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Follow the Sun January 15, 2024

When planning your next escape, timing is everything. Whether it’s catching a short European break at the best time or escaping the chill of the colder months to warmer climates, we have a spectacular selection of luxury resorts where sunshine-filled skies will off er you much-needed warmth throughout the year, so you can be in the right place at the right time.

January : JAMAICA INN OCHORIOS, JAMAICA 

Nestled within a secluded cove, on a 700-foot private Champagne coloured sand beach, lies Jamaica Inn. This family-owned hotel offers a relaxing and stylish holiday, mastering the art of combining discreet privacy with heartfelt personalised service. There are 52 spacious suites and cottages, all with sea views - many located directly on the water. Specialist suites, such as the Cowdray Suite, off er individual glamour and spectacular north coast views, while Suite 21 has its own pool creating the ultimate romantic hideaway. Dining at Jamaica Inn is an elegant affair, enjoy al fresco on The Terrace with a daily changing menu and live music, or at the new Teddy’s Grill on the beach. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres can be enjoyed on the Cocktail Terrace and all meals can be served in the privacy and comfort of your suite or cottage if you prefer. There is a huge array of facilities to take advantage of including a lovely secluded beach, a swimming pool, croquet lawn, fitness room and complimentary non-motorised watersports including sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and paddleboarding. Start the year off right with complimentary yoga every Thursday and Sunday morning as well as a rainforest bath and a range of holistic treatments using exotic and aromatic local ingredients.

7 nights from £3,429 per person sharing a Deluxe Verandah Suite including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 27%. STAY: 05 Jan - 19 Dec 2024.

February: MONTPLIER PLANTATION & BEACH NEVIS

Once an 18th century sugar plantation, this boutique retreat is nestled in Nevis’s lush hills, and sitting 750 feet above the Caribbean Sea you’ll enjoy commanding views of the surrounding mountainous terrain. Lovingly restored to their magnificent former glory, this chic resort features an original windmill, plantation house and fragrant gardens to enjoy. All of the 16 spacious rooms, the two-bedroom Tamarind Suite and the Garden Suite are dressed in an elegant and contemporary style and feature private verandas for you to enjoy the view in peace. This small but mighty resort is renowned for the superb cuisine at all three restaurants on property. To fully complement the exceptional dining, you will find a well-stocked cellar with exceptional wines and aged rums.

7 nights from £1,815 per person sharing a Premier Room including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 20%. STAY: 01 May - 31 Oct 2024.

March: CARLISLE BAY ANTIGUA

Perched on the crescent of a natural harbour surrounded by verdant rainforest, Carlisle Bay offers a completely idyllic setting. A unique sense of understated luxury and style creates an ambience that is as tranquil as the waters lapping at the shore. The all-suite resort is especially popular with families, and offers excellent children’s facilities including a range of clubs from The Cool Kids Beginners (ages 2-3) all the way up to the Crew Blue Club (ages 8-12), 7 days a week, making this an excellent choice for February Half Term. This is a one of-a kind hotel that blends the absolute beauty of Antigua with understated luxury.

7 nights from £3,999 per adult & £1,349 per child sharing a Garden Suite including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 35% + Kids Stay Free. STAY: 10 Feb - 21 Apr 2024.

April: BLUE WATERS RESORT & SPA ANTIGUA

Set in 17 acres of gardens on a secluded cove, at Blue Waters you’ll find yourself instantly relaxing into the resort’s elegant, Caribbean ambience. Bordering two beaches, this family-friendly resort really is the perfect ‘get away from it all’ destination. Blue Waters’ private and secluded Cove Suites bring an elevated level of luxury to what is already an outstanding resort. Perfect for multi-generational families, they are uniquely designed to allow for optimum levels of privacy while facilities include exclusive access to four freshwater pools. Set apart from the main resort, 24 magnificent suites and four penthouses are set within four sumptuous villas, each with its own exclusive infinity pool and dedicated concierge service. Throughout the months of May and June, you can expect glorious temperatures and breezes to keep you cool as well as taking advantage of fantastic special offers.

7 nights from £3,249 per person sharing a Deluxe Beachfront on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Save 30%. STAY: 17 Apr - 18 Oct 2024.

