For many of us, the cold, grey Winter months can seem to drag on forever. So, for our December Upgrade Life, we cast our gaze towards the warmer shores of the Caribbean and three hand-picked hotel upgrades that provide the perfect winter getaway.
Barbados - Coral Reef Club, Plantation Suite
The Coral Reef Club is widely regarded as one of the finest resorts in the Caribbean, much of which is down to the fact it’s owned and run by the O’Hara family who have overseen (often personally) every guest's stay since the 1950s.
The hotel spans across twelve acres of tropical gardens in Barbados’ famed West Coast and provides guests with unbeatable access to some of the best white sand beaches in the world.
The Club offers equally appealing onsite facilities including a gym, tennis courts, non-motorised water sports and a world-class spa. The hotel’s restaurant, which provides stunning ocean views, includes daily changing a la carte menus with choices of fresh seafood and traditional dishes, bringing together classical cuisine and Caribbean favours.
There are 88 rooms across 12 buildings around the grounds, but it’s the Club’s five Plantation Suites which are the cream of the crop. The epitome of elegance, guests have everything they need and more – a four poster bed, walk-in shower, large terrace, plunge pool and wet bar, all with beautiful sea views.
Jamaica – Jamaica Inn, Cottage 7
Much like Coral Reef Club, the Jamaica Inn is family owned and dates back to the 1950s, when it quickly became one of the region’s best loved hotels.
The hotel is a popular romantic getaway and offers guests access to 700ft of gorgeous, private white sandy beaches on the North side of the island. The resort exudes classic colonial style with large verandas and louvre windows across its 55 rooms and suites, all of which feature sea views.
The hotel has become synonymous with celebrity guests over the years including Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller, and Winston Churchill who claimed the light in the hotel was the best in the world for his water colours.
A variety of suites, bungalows and cottages are available to choose from as upgradeable rooms at Jamaican Inn. For honeymooners, Cottage 7 has always been a firm favourite, offering intimate privacy for two adults (under 10s are not permitted to stay at the hotel).
This newest addition to the Inn is a fabulous one-bedroom, two-story cottage, with a private infinity pool and access to the Caribbean Sea. The cottage also features a custom made four poster bed, free standing oval bath, walk in wardrobe and two showers (one inside, one out).
Antigua – Curtin Bluff, Terrace Suite
As its name suggest, Curtin Bluff is set on a scenic bluff of land offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. On one side lies Surf Beach which features wilder conditions popular with surfers (hence the name), whilst on the other is the serene and protected Bay Beach, which is a hotspot for snorkelers and sun-seekers alike.
The hotel backs up its superb location with fantastic rooms, customer service and cuisine with its two restaurants, Tamarind and Seagrape some of the best on the island and part of every guest’s all-inclusive stay. Curtin Bluff also boasts a high quality 5,000 square foot spa which might just offer the most stunning views of any spa in the world.
Popular with honeymooners, the Terrace Suite is the epitome of luxury on the resort. The suite underwent a renovation in 2018 and provides the most picturesque and private views on the property, in addition to every amenity a guest could want including a king size bed, infinity pool, minibar and personal customer service day and night.