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Meditate & Manifest: Jamaica Inn’s Meditation Week

03/09/20

When: 12 - 15 November 2020

This November, join Lena Franklin, mindful psychotherapist and international spiritual teacher at the stunning Jamaica Inn for a 3-day mindfulness meditation retreat.

This fabulous retreat will involve a full meditation itinerary including group dinners, cooking demonstrations, sunset cocktails and more (see the detailed itinerary below).

Learn Eastern meditation techniques to develop your meditation practice, all whilst enjoying the breath-taking backdrop of the golden sand and azure Caribbean Sea. Lena will teach you the practices of mindfulness meditation, yogic breath work and grounding to achieve balance while living in our often chaotic world.

You’ll leave this retreat feeling calm and rejuvenated with the knowledge you need to fulfil a daily meditation and manifestation practice.

The Retreat Itinerary

Thursday 12 November

4:30 - 5:30pm - Opening Session on Setting Intentions on the spa deck
The group will come together to do introductions. Lena will guide an intention setting meditation and share a teaching on the Power of Sankalpa (Intention) on the path of personal evolution. Space will be created for attendees to learn how to ground themselves, drop in and to receive these practices. This session will set the foundation for the rest of the weekend.

5:30 - 6:30pm - Sunset Cocktails at Teddy’s Beach Bar

7:30pm - Group dinner on main dining room terrace

Friday 13 November

Breakfast on your own or with the group either before or after the morning session

8:30 - 9:30am - Establishing Your Meditation Practice on the spa deck
Integrating the intention (sankalpa) we set the night before, we’ll go through the foundations of establishing a mindfulness meditation practice. Lena will teach the tenets of Buddhist-based mindfulness meditation and the healing qualities that meditation offers when practiced consistently. Lena will begin to share the powerful intersection of meditation and manifestation and how, as humans, we are limitless in our capacity to create our own reality through our thought patterns and emotional systems.

12 - 2pm - Cooking Demo, Mindful Eating Teaching & Group Lunch

5 - 6pm - Walking Meditation on the beach
Lena will teach the ancient practice of walking meditation and how this form of meditation can be an expansive tool for manifesting our intentions. Lena will guide the group through a visualization (bhavana) and walking meditation on the beach.

Saturday 14 November

Breakfast on your own or with the group either before or after the morning session.

8:30 - 10am - Mindful Manifestation on large spa deck overlooking the ocean
Lena will teach the Art of Manifestation through philosophy and a channelled meditation. You’ll learn how to align with the thoughts and energies that elevate you to becoming the master of your own reality. As we align our external action with internal intention, magic happens and we begin to experience the joy, peace, success and love we seek. This session will integrate the ancient Eastern practice of meditation with the multi-dimensional practice of manifestation.

Late Morning - Offsite Excursion TBA

Afternoon is free for everyone to integrate the work they’ve experienced by soaking in the sea and sun
This afternoon / evening is also for spa treatments.

7pm - Final Group Dinner Beach BBQ & bonfire under the stars on the private bungalow beach

Sunday 15 November

Sunrise Manifestation Meditation on the beach (begins whenever sunrise is. Practice will be 45 min - 1 hr)
Lena will guide you into the mindful manifestation process by teaching you the steps to putting your intentions into action. You’ll learn how to masterfully co-create with the Universe, shedding conditioned fear in exchange for the innate power that lives within. Then, Lena will guide an inspiring manifestation meditation.

Attendees will have breakfast on their own or with the group before preparing for departure.

How to Book: Contact your preferred Tour Operator or Travel Agent or contact Jamaica Inn directly at: 001 (876) 974 2514 or email: resinfo@jamaicainn.com.

Prices

  • $2,123 for individuals (single occupancy room)
  • $3,421 for pairs (double occupancy rooms)Rates include accommodations in an Ocean View Suite, roundtrip airport transfers, all-inclusive meal plan, excursion, event sessions and taxes and gratuities.

Included in rate: accommodation in an Ocean View Suite, roundtrip airport transfers, all-inclusive meal plan, excursion, event sessions and taxes and gratuities.

About Lena Franklin
Raised in a hybrid Buddhist/Christian household, Lena was introduced to meditation as a young child. Today, this mindfulness foundation has grown into a deep passion to guide others on a journey towards inner peace, emotional balance and a felt sense of wholeness. Lena has been featured in various media outlets including the New York Times, Modern Luxury and World Traveler magazines. Please visit her website to learn more about her practice and schedule of wellness trips, retreats, and continuing education offerings: www.lenafranklin.com

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The East Winds Family Foundation - Giving Back to the Community

06/08/20

East Winds in Saint Lucia is an intimate, luxury, boutique property, it's family-owned and supporting the local community is a core pillar of the hotel's ethos. East Winds achieves this in many ways, from employing and training local people as their staff, to using local craftsmen, artists and materials for furniture. One of the key ways East Winds gives back, however, is through the Family Foundation, which was set up by Managing Director, Judith Milne, in 2017.

When she first came to Saint Lucia, Judith discovered that children from low income families often had to leave school early because their parents were unable to buy the books they needed each year to stay in school. The average cost of books is EC$1,000 per year or US$370. Those families who did manage to keep their children in school often do so by borrowing the money to pay for books, at high interest rates, with the result of causing general hardship for the whole family as they struggle to pay off the loan before the next set of books is needed.

In a country like St Lucia, education for future generations is a powerful tool to support the families that East Winds has come to care about and help create a positive future for their children. Helping to keep children in school results in educated young people who are able to contribute to their communities and their family, breaking the cycle of poverty that affects so many families in the Caribbean.

East Winds therefore launched a project to support the children in receiving proper education by remaining in school. To achieve this, the hotel asked guests to donate US$1 per room for each night spent at the resort towards the East Winds Family Foundation. Since the project started, the hotel has been able to provide all required school books, school bags and stationary to 46 children through the support of the hotel guests.

However, since East Winds had to close on 01 April 2020 due to coronavirus, little did they know they would still be closed in August, the staff would still be at home and the islands of the Caribbean would only just be edging towards opening the borders to tourists again. The decision to close was not taken lightly, but was required for the well-being of the East Winds staff, guests and the St Lucian community.

Over the last few months, valued guests have generously helped the hotel to keep paying the staff a small amount to keep them going, through their JustGiving page. This year, St Lucian families need support more than ever; Managing Director, Judith said:

"This year more than ever our families need your help, if you can help us continue the book buying program we would be so grateful. Every penny of all the money raised from now will go towards the children's books. Thank you."

