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Five of the best Caribbean islands to visit

There’s no denying that the Caribbean is one of Earth’s true paradises. Instagram-worthy beaches, incredible cuisine, endless sunshine and a famously laid-back lifestyle. There are few places better for a relaxing beach holiday. But while all of this is a given, deciding on which of the islands to visit can be a little trickier.

We’ve rounded up a handful of our favourite Caribbean islands, including when to go, where to stay and how to get there.

Blue Waters, Antigua

Blue Waters, Antigua

Getting to Antigua

  • Fly to: Saint John's, Antigua
  • Flying time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Time difference: GMT -5 hours

Where to stay

With seven sparkling pools, tropical gardens, elegant accommodation and sandy beaches on its doorstep, Blue Waters is an ideal choice for a visit to Antigua.

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados

Getting to Barbados

  • Fly to: Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Flying time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Time difference: GMT -4 hours

Where to stay

One of the island's earliest hotels, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion has managed to retain its colonial charm, pale-pink façade and old-world elegance. An enviable beachfront location makes this an excellent option for your holiday in Barbados.

East Winds, St Lucia

East Winds, Saint Lucia

Getting to Saint Lucia

  • Fly to: Hewanorra, Saint Lucia
  • Flying time: 8 hours 40 minutes
  • Time difference: GMT -5 hours

Where to stay

Set on the picture-perfect, sandy shoreline at La Brelotte Bay, the East Winds is one of the oldest and most established resorts on Saint Lucia. It’s 30 rooms and cottages enjoy a tranquil and private setting among the tropical gardens, with the peaceful beach and azure ocean just steps away.

Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel

Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa

Getting to Grenada

  • Fly to: St George's, Grenada
  • Flying time: 10 hours 45 minutes
  • Time difference: GMT -5 hours

Where to stay

With 30 elegant suites set among lush tropical gardens facing the sea, the Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa is one of our favourite properties on Grenada.

Amanyara, Turks & Caicos

Amanyara, Turks & Caicos

Getting to the Turks & Caicos Islands

  • Fly to: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (via United States)
  • Flying time: 8 hours 30 minutes (excluding connection time)
  • Time difference: GMT -4 hours

Where to stay

The Amanyara enjoys a peaceful, oceanfront location on the pristine western tip of the Caicos islands. Its luxurious villas feature private sun decks overlooking tranquil ponds, with a selection of pavilions boasting private, 12-metre infinity-edge swimming pools.

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