The Caribbean conjures up images of white sand beaches and far flung islands but it is important to recognise that each destination has its own attraction, culture, cuisine and also price point. This is an archipelago with a fascinating past which can offer fabulous getaways for families, couples, naturalists and honeymooners alike.
We’ve made it our business to travel throughout the region to get you to the heart of these islands and to give you the experiences which visitors have treasured for many years. It is a real surprise how the islands vary and what has struck us is what a great trip it makes to combine islands if you have the time.
You can also combine experiences so you might consider a private, fully staffed villa on one island followed by a fabulous private yacht charter. These options are particularly good for family getaways, groups of friends or perhaps it’s a special occasion, a birthday with an 0 on the end! And of course then there are the myriad of hotels and resorts from which to choose: elegant hotels, family-orientated resorts and characterful, quirky and charming boutique properties.
There are some good private charter companies which offer very reasonable rates as well as local airlines which have upped their game in recent years. With the airlines adding more direct routes to and from Europe as well, this opens things up for clients wanting shorter holidays or perhaps just a more direct route.
Need to Know
– Many islands are a direct flight from London. Others are easily accessible via a connecting internal flight.
– There is a network of regional flights and charters are really quite affordable making combining islands much easier.
– Technically most islands are best visited outside of the hurricane season which runs from July to October but weather patterns are so unpredictable these days that essentially the region readily accepts guests year round. Do also take advantage of ‘off season’ rates.
Visa/ entry requirements
– Tourist visas are generally issued on arrival.
Events (festivals, wildlife migrations)
– There are quite a few food, literature and history festivals on the various islands. Do ask for further information.
When to go:
The best time to visit Oman is between November and March, when the daytime temperatures average 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is hot and humid, especially between May and August.
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A seven day trip costs from £1500 per person.
Sultan in Oman by Jan Morris
Did you know?
Frankincense, widely available in Oman, was often used as chewing gum to strengthen teeth and gums.