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A collection of idyllic islands surrounded by peaceful, turquoise waters, St Vincent and The Grenadines is a destination loved by those seeking a sense of escapism on a luxury holiday. Situated to the west of Barbados and south of St Lucia, sprawling white-sand beaches fringed by swaying palm trees surround the coast, whilst further in land you’ll find magnificent volcanoes and inspiring historic monuments, as well as restaurants serving mouth-watering fresh seafood and punchy Caribbean cocktails. Below the surface, you’ll find a second paradise. The underwater world of St Vincent and The Grenadines features reefs of black coral, shipwrecks and serene marine life basking in the island’s warm waters.
A leisurely hack along the curves of the coastline, driving through the tropical forests or snorkelling in the shallows; there are many ways to see the islands and, with such abundant beauty at every turn, you’ll find yourself seeking out new spots each time. Having provided the backdrop for ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ films, this region is as close to real life Treasure Island as one could hope. Combining the Jack Sparrow fantasy with signature luxury, day cruises around the neighbouring islands and the incredible Tobago Cays, a marine conservation site within immaculate uninhabited islands, can be arranged by sail or power boats and by private charter if desired.
Whilst these islands are too small to incorporate adequate golf facilities, there is an award-winning championship course located on the neighbouring island of Canouan and transfers can be arranged during your Mustique getaway. Described as a golfer’s heaven, the island’s natural terrain lends itself to being a thrilling, one-of-a-kind course with unbelievable views on every green.
Relaxation is the ultimate aspiration throughout these islands. From lazy afternoons spent lounging on a yacht or catamaran to leisurely beach strolls at sunset, The Grenadines has no end to relaxing and rejuvenating recreations. The Cotton House Spa is the ultimate destination for a complete body restoration. Set in sumptuous surroundings within the hotel’s manicured grounds, the Spa has four treatment rooms and a relaxation room with breathtaking views of the tranquil turquoise waters. The Hillside Spa located on Petit St Vincent Island Resort features open-air treatment rooms within the island’s lush forest, in a decadent treehouse-style structure above Marni Hill, where guests can enjoy the spa’s luxuries to the soothing sounds of hummingbirds.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau, recently opened the Jean-Michel Cousteau Caribbean Diving Center on Petit St Vincent and guests can partake in private lessons, courses or specialist dives under the team’s experienced eyes. The waters surrounding Petit St Vincent are home to many species of tropical fish and coral and the island’s Diving Centre offers the opportunity to explore and uncover the many hidden treasures of the underwater kingdom. The Diving Centre has a dedicated children’s ‘Bubble Maker’ courses for budding divers and there is surely no better place to learn than on a private Caribbean island!
Whilst the islands are synonymous with a slower pace, free from the demands of everyday life, there is still an impressive amount of activities available. The Caribbean’s invitingly clear waters make it one of the world’s best spots for watersports, diving and sailing. Mustique is particularly famous for its scuba-diving and the region has a well-established eco-conservation charter which ensures the most professional practices are adhered to with respect for the environment and the diver. The volcanic and fertile nature of the Caribbean islands also makes it a popular hiking region and there are many trails and treks throughout the Grenadines.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
Food & Wine
From February to April, Petit St Vincent Island Resort host various show-cooking and wine-tasting events with experts and vineyard owners from all over the world. In February 2016, celebrated Italian vintners take over the island to showcase their Tuscan cooking, baking and signature wines, olive oils and passion for authentic Italian cuisine.
Health & Fitness
Whilst the rum-loving culture of the Caribbean might not immediately conjure images of a detox-enhancing environment, Cotton House has a range of health and fitness activities, including Pilates on the shoreline, and can make smoothies and juices to order each morning.
Due to its geography, the climate varies between the islands but it’s safe to say that it’s thanks to the rainfall during the summer months which keeps them so lush and green. Islands to the south of St Vincent are often drier and slightly warmer generally speaking. The dry season runs approximately from January to May. July is considered the wettest month, while April in contrast is usually the driest month. Winter is considered the high season and runs from December to May – In January, the average daily high temperature is 29°C (85°F), while at nights is drops to around 22°C (72°F).
There is a ‘hurricane season’ in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Central Mexico and South Eastern seaboard of America between June and November, the months of August and September being particularly susceptible.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for St Vincent and The Grenadines.
British Airways from London Gatwick and Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick and Manchester (to Barbados), with onward connecting flights to the islands. Private charter flights available on request.
From London Gatwick to Barbados: 8 hours, 45 minutes.
Onward connecting flight from Barbados to Mustique: 1 hour, 30 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in St Vincent and the Grenadines. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre
View the travel advice in full here: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-vincent-and-the-grenadines