Saint Lucia Adventure & Activity Fam Trip

I have just returned from an amazing trip to Saint Lucia, organised by the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority. The main purpose of the trip was for them to showcase a lot of the activities on offer on this beautiful island – and there are a lot!


We were on the island for a week and managed to cram in lots of activities as well as visiting 18 beautiful hotels. I will write about the hotels separately, for this blog I am just going discuss the activities.


Helicopter Transfer From Hewanorra Airport, Saint Lucia

The first exciting activity was on arrival at Hewanorra Airport. You can choose to transfer to your hotel by helicopter (currently approx. £150 each way) and this avoids the hour and a half windy road transfer to the north of the island. It is an amazing experience and if you wish to see video footage from the helicopter visit our Facebook Page –




On our first day we visited several hotels but then in the afternoon we were all treated to a fabulous Segway Tour. None of us had done this before and we were all a little nervous. However, after a quick lesson and a few minutes practicing in the compound, we all quickly gained confidence and set off on our tour. The guides looked after us well and kept an eye on those who were a bit nervous. They also gave us the opportunity to go a bit faster if we wished. We stopped off at view points and places of interest and they gave us some interesting facts about the island, its history and some of the flora and fauna.

Lisa on a segway

We finished our tour at Marie’s Bar where we all enjoyed one of her famous rum punches or a Piton Beer. This was a fabulous activity and I would definitely do it again.

As the Segway tour finished in the centre of Rodney Bay, myself and my colleague decided to stay on for a while and wander around the town. There is a shopping mall, some nice restaurants and of course many bars where we had to try another rum and coke before wandering back to our hotel.

Marie’s Bar


Day two included more hotel inspections and a lovely hosted lunch at beautiful Cap Maison. (Watch out for the blog on this hotel coming soon!).  After lunch we enjoyed a guided walk on Pigeon Island. The guide gave us a brief history of the island, which is actually no longer an island as it has been joined to the mainland by a man made causeway. The path got a little steep towards the end but the views from the top were amazing!



View from Marigot Bay Beach Climb

Climbing Marigot Bay Ridge


By day three we were staying at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina. Opposite the hotel is quite a high hill where we would be undertaking the ‘Marigot Bay Ridge Climb’. We were warned that this was quite steep and strenuous and they were not wrong! At one point we were pulling ourselves up by rope! However, we got a great sense of achievement at the top and the views of the bay below were breathtaking and well worth the climb.








Our other ‘activity’ for day three was a visit to Castries Market. This is a fabulous experience and a great place to interact with the locals and purchase your souvenirs, gifts, T-shirts etc.



Day four started with a site inspection of Ti Kaye Resort where we were given some time to sample the snorkeling on the beach. It was an amazing experience with so many different types of fish. It was like being in a live version of ‘Finding Nemo’.

In the afternoon we were taken to the famous Sulphur Springs and mud bath. The smell wasn’t particularly pleasant but we all put our swimming costumes and got into the mud pool. We covered ourselves in the mud and then once dry, rinsed it off in the warm water. My skin felt lovely and soft after this treatment.

Sulphur Springs Mud Bath



A very early start on day five, to walk along the beach from Anse Chastanet and into the rainforest for a spot of bird watching. The guide was very passionate and knowledgeable about his subject and we enjoyed a lovely morning walk at the same time!

After breakfast we were then taken to Emerald Estate Farm where they grow products for use at Anse Chastanet. You can have a tour of the farm and smell and taste samples of the herbs, fruit and vegetables grown there.

Later that morning we were back into the rainforest for a bit of mountain biking. This was great fun, not too strenuous (though there were other, more strenuous routes if you wanted).  The guides took great care of us whilst pointing out interesting plants & birds in the rainforest.

After lunch we then had a bit of beach time and another chance to do some snorkeling. This is one of the best places on the island for snorkelling and diving.

Phew! This has been a busy, action packed day but great fun!



