If you prefer to your ice cubed then laced with delicate cocktails, rather than thickly caked on your windscreen, then spending your winter in the Caribbean might be the perfect solution for you.
Many of our guests choose to leave the bad weather behind over Christmas and escape to the tempting shores of the Caribbean. Families, groups and couples of all ages find the pull of the azure waters, soothing tropical beats and silk-soft sands difficult to resist. With the help of Handpicked Villas they plan their festivities around the laid back lifestyle of the islands and the many yuletide events available.
Spending the holidays away from home doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the traditional aspects of Christmas. Many island establishments still lavishly ‘deck the halls’ and with luxury villa rental, you can tailor your big day to your personal preferences.
So, swap your mittens and scarves for sun tan lotion and get ready to celebrate Christmas the tropical way! We’ve handpicked our favourite Caribbean festivities for you to enjoy during your time abroad below and invite you to join us on the sunnier side of life….
Forget turtle doves, experience the real thing on the shores of Barbados where hatchlings navigate their way over powder-soft sands in December. Visitors of all ages are able to witness the magic of new life at various key points on the island, and are invited to help usher them into the ocean wave. Find more information at the Barbados Sea Turtle Project.
Described as the 5th best Christmas party in the world, Nelsons Dockyard in Antigua seriously know how to celebrate. Their legendary champagne party attracts visitors from far and wide and even more sweetly, all proceeds are donated to very worthy charitable causes. Wild dancing, endless bottles of bubbly, many baskets of delicious food and a fantastic atmosphere really means there’s only one place to be on Christmas Day!
Sail Away In The BVI
Replacing the glitz of baubles and tinsel, with the sparkle of light reflecting off the ocean wave is something that Handpicked can wholeheartedly recommend. The British Virgin Islands has long been well know as the sailing capital of the world, and nothing says family bonding time like a Christmas cruise on the seas.
For a more adult scene, indulge in a rum soaked navigation up and down the West Coast of Barbados with Jammin Catamarans. The ultimate Christmas treat for couples, this twilight cruise is romance personified and is utterly relaxing.
From the 12th-21st December indulge in a little pre-emptive yuletide shopping in the harbour town of Gustavia in St Barts. Stroll down to the Quai General De Gualle and peruse the luxurious boutiques, the elegant Christmassy window displays and much more.
Festival Of Lights
St Lucia derives its unusual name from it’s patron saint, St Lucy. St Lucy was the symbol of light and renewal, so the aptly named Festival of Lights was soon born and is celebrated on the 13th December. Decorative lights, fireworks and beautiful lantern crafting takes place in Castries and proves the perfect introduction to the Christmas season, so take a look.
Lose Yourself On Isolated Beaches
With 365 separate stretches of idyllic sands (one for every day of the year), we’re confident that you’ll find your favourite for the big day in Antigua. Pack a festive picnic, don your most glamorous swimwear and sink into sheer bliss. We’re sure you’ll appreciate the contrast between this utter luxury and the usual chaos Christmas day can bring.
Feasting And Overindulgence
Across the Caribbean, residents and visitors are spoilt when it comes to culinary excellence during the festive season. Giant glazed hams, mountains of fresh vegetables and delicious side dishes, bronzed turkeys, fried fishes and traditional puddings. These alongside the ingenuity of some of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the world ensure each and every guest never goes hungry. The kitchens in our Luxury Villas never close, so we can personally ensure that the feasting only stops when you decide!
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