Blog: Our New Island Hopper!
Wed, November 9th
When you think paradise, you think Caribbean… and there cannot be a better way to spend the week than hopping from one paradise island to another. Adele from the Essential Collection team recently did just that! She escaped the cold temperatures in London and headed off to the heat in the West Indies to see our lovely hoteliers and properties in the Windward Islands.
The trip started in St Lucia at the gorgeous Cap Maison which oozes style and sophistication from every nook and cranny. Ross Stevenson and the Gobat family certainly know the definition of the word ‘luxury’. A day or so later she headed off only 20 minutes south of the island to stay with Garth and his team at East Winds Inn, but not before stopping off at Rodney Bay for a sneaky coffee and cake at Café Au Lait! East Winds Inn is a captivating, traditional all-inclusive hotel which defies all myths about Caribbean all-inclusive. It offers excellent food and wine and a lovely, warm atmosphere set in beautiful lush tropical gardens.
From here it was a 30-minute flight over to Bequia where Adele made the obvious choice of staying at the brand-new BequiaBeach Hotel. How can you not be in awe of the place where people who live in paradise spend their holidays? Set on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, Bequia Beach Hotel is a polished resort making the most of its surroundings without losing that distinct laid back feeling.
After an hour at sea Adele arrived just in time for Young Island’s cocktail party, where she was greeted by GM Bianca Porter. This paradise island makes you feel a million miles away from anywhere. It has a distinct castaway feeling which is infectious and relaxes you immediately.
The lovely Grenada was next and as usual it didn’t disappoint. There was only a short transfer from St Vincent and then she arrived at the beautiful Calabash hotel which produced the ‘wow’ factor from beginning to end. Before heading off to Barbados, Adele had to sample dinner at the Gary Rhodes restaurant which was divine. Shame she wasn’t there in a couple of weeks’ time, as she would have met Gary whilst he is over for a few weeks!
Cobblers Cove is like an oasis of calm and relaxation on the buzzing west coast. In true English Country House style she enjoyed charming service and wonderful food before departing for a quick stop at Little Good Harbour and sampling the delights of the Fish Pot restaurant.
The last stop was the simply beautiful Atlantis Hotel on Barbados’s east coast. A world away from the Barbados you thought you knew and worth making the effort for. The roaring Atlantic Ocean, fantastic scenery and excellent local food was a perfect way to end a great trip.