Yachts at the bay
Posted: 31 December 2015
The Caribbean is the perfect place to take a twin-centre holiday. There are, literally, thousands of islands to chose from, all with their differences and attractive similarities, to allow us to tailor the perfect combination for you. One of our favourite island combinations for the year ahead, is the idea of exploring the exciting world of sailing in Antigua and Anguilla.
Sailing is a hallmark of the Caribbean. After all, who could resist the temptation of those luminescent blue waters sparkling under glorious sunshine? Ever since Christopher Columbus set sail for China and instead found himself on the cusp of the West Indies, our infatuation with the Caribbean Sea has shown no limit. And, while sailing the Seven Seas for some may be a fantasy left behind in childhood, we firmly believe that everyone should experience the joy of life at sea – many adults find that they rediscover a sense of wonder long lost, as they become swept away in a land of captains and pirates in this colourful, exotic wonderland! From traditional sailing solace, to glamorous entertaining aboard super yachts full of water toys and champagne...there is a vessel for every client.
Antigua is, undeniably, the hotspot for sailing, and makes a perfect starting point for a twin-centre holiday with its neighbour Anguilla. Many of our featured resorts can organise private charters; guests staying at Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort can charter the resorts own private custom-built catamaran, or, through their exclusive sailing partner Ondeck, sail a state-of-the-art yacht right from the resort’s dock. It is also here, in Antigua, that the international sailing regatta, Antigua Sailing Week, has taken place annually since 1968. The date for 2016 is set at 23rd April, and for the following week, some of the world’s most impressive yachts arrive in their hoards. With sizes ranging up to one-hundred feet in length, sailing enthusiasts zip these gleaming vessels across the water’s surface in a series of competitive races, making for a spectacular sight back on shore. Here, parties take place late into the night, and you can live the life of a champion with lively music, dancing and bountiful amounts of delicious street food celebrating the day’s events.
If you would like a slice of the action for yourself, the luxury vessel Ocean Independence – Scorpion could be the answer. Super-sleek and cutting edge, the lavish interiors and glossy exterior of this stylish yacht will blend in seamlessly with the rest of the glitterati. There is substance with style too, though, and the on-board toys, including Yamaha jet-skis, seabobs, surf boards, paddleboards, wakeboards, water-skis and snorkelling gear, will leave even the most dedicated sun-worshippers among your party delighted with the idea of jumping off their lounger, and plunging into the sea below.
If you’re looking for a more peaceful time, or prefer to stay on land, you can instead immerse yourself in the Colonial history of the islands. The European powers of the sixteenth and seventeenth century descended on the West Indies, earning fortunes in trading and sugar plantations. Antigua became one of the more famous military posts, with English Harbour being key in the establishment of British colonies, and became home to Lord Horatio Nelson in 1787. It is now one of the best preserved examples of Colonial architecture, and the world’s only Georgian dockyard still in use. To be in the midst of Antigua’s sailing hub, you may wish to stay at the adult-only Inn At English Harbour. From here, you can watch the boats go by from this private location, and couples can arrange a romantic sunset cruise on the resort’s private yacht, rounded off perfectly with an on-board candlelit dinner.
After all the excitement of Antigua, you might be looking to wind down a little. This is where Anguilla comes in. Here, we recommend you slip into a more leisurely pace, and pad barefoot across the exquisitely soft sands as brightly coloured sails drift past in the distance. Sailing is the national sport of this island, and regattas regularly take place here too, but what sets Anguilla apart from Antigua is the more discreet atmosphere; less busy, and much less touched by the tourism industry. On the more refined west coast, you will find the stylishly contemporary Viceroy Anguilla. From here, you can take a private boat excursion, and embark on a deep sea-fishing venture, or head out to the beautifully unspoilt Prickly Pear Cays. For a fairy tale ending to your holiday, though, Cap Juluca is the perfect spot, where you can watch the sun set over the secluded, intimate little bay, and feel like you truly are living the Caribbean dream.
For further information or to book your luxury twin-island escape to the enticing Caribbean, please call our Caribbean Travel Experts on 01244 897 991.