roam

or laze in a hammock under the shade of the trees.

the safe grounds under the supervision of expertly trained staff to create an active and imaginative holiday.

The dining options range from laid back beach food to island-style elegance for the evening meal, or early bird menus and dining are

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Activities on land and water abound, with five tennis courts an on-site

available for those with younger children. A cocktail bar is offered after

tennis pro, the nearby Tyrall Golf Club, kayaks, pedal boats, glass

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HILTON ROSE HALL Set directly on the Caribbean Sea, Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa is situated along the beautiful shores of Montego Bay, on what was once the site of an 18th century sugar plantation. Discover the pleasures of this island retreat, as you immerse yourself in the warm hospitality and irresistible charm of Jamaica. This family hotel has its own 1,800 square foot private beach and children can play within the Sugar Mills Water Park with its lazy river and 280 foot water slide perfect for adult fun too!

Garden View Room

The rooms are decorated in comfortable and contemporary colours

course boasting some of the most spectacular views on the island. While

with spectacular views. The amenities are what really attract though; the

the kids are playing, enjoy a beachside massage or treatment in the full

resort includes a watersports centre, which offers kayaking, windsurfing

service spa. The five restaurants offering casual through to more elegant

and sailing, Cinnamon Hill Golf Course is a challenging, championship

dining will keep the taste buds tingling throughout your stay. Nightly entertainment under the stars is the perfect way to round off an evening.

DON’T MISS Water fun: Spend a day on the beach to enjoy Jamaica’s natural wonder, The Caribbean Sea. Guests are invited to borrow snorkel gear and kayaks to explore at their leisure.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Dunn’s River Falls: Take a trip to one of Jamaica’s most famous sights. The Falls offer the chance to swim, ride tubes or climb. It’s a fun filled day out for all the family.

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‘UNDERSTATED LUXURY IN A PRIVATE SETTING’

DON’T MISS Dance the night away: A local band comes and serenades Jamaica Inn’s guests as they dine by candlelight under the stars. This is a highlight for many looking to ignite that romantic vibe.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Blue Hole: Take a tour to the cascading waterfalls at the Blue Hole. Set in the hills of Ocho Rios, this blue lagoon is deep enough to dive from the rocks or if you wish jump in from the sides and allow the cooling waters to erase the stresses of everyday life.

JAMAICA INN Capturing Caribbean elegance in its beautiful colonial style, Jamaica Inn has been wowing its guests since the 1950s. Owning just 52 suites and cottages, this boutique resort caters for those looking for understated luxury in a private setting. The resort is pitched in a moon-shaped bay lapped by the Caribbean Sea, the sights and sounds are further enhanced by the fragrant manicured gardens attracting over 30 different species of birds. The service is unpretentious yet nothing is too much trouble for the local staff. The cuisine is also remarkable with options to dine alfresco by candlelight, enjoy cocktails and afternoon tea on the terrace and lunch with your feet in the sand at the beach bar. To make the most of your suite, the staff can arrange a romantic in-room dining experience too.

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ISLAND OUTPOSTS Island Outposts operates a signature collection of boutique, individual hotels. These resorts are chosen due to unique character and commitment to luxury service. The three properties each have a story to tell which will enhance your stay in Jamaica. GoldenEye located on the northern shores of Jamaica offers a 52-acre serene paradise. It was where Ian Fleming wrote all 14 James Bond novels. Accommodation is spread out across a pretty cove offering a white sand beach and turquoise waters. Beach Cottage View, GoldenEye

Attached is the luxurious private Fleming Villa. This is likened to a private island. The villa features three bedrooms and two standalone cottages plus guests can use the facilities at nearby GoldenEye. A private beach,

overlooking different views across the valley. The infinity pool sits

private pool, a tropical garden plus your own butler, cook and maid wait

proud offering panoramas over the cliff edge and down towards the

for you at this stunning villa.

Caribbean Sea.

Strawberry Hill, set high in the Blue Mountains is the ultimate hideaway

A series of coral stairways, grottos and caves forms the stunning The

resort. The design process has been carefully thought out with each

Caves. Set in 10-acres, this unique resort offers twelve exclusive cliff-

individual cottage tucked into the hillside with a private veranda

dwelling cottages bordered by the blue Caribbean Sea.

The Caves

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THE BAHAMAS

KNOWN AS THE FIRST ISLANDS CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS DISCOVERED ON HIS HISTORIC VOYAGE, THE BAHAMAS ARE THE DREAM VISION OF A NEW WORLD. DIVE DOWN BLUE HOLES, FIND A PRIVATE ISLAND WITH NO ONE ELSE IN SIGHT, DANCE AT THE RHYTHM OF THE JUNKANOO AND TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH MUSEUMS AND HISTORICAL SITES APLENTY. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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THE BAHAMAS BEACHES, BEACHES & MORE BEACHES Sun, sea and saucy streetlife, these islands turn dreams into reality as paradise is found on every island. With 16 main islands and a myriad of cays, the sprawling Bahamas has beaches in abundance. So it’s easy to find a piece of paradise all to yourself. Sugary white beaches, seashell decorated bays, pink sands, gold sands and beaches that invite you to saddle up a horse and ride along the shore.

CELEBRATE LIFE & MUSIC WITH THE LOCALS Whatever the occasion, there’s bound to be a party somewhere in the islands. Junkanoo throws carnival atmosphere, Goombay drums and every colour under the sun into a marching fiesta through the streets. Or you can take to the beaches in Grand Bahama in July where every Friday, the Goombay Summer Festival takes over the peaceful shore with thumping local music, fresh food to eat and authentic arts and crafts to buy.

CHARTER YOUR OWN ADVENTURE There’s more than enough to explore. Almost too much, in fact. Our experts have scoured and explored every island to find the ultimate beach adventure. If you want to scuba around the black-coral gardens of Bimini or visit the blue holes of Andros, we can arrange transfers and accommodation. And if you want to mix up the Bahamas with the USA, you can even party in Miami or sight-see in New York.

TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN THE BAHAMAS 1. Enjoy local fresh fish or the local delicacy of conch salad at the weekly Fish Fry at Smith’s Point on Grand Bahama. 2. Make sure you take a powerboat trip to The Exumas for the day 3. Take the bites and booze avenue tour that takes you around three of Nassau’s finest bars to bite on tasty appetisers and rum cocktails 4. Visit the historic home of a famous pirate, Captain John Howard Graysmith, Graycliff Hotel. Here you can enjoy cigar rolling lessons and rum tastings. 5. If staying on Harbour Island, wake early and take a morning stroll at sunrise on Pink Sands Beach. You will catch the best time for witnessing the pink hues in the sands. 132


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GRAND BAHAMA

The Bahamian capital is a riot of colour. Even the government

The laid-back alternative to Nassau, Grand Bahama has a mix of

buildings have been treated to a lick of pink paint. Multi-coloured

history and ecological attractions, including hiking and kayaking.

houses, museums, restaurants and laid-back bars all cram together

The quiet beaches only make up some of its charm. With mangrove

in the jigsaw puzzle city. But this tropical metropolis still has space

forest, sea caves, world-class diving spots and bone-fishing, this island

for some fantastic beaches such as Cable Beach, home to the lavish

always has something new to do up its 96-mile long sleeve.

luxury of Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort. Swashbuckling feels like a national pastime as you take a tour around the Pirates of Nassau museum. You can even see how pirates lived – in luxury. Captain Graysmith’s house, now the Graycliff Hotel, has a cigar company, a dungeon packed with 275,000 bottles of wine and a five star restaurant with a wine list that’s 106 pages long.

PARADISE ISLAND Paradise Island lives up to its name. Off shore of Nassau, you can find the uninterrupted beach that rings the island. Be pampered in paradise at one of the island’s many resorts, such as Atlantis or One&Only Ocean Club. Lay back and watch the vibrant ocean lap the white sands, have a massage, then a cold glass of sparkling wine. After your spell of relaxation, fuel your nights with excitement at the clubs and casinos, or head down the road to Nassau for some Goombay and Scrape & Rake music.

