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It’s all about the guest

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A T L A N T I C O C E A N ANGUILLA

CONTENTS Jamaica Inn JAMAICA

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Round Hill Hotel & Villas CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

JAMAICA

ST BARTHS

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CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa ANGUILLA

ST KITTS

Curtain Bluff NEVIS

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Montpelier Plantation & Beach ST KITTS & NEVIS

ANTIGUA

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Curtain Bluff G U A D E LO P E

Montpelier Plantation & Beach

ANTIGUA

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East Winds Inn

Round Hill Hotel & Villas

DOMINICA

Jamaica Inn

ST LUCIA

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It’s all about the cuisine

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Cap Maison MARTINIQUE

ST LUCIA

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JAMAICA

Little Good Harbour

East Winds Inn

Cap Maison

BARBADOS

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ST LUCIA

ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES

Bequia Beach Hotel

GRENADA

C A R I B B E A N

BEQUIA

Little Good Harbour The BARBADOS Atlantis Hotel Young Cobblers Island Cove Calabash

A M E R I C A

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Cobblers Cove BARBADOS

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Young Island ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES

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BEQUIA, THE GRENADINES

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Calabash TRINIDAD

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BARBADOS

Bequia Beach Hotel TO B A G O

S E A

S O U T H

The Atlantis Hotel

GRENADA

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It’s all about...

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“Welcome to ‘It’s all about the guest’, to our Caribbean and to our collection of gorgeous hotels. We want to share with you their guests’ reminiscences and what they love about each property.” Although every hotel in our portfolio offers something different, their commonality is the guest experience, where more often than not, you arrive as a guest and leave as a friend. The Caribbean’s diversity and unique style sets it apart from any other holiday destination in the world. You can find yourself climbing the Pitons in St Lucia, swinging through the rainforest in Antigua or sailing the turquoise waters of the Grenadines; these islands simply have something for everyone. And so do the hotels in our collection, as you will see from the pages that follow which display testimonials from recent guests who have visited. This has become evident in the longevity of their success. Round Hill in Jamaica celebrates its 60th year as a Hollywood hideaway haven, last year Curtain Bluff in Antigua celebrated 50 years as the first all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean under the same private ownership, and Calabash in Grenada has reached their quarter century mark by pushing standards even higher. We believe our hotels are among some of the best in the region and this is all thanks to the impeccable care and service provided to their guests, who in turn reward them with their custom year after year. Just look at the guests’ comments on the hotel pages!

Helen

Annette

Helen Edwards

Annette Quinn

T: 020 8977 6099 E: office@essentialdetail.co.uk www.essentialdetail.co.uk “This publication is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend Robert Stewart who originally suggested the ‘It’s All About …’ theme, which we have used in our marketing over the years.”

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Jamaica Inn

Jamaica

An intimate all suite hideaway with a private cove beach, where peace and relaxation are the main focus. Attention to detail sets this small luxury hotel apart.

One of the world’s best-loved hotels also happens to be the place where true luxury meets good old-fashioned Caribbean charm. Jamaica Inn simply oozes an infectious mixture of intimacy and relaxation that cannot be found anywhere else. Free from the burden of technology, days here are spent in peace, gazing out over one of Jamaica’s premier beaches from the comfort of your suite’s huge ‘living-room’ style balconies. Though the hotel has played host to some of Hollywood’s finest stars, everyone is met with the ’one love, one family’ attitude that Jamaica is famous for. Creating the ultimate ‘home away from home’ atmosphere.

Jamaica Inn’s guests love: • the staff ... especially beach barman Teddy who will keep you in tune with the latest cricket score • the way you are made to feel like a very special personal friend • the rooms and suites with a spacious outside ‘living room’ • the simply amazing 700 foot crescent-shaped beach www.jamaicainn.com

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“Jamaica Inn is as good as it gets. The hotel oozes tradition and style!�

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Round Hill Hotel & Villas

Jamaica

A beautiful and elegant boutique hotel with a true sense of style, where old world glamour meets modern day discreet celebrity.

