The Caribbean really does have something for everyone. However, with 2017 looking like the heat will be on for these alluring islands to battle it out for your favour, we weigh up the best places to be in the Caribbean for a luxury holiday in 2017.
Bermuda vs Antigua for Sailing
Antigua is often seen as the heavyweight champion when it comes to sailing, and is known as the winter capital of the yachting world. With reliable trade-winds and plenty of bays to sweep along, conditions are perfect, making English Harbour on the south coast of the island pure paradise for those who love nothing more than catching the breeze in their sails. For those looking to refine their techniques, learn the joys of sailing from scratch or just enjoy their favourite pastime, Jumby Bay and Carlisle Bay offer sailing programmes to meet your needs.
Antigua’s challenger for the year, though, is the always unconventional island of Bermuda. In 2017, Britain’s oldest colony and possibly the most unique island in the Caribbean Sea, will host the 35th America’s Cup – to be in the middle of the action, stay at the official host hotel for the event, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. This year, Britain’s hopes are with Sir Ben Ainslie for bringing the cup home!
Dominican Republic vs Barbados for Golf
Not only a destination for almost one-thousand miles of stunning coastline, magnificent national parks and a fascinating Colonial history, the Dominican Republic is also a top contender for the best golf spots on the island, rivalling even Barbados, known for its premier Green Monkey Golf Course at Sandy Lane and fabulous fairways of Royal Westmoreland.
While Barbados often is the first to spring to mind when planning a luxurious golf getaway, the Dominican Republic can boast Cap Cana golf course, which has been voted as the top course in the Caribbean for four years running. Designed by the legend, Jack Nicklaus, the views are simply breathtaking – particularly from the Clubhouse at the nineteenth hole! Meanwhile at the sumptuous Amanera hotel, you can find yourself on the edge of the Playa Grande golf course, where you can enjoy the highest number of ocean-side holes in the Western hemisphere set amid the breathtaking natural scenery.
Grenada vs Jamaica for Adventure
Nicknamed the ‘Spice Island’ for the nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and cocoa that grow amid its lush interior, Grenada certainly knows how to kick up an adventure or two! Visit a volcano at the Grand Etang Forest Reserve, swim in one of the seven refreshing waterfalls or, between the months of December and April, go whale-watching – there is a ninety-seven-percent success rate of a sighting! The rainforests are also spectacular, and on a hike through Seven Sisters Falls, you can spot the cocoa and banana trees growing fruit in abundance!
Perhaps the number one destination for action though, is Jamaica. Here, it is watersports galore along the hundreds of miles of soft, white coastline, while Dunn’s River Falls, one of the most visited sights on the island offers a splashing good time, where adventurers will love the climb from the beach right to the top.
St Lucia vs St Barths for Caribbean Chic
The exclusive and pint-sized island of St Barths is the perfect summer chic destination. Offering French glamour in a Caribbean package, this former colony is now a favourite hideaway for the glitterati. Charming architecture mixes with high end shops, elegant waterfronts and a fantastic dining scene around the marina. It’s also a top spot for kitesurfing and has beautiful scenic hiking routes – try Mount Vitet, the top of the island, standing at two-hundred-and-eighty-six meters high.
In St Lucia, the Bodyholiday is one of the hottest places for wellness types, offering a unique beach retreat dedicated to well-being with one of the best spas in the Caribbean, an array of fitness activities and menus packed with deliciously healthy cuisine to fuel your fun. St Lucia is also on the radar of music lovers with its annual jazz festival, the island’s premier music event, where diverse music acts perform against the scenic background of the island.
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