OUT ISLANDS To really experience The Bahamas, you must visit the Out Islands.

sun on white-sand beaches, have a dip in the warm ocean or experience

Sailing to all 16 main islands and a myriad of cays might be tricky,

the exhilarating dive at Devil’s Backbone, a shallow, ragged reef where

but we can take you to our favourites. They each have their own

there are shipwrecks.

charm and character, so whichever island you explore, you’ll find

On the other side of the coin, you have the trendy neighbour, Harbour

something special. ANDROS Andros has more than enough to sate your appetite for nature. It’s the biggest island in The Bahamas and its mangrove swamps are hardly touched by human influence. Andros has a special place in the diving world with its vertical caves, blue holes, both inland and offshore. It also has the third largest fringing barrier reef in the world, plunging 6,000 feet into the sea.

Island, also known as Briland. The tiny piece of Eden draws in rich residents with its boutiques, five star cuisine and laid-back pace of life. It’s a bit bonkers too, with millionaires and locals zipping along the streets in golf carts, the vehicle of choice. THE EXUMAS Let out your inner Robinson Crusoe and find the desert island dream that you’ve always wanted. But there’s no need for solitude with Great Exuma’s lively bar scene and beach resorts that take luxury to a whole

But you don’t need to be a qualified diver to enjoy Andros’s natural

new level of bliss.

splendour. Hike through the forests for birdwatching, grab a kayak

With over 300 cays making up The Exumas, there’s more beaches than

to tour the shores or relax at one of Andros’s breathtaking beaches. ELEUTHERA & HARBOUR ISLAND This pair of islands is like two sides of a coin. On one side, you have

there are hotels, so you’re more than likely to find your own beach. However, you may find a beach already taken over by pigs, as is the case of the cuteness-overload on the nicknamed Pig island.

Eleuthera, a getaway for those after pure beach relaxation. Soak up the

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THE BAHAMAS DON’T MISS Marine Habitat: Atlantis boasts a marine area covering 14 lagoons with over 50,000 aquatic animals. Feed the turtles, shoot past reef and nurse sharks in a transparent tube in the Mayan Temple Shark Lagoon or snorkel with over 20,000 deep reef fish.

WHAT’S INCLUDED As a guest of Atlantis you have complimentary access to Aquaventures 141 acre waterspace, in-room wi-fi, access to the fitness centre for two guests per room, access to the Atlantis Movie Theatre, Casino lessons and resort shuttle service.

THE ATLANTIS PARADISE ISLAND When visiting The Bahamas, one mega-resort comes to mind. Spanning Paradise Island, Atlantis Paradise Island is a Bahamian Eden dedicated to plunging its guests into a world free of cares. With six different hotel categories, ranging from family fun to adult cool, numerous different dining options plus golf course, casino, waterparks, fitness centre, spa, shopping… the list is endless, there is always a reason to keep returning to the world of Atlantis.

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The Cove is a contemporary masterpiece dedicated mainly to

The Reef Atlantis caters for families with luxurious residential-style

adult fun. The vibe is Miami-cool with its adult-only pool. It sits

studio-, one- and two- bedroom suites. This evokes enough private

back from Atlantis’s other entities offering a more private and

time where families can be together – whether cooking or just relaxing

luxurious feel, yet still close enough to benefit from the other

in the room but also offers the amazing benefits of the wider offerings

amenities. The all-suite accommodation is perfect for a group

of Atlantis. There is a semi-private pool too and the added bonus of

of friends or romantic escape for two.

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GRAND LUCAYAN Expertly fusing modern day luxuries with a true Bahamian ethos, Grand Lucayan invites guests to leave the outside world and step into life Bahamian-style. This means getting on island time and soaking up what nature has lain out in front of you. Enjoy swaying palms, gin-clear waters, gentle breezes and sandy feet. The accommodation ranges from rooms to suites all offering stunning marina, island or sea views. The beach is right on its heels offering a place to relax to the sound of the waves. If you crave a little more action then look no further than the tennis courts, spa, sailing opportunities and golf course.

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DON’T MISS A flutter in the Casino: For adult-only fun, try your hand at the casino to really get the heart pumping. It is The Bahamas so it is still quite a relaxed affair however the range of games open 24 hours coupled with nightly cabaret really ups the pace.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Saddle up: Just ten minutes from the hotel is the renowned Pine Tree Stables offering morning rides along the beach. Nothing could be more romantic than a trot along the beach at sunset.

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BAHAMAS DON’T MISS Sunset cocktails: Make sure you make some time to admire the mesmerising Bahamian sunsets at the resort’s Point Bar

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Harbour Island: Take a trip to idyllic and charming nearby Harbour Island. Often likened to New England due to the picture perfect architecture.

THE COVE ELEUTHERA A stunning combination of urban chic meets island charm is what is to be found at The Cove Eleuthera. The intimate resort is nestled between two private sand beaches on Eleuthera Island and has come to be known as quite an institution in The Bahamas. The 57-room boutique resort features only the finest quality amenities including 500-thread cotton linens, iPod docking stations plus a 110-foot infinity pool, restaurant and sushi bar. For a romantic escape this little island is the perfect retreat. An emphasis is put on relaxation and therefore you can spend your days admiring the views from the hilltop pool, lazing on the beach or snorkelling and paddle boarding in the turquoise waters. To explore the island further rent jeeps or take to the waters on a private yacht.

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ISLAND HOPPING

ISLAND HOPPING & USA CITY BREAK COMBINATIONS ISLAND HOPPING Explore The Bahamas in depth by combining more than one island. Nassau is the country‘s main gateway and most visited island, it also acts as a major hub to connect with the Out Islands of The Bahamas. Island hop between Nassau and Grand Bahama, or head over to the Pink Sands of Harbour Island. With so many islands to visit the number of combinations is endless, which draws you back time and time again to explore a different piece of this paradise each visit. USA & BAHAMAS The Bahamas’ proximity to east coast USA makes it the perfect city & beach combination. Direct flights operate between New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Washington and Orlando with Nassau, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera or Exuma. One moment you could be cruising down Ocean Drive in South Beach Miami in a convertible, the next you could be swimming with pigs at Pig Beach. Sail around the Venice of Florida on a paddle steamer in Fort Lauderdale and then stroll along Pink Sand beach on Harbour Island. Courtesy of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

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COMPARED WITH ITS MORE RENOWNED NEIGHBOURS, TURKS & CAICOS ARE MORE THAN A MATCH WHEN IT COMES TO NATURAL BEAUTY. THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT WORKS TIRELESSLY IN KEEPING THE ISLANDS AS UNSPOILT AS POSSIBLE. ONLY EIGHT OF THE ISLANDS ARE INHABITED, LEAVING A VAST VIRGIN PARADISE RIPE FOR EXPLORING. AND THESE ISLANDS ARE HOME TO THE BEST BEACH IN THE WORLD, GRACE BAY. Call us on 020 7666 1206 | www.westernoriental.com

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TURKS & CAICOS OFF THE WHITE-SAND SHORES, THE LEGENDARY MARINE LIFE MAKES THIS ARCHIPELAGO NATION A TOP SPOT FOR DIVING AND SNORKELLING. AND IF YOU MISS CIVILISATION, YOU CAN STILL FIND PLENTY OF LIFE ON PROVIDENCIALES AND GRAND TURK.

DISCOVER NATURE IN ITS PUREST FORM Walk along Chalk Sound National Park and gaze at the stunning islets that look as if they’re floating on the turquoise sea. Or take a boat further out during the Humpback Whale season and see one of these majestic animals basking in the warm ocean. So much of Turks and Caicos has been left untouched, thanks to its government who are dedicated to protecting its natural beauty.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES IN THE WORLD Many destinations in the Caribbean boast the title of ‘best beach’, but in Turks and Caicos, it’s not an empty bluff. Having won the top spot on the Travellers’ Choice Best Beach several years in a row, Grace Bay is the Best Beach in the World, capital letters and all. But in Turks and Caicos, stunning beaches are just on the surface. It is the best spot for snorkelling. You’ll pinch yourself as you swim through marine life that makes you feel as if you’re living a David Attenborough documentary.

ENJOY THE PROVIDENCIAL LIFE IN PROVIDENCIALES The most-lively island might feel like Tokyo compared to the surrounding desert islands, but it’s really just a fishing town. It’s a laid-back place, but not everywhere is low key, like our favourite haunt, Calico Jack, a pirate-themed bar. If you’re after something more refined, there’s a select smattering of five-star restaurants with unspoilt views of the picture-perfect ocean.

