With such summer residents as Johnny Depp and Oprah Winfrey, the Caribbean is both a hotbed of celebrity glamour and a nirvana of idyllic beauty and relaxation. Indeed, the Caribbean is nothing less than an enchanting voyage of discovery, brimming with hidden luxuries. CDClifestyle have uncovered just a few hidden gems, to ensure you experience the Caribbean in the most magical way possible.
Privacy and exclusivity have remained the defining characteristics of much of the Caribbean, and many of the hushed coastlines place their emphasis on seclusion and romance. Offering remote, wind-swept white beaches and romantic allure, the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands and Tobago are renowned for privacy and intimacy. In particular, the islands of Mustique in The Grenadines and Peter Island just 25 miles southeast of Richard Branson’s Necker Island offer island living at its very finest, with finely furnished villas, all lavishly appointed with exquisite views and more than an air of exclusivity. If luxury hotels appeal to you, why not plump for The Peninsula House, an exceptional luxury boutique guest house in the Dominican Republic. Unparalleled elegance and world-class service set amidst the beauty of the Samana Peninsula have been combined to produce this gracious Victorian house. The epitome of Caribbean-meets-British elegance, The Peninsula House is one of the Caribbean’s most distinctive experiences.
As a tranquil oasis of calm set amidst nature’s beauty at her very best, it is only natural that the Caribbean boasts exquisite spa experiences. The spa at Isle de France in celebrity favourite St. Barts is an environment to restore the natural state and restart the self. Adventurous and experimental therapies are adopted here, all the while purifying the mind in the most relaxing of ways. Ingredients used are potent and exotic, whilst treatments are healing and therapeutic in order for you to leave with a new sense of health and well-being. In the Bahamas, the Kamalame Cay Spa is the perfect refuge from the fast-paced, high-stress world of today, and is place dedicated to the restoration and rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul. Set in a chic yet charming Caribbean retreat, the experienced spa team will personalise you a unique package of treatments, to ensure you receive maximum benefit from your session.
What would this guide be without the inclusion of gourmet cuisine? As a set of islands that rely upon the beautiful, raw ingredients they have been blessed with, one can only expect the finest cuisine from world-renowned restaurants and chefs. In the Turks and Caicos islands, Coco Bistro offers an exceptional dining experience located in the heart of Grace Bay, serving fresh, local cuisine under a starlit sky and swaying coconut palms. The beautiful torch lit waterfront restaurant, The Edge in St Lucia is a culinary and visual treat offering food that rivals the world’s best Michelin starred restaurants. Tradewinds Restaurant on Peter Island offers an intimate dining experience, with menus crafted by the Caribbean’s most highly sought after chefs and décor consisting of French silverware and Italian crystal. Elsewhere, The Terrace Restaurant at Cobblers Cove has been a Relais & Châteaux member since 1995 – the only one in Barbados and one of only a handful in the Caribbean, and serves superb fresh, local cuisine in a charming, intimate and relaxed setting befitting any fine food aficionado.
Crystal, azure waters and unspoilt islands have enchanted visitors with serene natural beauty for generations, and continue to do so today in the most exquisite of ways. Chic luxury, exclusivity and serenity will always accompany the ambience of the evocative haven that the Caribbean is famous for, and here at CDClifestyle we still believe it is one of the most luxurious getaways the world has to offer.
Written by Rebecca Atherton – 3/9/12