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Diamond Beaches and Sparkling Private Idylls

Journey from Miami's shimmering shores to the tropical paradises of Grand Turk Island, Samaná, Spanish Town, and Deshaies, before a grand return to Florida's vibrant Miami.

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9 nights

Luxury Holiday
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
Samana
Miami
Virgin Gorda
Bahamas

Call us now on 01756 706500 to secure your cabin!

EJ

We set sail on our quest for blue-water bliss where nature demands our full attention. Birds in a bevy of songs and colours. Trees laden with mangos and guava. Islands with gin-clear lagoons, white sand beaches and towering mystic mountains.

Miami sets our expectations of enchantment with some of its most cherished treasures including the magnificent Vizcaya Villa, the Mediterranean-inspired Venetian Pool, and Key Biscayne’s long secluded beaches. Our playground of discovery continues in Grand Turk where the world’s third longest barrier reef and sheer coral walls teem with fish named for parrots, angels and damsels as well as the “splash down” site when the Friendship 7 NASA capsule hit these waters with Astronaut John Glenn in 1962. From stellar grace to heavenly lairs, we call on the eden of Samana; a stage for stories to tell about secluded Playa Rincon beach, considered by many to be the most beautiful, and the virgin forest of El Valle with its many gossamer waterfalls.

Quiet coves and untamed wilderness await in Virgin Gorda which is as pristine and plump with surprises as her name suggests. Explore The Baths, hike Devi’s Bay National Park or head out to uninhabited Prickly Pear Island. Regal and under-the-radar, Deshaies distinguishes with its famed golden beach of Grande Anse and privy location to the world-renowned Jacques Cousteau dive site at nearby Pigeon Island. Without disturbing the balance of sea and life, we call upon Ocean Cay Marine Reserve; our private island outpost designed to provide enriching experiences in an environmentally and sustainable manner.

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Diamond Beaches and Sparkling Private Idylls Itinerary

Day 1 - Miami, Florida

Welcome to Miami and the sweep of South Beach - backdrop to every iconic Miami movie, and forefront of Latin American culture. Stroll through pastel-hued geometric buildings in the art deco district, to graffiti mural masterpieces at Wynwood Walls. Watch Latino life unfold in Little Havana - the heartbeat of this great city - where walk-up windows sell café cortadito, sweet sugarcane juice, hatuey beer and guava ice-cream. Watch passionate locals discuss politics, play dominoes and smoke cigars. Shimmy at a salsa class, shop designer boutiques and race marlin and sharks by speedboat. Then slow your pace to uncover rare and endangered species at the Everglades National Park outdoor oasis. You’ll find the Miami dream is real – and it’s not just Cuban heels that will give you a spring in your step.

Day 3 - Grand Turk Island

Take your time, for happy hour is infinite here. Embrace the radiant warmth as you absorb the island’s history within sparkling turquoise seas that join sapphire skies. Discover the iconic salt flats, visit old-world villages, taste conch and look out from the lighthouse. Snorkel and dive through calm crystal-clear waters and revel at a rum punch party aboard a catamaran. Or perhaps you’d prefer a little snooze beneath some bougainvillea shade – a compliment to the slower, more measured pace of life.

Day 4 - Samaná

A heavenly haven of sun-dappled beaches wrapped in majestic mountains and immersed in lively Hispanic culture. Snorkel, sail, sunbathe, enrol in a local cooking class, or climb and hike through scenic trails in verdant mountains. Pick up some pace to head further offshore by speed boat or use a quad bike to explore little Latino towns, The Mangrove Forest and the caves of Los Haitises National Park. Then re-hydrate and re-vitalise with freshly cracked coconut water as you tumble into sugar-white sands stroked by crystal-clear waters.

Day 5 - Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda

Slip into a tranquil, tropical paradise of sparkling waters, coral reefs and powder white beaches. Switch off and slowly shop, swim, snorkel and sip within the peace of sand, sea and sky. Sink into a beachside boulder-forming pool at The Baths, admire spectacular villas scattered on the Great Mountain, sit back on a safari bus ride or sunbathe aboard a catamaran. Prepare to be mesmerised by this softly lit, sun-drenched heaven.

Day 6 - Deshaies

Slowly amble into little sleepy Deshaies. Stroll around the sheltered bay brimming with Creole homes, restaurants and a cosmopolitan crowd. Stroll along to the best of Guadeloupe; the fine golden sands of Grande Anse and the wonderful botanical garden with dreamy plants and ponds. Visit the Cocoa House for a taste of dark chocolate’s rich roots, climb the summit of La Grande Dame at La Soufriere, wander to waterfalls and visit Christopher Island bird reserve. Coconut palms, protected wildlife and a slow pace – you’ll be filled with love in this relaxed fishing village.

Day 9 - Ocean Cay, MSC Marine Reserve

Wander into the reality of a serene Bahamian dream. Alluring, exclusive and eco-friendly, an escape to this island marine reserve is possibly the world’s most coveted invite. Slowly snorkel, gently paddle board or glide over aquamarine waters by boat. Wonder at marine life and nature in its natural habitat, visit the marina, lighthouse, lagoon and pastel-hued buildings. Recline for a beachside massage, settle into a lazy lunch, sip endless rum cocktails and sink into powdery white sands cooled by the soothing sways of palm leaves. If paradise was packaged, this island might be the finest gift.

Day 10 - Miami, Florida

Welcome to Miami and the sweep of South Beach - backdrop to every iconic Miami movie, and forefront of Latin American culture. Stroll through pastel-hued geometric buildings in the art deco district, to graffiti mural masterpieces at Wynwood Walls. Watch Latino life unfold in Little Havana - the heartbeat of this great city - where walk-up windows sell café cortadito, sweet sugarcane juice, hatuey beer and guava ice-cream. Watch passionate locals discuss politics, play dominoes and smoke cigars. Shimmy at a salsa class, shop designer boutiques and race marlin and sharks by speedboat. Then slow your pace to uncover rare and endangered species at the Everglades National Park outdoor oasis. You’ll find the Miami dream is real – and it’s not just Cuban heels that will give you a spring in your step.

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