Why Curtain Bluff, Antigua for a destination wedding?


Great holiday get-a-ways celebrate life’s simple pleasures…time with the family or spouse, a good book, a delicious meal, or an outstanding bottle of wine. So it’s not surprising that many of Curtain Bluff’s guests take the celebration concept a step further…planning a romantic destination wedding and/or honeymooning at Curtain Bluff, organising family reunions, and gathering groups of old friends. For many, it’s an annual tradition. 

Curtain Bluff Antigua is the ideal setting for an authentic Caribbean destination wedding, or celebration of any kind. It’s large enough to accommodate big groups and there’s room for everyone to spread out to follow their own interests. Yet the intimate resort is small enough that you will never get lost in the crowd. The hotel can also include extra events just for your party (cocktail parties, sporting challenges, etc.) and extend special discounts.

Romantic Caribbean Weddings at Curtain Bluff your special day is our special day. And we’re not just saying that. Curtain Bluff’s Destination Weddings are intimate and romantic, they never schedule more than one wedding on any given day. They pull out all the stops, providing above-and-beyond elements such as picturesque ceremonies (a charming Caribbean Beach Wedding or a Romantic Island Wedding on a sweeping balcony hanging above the sea) and romantic private dinners on the sand.

Their wedding coordinator, Wendy Eardley, and her team are ready to help you customise the details and coordinate the event from pre-ceremony bridal party treatments at their award-winning spa to the flowers, photographer/videographer, Trash the Dress, and steel pan music at your reception party.

“From the very beginning we knew we were in good hands. Wendy and Curtain Bluff’s amazing staff took care of everything. Leaving Jesse and I to spend time with our friends and family and enjoy the resort. We had such a good time, we immediately booked a return trip for the same time next year.” Emmy & Jesse, Oregon

For further details about weddings at Curtain Bluff contact our office today.


Why East Winds, St Lucia for a destination wedding?


East Winds offers the happiest of couples a picture perfect, breathtaking backdrop to their special day. They specialise in exclusive, intimate, boutique sized weddings for a guest list of 2 to 72 people with the services of their own Wedding Planner, Executive Chef, and Garden Designer as part of your wedding planning team.

Saint Lucia is known as one of the world’s most romantic destinations and East Winds is the most authentic compliment to the romance of the island. With only 30 cottages, East Winds can easily be reserved as a resort “buy-out” for bride, groom, friends, and family to enjoy exclusively for themselves. At the same time, the same careful attention and service is delivered for smaller wedding parties choosing to celebrate amongst other guests of the resort.

The Wedding Package at East Winds, St Lucia

Wedding Package Cost: US$840


• Legal fees

• Marriage licence and certificate

• Registrar’s attendance fees

• Decorated location for ceremony

• Bride bouquet and groom’s boutonniere

• Wedding cake (one layer)

• One bottle of champagne on arrival

• Return taxi fare to lawyer’s office

• Special champagne dinner at the hotel for bride and groom on the evening of their choice

Optional Extras (prices are approximate):

• 1 hour steel band: $250

• Each extra bottle of champagne: $77

• Photographer: US$475 – Available for 1.5 hours and will include 60 photographs on a disc, a DVD with full resolution digital files and print rights, slideshow with music, online gallery of photographs for viewing and ordering in a mixture of colour, black and white and artistic effects.

The standard package as well as any of the optional extras must be booked in advance and are at all times subject to reconfirmation by the hotel. All prices quoted must be prepaid by the client to the tour operator. Any other services not listed above cannot be pre-booked through East Winds Inn, but can be booked directly by the guests on arrival or through the tour operator’s local representative in St Lucia (including, but not limited to, services for hairdressers, beauticians, make-up, manicures, pressing of suits and wedding dresses etc).

For further details about weddings at East Winds contact our office today.


Jamaica Inn has been crowned the Caribbean’s Leading All Suite Hotel 2016


Jamaica Inn has been crowned the Caribbean’s Leading All Suite Hotel 2016 at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Jamaica. 

This award further establishes Jamaica Inn as one of the leading luxury boutique hotels in the Caribbean and as one of the finest all-suite hotels in the world. Each year The World Travel Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence across all key sectors of the travel tourism and hospitality industry. The awards are divided into a series of regional awards which recognise individual and collective achievements within each geographical region.

Mr. Eric Morrow, Jamaica Inn owner center left and Sheree Adams, Ocean Spa manager (center right).

Commenting on Jamaica Inn’s success, Kyle Mais, General Manager of the Inn, said: “We truly are excited and honored to have been recognized, yet again, as the Caribbean’s leading all-suite hotel, not to mention the bestowed recognition of our wonderful Ocean Spa! There is no doubt that we have a spectacular property but it takes an unmatched commitment to quality of service and facilities to achieve what we have. Nothing would therefore be possible without my truly dedicated team of professionals. I am so very proud of them and thank you also to everyone who voted for us.”

In addition to the Leading All Suite Hotel award, Jamaica Inn’s Ocean Spa was recently crowned as Jamaica’s Best Hotel Spa and Caribbean’s Best Hotel Spa 2016 at the World Spa Awards. The awards are a true indicator of the effortless luxury and premium service that Jamaica Inn guests receive. We are immensely proud of our team and we look forward to maintaining a standard of excellence for many more years to come.

For more details about the Spa at Jamaica Inn and information about the hotel, contact us today.

Blog by Jamaica Inn. 


Artist in Residence Week 21-28 November 2016


Artist in Residence Week 21-28 November 2016

East Winds has appointed wildlife artist Brin Edwards to work even more closely with the hotel over the coming year. Brin has been providing original artwork for the hotel’s Christmas cards for many years and hosted a week of painting and activity at the hotel in 2014.


He will be in residence again at East Winds week commencing 21 November and guests will have the opportunity to meet with him socially during the week and there will be a relaxed talk one evening with drinks. Guests can join Brin sketching in the gardens with casual teaching sessions in the outdoor pavilion, concentrating on landscapes and botanical subjects in watercolour.

Guests in-house will be invited to join any of these activities during the week and there no supplements for participation.

Brin is also working on illustrating a book on East Winds’ established and simply breath-taking tropical gardens and birdlife, which is being published by the hotel next year.


Brin is a long standing member of the UK’s SWLA Society of Wildlife Artists and works mainly in oils, concentrating on birds as wildlife subjects. He is particularly interested in the effects of light, often using light as the starting point for the paintings – the birds then follow. “I strongly believe that such images deliver from a distance. By which I mean step back from the painting and the colours and tones begin to work as a whole, look close and you’ll find less not more. To say much with few marks and gestures is the aim and driving force behind my work.”

Learn more about Brin Edwards. Learn more about East Winds


Power Yoga Caribbean Retreat, 6 - 13th November at East Winds St Lucia


Power Yoga Caribbean Retreat, 6 - 13th November at East Winds St Lucia

Join well known Canadian Power Yoga teacher, Jennifer Dwyer, in Saint Lucia this November for our second annual Power Yoga Caribbean Retreat. A luxury take on the traditional yoga retreat, your stay will include all that East Winds has to offer with the added extra of morning meditation and two daily practices each day in our Open Air Yoga Pavillon.

Join like minded yogis in the tropical paradise that is East Winds and leave feeling restored, refreshed, and completely relaxed.

Visit for details and please feel free to contact Jennifer Dwyerfor any retreat specific questions you may have.

Contact our office for prices. 


“Jamaica’s Best Hotel Spa” and “Caribbean’s Best Hotel Spa”


The Ocean Spa at Jamaica Inn has been crowned as “Jamaica’s Best Hotel Spa” and the “Caribbean’s Best Hotel Spa” at the prestigious World Spa Awards held in Sardinia, Italy on 4th September 2016. This globally recognised award enhances the reputation of Jamaica Inn as among the leading hotels in the Caribbean and the best luxury spa hotel in Jamaica.

The World Spa Awards celebrates and rewards spa industry excellence and is positioned as the pinnacle of achievement for luxury spa hotels worldwide. The programme is divided into a number of categories including; Best Hotel Spa, Best Resort Spa and Best Spa Brand with votes cast by professionals working within the spa industry including senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents, media and by the public.

The World Spa Awards cited the Ocean Spa’s “Locally-inspired ethos” as one of the main reasons for its selection as ‘Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s Best Hotel Spa’.

Kyle Mais, General Manager commented “We are very proud to have achieved both awards, particularly with the high standards offered in the luxury spa industry. We consider the Ocean Spa to be a real hidden gem where our guests can experience total relaxation and, because of its small size, we can focus on personalised service and treatments offered in a beautiful yet intimate environment”.

Housed in a collection of rustic thatch-roofed huts surrounded by tropical gardens, the Ocean Spa’s philosophy “In Balance, with Nature” is reflected in the locally inspired treatments which use products drawn from the plants of the island, sourced from local organic farmers and wild-gathered. Treatments include a selection of facials, massages and body treatments, along with private yoga. Don’t leave without experiencing the services of the world class Ocean Spa on your next visit to Jamaica Inn!

Learn more about Jamaica Inn, or contact our office for further details.

Blog by Jamaica Inn. 


Island Wellness Retreat 08-14 October 2016 with Raw Food & Yoga



Island Wellness Retreat 08-14 October 2016 with Raw Food & Yoga

The historic and rugged-chic Atlantis Hotel on Barbados’ spectacular east coast is offering a package to experience island living plus a complete detox of the mind and soul. This 6 night package is perfect to combine with a stay on the west coast … ideally at sister boutique hotel, Little Good Harbour.

Package includes:

- 6 nights at The Atlantis Hotel on the east coast in Coastalview Room*

- All meals daily (gourmet, plant-based cuisine)

- Introduction to Raw Food Workshop

- Daily Yoga with Yoga Instructor Melodie Rodriguez

- Stand-up Paddle Boarding and SUP Yoga on the island’s west and south coasts

- Hike to the top of Chalky Mount for sunrise yoga

- Food foraging in the nearby hills with a local herbalist

- Swimming in the Tide Pools at Bathsheba

- Catamaran Sunset Cruise

- Return airport transfers

Massages and spa services also available at a supplement locally

6 NIGHTS FROM 08 October 2016: $1,875 per person

Speak to our team for further details. 


Christmas & New Year Offers, Events & Availability


Christmas & New Year Offers, Events & Availability

We know that flight seats to the Caribbean for the festive season are getting tight but here are some reminders, plus updates of the availability and offers at a selection of our hotels..




Valid in 1-Bedroom Garden Suites on a room only basis. Minimum stay 7 nights.

Travel Window: 16 December 2016 – 07 January 2017 / Booking Window: 01-30 September 2016

REMINDER: Complimentary New Year’s Eve Dinner at the hotel’s water’s edge restaurant: The Fish Pot!


FREE NIGHTS FOR FESTIVE SEASON (released 22/08/2016)

‘7 for 5’ or ’14 for 10’ – pay for 5 nights and receive 2 nights FREE on an all-inclusive basis or pay 10 nights and receive 4 nights FREE on an all-inclusive.

Travel Window : 20 December 2016 - 04 January 2017 / Booking Window: Valid for new bookings


In addition to the above hotels please note specific dates / accommodation categories at the following hotels as of this week – it’s always worth asking their reservations teams as the availability is constantly changing.


1 Superior cottage & 4 Deluxe cottages 20 December 2016 – 03 January 2017

2 Deluxe cottages 20 – 29 December 2016


The hotel is starting to fill up at New Year but availability on request in the following categories:

Cottage 7 / 1 Premier Verandah Suite / 1 Balcony


Junior Suites / Superior Suites / Deluxe Suites


7 One Bedroom Deluxe Waterfront Suites 20 December – 03 January (and more for shorter durations)


2 Deluxe rooms 19 – 30 December 2016 / 10 Junior Suites 19-26 December 2016 / 2 Bedroom Bluff Suite 30 December onwards

For further details about our hotel offers and availability contact our office today.


