The Caribbean is a magical part of the world that is home to picturesque beaches, turquoise waters and amazing hotels that are at the pinnacle of luxury. There is an island that reflects everyone’s desires and budget it’s just a matter of choosing one of the 115 inhabited destinations.

To the north of the Caribbean you’ll find the Greater Antilles that consists of Cuba, Jamaica and the shared island of Dominican Republic and Haiti. As you head east the Lesser Antilles appear and are made up of smaller islands such as Barbados, Antigua and St Lucia as well as some privately owned islets.

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The smaller islands of the Lesser Antilles offer a boutique luxury experience with friendly staff, hidden beaches and beautiful wildlife and flora that the islands are covered in. These smaller islands are great value for money, after all good things come in small packages and as these are tiny they are sure to impress.

The Greater Antilles are larger than the islands to the east and benefit from a wide range of resorts and attractions. From the colourful towns and cities of Cuba to the beating streets of Jamaica where everyone has the urge to join in with the steel pan music, there is always something happening. The hotels are usually much bigger and many have several restaurants, bars, pools and may even have their own watersports centre.


If you’re a foodie you’ll love the Caribbean, influenced from around the world with African, Spanish, Chinese and East Indian cuisines there is something for even the pickiest of kids and adults. The most popular Caribbean dish is from Jamaica; their jerk chicken is one of the most recognisable Caribbean dishes worldwide and is perfect if you don’t fancy their selection of freshly cooked fish.

Each one of these islands is different from the next, even St Kitts and Nevis that sit only 2.5Km apart have different features and beauty spots. From budget to pure luxury and family friendly to adults only there is an island, resort and hotel in the Caribbean perfect for you.


Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St Lucia – Luxury


One of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, St Lucia offers nothing less than pure luxury. All of the hotels are beautifully sculpted, but the pick of the bunch is Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa. Waited on hand and foot the hotel has everything you would expect from a luxury hotel including six bars one of which is a swim up pool bar, a waterpark and even paintballing.

Sol Rio de Luna & Mares Resort, Cuba – Budget


You may be forgiven for thinking that everywhere in the Caribbean is expensive, but the Sol Rio de Luna & Mares Resort has a point to prove being an affordable family hotel, yet you can still expect it to be quality with TripAdvisor rating a solid 4/5. In a beach front location and surrounded by lush greenery of Holguin the Sol Rio Resort is a beautiful hotel for those who don’t want to pay over the odds for their family holiday.

Excellence Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Adults Only


The minimum age at this adult’s only hotel is 18yrs, so we can guarantee there will be no kids running around interrupting the peace and tranquillity of the Dominican Republic. Far from the crowded resorts this hotel has a host of onsite activities including horse riding, scuba diving and to top it off a beautiful spa, for those lazy days. The nine restaurants and ten onsite bars offer an almost endless choice of cuisines and evening entertainment including sports, casino and lobby bars.

Grand Bahia Principe, Jamaica – Families


This family friendly hotel on the north coast of Jamaica is an ideal family getaway. Packed with features such as five restaurants, three swimming pools, hotel run kids club, daytime activities and evening entertainment is suitable for all of the family’s needs. Your kids will never be short of something to do at this Caribbean hideaway whilst you relax by one of the magnificent pools, bliss.

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