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Boutique Caribbean

In June, Michelle visited some boutique properties in the Caribbean on the islands of St Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

After a 7-hour flight and just over 1 ½ hour road transfer, we reached Eastwinds Hotel in St Lucia. It is possible to reduce the transfer time to 15 minutes by taking a helicopter flight from the international to domestic airport. Eastwinds is a small property with a total of 30 rooms. It offers an all-inclusive experience with a difference, low key and informal yet elegant and very private. It is tucked away in 12 acres of beautiful tropical gardens and is located on a wonderful bay with a great beach offering a good range of water sports.

The staff were all very attentive and the food was of a very high standard. I can recommend a visit to the spa where I enjoyed one of the many relaxing treatments. I also experienced my first Pilates class. The instructor was very passionate in ensuring that all the participants were able to follow her teaching methods and tailored the class to suit all abilities.

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We left St Lucia and flew via Barbados to St Vincent. It was a short road transfer from the airport to the dock then a small boat took us across to Young Island. This is a truly rustic Caribbean island with a variety of accommodation of 29 cottages and suites most with amazing views. It is private but not remote being minutes by boat from St Vincent with easy access to the other Grenadine islands. The resort is famous for serving 6 delicious homemade breads at every meal, it was truly amazing, as was the rest of the food. For a supplement you can spend a few nights exploring the amazing Grenadines onboard the hotels’ catamaran “Bulot” with a captain and cook. Whilst onboard guests have the opportunity to snorkel and see the sights at each island that you visit.

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Our short stay came to an end and we departed for Bequia Beach Hotel which was my favourite hotel of the trip. Mr Ben, the owner is so passionate about the hotel. He is constantly improving the facilities and accommodation to a very high standard. Located within the stunning Friendship Bay with views across to the other Grenadine islands. I really enjoyed walking along the beach and swimming in the sea (Atlantic Side). Bequia Beach is a modern colonial style hotel that combines luxury with elegance and charm. Mr Ben also owns Jacks Beach Bar located on the Caribbean side of the island not too far from the hotel. On a fine sand beach, it is a fantastic location from where you can watch the sunset after a relaxing day. 

The hotel owns a luxurious 9-seater turboprop aircraft which connects with international flights from St Lucia and Barbados. It also offers private charters in the southern Caribbean. Our group was very privileged to be able to experience this when we flew from Bequia back to Barbados.

 

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Our last port of call was Little Good Harbour situated in a quiet fishing village on the North-West coast of Barbados. This property offers the best of both worlds, the privacy and 

facilities of a villa with the services and amenities of a hotel. The accommodation varies from 1 to 3 bedroom villas and suites, great for families of groups of friends. The hotel’s restaurant, The Fish Pot is situated on the waters edge and has amazing views over the beach and sea. The food was of a very high standard, the staff are very attentive and it is 

popular with both visitors and the locals. The sandy beach was a great place to relax and watch the world go by. If you 

are looking for more activity and excitement the fashionable, exclusive West coast is just 15 minutes away. I would recommend hiring a car, if not for the full duration then definitely for a few days to explore this amazing island.