Day six saw us visiting Boucan by Hotel Chocolat where we sampled the ‘Bean to Bar Experience’. ie we made our own bar of Hotel Chocolat, starting by crushing the beans and stirring them to a paste (phew, this took quite a while), then adding the other ingredients, stirring again then putting to set for half an hour. The hardest part, though was, once it was set, eating the chocolate before it melted in the heat!




After lunch at Ladera (another fabulous hotel with fantastic views of the Pitons), we took a hike on the Tet Paul Nature Trail. A fabulous guided walk with fantastic view points to have your photo taken with the back drop of one of the Pitons.

Piton View

Piton View




Our last morning was one of the best activities – zip-lining through the treetops! This was very nerve racking at first, having to step off the high platforms onto nothing, but once you got used to it, it was very exhilarating. The last ride gave us a fabulous view of the pitons from the wire.



That afternoon, we finally got some leisure time on the beach at our final hotel – Sugar Beach.

All of these activities were amazing and great to have a go, but actually, what could be better than lying on a padded sunbed, on a soft white sand beach with a view of a Piton either side of you. The warm sea lapping at your feet and a Piton Beer in your hand!








Watch out for future blogs on some of the fantastic hotels which we stayed in and visited on our tour.

This blog has been written by Lisa Mousley of Caribbean & Exotic Boutique Luxury Holidays. Lisa is a Caribbean specialist and has visited the area many times.

If you would like more information on holidays to Saint Lucia contact us on 01706 507175 or email

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Jamaica. The moments will take your breath away.

Jamaica has an amazing holiday in store for every visitor. With an array of resorts and hotels for every budget, hundreds of pristine beaches and a vibrant and cosmopolitan culture there is something for everyone. Adventure’s a-plenty too, from picturesque cruises and action-packed days out for the family to reggae tours and horse riding into the Caribbean Sea. One thing’s for sure, you won’t get bored! Sound good? Let me tell you more…





If you think a small island can’t pack a punch, you’ve not been to Jamaica. Its playful spirit, stunning landscapes and fascinating history will be an incredible experience for the entire family. Adventure’s at every turn for both adults and kids; zip lining through the rainforest, taking a bob-sled through the mountains – and climbing waterfalls – are just a few adventures that will thrill and delight. Whether you prefer to mix adventure with relaxing by the pool or want to pack in as much as you can, there’s enough to keep you and the family happily entertained.



Every day is an adventure in Jamaica. In fact, take to the beach and the snorkelling is out of this world. I recommend visiting Negril and its seven-mile white sandy beach, the perfect spot for snorkelling. If you’re feeling brave, take a jump off of the surrounding cliffs among the coves – otherwise admiring their sheer beauty is just as rewarding.

There’s plenty of other excursions to try too; jungle river tubing, bamboo rafting and catamaran cruises. And of course, no visit to Jamaica would be complete without a reggae tour to really get under the skin of the coolest island in the Caribbean! If you’re the exploring type, try to see and do as much as you can, it’ll give you the chance to explore Jamaica’s beautiful scenery and meet the friendly locals as you go.




Jamaica is a haven for those with romance in their soul – after all – it is the island of ‘one love’.  If you pop the question over a romantic dinner on the buzzing hip strip of Montego Bay I guarantee the apple of your eye will find it hard to say no!

Getting married on the beach with the soft Jamaican breeze in your hair will be an unforgettable experience. So many beautiful resorts across the island have expert wedding planners to make your special day a dream come true.

For those seeking seclusion and romance, the south coast is the place to go. I recommend a boat tour along Jamaica’s longest navigable river for a unique honeymoon experience – Look closely and you’ll have the pleasure of seeing snakes, lizards, frogs, iguana and even crocodiles. And for supper afterwards, head to ‘Little Ochie’ and try their freshly cooked fish – you won’t be disappointed!

And of course, when in Jamaica, it’s all about rum. My favourite rum distillery is called Appleton Rum Estate –– the perfect end to a day with your loved one.




Although soaking up the incredible scenery, food and activities available is always on the top of our lists when taking our holiday, a destination like Jamaica has an incredible culture that just can’t be missed. Take advantage of their ‘Meet the People’ experience; it gives you the chance to feel like a local and get to know the sights, sounds and flavours of the island better than you otherwise would. It doesn’t stop there either – you’ll be matched with a like-minded Ambassador, based on your hobbies and interests. Some stay friends for years and years afterwards!