May: CALABASH HOTEL GRENADA

Set beside a beautiful palm-fringed beach, Calabash combines effortless contemporary style with great comfort and luxury. The owners, the Garbutt family, clearly understand the needs of discerning travellers and their warm hospitality keeps guests coming back year after year. Enjoying a longstanding reputation as a foodie’s paradise, the resort is part of the exclusive Relais & Châteaux brand. Wake up to an à la carte breakfast served on your balcony or on the beach, enjoy fresh cakes and pastries over daily afternoon tea and settle into tropical life with dinner served at The Beach Club on Tuesdays and Thursday for Grill and Caribbean Night where you can enjoy island delicacies served against the sweet sound of steel pan.

7 nights from £3,149 per person sharing a West Side Suite including breakfast. Based on April 2024 travel. Complimentary Half Board between 01 May – 31 Oct 2024.

June: DOMES LAKE ALGARVE, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION ALGARVE, PORTUGAL

This is the first Domes property outside of Greece, set on a tranquil private lake just three minutes from Vilamoura and its chic marina. Domes is the only resort to have direct marina access and also its own beach bar restaurant on the beautiful Praia da Falesia beach. There are 192 rooms and suites, with interiors inspired by both the local architecture and the earthy, natural tones of the wetland ecosystem. Domes Resorts are highly regarded for their innovative culinary off erings, and this is no exception, with four restaurants and three bars spread around the resort. Ideal for families, the crèche and kids’ club operate to UK Ofsted standards, with staff that focus on Montessori-style methods, and the KiEPOS programme encourages children to learn about sustainability and healthy eating by planting their own vegetables, herbs and flowers.

7 nights from £1,729 per person sharing an Inland Retreat including breakfast. OFFER: Save Up to 15%. STAY: 06 Jan - 25 Jul & 27 Aug - 02 Nov 2024.


July: LEMON GARDEN BRAČ , CROATIA

This is a hidden gem of pure luxury and relaxation on the island of Brač. An adults-only property with ample space ensures peace and quiet for all guests, providing the ideal base from which to explore the Dalmatian islands. Guests are greeted by immaculately maintained gardens filled with roses, hibiscus and hundreds of fragrant lemon trees. With just 39 rooms and suites spread across three buildings, each combine the elegance of a southern French country house with the splendour of a Venetian palace. The herbs growing in the garden are used by the hotel’s internationally awarded chef in his fresh, Mediterranean dishes. All other ingredients are also locally sourced, such as fresh fi sh and seafood from local fishermen and vegetables from the hotel’s own organic farm.

7 nights from £1,629 per person sharing a Small Superior Room including breakfast. STAY: 26 Apr - 31 Oct 2024.

August: MARBELLA, MAR-BELLA COLLECTION CORFU, GREECE

This immaculate hotel has a prime spot on Corfu’s east coast. Between two lively villages, it’s easy to experience a flavour of local life, while activities and entertainment means there’s plenty of variety on offer if you don’t want to stray too far away. Each of the 359 rooms and suites are decorated in soft colours and feature a balcony or terrace. Surrounded by ‘hills of green’ on one side, the Ionian Sea on the other, spectacular views are also never far away, though the grounds and pools are a delightful sight in their own, luxurious right. Ideal for a family escape in August, there’s so much going on, from organised activities to carefree fun with new-found friends. From tots to teens, they’ll love the kids clubs. There’s football, tennis, robotics, arts & crafts, and all sorts of fun games. And when it comes to having a splashtastic time in the water, the crystalclear sea is perfect for swimming, paddleboarding and just simply messing about in. There are pools of all shapes and sizes. And then there’s the Anemelia Aqua Park – a colourful, fun-packed world of splashes. Filled with slides, tubes and tunnels, your little ones will play all day - and you’ll be very tempted to join them!

7 nights from £2,359 per adult & £499 per child sharing a Superior Double Garden View Room on All-Inclusive.
OFFER: Save up to 20%. STAY: 19 Apr - 02 Nov 2024.