Essential Autumn Offers


Although our blazing hot British summer has been preoccupying everyone’s mind (what an extraordinary summer it's been, especially of late!) we hate to say it, but autumn is only a few weeks away. That said, we are delighted to tell you it's not too late to bag a bargain for a last-minute luxury Caribbean holiday stay.

From our collection of what we think are some of the jewels of the Caribbean, we have rounded up a selection of autumn offers. Great savings and value to be had this autumn (including half term!) at a number of Essential luxury boutique hotels. 

Great for Families


One child (8-15 years) stays completely free.

Travel window: 01 May – 31 October 2016 & 01 May – 31 October 2017


Save 5% in Deluxe Rooms or Save 5% in Junior Suites and higher suite categories

Booking window: 21 July – 22 October 2016  

Travel window:  22 October – 16 December 2016

Relaxing Retreats 


Food & Beverage credits US$100 4 night stays / US$150 7 night stays / US$350 14 night stays

Travel window: now to 31 October 2016


Stay 4 nights – receive upgrade and $200 credit

Stay 7 nights - receive upgrade and $500 credit

Stay 10 nights – receive upgrade and $750 credit

Stay 14 nights - receive upgrade and $1,000 credit

Travel window:    now until 31 October 2016 

The Atlantis Hotel, Barbados 

Romantic Getaways

Bequia Beach Hotel, The Grenadines  Romance Package 

Book a minimum 6 night stay and add a supplement of US$ 600 per couple to receive the following: 

  • Private return transfers between Bequia Beach Hotel and the airport / ferry  
  • Choice of luxurious accommodation on the estate
  • Bottle of Prosecco and chocolates in-room on arrival
  • Couples’ massage in the restful sanctuary of Bequia Beach Spa Pavilion
  • Chef’s 3-course dinner for two the beach one evening  
  • Private photo shoot opportunity a 3-hour private island tour of Bequia accompanied by a local photographer
  • Travel window: all year round

Young Island, St Vincent & The Grenadines COUPLES’ SAIL AWAY PACKAGE

Sail around the Grenadines exclusively aboard the hotel's catamaran with your own captain and your own cook. 

Little Good Harbour and The Atlantis Hotel Barbados ROMANCE PACKAGE 

A romantic 10 night stay includes:

  • 5 nights at Little Good Harbour Hotel & Spa in a One Bedroom Garden Cottage
  • 5 nights at Atlantis Hotel in an Ocean View Room
  • five-star fast-track through the airport 
  • transfers
  • full breakfast 
  • couples' massage
  • bottle of prosecco 
  • surf lessons 
  • east coast nature walk and buffet lunch
  • dinner at The Fish Pot Restaurant 
  • pre-stocked mini bar 
  • ocean front reserved seating in restaurants
  • complimentary room service

For further details about our hotels and offers, please get in touch with us today.  

If you have not yet made plans for the winter? Our Essential hotels have offers available covering winter 2016 and throughout 2017!  Take a look.


Our Essential Hotel List of Cocktails


Our Essential Hotel List of Cocktails

To keep you feeling cool, refreshed and tropical, our Caribbean boutique hotels (some of the finest 5-star properties around) have shared some of their knowledge to give you a list of 5 cocktail recipes to enjoy this summer.

Bequia Beach Hotel, The Grenadines - Garfield's Viagra Cocktail

Calabash, Grenada - Green Island Wave Dessert Cocktail 

Young Island, Saint Vincent & The Grenadines - Young Island Rum Passionate 

Jamaica Inn, Jamaica - Planters Punch

East Winds, St Lucia - Hanna's Crystal Passion

Alternatively, if you’d rather have complete pampered service, stunning views of the Caribbean sea and not lift a finger, we invite you to come and stay at each of our Essential Detail hotels, call our team for more details.


Calabash, East Winds, and Jamaica Inn come out on top - Trip Advisor Choice 2016 Awards


Calabash, East Winds, and Jamaica Inn come out on top - Trip Advisor Choice 2016 Awards

We are delighted the 2016 Trip Advisor Choice Awards included three Essential Detail hotels. 

Top 25 hotels in the Caribbean for Service - Calabash Grenada, East Winds St Lucia and Jamaica Inn come up trumps!

Calabash was voted 9th in the Top 25 Hotels in the World!

And finally, Jamaica as an island was voted 3rd in the World for in the Top 10 Islands!

For further information about each of our Essential Detail hotels contact our team today.


How to make Chocolate tartellete with Grand Marnier


St Lucia's Chocolate Heritage Month

In honour of the island’s rich history of cocoa production, St Lucia is going cocoa crazy for the month of August. Even the sweetest tooth will be satisfied over the four week celebration as 'sun downers' will be swapped for ‘Choc-tails’ and massages for chocolate-infused spa treatments. 

St Lucia’s chocolate legacy dates back to the thriving cocoa industry of the 1700’s and the island still produces some of the world’s most sought-after chocolate to date. Hotels and resorts are embracing the rich heritage creating inventive chocolate services and amenities as well as hands-on experiences for visitors. Many of St Lucia’s top hotels and restaurants, including East Winds uses native cocoa to create inspired savoury and sweet dishes and spa treatments that are both indulgent and healthy.

The entire island has been involved with choctastic surprises ranging from cocoa plantation tours, bean to bar experiences, specialty tasting menus and money saving offers in all of the resorts. 

How to make East Winds Chocolate tarellete with Gran Marnier

  • Pastry dough Filling (ganache)
  • 600g butter 250g dark chocolate
  • 400g sugar 250g whipping cream
  • 4g salt 70g butter
  • 1 vanilla pod (fresh) 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 1kg soft flour


-rub in butter and sugar together, add salt, vanilla seed, ground almonds and flour

-when dough is done rest for 20 minutes in the fridge

-roll out the dough to 3mm thickness and cut with a ring cutter

- place the dough in to tartellete moulds and rest 20 minutes in the fridge

-place a clear wrap on the dough and fill the moulds with baking beans

-bake on 180 C° until golden brown

-take out the baking beans and set a side to cool down

-put chocolate, whipping cream and butter in the bowl and melt over the bani- marie

-when mix is melted and well combine take it of the heat and add Grand Marnier

-fill the dough with ganache and rest in the fridge, allowing to set down

-serve cold and garnish with white chocolate or orange segments

Chocolate fondue

1 kg dark chocolate

700g whipping cream

pinch of salt


-place all ingredients in a bowl and melt over the bain-marie

-pure the mixture in chocolate fountain

-use any kind of fruit or sweets to your liking and dip in the fondue

Click to learn more about East Winds St Lucia


September Sea Turtle Hatching


Jamaica Inn has become a popular nesting ground for the Hawksbill mother turtles that instinctively travel thousands of miles to lay eggs on the hotel’s beach. Guests have the amazing opportunity to be a part of an once-in-a-lifetime experience by participating in their turtle release programme and witness a turtle hatching.

During the month of September* it’s pretty much guaranteed that guests will be able to witness the sea turtle hatching either on Jamaica Inn’s beach or nearby Orcabessa Beach – when free return transfers are provided (2 people per room) by the hotel.

For the latest offers and deal in, and September Yoga month packages, visit Jamaica Inn's Special Offers and Packages page. 


Recipe of the month by Curtain Bluff, Antigua


Recipe of the month by Curtain Bluff, Antigua 

Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding 

14-oz. can light coconut milk
½ cup Arborio rice, rinsed and drained
3 Tbs. sugar
⅛ tsp. salt
1 each Cinnamon stick
½ Fresh mangoes. Diced


Pour coconut milk into 4-cup measuring cup, and add water until liquid reaches 4 cups. Pour liquid into medium saucepan, and add Arborio rice, sugar, salt and cinnamon stick into saucepan. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 22 to 25 minutes or until Arborio rice is soft and much of liquid is absorbed, but mixture is still loose. (It will thicken as it cools.) Remove and discard Cinnamon stick.

Serve Pudding warm or chilled, topped with fresh mangoes.

For more information about the amazing food available at Curtain Bluff, Antigua contact us today. 


Where will you be watching the Rio 2016 Olympics Games this year?


Where will you be watching the Rio 2016 Olympic next month?

Rio 2016 Olympic games starts in less than a month, 5th until 21st August 2016, and the Paralympics 7th until 18th September. 

It doesn't seem that long ago now that we were enjoying the highlights of having it here in London.  We enjoyed a buzz like no other, and a great UK Summer to match… how can we possibly top it at this years Olympics? 

The time zones may also have an impact on how we watch the games too, what with the UK being 4 hours ahead of Rio. So how’s about considering a trip to the Caribbean instead to watch Team GB? The time zone is between 1 hour to 2 hours ahead of Rio depending on the island you visit. 

Imagine, a cocktail in hand, watching the games around the pool on a smart device, or perhaps at the hotel bar with a cool beer?  Jamaica and Grenada to name a few, have a number of world-class athletes you can cheer along, as well as Team GB! 

We saw at the last Olympics, Kirani James won Gold in the mens 400 m.  Jamaica won 12 medals including: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce winning Gold in the Women’s 100 m, and winning Silver with her team in the Women’s 4 x 100 m relay, Usain Bolt winning Gold in the Men’s 100 (now holding the a new World Record), Gold in the Men’s 200m and Gold with his fellow Jamaican athletes in the Men’s 4 x 100 m relay!  

Will the weather be an issue?  Not at all... we have had reports from our hotels that the weather has been betwene 28 - 31 degrees. Here is a video taken this from Jamaica Inn this week to prove it! 

The Caribbean is a great place to be this summer with fantastic deals and weather, 2016 Olympics is certainly the place to be! Essential Offers.  Contact our team for further details. 


Father’s Day the Caribbean Way!


Father's Day the Caribbean Way!

If, like us, you find it hard to pick something special for your father, here is some inspiration with our top 5 things to do this weekend - the Caribbean way of course! 

Start the day off with a top breakfast for the top man!  Take a leaf out of Calabash's book and order a 'Unique Breakfast' (an a la carte, freshly prepared, al fresco breakfast). Include fresh tea and coffee, fresh local fruit, eggs how you like them, and even pancakes with bacon and syrup. 

Surf’s up! If your dad is the sportier type, why not try surfing?  Surf boards are available at Bequia Beach Hotel as part of their water sports facilities. 

The Soup Bowl on the East coast of Barbados, minutes from The Atlantis Hotel, holds some of the best surf competitions in the Caribbean - why not hire a board and an instructor for the day?

Enjoy a tipple or two with dad! As part of guest experiences at East Wind, guests can join St. Lucia Distillery in the hotel lounge to sample St. Lucia’s locally produced rums. 

Learn about the rum making process on the island and the differences between each of the rum selections you will be sampling. This can be followed by a Land and Sea Barbeque…Watch the East Winds team prepare your food before your very eyes at their outdoor BBQ pit and enjoy a lively, casual evening with the sounds of local island music.

Ian Fleming would often be found at Jamaica Inn back in the 50s, along with Churchill and Marilyn Monroe. Why not capture the glitz and glamour of a bygone era and try your hand at cocktail making? Teddy, one of the most qualified bartenders in Jamaica, with over 50 years of experience under his belt, would be able to show you how to make some of the most delicious cocktails around... some might even be shaken not stirred! 

How every you decide to spoil Dad on Father's Day, have a wonderful time!

For more information on each of our luxury Caribbean hotels, contact our team today.


Anyone for Tennis?


With the Tennis season already kicking off, we thought now would be a great time to remind you of the fantastic tennis facilities available at the 5-star, luxury Curtain Bluff hotel on the beautiful island of Antigua.