We'd love to see the Family Foundation continue and if you'd like to make a donation, we'd be so thankful. The donation link is available here: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/east-winds - we're thrilled that the fundraising has already raised over £25,000!

To find out more about East Winds in Saint Lucia, visit our hotel page or have a look at the hotel's own website here.

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Events to Look Out for in the Caribbean, 2020

29/02/20

A local cultural event, festival or carnival can really add to an already amazing holiday. It provides an activity like no other, an opportunity to see more of the local culture and of course a bit of fun.

The Caribbean has a range of events, parties and festivals throughout the year, these are just some that we would like to recommend.


Jamaica 

Image taken from the Jamaican Tourist Board website.

Jamaica Carnival. This event spans multiple parties, each with their own band, location and incredible hand-crafted costumes. The main dates for 2020 are April 16 – 20th and the major road march will be held on Sunday 19th.

Tickets can be booked for guests staying at the Jamaica Inn


Nevis

Image taken from the Nevis Tourist Board website.

The events calendar of Nevis is full to bursting. Here are a few highlights, particularly for sporting enthusiasts

Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim. Taking place this year on March 29th, it is organized for swimmers of all abilities. Warm water and sea life accompany your swim and it all ends at a reggae beach bar.

Nevis Mango & Food Festival July 2nd - 5th 2020. A Caribbean food festival which is 100% unique. It happens on the island of Nevis and combines two of Nevis’ key selling points; its exceptional culinary scene and its over 40 varieties of mangos growing on the island.

Image taken from the Nevis Tourist Board website.

Nevis Triathlon -Taking place this year on November 7th, this is a flagship sporting event which attracts competitors from all over the world.

Worth noting is also the nearby St. Kitts 24th Annual Music Festival. Held June 25th-27th, this three-day festival has a range of international headliners and up and coming talent.

Paradise Beach can arrange tickets and transportation through the concierge team for guests. 


St Vincent & The Grenadines

Image from www.bequiaregatta.com.

The Bequia Easter Regatta. Taking place 8th – 13th April, this is a fun and very well attended regatta with four days of competitions and races.

Vincy Mas. This is the premier festival of St Vincent, taking place June 26th – July 7th. A huge carnival featuring the customary bands, parades, dancers and more.

Nine Mornings Festival. Held the nine mornings before Christmas, 16th – 24th December, this series of events includes concerts, storytelling and games.

Nine Nights of Light. This provides the evening portion to the Nine Mornings Festival. Held the evenings 25th-23rd December, these events include carolling, dancing and comedy.

Tickets can be booked for guests staying at Young Island


St Lucia

Image taken from the St Lucia Tourist Board website.

There are several events in St Lucia throughout the year, but these are a few particular music events we would recommend: 

St Lucia Jazz Festival - Taking place this year 7th - 9th May in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center. The line-up features some of the top names in modern Jazz and takes place all over the island.

St Lucia Carnival - this takes place throughout the months of June and July but culminates 20th – 21st July. A vibrant series of events, you can see Steel Pan competitions, Calypso, parties and fetes.

Roots & Soul Festival - The 2020 dates have yet to be announced. This festival showcases musicians setting trends in reggae, hip-hop, Afropunk and R&B. It is a lively festival with both free and paid performances, masterclasses and more.

Tickets can be booked for guests staying at East Winds
 


Barbados

Barbados has lots to offer throughout the year but here are a couple that we recommend:

Image taken from the Barbados Tourist website. 

Grand Kadooment Day - Taking place this year on 3rd August, this celebration signifies the end of Crop Over. Enjoy masquerade bands, dancers dressed in sequined, feathered and jewelled costumes, music trucks and moving bars.

Barbados Jazz Excursion and Gold Tournament - Taking place 8th – 11th October, this unusual combination is a four-day Jazz festival with a charity golf tournament thrown in. The line-up includes big contemporary names in Jazz and R&B and plenty of time to see the island.

Guests can book tickets for these events at Little Good Harbour.


Antigua

As with all the islands, there is a range of events happening this year, but these are the two premier events we’d like to recommend for Antigua:

Image taken from visitantiguabarbuda.com/antigua-sailing-week/

Antigua Sailing Week. Taking place this year April 25th – May 1st it is in the top three most prestigious regattas in the world. An exciting combination of sailing and partying make it an eventful week.

Antigua Carnival. Taking place the end of July and culminating the first days of August. This carnival features, Calypso, pageantry, costumes, bands, parades and more. 

Tickets can be booked for guests through Curtain Bluff.


Essential Detail hotels are some of the best boutique hotels in the Caribbean. The perfect place to base your trip for any of these events and activities. They cater to groups, couples, honeymooners and families – always with that something extra.

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Curtain Bluff – The Jewel of Antigua

26/02/20

Curtain Bluff is the jewel of Antigua, an all-inclusive property based in a unique position on the bluff, with its own two sandy beaches. Bay Beach and Surf Beach provide an opportunity to join in the activities or relax in privacy, whichever way the mood takes you.

The resort offers fabulous service, personal and hands-on from both the dedicated staff and management team. It caters well to couples, families or groups as well as weddings and other celebrations due to the wide range of opportunities on hand and all-inclusive set-up. Read on to see what this resort has to offer:

World-Class Food & Drink

As an all-inclusive property, amazing food is a top priority.  With two restaurants, two bars, the best wine cellar in the Caribbean, room service, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and a weekly beach party, the choice is certainly there. 

The Tamarind is a plantation-style restaurant, overlooking a terrace with distant sea views. Perfect for tasting the ever-changing outstanding dishes and desserts. While the Seagrape sits right on the sand, perfect for a casual lunch or second elegant dinner option.

All-Inclusive Activities

No other all-inclusive property has quite the activities on offer like Curtain Bluff. Perfect for any outdoor/active enthusiast, there’s never a need for a dull moment with this range on offer: 

  • PADI Dive Centre – certified divers take up to two dives per day to a maximum depth of 65 feet, PADI certification is charged locally
  • Motorised Water Sports - water-skiing, wakeboarding (speedboat, equipment and instruction) and a banana boat
  • Non-Motorised Water Sports - Hobie Cats, paddleboats, kayaks, windsurfers, snorkelling and reef trips twice per day (equipment included)
  • Land Sports - tennis, squash, table tennis (including rackets and balls), pickleball, Bocce court, shuffleboard court and a half basketball court
  • Wellness - water aerobics, yoga, muscle toning, Pilates classes and a fully equipped air-conditioned gym

Spa & Relaxation

Curtain Bluff is by no means only for an activity enthusiast. If you want to rest, soak in the Caribbean sun and generally get some me-time, you’re in luck. The spa is separated from the rest of the resort, located just feet from the sea. Each treatment room has open views across the water and there is always time to sip some tea on the spa veranda or relax in the cliff-edge jacuzzi.

