Escape Winter With This Luxury Caribbean Vacation
For many outdoor enthusiasts, winter is a special time of year filled with activities such as skiing, ice skating, sledding and more. As soon as the first snowflake falls, these adventurers are eager to get out.
However, not everyone appreciates the feeling of crisp, fresh air on your face while participating in a favorite winter activity. Many people prefer to relax on powdery sands near crystal clear waters, basking in the sun with a Mai Tai hut nearby. Welcome to the Caribbean. This luxurious Caribbean vacation is ideal for northern snowbirds or just anyone looking to pamper themselves with sunshine, exotic drinks and a range of fresh seafood.
RED Hospitality and Leisure is a leading Caribbean hospitality and leisure group offering integrated resort services and top resort experiences, sunset cruises and booze cruises on private catamarans such as the Lady Grace in Turks and Caicos and the Lady Lynsey II in the US Virgin Islands.
Chris Batchelor, CEO of RED Hospitality and Leisure, says, “The Caribbean offers the widest variety of tropical destinations available compared to almost anywhere else in the world. The plentiful amount of air travel available from the Americas to the Caribbean makes travel easier than other tropical getaways, such as the South Pacific Islands for example. Travelers also have the option of choosing between more lively destinations or smaller intimate resorts, depending on their vacation style. For those who love to explore, many Caribbean islands have outlying towns nearby where travelers can fully immerse themselves in the culture of this region. Island hopping is also a major perk when traveling in the Caribbean. Whether by boat or plane, you can discover many islands that are only a short drive away, each unique to each other.
Embark aboard the 64ft luxury sailing catamaran, The Lady Grace. Christened to mark the grand opening of the new Ritz-Carlton, Turks and Caicos in August, the Lady Grace Catamaran offers tailor-made experiences for Ritz-Carlton guests and travelers to the island as they cruise the turquoise waters of Grace Bay while snorkeling and enjoying a full open bar for vacation cocktails and a BLT menu at the Ritz-Carlon Turks and Caicos. The Lady Lynsey II is one of the finest catamarans in the world, built on the heritage and service of the original Lady Lynsey who served groups and guests at the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas for over 20 years.
Arrive by private ferry and settle into Villa Lovango, a three bedroom villa available weekly or become ‘one’ with nature in a luxury treehouse and / or glamping tent available overnight. Relax in luxury by an infinity pool with lounge chair or food and beverage service next to the cabana. Enjoy spectacular views of Saint-Jean and Saint-Thomas and, on a clear day, views all the way to Sainte-Croix. Ferry service from Cruz Bay, St. John and Red Hook makes this island paradise accessible seven days a week. Day, evening and night anchorages are also available for private and charter boats.
Amanera, Dominican Republic
Surrounded by the golden sands of Playa Grande, it’s easy to feel isolated from the everyday world in Amanera. Amanera’s luxury Casitas dot the lush coastline of Playa Grande with stunning ocean views. Overhanging eaves shade expansive terraces with outdoor dining and lounging areas, while inside, floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to specially positioned rooms to maximize the view. All Casitas feature high ceilings and warm wood finishes, while a selection offers private pools. West along the Amanera Coast, Cabarete Bay is one of the most famous kitesurfing spots in the world. Overlooking the sea from the top of the cliff, Casa Grande serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, complemented by a casual spot for lunch at the Beach Club on the sand.
Amanyara, Turks and Caicos
Basking on the secluded shores of an 18,000-acre nature reserve, the lush tropical lodges of Amanyara overlook a half-mile of white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Contemporary in layout and design, Amanyara’s stand-alone wood-shingle pavilions and villas are sensitively integrated into their lush natural surroundings with views of the ocean, tranquil ponds or coastal vegetation. Ranging from 700 to 2,800 square feet, the spacious lodges, many of which have their own private plunge pools, have received a complete upgrade with new custom-made beds that are draped in soft linens for optimal comfort. Guests receive access to several new activities on land and in the ocean, including horseback riding, snorkeling, and kitesurfing. Home to the third largest barrier reef in the world, Turks & Caicos offers several popular dive sites, including Northwest Point.
O2 Beach Club & Spa, Barbados
A new all-inclusive luxury boutique hotel located on the exquisite south coast of Barbados, the resort is named ‘O2’ as a nod to the symbol of oxygen and offers rooms, suites and residences in three distinct collections: Club, Luxury and Concierge. Facilities include three swimming pools, including one of the island’s only rooftop pools, six dining experiences, seven bars, a full-service Acqua spa with panoramic ocean views, and the only Hammam treatment room at the Barbados. The resort enlisted local Caribbean designer Michelle Leotaud to bring the vision of authentic, laid-back Caribbean luxury and give a true sense of place.