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
Think you’ve done the Caribbean? These four beauties offer far more than a relaxing time in a picture-perfect island setting.
Belle Mont Farm, St. Kitts
This cluster of staggered guest house and villas gives special meaning to being at one with nature. From the lush foothills of Mount Liamuiga, you’ll awaken to tranquil turquoise seas and frolicking monkeys. The farm stands by its farm-to-table ethos: practically everything served (minus wine and cheese) is either sourced locally or on property. Even the golf course is edible! It’s the future of sustainable luxury. Bonus: island hopping to Nevis only takes 20 minutes. Best for…foodies, couples, Caribbean aficionados.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
With award-winning views, Jade Mountain was designed for romance in the tropics. Twenty-four eco ‘sanctuaries’ include in-room infinity pools that overlook the majestic Piton Mountains and sea below. Each boasts three walls – reserving the fourth side for open-air, uninterrupted panoramas. Butler service is offered 24-hours a day to keep the magic alive. All-inclusive meals plans are optional but recommended. Beautiful reefs nearby make snorkeling and diving a must. Guided hikes, mountain biking and sunset sailing are all a great way to experience the island. Grab a complimentary kayak and paddle to secluded Anse Mamin beach for a romantic lunch too. Best for…romance and honeymoons.
Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort, Antigua
Columbus discovered this pristine private island in 1493. Today Jumby Bay is still only accessible by boat. The difference is that guests can touchdown at the mainland airport and be lying on the beach in 45 minutes. Management greets you at the dock upon arrival. You’re escorted to one of a variety of luxury accommodations – from rooms and suites to villas and estate homes (with private chefs). From there you choose the pace. Perhaps rum tasting and cooking class one day; snorkeling excursion the next. Meals and activities are included so all you need to do is unwind. There is an endangered sea turtle conservation project in which you can take part. Best for…couples, families, retreats and multi-generational groups.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Who hasn’t fantasized about renting their own decked-out private island? Sir Richard Branson has made it a breeze. Grab 33 of your friends and family to spend a week on your own 74-acre isle of paradise. All-inclusive means you’ll have a full team of sports and spa professionals, and French-trained chefs to keep you happy. There’s even a nature sanctuary where you can feed endangered lemurs. Here’s a secret: if you don’t need the entire island, during certain Celebration Weeks over the year, you can book an individual guesthouse that’s all inclusive too. Best for…retreats and celebrations of any kind!