Kids are Covered

And if you have young kids in tow, you don’t have to miss out on that me-time as the Ceebee Kids Club has got you covered. Running five days a week, mornings and afternoons for children aged 3-12, the team will ensure your kids are having just as special a trip as you are. 

Scheduled activities:

  • Ceebee playground– Jungle gym and sandbox
  • Arts & Crafts– Design your own t-shirt, make your own wind-chime, bead art, flag painting and shak-shak painting
  • Culinary Arts– Bake and decorate cookies, make ice cream, design a special sundae and make your own fruity mocktail
  • Activities– Dock fishing, beachcombing, mini Olympics and movie time
  • Also available separately is a computer room, babysitters and kid’s tennis clinic.

Your Home Away from Home

All these opportunities await you from the base of your bedroom or suite. 2019 saw the completion of a refurbishment of all rooms and suites as well as public areas, meaning everything is new, luxurious and better than ever.

Beach Front Rooms– Both deluxe rooms and junior suites are available beachfront. On the ground floor, you can step out onto the terrace right on Surf Beach, while upstairs features verandas and wide sea views.

Rooms on the Bluff –These rooms and suites are located higher up Surf Beach on the bluff. A little separate, tranquillity reigns with panoramic ocean views. Enjoy the views from your own dining terrace, hammock and garden patio.


Hulford Collection– These two suits can only be described as luxury incarnate. The perfect place from which to enjoy a honeymoon or take over the whole floor and enjoy a family holiday like no other. They two suites include a large veranda and plunge pool and a large patio and infinity pool.

If you would like to know more about Curtain Bluff, make a booking or talk to someone who has stayed at the resort, contact Essential Detail.

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Go Bananas at East Winds in St Lucia

22/02/20

Bananas may be Britain’s favourite fruit, but most people only ever get to taste the fruits of the Cavendish variety.  Those wanting to taste lesser known varieties should head to St Lucia and the East Winds resort where a ‘living banana museum’ is producing fruit from up to 10 different varieties.

Fruits ranging in colour from yellow to red and green can now be enjoyed by guests at the resort’s Flamboyant restaurant.  As well as the Cavendish, East Winds grows the Gros Michel which has a delicious taste but can bruise easily, and the prolific Lacatan, that produces about 100 bananas on each plant, and is widely grown for export.

The banana museum was planted as part of East Winds’ efforts to help preserve varieties of bananas that are becoming rare either because they are difficult to grow or are difficult to transport and so only have a small local market. 

The museum is part of the extensive kitchen garden at East Winds producing organic fruit and vegetables for use in the kitchens.  A path through the garden enables guests to see plants being grown using traditional St Lucian methods.

For more information visit www.eastwinds.com or contact us at Essential Detail. 

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Top Four Caribbean Hotels perfect for Destination Weddings

13/02/20

As the average cost of a wedding has risen in the UK to hit a new high of £32,000, looking for an alternate option that is extremely special and doesn’t break the bank is getting more and more popular. 

Weddings in the Caribbean provide this ideal alternative. From the weather and the personalised service to the world-class catering and the perfect honeymoon, it ticks every box. 


The Guest List

One of the reasons for the hefty price of a wedding in the UK is the expense of feeding that long guest list!

 

Between families on both sides, friends, colleagues, family friends, school friends and who knows what else, the list can get rather large! 

A huge benefit of a wedding abroad is you can bring only your nearest and dearest. Most Caribbean weddings are personal and quite private, so bring only the handful you really want to spend your special day with and leave no one offended.

We recommend: East Winds, St Lucia

This resort specialises in intimate sized weddings for a guest list of 2 – 72 people. With only thirty cottages, they offer a complete buy out of the resort to provide an exclusive experience, or if you are having a more intimate affair, you won’t be overwhelmed by other hotel guests.


Caribbean Weather and Environment

The Caribbean has remarkably steady weather, allowing for variation between different islands and months it generally keeps between a lovely 20-35 degrees year-round. Go in the dry season and you are almost guaranteed a sunny, warm and incredibly beautiful wedding.

Whether your idea of a Caribbean wedding is the all-out barefoot beach approach or a more formal indoor wedding, the sun, the beach and the ocean will always provide perfect photos and a dreamy backdrop for the wedding.

We recommend: Sandy Haven Resort, Jamaica

This resort has the location of a lifetime, with only 35 rooms all located on the Seven Mile Beach, the coastal views, sea breezes and sunsets can’t be beaten. The restaurant has ocean views whether you choose to eat inside or out, and the suits are a private oasis.


Ease of Catering and Arrangements

One fabulous perk of a wedding abroad is everything is in one place, with no hassle. You stay at the hotel, the hotel organises the catering, the service, the documents and anything else that’s required. 

It is a hassle-free option, that is personalized for you. When the hotels are already five-star you are getting incredible wedding food and they provide flowers, buttonholes and anything else you want to have. You even have the spa right there for your relaxation and pampering before-hand.

We recommend: Little Good Harbour, Barbados

This resort has an excellent variety of vendors available, from their own in-house to a partnership with Barbados Weddings. The Fish Pot Restaurant will personally design a menu to suit your taste and budget. Truly every detail is taken care of to create a perfect stress-free day.


Combine the Wedding and Honeymoon

You flew to the Caribbean before your wedding and now that the ceremony is over, and you are ready for your honeymoon… it’s already begun! No need to pack and fly anywhere else when you are already in one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

The Caribbean is consistently in the top spots for recommended honeymoon destinations, and it’s not hard to see why. Pristine beaches, luxury hotels, azure waters and luscious nature creates a dream location for your honeymoon.

We recommend: Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

This hotel is rated in the top three for romance in the Caribbean in the Travellers’ Choice Awards and for good reason. From candlelit dinners, couples’ massages to alfresco dining, complimentary champagne and VIP airport passes, the Celebration of Love Package is hard to beat.

For further hotel information or details on weddings, contact Essential Detail 

T. +44 (0) 20 8977 6099
E. office@essentialdetail.co.uk

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Spring into the Caribbean this Easter!

31/01/20

For couples, families and groups looking to spend their Spring Easter break in the sunshine, here are our five suggestions on where to stay and what to do. 

This year, Easter falls 10-13th April and most schools will be off 4-19th April, so there is plenty of time to head to the Caribbean and make the most of the incredible April weather. December through April is generally considered the best time to visit the Caribbean, when it is hot but cooler than the summer months.

