It's hard to believe it’s already December! With the holiday season fully underway, we’re featuring some of our favorite places to unwind in front of a fireplace this winter—hopefully with some of your favorite people. Speaking of winter, we’re highlighting a recent trip to the Scandinavian Arctic, complete with a viewing of the Northern Lights. Beaches more your speed? We’ve got the lowdown on some of the best hotels in Anguilla. From all of us at First in Service, we wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year. Cheers to 2019!
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
The Caribbean is always a hot destination for sun seekers looking for some of the best beaches in the world. It helps to get insider tips. We checked in with five of our favorite GMs to see what’s happening on their luxury property and island.
Florentius van der Vaart, aka Flor
Park Hyatt St. Kitts, St. Kitts
My perfect day on the island is… waking up prior to sunrise, preferably at the Great House deck with a nice cup of coffee. Then kayaking, snorkeling or sailing/surfing. Lunch at the Fisherman’s Village. A ride to the Brimstone Fortress, and ending up on one of the many little beach bars watching the sun set.
My favorite spot to watch the sunset… Sundays at Shipwreck, with live music and a magical sunset.
A must-have drink at the Park Hyatt is… the Nevisian Mule, a ginger-inspired, rum-capped refresher.
When I play tour guide, I take my friends and family… around the Island to show them how small and unique it is: Black Sand beach, Brimstone Hill, Basseterre, Romney Manor Estate where they have Caribelle Batik (the famous batik shop), ending with a beach place to see the sun set again.
A fantastic family activity is… spending time in our magnificent zero-entry pool…it is magical.
We do romance by… creating the perfect ambiance for each couple – a chef’s table, dining on the patio, or a blind tasting on the beach.
The St. Regis Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico
My perfect day on the island is… exploring Old San Juan because there is always something new to discover.
My favorite spot to watch the sunset… from our Golf Clubhouse.
A must-have drink at The St. Regis is… the “Encanto” Bloody Mary, in a glass rimmed with crushed plantains, garnished with stuffed plantain olives, and served with lime juice and Puerto Rican Ají Picante.
When I play tour guide, I take my friends and family… on an zipline adventure to the Yunque Rainforest. It’s ideal for every experience level, with daytime and night tours available. The rainforest is only minutes from the resort.
A fantastic family activity is… enjoying the nature center at The Boathouse that serves as a laboratory for environmental education. Also, discovering our nature trails, kayaking on the lake, and bird watching.
You can’t leave the island without having… dined at Jose Enrique’s Restaurant.
Martein van Wagenberg
Le Guanahani, St. Barthelemy
My perfect day on the island is… one that starts with an ocean swim and a couple of hours in the sun. Lunch in one of the beachfront restaurants. A quick nap, some shopping in Gustavia, and ending with dinner between friends in a friendly restaurant that serves delightful food!
My favorite spot to watch the sunset… is at the lighthouse in Gustavia.
When I play tour guide, I take my friends and family… on a day sailing trip to Colombier with a Guanahani picnic that includes a bottle of crisp rosé.
A fantastic family activity is… having a family scavenger hunt organized by our team.
We do romance by… serving a private beach 3-course dinner served on property, followed by a romantic rose petal setting on your bed.
You can’t leave the island without having… ‘danced on the tables’ at Le Ti St. Barth.
Editor’s Note: Le Guanahani will have a grand reopen in the fall of 2018, following renovations.
Carlisle Bay, Antigua
My favorite spot to watch the sunset… is Shirley Heights, for its spectacular panorama of the harbors and island. Everyone comes out for the Sundaybarbecue party, to eat and listen to live Caribbean music.
A must-have drink at Carlisle Bay is… an Old Fashioned Rum Punch at our Indigo Bar.
When I play tour guide, I take my friends and family… to Papa Zouks, a must in Antigua. It serves up a lively mix of fresh fish, rum and zouk music.
A fantastic family activity is… Stingray City, a unique experience for guests to interact and feed stingrays. They are very gentle and it’s truly a memorable highlight for any family vacation.
You can’t leave the island without having… visited Nelson’s Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the best examples of Britain’s colonial expansion into the Caribbean.
We do romance by… setting up a special evening under the stars at The Jetty. Complete with private candle lit dinner on the wooden walkway that reaches out across the sea. You feel like you’re floating on water.
The Shore Club, Turks and Caicos
My perfect day on the island is… a beach day on Long Bay or Grace Bay with family.
My favorite spot to watch the sunset… Grace Bay beach.
A must-have drink and dish at The Shore Club are… the Basil Cooler and Seafood Batayaki.
The best way to unwind on property is to… enjoy our four-mile long beach or any of our four pools.
A fantastic family activity is… kayaking, jet skiing, or sailing on the Hobie Cat.
You can’t leave the island without having… gone kiteboarding, and taking the two-mile walk into the ocean on Long Bay beach during low tide.
Our leisure specialists can plan your perfect Caribbean getaway today. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.