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TURKS & CAICOS TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN TURKS & CAICOS 1. Pay a visit to ‘Iguana Island’ (aka Little Water Cay), home to the islands’ last remaining population of endangered rock iguanas protected by Turks and Caicos National Trust. 2. You simply must spend time at the irresistibly beautiful Grace Bay on Providenciales (named the World’s Leading Beach several years running in the World Travel Awards). 3. Visit the Turks & Caicos national museum in the islands’ charming capital, Cockburn Town, for the opportunity to dig into the culture and history of these unique islands. 4. Take a tour on the Undersea Explorer Semi Submarine, glass bottom underwater observatory. It is a great way to view several different sections of the vibrant reef and its resident marine life. 5. Explore the islands by boat and spend the time either sport fishing, bone fishing and bottom fishing. Several restaurants will even cook your catch for you at the end of the day!

Images kindly supplied by TCI Tourist Board

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TURKS & CAICOS DON’T MISS Kayaking: The Turks & Caicos boasts an incredible coastline so take a trip out in the kayaks to explore the coves, mangroves and hidden beaches.

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL Flamingo Pond Nature Reserve: Visit a large sanctuary of West Indian Flamingos on a nearby island.

PARROT CAY BY COMO Set on its own private paradise island, Parrot Cay by COMO is the quintessential desert island break. Boasting 70 rooms and villas to rent, it is the honeymooning choice of the Hollywood elite. With one mile of unspoiled pristine beach and that effortlessly chic signature COMO ambience this resort is a really special place. The décor is Colonial Caribbean meets yacht club with plantation shutters and whitewashed panels lining the suites, wide verandas and white flowing drapes. All set amidst a 1,000-acre, Robinson Crusoe-esque island.

COMO Suite

The infinity pool wows and the dining options are set to impress. Whether it is a casual seafood lunch or a private on-beach soiree lit by candlelight expect anything from Mediterranean-inspired delicacies to Asian fusion. Try a variety of exclusive treatments at the COMO Shambala Retreat including Balinese, Shiatsu, Swedish or Tui’na massage carried out by hand picked therapists; or participate in the complimentary yoga and pilates classes overlooking the lagoon.

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GANSEVOORT TURKS + CAICOS A WYMARA RESORT Nestled in Grace Bay Beach on the northern crescent of the Turks & Caicos sits the boutique Gansevoort Turks + Caicos, A Wymara Resort. Each of the 91 guestrooms exudes a sensual island vibe with chic décor and Caribbean style. Perfect for a romantic hideaway. The resort sits adjacent to the lagoon-like waters of the Caribbean on a pristine white sand beach; its cool linens and chiffon drapes is reminiscent of the chill-out

One Bedroom Terrace Suite

DON’T MISS

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL

beach clubs of the Mediterranean. Dining can be barefoot

The underwater world: About a ten

Coast surfing: Jump on a boat to explore

and beachy or the hotel staff will be happy to arrange

minute walk along the beach sits a

the region. Stop at Iguana Island, while

a more romantic affair. The spa has serenity at its heart

pristine coral reef. Borrow some snorkel

your host prepares a fresh conch salad

and is known for its ritual treatments too so relaxation and

gear and head out to explore.

from conch caught during the excursion.

together time are truly what make Gansevoort Turks +

Complete with complimentary Rum

Caicos, A Wymara Resort a holiday never to be forgotten.

Punch, wine, and local craft beer.

CITY & BEACH

THE SANDS AT GRACE BAY

With Turks & Caicos being only 80 minutes by air from Miami, The Sands at Grace Bay makes for the perfect choice to combine city life with beach life.

Often regarded as one of the best all-suite hotels in

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swimming pool complete with private pool pods, white

OUTSIDE THE HOTEL

the Caribbean, The Sands at Grace Bay is an ideal hideaway for a romantic break. The resort has an intimate feel yet boasts the service and luxury of a larger hotel. Found on the idyllic Grace Bay, often voted one of the top beaches in the world, The Sands makes the most of its location with complimentary beach and nonmotorised watersports. Dining at the resort restaurant Hemingway’s is a lovely A day at the resort will include a dip in one of the

affair whether it is to watch the sun rise in the morning,

pools, an alfresco lunch followed by a trip to the spa.

a laid-back lunch or a chic sundowner as dusk sets in.

Relaxation is the key to this seaside boutique resort. Try

Chef enjoys experimenting with different flavours so

the his ‘n‘ her treatment at Spa Tropique to really kick

expect juicy seafood salads, freshly caught fish of the

start your romantic break

day and other tropical tastes.

Glow worm tours: Every month for one or two nights following the full moon, millions of glow worms come together to emit unearthly green flashes of light that are visible from the surface of the water. Take a sunset cruise to see this remarkable sight.

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AIRLINES OUR HOLIDAYS ARE TAILOR-MADE RIGHT DOWN TO THE FLIGHTS. YOU CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO TRAVEL AND WE’LL MAKE IT HAPPEN. WHETHER FIRST OR ECONOMY, YOU’LL ALWAYS FLY IN STYLE.

BRITISH AIRWAYS Get your holiday off to a flying start with one of the world’s top airlines. Our long-standing relationship with British Airways means we can offer you benefits such as low-cost upgrades. Fly straight to your holiday The last thing you want to do is spend more time than you need getting to your perfect holiday. British Airways take you directly to Antigua, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Grenada, St Kitts, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Cancun, The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos. And for island hoppers, British Airways connects with a comprehensive schedule of flights to our undiscovered island collection. Travel the way you want to First brings you comfort and refined service. Travel in seclusion in the sky and dine a la carte. Club World includes faster check-in, much more room the best in local and international cuisine. You can also enjoy special treatment in the Club Lounge. World Traveller Plus provides a separate and quieter cabin. Spread out with an additional seven inches of space and a complimentary three-course meal.

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VIRGIN ATLANTIC For over 30 years, Virgin Atlantic has been one of the world’s favourite long haul airlines. They’re certainly one of ours. We recommend making the most of their world-famous service when crossing the Atlantic. Travel from London or Manchester Virgin Atlantic flies direct from Gatwick to the Caribbean, including Antigua, Barbados, Cuba, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Cancun. There are also direct flights from Manchester to Barbados. Travel to paradise with Virgin Atlantic Upper Class treats you from door to door. You’ll be picked up in a chauffeur driven car, whisked through a Drive Thru Check In Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy

and taken to the incredible Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse. The flight’s pretty good too.* Premium Economy makes flying even more enjoyable. Enjoy dedicated check-in and priority boarding. There’s more space to relax, as your purple leather seat is one of the biggest in its class. Even Economy is fun with Virgin Atlantic. The atmosphere on board makes for an easy journey from start to finish – and all for a great price. *Complimentary chauffeur service and drive through check-in available on full published fares and some discounted fares only.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS These Booking Conditions together with the general information set out above form the basis of your contract with Western & Oriental, a brand of ITC Luxury Travel Group Limited of Concorde House, Canal Street, Chester, UK. CH1 4EJ company registration number 8687765 (“the Company”, “we”, “us” and “our”). They only apply to holiday arrangements which you book with us in the UK and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these booking conditions to “holiday”, “booking”, “contract”, “package”, “tour” or “arrangements” mean such holiday arrangements unless otherwise stated. In these Booking Conditions, “you” and “your” means all persons named on the booking (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date) or any of them as the context requires. Please note that the booking of villas, cruises and yachts are governed by separate Booking Conditions and will be supplied at the time of booking or on request. The Booking Conditions describe your obligations to the Company and the obligations of the Company to you. Please read them carefully. 1. YOUR RESERVATION To make your reservation, please call us and one of our expert Travel Specialists will provide you with first hand information on your chosen destination. You must then confirm your booking, either: • By telephone - your Travel Specialist will re-iterate all aspects of your itinerary, ask you to provide details* from the passports of each person travelling and confirm that you have read and agreed to our Booking Conditions. You will then be asked for payment of the required deposit or full payment if booking after balance due date. You can pay by cheque, debit/credit/ charge**card or by bank transfer (details on request). You will be required to complete our online agreement, so that we can check that all of your details and requirements are accurate. Incorrect information supplied will be subject to amendment charges as stated in Clause 6 (1). A contract between us will come into existence when we despatch our confirmation invoice to you to confirm your booking. • By using our online agreement system, please follow the instructions on the screen and complete the required fields. We would refer you to our Privacy Policy and Terms of use of the site. You will be asked to accept that you have read and agree to these Booking Conditions before submitting your itinerary to us. We will then confirm receipt by email. You will then be asked for payment of the required deposit or full payment if the booking is made after balance due date. Receipt of the applicable payment within the stipulated timescale will bring a contract between us into existence. We will then issue and send you a confirmation invoice. For all bookings where only a deposit is paid at the time of booking, the remaining balance must be received by us 90 days prior to departure, unless otherwise stated. Non-payment or late payment of your outstanding balance may result in your booking being treated as cancelled by you, in which case, the cancellation charges set out in Clause 6 will be incurred. Contact us immediately if any information which appears on the confirmation invoice or any other document appears to be incorrect or incomplete as it may not be possible to make changes later. We regret we cannot accept any liability if we are not notified of any inaccuracies (for which we are responsible) in any document within ten days of our sending it out (five days for tickets). We will do our best to rectify any mistake notified to us outside these time limits but you must meet any costs involved in doing so. If you book through one of our authorised travel agents, please note that all monies paid to your travel agent for a holiday which does not include any flights are at all times held by the travel agent on behalf of the Company. For flight inclusive bookings, all monies paid to any authorised travel agent of ours for your holiday with us will be held on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust subject to the travel agent’s obligation to pay such monies to us in accordance with our trading terms unless we fail. In the unlikely event of our financial failure, all monies then held by the travel agent or subsequently paid by you to the travel agent will be held by the agent on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation on the agent to pay such monies to us. *Information required prior to flight check-in for some destinations.