1. Curtain Bluff, Antigua

Stay at the luxury all-inclusive Curtain Bluff and make the most of the extensive list of included activities and things to do which the whole family can enjoy. From Tennis, yoga, water sports and scuba diving, your Easter will be anything but boring! 

Antigua also has a wealth of things to do on the island such as biking, hiking, snorkelling and sailing, all with old-world charm and stunning ocean views.

Must-do Activity: Visit Shirley Heights on a Sunday.


2. Bequia Beach Hotel, Bequia, The Grenadines

Begin by travelling on the Bequia Air VIP plane from Barbados heading straight to Bequia Beach Hotel in just 25 minutes. The accommodation is luxurious, from villas with private pools, terraced rooms with ocean views to a boutique garden cottage, Bequia Beach hotel has it all.

Bequia is a small, unspoilt island but still full of places to go, including Jacks Bar, Firefly Plantation, Port Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Beach.

Must-do activity: Sail on the hotel’s superyacht


3. Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

Stay in a suite or cottage at the Caribbean’s leading luxury all-suite resort. Each suite and cottage have ocean views and is only steps away from the beach. Indulge at the oceanfront Jamaica spa with a range of world-class treatments.

Jamaica is famous for its diversity and culture and the activities availablereflect that: taste homegrown spirits, dance away to reggae, take a rainforest zipline and more.

Must-do activity: Explore Dunn’s River Falls


4. East Winds, St Lucia

East Winds offers great family accommodation (8-years and above) and a host of all-inclusive activities to keep everyone busy and happy. From Pilates, rum tasting, garden-tours, yoga, sea-BBQ, to beach parties and cocktail and cooking classes you truly are spoilt for choice.

St Lucia has a wealth of things to do and East Winds offers a range of exclusive experiencessuch as adventure in the rainforest, chocolate making and sunset cruises.

Must-do activity: Boat trip to the Pitons


5. Paradise Beach Nevis

Paradise Beach is perfectly equipped for you to immerse yourself in the unspoiled beauty of Nevis. Notable for its incredible dining experiences, Paradise Beach offers breakfast on the beach and private chefs to cook for you personally in your beach house or villa.

Nevis is filled with wildlife living among the flora and gardens of the island, enjoy birdwatching, hiking, horseback riding and botanical gardens. Plenty of opportunities to spot the wildlife.

Must-do activity: Scuba Diving - Immerse yourself in an astonishing world of reefs, wrecks and volcanic vents, just minutes offshore in the beautiful waters in Nevis. Known for their colorful sea life, Paradise Beach is exceptionally proud of their famous giant 800-900 pound Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles, among which you can swim on your dive.

To find out more about these hotels, please contact our office 

T. +44 (0) 20 8977 6099 E. office@essentialdetail.co.uk

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Meet the Essential Detail Team

10/12/19

Following the exciting merger of Essential Detail and Brave Marketing Solutions in November, we thought it would be a good time to introduce you to our incredible team.

The founders Helen and Anette and current team, Katie, Siobhan and Cheryl retain their important roles. While we introduce a new director, Tracey and three new members of sales, Ashleah, Juliet and Megan. This expansion means we can increase our support and help for you – our wonderful UK travel agents and tour operators.

Our unique and exquisite collection of Caribbean hotels are handpicked for their charm, elegance, singularity and more. So do not hesitate to get in touch, drop a line to Tracey herself or arrange a meeting with our new sales managers.


Meet the Team

Tracey Dyson, Director

Job description: Taking Essential Detail through the next chapter – another 20 years, with the support of the phenomenal team.

Bio:  I started my career in travel with Jetset some 25 years ago, followed by Almond Resorts where I learnt the rhythm of the Caribbean. I then experienced the vibe of Mexico with Hard Rock Hotels AIC and Miami Beach with Nobu & Eden Roc. More recently I headed up an amazing team, launching Crossroads in the Maldives, and now my journey takes me back to the beat of the steel pans – marketing exclusively beautiful Caribbean hotels with Essential Detail.

Photo: Tracey working in the Caribbean!

Fun Stuff… 

Favourite thing to do at the weekend?  Walk the hounds – two Boxer dogs, watch my son play amazing football, followed by a vino with the family at the local village pub.

Favourite tipple? Caribbean Rum

Last movie you saw? A Star is Born

Early riser or night owl? Both - depending on when the party finished!

3 Things we would never guess about you? - I am qualified to teach horse riding, occasionally I sleep upside down, I performed in the Royal Tournament and more recently I hiked for 4 days to Machu Picchu with my mum who is 75 years young.


Helen Edwards, Founder 

Job description: Supporting the Director and team and liaising with our lovely, gorgeous Caribbean client hotels! 

Bio: I have predominantly worked in the long-haul specialist sector (with a short stint in sales for a luxury UK hotel group). Initially, it was mostly Canada and the USA but for the past thirty-four years, it’s been almost exclusively the Caribbean. Once you get the West Indies bug, it sticks! Thirteen years in Caribbean tour operating led me to set up Essential Detail with Annette and we never looked back. 

Photo: Helen at Curtain Bluff 

Fun Stuff…

Favourite thing to do at the weekend?  The first G&T on Friday night is consistently good, along with dog walks, pubs, cooking together with my two favourite people and meeting up with good mates. 

Favourite tipple? Negroni cocktail

Last movie you saw? Rocketman... it’s up there in my top 5!

Early riser or night owl? Night owl

3 Things we would never guess about you? I have a twin brother and although I don’t know it any other way, I know I’d be lost without that relationship - I have flown BA Concorde twice ... once landing on a parallel runway to another (Air France) Concorde! - I can touch my elbow with my nose.


Annette Quinn, Founder 

Job description: Helping out wherever I can!

Bio: It’s too long ago to mention when I started working in the travel industry! My first job was as a personal PA to a Travel Consultant at a luxury tour operator called Rankin Kuhn, specialising in the Caribbean. Then Asia called and I became a Singapore girl working for the airline on their tour programme. After a couple of jobs in between with specialist tour operators and finally feeling empowered at the age of forty, Helen and I decided to set up our own business doing what we loved, and Essential Detail was born.

Fun Stuff... 

Photo: Annette, Helen and Katie at our 2019 Roadshow

Favourite thing to do at the weekend?  I love DIY! But now my thoughts turn to trying my hand at painting...or ceramics...or glass, wherever the urge takes me.

Favourite tipple?  Champagne - obviously!

