Luxury Caribbean holidays promise seclusion, warmth, gourmet cuisine, butler service and deserted beaches. There’s one for every day of the year on Antigua, and the sugary sands of Anguilla are renowned as the world’s finest.

You can rub shoulders with the rich and famous on Barbados, ride the breaking surf in Jamaica, and melt amid the pristine white beaches and azure waters of The Grenadines.

The Caribbean Islands are made up of two main chains forming a 3,200 kilometre breakwater between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The main regions are the Greater Antilles on the north and the Lesser Antilles on the south and east.

Greater Antilles

Made up of Cuba, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, this chain abounds with sandy white beaches and rainforest-covered peaks.

Lesser Antilles

The Lesser Antilles are flatter and have as many black sand beaches as they do white sand. This area includes the Leeward Islands (Anguilla, St Martin/St Maarten, St Barts, Saba, St Eustatius, St Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat and Guadeloupe). Also in this part of the Caribbean are the Windward Islands (Dominica, Martinique, St Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent, the Grenada and the Grenadines).

North of the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands can be found. Trinidad and Tobago and the “ABC islands” of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao sit alone in the south, not far from the coast of Venezuela.

Highlights of the Caribbean

There are so many islands and options to choose from, it’s hard to pick the ultimate Caribbean holiday, so a lot depends on what intrigues you most – beaches, carnival, water sports, landscape, street food, history, geology, nightlife, music, and so much more. Perhaps an island-hopping itinerary is the best choice to experience a little of everything this magical area has to offer.