Very few resorts can claim the quality and beauty of the courts, the tennis program, pros, equipment and events that you find at Curtain Bluff.

Curtain Bluff's Tennis Center has four championship hard courts centered around a Pro Tennis shop an easy lob shot from the sea. All are in impeccable condition and lit for night play. Their three resident pros — Rennie, Nigel and Dillo — are trained in the U.S. to teach aptitudes right up to 5.5 (nearly a pro) and ready at 7:00 AM to take a guest’s challenge, pair guests together for a game, or work on that backhand. Private lessons cost $US 70 per hour. Their enthusiasm and gentle manner is one of the reasons that many of our guests call our tennis program the best in the region.

Tennis Events

Among the many tennis events hosted by the resort, the best known is Antigua Tennis Week, held each spring. Started in 1975 as an island-wide professional tournament, it has evolved over the last 35 years into an international pro-am tennis festival that attracts many of the biggest names in tennis. Their other big annual event is Tennis Challenge Week, held at the hotel each November. Guests join former Davis Cup player, Dick Stockton, for a fun-filled week of tennis, relaxation and parties.

Curtain Bluff Tennis Challenge

5th - 12th November 2016
World-famous tennis pros team up with Curtain Bluff’s own tennis pros to provide a week of clinics, guest doubles, pro-am play and social fun for players of all levels. More information to come!

Visit Curtian Bluff's website for more details on the tennis, or for further information about the resort contact our team today.


Essential Detail Roadshow 2016


Essential Detail 2016 Roadshow

Every year we look forward to our fantastic hoteliers coming from overseas to host with us a number of events around the UK. This year was no exception, it was another fantastic week meeting and greeting likeminded people who love our Caribbean boutique hotels.

This year the event took place at the end of May. We announced our new member of the team, Patricia Charlery-Leon as new head of Product and Marketing, and of course we promoted our lovely new website.

Patricia, Helen, Annette and Cheryl from Essential Detail.

We travelled around Kent, Hampshire, Devon and London visiting as many of the trade as we could.

Special thanks to those who could join us in London for our Tour Operator Awards evening, Tropic Breeze for a special night at Fortnum and Mason, Sand Banks Travel for a fantastic night in Poole, plus all the agents we were able to visit during the day.

If you would like to be kept up to date with our Roadshow for 2017, contact our office. 


Why Kids Love Curtain Bluff!


Originally written and posted by Tobey (14) and Jake (13) on Curtain Bluff's recent blog.

Our parents both work in the travel business, so we get to go on some pretty cool family trips. But our favorite place is Curtain Bluff, a resort on the south coast of Antigua in the Caribbean. We have been there five times and it keeps getting better.


Every day at Curtain Bluff is so much fun. Every day we try to get up early (it’s hard) to play some tennis before breakfast or throw a ball on the beach just outside our room. The rest of the day we do lots of swimming, snorkeling on the reef, waterskiing, tubing, eating with friends, games of Bocce, stand-up-paddleboarding. Last time, the watersports guys taught us how to Windsurf and sail Hobie Cats. Next year I want to try squash. There’s never enough time. That’s why we keep going back.


The resort is safe and the staff is super friendly. We can roam around the property, doing what we want to do. Our parents don’t mind because they know we are OK and, because Curtain Bluff is fully-inclusive, we don’t have to pay extra for anything that we do.


As you can imagine, we get really hungry. But that’s OK because, even though we are picky eaters, there’s always plenty of delicious food. The little kids get to eat dinner early. There is a restaurant right on the beach and live music up at the Tamarind Tree. It’s a bit of a shock when we get back home and have to eat normal food again.


There is something about Curtain Bluff that makes it easy to make friends. We meet them on the snorkel boat, on the beach, or in the Games Room. Sometimes we recognize kids from past visits and between each trip we always text each other to make sure we plan our next trip for the same time.


We Americans call it soccer and in Antigua they call it football, but it’s the same game. We have a tradition. Every time we visit we gather up all the soccer-playing kids at the resort and challenge the kids team at the local primary school. Boy do those kids know how to play!

To find out more about Curtain Bluff visit the hotels home page or contact us today. 


A Classic Breakfast Recipe from Jamaica Inn


Jamaica Inn asked Executive Sous Chef Derrick to give a recipe from one of the most popular and delicious breakfasts, Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict!

Many guests love this dish at Jamaica Inn as it is a twist on the classic Eggs Benedict with the addition of the smoked salmon, but the Hollandaise sauce is served on the side, so you control how much sauce if any you want to add – this is a brilliant way to serve up this lovely and classic breakfast dish! Chef also highlighted that the brioche is home-made each day at the hotel.

Recipe for A Classic Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict (serves one)

Two Poached Eggs

Slices of Smoked Salmon (you can also use Smoked Marlin!)

Home-Made Jamaica Inn Brioche (you can use a Classic English Muffin for same effect)

Hollandaise Sauce or A Subtle Herb Sour Cream Sauce (which is what Chef uses for this dish.)

 – To Poach an egg perfectly, bring a large pot of water to the point that the water is simmering, not boiling.

 – Add 1/4 cup of White Vinegar

 – Crack each egg gently into the water, or one egg at a time, for three minutes – then transfer to a dish with a paper towel until ready to assemble.

 –  Chef also served this dish with a wonderful herb sour cream sauce – simply made. Use fresh chopped herbs that you have on hand and sauté in pan for a few minutes with olive oil. Add slowly a half a cup of heavy cream to the herb mixture as well as salt and pepper. Cook on low heat until the mixture reduces, this is enough for one serving.

Assemble starting with two pieces of Brioche or toasted English Muffins – smoked salmon – poached eggs and sauce drizzled over or on side, can also add a few capers, chopped chives or onions! Enjoy!

Chef Derrick is the Sous Executive Chef at Jamaica Inn, learn more about him in Jamaica Inn's recent blog. 


Welcome Patricia!


This month Essential Detail is delighted to welcome a new member to its team – Patricia Charlery-Leon, who will assume the role of Head of Product & Marketing.

Patricia joins the team after holding senior positions at the St Lucia Tourist Board, the CTO and having consulted on a number of projects. Patricia has almost 20 years’ of marketing experience and is excited about embarking on her new role. 

“Essential Detail has earned itself a reputation of working hard for its clients and delivering results that have resulted in a strong UK following for the properties they represent. I look forward to being part of a team that can further enhance its relationships with the trade, as well as delivering further growth from the UK market.”

You will be able to follow Patricia's footsteps around the Carribean when she visits a number of the Essential Detail hotels in June. Look out for her up-and-coming blog and social media updates!


New Kids Concierge at Calabash, Grenada


Calabash loves it when families stay with them - after all, they are a family-run hotel!. And because children and teens have their own personal likes and dislikes, the Calabash' Kids' Concierge service is there to take care of everything. They understand that when the kids are happy, the grown-ups can relax too. If there's anything you need at all, you just need to ask Activities. Their team are here to make holidays fun. They put together bespoke supervised itineraries for children staying at the hotel.

Activities include:

  • Kids cookery class
  • Hobie Cat sailing lessons
  • Hobie Cat sailing regatta
  • Kayaking Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Football matches
  • Tennis lessons
  • Cricket matches
  • Movie nights
  • Campfires and roasted marshmallows
  • Arts & crafts

The little touches and the little extras to make your little guests feel like Calabash is a home away from home. From specially designed Children’s menus, to milk and cookies at bedtime and DVD’s with popcorn. Plus a few extra surprises in suite on arrival!

To book your stay at Calabash this summer contact us today and we can provide you with a quotation including all the latest speical offers. 


Romance in Barbados!


Romance in Barbados!
February doesn't have to be the only time for romance, in fact it's an all round affair when you stay at Little Good Harbour Hotel, Barbados and The Atlantis Hotel, Barbados!
Their new Romance package, available throughout the year includes:
  • 5 nights at each luxury boutique hotel
  • 5 star fast track through the Airport for 2 adults on arrival
  • Private transfers
  • Chilled Prosecco, cold towels on arrival at The Atlantis Hotel
  • Welcome drink and cold towels on arrival at Little Good Harbour
  • Pre-stocked mini bar (once at each hotel)*
  • Little Good Harbour: Couples massage at the Spa
  • The Atlantis Hotel: East coast nature walk and buffet lunch, plus Surf lessons for two
  • MEALS:
  • Little Good Harbour: Full breakfast and dinner daily at the Fish Pot Restaurant
  • The Atlantis: Full breakfast
For further details and prices contact us today. The Essential Hotel collection team has all stayed at Little Good Harbour and The Atlantis Hotel 020 8614 0077


It’s All About the Experience - at East Winds!


It's All About the Experience - at East Winds, St Lucia!

East Winds is pleased to be sharing a number of small, but important, improvements this year with their guests.  Be it new luxury loungers at the pool or something as simple as flagpoles now round at the entrance, East Winds knows just how special even the smallest attention to detail can be!

Superior Cottages are getting a little more superior!

  • A full soft refurbishment of all Superior Cottages (10 in total) incuding new brighter colour pallets for each room (designed by UK interior designer Peter Sangston
  • New windows in the Superior Cottages to improve natrual lighting for those moments spent relaxing in your room

Greater comfort at the pool!

  • All new luxury loungers and umbrellas to make your day at the pool even more comfortable
  • The addition of new "towel huts" throughout the property making it easier for guests to refresh their beach towels during the day. Perhaps the most popular enhancement so far!

They've even improved the sunsets!

  • A new outdoor patio, Mac and Eric's Place, in memory of the resort parrots, perfect for enjoying a sunset cocktail or an evening under the stars
  • New (and far more comfortable) seating for the sunset viewing area

Adding a little more for you to do!

A new entertainment line up featuring many of the favourite acts of the past along with live music for seaside dancing on Wednesday and Saturday evenings after dinner

The addition of their own private Pitons cruise every Monday as part of our Exclusive Experiences

All of the Essential Hotel Collection team has personally stayed at East Winds, if you would like to talk through prices and details about the hotel, contact us today.


Luxury Caribbean Holiday Ideas for Easter


Easter Luxury Hotel Ideas

Within our collection of luxury Caribbean hotels, we have something for everyone, whether you are looking for a romantic break, a fun family retreat or an active holiday for a group of friends. Take a look at our hotel suggestions for this Easter holiday.


East Winds Saint Lucia has been a favourite property of ours for many years and with the excellent team they have in place, your clients can be assured to expect a truly exceptional hotel. The food is excellent – a different 4-course gourmet menu is served 6 nights, accompanied by a choice of quality wines. The ambience is relaxed and the staff are so friendly that you feel
welcome from the moment you arrive. The private owners are committed to maintaining the wonderful qualities now expected at this superb boutique hotel and guests can be assured
of a perfect holiday retreat.


Spring Sale at East Winds!
Book a minimum of 6 nights and receive 15% discount off the room rate and US$100 credit towards resort activities including spa treatments & Exclusive Experiences.
Travel Window: 15th March – 30th April 2016
Book by date: 29th February 2016.



We have seen Curtain Bluff evolve into what is now a truly world class resort. They are consistently achieving high standards of service from their team of dedicated staff, as well as receiving rave reviews from their guests. Both couples and families alike are attracted to its unique position on a bluff with two white sand beaches, along with their numerous inclusive sports activities and the most sublime of Spa’s. With the recent addition of the Cee Bee kids club, we believe Curtain Bluff has now evolved into a luxurious all round resort appealing to couples and families alike. We believe no other hotel on the island is comparable to its exacting standards and value for money.

Complimentary to children between the ages of 4 and 10 years old, Monday to Friday between 9.30am to 12.30pm and will be fully supervised. Activities will include Arts and Crafts, local culture, tennis and nature course's and the delights of learning about life at sea and the local flora and fauna.