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**Full payment, deposits and balances made with a credit or charge card (Switch and debit cards excluded) will automatically incur an additional 2% charge and 2.5% for Amex of the payment. 2. PRICE POLICY We reserve the right to vary the price of unsold arrangements and to correct any errors of which we become aware at any time. Please check the up to date price when booking. You will be advised of the applicable price before your booking is confirmed. Once the price of your chosen holiday has been confirmed at the time of booking, then subject to the correction of errors, we will only increase or decrease the price in the following circumstances. Price increases or decreases after booking will be passed on by way of a surcharge or refund. A surcharge or refund (as applicable) will be payable, subject to the conditions set out in this clause, in the event of any change in our transportation costs including the cost of fuel, dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes, embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports and exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked. Even in the above cases, only if the amount of any increase in our costs exceeds 2% of the total cost of your holiday (excluding any amendment charges) will we levy a surcharge. If any surcharge is greater than 10% of the cost of your holiday (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges), you will be entitled to cancel your booking and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid to us (except for any amendment charges) or alternatively purchase another holiday from us as referred to in clause 7 “Alterations and Cancellations by the Company”. Although insurance (where purchased through us) does not form part of your contract with us or of any “package”, we will consider an appropriate refund of any insurance premiums you have paid us if you can show you are unable to use/reuse or transfer your policy in the event of cancellation or purchase of an alternative holiday. Where applicable you have 14 days from the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice to tell us if you want to choose option b) or c) as set out in clause 7 below. If you do not tell us that you wish to choose either of these options within this period of time, we are entitled to assume that you do not wish to do so and will pay the surcharge. Any surcharge must be paid with the balance of the cost of the holiday or within 14 days of the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice, whichever is the later.

5. PROVISION OF TRANSPORT & ACCOMMODATION The various carriers who provide transport as described in our brochure and on our website have their own terms and conditions. International and sometimes national travel is subject to international conventions and regulations (such as EU regulations). The carriers’ terms and conditions may limit and/ or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable international conventions or regulations. For more information on these, see Clause 10(ii)f). Air travel is also subject to the operational decisions of air carriers and of airports, which may result in delays, aircraft being diverted or schedule changes over which the Company has no control. The Company can provide you with copies of all relevant conventions, regulations and conditions upon request. In accordance with EU Regulation 2111/2005 we are required to advise you of the actual carrier(s) (or, if the actual carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your flight(s) (including any connecting flight or transfer) at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we will inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible. Due to the flexible itineraries that we offer, we are not in a position to state these facts in our brochure and on our website. Any changes to the actual airline after you have received your tickets will be notified to you as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Due to the nature of the airline business, on rare occasions flight delays regrettably do happen. In such an event, while we will work with the airline to ensure any delay is a short and comfortable as possible, it remains the airlines responsibility to look after you. Depending on the length and cause of the delay, meals and accommodation and/ or compensation may be available. See Airline Delays and Passenger Rights in the general information above. Our brochure and website detail our sole responsibility. They are not published on behalf of and does not commit any independent organisations/carriers whose services are featured in it.

We promise not to levy a surcharge within 30 days of departure. No refund will be payable during this period either.

6. ALTERATIONS & CANCELLATIONS BY YOU (i) Should you wish to make any changes to your confirmed booking, you must notify us in writing as soon as possible. Whilst we will endeavour to assist, we cannot guarantee we will be able to meet any such requests. Where we can, an amendment fee of £25 per booking, or £50 per booking if the amendment is made within 46 days of departure, will be payable together with any costs incurred by ourselves and any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers. A change of holiday dates will normally be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and rebooking in which case cancellation charges will apply. Changes may result in the recalculation of the holiday price where, for example, the basis on which the price of the original holiday was calculated has changed.

3. INSURANCE We believe that it is essential to take out comprehensive travel insurance when you go on holiday and we strongly recommend that to do so is in your interests and those of your family. We also ask that you provide us with the details of your insurer, the policy number and the emergency contact details to assist you in the event of an accident or emergency abroad. It will be necessary for you to comply with the requirements of the policy in the event of a potential claim; e.g. reporting a theft to the local police. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on holiday. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs. We do not check alternative insurance policies.

If any member of your party is prevented from travelling, the person(s) concerned may transfer their place to someone else (introduced by you) providing we are notified not less than two weeks before departure. Where a transfer to a person of your choice can be made, all costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers as a result together with an amendment fee of £100.00 must be paid before the transfer can be effected. Any overdue balance payment must also be received. For flight inclusive bookings, you must pay the charges levied by the airline concerned. As most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, these charges are likely to be the full cost of the flight.

4. BROCHURE & WEBSITE ACCURACY The descriptions in our brochures and on our websites may be prepared many months in advance but is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. The availability of services and amenities may be affected by local conditions, such as inclement weather or the season. Suppliers of accommodation, transport and recreational facilities can make changes with no advance notice to us. When we become aware of any significant changes, we will advise you or your travel agent at the time of booking or, if after booking, as soon as possible before departure. The provisions of clause 7 will apply when a significant change is notified after the booking.

(ii) Should you or any member of your party need to cancel your holiday, the lead person who made the booking and/ or signed the Booking Form must immediately advise us in writing. Your notice of cancellation will only be effective when it is received by us in writing. As we incur costs from the time we accept your booking the following cancellation charges will be payable. Where the cancellation charge is shown as a percentage, this is calculated on the basis of the total invoice cost payable excluding amendment charges, which are not refundable. Please note that when part cancellations occur, the amount payable by the rest of the party may increase.

Please note that arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your holiday due to contractual and other protection in place. A refund will only be payable if the decrease in our costs exceeds 2% of the total cost of your holiday as set out above. Where a refund is due, we will pay you the full amount of the decrease in our costs.

