Journal

Just another day

If James Bond was looking for the right spot to leap from a plane, fall casually and then splash into an ornate pool of multi-coloured glass tiles to the mild bemusement of assembled diners, then the Jade Mountain Club would be that setting. Of course, he might choose to go slightly off course and splash...

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Stepping Out

St Nicolas Abbey. The first and most shocking thing to know is it is not an abbey, never has been and there are no monks from a long-forgotten order distilling Rum; but there is Simon Warren who has restored this national treasure and saved it from the clutches of those wishing to convert it into...

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The upside to jet lag

The only pleasure I can think of when it comes to jet lag is waking up early when flying to the Caribbean. The mid-afternoon arrival time ensures you’re in your hotel in time for a swim, early dinner and bed. Then shortly before or just after sunrise there you are sitting on your terrace with...

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Deadman's Beach
It’s never been easier to reach Peter Island (Paradise comes a little closer)

Not so long-ago Peter Island in the Virgin Islands was the place to holiday for those in the know. For some the Caribbean began only after an ‘onward flight’ from Antigua or Barbados. Then in came the flash and glitz of Mauritius, the Maldives and Dubai and younger travellers went East to sample these new...

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The Terrace
Reflections on the pace of change at the Coral Reef Club in Barbados

I first stayed at the Coral Reef Club in the 1990’s before Plantation Suites, Luxury Cottages or the Spa. My abiding memory was the drive through the grounds, with towering palms to reception and the view from there of the beach and sea beyond. My first impression was the hotel was not glitzy, no one...

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Italian Style

With Italian ownership it will come as no surprise that the cuisine at The Inn is distinctly influenced by the Italian kitchen. Unusually for a Caribbean hotel, the Inn wherever possible sources its meats, fish, fruit and vegetables locally. Much of vegetables, salad leaves, herbs and spices come from the hotel’s own garden and a...

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