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All of us here at Clear Marketing International have travelled extensively to the Caribbean and the resorts we represent are amongst our favorites. We have first hand knowledge of all our resorts and our opinions below give an idea as to which are our personal favorites.....

My usual trip to The BodyHoliday involves sitting in a training room for hours on end, going from meeting to meeting and squeezing in a yoga class in either before or after work...Not this June however when I took out my sister-in-law Maria during Jive June for a special birthday treat. Maria had never been to The BodyHoliday (or St Lucia) before and knew nothing about what I had planned for us.

Starting as I planned for us to go on we arrived in style by helicopter and shortly after the passion fruit martinis were flowing. Neither of us are especially sporty but did try out a few dance classes, clearly many of the other guests did the same as the moves were all in full swing on the sunset cruise later on in the week. To give an idea of our usual day:

7am - Everyone wakes up early in Caribbean - morning walk most days, Beach fit once only (not possible after that as we could not actually move)
8:30am - Breakfast overlooking the ocean eating tropical fruit and banana bread.
10am - beach time relax.
11am - Pimm's on the beach followed by some kind of water sports activity - learning to water-ski is a must do.
12:30pm - Lunch at the Deli with a freshly squeezed green juice.
2pm - Daily spa treatment (included in the holiday)
Back to the beach/pool
5pm - Some days we did yoga/meditation whereas others we were sipping cocktails with our new friends watching the sun go down.
7:30pm - Head to the Piano bar for our staple passion fruit martini.
9:30pm -Dinner at Cariblue or Windows followed by live music in the Club Hous
And repeat for a week.........

We did manage one day exploring the island - a must do for anyone that has not been to St. Lucia before. The catamaran trips take in a few hours of sailing, a trip to the Sulphur Springs with the world's only drive-in volcano with active mud baths were you can smother yourself in mud (we have never laughed so much) a fantastic plantation house and an amazing lunch at a homestay. The return trip has stops for snorkelling so a perfect day out to see some of what this amazing island has to offer.

Perhaps my lasting memory of the trip was listening to Maria and a new friend (he was with his girlfriend and 20-years younger than her), singing a Lionel Richie duet in the piano bar - not easily forgotten for me or the other guests.

The BodyHoliday is such a fantastic holiday! The fact that almost everyone we met had been before either as a single or a couple really says it all.

Debbie
Debbie

Oh ..and thank you for my in room evening tea service BodyHoliday, as promised I had the best night's sleep ever!

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My partner and I absolutely loved our trip to Rendezvous and we can't wait to go back! On arrival we were welcomed by the fantastic team there, our bags were taken from us and we were guided to the Terrace Bar for a refreshing welcome drink while we were being checked-in. Our room was beautiful, we were lucky enough to have one of the newly refurbished Verandah suites which was perfect; modern and stylish decor, king-size bed, huge bathtub and large outdoor seating area. In our welcome pack we had an invitation to the manager's cocktails that evening under the Saman tree, everyone in resort was invited to meet the management team and get to know each other, it was a fantastic way to start our stay! During our stay we had dinner at the Trysting place which was delicious, the wine expert in there made sure what we were drinking complimented our food perfectly, we then moved on to the Terrace Bar where the Royal St Lucia Police band were playing which was really popular with everyone in resort and they were brilliant to watch. Most days I took full advantage of the spa in the water garden while my partner was out learning to sail a hobicat at the complimentary water sports centre, he even tried his hand at the complimentary diving. Malabar Beach club was probably one of the highlights of our stay, it had just opened. Our shoes were taken as we arrived and we sat right on the 2-mile stretch of Malabar beach eating lunch with our toes in the sand, the food was incredible, so fresh and made to order right on the beach! Rendezvous was the perfect couples only hotel as it wasn't over the top and the team in resort made us feel so welcome, it was like a home away from home! We will be back!

