Nia's tour of the Caribbean!
My summer trip to the Caribbean took me first to Antigua, after a great flight where we were upgraded to Premium Economy in the bubble on the Virgin Atlantic flight, a touchdown on Barbados was quickly followed by a transfer flight to Antigua where we were first whisked off to the eye-catching Blue Waters on the North East of the island.
We were greeted by 17 acres of lush grounds and secluded cove beaches and taken to our rooms by golf buggy. We were staying in the Cove Suites. The rooms were large open plan, modern in design and I was located on the ground floor but still had undisrupted views of the Caribbean Sea. The Cove Suites are in blocks of 9 rooms, each with its own private freshwater pool and they really are something special. There is plenty to see and do in the resort itself and if you love great food this is a perfect choice as there are three restaurants to choose from and I highly recommend the Cove Restaurant, for a romantic meal as it's in a pretty setting with fairy lights all over the ceiling.
My next stop - Galley Bay, which I loved and I was lucky enough to spend 3 nights here, from the minute we approach its white gates I was hooked. As you arrive, you can't see any of the main resort, just the main reception area, so once we had checked in and were in on our golf buggy, the anticipation was well and truly building. And I wasn't disappointed, as we headed over the resorts mangrove and down to the main resort I was greeted by the sight of the most amazing beach! To me, that was my perception of the Caribbean. The beach stretches out for almost a mile in length.
Carlisle Bay was my final stop in Antigua. The most polished and contemporary of all the resorts we stayed at, it's located with a backdrop of both rainforest and a mangrove to the back of the property. It is also split into a family area and adult's area; we were accommodated in the Ocean Suites in the adults' area of the resort. The rooms are split level and very modern and contemporary. The ocean suites are in blocks with 3 levels and I was located on the top level with the best views. <BR
Next stop the British Virgin Islands!!
I got to take the short flight via St Maarten to Beef Island. Upon arrival I got the VIP experience and got whisked off to the VIP area where all my immigration and luggage was taken care of for me. I then got into the very brief transfer to the dock to catch the boat - the only way to get around the BVI's, across to Virgin Gorda.
Upon arrival at Biras Creek, in the dark I could only see a few lights dotted around the 140 acre resort. I got taken to my room via golf buggy and was lucky to have a suite right on the oceanfront. The suite was like stepping back in time and in need of a little updating. Each villa has its own bikes to get around and the resort is keyless. Each suite also has an outdoor shower and lounge area with mini bar. No TV's in any of the villas but there is an entertainment room in the resort.
Up last but by no means least was the wonderful Rosewood, Little Dix Bay, where I spent two wonderful nights, before reluctantly heading home. Located again on Virgin Gorda the boutique resort is nestled right on the beachfront. I was transferred here by private car, over the highest point of Virgin Gorda and oh what a view! I stayed in a Rosewood Junior Suite with a large terrace area. The room had a large walk in wardrobe as well as both indoor and outdoor showers. The resort is much larger than Biras Creek and offers three restaurants; The Sugar Mill, The Pavilion and The Beach Grill. The spa is located up in the mountainside with the most spectacular views over the BVIs.
The Caribbean is such an amazing diverse and enticing place, with the properties I was lucky enough to visit some of the best in the world. An I just know that this is a trip I'll look back at in my old age and think - wow I really went there and did that!