Ask most people what their idea of paradise is, and chances are that the Caribbean will have something to offer that not just meets but actually far exceeds all their expectations.
From warm cobalt blue waters to the softest white-sand beaches, and from some of the best restaurants and bars in the world to the most elegant hotels, here’s everything anyone thinking of chartering a superyacht needs to know about sailing in the Caribbean.
How Much Of It Do You Want To See?
There are more than 5,000 islands, reefs and keys (small, low-elevation, sandy islands on the surface of a coral reef) in the Caribbean, so the idea of seeing it all – while not impossible – is certainly more than a little ambitious.
And the Caribbean is all about that chilled out, relaxed vibe, so why go stressing yourself out with such a notion?
No, far better to target a particular part of the Caribbean and go from there. Our team of expert captains and top-rate crew have vast experience of sailing in the Caribbean, so we’d be more than happy to plan out a tailored or bespoke itinerary with you.
The British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands, a collection of 60 unblemished Caribbean islands and islets, are some of the planet’s most valuable and secluded natural treasures.
The four biggest islands – Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada – are hardly household names in the way that Barbados, Jamaica, Antigua, St Lucia and so forth are.
But that’s part of the reason behind their appeal, and why they remain so unspoilt. There are very few places anywhere that can rival them and their crystalline, cyan waters for snorkelling, scuba diving and line-of-sight sailing.
These astoundingly beautiful, tranquil islands are the destination of choice for A-List celebrities, royalty and, dare we say it, ‘the super rich’. Let’s not beat about the bush here: these types of people even own some of these islands.
Guana Island, for example, is a veritable tropical arcadia, with its verdant forest, dainty mountains, flamingoes and iguanas. What’s more, visitors can experience the sheer gastronomic delights celebrated chef Xavier Gili conjures up from island produce at one of those places only those really in the know actually know about.
And if it’s a party filled with beautiful people that you’re after, the stunning and ultra-exclusive Scrub Island Resort & Spa Marina truly is the place to be.
The historic party island of Jamaica is probably the first thing people think of when you mention the Caribbean.
And, yes, while there are parts of it that have sadly become less appealing than they once were, Jamaica nevertheless offers some of the most elite resorts on earth.
Take the world-famous Jamaica Inn, for instance. Tucked away in the Ochos Rios and with its very own premier private beach, the intimate and luxurious Jamaica Inn has attracted the extremely rich and famous since the 1950s.
What’s kept its reputation intact, besides the enviable location and setting, is the continuous dedication to the very highest standards of accommodation, service and mouth-watering cuisine.
Beyond the collonaded splendour of some of Jamaica’s other vaunted hotels and resorts, the island has an abundance of natural wonder, including Dunn’s River Falls and the Blue Mountains.
Luscious St Lucia
St Lucia – with its prominent Pitons mountains and vivacious sulphur springs – was something of a hidden gem until around 30 years ago.
The eccentric Lord Glenconner set his sights on transforming the island’s prospects as a Caribbean destination of choice, and his lavish hospitality and shrewd investments soon became a great draw to Princess Margaret and other great figures of society.
Jade Mountain is a resort like no other, offering butler service, organic restaurant and astonishing views of the twin peaks and Pitons Bay from chromatherapy-lit whirlpool tubs, canopied beds and private infinity pools.
Besides its incredible hotels and resorts, St Lucia offers great sailing, fishing, watersports and adventure.
Caribbean Cool Meets European Chic On St Barthelemy
St Barth’s could be described as the ‘Caribbean Côte d’Azur’.
Or, more specifically, perhaps – with its surfeit of moored superyachts and supercars, and a population almost entirely made up of movie stars and extremely wealthy business behemoths – the Monaco of the Little Antillas.
A close neighbour to the equally beautiful and possibly more relaxed Anguilla, St Barthelemy moves at a Parisian pace somewhat at odds with its serene natural surroundings. And, in keeping with its refinement, the island provides extraordinary opportunities for bijou retail therapy and epicureanism alike.
Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France is just about the chicest place on the island, where you’ll rub shoulders with the likes of Robert de Niro and Naomi Campbell, who go there because they know they can enjoy the very best in French cuisine with a Caribbean twist without having their privacy invaded by the paparazzi or people demanding selfies.
The Enduring Charm Of Barbados
Barbados is a Caribbean island with timeless beauty and appeal.
With a superabundance of 5-star hotels per square metre, Barbados continues to seduce money old and new with its heady blend of glitz and traditional sophistication.
The world-renowned Sandy Bay Hotel, for instance, is a Bajan institution which offers one of the most envied private beaches and some of the best golfing in the known universe.
And if that’s all a little serene for you, there’s a wide array of fantastic restaurants on the island; and, famously, a plethora of fleshy night spots playing the hottest beat for you to dance the night away to.
A Region With Endless Opportunities For Adventure
OK, so maybe that’s not everything you need to know about the Caribbean.
But how could we tell you everything about the Caribbean when there’s so much of it to explore and enjoy? Including parts of it that we – and others like us – like to keep on the hush-hush to preserve their exclusivity (that’s right, we can’t even talk about them on the internet, for fear of people finding out about them).
You’ll surely agree, though, that we’ve given you a mouthwatering taste of what you can expect when sailing with us in the Caribbean; and that’s without going into the details of superyachts we can make available to you, and all that a superyacht charter adventure entails.
Want to include one or more of these places in your luxury Caribbean superyacht experience? Tell us what you’d like to see and do via our enquiry form and we’ll be in touch to arrange a voyage you’ll never forget.