Charlotte
Charlotte

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As my family and I approached Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort we knew we had arrived somewhere very special indeed. The resort itself is nestled between the famous St Lucia's World Heritage-listed Pitons and has a striking beach so was a real "wow." We had as Superior Luxury Villa, the in-room check-in service is fantastic, I was able to complete this whilst my husband & 3 year old daughter investigated the private plunge pool located on our terrace. Our elegantly styled villa had the most amazing view with free standing bath, oversized shower and luxury toiletries in the huge bathroom, along with the IPad which was personalised for our stay. Not forgetting of course, our lovely butler who provided us with our own mobile phone to allow us to contact them 24/7.

Whilst we could have spent all of our time in our Villa, we were intrigued to explore the rest of the resort. A short trip in the resort's tuk tuks took us to the beautiful white sandy beach with individual palm shades and comfy sun beds. We tried kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling. My daughter went snorkelling on the specially designed viewing board that she was pulled along on to see the marine life. The water sports team are on hand for advice and there are plenty of life jackets to fit everyone, even very small children. If you are able to tear yourself away from the beach, the large welcoming pool is a must with plenty of oversized day beds to relax on, some with an ocean view.

For the energetic ones, the Rainforest Walk is a must. However, if you are like me, I opted for a treatment at the Rainforest Spa which is nestled at the bottom of the Pitons. The traditionally built tree house treatment rooms are spectacular and children over the age of 5 can have a miniature version of certain treatments. Whilst my daughter wasn't quite old enough, she enjoyed the complimentary activities at the Sugar Club kids club.

Breakfast at The Terrace with a view of the Caribbean ocean is the perfect way to start your day, with plenty of choices to suit even the fussiest eater. We had lunch on our sun bed at the pool/beach and had the choice of two menus, however you can eat at the Bayside if you prefer. Dinner was a difficult decision - we chose to dine at The Great Room and experienced an exquisite three course meal.

A trip to St Lucia is not complete without a water based excursion, and our stay was no exception. As we were celebrating my husband's special birthday, we opted for a private Dolphin and Whale watching boat trip which departed from the jetty. We saw lots of spotted dolphins and Pilot, Sperm and Orca whales. To see these animals happily in their natural habitat is a memory that we will never forget.

Our family holiday was truly amazing, the friendly staff made us all feel so welcome and I truly cannot imagine a more relaxing place to stay.

Sam
Sam

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I had heard a lot about Cancun and the Riviera Maya and I wasn't sure I was going to like it as I knew that it was full of really big All-Inclusive properties. During the drive along the busy main road, we passed many of these places with HUGE and GRAND entrances, each one trying to outdo the other. I was then pleasantly surprised when we left the main road and arrived at what I now call my "little oasis of calm and culture!" The Viceroy Riviera Maya has a lovely calming effect as soon as you arrive as you are welcomed by the cheery staff offering a refreshing drink and cold towel, taking in the sound of trickling water and the smell of incense and herbs. The first thing they do is "cleanse your aura" so that you are in the right frame of mind to start your holiday. Special herbs are burned and the smoke is waved around your body making you realise that already you have come to a special place. It gets better as they take you to your luxury villa. The different types of villas really reflect the location: Some have pool and ocean views and a couple are right on the beach! There's also a Presidential Villa which is two storeys with amazing views. The villas have so much to offer with their own plunge pools, king-sized beds and indoor/outdoor showers. The staff are amazing and really engage with you, whether that's trying to teach you words in Spanish or encouraging you to try the local food and drink -they are very enthusiastic about authentic dining experiences. You may also be taught about the history of Tequila or how to cook the authentic Mayan way. The atmosphere within the property was so lovely and calming that you can't help but relax, helped of course by the taste of a refreshing Margarita. They don't call it All-Inclusive here, it's known as the Mayan Indulgence. If like me, you felt that Rivera Maya was only large and opulent resorts I know a place in the middle of all grandeur which is truly an oasis of calm and is quite frankly FABULOUS!

Andrew
Andrew

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Round Hill Hotel & Villas oozes glamour, sophistication and elegance. This resort offers pure understated luxury and I loved it. Having never been to Jamaica before, I was really looking forward to my stay at this world-class resort and was not disappointed. When I arrived, I instantly knew I was somewhere special. After the drive up the long beautifully manicured lush gardened driveway I was met by Kingsley, the resort concierge who has worked here for 43 years! The green striped canopy, which has become synonymous with Round Hill was gently blowing in the sea breeze and offered a welcome cooling from the January sunshine. Here I was given my key (collected from a traditional cast-iron key pigeonhole) then whisked off to one of the 27 private villas. My villa came with three attentive staff and the sincerity of the hospitality was one of the first things I noticed about Round Hill, the best in warm, Jamaican hospitality.