Last movie you saw? A live performance on screen of ‘2 Men 2 Governors’. Hilarious!

Early rise or night owl? Early riser

3 Things we would never guess about you? - I was born in Trinidad and grew up in India and Asia, hence my love of travel. - I’ve never broken a bone in my body...until last week!


Siobhan Randles, Product & Marketing Manager

Job description: Working closely with our lovely tour operator and tourist board partners to promote the Essential Detail Collection.

Bio: I started in representation, specialising in the Caribbean over fifteen years ago! From working with the small inter-island airlines to representing unique and quirky luxury boutique hotels throughout the region, I am forever in love with the beauty of the Caribbean and the music, culture and lifestyle. 

Photo: Katie, Ashleah, Megan and Siobhan Christmas drinks in London

Fun Stuff...

Favourite thing to do at the weekend?  Relaxing with my lovely family!

Favourite tipple? A Mai Tai

Last movie you saw? Love Actually

Early rise or night owl? Early riser

3 Things we would never guess about you? - I spent a year living in Paradise in the Blue Mountains, Jamaica with my daughter before I started at Essential Detail - I love astrology - My dream trip is actually to go to the arctic!


Katie Wilkinson, Agency Sales Manager

Always having a passion for travel and all things travel related, I've spent more than 20 years working for various companies in the travel industry, primarily in hotels sales and marketing roles. I have travelled extensively across the Caribbean which included getting engaged in Antigua and married in Barbados. Some of my travel highlights include backpacking around Australia and the Far East and a road trip in the US.  A couple of golden travel moments... Drinking bubbles on the lawn at the Stellenbosch Estate, ice skating in the freezing cold in Central Park, watching turtles hatching at the Mon repos Turtle sanctuary OZ, cycling across the Golden Gate bridge. 

Fun Stuff…

Favourite thing to do at the weekend?  I love to be by the seaside, otherwise sleep, hang out with the kids and friends, eat nice food and drink wine, which can often lead to dancing!

Favourite tipple? Too hard to choose, happy to consume Rum, Gin, Prosecco or Wine…but not all at the same time!

Last movie you saw? The Lion King!

Early riser or night owl? Neither!

3 Things we would never guess about you?  I don’t like snakes,  I have a pilot licence…I got run over at 17!


Ashleah Sanchez, Sales and Marketing Manager (South)

Job description: Maintaining and Growing our incredible relationships with suppliers and agents, whilst representing some of the most beautiful hotels in the world.

Bio: I started my career in travel over nineteen years ago, growing my skill set within retail, events and business development. Travel is in my blood and ten years ago I decided to go backpacking across the globe taking in the wonders of America, Asia and Australasia. Over the last two years, I worked with Tracey, launching Hard Rock in the Maldives and other properties in the Caribbean. I am excited about our next adventure and to represent the best of the best back in the Caribbean.

Fun Stuff…

Photo: Ashleah and Siobhan at a TC Showcase

Favourite thing to do at the weekend?  Walk our little toy Morkie (Yorkshire terrier/Maltese cross) Keiki, spend time with my wife and our friends and watching Tottenham Hotspur play football.

Favourite tipple? A lovely glass of New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Last movie you saw? A Star is Born – I’m a big Lady Gaga fan!

Early riser or night owl? I’m definitely an early riser, but I do take advantage of a lay in every now and then

3 Things we would never guess about you?  - I was a Sea Cadet in my teens, which led me to sign up to the Navy at sixteen - I am a secret nerd and love David Attenborough and will spend my life saving to go to Antarctica - I’m petrified of heights, but overcame my fear and skydived in Sydney, Australia


Juliet Fletcher, Sales & Marketing Manager - North

Job description: Looking after our fantastic tour operator and travel agency partners in the north of the UK to maximise marketing exposure and sales for our hotels.

Bio: Having grown up being lucky enough to travel a lot with my family, I caught the travel bug early on and knew I wanted to work in the industry. I've worked in travel for three years and have travelled a lot, mainly throughout the Caribbean and I fell in love with the islands! The most recent one I visited was Bequia which was fantastic. I'm moving to Yorkshire soon from London and I'm really excited to be working with our trade partners up in the north, luckily, I've packed some jumpers!

Photo: Juliet in Saint Vincent 

Fun Stuff…

Favourite thing to do at the weekend?  Meeting up with friends, going to see a rugby match, walking my dog

Favourite tipple? When I'm on holiday, a Piña Colada, or if I'm in the UK, a Porn Star Martini! Last movie you saw? Toy Story 4

Early riser or night owl? Definitely a night owl, I don't enjoy getting up early in the mornings!

3 Things we would never guess about you? - I'm double-jointed in my wrists and hands and can twist my wrist 360 degrees! - I once had my nappy changed by Jonathan Ross! - My first flight to the Caribbean was on a BWIA flight when I was 6 months old in a bassinet.


Megan Dyson, Sales & Marketing Support

Job description: Main support for the team as well as managing the office, trade and consumer enquires. 

Bio: Travelling played a huge part in my childhood and growing up, with my mum – Tracey, having a big influence! With this, I have been lucky enough to have seen and experienced many corners of the world. My love of travel and a creative flare has allowed me to grow and bring something new to my role at Essential Detail.  

 

Photo: Juliet and Megan on a recent fam trip

Fun Stuff… Favourite thing to do at the weekend? I like spending time with my family, boyfriend and friends and also walking my crazy dogs!

Favourite tipple? Southern Comfort & Lemonade.

Last movie you saw? The Hustle Early riser or night owl? Used to be a night owl but now I’m an early riser!

3 Things we would never guess about you?  - My first gift from my boyfriend was to jump out of a plane at 1,500 feet - I gained 10 distinctions in my art foundation course - I am a massive chocoholic though until the age of six I never even liked chocolate!


Cheryl Banks, Social Media & Projects Manager

Job description: Keeping the trade updated with news and gossip from our collection of hotels.

Bio: Having worked in travel for over twenty years mainly in sales and marketing, I've been able to do a fair bit of travelling. From staying in some of the best hotels in the Caribbean, parts of Africa, the Middle East, America and the Indian Ocean to backpacking around Cuba and all over the Far East. For the past eleven years, I've been working with the Essential Detail team and I’ve been lucky enough to have stayed at all the superb properties several times. 

Photo: Siobhan and Cheryl 

Fun Stuff…

Favourite thing to do at the weekend?  Meeting friends for breakfast followed by going to the cinema - it’s the best time of day to see a movie!

Favourite tipple? Currently coffee!! 

Last movie you saw? The Holiday - for the 20th time!