PERIOD BEFORE DEPARTURE CANCELLATION FEE PER PERSON OVER 56 DAYS LOSS OF DEPOSIT*** 55 - 43 DAYS 50% OF HOLIDAY PRICE 42 - 31 DAYS 75% OF HOLIDAY PRICE 30 DAYS or less 100% OF HOLIDAY PRICE *** Bookings on some airlines and hotels during the peak season will have varying cancellation charges and, therefore, the fees shown above will not apply. The charges will be calculated and advised to you at the time of cancellation. 7. ALTERATIONS & CANCELLATIONS BY THE COMPANY Occasionally, we have to make changes to and correct any errors in brochures, websites, and other material published by us, both before and after bookings have been confirmed and cancel confirmed bookings. We must reserve the right to do so. However, we will not cancel your holiday unless you fail to make full payment on time, we are forced to do so as a result of circumstances outside our control we are forced to do so as a result of circumstances outside our control or minimum numbers apply. Certain holidays are subject to minimum numbers – price boxes on the relevant pages will indicate where this is the case. We will advise you at least 61 days before departure where we are unable to operate the holiday because the required minimum number has not been reached. In this case, you will be offered the options shown below. Most changes we have to make are minor. Sometimes, we have to make a ‘significant change’. Significant changes include the following when made before departure: • A change of accommodation to that of a lower price or standard for the whole or a major part of the time you are away • A change of accommodation area for the whole or a major part of the time you are away • A change of departure time of any transport which forms part of your holiday arrangements by more than 12 hours • A change of the overall length of the holiday by more than 12 hours • A change of the UK departure airport to one that is inconvenient for you. If we become aware of a significant change or we have to cancel the booking before departure, you or your travel agent will be notified as soon as is practically possible. You will then be offered the following options of: a) Accepting the changed arrangements as notified to you, or b) purchasing an alternative holiday from us, of a similar standard to that originally booked if available. We will offer you at least one alternative holiday of equivalent or higher standard for which you will not be asked to pay any more than the price of the original holiday. If this holiday is in fact cheaper than the original one, we will refund the price difference. If you do not wish to accept the holiday we specifically offer you, you may choose any of our other then available holidays. You must pay the applicable price of any such holiday. This will mean your paying more if it is more expensive or receiving a refund if it is cheaper, or c) Cancelling your holiday and receiving a full refund of all monies you have paid to us. In addition, if we have to cancel or make a significant change after the date you are obliged to pay the balance of your holiday cost, we will pay you compensation as set out below, subject to the following exceptions: Compensation will not be payable and no liability, beyond offering the above mentioned choices where applicable, can be accepted where (1) we are forced to cancel or make a change as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) we have to cancel because the minimum number of bookings necessary for us to operate the holiday has not been reached (see above). No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time) or where a change is a minor one.


A minor change is any change which is not significant. For touring holidays, it may be necessary to make changes to the accommodation, routing or order of the itinerary. Unless the holiday is significantly altered as a result, any such change will not be treated as a significant change. Very rarely, we may be forced by “force majeure” (see Clause 8) to change or terminate your holiday after departure but before the scheduled end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result. Compensation Payable as set out above: Days Before Departure Compensation per person 57 or more Nil 56 to 29 £40 28 to 15 £50 14 to 0 £70 EVENT CANCELLATION: Occasionally, advertised events are cancelled by the organisers and often at short notice. Such cancellation will not constitute a significant change to, or the cancellation of, your holiday arrangements even though we have pre-booked tickets for you. 8. FORCE MAJEURE Except where otherwise expressly stated in these Booking Conditions, we regret we cannot accept any liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these Booking Conditions, “force majeure” means any event that we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include but are not limited to (and whether actual or threatened) war, riot, civil disobedience or strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural disaster, adverse weather conditions, adverse flooding, fire, unavoidable technical problems with transport and all similar events outside our control. Advice from the Foreign Office against all travel or all but essential travel to a particular country or area will generally be regarded as ‘force majeure’. FCO travel advice appears on their website. www.fco.gov.uk/ knowbeforeyougo which you are recommended to consult before booking and in good time before departure. 9. SPECIAL REQUESTS Any special request must be advised in writing well in advance of departure if it was not already stated on your original booking form or at the time of booking. We will make every reasonable effort to make the arrangements. We do not however, have any legal liability to you in the event that we or a third party is unable to comply with your special requests. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability. For your own protection, you should obtain confirmation in writing that a special request will be complied (where it is possible to give this) where it is important to you. You will not be entitled to cancel (without paying our normal cancellation charges) if we are unable to comply with your special request. We regret that we cannot accept any conditional booking (i.e. any booking that is specified to be conditional upon the fulfilment of a particular request). 10. LIABILITY (i) You to the Company: (a) It is your responsibility to arrive at places stated at the correct times and to reconfirm your return flight and departure times. The Company has no liability whatsoever to you for your failure to do so. (b) You must act and behave in a reasonable and responsible manner toward any other person you meet in the course of your travel arrangements. If in our reasonable opinion or in the reasonable opinion of any other person in authority, you behave in such a way as to cause or be likely to cause danger, upset or distress to any third party or damage to property, we are entitled, without prior notice, to terminate the holiday of the person(s) concerned. In this situation, the person(s) concerned will be required to leave the accommodation or other service. We will have no further responsibility toward

such person(s) including any return travel arrangements. No refunds will be made and we will not pay any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the termination. (c) You accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not precisely known) must be made direct to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier or to us as soon as possible. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. You should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect you if this situation arises. (ii) The Company to You: a) We promise to make sure that the holiday arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide as applicable as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these booking conditions, we will accept responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or personal injury or your contracted holiday arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted holiday arrangements. Please note, it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers). b) We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss of enjoyment or possessions), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following: - the act(s) and/or omission(s) of the person(s) affected or any member(s) of their party or the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your holiday and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or ‘force majeure’ as defined in clause 8 above c) Please note we cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which your hotel or any other supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised by us and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract and any excursion you purchase in resort. Please also see Clause 11. In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any advertising material or elsewhere, we only promise to use reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you. d) The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract - and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred - will be used as the basis for deciding whether the services in question had been properly provided. If the particular services which gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with local laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided. This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those services been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature which might lead a reasonable holiday maker to refuse to take the holiday in question. Please note, however, our obligation is to exercise reasonable skill and care as referred to in clause 10(ii)a). We do not make any representation or commitment that all services will comply with applicable local laws and regulations and failure to comply does not automatically mean we have not exercised reasonable skill and care. e) As set out in these booking conditions, we limit the maximum amount we may have to pay you for any claims you may make against us. Where we are found liable for loss of and/

or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the maximum amount we will have to pay you is £250 per person affected unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under Clause 10(ii)f) below. You must ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect your personal belongings. For all other claims which do not involve death or personal injury, if we are found liable to you on any basis the maximum amount we will have to pay you is twice the price (excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under Clause 10(ii)f) below. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your holiday. f) Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on and/or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, sea or rail carrier to which any international convention or EU regulation applies, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you will be limited. The most we will have to pay you for that claim or that part of a claim if we are found liable to you on any basis is the most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question (for example, the Warsaw Convention as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air, the Athens Convention for international travel by sea (as amended by the 2002 Protocol with effect from 31st December 2012) and COTIF, the Convention on International Travel by Rail). Please note: where a carrier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the carrier for the complaint or claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request. g) Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by ourselves or our employees or, where we are responsible for them, our suppliers. Additionally we cannot accept liability for any business losses. 11. EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES We may provide you with information (before departure and/ or when you are on holiday) about activities and excursions which are available in the area you are visiting. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are neither run, supervised, controlled nor endorsed in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other third parties who are entirely independent of us. They do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators/ other third parties and/or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. We cannot accept any liability on any basis in relation to such activities or excursions and the acceptance of liability contained in Clause 10(ii)a) will not apply to them. We do not however exclude liability for the negligence of ourselves or our employees resulting in your death or personal injury. We cannot guarantee accuracy at all times of information given in relation to such activities or excursions or about the area you are visiting generally or that any particular excursion or activity which does not form part of our contract will take place as these services are not under our control. 12. DATA PROTECTION In order to process your booking and to ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly and meet your requirements, we *(and your travel agent) need to use the information you provide

