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Boutique Caribbean A place to soak up the sun

Looking for somewhere small and intimate to stay – rather than a huge resort – while soaking up the Caribbean sun?

Here are some of our favourites…

  1. Seaside splendour:

    Inn at English Harbour, Antigua

    Complete with palm-flanked beach, this old-fashioned estate occupies a wooded headland in southwestern Antigua. Twenty-four suites ring the pool, each a visual dream of mahogany floors and whitewashed walls, while two beachfront cabanas are steps from the sea. The distractions span tennis courts, watersports, a small spa and local championship golf courses. Dinner involves a decision: staying put for The Terrace’s gourmet fare and giddy harbour views, or riding the hotel’s water taxi to historic Nelson’s Dockyard, and its various bars and restaurants.

  2. Barefoot bliss:

    Ti Kaye Resort & Spa, St Lucia

    Meaning ‘little house’ in the local Creole patois, Ti Kaye is an adults-only hideaway perched above crystal-clear Anse Cochon bay. Its 33 gingerbread cottages all feature open-air showers and private decks, some with private plunge pools. During daytimes, enjoy St Lucia’s best snorkelling and diving, join a morning beach yoga session, or rejuvenate inside the lovely spa. Later, dine on fresh seafood with zesty Caribbean flavours at Ti Kaye’s clifftop restaurant, perhaps accompanied by something chilled from the award-winning wine cellar.

  3. Old-school charm:

    Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

    This elegant, impeccably-staffed Jamaican resort began welcoming guests in the 1950’s; Noel Coward and Marilyn Monroe are among the former visitors, and little has changed since their visits. All 48 suites and cottages are decorated colonial-style and feature glittering sea views. The notable absence of TVs and clocks allows guests to relax and attune to ‘island time’ – as does the private white-sand cove setting just east of Ocho Rios. Snorkelling and kayaking are provided gratis, while the Ocean Spa offers moonlight massages, yoga and Pilates.

  4. Serenity-seeking:

    Montpelier Plantation, St Kitts & Nevis

    Snoozily nestled in Nevis’ hills amid large tropical gardens, this family-run Relais & Chateaux retreat is the finest of the island’s converted plantation houses. Despite its 18th-century origins, there’s nothing old-fashioned about the hotel’s innovative cuisine and 19 sleek, stylish rooms – each of which has a private veranda with tremendous sea views. There’s also a tennis court, fresh-water pool and open-air spa, while regular shuttles whisk guests down to the hotel’s private beach, and horse-riding and mountain walks can be enjoyed nearby.

  5. Untouched Sands:

    Bequia Beach Hotel, The Grenadines

    Untouched and off the beaten track, Bequia (pronounced Beck-way) is the Caribbean as it once was. The second largest island in The Grenadines, you won’t find tourist resorts or shopping malls, just old-world charm and complete tranquillity. Overlooking one of the island’s finest sandy stretches, Bequia Beach Hotel is our favourite place to stay. The hotel has a nostalgic feel, designed with colonial touches, retro posters and flashes of Caribbean colour. We recommend opting for one of the Beachfront Suites, where you’ll be just steps away from the turquoise waters of Friendship Bay.

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