Jamaica is the island that shot the Caribbean to fame. Bob Marley brought the island into the spotlight, and the champagne beaches, cool waterfalls and mystic Blue Mountains remain in the hearts and minds of travellers all over the world. On this legendary island, is a hotel that surpasses all expectations. Once a home away from home for a realm of Hollywood’s starlets, Round Hill still wears its ‘old world glamour’ with timeless grace combining it with true contemporary luxury. Family groups and couples all enjoy the treats in store from beach activities to exquisite spa treatments. Each and every guest feels at home and part of the Round Hill family, enjoying the intoxicating mix of informal luxury and traditional elegance, which is as irresistible now as it always has been.

Round Hill’s guests love: • the beautiful décor of the guest rooms designed by Ralph Lauren • the embracing warmth of the Jamaican people • the excellent food, with the freshest local ingredients fresh from ‘farm to table’ • the privacy of the villa and villa suite accommodation www.roundhilljamaica.com

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“The most relaxing and special resort... no wonder everyone comes back!�

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CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

Anguilla

Set on a canvas of pure white unspoiled sand in a botanical oasis, this resort offers pampered hospitality in blissful surroundings.

Famed for its powdery beaches, turquoise sea and incredible collection of restaurants, Anguilla’s unique blend of elegance and relaxed style resonates throughout the island attracting discerning visitors from all corners of the earth. The unique features of Anguilla do not end there. Born from the owner’s love of the beautiful concoction of Caribbean charm and Mediterranean glamour is the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. Boasting five restaurants, one of the Caribbean’s largest spas, a Greg Norman signature designed championship golf course, and even its own hydroponic farm; the facilities alone push the hotel up to an unparalleled level. But the secret to its success is the special relationship it develops with each of its guests. The ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude of the staff and management make sure that your experience on this slice of paradise is never to be forgotten. 8

CuisinArt’s guests love: • the hotel being positioned on one the world’s most picture perfect beaches • the tastiest organic produce from the hydroponic farm • the indulgent Venus Spa with its own healing waters pool • the choice to take it easy or get immersed in a variety of activities www.cuisinartresort.com


“It's like coming home!”

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Montpelier Plantation & Beach

St Kitts & Nevis

A stunning boutique hotel and chic hilltop sanctuary of breathtaking beauty, with its own private beach too.

Combining the best of both worlds – breezy hilltop views with a gorgeous Caribbean beach minutes away, complete with fashionable cabanas and a casual beach bar – creates an inviting haven and gives Montpelier Plantation & Beach the edge over the competition. This is a boutique hotel in the truest sense of the term. With only 19 rooms, yet 3 restaurants and 60 staff, Montpelier’s guests are offered a rare combination of simplicity and elegance that is simply addictive. The Hoffman family have owned Montpelier for 10 years and their passion resonates through every inch of the hotel. A wonderful attention to detail is their key priority which is reflected in the hotel’s natural surroundings and in the carefully restored buildings, tastefully accentuated with modern art and unforgettable service. As expected from a Relais & Châteaux property, the food is simply outstanding at Montpelier, and the new stylish Indigo’s restaurant and bar creates the perfect environment in which to serve delicious sharing platters and molecular cocktails! 10

Montpelier’s guests love: • the amazing views over Nevis from the hotel’s hilltop location • getting to know the staff and the Hoffman family • exploring the beaches, rainforest, and history by car or bicycle • easy access with British Airways direct to St Kitts and arriving in style by private water taxi www.montpeliernevis.com


“Montpelier Plantation & Beach is by far one of the most welcoming and comfortable hotels we have ever visited.�

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Curtain Bluff

Antigua

The ultimate inclusive resort with luxury beachfront suites, gourmet cuisine and an indulgent oceanfront spa – the perfect world class hotel.