such as name, address, personal information including any special needs/dietary requirements, etc. We take appropriate technical and organisational measures which are intended to prevent unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data. We are required to pass the information on to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements such as airlines, hotels and transport companies. The information may be required by and provided to security or credit checking companies, public authorities such as customs, border control and immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Your personal data may be stored, used and otherwise processed within the UK and/or any other country(ies) of the European Economic Area (EEA). EEA countries are all member states of the European Union together with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. We may also store, use or otherwise process personal data outside the EEA. Data protection laws may not be as strong outside the EEA as they are in the EEA. .Personal data will not be transferred to a country outside the EEA unless (1) the country to which it is transferred is one which the European Commission considers to provide an adequate level of data protection or (2) the personal data is transferred to a United States company which has signed up to the Safe Harbour scheme or (3) the personal data is transferred to a company which is required by our contract with them only to deal with the data in accordance with our instructions and to maintain appropriate security to protect the personal data which we are satisfied they have or (4) We are obliged to provide the personal data to a government / public authority in order to provide your holiday. We will not, however, pass any information onto any person who is not responsible for part of your travel arrangements or as we are legally obliged to do. This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary/ religious requirements. If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, (whether in the EEA or not), we cannot confirm your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons. If you have booked using our online system, please ensure that you have read our Privacy Policy. *Please note that where information is also held by your travel agent, this is subject to their own data protection policy. Your data controller is International Travel Connections Limited. You are generally entitled to ask us (by letter or e-mail) what details of yours are being held or processed, for what purpose and to whom they may be or have been disclosed. We will charge a fee to respond to such a request. We promise to respond to your request within 40 days of receiving your written request and fee. In certain limited circumstances we are entitled to refuse your request. If you believe that any of your personal data which we are processing is inaccurate or incorrect please contact us immediately by email marketing@ westernoriental.com 13. COMPLAINTS & ABTA ARBITRATION Whilst we aim to ensure that your holiday runs smoothly, there may be times when it does not. Please follow the complaints procedure below to minimise inconvenience to all parties: 1. Any complaint should be reported immediately and directly to the supplier and, as soon as possible, to our local representative (where applicable). If you fail to follow this simple procedure, your right to claim compensation may be affected, as we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem. 2. In the unlikely event that neither our representative nor our supplier is able to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction, please telephone us on Tel +44(0) 20 7666 1234 or E-mail enquiries@westernoriental.com. Any costs incurred in doing so will be fully refunded. 3. Once in receipt of a complaint, we will react swiftly to resolve the matter. Our aim is to rectify any shortcomings immediately, so that you can fully enjoy the remainder of your holiday. If you still have cause for complaint on your return to the UK, you are required to seek satisfaction by writing to the Company within 28 days of the end of your holiday and providing full details of the holiday and the reason for dissatisfaction. We regret that we cannot accept liability in relation to any complaint or claim which is not notified entirely in accordance with this clause.

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Disputes arising out of, or in connection with your booking which cannot be amicably settled may be referred to arbitration if you so wish under a special scheme arranged by ABTA Ltd and administered independently. The scheme provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on the customer in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website www.abta.com The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person. There is also a limit of £25,000 per booking. Neither does it apply to claims which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. Your application for arbitration and other required documents must be received by ABTA within 18 months of your return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the scheme may still be available if we agree, although the ABTA Code does not require such agreement. For injury and illness claims, you can request the ABTA mediation procedure and we have the option to agree to this. Where we act as agent, please bear in mind that your contract is with the supplier of the arrangements concerned. Unless the supplier is also a member of ABTA, only disputes relating to our actions as agent can be dealt with by the arbitration scheme or mediation procedure and not complaints about the arrangements themselves or the acts / omissions of the supplier. 14. FINANCIAL PROTECTION We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2786). When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday* from us, you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit, you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent or your credit card issuer where applicable. You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. *The flights and flight- inclusive holidays we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk We are also a member of ABTA (ABTA number V2359). If your holiday does not include flights, ABTA will financially protect your holiday by ensuring you receive a refund or, if your arrangements include return travel to the UK (other than flights) you are returned to the UK in the event that your holiday cannot be provided as a result of our insolvency. Please go to www.abta.com for a copy of the guide to ABTA’s scheme of Financial Protection. 15. LAW & JURISDICTION We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (“claim”) except as set out below. We both also agree that any claim must be dealt with by the ABTA arbitration scheme referred to above or Courts of England and Wales only unless, in the case of Court proceedings, you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland. In this case, proceedings must either be brought in the Courts of your home country or those of England and Wales. If proceedings are brought in Scotland

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or Northern Ireland, you may choose to have your contract and any claim governed by the law of Scotland/Northern Ireland as applicable (but if you do not so choose, English law will apply). 16. ESSENTIAL INFORMATION We fully recognise that the choices you can make concerning your chosen accommodation, the destinations you wish to visit and your airline carrier are vast. Our specialist team is able to provide helpful information including flight details, car hire and basic costs for all accommodation. Once you have decided on a preferred itinerary, simply contact one of our Travel Specialists for advice and a full holiday recommendation by telephoning the number shown in the brochure or on our website. As we have first hand intimate knowledge of the destinations we feature, we will of course be pleased to discuss and advise you on the most appropriate holiday that meets your requirements. As there are many holiday choices available to you, we have provided a “from” for all the hotels featured as a guide. WHAT YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES 1. Air travel as booked and detailed in our confirmation of your booking 2. Accommodation as booked and detailed in our confirmation of your booking. 3. Meals, as shown in the hotel description and on your confirmation. “Breakfast” usually means continental breakfast, unless stated otherwise. “Half board” is breakfast and evening meal, which is generally with a restricted choice of menu or restaurant. “Full board” is breakfast, lunch and dinner. “Allinclusive” is breakfast, lunch, and dinner with house wine, snacks, unlimited bar drinks (excluding champagne and some premium brands) served by the glass. 4. Return transfers from airport to hotel/resort unless stated at the time of booking. At destinations where transfers are provided by the hotel, you may be transferred along with other hotel guests arriving on the same flight. 5. Services of an representative in most of our featured destinations. 6. Mandatory hotel taxes and service charges. 7. United Kingdom departure tax and passenger service charge (for all international departures). Children under 2 years of age, who have not been allocated seats, are exempt from this tax. 8. Luggage allowance as determined by the carrier, the amount will be detailed in the travel documents. 9. Special offers that are available at the time of booking. WHAT YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE EXCLUDES 1. Some overseas airport departure taxes (generally £15 - £30 per person, per island/country, payable locally In the local currency or US$). Also cruising tax (as applicable) between US$2 and US$4 per person, per day is payable locally. 2. Travel Insurance, which you must have in force prior to your departure 3. Charges made by the hotel in respect of infant’s requirements and baby sitting. 4. The services of representatives at the destinations where there are no local representatives. 5. Items of a personal nature - drinks, laundry, room service, telephone calls, etc. and any tax payable on these. 6. Visa and passport charges. (unless stated) 7. Cost of inoculations or other medical requirements of the country of your destination or compulsory or non compulsory medication. 8. Gratuities where service charges are not mandatory. 9. Any applicable surcharges - see Price Policy (Clause 2 of our Booking Conditions). 10. 2% charge for payments made by credit or charge card. 11. Tourist Tax in some destinations. 12. Excess baggage charges on aircraft and ground transport. 13. Local charges. 14. Charges for equipment for leisure activities or for excursions. 15. Excess fuel surcharges. 16. Any items not expressly included in the cost of your holiday. TICKETS AND OTHER DOCUMENTATION Approximately 14 days prior to departure, providing we have received full payment, you will be sent your travel documentation. Remember that you must check-in at least 2 to 3 hours before take-off for most flights (depending on the airline). Please also ensure to check the correct airport terminal for departure. As the airline allocates seats on a first-come first served basis, we advise you to check-in as early as possible so that, if you are travelling

in a party, you are less likely to be separated. Please check your flight times carefully on your ticket as these are subject to change and may well vary from those on your confirmation invoice. Should you fail to check-in on time and you miss your flight, we do not have any liability to you. Please note: 1. All tickets issued in conjunction with our holiday packages are non-changeable and non-refundable. For restrictions on preseating requests, please see ‘pre-seating on aircraft’. 2. Special meal requirements must be made at the time of booking 3. Full details of any disability or medical condition which may affect your holiday arrangements and any related special requirements must be disclosed to the Travel Specialist at the time of booking. These details must be confirmed in writing. We will endeavour to accommodate any special requirements, with the airline and service providers. 4. Tickets (a) if paper tickets are issued these will need to be taken to the airport of departure and handed in at the check-in desk. (b) if the airline operates an e ticket system you will not be issued with paper tickets with the travel documents but you will be issued with a letter of confirmation of the flight booking which should be handed in at the check-in desk. 5. Certain airlines operate an on-line check-in prior to departure. If you wish to utilise this method we cannot be responsible for any errors or changes in seating arrangements. Please check your invoice, tickets and all other documentation carefully as soon as you receive them. Contact us immediately if any information appears to be incorrect or missing as it may not be possible to make changes later. ADVANCE PASSENGER INFORMATION & APIS UK and overseas governments require all passengers travelling by air to provide certain personal information known as Advance Passenger Information or API this means your passport/ identity card details and in some instances, your contact and other information, are provided to the authorities before you travel. Some governments also require airlines to provide them with direct access to airline passenger bookings, which may contain other passenger data. It is important that the information provided is accurate so you pass through Immigration on arrival without delay. You must provide this information when requested to do so which may be in advance of travel. PASSPORT & VISAS Each passenger including children are required to hold their own full and valid passport for visits to all the destinations that we feature. Most non-eu countries require that passports are valid for at least six months after the departure from their country. Please visit www.fco.gov.uk/travel for the individual country‘s passport and visa requirements for British citizens with a British passport or contact us for further details. A full British passport presently takes approximately 2 to 6 weeks to obtain or renew. If you are 16 or over and haven‘t yet got a passport, you should apply for one at least 6 weeks before your holiday. The UK Passport Service has to confirm your identity before issuing your first passport and will ask you to attend an interview in order to do this. All information we provide in respect of visa or passport requirements is given in good faith and as known at the time it is provided. However, requirements may change and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure. For countries requiring visas, there should be at least one blank page in the passport to facilitate the visa stamp. Please note that some countries may require two blank pages for entry and departure visas. If you, or any member of your party, do not hold a British citizen’s passport and/or do not reside in the UK, you must check the entry requirements with the embassy of the country/ies you will be visiting. Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Subject to compliance with the applicable conditions, we can issue an electronic travel authority for entry to Australia (ETA). Please advise us at the time of booking if you require assistance. Travel to and via the USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) and Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) In order to enter the USA, every person travelling (including children) must have a visa unless they qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Most