Round Hill is situated within over 100-acres in Montego Bay so only a short transfer from the airport. With only 36 rooms and 27 villas, it has a real feeling of exclusivity. The rooms are all Ocean Front, impeccably designed and decorated by Ralph Lauren (who is one of the villa owners) and have the option to interconnect- so great for families and with King or twin-bed options. The villas really are something special. All individually owned, and ranging from one to six bedrooms these are idea for families, groups or anyone who wants a luxurious home-from-home. Many come with their own pool, and all have a cook, gardener and housekeeper. Breakfast is cooked and served in-villa and this was a highlight for me. Waking each morning to the smell of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee brewing, and pastries being baked- it was so indulgent.

The food is incredible at this foodie resort and Chef Martin was recently awarded with a top culinary award. The food varies from a casual beach BBQ to fine-dining and the weekly farm-to-table dinner where all the ingredients are locally sourced and produced- some even coming from the resorts own organic vegetable garden.

A golden crescent shaped beach wraps around the coast, and a 10-acre adults-only lawn is at the end of the resort. With the brand new top-of-the-range gym, yoga pavilion and spa with eight treatment rooms- this is where I spent most of my time! In the sea, there are complimentary water-trampolines and a floating sunbathing deck, so a sun seekers heaven. There is also a daily complimentary glass bottomed boat, as well as supplementary water sports and diving so ideal for those who want to explore the Caribbean sea too.

Children are welcome at Round Hill with a complimentary kids club and staff that adore the children who stay. During my time here, I saw multi-generational families who were all having the time of their lives. The main thing I went away thinking about was that there is a lot of love at Round Hill, the owners love their villas, the staff love their jobs and the guests love their holiday and with Jamaica being the home of "One Love" this couldn't be more fitting.

Kerrie
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After the initial "Wow" factor of the amber, chandelier in the lobby and the view of the turquoise ocean just beyond the eclectic lounge, the charm of the team at Ocean Two is sure to impress you! An award-winning 4* resort on the south coast of Barbados, Ocean Two sets a new standard for excellence and luxury! The orange and scarlet cushions on the oversized beach and pool chairs set against the white sands and blue ocean are so vibrant and inviting that you can't help but feel as though you are in paradise. However, the most impressive facility at Ocean Two has to be Panorama, the rooftop patio with plunge pool and bar which sits 8 storeys in the air and offers 270 views of the ocean and island. It is the perfect vantage point to watch sun dip behind the horizon while sipping on the "Green Flash" specialty cocktail!

debbie
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Barbados is one of my personal favourite Caribbean islands because the beaches are beautiful, the people are amongst the worlds' friendliest and there is just so much to do. When I first heard about Sea Breeze, I was delighted that there would be a new family-friendly All-Inclusive on the lively South Coast. The island has no shortage of great family-friendly properties, but to find a modern and chic 4* at a fantastic price point and right in the heart of the South Coast, I just knew this would be a great choice for the British market. After only a short transfer time, I arrived at this gorgeous haven which was minutes away from Oistins and St. Lawrence Gap and was instantly blown away by the elegant entrance where I was warmly welcomed with a rum punch and cold towel. The modern and stylish décor of dark wood, deep purples and lovely little touches instantly impressed. En-route to my room, I walked past the adults-only pool which had a real chilled out feel to it with its plush sunbeds (with a mattress as thick as you'd have on your bed!) cooling umbrellas as well as peace and quiet. I was then overwhelmed with the beauty of the beach which had white powdery sands and crystal clear water- I knew I had to make some time to spend here! Since returning, I haven't been able to stop telling people about the food which seriously exceeded my expectations. Previously when I've stayed at All-Inclusives, I've been faced with repetitive daily buffets, but here you can dine a-la carte seven nights a week if you plan accordingly. My favourite meal was at the Azul restaurant, the inclusive fine-dining restaurant which is on a higher level of the resort on a dramatic cliff face- the setting is stunning. It had a great ambience, beautifully candle lit with scene-setting music and a menu to rival any of the islands top restaurants. The hotel has a true resort feel to it, all the guests chat to each other and the amazingly friendly staff are always around offering you a refill or a water mist if you are getting too hot on the beach. Sea Breeze also has a kid's pool, and although I didn't spend much time here- the families seemed to be having a wonderful time. Location is also key here, you can walk into Oistins on a Friday night for the fish fry, and St. Lawrence Gap is a mere 10 minutes away so I spent some of my time mingling with the locals too. Sea Breeze really impressed me, and is such fantastic value for money. I enjoyed my stay so much that I returned there for my own honeymoon!