It goes without saying that Jamaica has incredible resorts, offering great value for money all-inclusive packages to match every budget? If you’re looking for sun, sea, sand, unbeatable service and a real sense of place, Jamaica won’t let you down. Make sure you try their signature dishes jerk chicken, curried goat and ackee & saltfish, washed down with a delicious rum punch. My mouth is watering just at the thought of it!


Your author, Lisa Mousley has visited Jamaica many times.

If you’d like to find out more about Jamaica, contact us today – 01706 507175 or email

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New Orleans

Seven Bucket List Holidays in the USA

Las Vegas Sign

The USA is a fantastic destination both on its own or twinned with a Caribbean island for a USA/Caribbean Twin Centre. It offers diverse experiences that are not-to-be-missed, so we’ve selected seven of the best holidays in America for everyone’s travel bucket list.


1.                  Exhilarating road trips


Embark on an epic self-drive holiday along the American open road and experience a variety of landscapes. From a drive along the incredible Appalachian Mountains from Virginia to the National Park in North Carolina. Journeys from Miami to Key West or the stretch between San Francisco to LA to the most famous Route 66. There are many self-driving options for an epic American adventure.

Whereas driving through the Central Valley and along the Californian coast you will be amazed at the stunning coastal scenery. The Western route gives you views of great deserts, mountains and National Parks. Route 66, often classed as one of the best scenic drives in the world, stretches approximately 2,500 miles and it crosses Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The distance you drive also depends on which way you want to go. Many people choose to drive through Chicago, Albuquerque, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, which allows you to experience gorgeous scenery and the very best landmarks.

This is a truly great trip option to experience the American outdoors and it promises to be an adventure of a lifetime.

Route 66 road


2.         Enjoy a Californian dream


Home to some of the most stunning beaches, world famous vineyards and National Parks, California is a destination that ticks every box.

The ‘Golden State’ hosts Natural Parks, palm-fringed golden beaches and a variety of shops and restaurants. Any amazing Californian day would involve visiting one of the scenic beaches like Malibu, Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, giving you the opportunity to spot whales and dolphins from along the shore.

Visit the glamourous Los Angeles, an iconic film scene destination, and don’t miss the Walk of Fame, Beverley Hills and Hollywood, and who knows if you are lucky you might bump into a famous super star.

If you like wine, add a trip to the Napa Valley, finishing in Santa Barbara, stopping at various vineyards along the way. This is an incredible way of experiencing local wine and admiring the charming scenery.

Hollywood Sign     Napa Valley Sign




2.                  Combine a theme park with a beach break in Florida


Combine world-famous theme parks with the best beaches on a holiday to Florida. With year-round sunshine, picture perfect beaches and a variety of family attractions, Florida is one of the most popular destinations in America. Home to the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort™, Orlando is the perfect destination for families looking for a once in a lifetime experience.

Explore some of Florida’s main highlights, including two of the best beach destinations;

Miami with its Cuban rhythms and Art Deco streets,

St Pete Beach comprised of  five islands with a tropical Caribbean climate and pristine beaches. Expect miles of gorgeous beaches, lots of sunshine, a laid-back atmosphere, bustling markets, relaxed restaurants and quirky shops.

Enjoy scuba diving in the pristine coral reefs of the Florida Keys, relax on the beach and swim on the island’s turquoise waters.



3.                  Experience scenic San Francisco


San Francisco is one of America’s most iconic cities and home to a diverse ethnic population. There’s plenty to explore in this unique city. The Golden Gate bridge, an internationally recognised symbol and one of the most photographed bridges in the world, elegant Victorian homes, a variety of world-class restaurants and cool bars are the main characteristics of San Francisco.

Escape from the iconic Alcatraz island, a federal prison during the 1930’s – 60’s, where prisoners such as Robert Franklin Stroud and Al Capone spent many years.