Idyllically set on a peninsula with spacious suites spread up the bluff, capitalising on the cooling breezes and panoramic sea views; Curtain Bluff is an exclusive all-inclusive resort designed to produce a wow factor. Combining all the ingredients for a perfect holiday, it is no wonder that the hotel’s climbing number of repeat guests return year after year. Good food? Not a problem for their skilled chefs. Excellent service? The staff are superbly trained and enhanced by the naturally welcoming Antiguan charm. Activities and facilities? Curtain Bluff offers too many to count and most are included in the rate. A great beach? Who wants one great beach when you can have two! Integral to the success of the hotel are the personalities who make sure everything is running smoothly. You won’t be able to avoid their great sense of humour or their kind hospitality which will have you hooked on Curtain Bluff holidays. 12

Curtain Bluff’’s guests love: • that so much is included in the fully-inclusive package • owner Chellie Hulford’s warm hospitality and Managing Director Rob Sherman’s humorous anecdotes • the hotel’s two gorgeous white sand beaches • simply this ‘home away from home’ www.curtainbluff.com


“The ultimate holiday!”

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East Winds Inn

St Lucia

An intimate exclusive-inclusive boutique hotel exuding quality and charm, very low key and private.

Known as a small resort with a big heart. Set in lush gardens leading down to one of St Lucia’s most beautiful bays, the emphasis of the hotel is very much on good old-fashioned rest and relaxation. At this timeless seaside resort, excellent customer service is key. The St Lucian friendliness is infectious and creates a warm and generous atmosphere throughout the hotel, which keeps its guests returning year after year. The creations from the kitchens at East Winds are simply scrumptious and when combined with soft tones of the Steinway grand piano, create a dining experience worth remembering.

East Winds’ guests love: • the fact it is fully inclusive • the charismatic and long serving General Manager, Gareth Leach • the beautiful gardens and the genuine Caribbean charm • champagne every night in the bar before dinner

www.eastwinds.com 14


“We felt at home and relaxed almost instantly and we've got the memories we hoped for!�

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Bequia Beach Hotel Calabash

Guests love … delicious locally influenced tapas at the Bash beach restaurant created by British Chef Mark B.

Cobblers Cove

Guests love … Barbadian chef Michael Harrison trained by Michel Roux Jnr. to become a top professional cook.

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Young Island

Guests love … the bar, rum-shack style, down by the hotel’s Bagatelle restaurant right on the sand.

The Atlantis Hotel & Little Good Harbour

Guests love … the delicious simplicity of the food with local dishes full of spices to thrill the senses.

Guests love … catching and cooking fresh fish on the hotel’s catamaran and the six different home baked loaves.

Cap Maison

Guests love … the diversity of Welsh Rastafarian chef Craig Jones, his tasting menus, and his pop up restaurants around the island.


Curtain Bluff Montpelier Plantation & Beach

East Winds Inn

Guests love … one of the tastiest starters ever at the beachside Flamboyant Restaurant – Tuna & Papaya Carpaccio!

Guests love … the banana bread at breakfast, and wine tasting in the largest wine cellar in the Caribbean.

Guests love … 3 dining options at this chic 19 room hotel, from sharing tapas platters to classy gourmet dining.

Round Hill Hotel & Villas CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

Guests love … the diversity of food styles with five restaurants – Italian, ‘bistro’, Japanese, Chef’s tasting and beach grills.

Jamaica Inn

Guests love … ‘farm-to-table’ menus with fine local produce from the hotel gardens, fishermen and organic farmers.

Guests love … the Planter’s Punch and local patties served by Teddy, who has been running the beach bar for 54 years.

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Cap Maison

St Lucia

An elegant boutique resort and spa; stylish Caribbean luxury on an ocean bluff with breathtaking sea views and unique villa suites

‘Wow’ is the word that is naturally associated with this gorgeous hotel. Set on a bluff with fantastic sunset views over the Caribbean Sea, romance is something that is completely inescapable at Cap Maison. The luxurious over-sized suites make you feel totally spoilt; combine this with the excellent cuisine produced at their restaurant, The Cliff at Cap, and you’ll never want to leave. When you are not relaxing on Smugglers Cove or enjoying being pampered at the Sothys-inspired spa, then treat yourself to a private dinner on Rock Maison – a wooden deck perched over the sea complete with a champagne zip wire and natural rock pool to bask in. Escapism at its finest!

Cap Maison’s guests love: • the Rooftop Villa Suites with pool • the discreet and professional service from staff and manager, Ross Stevenson • the extra wow factor at Rock Maison and the Rock Pool • that it is home to one of the best restaurants on the island

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“One of the strongest distinctions is their ability to exude luxury without losing the Caribbean charm!“

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Little Good Harbour

Barbados

A chic and cool boutique hotel of quality, in a quiet coastal location reminiscent of Barbados in years gone by.

