In this most strange of years, travel has been fleeting at best. Many of us have had trips cancelled or rescheduled, and it has been nothing short of disappointing. It has, however, also given us the wherewithal to rethink things a bit and perhaps reinvent longstanding traditions. Thanksgiving is one of those. If 2020 has thrown a wrench in your usual holiday plans, make up for some of that missed travel and hop a flight to the Caribbean. As of publication, borders are open to Americans (with certain guidelines) – however, be in touch for the most up to date information – and we can’t think of much better than crystal clear turquoise waters and downy sand beaches.
If a last-minute Thanksgiving trip isn’t in the cards, still take note. These magical properties are a welcome respite anytime.
Jumby Bay, Antigua
A ten-minute ride aboard a private yacht from Antigua will transport you to this magical private island paradise. Languid days can be spent exploring the island’s white-sand beaches or at the spa whilst children are entertained at the Jumby Explorers Club. Dining options vary from fine to relaxed, and unparalleled experiences such as Dinner at the Farm – literally, dining tables are set up amidst the farm – are truly special. If you can visit over Thanksgiving, expect a bespoke itinerary offering a proper West Indies take on the beloved American holiday, with activities such as a Thanksgiving Jazz Brunch and a Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt.
Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla
Located on a secluded and pristine beach in Anguilla, Belmond Cap Juluca offers private and luxurious accommodations for a transportive getaway. Various room types fit groups of all sizes from couples to large families (book a Private Pool Villa for up to ten guests), and four dining options mean you can stay a while and things won’t get boring. Onsite activities such as snorkelling or swimming with horses ensure you maximise the breathtaking tropical surroundings. If you enjoy golfing, there are courses nearby.
Carl Gustaf, St Barths
Should you prefer a balance of town and sand, this storied destination in St Barths fits the bill. Set on a hill near the centre of Gustavia, the hotel is moments from Shell Beach, marrying the best of both worlds – hop on a complimentary electric bike, and set out to explore, or stroll down the hill to relax surfside – and the many room, suite and villa types are comfortable for groups of all sizes. The cuisine at Shellona, their beachfront restaurant, comes courtesy of a Greek chef – it is the perfect lunch break from sun and lounging. Fouquet’s, the French restaurant onsite, will feature a special menu for Thanksgiving with classics and some thoughtful new additions.
Sugar Beach, St Lucia
This elegant resort is set just next to more than 100 acres of tropical rainforest and a white sand beach. Perfect for guests of all ages, adults can indulge in treatments at the spa, which effectively maximises local ingredients (including volcanic stones and fresh coconut milk), while children can participate in treasure hunts around the property. Live music throughout the week lends vibrancy to the evening atmosphere, and varied dining options from pizza to sushi to traditional St Lucian dishes are delicious and inspiring.
For more information on the above destinations, or to book a holiday, please contact Quintessentially Travel.