Taste fresh and delicious seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf on Pier 39 once you return to the mainland.

An exciting way to experience San Francisco is riding a cable car. This allows you to admire stunning cityscapes from above, viewing the impressive skyline from a different perspective.

4.                  Las Vegas: The city of lights


Be sure to add Las Vegas to your bucket list. This American city is well known for its monumental casinos, hotels and world class shopping.  The city of lights offers plenty of entertainment for every taste, there’s no doubt you will find something that will blow you away.

During the day watch the Volcano Fountain eruption, take a gondola ride at the Venetian Hotel, visit the observation deck on the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel; and by night visit the city trademark bustling casinos, dink a cocktail in one of the many piano bars, sing in a karaoke bar or check out the Fremont Street Experience’s lightshow.

If after all that excitement you want to take a break, then get away from the bustling city and take a day trip to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon and immerse yourself in its phenomenal scenery. A must-do on your trip to the USA.

Las Vegas Sign


5.                  Visit three of the most important musical cities


If you are a music aficionado, make sure you add New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis to your holiday bucket list. These are the three most vibrant cities in the music scene and well known for their roots of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, blues and gospel. They also host some of the best music venues in the world where big names such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash recorded their top albums.

Expect many live performances and unique food during spring, which is the high season for festivals in New Orleans. Nashville and Memphis offer vibrant entertainment. Whereas Nashville is famous by its country music venues. Memphis is the choice for the best Blues.

New Orleans


6.                  A city break to the most exciting city in the world: New York


New York is the perfect choice for a city break. From museums and historical venues, to parks and landmarks you’ll be spoiled for choice in this city that ‘never sleeps’.

Iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and the iconic Grand Central Terminal are not to be missed.

Remember those who lost their lives during 11 September at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Head to Manhattan, witness the bright lights of Times Square and take in Broadway shows at one of NYC’s 40 Broadway theatres. Be sure to check what shows are on before your holiday, so you get the best prices and ensure availability.

The Big Apple is one of the most famous shopping destinations in the world, and if you are a fashion lover, head to Fifth Avenue and admire the most recent collections from top designers.  If this appeals to you, be sure to add one of the most exciting cities in the world to your holiday.

Read Lisa’s blog on her visit to New York here –

Lisa in New York

Lisa in New York


The diversity of the US is staggering, so do not delay booking what promises to be a holiday of a lifetime. Speak to a travel expert who’s experienced these destinations first-hand.

Get in touch today and we’ll help you create your perfect holiday to the USA, with or without the Caribbean.

Call us on 01706 507175


Punta Espada Golf Course

Golfing in The Caribbean

I am not a golfer myself but I do know that golf is an important element to many peoples luxury Caribbean holiday. There are many fantastic courses and I would definitely recommend golfing in the Caribbean either as a complement to your holiday or as the main focus if golf is your thing! Read on for more information about the best Caribbean golfing holidays!

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The French Caribbean

Over the Easter holidays I was lucky enough to take a Caribbean Cruise with my family to celebrate a big birthday this year! You may already know that I love the Caribbean and have been lucky enough to visit many times both on work trips and on family holidays. However, two of the islands on the cruise were ones I haven’t visited before and I was very much looking forward to seeing them.

They are both French islands. The first one being Guadeloupe, where the popular, light hearted, murder mystery BBC drama, Death in Paradise, is filmed. I am a very big ‘Death in Paradise’ fan and have seen all 56 episodes since it first started in 2011, so I was very excited to finally visit the island where it all happens.

It didn’t disappoint! Guadeloupe is a beautiful group of islands, shaped like a butterfly, with the main island being a natural masterpiece with mangrove forests and coral reefs. It is very undiscovered, as yet unaffected by major tourism. Every inch of the island’s tropical forest is covered with wildlife and the oceans burst with the colour of schools of bright fish.
For the ‘Death in Paradise’ fans amongst you, we did get to see Honore Police Station, we had a beer in Catherines Bar and even saw them building the Inspectors shack on the beach ready for them filming the new series in 3 weeks time! The beach here is absolutely stunning!