Early riser or night owl? Early riser… I’m normally in bed by 9 pm but up at 5 am, I have twin babies!

3 Things we would never guess about you?  - I can play the trumpet - I was a nurse before working in travel - I love to go out rowing whenever I can!


If you are a UK Travel Agent or Tour Operator and you require our help, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always happy to hear from you, to answer questions, share offers and more. 

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Essential Detail Hotels – Bringing Home the Awards in 2019

01/12/19

When you stay in an Essential Detail hotel, you stay in some of the best hotels not just in the Caribbean but the world. 

These are just a handful of accolades and awards the Essential Detail hotels have been awarded this year for top beaches, best all-inclusive, top service, best spa, romance, best experience and more.

Each of these hotels are boutique, luxurious, superb and set in some of the most incredible settings the Caribbean has to offer. Take a look at what the 2019 award season brought, and don’t forget to get in touch for more information.


Jamaica

Jamaica Inn

If you’ve been thinking about going to Jamaica, you couldn’t choose a better hotel than Jamaica Inn. It got an incredible haul this year of three number three spots in the Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards! As well as the best hotel spa in Jamaica and to top it off, it won best eco-sustainable resort as well. 

#3 Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean for Romance - Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2019 
#3 Top Service in the Caribbean - Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2019 
#3 Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean - Trip Advisor Traveller Choice Awards 2019
Jamaica’s Best Hotel Spa 2019 - World Spa Awards
Best Eco Sustainable Resort 2019 - Jamaica Gleaner Awards

Sandy Haven

If you’re looking for the perfect location, Sandy Haven has found it. Providing the best jumping-off point you could look for – winning the top destination in Jamaica and its beach, Negril is number ten in beaches around the world!

#10 Negril Beach- Top Beaches around the World Travellers Choice Awards 2019

Jamaica as a destination also came up as Top Destination with Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2019


Saint Lucia - East Winds

The beautiful East Winds has won an incredible six awards this year. From Romance Travellers Choice to best all-inclusive, this hotel has something to offer everyone. Truly a superb hotel that goes above and beyond to create a wonderful experience.

#7 Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean - Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2019
#15 Top 25 All Inclusive Hotels in the Caribbean - Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2019
#15 Top Service in the Caribbean - Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2019
#18 Top 25 Hotels the Caribbean for Romance - Trip Advisor Traveller Choice Awards 2019
The TripAdvisor Award 2019 Cert of excellence 

BA Holidays Customer Service Excellence Award with a score of 9.6/10


Antigua - Curtain Bluff 

Curtain Bluff has won four top awards this year with two number five spots in the Caribbean! If you’re looking for amazing service, a world-class resort but a friendly and personal experience, you can’t go wrong with Curtain Bluff. 

#5 in Travel & Leisure Best Hotels in the Caribbean - Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2019
#5 in the Top 50 Resorts in the Caribbean from Conde Nast Traveler 2019
#17 in Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean for service - Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2019

BA Holidays Customer Service Excellence Award with a score of 9.2/10


Barbados

Barbados has one of the best experiences in the world! Enjoy a five-hour small-group Catamaran cruise from Bridgeton, with lunch. You can take a private tour directly from Little Good Harbour or go on a locally-run tour.

Catamaran cruise in Barbados #10 Top 10 Experiences in the World – Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2019

Little Good Hrabour - BA Holidays Customer Service Excellence Award with a score of 9.5/10


Nevis - Paradise Beach Hotel

This small piece of paradise offers lavish villas with their own spacious terraces, private pools and secluded gardens. So, it is no wonder that it was voted as the best villa resort in the Caribbean!

Best Villa Resort - Caribbean World Magazine 2019


Bequia - Bequia Beach Hotel

It is no surprise Bequia Beach hotel is in the top 25 hotels of the Caribbean. The unspoilt island is the start, surpassed only by Friendship Beach and a hotel which provides classic elegance with a modern twist.

#18 Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean - Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2019

 

To find out more about these hotels, please contact our office 

T. +44 (0) 20 8977 6099 E. office@essentialdetail.co.uk

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The Essential Details…

11/11/19

It is not by chance that we represent some of the best hotels in the Caribbean. Our name is well-chosen, our hotels pay attention to the details, those essential details. 

At Essential Detail we have an eye for the unique and the best of the best. For travellers looking for something a little extra, it is those details that count. Our hotels go above and beyond to create an experience that is more than the ordinary. Boutique hotels with only 10-100 rooms, exquisite food, superb rooms, private plunge pools and so much more. 

In our hotels guests can enjoy a range of hidden extras that will make your stay a home away home. Today, we want to highlight a few of the fun and special essential details that our hotels have to offer. 

Jamaica Inn, Jamaica 

You can now enjoy a delicious breakfast in your very own plunge pool! Overlooking the Jamaican sea, sit, relax and enjoy the view from the pool with your favourite breakfast. 

Simply order your breakfast and it will be delivered, lowered into the pool and served on a floating tray. From the privacy and comfort of your pool, it will be a breakfast that you never forget. 

Breakfast and the tray are paid for separately. 


East Winds, Saint Lucia

East Winds offers a huge range of private activities and excursions. All experiences are exclusively for East Winds, and as this is a 30-room hotel you will truly be enjoying a personal experience.

To highlight just two of these included experiences:

Participate in a cooking class with local Caribbean chefs Harry and Linton. Don’t just enjoy the taste of the Caribbean while you are at East Winds, learn something to take home with you!

Learn how to create the island’s favourite cocktails. Make the most of your time with these talented bartenders and bring the flair of the Caribbean home for your next party.


Bequia Beach Hotel, The Grenadines

Bequia Beach Hotel provide something that will make you feel like a star – a guest-only VIP transfer package. From landing in Barbados, Bequia Air will provide a seamless experience, taking you directly from the Barbados airport to the hotel! 

This luxury private aircraft experience takes place in a 9-seat King Air B200 and gets you to Bequia almost twice as fast as other flights! 

Bequia Beach Hotel can also arrange private flights for you. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure this will be something to remember.


Young Island, St Vincent & The Grenadines 

For something completely different Young Island provides sail packages on a 46’ catamaran. Whether you want to enjoy a day excursion or a stay and sail package out on the waves for a few days, it will be a singular experience.

The spacious four-bedroom Panthera includes air conditioning, a grill, fishing tackle, snorkelling equipment, Wi-Fi, a paddleboard and a kayak, so you can create your very own getaway. Whether it is for your own romantic trip or activities with kids or friends it can certainly give your trip that little extra.

