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 holiday destination.
The Caribbean is surprisingly diverse, with British, Spanish, French, American and African influences making for a fascinating and mixed bag - for example, Cuba and Jamaica, two of the largest countries in the Caribbean, feel hugely different from each other.
Add a seductive combination of turquoise waters and dramatic (often volcanic) landscapes to the rich cultural heritage and a selection of activities from diving to sailing and its no wonder the Caribbean continues to capture the imagination of the luxury traveller.
|St Vincent & The Grenadines|
|St Kitts & Nevis|
|The British Virgin Islands|
|Turks & Caicos|