The second French Island which we visited was Martinique. The town here, Fort de France, was very pretty with wonderful colonial French architecture. We wandered around the streets looking at the lovely buildings and enjoyed a drink at one of the pavement café bars. You could just imagine you were on the streets of Paris, with everybody speaking French and the currency being the Euro. There is even a small version of the Sacre Coeur on the island and there is also a Galeries Lafayette in Fort-De-France.

We should also have been visiting the lovely nature island of Dominica, but after the two hurricanes last year, the island hasn’t yet fully recovered and wasn’t taking cruise ships. I guess this is a great reason to go back when it is fully open for business and inspect what this beautiful island has to offer.

For more information on getting to, and the options for staying on one or all of the islands in The French Caribbean, call Lisa at Caribbean & Exotic Boutique on 01706 507175

Lisa in New York

It’s up to you New York!

New York is a fantastic destination at any time of year. It is great as a destination on it’s own or as part of a twin centre with another city in America, a Caribbean Island or maybe a week in Orlando.

Lisa was there in September to discover it’s delights.

Lisa in New York

Lisa in New York

When I found out that I had won 2 flights to New York with Delta airlines at a travel agents promotion evening I was over the moon. I hadn’t been to New York for about 30 years and my husband had never been so we were both very excited to be going.

We picked a weekend at the end of September and the weather was fantastic – 31 degrees! Apparently this was about 15 degrees above average for the time of year.

Despite most clients wanting to be in the busy Times Square area of New York, I decided to choose a hotel in Greenwich Village. This was a great choice as there were plenty of really nice bars and restaurants within walking distance of our hotel, many of which had an outdoor seating area which was very welcome considering the heat. I do recommend that you get away from the main ‘chain restaurants’ in the tourist areas and do try some of the independent eateries a bit farther out.

On the first day we walked to Times Square in half an hour, stopping at The Empire State Buiding on the way to collect our sightseeing tickets. After that we just hopped on the subway a couple of stops. The subway is easy to use, once you have worked out which direction you are going, and costs $2.60 per journey, no matter how many stops you are going.

We purchased the 72 hour Gray Line hop-on hop off bus ticket, which was well worth it. We used this to get around the city and see the sights in the process. We also used it to get across to Brooklyn and then walked back over the Brooklyn Bridge. I highly recommend you do it in this direction as you get a fantastic view of the New York skyline this way.

John on Brooklyn Bridge

John on Brooklyn Bridge

Before we went over to Brooklyn we got off at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. The 8-acre park is composed of a grove of nearly 400 white oak trees, and the largest manmade waterfalls in the United States. Set within the footprints of the original Twin Towers, each pool is approximately 1-acre in size. It was quite moving to see the names of all the people who lost their lives, honored in bronze around the twin memorial pools.

Statue of Liberty

Lisa with the Statue of Liberty

We also got one free hop-on hop off cruise included in the ticket which we used to get from Battery Park, where we had just got off the Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty ferry, up to towards the Meat Packing District. My husband is a real ale fan and he was happy to discover that there were quite a few bars around here serving craft beer. After lunch and a sample of the local ale we went to find the High Line, which is a converted historic freight rail train track elevated above the streets. It is about 1.45 miles long and is fully accessible for the disabled. It has many points where you can access or leave the line along the way but we walked the whole way, finishing up in Chelsea, not far from our hotel in Greenwich Village.

Our last day was spent discovering the northern part of the city, taking the Grayline bus around the Upper West side and seeing where all the very rich live, as well seeing Harlem and finally getting off for a stroll around Central Park. As it was Saturday the park was very busy with a music festival going on, lots of people jogging, strolling, riding horse & traps and we also saw a couple of wedding parties having their photos taken.

I am not a shopper but I had to go into Tiffanys. I thought I might like to buy a keyring to add to my lifelong collection, but at $275 each I decided against it!

All in all it was a fabulous weekend that we both thoroughly enjoyed.

Why am I writing about New York on a Caribbean Holidays website? Well because it is a fabulous city to twin with a holiday in the Caribbean. A few hectic days and nights enjoying the hustle and bustle of New York followed by maybe a week chilling out in Antigua, Barbados or Mexico. What could be better?