“An idyllic location. This is a gem. Don't tell anyone!” And now for something refreshingly different. Perched on the northern edge of Barbados’s famous west coast is the picturesque Little Good Harbour. Family owned and passionately managed, Little Good Harbour is home to one of the most popular restaurants on the island. The hotel itself is the independent traveller’s delight. Comprised of a collection of fully equipped, cottages and stylish villa suites, their local architecture effortlessly melting into the landscape as if they were always meant to be there.

• the gorgeous suites, particularly the spacious Vineyard and Fort Suites

Its waterfront restaurant, The Fish Pot, is the pièce de résistance and widely regarded for excellent food and a superb selection of wines, many personally selected by Australian owner and wine lover, Andrew Warden.

• that it is home to one of the best restaurant spots on Barbados

Little Good Harbour is a home away from home, in the true sense. A place where you can guarantee that every detail has already been thought of and the main aim is to ensure ultimate guest satisfaction. 20

Little Good Harbour’s guests love: • Graham, the General Manager, with his hearty Bajan sense of humour and eagerness to please

• the fact that Little Good Harbour does not feel like a resort hotel www.littlegoodharbourbarbados.com


The Atlantis Hotel

Barbados

Boutique fashionable seaside living, retaining the charm of a bygone era on the island’s spectacular and rugged east coast.

“Wild, uncomplicated and romantic!”

You haven’t been to Barbados until you’ve been to its east coast. There is just something mystical about the wild Atlantic surf and the feeling of total escapism that can only be found on this side of the island. The Atlantis was one of the first hotels built on Barbados and was completely and lovingly restored by the Warden family in 2008. Without losing any of the original architecture or charm, they have transformed the hotel into a modern, chic masterpiece, perfectly fitting in with the stunning scenery enjoyed by its position on the seafront. The hotel is famed for its restaurant, which draws in locals and visitors alike and the Bajan lunches on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons really steal the show and are a feast for the senses. Effortlessly bringing casual seaside living together with pure luxury, The Atlantis is a vital ingredient for a seriously romantic holiday to Barbados!

The Atlantis Hotel’s guests love: • the stunning scenery • the food, especially the Bajan lunches • the spacious rooms and suites with their beach-chic design and views of the surf • simply being away from it all

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Cobblers Cove

Barbados

This prestigious Relais & Châteaux property, has the elegance and charm of an English country house hotel – yet positioned on a Caribbean beach!

This gorgeous all-suite property on Barbados’s Platinum Coast is bursting at the seams with character. The genuinely warm staff treat each and every guest as an individual, and simply nothing that is asked of them is too much trouble. Cobblers Cove’s setting is second to none. Sitting adjacent to pristine white sands overlooking the Caribbean Sea, where the water is so unbelievably blue and clear that it takes your breath away. If that isn’t enough enticement, then allow yourself to be wooed by the sensational dishes produced for the Terrace Restaurant under new head chef Michael Harrison, a protégé of Michel Roux Jr of London’s La Gavroche fame. Where good food, excellent service and a gorgeous setting combine, you can be sure to find perpetually happy guests, many of whom often come back for more.

Cobblers Cove’s guests love: • the feeling of an English country home, rather than a formal hotel • the 5 star service with amazing food • the cachet of Relais & Châteaux membership • the fact that each and every room is a spacious suite

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“I thought I booked this vacation on a whim, but it turned out to be on divine instruction!�

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Young Island

St Vincent, The Grenadines A carefree resort on a totally private, stress-free island; the perfect barefoot escape.

Set just off the coast of St Vincent is Young Island; a private island resort which combines the genuine feeling of escapism with true barefoot luxury. It really suits those seeking to escape the pace of their life in the modern world. The cottage rooms and suites are gently scattered around the island offering amazing views from every angle and ensuring that you feel totally detached from reality. The food at Young Island steals the show and the restaurant is famous for its flaming Creole French Toast created from the choice of six different flavours of freshly baked breads on offer every day and at every meal. The cocktail menu is also a delight! This island resort is created for dreamers, food lovers and the adventurous, as guests can also opt to take out a catamaran and sail the beautiful Grenadine Islands with their own skipper and cook.

