The islands and hotels of the Indian Ocean might be vying for the affections of those in need of luxurious winter sun, but the competition means the Caribbean has had to pull its socks up, and this remains a very special destination.

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St Vincent & The Grenadines

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Caribbean

Relax and unwind in style on St Vincent & The Grenadines, sampling a slice of the Caribbean high life.

Where to go

St Vincent & The Grenadines
Dive Peter Island

Dive Peter Island

The British Virgin Islands

The Caribbean’s reputation for diving is actually somewhat patchy and this is certainly one part of the world that great hotels and great diving would appear to be mutually exclusive.

What to do

Dive Peter Island
St Lucia

St Lucia

Caribbean

The Grand Pitons, long stretches of white beaches, a huge range of water sports, and a drive-in volcano set St Lucia apart from its Caribbean neighbours.

Where to go

St Lucia
Viceroy Anguilla, luxury hotel in Mexico

Viceroy Anguilla

Anguilla

The Viceroy Anguilla is arguably the best new hotel to open in the Caribbean for a while, and on one of our favourite islands, too.

Where to stay

Viceroy Anguilla
Barbados

Barbados

Caribbean

Barbados. The name alone summons up images of palm-fringed beaches, cricket, polo and rum punches. Not a bad little combo.

Where to go

Barbados
Petit St Vincent

Petit St Vincent

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Just 50 years ago Petit St Vincent was a scruffy and run-down, uninhabited island. Cue Haze Richardson, a legendary Caribbean sailor, and the island was transformed into one of the most exciting of the Caribbean islands. Since his death in 2008, it has enjoyed further restoration, putting it on the map as one of the most illustrious and exclusive Caribbean hideaways.

Where to stay

Petit St Vincent
Nonsuch Bay

Nonsuch Bay

Antigua

A new arrival to the luxury end of the Caribbean market, Nonsuch sits in its own small bay on the East coast of Antigua, and has an excellent winter sailing set up.

Where to stay

Nonsuch Bay
Carlisle Bay

Carlisle Bay

Antigua

Opened in 2003, the immaculate Carlisle Bay resort is set on the unspoilt south coast of Antigua and offers chic, five-star accommodation.

Where to stay

Carlisle Bay
Lunch at Scilly Cay

Lunch at Scilly Cay

Anguilla

The island of Anguilla in the Caribbean is little more than a glorified sandbank, albeit a sandbank with some of the best beaches and finest hotels in the Windward Islands, but what really makes this island stand out is the food. The quality of the eateries is exceptional, and the cherry on top of this delectable cake is the small island restaurant of Scilly Cay.

What to do

Lunch at Scilly Cay
Jamaica

Jamaica

Caribbean

The most distinctive Caribbean island, in terms of landscapes and cultural influences, Jamaica works equally for romantic breaks and family holidays.

Where to go

Jamaica
St Barts

St Barts

Caribbean

A tiny eight square mile corner of France in the Caribbean, St Barths is pretty idyllic and a firm Original Travel favourite.

Where to go

St Barts
Antigua

Antigua

Caribbean

With 365 beaches to choose from, you'll need expert advice to seek out Antigua's best spots on your luxury holiday.

Where to go

Antigua
St Kitts & Nevis

St Kitts & Nevis

Caribbean

Saint Kitts and Nevis were amongst the first islands in the Caribbean to be settled by Europeans.

Where to go

St Kitts & Nevis
Bequia Beach Hotel

Bequia Beach Hotel

St Vincent & The Grenadines

This boutique hotel is inspired by Oliver Messel’s stylish villas in Mustique - just nine miles west of Bequia - and surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, it combines luxury, elegance and lashings of Caribbean charm.

Where to stay

Bequia Beach Hotel
View at Cap Juluca, luxury hotel in Anguilla

Cap Juluca

Anguilla

Insulated from the outside world, the hotel is a private, self-contained enclave set along two miles of pristine white-sand beaches on the southwest coast of Anguilla, looking out across the sea to the mountains of St Maarten.

Where to stay

Cap Juluca
The Inn at English Harbour

The Inn at English Harbour

Antigua

The Inn at English Harbour enjoys a delightful location on a wooded headland at the entrance of the historic English Harbour, one of the most picturesque parts of Antigua.

Where to stay

The Inn at English Harbour
Anguilla

Anguilla

Caribbean

Possibly Original Travel’s favourite hangout in the whole Caribbean, Anguilla oozes laidback charm.

Where to go

Anguilla
Jumby Bay

Jumby Bay

Antigua

Located two miles off the northern coast of Antigua, Jumby Bay is on a private and secluded island and is only accessible by boat.

Where to stay

Jumby Bay

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