September: BODYHOLIDAY SAINT LUCIA

Start your September off in the right way at  BodyHoliday. As its name suggests, a holiday at  this beautiful beachfront resort will energise, soothe and revitalise your body and soul. BodyHoliday has the most comprehensive wellness centre in the West Indies and off ers all guests a complimentary 50-minute spa treatment for each full day of their stay. For the more energetic, there’s a superb range of watersports, outdoor activities and exercise classes to choose from, all included in the price.The September Solos retreat at BodyHoliday is a month dedicated to the solo traveller. Whether you’re traveling alone, with a friend or as part of a larger group, you’ll be able to mix and mingle during the sunset cruises, nightly group dinners and themed evening receptions.

7 nights from £3,899 per person based on one adult travelling, staying in a Solo Garden View Room on All-Inclusive.OFFER: Save up to 30% + Complimentary Daily Spa treatment for every full day of stay + Shared transfers included. STAY: 01-30 Sep 2024.

WHAT’S INCLUDED: September Solos theme month at BodyHoliday is a month dedicated to the solo traveller.

  • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner daily
  • Unlimited premium brand drinks, selected wines and Champagne by the glass
  • Personalised schedule of daily spa treatments
  • All watersports and land sports including tuition
  • Hosted cocktail party at Cariblue Pool
  • Nightly hosted dinners
  • Group fi tness classes
  • Group Pilates classes
  • Weekly sunset cruise

 

October: IKOS DASSIA CORFU, GREECE

With 25 acres of verdant space adjacent to the breathtaking Ionian coast, a white-sand beach to call its own, and a great setting just 15 minutes away from Corfu Town, you can’t beat this resort’s location. There’s a beautiful beach fl anked by olive and pine trees, and heated indoor and outdoor pools with separate pools for children and babies. Other facilities include tennis courts, and a range of activities on land and water. The Ikos Spa by Anne Semonin features a heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi, hammam, sauna, fi tness studio and salon. There are supervised clubs for children and teens encompassing a range of fun activities, as well as a beach-based childcare service so parents can enjoy some time to themselves on the beach. In addition, Ikos Resorts award-winning Infi nite Lifestyle Concept is widely recognised and fi rmly places them as one of the world’s top all-inclusive resorts.

7 nights from £2,999 per person & £999 per child sharing a Junior Suite Inland View on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Save 10%. STAY: 22 Mar - 24 May, 02 - 21 Jun and 08 Sep - 02 Nov 2024.

November: FAIRMONT MAYAKOBA RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

Created within 95 acres of mangroves and crystal-clear canals, and set alongside a stunning stretch of beach, this is a spectacular resort where families will feel at one with the breathtaking natural surroundings. Designed with environmental conservation in mind and with abundant wildlife all around, your stay is guaranteed to be a relaxing experience. Perfect for all ages and with Fairmont’s legendary standards throughout, prepare to be amazed and enthralled at this incredible retreat. Children will love the fun craft classes, among other activities including adventurous trips into the majestic Mayan jungle, and the expansive pool measuring 10,000 sq ft with a waterslide for the kids to enjoy. Those looking to unwind can visit the luxurious Willow Stream spa, with its unique tree canopy treatment areas.

7 nights from £2,375 per person sharing a Fairmont King Room on Room Only. OFFER: Save 40%. STAY: 02 Jan 2024 - 02 Jan 2025.

December: EAST WINDS SAINT LUCIA

Tucked away in twelve acres of tropical gardens, there’s a very private and intimate ambience at this elegant resort. And if you like things to be informal yet efficient, East Winds is a great place to stay, especially for the outstanding cuisine. You’ll stay in attractive cottage-style accommodation and enjoy warm Caribbean hospitality as well as a real sense of peace and tranquillity. If you’re looking to get away from it all and simply relax, this is the perfect destination. This beautifully boutique hotel provides a wonderful wellness offering for complete restoration. From invigorating yoga classes to scenic walking trails and exploring the abundance of local produce grown in the garden. For the ultimate in relaxation, the open-air Garden Spa is nestled amidst the trees and flowers and focuses on three principles: to relax, rejuvenate and energise.

7 nights from £3,049 per person sharing a Superior Cottage on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Save 25%. STAY: 01 Apr - 20 Dec 2024.

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