Young Island a property, which we believe, creates the atmosphere of a true Caribbean holiday – set in 13 acres on its own private island away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. It is pure escapism, but you can easily re-join the 21st century when you are ready! Young Island will appeal to a wide range of guests and couples looking for some variety and a sense of adventure will be attracted by the chance to spend a few nights during their holiday sailing through the Grenadines.

Young Island Free Nights 2016
‘7 for 6’ or ’14 for 12’ – pay for 6 nights and receive 1 night FREE on an all-inclusive basis, or pay 12 nights and receive 2 nights FREE on an all-inclusive basis. Valid for travel completed between 05 January & 30 April 2016.


South Point Antigua, a brand new boutique hotel evoking contemporary Caribbean chic with an urban vibe located in fashionable Falmouth Harbour. An inspiringly different property in a unique location.
True uber-modern living with state of the art kitchens, all directly overlook the dazzling waterfront. The ultimate Antiguan pied-a-terre with calming décor and chic European styling. Perfect for couples, groups of friends and families who appreciate luxury and enjoy an active holiday.


South Point Antigua 30% reduction off net rates in 1 Bedroom Deluxe Waterfront Suites.Travel Window: 01 March – 20 December 2016 (black out dates: 22-29 April & 01-09 December 2016) Book by date: 31 January 2016 Valid for new bookings and not combinable with any other offer.

For further details on our latest offers contact our Essential team! 020 8614 0077.


Suite Love!


Suite Love!

With Valentines Day only around the corner, we put together a number of our most romantic essential suites available for you to book in the Caribbean.

Calabash Hotel, Grenada is a 30 all suite property on the Spice Island of Grenada. Choose from the newley refurbished Junior Suites (pictured here), Superior, Deluxe, Pool and Penthouse Suite. 

It is hard to choose the most romantic suite, but if we really had to pick one it would have ot be the Penthouse. Our own team member Cheryl Banks, stayed here a few years ago on her honeymoon and was completely blown away with the special attention to detail and the space. It is a whopping 2,000 sq ft of a suite! 

Awe-inspiring from your first steps through the double doors to the spacious open air, poolside lounge area. 

The bedroom is luxuriously furnished with a king sized four poster bed leading onto the large marble tiled bathroom fitted with a dressing table, walk-in wardrobe, double shower, double whirlpool bath and Elemis Skincare Products. 



Oceanfront Fort Suite at Little Good Harbour Hotel, Barbados

This Fort Suite is located directly on the water’s edge with a beautiful deck overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The private garden leads to the white sandy beach, ideal for sunbathing or swimming. All bedrooms are air-conditioned with en suite bathrooms. The master has a king sized bed; the second bedroom has a queen size bed and the third bedroom has two single beds. The kitchen is fully equipped with appliances as well as all crockery, cutlery and glassware.



Without doubt Jamaica Inn has to be included in this list however it is a tough call to say which suite we would choose as there are so many romantic and fabulous rooms to choose from at the hotel, but if we have to decide it would be Cottage 7! 
This two-story one-bedroom haven is as breathtaking inside as the views beyond its French doors. From its access to a private cove in the sea to custom-made furnishings, you'll want to stay forever!


Book a Junior suite at Bequia Beach Hotel with separate sitting area in an attractive 3-storey building with lovely ocean and garden views and large bathrooms - offering the largest double accommodation at the hotel (with the
exception of the penthouse). King, queen or twin bed options are available. Approx: 700 Sq ft.


For further details contact our team today!


Free Wedding Package at Curtain Bluff!


Free Wedding at Curtain Bluff, Antigua

Book a wedding and a 7-night stay (any room category) anytime in June (2016) and and recieve the wedding package FREE, this is normally valued at US$ 895. This amazing package includs everything from the ceremony, cocktail party and reception dinner to a wedding cake, license and marriage official.




Contact us for further details. 


Relax at The Spa at Calabash, the new fabulous 5 star wellness centre


Calabash, Grenada Spa Package

Discover the calming spirit of The Spa at Calabash offer holistic treatments, yoga and other holistic approaches to mental quietude, physical wellbeing and spiritual balance. The Spa at Calabash will captivate you with its stunning views while healing hands will transport you on a journey of calm and serenity.  

VALID: 1 MAY TO 31 OCT 2016

Any guest staying a minimum of 4 nights can book the below package which is included in the rate. This packages is not combinable with any other package or offer.

The package includes:

- One full body massage per person
- One pedicure per person
- One facial per person
- Heath consultation per person
- Complimentary fitness session per person
- Spa lunch menu daily
For further details and prices contact our team
today 020 8614 0077
Check out the newly upgraded bathrooms in the Junior Suites at Calabash.


Food Events at Cap Maison, St Lucia


Cap Maison has always been original when it comes to food so it comes to now surprise that they already have a number of food events planned for 2016! Take a look at what exciting things to expect... 

Guest Chefs, Shorne Benjamin January 2016. 

Shorne was originally from Saint Lucia, now resident in New York City. His professional career catapulted after graduating from the prestigious French Culinary Institute, New York. He has since worked alongside renowned Master Chef Jean George at the popular ABC Restaurant, NYC; alongside James Jermyn at the award-winning restaurant Maloney & Porcelli and at the well-known Lower East Side NYC contemporary restaurant Falai. These experiences allowed him to explore and expand his innate culinary gifts and each helped to form the vision to establish his own identity in the dynamic realm of culinary artistry.

 His career highlights also include being featured at the Annual “Taste of the Caribbean” festival in Montreal, Canada, where he presented 5-star culinary creations. In addition, Chef Shorne has previously served as Executive Chef for the Annual Rum and Rhythm Benefit hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization in New York.

 Last year Chef Shorne had the privilege to represent St. Lucia in the 11th International Iron Chef Competition in Toronto, Canada. 

Market Tours and Cooking Classes

Opened in 1894 and still occupying the original orange-roofed building, this market in St Lucia’s capital is the island’s largest and loudest. According to National Geographic, the Castries market has been named number 3 as one of the top 10 food markets in the world.   Stock up on island spices (star anise, mace, cinnamon); breadfruit, bananas, and other tropical fruits accompanied by our Cap Maison chef. Learn how Chefs get the best produce and some of the tricks of the trade!

After you have left the market and head back to Cap Maison, it’s time to indulge in your purchases and cook up a storm! Back in the Cliff kitchen, the Cap team will show you how to turn your purchases into a gastronomic delight.

Click to learn more, or call our expert team for a price to stay at Cap Maison. 


Get ready for the weekend with this Festive cocktail from Jamaica Inn!


Need something to get your weekend started? Try the Jamaica Inn Festive cocktail.


Barman Sebert has been working with Jamaica Inn since 1982, and put together this delicious daiquiri. Serbert is known for his wonderful cocktails, and many repeat guests find Sebert as soon as they check in to see what new cocktail he is making. Sebert loves making all cocktails: the classics and the new ones that have been added to the repertoire. You can find Sebert at The Main Bar from noon to about 6 p.m. each day.

Jamaica Inn suggests making this festive cocktail for your next holiday party with their recipe below. And, next time you are at the Inn, Sebert can mix this refreshing drink for you!

Raspberry Classic Daiquiri
(serves one)

One ounce of Raspberry Liquor (we used Chambord)
1/2 ounce of light rum (we used Appleton)
1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice
Simple syrup to taste
Shake in a martini shaker and serve in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange slice or a cherry.



What’s happening at East Winds, St Lucia this Winter?


New at East Winds Saint Lucia in 2016 East Winds has been busy preparing for a wonderful winter season and is pleased to be sharing a number of small, but important, improvements this year with their guests. Be it new luxury loungers at the pool or something as simple as flagpoles now found at the entrance, East Winds knows just how special even the smallest attention to detail can be. Superior Cottages are getting a little more superior!

 A full soft refurbishment of all Superior Cottages (10 in total) including new brighter colour pallets for each room. Designed by UK interior designer Peter Sangston (

 New windows in the Superior Cottages to improve natural lighting for those moments spent relaxing in your room. Greater comfort at the pool!

 All new luxury loungers and umbrellas to make your day at the pool even more comfortable. 

 The addition of new “towel huts” throughout the property making it easier for guests to refresh their beach towels during the day. Perhaps the most popular of the enhancements so far! They’ve even improved the sunsets!

 A new outdoor patio, Mac and Eric’s Place, in memory of the resort parrots perfect for enjoying a sunset cocktail or an evening under the stars.

 New (and far more comfortable) seating for the sunset viewing area. Adding a little more for you to do!

 A new entertainment line up featuring many of the favourite acts of the past along with live music for seaside dancing on Wednesday and Saturday evenings after dinner.

 The addition of their own private Pitons cruise every Monday as part of our Exclusive Experiences.



January 10% Saving Book a minimum of 6 nights and receive 10% discount off and US$100 credit towards resort activities including spa treatments & Exclusive Experiences.

Travel Window 2nd to 15th January 2016. Valid for all new bookings in all room categories.

Spring Sale! Book a minimum of 6 nights and receive 15% discount and US$100 credit towards resort activities including spa treatments & Exclusive Experiences.

Travel Window 15th March until 30th April 2016, book by 30th January 2016. Valid for all new bookings in all room categories. 

Call our team to book today.


VIP guests check into East Winds, St Lucia


VIP Guests Check into East Winds, St Lucia

Could it be the delicious cuisine, first-class service or perhaps the amazing facilities available at East Winds which enticed these VIP guests to arrive?  One thing is for sure,  the other guests staying at the hotel were really impressed when they made an appearance!  We are of course talking about the baby turtles which hatched on the beach this week.

The guests watched the turtles hurry down to the sea to begin their new life.  

If you would like to stay at East Winds St Lucia, contact our team today. Like all of our hotels, we have stayed at East Winds and can provide you with in-depth knowledge about the hotel and the island of St Lucia.

020 8614 0077

Here is an interesting read about sea turtles – source Widecast.    

Sea turtles range in size from about 40 kg (adult ridley turtles) to nearly 1,000 kg in the case of an adult male leatherback.  They are slow-growing, late-maturing, and long-lived with naturally high rates of egg and young juvenile mortality and low rates of adult mortality.  No one knows for certain how long sea turtles live, but field studies demonstrate that they require 12 to 40 or more years, depending on the species, to reach adulthood. 

Sea turtles, like all reptiles, have lungs and must come to the surface regularly to breathe air.  All sea turtles are accomplished divers, with leatherbacks able to reach depths of 4000 ft or more.  With few exceptions, the only time a sea turtle leaves the ocean is to lay eggs.  During breeding years, adults depart their feeding grounds and migrate hundreds (sometimes thousands) of kilometers to mating grounds and nesting beaches.

An adult female may nest for two decades or more under natural circumstances.  Eighty to 200 or more eggs are generally laid in each nest, 2-6 clutches of eggs are generally produced per gravid female per year (but leatherbacks have been known to nest 12 or more times in a single season!), and females return to their nesting grounds to lay eggs at 2-5 year intervals.  After 50-65 days (on average) of incubation, during which time ambient temperature plays a significant role in determining hatchling gender, the tiny turtles emerge at the surface, orient to the sea, and engage in a swim frenzy toward oceanic convergence zones that will offer food and shelter during their early years.

Young juveniles (with the exception of the leatherback) eventually return to coastal Caribbean waters, assuming their characteristic diets, and may travel significant distances through multiple political jurisdictions during the decade(s) leading to sexual maturity.  At maturity, adult females instinctively return to the general area where they were born, the signature of their natal coastline indelibly marked in their genetic code.  Mothers pass the code to their daughters, who will repeat the cycle as long as the natal beach provides suitable habitat.

