The Notting Hill Carnival is over for another year, and it was the biggest (and loudest) one to date! But Caribbean hysteria shouldn’t wither away quite yet. Whether you soaked in the cool vibes at the carnival, or you simply long for that festival fever, the Caribbean is still within your grasp with our top holiday picks from select islands below. 


Where to stay in Barbados


Free Spa treatments and a diving centre are only two of the options offered by Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels.

The best places to stay in Barbados are by the beaches. The country is famous for them, and there’s no better experience than waking up in the morning, strolling from your door and feeling the sand between your toes. January to April is the best time for flights from the UK to Barbados, where the weather is at its very best (though it’s fairly good all year around.) There’s a huge list of fantastic places to stay on the coast, including Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels, where there’s even turtle-swimming expeditions (you didn’t get that at the Carnival!) That’s not all though. You’ll find fantastic  Bajan breaks at Sugar Bay Barbados, Mango Bay Barbados, and Crystal Cove Barbados by Elegant Hotels. That’s a lot of luxury. 


Where to stay in St Lucia


A Caribbean holiday to Coconut Bay in St Lucia will never leave you bored.

Last minute flights to St Lucia from the UK take you from the grey British Streets to a tropical paradise in a matter of hours. This is a land carved by mountains and sculpted by the sea, and the result is dramatic. There’s a whole world to explore, from active volcanoes to secret coves. And the best places to stay in St Lucia? The choice is yours. If you want a room with a view, there’s few better spots than Coconut Bay. Though if you’re after more of the Notting Hill party lifestyle, book a 2017 holiday to Pigeon Island during the famous St Lucia Jazz Festival. This is a music lover’s haven.


Where to stay in Jamaica


Couples Sans Souci has a fantastic range of watersports available.

If you loved the Notting Hill Carnival cuisine, you’ll want to know the best places to stay in Jamaica. Not only is this a country filled with friendly locals, cool-cat vibes and laid back serenity, but also some of the Caribbean’s best food. Flights from the UK to Jamaica means entering a culinary paradise, where the air is filled with sweet barbecued smells for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. If you’re still after a taste of the Notting Hill Carnival in Jamaica, we recommend Couples Sans Souci as a great place to stay in Jamaica. This resort has premium all-inclusive facilities plus a nudist beach (ooh la la!)


Where to stay in Antigua


Part of the sheltered bay on which you can spend your days relaxing at Blue Waters Antigua.

The best place to stay in Antigua is entirely up to you. This little island is relaxation personified, whether you want to spend your days kicking back on the powdery white beaches, or exploring the historical colonial towns including Nelson’s Dockyard. Most people thinking of the Caribbean’s sun-kissed shores, lush green jungles and crystal seas mixed with English-heritage buildings and architecture are thinking of Antigua. And flights to Antigua from the UK have never been easier. Blue Waters is a resort for everyone, whether you’re a couple, with friends, or taking the whole family.

After more? There’s a Caribbean holiday for everyone in our new destination collection here.

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