British citizens residing in the UK will qualify for the VWP (which covers visits of up to 90 days) but please see the important note below. All visitors to the US (including children) who are eligible for the VWP must apply for authorisation to travel to the US in advance in accordance with the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). You must complete an online application for authorization to travel on the ESTA website (details below) at least 72 hours before your flight to the US departs but you are recommended to apply earlier. Providing the application is accepted, you will be provided with approval via the website. Approval is usually provided very quickly but can take up to 72 hours if data needs to be checked. You should make a note of the ESTA approval number when you receive it. There is currently a US$14 per person fee payable when you apply for your authorisation to travel. The ESTA is valid for two years and can be applied for at any time. It is very important that you complete your ESTA application using the exact address as displayed on the documentation you receive. If you have booked a flight only or the address of your accommodation is confirmed on arrival, please use the address as stated on your holiday invoice/ tickets. It’s recommended that the ESTA is applied for as soon as you have booked your holiday. Important note; Not all British visitors to the USA will qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. You will need to apply for a visa if you have ever been arrested (even if you were not convicted of an offence) or have a criminal record of any description. Other exemptions also apply. If you are in any doubt as to whether you may require a visa, please contact the US Embassy, Consular Information Unit, 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 1AE or visit the website www.usembassy.org.uk or contact them on 020 7499 9000 before making your booking with us. Visa requirements may change. Further information on entry requirements for the USA are available at http://travel.state.gov. You must also check entry requirements at the time of booking and in good time before departure as requirements may change. 17. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS You must ensure you are aware of and comply with any health requirements, recommendations and precautions such as vaccinations for every country you are or may be visiting. Requirements and advice may change and it is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of all recommended vaccinations and health precautions in good time before departure. Details are available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org. Information on health abroad is also available on www.nhs.uk/ Livewell/Travelhealth For travel to Europe, we strongly recommend that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for which you can apply online at www.ehic.org.uk free of charge. For details of the cover provided by an EHIC go to www.dh.gov.uk/travellers. Please note that the EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance and may not cover the total cost of health cover. It does not cover the cost of repatriation to the UK if required for medical reasons. You must have adequate insurance cover for all medical costs which will not be covered by the EHIC or you will be personally responsible for payment of these to the hospital/medical practitioner. Payment may be required at the time of departure from the hospital or at the time of receiving treatment. If you have a pre-existing or current medical condition of any kind or if you are pregnant, then you must get clearance to travel from your own doctor. Please also check the terms of your travel insurance policy. Pregnant ladies are not accepted by most airlines after 28 weeks of pregnancy. IMPORTANT: It is your responsibility to ensure that you hold the correct, valid documents for the country/ies you are visiting and have obtained and have proof of any compulsory vaccinations. You should also carry written confirmation of any medication Requirements you may have. Further, we cannot accept responsibility if you are refused passage on any airline or other transport or entry into any country due to the failure on your part to carry the correct documentation. If failure to do so results in fines, surcharges, claims, financial demands or other financial penalties, costs or expenses being imposed on or incurred by us, you will be responsible for indemnifying and reimbursing us accordingly. 18. LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE Allowances vary according to the carrier, destination, route and the class of travel booked. You will be advised of the specific allowances and restrictions with your travel documentation. Should you require these at the time of booking, please ask your Travel Specialist.


Please note: 1. Many airlines restrict the weight, size, dimensions and contents of hand luggage. For further details please check with the airline you are flying with. 2. The airline may impose a charge payable by you at the check-in or refuse to allow the luggage to be checked-in until the weight and dimensions are within the prescribed limits if your luggage is over the prescribed allowance. We will not be responsible for any such charges or be liable for the cost of any items which you are unable to check-in and are left at the airport. 3. There are restrictions on the contents of hand luggage to be taken on board an aircraft. You are advised to visit www. direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Publictransport/ AirtravelintheUK/DG_078179 to check the applicable requirements or restrictions before departure. 19. AIRLINE DELAYS & PASSENGER RIGHTS If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline, depending on the circumstances, the airline may be required to pay you compensation, refund the cost of your flight and/or provide you with accommodation and/or refreshments under EC Regulation No 261/2004 - the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004. Full details of these rights are posted at EU airports and are also available from airlines/ airline websites or visit www.caa.co.uk. Please note that any compensation or other payment due to you is the responsibility of the airline and will not automatically entitle you to a refund from us. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. This includes any disappointment, distress, inconvenience or effect on any other arrangements the fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. If, for any reason, we make any payment to you or a third party which the airline is responsible for in accordance with the Denied Boarding Regulations, you must, when requested, assign to us the rights you have or had to claim the payment in question from the airline. If your airline does not comply with these rules you may complain to the Civil Aviation Authority on 020 7453 6888 or by e-mail to passengercomplaints@caa.co.uk or see www.caa. co.uk – Referring Your Complaint to the CAA . Please check your travel insurance policy for compensation following airline delays. Where long flight delays result in lost holiday time, refunds are not given by suppliers for unused accommodation as rooms are held for delayed arrivals and are not re-let. Please also note that an airline carrier may, if circumstances so require, divert, postpone or delay any flight, or alter the airport of departure or arrival and may, without notice, substitute alternative carriers or aircraft. We are not always in a position at the time of booking to confirm the flight timings which will be used in connection with your flight. The flight timings shown in our brochure, on our website and/ or detailed on your confirmation invoice are for guidance only and are subject to alteration and confirmation. Flight timings are outside our control. They are set by airlines and are subject to various factors including air traffic control restrictions, weather conditions, potential technical problems and the ability of passengers to check in on time. The latest known flight times will be those shown on your tickets or confirmation of the flight booking, which will be despatched to you approximately two weeks before departure. You must, accordingly, check your tickets very carefully immediately upon receipt to ensure that you have the correct flight times. It is possible that the flight times may be changed even after tickets have been despatched; we will contact you as soon as possible if this happens. 20. BANNED AIR CARRIERS In accordance with EU Regulation No 2111/2005, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a “Community list” which contains details of air carriers who are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community list is available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/list_ en.htm We are also required to advise you of the actual carrier(s) (or, if the actual carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your flight(s) at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we will inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed

will be notified to you as soon as possible. If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban as above as a result of which we/ the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative the provisions of clause 7 of our Booking Conditions “Alterations and cancellations by the Company” will apply. 21. NON PACKAGES Some of the holiday arrangements we sell are not “packages” in accordance with the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. For these arrangements, the acceptance of liability set out in Clause 10(ii)a) of our Booking Conditions will not apply. Instead, we will use reasonable skill and care in the performance of any services which we or any of employees provide subject to and in accordance with the other terms of the Booking Conditions. For services which are provided by third parties such as hoteliers and transport companies, we will use our reasonable skill and care in selecting reputable suppliers. 22. PRE-SEATING ON AIRCRAFT Pre-seating can be arranged on most international carriers. However, the seating available will be limited and once this limit is reached, airlines will only allocate seats at check-in and this cannot be overridden. Pre-assigned seats cannot be guaranteed as airlines do not undertake to provide any particular seat in the aircraft. Therefore, you agree to accept any seat that may be allocated on the flight in the class for which the ticket has been issued. Certain airlines now operate a voluntary online system to book your seats in advance, please see your travel documentation to see if this is available. Depending on your airline, you may be able to check-in online in advance. Please note: 1. Bassinettes for babies must be booked at the time of booking and are on a first come first served basis. Due to airline availability bassinettes cannot be guaranteed. 2. If you have any special seating, dietary or other requirements as a result of any disability, reduced mobility or medical condition, please advise us at the time of booking or as soon as you are able if you are not in a position to do so when booking. We will pass such information to the airline concerned but cannot guarantee that they will be met. 23. INTER-ISLAND & OVERSEAS INTERNAL FLIGHTS Please note that on aircrafts used for flights between islands extra luggage restrictions will apply. We will try and ensure that special requirements relating to disability or mobility needs can be accommodated but this cannot be guaranteed. 24. SAFETY STANDARDS Safety standards and rules are set by each country. These may not be equivalent to those of the UK and, in some cases, could be lower. This includes activities, public transport, taxis, theme parks and other recreational facilities. Many hotels do not have lifeguards on duty at the swimming pool and some may have signs indicating that swimming is at your own risk. Please act responsibly, particularly with children, as the depth and design of hotel pools vary. We suggest that, in all cases, you familiarize yourself with each pool, particularly prior to diving or allowing any children travelling with you to swim. When properties provide cots for infants, you must check you are happy with the standard and safety prior to use. Caution should be exercised with regard to some room facilities (such as tea and coffee making machines, Jacuzzi baths, etc). Parents should ensure that the standards for childcare and the facilities of the children’s clubs meet their requirements. Further information is available on request. 25. WEATHER & PUBLIC UTILITIES Public utilities and continuity of services, such as water and electricity should not be taken for granted at your destination. On tropical islands and in less developed countries, there may be interruptions to the supply. Occasionally in the tropics, severe storms and cyclones do occur. Generally, the “hurricane season” in the Caribbean, North and Central America is from June to November and in the southern hemisphere, cyclones can occur between December and April although this varies between regions and areas. It is advisable to check, prior to departure, for any unusual weather that may affect the enjoyment of your holiday. Further information is available at www.metoffice.gov.uk. 26. CUSTOMERS WITH ANY DISABILITY, MEDICAL CONDITION OR REDUCED MOBILITY If any member of your party has any medical condition, disability or reduced mobility which may affect your holiday or any special requirements as a result (including any which affect the booking

process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in your condition, disability or mobility occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any such condition, disability or reduced mobility which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. We are not a specialist disabled holiday company, but we will do our best to cater for any special requirements you may have. We will make every effort to recommend the most suitable holiday for you as we do have a specialist department who will be able to provide information to you. For further information, call us to discuss your holiday requirements. Within the EU, airlines will facilitate access to air transport for disabled persons and persons of reduced mobility and ensure they receive assistance when travelling by air in accordance with EC Regulation 1107/2006. This also applies to passengers departing from an airport situated outside the EU to an airport situated within the EU if the air carrier is an EU Community Air Carrier. Due to the nature of some of our hotels/destinations, many may lack the simplest facilities, such as ramps for wheelchairs and door access. This may apply to shops, restaurants public transport and recreational facilities. 27. ACCOMMODATION CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT The standard international practice is to let rooms from midday to midday but this can vary between 10:00am and 3:00pm. Therefore, if you check-in immediately after a night flight, this would normally count as one night’s accommodation. Similarly, if your return flight is at night, you will normally be required to vacate your room at 12:00 noon prior to leaving for the airport. Day rooms are subject to availability and cost and can be arranged locally with the accommodation management. In order to guarantee an early check-in or a late check-out, the pre-payment of an extra night’s accommodation will be necessary. Please check at the time of booking. Guests may be asked to present a credit card or a substantial cash deposit upon check-in to guarantee payment of extras/ incidentals. The use of room safes is recommended and items of value should be deposited with the hotel. 28. HOTEL ACCOMMODATION CATEGORIES Throughout our featured destinations, there are no official hotel ratings. Room and suite category descriptions which are referred to throughout the brochure and on our website are set by each individual hotel - the terminology is not our own. Therefore, you will find that some accommodation categories and their respective prices will be determined purely by location (the proximity to the beach for example) and some by the décor of the accommodation itself. Others will be a combination of the two. When we use the term ‘Ocean View’, it means just that - that the sea can be seen from the room, patio or balcony, but please note that sometimes, the view may be partial or at an oblique angle. 29. BEACHES Please note that all beaches at the accommodation/ resorts featured are open to the public unless specifically stated otherwise. Minimum clothing restrictions may operate on beaches in certain countries. We cannot guarantee beaches in every country will be manned with lifeguards or provide flags for information on currents and conditions unfavourable or favourable for safe swimming or watersports. You must satisfy yourself that conditions are safe for swimming before doing so. 30. BUILDING WORKS We strive to ensure that your accommodation will not be in an area of construction and that your accommodation will not be undergoing substantial refurbishment which may cause you inconvenience. We have no control over building works our hoteliers are carrying out or building works which are being carried out in the immediate locality of your accommodation. If it comes to our attention that building works are being carried out which will or may have a material effect on your holiday we will notify you as soon as we become or are made aware of the nature of the works and whether the works will or will not cause you undue inconvenience.

some hotels/ resorts may close. For example, a pool may be closed for maintenance or a restaurant for refurbishment. We will advise you of any changes to the availability of the facilities and of any work taking place known to us at the time of booking or as soon as we have been informed. 33. NATIONAL & SPECIAL RELIGIOUS PERIODS There may be restricted facilities e.g. restaurant / shop opening times, availability of public transport, recreational facilities etc, during national holidays and/or religious periods or festivals. Ramadan is observed in Dubai, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Malaysia, The Maldives, Indonesia, India, Egypt and Morocco. It is observed in the ninth month of the Muslim Calendar, the exact dates are determined by the lunar cycle. During this period, there are restrictions with regard to eating, drinking and smoking in public during daylight hours. 34. CAR HIRE We only deal with reputable car hire companies and, in the high season in particular, we strongly recommend that you pre-book your hire car to guarantee availability. Hirers must normally be 23 years of age or over (minimum of 25 years for prestige cars) and hold a FULL and VALID British driving licence, which must be carried at all times. Local licences (if applicable) are obtainable from the hirer or main police stations upon presentation of a British driving licence and must be paid for locally, together with petrol and optional extra insurance. When collecting your hired car, you will be asked to sign the hire car company’s standard hire agreement. This agreement is likely to contain provisions that limit or exclude the hire car company’s liability to you in certain situations. Please read the agreement carefully and ensure that you have adequate insurance cover. In some countries compulsory collision damage waiver is required. A credit card will be required as a deposit against fuel, insurance waiver, additional child/ baby seats or other costs. For infants, front airbags may not be disconnected in certain vehicles, please check with the hirer. You are advised to take out additional insurance if voluntary such as collision damage waiver or equivalent for the country of your destination. 35. AIRPORT TRANSFERS We will provide private vehicle transfers where possible. However, when a hotel provides transfers these may, on some occasions, be by coach or shared minibus, or by motor launch as appropriate. Please note that excess luggage will necessitate the need to supply an extra vehicle, which will incur an added charge. If you are travelling with luggage in excess of your airline allowance, please advise us so that we can make the necessary arrangements. Where helicopter transfers are available, your luggage may need to be transported by road and for return flights, your luggage may have to be collected from your accommodation early in the morning. Helicopter transfers are not generally available after dark. 36. TRAVEL ADVICE The Foreign & Commonwealth Office produces up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. For further information please visit www. fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo or telephone 0870 606 0290. Alternatively, you can contact ABTA’s Travel Information line on 0901 201 5050 (calls are charged at 50 pence per minute). 27. ABTA - The Travel Association International Travel Connections Limited is a member of ABTA membership number V2359. ABTA and ABTA members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitrations scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ. Tel: 020 3117 0500 or visit www.abta.com.

31. TAXES We will advise at the time of booking and with the travel documentation when, and if, any local taxes are payable in respect of the arrangements you have booked with us. 32. FACILITIES IN HIGH/LOW SEASONS In low seasons and periods of low occupancy, a few facilities at

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