Sea turtles may produce several thousand eggs in a lifetime, but not all of these will hatch:  some will be infertile, some will be lost to erosion or eaten by predators, and others will be collected for human consumption, often illegally.  Hatchlings are eaten in large numbers by predators; young juveniles, too, face many oceanic dangers (predators, pollution, fishing nets).  An adult has few natural predators.  An estimated one egg in 1,000 will produce an adult turtle.

During non-breeding seasons, adult leatherback turtles travel extensively on the high seas in search of jellyfish and related prey.  Loggerheads and ridleys are omnivores, consuming mollusks, crabs, jellyfish and other invertebrates; fishes (often associated with fisheries bycatch) and seaweeds are also eaten.  The green turtle is an herbivore, preferring to graze in seagrass meadows and on various species of algae in tropical coastal waters.  Hawksbills specialize on coral reef sponges and other invertebrates.

For further details about sea turtles visit Widecast.


Guest Chef Announced for Next January


Guest Chef Announced for Next January

Shorne Benjamin

Shorne was originally from Saint Lucia, now resident in New York City. His professional career catapulted after graduating from the prestigious French Culinary Institute, New York. He has since worked alongside renowned Master Chef Jean George at the popular ABC Restaurant, NYC; alongside James Jermyn at the award-winning restaurant Maloney & Porcelli and at the well-known Lower East Side NYC contemporary restaurant Falai. These experiences allowed him to explore and expand his innate culinary gifts and each helped to form the vision to establish his own identity in the dynamic realm of culinary artistry.

His career highlights also include being featured at the Annual “Taste of the Caribbean” festival in Montreal, Canada, where he presented 5-star culinary creations alongside mentor and award-winning Chef Theo Gumbs (USVI). In addition, Chef Shorne has previously served as Executive Chef for the Annual Rum and Rhythm Benefit hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization in New York.

Last year Chef Shorne had the privilege to represent St. Lucia in the 11th International Iron Chef Competition in Toronto, Canada alongside Chef Digby Stridion (US Virgin Islands Culinary Ambassador)."

Learn more about Shorme. 

To book your holiday to Cap Maison, St Lucia, contact us today on 020 8614 0077


Inner peace found at Jamaica Inn!


Finding Inner Peace at Jamaica Inn!

Jamaica Inn recently held their Second Annual Inner Peace in Paradise Yoga Retreat, and with the yoga, excursions and food, the event was a great success!

Checking In...

The Retreat’s Lead Yoga Instructor, Sarah Yukie Gingrich, was the first to arrive and made herself thoroughly at home in her beautiful villa. The other attendees soon arrived, ready for a wonderful pre-sunset yoga class to welcome them to Jamaica. The theme of the class was “Connecting to Space,” and yogis were treated to a gentle, grounding practice—a fabulous way to commence the Inner Peace week.


Chilling, Relaxing and Eating

The following day, breakfast was a lovely spread of healthy Caribbean fare as well as in-season, fresh fruit. After a yoga class led by Sarah and based on connecting to one’s roots, attendees relaxed and enjoyed the beach.


Farmer’s Market Tour

After a few more yoga classes, everyone really started to get their “Inner Peace” groove on. For a holistic approach to wellness, the yogis headed to the local Farmer’s Market with Chef Maurice to purchase in-season ingredients. They sipped fresh coconut water, sampled various fruits and chatted with local farmers. After the tour, attendees returned to the hotel and were treated to a special cooking show à la Chef Maurice himself! Of course, tasting was encouraged and everyone enjoyed the fabulous Jamaican delights that Chef whipped up.

Konoko Falls

On the final day, the group visited the fabulous and recently renovated attraction, Konoko Falls in Ocho Rios. A must-see when you are here, the expansive property encompasses a beautiful waterfall. After a guided tour, yogis chilled with refreshing juices and sat down to a picnic-style Jamaican lunch of jerk chicken, festival and escovitch fish. Our General Manager Kyle even got in on the fun – holding a pet snake!


After the retreat’s last relaxing yoga class, everyone got together at the lovely villa next door for dinner al fresco. Each yogi sent their personal wishes out to the universe as they released a glowing sky lantern to the star-lit sky.

We want to thank Sarah for hosting such a wonderful retreat and sharing her lovely photos with us. We hope to welcome her again soon for more Inner Peace In Paradise. In fact, our yogis enjoyed their time at The Inn so much that they are already talking about next year!

If you would like more information about our retreats, please send an email to To book a stay at Jamaica Inn, contact our team today 0208 614 0077

Blog by Jamaica Inn. 


Saying ‘I do’ at Curtain Bluff, Antigua


Saying 'I do' at Curtain Bluff, Antigua 

Over 200 couples have chosen to get married at Curtain Bluff, Antigua secure in the knowledge that their mix of location and service is world-class. Wendy Eardley, wedding-veteran and the resort's Resident Manager, personally organises all the details.

To ensure wedding couples get all the attention they deserve, Curtain Bluff never schedules more than one wedding a day. The ceremonies take place at sunset, either on the patio of the Bluff House (with the sea on both sides) or on the Bay Beach down by the Sea Grape restaurant. Receptions are held in a special area adjacent to the Tamarind Tree restaurant or, if the groups exceed 35 guests, at the Sea Grape. After the excitement of the big day, the honeymoon begins (no airports, no travel frustrations) and the newly-weds can spend quality time with family and friends.

Add it all up and the price can be much more affordable than a comparable wedding at home. Prices start at just $US 895 for the marriage license, round-trip taxi transfers to complete paper work, wedding officer’s fees, a cocktail reception following the ceremony, and a wedding cake. Wendy and her capable staff can assemble all the extras you could ever want (decorator, flowers, band, photographer and videographer, special menu, etc.). Book more than 10 rooms and special group rates apply. All we ask is that you spend a minimum of three nights at the resort.

For the discerning bride, a dream wedding at Curtain Bluff offers:

  • A warm and intimate atmosphere (the resort only has 72 rooms)
  • An award-winning culinary team and fully customizable, one-of-a-kind cuisine for your wedding
  • Catered events - rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties - for no additional charge
  • Two unique settings: the bluff and the beach both offering amazing photo opportunities and scenery that will enchant your guests
  • A wide variety of activities free of charge, such as a championship tennis facility, scuba diving, waterskiing, and more
  • A full-service spa for pre- and post- wedding services

If you are considering the Caribbean for your special day, contact us today and we can talk you through the options of marrying at Curtain Bluff and any of our other luxury boutique hotels 020 8614 0077.


The Essential Hotel Collection team have all had the pleasure of personally staying at Curtain Bluff more than once therefore we can really give you the best knowledge about the hotel.  And, because we work directly for the hotel we can provide you with the best prices and deals available. 


That’s the Spirit!


That's the Spirit! 

Cap Maison, St Lucia has three bars, the Cliff bar adjacent to the namesake restaurant, the bar at The Naked Fisherman on the beach and Theo’s bar (named after the family patriarch Theo). Theo’s is found in the main house and is a place to relax, read a book or watch TV and you are not bothered by staff! You simply help yourself to drinks on an “honesty” basis, noting your drinks on the pad provided! 


The Cliff bar carries a full range of premium brands and the staff are expert at the art of cocktails as you would expect from a luxury Caribbean resort. Pride of place in their drinks section must go to the wine cellar, which carries a surprising collection of superb wines from both old and new worlds. Regular tastings are featured and guest sommeliers visit the resort from time to time throughout the year. 

The wine cellar is also popular for small intimate dinners.

Take the Cap Maison wine cellar tour. 


Cap Maison Cask Aged Rum

New to their extensive selection of Caribbean rums is Cap Maison’s extra aged 10 year old Rum that is distilled by St. Lucia Distillers using both pot and column stills producing an aromatic fine clear spirit. Following extensive aging in Old Port barrels their premium rum is then aged at Cap Maison using the famous “Solera” aging system in single 10L white oak medium toasted barrels guarantying a consistent and superior quality.

Their home aged rum is the base spirit of our tropical signature rum toddy ("Cap Maison Elixir") and will be bottled, labelled and sealed in front of our guests as a unique personal take away souvenir of St. Lucia and Cap Maison.

If the idea of giving Cap Maison's different bars and aged rum a try, call us today and we can provide you with prices, including the latest offers and check availability.   Everyone at EHC has stayed at Cap Maison on more than one occasion, feel free to tap into our knowledge about this fantastic property and the beautiful island of St Lucia. Call today on 020 8614 0077


Feedback Friday!


Recently we introduced FeedBack Friday on our social media platforms which was a way of telling our followers the latest feedback from our hotel guest stays.  The feedback is so good we realised we really need to be shouting about it on our website too! So here it is, our latest #FeedbackFriday 

This week we focus on Cap Maison in St Lucia, and Bequia Beach Hotel, on the stunning island of Bequia in The Grenadines. 


Cap Maison, St Lucia 

'We had a two bedroom amazing villa. Very romantic. Great staff. Picture perfect views from our rooftop pool. Had dinner on the Rock. A must for couples! The spa was relaxing, the grounds stunning and the location perfect for us'. 

'I can't say enough wonderful things about our stay! We loved everything about Cap Maison. The immaculate grounds, beautiful pool, gorgeous beach, amazing food, and even better service. We did dinner on Rock Maison and the chef's table for dinner one night as well (highly recommend both). I could write at length about everything that made this an incredible vacation, but instead I will just say that if you are considering a trip to St. Lucia, look no further and book a room/villa/suite at Cap Maison! 

The Cap it All plan was perfect for us as we desired a low key vacation that did not require us to venture off the property, we were on a short - 3 day - anniversary/birthday trip without our children. That being said, the resort was kid-friendly and we would love to return with our children. 

Also, the sunsets were incredible. Do yourself a favor and grab a glass of wine in time to watch it. God's handiwork no doubt. And, a huge thank you to Stacy, Miguel, Robinson, and the whole crew for taking great care of us and making us feel at home!'



Bequia Beach Hotel

'This was our second stay at BBH and I can honestly say it was as good as the first. The room, food and grounds continue to be of a very high standard and must be the best available on Bequia. What really made our stay such a success were the staff - they really do go out of their way to ensure nothing is too much trouble. It would be unfair to pick out any individuals as they all played a part in ensuring we enjoyed our stay.

Bequia is a truly unique unspoilt Island in the Caribbean small enough to see most of it in two weeks, has fantastic uncrowded beaches, beautiful scenery but most of all has extremely friendly and interesting people.
If you are looking for an unspoilt Caribbean Island and a laid back hotel with many amenities then visit Bequia and make sure you stay at Bequia Beach Hotel in both cases you won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: All rooms have been decorated in an unique colonial style however the Beach Front suites are larger...
All three reviews have been posted on TripAdvisor, for further details, visit Trip Advisor. 
If you would like to experience Cap Maison of Bequia Beach Hotel, contact us today. 020 8614 0077.


Yoga in Paradise!


Jamaica Inn Yoga Retreat "Inner Peace in Paradise" 16th - 20th September 2015

This 5 night luxury yoga package has everything you need to get you ready for the Autumn.

A guest favorite, returning yoga instructor Sarah Yukie Gingrich, who practices Hatha, Nidra, Prana Vinyasa, Yin and Yoga Wall, will lead the four-night experience. This retreat will focus on inner peace, the feelings of renewal and rebirth, and a sense of complete zen.