To learn more about Essential Detail and our entire collection of Caribbean boutique hotels, contact our team T. +44 (0) 20 8977 6099 E. office@essentialdetail.co.uk

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Essential Detail founders announce exciting company merger: The Next Generation…

01/11/19

As one of the longest standing UK trade representatives for luxury Caribbean hotels, Essential Detail announces a merger with Brave Marketing Solutions, effective 01 November 2019.

The team will expand with 4 new sales and marketing specialists including regional Sales & Marketing Managers toprovide more regular, dedicated support for the company’s trade partner tour operators and key travel agents throughout the UK.

Essential Detail was founded in 1999 by Helen Edwards and Annette Quinn, who subsequently built a collection of superb, independent boutique hotels within the West Indies. They will retain consultancy roles in the business, whilst Tracey Dyson takes over as Director, responsible for all new company strategy and will steer the brand through the next phase of expansion.

“With many fond memories of past Caribbean endeavours and successes, I am delighted, thrilled and excited! Being a part of this integral next Essential Generation and having the support of a truly passionate and amazing team, will provide the perfect opportunity to build on the many successes of the last 20 years. I look forward to rekindling past relationships and making new friends.”

The following new members of the team join the company this week and look forward to working with the trade partners:

Juliet Fletcher (Helen’s daughter): Sales & Marketing Manager – North
Ashleah Sanchez: Sales & Marketing Manager – South
Megan Dyson (Tracey’s daughter): Sales & Marketing Support

The current team, Katie Wilkinson (Agency Sales Manager) and Siobhan Randles (Product & Marketing Manager) both commence maternity leave in January and February respectively returning later in 2020. Cheryl Banks continues to look after social media.

ESSENTIAL DETAIL PORTFOLIO:

East Winds, St Lucia ... Little Good Harbour and The Atlantis Historic Inn, Barbados ... Young Island and Bequia Beach Hotel,St Vincent & The Grenadines ... Jamaica Inn and Sandy Haven, Jamaica ... Curtain Bluff, Antigua ... Paradise Beach, Nevis

BRAVE MARKETING SOLUTIONS PORTFOLIO:

Hard Rock Maldives, SAii Lagoon Hotel Maldives (Crossroads Maldives) ... Hard Rock Hotel Davos, Switzerland

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East Winds, Saint Lucia Travel Agent Autumn Sales Incentive

29/10/19

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Christmas in the Tropics

29/10/19

A Caribbean Christmas

Have you ever thought about having Christmas away from England? Away from the cold and wet traditional Christmas. If you have, there is no better spot to pick than the Caribbean. 

Have a break from the normal routine of Christmas and head to luxury in the Caribbean this season. Be pampered and give everyone the chance to relax and enjoy the holiday. No one slaving in the kitchen to create the perfect Christmas dinner; the perfect dinner will be served to you in style. Avoid the stress, rush or last-minute panic as everything is taken care of.

Christmas away is excellent value for money. The expense of the holiday is often balanced out by the lack of many other expenses. No need to worry about decorations, a tree, a Christmas feast or the perfect hosting gifts. In fact, there is no need to worry about anything – just treat yourself. From spa treatments to romantic dinners and strolls along the beach, it can be your most relaxing Christmas ever!


Sunshine in the Winter

As your summer holiday fades from memory it is time to start planning the perfect winter break. The summer sun is great but winter sunshine is a soothing balm to a distressed soul. Top up on your vitamin D, your tan and your calm state of mind. Return refreshed and ready to begin the new year.

In our beautiful Caribbean islands, there is something for everyone. Between water sports, jungle walks, picturesque gardens, spa treatments, the beach, the bars and the restaurants, everyone has something to love and every day can be tailored just for you.

Our Hotels

Little Good Harbour, Bequia Beach Hotel, The Atlantis Historic Inn, Young Island, Sandy Haven Resort and Paradise Beach Hotel all have pockets of space over Christmas. So, you can find the ideal hotel for every trip.

East Winds and Jamaica Inn have some extra special festive packages which you can check out here: 

East Winds

Spend Christmas and New Years at East Winds in St Lucia and enjoy days of pure indulgence. Christmas Eve includes a cocktail & champagne party accompanied by a St Lucian Christmas Choir. Christmas Day includes a traditional Christmas Buffet lunch accompanied by the wonderful Shak Shak Band playing from the beach.

And for New Years enjoy a formal dinner and live music from The Royal St Lucian Police Band. At Midnight, celebrate the New Year to the sounds of a live band, a toast to the New Year and a wonderful firework display on the beach. Dancing continues until the last guest goes to bed!

Christmas and New Years in Jamaica Inn is a wonderful festive period. Christmas Eve includes fabulous carollers. On Christmas Day enjoy eggnog on the beach and a traditional Christmas dinner.

Ring in the new year in style at Jamaica Inn’s Great Gatsby Gala. Celebrate the roaring 20s in flapper dresses with a live band and all-inclusive feast. With cocktails on the beach, a blow-away sea-food station and a mouth-watering carving station.


Winter Break

If you can’t make it to the Caribbean for Christmas or New Year you can still chase the winter sun with a pre-Christmas break. A lovely way to unwind, relax and absorb some Vitamin D before heading home to a traditional Christmas. Check out our remaining 2019 offers.

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Essential Detail Hotel News & Updates

22/10/19

It is the time of year when we put together news and updates from all of our luxury Caribbean boutique hotels. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we would be delighted to help you.

 

East Winds, St Lucia

  • Saint Lucia's premier boutique hotel has now completed their fabulous renovation project, resulting in their repeat guest rate increasing further ... to 60%!
  • A beautiful original art beachscape welcomes you as you arrive
  • All guests now receive complimentary private, air-conditioned airport transfers


Little Good Harbour, Barbados

  • The Fish Pot restaurant totally rebuilt and redesigned plus a new state of the art kitchen, ready for the hotel’s re-opening in October 2019
  • On-site scuba and water sports
  • Great new images of the refurbished suite interiors


Bequia Beach Hotel, Bequia, The Grenadines

  • Upgraded and expanded beach bar and beautiful pool seating area
  • Development of extended kitchen garden and total renovation of Bagatelle Restaurant’s kitchen to further assist the gourmet offerings
  • Winter Bequia Air Luxury VIP Transfers Barbados/Bequia
  • New: 4 Bedroom Palm Villa & Pool plus second 2-bedroom Family Suite 


Young Island, St Vincent and The Grenadines

  • Ongoing property upgrading continues with new beds and new outdoor showers
  • Refurbished Captain Bligh Bar really popular ... total new look throughout