Top Tips For Booking Your 2018 Holiday Now


Planning your holiday is an exciting time, but it can also be a daunting task, and some holidaymakers find searching for the perfect getaway quite stressful.

Now is the perfect time to turn your thoughts to your travel plans for 2018 and find a hassle-free holiday of a lifetime. We have put together a short guide with reasons why now is the best time to organise and prepare your perfect 2018 holiday.

Book early for the best value and widest choice

Booking a holiday always seems to bring about the same dilemma, will I save by booking early? Or are their better deals available at the last-minute? The simple answer is, generally, the earlier you book your holiday, the better value you will receive.

Booking early means that you can take advantage of early booking discounts, great added value offers and the widest choice.

You will have the pick of the bunch so to speak – the flight date and times you want, the best seat on the plane, the hotel room with a view, the cruise itinerary you have always dreamt about, and the cabin that suits your needs. This is even more relevant if you are looking to travel during peak periods.

As January is usually when airlines and tour operators slash their prices to fill their order books for the year ahead, it’s a great time to snap up a bargain and book your holidays early, reducing the stress of finding the right holiday later in the year.

Be flexible with your travel plans

As much as booking early will give you the widest choice, being a little flexible with your travel plans can really pay dividends. Flights, for example, a day before or a day after your intended departure date may save you a good amount of money, even looking to travel earlier or later in the day can make a difference to prices.

A slightly bigger ask, but if you can be flexible with where you go on holiday, as in the hotel, resort or even destination, you could open up options that could save you money, or better still improve the quality of your holiday. Just think about it, changing destinations could mean the difference between a 4-star hotel, and a 5-star all-inclusive resort for example!

Do your homework

Your travel agent can, and will, help to recommend where you could go on holiday, but it’s always advisable to do a little research before you start your booking process.

Start by thinking about your favourite holiday destination, your budget and style of holiday you would like. Then check our website for some examples of current holiday deals, to get a feel for what offers are available and whether they would fit your budget and expectations.

We have put together a range of amazing destinations for you to choose from, from the finest resorts in the Caribbean and Maldives with a premium all-inclusive concept; family trips to the Walt Disney theme parks, and journeys to the historic streets of vibrant European cities.

If you prefer to travel in small groups, there are some interesting options for escorted tours. These could include a journey to the world-famous Golden Triangle including a safari in Ranthambore to see the elusive Bengal tiger, a visit to enchanting Vietnam with a cruise on the Mekong Delta, or an exciting 4×4 adventure holiday in Iceland.

Getting a good feel for the type of holiday you are really looking for will help your travel agent tailor make your perfect trip, and deliver on your expectations.

Book with a local travel agent to save time and money

Lots of choices can be a good thing, but it does also mean you may find it hard to find exactly what you want. The internet is OK for booking simple holidays, a flight and hotel for example when you know where you want to stay and who you want to fly with. However, your local travel agent will likely have access to far more relevant holiday options. Furthermore, their experience and knowledge is really where they shine.

Your travel agent will be able to create a holiday tailored to you, by accessing a huge range of product from tour operators, hotels, car hire companies and more. During sale periods, they will know which offers are relevant to you, and significantly cut down the time you would otherwise spend researching what to book and with whom.

Booking with your local travel agent will ensure you receive exceptional value for money, and you will also benefit from genuine peace of mind, knowing that should anything go wrong with your holiday, they will be there to help fix the problem – in person, over the phone or on email.

Another huge benefit travel agencies have over booking on the internet is being able to pay in instalments. You can often secure your summer holiday in January, by paying a small deposit.

Watch this video to find out why you should book your holiday with a travel agent.

Don’t delay, book today

Our final tip is, don’t delay in booking a holiday if you find what you are looking for today. Holiday prices change almost by the minute, so whilst a price may be available today, if not secured with a deposit, it could be more expensive tomorrow, or worse, not available at all!

For more details of our exciting 2018 holiday offers, look on our website or call us today and speak to one of our travel experts.