Kerrie
Kerrie

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I've sold Barbados for many years, but only recently had the chance to travel there- and was blown away, I have fallen in love with the South Coast. As I walked over the bridge straddling the pool at South Beach and into the retro chic lobby, I was greeted by three lovely Bajan smiles, a cold towel and a welcome cocktail - so refreshing after the long transatlantic flight!

The lobby decor is so fresh and modern - really channelling the Miami South Beach art deco vibes, and this is mirrored throughout the newly refurbished rooms too. I had a one-bedroom suite, with a fully equipped kitchen. There is even COMPLIMENTRY use of the washing machines on each floor.

Happy hour runs from 5pm - 6pm every day and on Tuesday evenings the Managers Cocktail Party is a great place to chat to fellow guests and enjoy a few rum punches. Whatever you do, do not miss the Bajan Fishcakes! When it's time for dinner, take a walk along the Barbados Boardwalk to the beachfront Tapas restaurant where you can listen the waves lapping the shore as you dine and for those who wish to continue the party, a ten-minute walk will take you to The Tiki Bar. I couldn't believe quite how many restaurants and bars there were within walking distance of South Beach. Anything from fine-dining to street food.

Of course I'm saving the best until last, South Beach is located in Rockley and the hotel pool is just a hop, skip and a jump across the road to the renowned Accra Beach- known as being the best beach in Barbados. I was so blown away by how white and fine the sand was on the South Coast, and although the water was choppy enough for some light water sports, there's no strong current so it's completely safe to swim and great for families.

I loved my stay at South Beach and will certainly be retuning for a holiday.

Tash
Tash

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Andrew and I were lucky enough to fly over to Nevis and experience what is arguably one of the most exclusive, unspoilt and relaxing islands in the Caribbean. At each of the hotels we visited we were offered a rum punch, each one slightly different but the famous Killer Bee served a Sunshine's Beach Bar on Pinneys Beach has to be amongst the best. It perfectly washed down some jerk-spiced chicken wings.

We flew into St. Kitts, and then took the 7-minute water taxi ride over to Nevis which sailed right onto Oualie Beach, where we were spending our first night. It couldn't be easier. We spent every night in a different hotel so experienced plantation style properties, luxury resorts, boutique style hotels and lavish villas- there is something for everyone.

What I loved about Nevis is that each hotel really encourages guests to go out and explore the island. With a total area of 36-square miles and so easy to navigate around you can explore the whole country in less than 2-hours. There are fantastic restaurants, standalone and in hotels and we must have tried them all! I really wanted to try one of the famous Nevisian mangoes- they grow 40-different varieties on Nevis..who knew there were so many?! But the monkeys had beaten me to it. Everyone on island were willing more to grow before the annual Mango festival later in the summer.

Nevis is vividly green with blue skies, clean air and long empty beaches and what I really noticed is that it has a pace of life that encourages you to stop and appreciate all the natural beauty around you. This is a great place to just chill. What really stood out here is the charm and the easy-going genuineness of the people. Genuine, warm hospitality was offered everywhere we went. As there are more jobs than people on the island, we were often seeing the same faces time and time again- and they remembered us. One day, we were chatting to a young man about hiring a buggy to drive around the island, then the following day, he was serving us lunch in one of the hotels. With just over 400 hotel rooms on the entire island, this is a small and well-preserved island. You must add this to your bucket list.

Kerrie
Kerrie

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