Close your eyes for a second (no cheating now), and imagine a chain of islands set within the beguiling blues of the Caribbean Sea, uncluttered by visitors where deserted islands are fringed by white sands gently caressed by clear waters. So go on, give yourself a little me time, turn off the Blackberry, unplug the wireless, and for seven glorious nights slip into Caribbean way of life the Black Tomato way. For the ultimate way to wind down before, during, and after your trip take a word of wisdom from our expert life coach. Designed to make your woes and technological strife simply drift away like the rolling Caribbean waves, our masters of meditation and experts in taking it easy are on hand to help.
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Touch down in Barbados and before you can say Pina Colada we’ll whisk you off over the water to your first desert island retreat; Young Island. Unlike its glamorous star studded neighbour Mustique, Young Island is all about barefoot chic, just the way we like it. For the next three nights you’ll hole up at the Young Island Resort where you can be as be as active or as laidback as you like. Sleep easy in your own private cottage surrounded by the lush island vegetation, with sweeping views over the Caribbean Sea. Here the ambiance is in perfect harmony with the island, and after a long day lounging on the warm sands you can cool off in your very own open air shower as you’re serenaded by bird song.
With a dazzling white sandy beach flanking the island, it’s the perfect place to indulge in a little R and R with only a good book as company. Suitably sun kissed and looking to expend a little energy grab some scuba gear and head for the shore. Known as the ‘Critter capital of the Caribbean’, St. Vincent is an underwater photographer’s paradise awash with fascinating coral reefs teeming with colourful fish and marine creatures.
Once you can peel yourself away from the sand enjoy a peaceful walk around the beautiful little island. A network of trails criss-crosses all 35 acres where you can enjoy breath-taking views, colourful flora and fauna, as well as a touch of cultural heritage. And for a gourmet treat the resort can pack you your own picnic basket brimming with local goodies.
To expel those aches and woes the hotels spa;Spa Kalina is the perfect place to unwind and recharge. Indulge in an Indian head massage, trust us, after this you’ll feel a million miles away from home.
Once you’ve explored the delights of Young Island it’s time to head off into the sunset on board a catamaran that will whisk you off to your next island paradise. As soon as you touch down on Palm Island you know you’ve landed on a secluded paradise. For the next four nights you can live out your wildest Robinson Crusoe dreams, all in blissful isolation of course. Well off the beaten track, the rooms are designed with peace and quiet of nature in mind. With no TV to be found in your room you are encouraged to appreciate the simple pleasures of nature and the startling beauty of the Caribbean.
Foodies will be in heaven as you can indulge in all things we love about this corner of the world; freshly caught seafood, and lashings of rum. And once fed and watered to your heart’s content it’s time to get out and explore the island. Here life is lived out on the water, so we recommend making use of the resorts kayaks and Hobie Cats, or maybe you can perfect your windsurfing technique.
As your heavenly week free from the anxieties and techno woes of modern life comes to an end you’ll be feeling sun kissed and blissfully at ease. Once back on home soil and surrounded by the iPad and BlackBerry once again, make sure to take some time out during the day to close your eyes, take a step back, and let your mind drift off to the islands once again.