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Discovering the Sainted Islands of the Caribbean

Set sail from Bridgetown to the vibrant ports of Castries, Basseterre, Saint John's culminating in the sun-kissed glamour of Miami, Florida. An unforgettable Caribbean voyage awaits!

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7 nights

Luxury Holiday
Basseterre Coastline
Basseterre
Bahamas

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Rugged and majestic, born of volcanic fire yet matured in barefoot elegance, we call on small harbors and private islands that all belong to the Caribbean but live spiritually in a state of mind.

In a theatrical scene of grandeur, we call on Castries, a breathtakingly exotic gateway to St. Lucia. So enamoured were the French and British that they savagely fought each other for her procession. You’ll see their ruins at Fort Rodney and Pigeon Island on her north shore. Grand Pitons to the south and the original French settlement, Soufriere . On the island of St. Kitts we feel the sigh of history settled over the ruins of Brimstone Hill - “the Gibraltar of the West Indies” - whist the landscape is abloom with fruits and flowers.

Sailing though azure waters, we slip into St. John’s, a picturesque place of rich plantations, forts, and sugar-cane ruins, each romantically picturesque yet all tragically entwined with the practice of slavery. Today, however, we find landmarks of remembrance, colourful quays that await exploration, off-road adventures, and inflatable dinghy boats that zip to the best dive spots. With a mastery of mesmerism, we enjoy two days at sea; sitting in the calm of dawn on your private terrace, you discover how the rhythms of your body slowly keep time to the gently lapping waves.

As we slowly approach Ocean Cay Marine Reserve, coconut palms sway in the sun and more than 3 kilometres of beaches shimmer with the warmest welcome. Snorkel with blue angles and butterfly fish. Harness the wind with sails on a catamaran. Indulge in the spa with its waterside massage cabanas. Mi amore, we find even more to adore in Miami’s neighbourhoods of Little Havana, Little Haiti, Little Dominica, and the shopping mecca of Bal Harbour.

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Discovering the Sainted Islands of the Caribbean Itinerary

Day 1 - Bridgetown

Gently breeze into the vibrant capital of Barbados. Steeped in fascinating history, with architecture to match, uncover the wonderfully laid-back West Indian ambiance. Embrace the slow Bajan rhythm of this welcoming island; surf, snorkel and try spotting turtles in balmy azure waters. Explore subterranean Harrison’s Cave, Jacobean St Nicholas Abbey and zipline high above bountiful tropical flora. Then return to restore on pastel pink sands at palm-studded beaches, where you’ll discover cocktail hour is endless, and measures of rum are copious.

Day 2 - Castries

Wind your way through the romantic island of St Lucia. Hike up the majestic UNESCO-listed Pitons, wallow in a volcanic mud bath, lounge on black sand beaches, explore botanical gardens and venture into a tropical jungle scattered with banana, coconut and mango plantations. Choose between calm Caribbean or choppy Atlantic seas to skim through waters by catamaran, private boat or kayak. Refresh beneath a waterfall, watch gliding whales and enjoy freshly caught mahi mahi with local Piton beer. Or just relax into an inner glow of serenity as you unwind in this tranquil tropical isle.

Day 3 - Basseterre, Saint Kitts

Formed by volcanoes, St Kitts fertile soil is so rich it turns monkeys green. Trek through miles of rainforest amongst colourful wildlife to conquer the highest peak of Mount Liamuiga so you can peer into the mile-wide crater, or bravely descend to sniff the sulphur. Experience a train ride, sailing trip, cooking class, sky safari zip-line, or creative batik fabric workshops. Visit sugarcane plantations, the Narrows between St Kitts and Nevis and the UNESCO Brimstone Hill Fortress for spectacular views of neighbouring islands. You’ll find this special island small in size yet tall in standing, as well as big on charm.

Day 4 - Saint John's

An adrenaline rush awaits. Swim with stingrays. Zip-line through lush forests. Walk across a gorge on a scenic suspension bridge. Sip excellent aged rums. Taste the island with a chef. Or stroll St. St. John's old town to tour cottages laden with cheerful fretwork. Explore British forts atop Shirley Heights and Goat Hill. Then rest and rejuvenate with VIP reservations at one of Anguilla’s snow-white beaches and enjoy a cozy lounger and rum drinks.

Day 7 - 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 8 - 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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