Fingers crossed, but things are looking good for the transatlantic holidays next year. North America is back on the travel map after Canada, followed by the United States, lifted a one-and-a-half-year ban on Britons from traveling for reasons other than “essential”. The Caribbean, on the other hand, has been widely open to British travelers for some time now. Various vaccine stipulations still apply, but for the thousands of people who have aspired to return to these three popular vacation destinations since the pandemic began, the situation looks a lot brighter than it used to be.
The omicron variant is the obvious potential stumbling block – the United States, for example, has now tightened pre-departure testing rules. But the borders remain open, and while it’s never safe to assume in today’s climate, it might be worth betting on a city break, a road trip, a beach retreat, or a city break. nature next year. Whatever your fancy, here are some of the best hotels in the United States and the Caribbean to inspire your travels.
Soufriere, Saint Lucia
Best for: Decadence on a low budget
This flagship hotel show is so special that it is the subject of its own TV episode (Amazing hotels, BBC iPlayer). The design is a labor of love by husband and wife owners Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy, and the building itself, set on 600 acres, is a work of architectural genius, built into a hillside in a setting so close to an Edenic paradise that one can imagine. The bedrooms are all open-air, with one wall missing – ours, a back room (or ‘Galaxy Sanctuary’), two were missing – so you can admire the Caribbean Sea and the awe-inspiring Pitons volcanic) from the bed, from the deckchairs, from the breakfast table and, above all, from the large private infinity pool. The rooms are slanted so that they are completely private (which is why the hotel is popular with Hollywood stars and Royals) and sheltered from tropical rain storms. Ours came with yoga mats for morning stretches, a fully stocked minibar (a bento box of homemade goodies is replenished daily) and a wine fridge, in addition to the distinction of the sexiest tub in the room. world, big enough for three, raised on a plinth and then sunk into it, so you can see the Pitons as you soak. Our ‘majordomo’ (butler) was on call 24 hours a day for all our needs (including to satisfy our pudding habit – the dessert menu alone is worth the transatlantic flight) and shuttles will take you to the nearby seaside resort. Anse Chastanet for dinner or for the resort’s two beaches – the smaller and more hidden of the two serves the best burgers on the island.
Stella likes: Le Laboratoire du Chocolat, an air-conditioned kitchen where you can join a chocolate-making workshop and prepare your own bar with delicious fillings – coconut, salted cashews, white chocolate buttons… Sprinkle generously!
Out : Head to the hotel’s private beach and rent snorkels, paddleboards, and kayaks – the bay is calm and the lounge chairs have waiter service, so this is the best place to spend the day. There is also a small plantation on the estate, with mountain bikes for hire and guided bike tours. There are plenty of other tours available as well, from rum tasting and stand-up paddleboard yoga to a Champagne Sunset Cruise (highly recommended), complete with a live saxophonist, free bar and enough tunes. romantics to inspire a vow renewal on the spot (unless you’re already there on your honeymoon, which many were). For a bird’s-eye view of the resort, book a guided Pitons hike – or for a less strenuous getaway, try the equally stunning Tet Paul Nature Trail.
How to book: Rooms from £ 807 per night plus service charge; jademountain.com. Read the full expert review here