The Jamaica Inn Yoga Retreat Package


This unique retreat package includes:

4 nights in an ocean view accommodation

 Transfers to and from the Montego Bay airport (MBJ)

Welcome gift

Welcome reception for retreat participants

2 yoga classes per day

Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner from a specially designed menu (healthy and creative fare), plus afternoon tea and non-alcoholic beverages

2 unique tours 

Ocean Combo Massage at The Ocean Spa

Complimentary watersport activities

Farewell party

All taxes and gratuities

To book your place, contact us today at The Essential Hotel Collection 020 8614 0077


Caribbean Calender


August – December 2015 Caribbean Calendar of Events

From sporting events to food festivals, here is a calendar of events taking place over the next few months on the islands of Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua. Why not stay at one of our exquisite hotels whilst you are there? We have a number of fantastic savings from now until December 2015. Call us for for further details, we would be delighted to talk you through the options available. 

30 August 2015   La Rose Flower Festival  Saint Lucia

This cultural event is one of the two flowers festivals “La Rose” and “La Marguerite” held annually to preserve St. Lucia’s rich cultural memory, history and heritage. These two flower festivals are derived from historical rival societies who sing virtues of their flowers. “La Rose” members pledge their allegiance to the rose by dressing in the colour red and creating displays of the Rose flower.

25th - 26th September 2015  Fishing Tournament & Seafood Festival Antigua & Barbuda

For further details visit


10th to 12th October 2015 Soul In The Sun Jamaica

This three day event held in Montego Bay is packed full of various artists and not to be missed. For further details and tickets visit

26th October until 2nd November 2015 Michael Holding Masters Cricket Tournament  Jamaica

This is a 45 and over cricket tournament where by players are hosted from Jamaica and other countries such as USA, Antigua, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Scotland, Guyana and Trinidad.  Last year, 12 outstanding cricketers from the Jamaica National Primary School Competition received bursaries of $50,000 each for their schooling. 

1st - 30th November 2015 Tri Saint Lucia  Saint Lucia

A triathlon hosted in Saint Lucia with a week long festival of fun activities including an ocean swim, an aquathlon (swim and run) and a beach run. Designed for all ages and fitness levels, these activities provide holiday makers and locals with a taste of an overall triathlon. The course includes a swim in the beautiful clear waters of Rodney Bay, a tough hilly bike ride and finally a flat run to Pigeon Island and back.

 19th until 22nd Novmeber 2015 Food, Wine and Rum Festival Barbados 

The Culinary capital of the Caribbean will host the 6th annual Food, Wine and Rum festival. This event will feature international top chefs at various locations around the island. Click for further details.

1st December 2015 until 31st May 2016 Polo  Barbados

For further details visit

4th until 10th December 2015 Antigua Charter Yacht Show  Antigua & Barbuda

54th Antigua Charter Yacht Show. This 6 day show takes place at the Nelson's Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, the Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina both located in Falmouth Harbour.

4th to 6th Decmber 2015 Run Barbados Series Barbados

The Run Barbados series of events comprises of a 3k, 5k, 10k, Fun mile Run and Walk, and a Half-Marathon. Visit for further details. 

6th December 2015 Christmas Caribbean Rally Antigua & Barbuda

Christmas Caribbean Rally Leaves Lanzarote for Antigua. Find out more click here

12th to 13th December 2015 Festival of Lights & Renewal/Lantern Parade

Festival of Light traditionally marks the start of the Christmas season in Saint Lucia, celebrated on 13th December 13th, the day associated with Saint Lucia, the patron saint of light, symbolizing the triumph of light conquering dark, good overcoming evil and the renewal of life.


Shaken, not stirred!


Jamaica Inn's recent fun cocktail recommendation is the fabulous Goldeneye! It is a very simple but delicious drink and not-to-be-missed when you stay at Jamaica Inn. 




  • Start with a lowball glass and ice
  • Pour one ounce of Blackwell Rum over the ice
  • Add in four ounces of Pineapple juice
  • A squeeze of lime
  • Top the drink with another ounce of Blackwell Rum
  • Use an orange wedge for a garnish

History about the Goldeneye

Many of you will of course relate the name Goldeneye to James Bond. Goldeneye is actually the original name of the former home of Novelist Ian Fleming, who as you know, wrote all the James Bond books. Two movies, namely Dr. Noand Live and Let Die, were filmed near to his estate.

Ian Fleming used to come to Jamaica Inn to hang out with Noel Coward and Winston Churchill and have drinks. It was written in Goldeneye that the concept of the Vesper Martini (shaken, not stirred) was created here at Jamaica Inn and it was Winston Churchill that taught Ian Fleming about it at the bar!

So in an ode to history created and the book, we salute Goldeneye with the drink that was created using Blackwell rum!

Rajay’s Instagram @reggaecocktails

For many more cocktail recipes, follow Jamaica Inn's very own Rajay’s Instagram account for beautiful pictures posted daily of our cocktail repertoire at The Inn, as well as Rajay’s “reggae creations!”

Also catch their bartenders in action when they get together and give a weekly Mixology Class at the Beach Bar, every Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

For further details about Jamaica Inn call us today 020 8614 0077


Tri de Spice - Grenada’s 29th International Triathlon


Tri de Spice - Grenada April 2016
If you fancy the idea of taking part in a triathlon whilst on holiday, or perhaps you prefer the idea of watching one, be sure to take a look at the popular Tri de Spice Taiathlon in Grenada. 
Calabash Hotel, Grenada​ has put together this great package for those who would like to be in Grenada at this time and requires 5 star accommodation:
Grenada Triathlon Package (Must include 3rd April 2016 Race Day) 
- Race entry for two people into Grenada’s Tri de Spice Triathlon
- Private return airport transfers
- Private Return transfers to the race site on race day and to the awards dinner
- One Deep Tissue Massage Per Person
for further details, contact us today 020 8614 0077 


Living Well Week at Curtain Bluff, Antigua with celebrity trainer Adam Rosant.


LIVING WELL WEEK... with Celebrity Trainer Adam Rosant 16th until 21st January 2016

A week of fitness and fun run by celebrity fitness trainer Adam Rosante, founder of The People’s Bootcamp and author of “30 Second Bondy”. In addition to daily workouts with Adam, the week will be a mix of exercise classes, special menus, tennis lessons from CB’s pros and treatments at the water’s edge spa. Adam is an internationally renowned fitness and nutrition expert, television personality, #1 best-selling author and celebrity trainer. He is known for keeping his hyperfocused workouts fresh, fun and challenging. Participants can join in the program when and where they like. 

Learn more about Adam.

The package includes:

 5 nights accommodation in either a deluxe room or a junior suite

 Curtain Bluff’s all-inclusive arrangement

 Welcome cocktail party at Bluff House to meet Adam Rosante

 Early morning meditation on the Yoga Deck

 Daily 1-hour fitness class with Adam

 Private nutrition consultation with Adam

 Two 30-minute spa treatments per person

 Yoga & Zumba classes, aqua aerobics, guided power walks

 Use of tennis centre

 Lunchtime Catamaran sail to and from English Harbour

 Watersports (paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing snorkelling, diving)

 An autographed copy of Adam’s latest book 5 night packages

For prices and availability contact us today 020 8614 0077.

Learn more about Curtain Bluff, Antigua. 


Cap Maison Chef, Craig Pops Up in Brighton!


Cap Maison’s Executive Chef Craig Jones will be heading over to the UK this summer, taking some St Lucia flavours with him. Craig will be taking the helm in the kitchen of one of Brighton’s top restaurants, the restaurant at drakes, for one night only on Wednesday 26 August.

The beloved Welsh Rastafarian chef will be joining Drakes’ chef, Andy Mackenzie, to create a St Lucian-inspired gourmet menu showcasing his award winning culinary skills. The three-course dinner will be seafood-focused as both hotel restaurants are by the seaside; Drakes is located directly on the Brighton seafront near the iconic Brighton Pier. The menu will be accompanied by specially selected English and Sussex wines to match, Cap’s own rum punch, coffee and chocolate truffle from Rabot Estate in St Lucia and our solera-blended rum to finish.

This exciting gastronomic event is all part of the Brighton Food Festival’s International Chef Exchange which sees UK chefs swapping kitchens with international chefs across the globe. Drakes’ chef Andy will be flying over to St Lucia in October for a ‘Taste of Sussex’ weekend – watch this space!

Tickets for August 26th event in Brighton are available via the Brighton Food Festival website here  




Meet us and our hoteliers in the heart of Mayfair next month!


Last year's event (pictured) was a great success and we are now hosting you in the heart of Mayfair...

The Essential Hotel Collection team along with their hoteliers and London's Resident Magazine would like to invite you to an exclusive Caribbean evening at London's Mayfair Mahiki bar.

Enjoy fabulous cocktails and delicious canapés on Tuesday 9th June at 6:30pm unil 8:30pm at Mahiki, 1 Dover Street, W1S 4LD. 

You will have a chance to meet the EHC team and the owners of their exquisite hotels.

There will be giveaways including a goody bag from Aqua Di Parma, plus a draw for two holidays - one including British Airways Club World seats and a seven night luxury stay in Antigua at the exclusive all-inclusive Curtain Bluff. And the second, a five night stay at the five-star beach front hotel, Jamaica Inn.  


Tickets cost £10 which helps towards the Caribbean Tourism Authority's Foundation Charity,supporting local Caribbean teenagers study at university.  

If you would like to join us for a fun evening contact us today to book your ticket. Spaces are limited, book now to avoid disappointment. 

We hope to see you soon for a superb evening with fantastic company, fabulous prizes at a very hip location!

One Love
The Essential Hotel Collection 

020 8614 0077 



The Caribbean comes to Mayfair!


The Essential Hotel Collection team along with their hoteliers will be hosting a fabulous Caribbean exclusive evening at Mayfair's Mahiki bar on 9th June 2015.

 Enjoy drinks and canapes, a chance to meet the Essential Hotel Collection team, their wonderful hotliers and London's Residant Magazine team.


PLUS,  there will be fabulous giveaways and a draw including: 

two Britsh Airways Club World tickets to Antigua, a seven night stay at the exclusive all-inclusive Curtain Bluff for two people and a 5 night stay at Jamaica Inn on a full board basis for two people! 


Places will be limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis; guests must bring their completed ticket to enter the prize draw. To book your £10 ticket (a donation will go to the CTO Foundation Charity) call The Residant Magazine on 020 7605 2225 or email


The above two images are from our last years event at the E.J Churchill Grounds. 



The Famous Atlantis Caribbean Buffet!


The Place to be Seen in Barbados! 

The Atlantis Hotel - Barbados, takes Sunday lunch to another level!

It is the’ place for Sunday lunch West Indian buffet – a long standing tradition of the original hotel now updated to create a stylish setting and the most delicious Caribbean flavours. They are repeated again on Wednesdays as they are so popular.


The Atlantis restaurant serves delicious food and a great choice of wines, personally selected by the owner.


Their cuisine is a mixture of authentic Bajan and Caribbean recipes, using fresh local ingredients.

You can dine indoors or out and enjoy the fresh Atlantic breeze and breathtaking ocean views.

Tradtional Buffet Menu


Soup of the Day, Bajan Fish Cakes, Pumpkin Fritters.


Rice and Peas, Three Cheese Macaroni Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Yam Gratin, Steamed Seasonal Vegetables, Flying Fish, Atlantis Pepperpot, Baked Chicken, Whole Baked Mahi Mahi, Roasted Pork Leg, Black Bean Chilli, Fried Plantain and An Assortment of Salads  and More…


Cheesecake, Apple Pie, Chocolate Gateau, Bread Pudding, Fresh Fruit Salad.

From 8am until 10am, on the last Sunday of the month you can also enjoy a Sunday breakfast at The Atlantis Hotel. The breakfast includes: Fresh Fruit, Eggs, Bacon, English Sausages, Fried Corn Beef and Onions, Seared Flying Fish, Grilled Tomatoes, Baked Beans, Sautéed Potatoes, Banana Bread, Coconut Bread, Pumpkin Bread, Bul Jol and Bakes, Fresh Italian Coffee, A Selection of Juices and More…

We have all personally eaten at The Atlantis Hotel and we highly recommend visiting the resturant for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Thispart of the island is very different from most other parts of the island - it is like the countryside of Barbados on a rugged coastline!

