I just got back from another incredible experience in Jamaica. It’s my first visit this year and as always I stayed at the remarkable Sandals Royal Plantation boutique resort. The minute I stepped out of the car, I was greeted with a feeling of "welcome home" and instantly a sense of calm and relaxation washed over me. I breezed through check-in, headed to my room, and my favorite drink—a glass of cold ginger beer–was waiting for me!
Begin the day with shopping in Basseterre. Next, take a scenic drive to the Caribelle Batik, followed by a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Brimstone Hill, and Black Rocks, a dramatic rock formation built up from lava flow.
Hike through a beautiful section of the rainforest and learn about local medicinal plants and trees from a knowledgeable guide. You may even see Vervet monkeys, birds and colourful butterflies. (St. Kitts & Nevis)
Sky Safari Zipline Tour
Fly among the trees. Begin with a complete orientation, and then you're off! Enjoy spectacular views high above the valley floor and finish with a refreshing dip in a natural river pool. (St. Kitts)
South East Peninsula Road
One of the most scenic drives, this peninsula road winds up and down lush hills, past sweeping stretches of beach and breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean.
The Public Market
On Bay Road, near the ferry dock, stands the Public Market. Enjoy a trip there on Friday evenings and early Saturday mornings, the best times to visit.
A favourite with both locals and visitors, freshly caught and grilled lobster is so succulent it needs no seasonings and practically melts in your mouth.
Must bring Home
Brinley Gold Rum
After more than 300 years of sugar cane farming, the people of St. Kitts (or Kittitians) know how to make some outstanding rum. Bring some home and remember the islands.
The nearby, enchanting island of Nevis fills visitors with a charm and tranquility that takes you back to a time when things were simpler, when life was more peaceful, when stress was just a word, not a way of life.
Built on the beautiful island of Great Exuma, Bahamas, The Emerald Reef Golf Club, designed by the famous Greg Norman, is a stunning 18-hole, 7200-yard, par 72 course. Taking full advantage of the landscape, the front nine take you inland, into the native vegetation of a mangrove preserve. The back nine run along the coast, offering astounding ocean views and the sights and sounds of breaking waves. You couldn’t ask for a more amazing location.
Voted among the best courses in the Caribbean by Travel & Leisure Golf, this course is truly a golfer’s dream. “I worked hard to integrate what was there before into the way the fairways are now, so it’s a seamless flow,” says Norman, who has won 91 professional events around the world, including 20 U.S. PGA Tour titles. The result is quite simply a fantastic course with six signature holes. And with five tee boxes, golfers, from the most avid to the most inexperienced, will find a thrilling game.
Holes 11 through 16 are especially beautiful as they run along the turquoise waters of Emerald Bay. The 14th has one of the most spectacular tee shots in the Caribbean, surrounded on three sides by water. Number 12 was Greg Norman’s most difficult to design and a guest favourite. The trick to this one? Don’t be fooled by the amazing views. Aim middle to the right side of the fairway. The approach will require a well-struck ball. And for the dog-leg on the 16th, aim for the right centre of the fairway. A well-struck tee shot can set up a short iron approach to this well-bunkered green, making birdies a real possibility.