Young Island’s guests love: • the private island, Robinson Crusoe-escapist appeal • the casual style living • the desserts after dinner which are to die for! • the opportunity to explore the best sailing waters in the Caribbean

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“A taste of tranquillity and luxury, Young Island was like Heaven!”

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Bequia Beach Hotel

Bequia, The Grenadines

Experience the true Caribbean at this new chic beach hotel on a sought after hideaway island.

Welcome to the exclusive, yet relaxed and uncomplicated Caribbean. Bequia (pronounced Bek-way) is the largest of the Grenadines; a group of sandy islands laying a pathway in turquoise waters between Grenada and St Vincent. Totally surrounded by crystal clear sea, the glistening sands and smiling friendly faces instantly set the scene for the makings of a perfect holiday. All you need to add now is the luxury brought to you by the elegant Bequia Beach Hotel. This stunning retro-chic hotel brings the true spirit of the Caribbean and luxury together, so that you’ll find yourself being pampered in the spa one minute, and dancing on the sand under the stars the next. This is a place where all inhibitions are lost and true relaxation sets in, taking you as far away from reality as you want to be. 26

Bequia Beach’s guests love: • the eclectic suites influenced by the owner’s love of very special hotels around the world • the excellent food and the plethora of local, fresh, delicious dishes • that it is set on the most beautiful beach on the island • exploring the exquisite island of Bequia, it’s natural beauty reflected in the vibrant gardens at the hotel www.bequiabeach.com


“Bequia Beach Hotel gives you the real genuine Caribbean feeling!�

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Calabash

Grenada

A superb all-suite hotel with outstanding food and pampered service, perfectly blended with Caribbean charm

Calabash’s guests love:

Imagine a place where you are wrapped in elegance and luxury from the moment your transfer delivers you to the entrance and where the owners will take the time to personally meet you when you arrive. If that’s the combination you are after, then look no further than the Calabash in Grenada.

• the breakfast served in-suite

Grenada is the Caribbean you've always dreamed of. Pristine beaches, buildings only as tall as the coconut trees and smiling faces everywhere you turn. The island has a happy feel which is just infectious, making you never want to leave.

• the excellent and exciting food at both the Bash Restaurant and Gary Rhodes Restaurant.

As if that wasn’t enough, this hotel’s unique breakfast service is something truly special. Cooked to order by your personal chambermaid and served to you on your private balcony or patio. This really is gracious living at its finest, leaving you feeling like a member of the family.

• the friendly staff and the Garbutt family!

• that it’s a 5 star all-suite hotel

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“We would go back tomorrow if we had the chance! We wouldn't stay anywhere else!�

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It’s all about... the beach

It’s all about... the spa

It’s all about... the food

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

Calabash

Little Good Harbour

ANGUILLA

GRENADA

BARBADOS

Jamaica Inn

Round Hill Hotel & Villas

Cap Maison

JAMAICA

JAMAICA

ST LUCIA

Bequia Beach Hotel

Curtain Bluff

Calabash

BEQUIA

ANTIGUA

GRENADA

It’s all about... the suites

It’s all about... island hideaways

It’s all about... the family

Jamaica Inn

Young Island

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

JAMAICA

Cobblers Cove BARBADOS

The Atlantis Hotel BARBADOS 30

ST VINCENT

ANGUILLA

Montpelier Plantation & Beach

Round Hill Hotel & Villas

ST KITTS & NEVIS

JAMAICA

Bequia Beach Hotel

Curtain Bluff

BEQUIA

ANTIGUA


It’s all about... exclusive all inclusives

It’s all about... the glamour

It’s all about... the experience

Curtain Bluff

Jamaica Inn

Cobblers Cove

ANTIGUA

JAMAICA

BARBADOS

East Winds Inn

Cap Maison

Cap Maison

ST LUCIA

ST LUCIA

ST LUCIA

Young Island

Montpelier Plantation & Beach

East Winds Inn

ST KITTS & NEVIS

ST LUCIA

ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES

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