If you would like to book a table, contact the hotel directly by click here. 


The Naked Fisherman - Food Truck!


The Naked Fisherman - Food Truck!

This Sunday (12th April), if you are on the island of St Lucia you could see the introduction of Cap Maison's latest project – The Food Truck. It’s a simple concept which the hotel promoises that something a little bit different and fun!

Every so often the Cap Maison team will send out emails with clues as to the location of the next Truck Stop. Correct guesses will get a free sample at the Truck Stop. Wherever that might be, the truck will be equipped with a delicious menu of dishes that are Naked Fisherman favourites. The Cap team believes it will make a great social get together combined with yummy food. ( By the Way - they will always try to park near a watering hole)

Keep an eye out for the next Stop.


Fish and Chips- Craig Jones put his own Caribbean spin on this great British favourite. Juicy Steaks of Mahi Mahi coated with a Piton beer batter and served with steak fries, accompanied by his home made Tar Tar sauce.

Tuna Poki – A beautiful dish made with raw Ahi Tuna – full of delectable flavours like Ginger and soy to create a clean dish of Asian influence.

Pork Belly – Its not called slow and low for no reason! This Karabuto pork belly is cooked at very low heat for a very long time to ensure tenderness and taste. To accompany the dish is a crispy jerk seasoning along with sweet plantains.

Snow Crab Claws – A Naked Fisherman favourite! Meaty crab claws in a signature spicy creole sauce influence by local Saint Lucian cuisine. Definitely a must try dish!

Jerk Chicken – Served on a piece of sugar cane, this mango glazed favourite has made its way to the road! Juicy chicken pieces over a salad, calamata olives and dried tomatoes – and of course our famous home made Caesar dressing.



Tri de Spice - Grenada’s 28th International Triathlon


Come to Grenada for the holiday of a lifetime while doing the sport you love!

This 6 day Tri de Spice event starts on 1st April 2015, with the main race day on 5th April.

If you would like to be a part of the International Triathlon in Grenada, why not stay at Calabash and take advantage of their Tri de Spice package?

For further details on the actual event click here. 

Calabash Grenada Triathlon Package - Tri de Spice
Must include 5th April 2015 (Race Day)

Calabash Hotel Package Includes:

- Race entry for two people into Grenada’s Tri de Spice Triathlon

- Private return airport transfers

- Private Return transfers to the race site on race day and to the awards dinner

- Two Deep Tissue Massages Supplement:

Supplement to hotel rate - US$540 based on double occupancy or US$330 based on single occupancy.

Minimum Stay - 5 nights

For further details please call our team on 020 8614 0077


Curtain Bluff, Antigua - The Ultimate Luxury Holiday!



Are you looking for a luxury holiday but yet still want to be active, eat well and be pampered? If so Curtain Bluff, Antigua could be just the perfect first-class resort for you! Here are just a few reasons as to why...

Meet Jason the hotels personal trainer! He is full of tough love - Curtain Bluff guests love him but yet he is tough when it comes to working out. He makes use of the hotels fully equipped gym and the outdoors. Guests can use the beach, the perfectly groomed gardens plus outside the hotel where most of the hotel staff live, Old Road. His workouts are challenging yet rewarding at the same time - the guests just keep coming back for more! 



Curtain Bluff’s award-winning culinary team is led by our French-born Executive Chef, Christophe Blatz. Prior to working at Curtain Bluff, Christophe trained under such notable chefs as Alain Ducasse and cooked in some of the finest Michelin star-rated kitchens in France, including Les Ambassadeurs Restaurant in the Hotel du Crillon in Paris.


Muscle toning is just one of many activities available for your guests, which is all part of the All-Inclusive price!


Water aerobics, yoga and Pilates classes are also included at Curtain Bluff Antigua.

Looking for watersports? Look no further! 
Waterskiing (speedboat, equipment and instruction), beach toys (Hobie Cats, paddleboats, kayaks and Windsurfers, snorkel equipment (fins, mask and snorkel) and reef trips, are some of the watersports activities available at Curtain Bluff, which is all part of the All-Inclusive rate! If you would like to talk to our team about Curtain Bluff, call us today.

The Essential Hotel Collection team has all stayed at the hotel and have known the property and the Curtain Bluff staff for many years. Call our office on 020 8977 6099 for further details.


Villa Living in Bequia


The most chic and modern villas in The Grenadines! 


Bequia Beach Hotel is something special and secret that we really would rather keep to ourselves! Owner Bengt Mortstedt has created a hotel that mixes retro style with modern day chic, combined with all the conveniences one would expect from a luxury new hotel.


The Estate Villas are the hotels most recently added accommodation to what was already a plentiful collection of rooms and suites.  They say ‘things comes to those that wait’ and that certainly is the case here! 



This exclusive luxury Estate Villa can sleep up to 9 people. You will find 2 bedrooms with king size beds, 1 bedroom with 2 queen size beds and 1 room with 2 single beds - all rooms are en suite. There is an extra, separate accommodation with en suite shower which serves as a 5th single bedroom (313 sq. ft.), ideal for a nanny or for use as a study.

This beautiful and very spacious villa is located in a secluded hillside spot, only a few steps up from the beach and close to the gym, spa and restaurant, offers stunning ocean views of Friendship Beach and Mustique Island.

It comes with an oversized lounge area and its own serviced kitchen with separate laundry, a covered outdoor terrace, extensive outdoor seating and 1,045 sq. ft. sundeck, large lounge, infinity pool, outdoor shower, gazebo and BBQ area.

The dedicated villa manager can arrange daily English breakfast prepared by a dedicated chef, as well as delicious lunches and dinners.


Clients booking the estate villa have exclusive use of one of the main resort pool private cabanas. The villas also has its own separate and private second entrance, directly from the local road where 2 car parking spaces are available for the villa guests. The spacious villa has 2,900 sq. ft. of indoor space and additional 1.950 sq.ft. of covered terraces.

If your next 5-star Caribbean holiday involves travelling with family or with a group of friends, The Bequia Beach Hotel Estate Villas could be just what you need!

Our Caribbean specialist team has recently visited the hotel and tried and tested the villa, if you need our expert advice and help to book your dream holiday contact us today! 020 8614 0077


News and Updates from East Winds, St Lucia


East Winds News and Updates

Jesse Hamilton, the new General Manager arrived at the hotel in January and hails from Canada, having previously managed various resorts in Canada, as well spending 6 years as Professor of Hospitality at Georgian College, Ontario. “It is simply amazing to be here at East Winds, it is a very special place indeed! It is for that reason I wish to reassure everyone that first and foremost our goal is to maintain the ‘essence of East Winds’, yet add enhancements that can only benefit our guests experience with us”.


Here are a few of the new enhancements that can be found at East Winds Inn:

Name change A decision has been made to drop the ‘Inn’, and the hotel will be known with immediate effect as East Winds.

Pre-arrival concierge service An on-line guest check list will be made available prior to arrival, which will allow guests to choose from extra pillows to mini-bar everything is ready for their arrival.

All day light-bite menu (12.30pm to 7.00pm daily) This menu will be the same each day (as others rotate) and will give guests a chance have a light bite if they get hungry! Food & Bar service Full bar and light-bite service has been added to the beach and pool areas. 

Wellness – Gym & Spa facilities In the next couple of months a small gym will be added in one of the garden pavilions. An open air massage space in a private area of the grounds, will be made available for more frequent treatments. Additional yoga and Pilates classes are being introduced to the already popular thrice weekly sessions.

Exclusive local tours (refer ‘Exclusive Experiences’ bulletin) A small number of hand-picked tours for guests will be available and in many cases will be exclusive to the East Winds guest (at a small charge). To deliver these a new concierge desk will be situated on the beach.

Social Events A new social events calendar is being created to include cooking demonstrations, rum tasting, guided hikes, local shopping trips to Rodney Bay and Castries. 

If you would like to find out more about East Winds, contact us today.


St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival - The Line-up!


St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival 2015


Revamped, redesigned and with a broadened artistic direction, the Caribbean’s premier cultural event — the St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival — will attract thousands to this beautiful paradise island. Cultural enthusiasts, festival lovers and music aficionados will be enterained by over 50 world-acclaimed entertainers and artisans over the 11-day festival, which runs from 30th April to 10th May 10 2015.

Robin Thicke, Flo Risa and legend Jimmy Cliff will be amongst the talented artists preforming at the St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival this year. For further details click here


Cap Maison Facelift!


Cap Maison, St Lucia Facelift!

The gorgeous rooms at Cap Maison recently underwent a bit of a facelift. Through the addition of number of new elements and accents, the imposing effect of high quality timber and coral rendered walls and exteriors has a new dimension. The overall effect was to lift the personality of the hotel’s suits and rooms to a new and fresh presentation.

Vivid cushions, new selections of artwork and replacement items such as lamps and shades have added to the ambience.  Terraces and patios have had a rethink in layout, providing guests with a more practical and comfortable exterior living space, so important in the Caribbean design.

Directors, Helen Edwards and Annette Quinn from the Essential Hotel Collection recently stayed at the hotel and loved the new fresh look!

If you would like to stay at Cap Maison, St Lucia, contact us today.


Cricket in the Caribbean


Cricket in the Caribbean!

England will play their first-ever Test match at the National Cricket Ground in Grenada as part of the three-Test tour to the Caribbean in April and May 2015.

Grenada will host the second Test of the series between 21st and 25th April. It will be only the third time Grenada has staged a Test match – the last against Bangladesh in 2009.

The Test series will begin in Antigua at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium starting on 13th April with the final Test at the Kensington Oval between 1st and 5th May 2015.

Please see for updated ticketing info


Tour itinerary

6th and 7th April 2-day warm-up, St Kitts

8th and 9th April 2-day warm-up, St Kitts

13th to 17th April 1st Test SVRS, Antigua

21st to 25th April 2nd Test Grenada National Stadium, Grenada

1st to 5th May 3rd Test Kensington Oval, Barbados


If you would like to stay in the Caribbean during this time, we can tell you Curtain Bluff, Antigua and Little Good Harbour and The Atlantis Hotel, Barbados has availability. Contact us for further details. 


Three ways you can treat mum this Mother’s Day.


Three ways you can treat mum this Mother’s Day.


This Mother’s Day go all out and treat your mum to a tropical Winter sun escape. Here are a few ideas on what you book for March 15th!



Why not enjoy the complimentary Yoga and Pilate’s classes available in an open aired pavilion at East Winds Inn, St Lucia.

This elegant boutique hotel is set on 12 acres of tropical paradise, surrounded by a unique blend of 100 different species of exotic flora and over 30 types of beautiful birds. A holiday here would give you both a chance to relax, have fun and be pampered!


If it’s spa you want, then look no further, Curtain Bluff in Antigua has everything you need! The spa is situated on the bluff overlooking the gorgeous hotel and the stunning Caribbean Sea.

Begin your treatments by sipping on homegrown garden-fresh herbal teas up on the open verandah. Choose from a spa menu packed with an array of delicious and tempting treatments. We particularly love the Signature Ultimate De-Stressor body massage. It will leave both you and your mum feeling totally rejuvenated and relaxed. And to end off, why not enjoy a cool glass of champagne in The Spa’s relaxing Jacuzzi.  


Perhaps mum is a bit of a foodie? If so, the Calabash in Grenada, home to two of the best restaurants on island, offers wonderful tasty culinary packages.


The hotel aims to make every effort to ensure that dining is a special event and something to look forward to throughout the day. This package really highlights the vibrancy of the hotel and islands culinary arts.  It includes: a Plantation Tour with afternoon tea, a Grenada Chocolate Tour with 3-course lunch, visiting local markets, beach BBQ, a Herb and Spice Garden Tour plus hotel chef demonstrations and tasting sessions.

At the Essential Hotel Collection we have all visited and stayed at each of the hotels in our portfolio of properties. If you would like to find out more about booking your next dream holiday, call us today we would be more than happy to help.


Love is in the Caribbean air!


Love is in the Caribbean air!

This winter why not escape the cold and wet and spend a romantic luxury holiday in the sun! Here are some ideas on where to go and how to impress your loved one this Valentines.


Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

From celebrating Valentine’s Day on Jamaica to rekindling the flames of romance, toast your love for each other and to your future on a luxurious getaway at Jamaica Inn.

Retreat to one of their spacious Jamaica accommodations and cottages, all with private verandahs and ocean views, some even come with private infinity pools. 

Frolic on the beach with complimentary snorkelling, kayaks and sunfish sailing. Take a nap under your own palapa.  Dine by candlelight under the stars and dance the night away serenaded by a four-piece band.


Young Island The Grenadines

Book the Sailyaway package on this private Caribbean island just minutes away from St Vincent. If you want to really get away from it all Young Island is a perfect retreat, especially for couples. 

The Sailaway package includes: 5 nights in a an Ocean view cottage for two, 2 nights aboard Young Islands catamaran sailing around the Grenadines including the Tobago Cays, all meals, transfers, drinks on arrival, relaxing treatments, daily fresh fruit and flowers in your room, use of the islands watersports and tennis. The catamaran sleep up to four but can be booked exclusively. The boat comes with its own chef and crew to totally spoil you!



Cap Maison St Lucia

If this Valentines you want to pop the question, look no further than the Cap Maison Proposal Concierge!

This package has been put together to help bachelors create a moment to remember. As the ultimate partner in discretion, elegance and creativity, the Proposal Concierge works quietly to handle every detail and ensure that every answer is the only answer - YES! For example, the Proposal Concierge orchestrated to a private sail aboard Cap maison's luxury yacht when a groom knelt under a full Caribbean moon with a diamond ring that the captain 

proffered with Champagne. The couple returned to their suite filled with tropical flowers. Another inspired moment took place on Rock Maison, a cocktail deck perched above the surging waves, where a rock of another kind was zipped down the Champagne zip line! 

Here are a few things you should expect from the Cap Maison Proposal Package:

Four nights in the signture Oceanview Villa Suite with private pool, helicopter transfers, a bottle of Champagne on arrival, a fresh single stemmed rose, breakfast and dinner and drinks, couples massage, sunset cruise, private dinner on Rock Maison and a chance to use the hotels Champagne zipline for the arrival of the ring! For full details on the package click here


Of course these are just a few ideas we are offering you for your romanic tropical escape, we have six other hotels we can also recommend to you from our collection.

Call us today and we can help you book a holiday of a lifetime 020 8614 0077. 


Another Green Globe!


We are very happy to announce that Jamaica Inn, another one of the Essential Hotel Collection hotels has an official Green Globe certification.

Over the last few years the Jamaica Inn team has been working hard to preserve the environment through various efforts and tasks, but now with the help of Green Globe, they have developed specific strategies in order to acquire and maintain our Green Globe certification.

Here are just a few of the sustainability measures the hardworking team at Jamaica Inn work on regularly:

  • Daily monitoring of energy and water use
  • Creating our own compost heap
  • Purchasing from local suppliers
  • Solar panels installed throughout the resort
  • Ongoing staff training

They feel that with their guests and partners worldwide being informed about our Green Globe status can only be a positive reinforcement for them as more and more travelers are concerned about green practices.

To follow Jamaica Inn's efforts to preserve the environment (including marine) and as well as to be as “green as we can be!" follow their blog

In the meantime we would like to congratulate Jamaica Inn for doing their bit to help the planet! 



Anyone for a game of tennis?


You can see it in the quality of our Tennis Centre, the calibre of its professional staff and the clinics/classes they provide. Now Curtain Bluff, Antigua, has raised their game still further with the Curtain Bluff Tennis Circuit, an annual series of entertaining tennis "camps" led by game legends and geared to aptitudes from beginner to pro. Equal parts on-court action and off-court fun, these camps mix in excursions, parties, and special dinners at our beautiful resort, consistently named one of the best in the world by the tennis and travel media.


April 15 - 20, 2015

This spring we held our second Fantasy Tennis Camp and what an amazing week it was! Five days of clinics given by the biggest names in the game... Tracy regaling the group with tales of the pro tennis circuit…players facing down 145-mph serves…and edge-of-your-seat competition (congratulations to eventual winners, Tessa Morris and William Bailey).


It will be hosted again by former U.S. Open Champion and World #1 player Tracy Austin and two-time Australian Open Champion and World #7 Johan Kriek. They will be joined by Taylor Dent. Aimed at active adult tennis players ranging in skill from recreational to tournament level, it will include five days of professional instruction and match play, a welcome party, a tennis exhibition, and ample opportunities to enjoy our award-winning resort. Sign up now (numbers are limited).


May 2 - 9, 2015

Join International Tennis Hall of Famers "Fiery" Fred Stolle and Owen "Davo" Davidson, and former Aussie champion Ross Case for an incredible week of tennis. Started in 1975 as an island-wide professional tournament, it has evolved into an international pro-am tennis festival that attracts some of the biggest names in the game.

There will be other tennis events throughout the year, watch this space for further details. 

If you would like to speak to our expert team about Curtain Bluff and the activities available, contact us today on 020 8614 0077


First Guest Chef Series at Cap Maison, St Lucia


Cap Maiosn in St Lucia is proud to annouce the first Guest Chef for the season - Neil Hitchen from the UK.

Neil currently owns and cooks at the award winning Berkeley Arms in Wymondham, Leicestershire. Neil and his wife Louise took over the 16th century inn five years ago.

Having received a 'Bib Gourmand' from the Michelin Guide in 2011, Neil and his team have continued to receive this award each year since. Aswell as the 'Inspectors Favourite' in the Eating in Pubs Guild by Michelin.  The pub is recommended yearly in 'The Good Food Guide', 'Hardens Food Guide', 'The Good Pub Guide' and Alistair Sawday's 'Pubs & Inns Guide'.

Neil and Louise Hitchens The Berkeley Arms

Prior to owning the Berkley Arms, Neil was head chef for three years at Michelin starred 'Le Poussin' at Whitley Rodge (now The Pig) in the New Forest Hampshire.

Neil spent four years in the Caribbean as Executive Chef in two prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotels, Cobblers Cove, Barbadfos and Biras Creek Resort in the British Virgin Islands.

Prior to the Caribbean , Neil spent three years cooking at The frelais & Chateaux Fearrington House, Norh Carolina.

Neil will be visiting Cap Maison this week starting from Tuesday 13th. He will be collaborating with Craig.  Call us for further details.


Our Recent Visit to the Tropics


Business as usual!

Directors Helen and Annette share their recent business trip pictures with you from their visit this week to a number of the Essential Hotel Collection Caribbean boutique hotels.

Driftwood Christmas tree decorations arrive at Little Good Harbour, Barbados.

Annette with Javon at Apsara Indian restaurant at The Gap, Barbados.

Annette at breakfast on the waters edge at Little Good Harbour, The Fish Pot - with Andrea.

Helen, Zac and Adele in the new garden tour at Calabash, Grenada. A garden book is available for sale and proceeds go to local charity.

Helen and GM Florinda Marshall on terrace of Bequia Beach's fabulous Estate Villa which is now complete and ready for guests ... family of 7 arriving for Christmas with butler and cook throughout!

Sunday lunch at East Winds, St Lucia - Titus supreme waiter and GM Gareth say hello!

At Young Island, St Vincent and The Grenadines. Can you name all the different homemade breads?


Helen and Annette travelled to St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Barbados and Antigua.  If you would like to do something simular, call us today on 020 8614 0077


Curtain Bluff, Antigua is Awarded by Conde Nast Johansen


We are delighted to tell you that Curtain Bluff, Antigua, Caribbean is the winner of the 2015 Condé Nast Johansens Award

for Excellence in the Best for Families category for the Caribbean.


For many years we have been recommending Curtain Bluff to families due to it's vast amount of inclusive activities, facilities, home from home atmosphere and pampered service. 

Here are just a few of the hotels facilities available:

3 restaurants, 2 bars plus poolside and beach service available. TV centre, gift shop. 75 ft free-form swimming pool. Ocean side spa.
Sports – 4 lighted championship tennis courts (including 3 full-time tennis pros at the resort), squash court, putting green, half basketball court, fully equipped fitness centre, yoga (classes 5 times a week), Pilates, and land and water aerobics. Golf is available at Cedar Valley – (championship 18-hole course, 45mins by
taxi) and Jolly Harbour (15 mins by taxi)
Watersports – hobiecats, windsurfers, sea kayaks, paddle boards, waterskiing and snorkelling equipment are included plus scuba diving (for certified divers only). A 47ft Wellington ketch is available for trips at an extra supplement.
Cee Bee Kids Camp
NEW Curtain Bluff’s complimentary full time children’s camp, managed by Ainsley Smith (qualified English nursery nurse with many years of supervising children’s activities), who has created a full programme of fun activities exclusively for Curtain Bluff guests’ families. This will suit children aged 3 to 10 years and is available 5 days a week between 9.00am-12.00pm and 1.30pm-4.00pm. Centred around a shaded pavilion near the beach, adjacent to the children’s play area which includes swings, slides and a tree house. There is also access to an indoor facility fully air-conditioned for those occasional rainy days.
Activities include: creative local art and craft work, fun time in the kitchen (making cookies and ice cream sundaes), mocktails at the main bar, movie time with popcorn, discover and learn about the local flora and fauna … plus swim, sail, and fish!

If you are a family or even a couple looking for a tropical, luxury holiday, look no further than Curtain Bluff, Antigua.

We have all personally stayed at the property and really know it inside and out, call us today to book your dream holiday 020 8614 0077



Travel Trade Awards and Further Guest Recognition for East Winds Inn


Travel trade award & further guest recognition for 
East Winds Inn is once again celebrating exceptional customer satisfaction and award 
recognition from both their UK trade partners and their guests. 
General Manager. Gareth Leach and his wonderful staff continue to work as a collective team satisfying their 
guests, some first time visitors but many of whom return year after year. 
 Best Small Hotel in the Caribbean
East Winds Inn was once again named by Virgin Holidays, at the World Travel Market in London last week, as 
the winner of the Best Small Hotel in the Caribbean Award. Virgin Holidays new MD, Mark Anderson 
introduced a fabulous, if somewhat less extravagant trade event from previous years, at The Tate Modern. 
With approximately 250 attendees, there were just 18 award categories. 
Atlyn Forde, Director of Marketing UK & Europe for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, who collected the award on 
behalf of the hotel, commented ‘The award is a wonderful achievement for East Winds, especially as the hotel 
has won it several times.’ 
This further confirms what guests say about the hotel – that it continues to maintain its exacting standards 
year after year and customer satisfaction at this true luxury boutique hotel is second to none. 
TripAdvisor 2014 awards continue to roll in for East Winds Inn
# 4 in the top Hotels in the Caribbean for Romance 
 Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean for exceptional service 
 Top 25 All Inclusive hotels in the Caribbean 
Green Globe Certified Property 
Re-certification awarded to East Winds Inn - November 2014 
Everyone at the Essential Hotel Collection has stayed at East Winds Inn, we love the hotel and the island of St Lucia. In fact Claire has just returned and Annette and Helen will be there in the New Year.
If you would like to find out more information about the hotel contact us today.
020 8614 0077


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