Curtain Bluff, Antigua

  • It’s official ... Curtain Bluff is now a fully certified PADI Dive Resort – Antigua’s first luxury AI resort to offer this, and includes one dive per day with dive masters
  • Two new Optimist sailboats available to all guests
  • New General Manager, Andrea Balladori, hails from Tuscany. And yes it’s a man!
  • 2 million $ refurbishment completed this summer of all 12 rooms and suites on the Bluff including stunning new bathrooms

Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

  • Spectacular refurbishment of Cottage 2
  • New seaweed based VOYA product line plus healing CBD oil scrub treatments at the award winning Ocean Spa In suite coffee facilities

Sandy Haven, Jamaica

New pool cabanas with side stands Bongo’s Restaurant awarded AAA 3 Diamond rating ... only hotel in Negril
Beautiful new garden lamps from the lobby to the beach
Additional 43” flat screen TV in junior suites
Stunning new Cuban art throughout


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Best Places to Eat in Jamaica - Negril and Ocho Rios

08/10/19

The wonderful island of Jamaica is home to some of the best hotels and restaurants of the Caribbean. Focusing on the towns of Negril and Ocho Rios, on the west and northern coasts, here are some recommendations for the perfect meal out.

 

Negril - Jamaica

Negril, located on the most westerly point of Jamaica is famous for its miles of sandy beaches and tranquil turquoise waters.

Lining these beaches, particularly Seven Mile Beach is a brilliant array of restaurants. Here is our pick – the top five restaurants to check out in Negril.


Bongos Restaurant & Dining Terrace

Bongos Restaurant, located in Sandy Haven Resort, provides impressively prepared dishes with flavours of the Caribbean. A team of chefs work to create a fantastic variety of dishes. Enjoy them in an indoor romantic setting or choose a casual dining experience outside on the terrace.


Almond Tree Grill & Sandz Bar

Almond Tree Grill & Sandz Bar are located right on the beautiful waters of the Caribbean at Sandy Haven Resort. The grill has an excellent range of beer, cocktails and of course local rum. Pair it with great service and delicious light fare and you might have found your perfect lunch spot.


Italian Cafe

The café where Italy meets Jamaica. With friendly attentive staff, a great atmosphere, lounge/house music and of course tasty food, this café is an absolute gem. Located on the main strip, it is easily accessible and ideal for a relaxed evening.


Kuyaba Restaurant

Kuyaba restaurant is located on the heart of the Negril beach. It serves International Cuisine with Jamaican Flair. Its rustic atmosphere, hearty traditional food and lush gardens give you an unrivalled slice of ‘old Jamaica’.


Ivan’s Restaurant

Ivan’s is an international restaurant with an Italian, Jamaican twist. Located right on the cliffside, you couldn’t get a more romantic spot. Excellent food and fabulous cocktails combine to create a wonderful night. And if you want something extra special, enjoy the 100-candles private dining area.


 

Ocho Rios - Jamaica 

Ocho Rios, meaning eight rivers in Spanish, is an old fishing village turned resort town. Located on the north coast of Jamaica it is perfectly situated for exploring Jamaica’s wild side. With rainforest, rivers and waterfalls all nearby.

As a busy town with a cruise ship harbour, it is choc-a-block with exceptional restaurants. Here are our top picked restaurants from a fantastic bunch. 

Jamaica Inn  

Jamaica Inn delights on every level. Dinner is five-courses of gourmet international cuisine with a Caribbean twist. Feast under the stars, enjoying live music, a wonderful atmosphere and attentive service. Eating alfresco in the open-air restaurant gives you panoramic views and gentle sea breezes to give you that little something extra to top off your evening.

Miss T’s 

Miss T’s kitchen is a rustic Jamaican restaurant and bar which provides real home-style country Jamaican dishes. Set in a lush garden setting, this restaurant has no walls, and you can truly relax in this indoor-outdoor setting. Experience a bite of true Jamaica in this celebration of all things local.

Passage to India

Passage to India is an excellent opportunity to sample delicious Indian cuisine. This award-winning restaurant offers a range of dishes from mild to spicy to suit any range of pallet. Their philosophy is to deliver exceptional food and attentive service in a beautiful ambience, which they’ve certainly achieved.

Evita’s, 

Evita’s has been a favourite in Ocho Rios for over thirty years. This Italian restaurant is known as the best pasta house in Jamaica. It is perfect for a cosy and romantic evening out. Just right for a comfortable but dreamy evening with your loved one, a glass of wine and a decadent dessert.

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Learning Holidays in The Caribbean

18/09/19

Though a holiday for the sake of change, relaxation or excitement, and the opportunity to see a new place is perfectly amazing, many people are starting to look at how to add an extra something. We have come to call these learning holidays. 

A learning holiday provides everything a normal holiday does – from a beautiful new country, gorgeous hotel, delicious food and friendly staff. But on top of this, you learn a new skill or take the time to expand on a hobby or passion. Thereby coming away from your holiday not only refreshed and reinvigorated but also that much more skilled!

In this blog, we highlight four incredible learning holidays our hotels have to offer. From the relaxation of a writers’ or mindfulness retreat to the challenge of a surfing or tennis week.  


East Wind’s Writer’s Retreat

The St Lucia Tourist Board and our very own East Wind’s hotel have teamed up to offer the island’s first writing retreat. First taking place in March 2020. 

Spend the day enjoying the incredible island and attending writing workshops. A perfect combination of a beautiful environment and growing your skills. An ideal learning holiday.

The writing course is being run by veteran editor, Victoria Pepe. Improve your writing skills with workshops on structure and developing character, point of view and voice. In addition, work on dialogue, get tips on how to edit to your best work and meet local authors. 

This incredible package includes a private cooking class, private meditation session and a garden tour. Additionally, take a boat trip to see the Pitons, enjoy the sulphur mud baths and snorkelling.

St Lucia’s peaceful beaches, majestic mountains and tropical rainforest are sure to inspire any budding author.


Curtain Bluff’s Tennis Week

Curtain Bluff’s annual tennis week is the perfect learning holiday for tennis players from beginners to professionals. Now in its 21st year, this event is taking place in November and is sure to be on the agenda again for next year.

Curtain Bluff schedules an array of events to keep even the biggest tennis fanatic happy. Practice on world-class courts, join in the men’s, women’s or mixed doubles tournaments and enjoy tennis drills tailored just to you. This is all done with tennis legends and professionals so you can truly learn from the best.

Enjoy the beauty of Antigua with snorkelling, scuba diving, a trip to the capital and Hobie Cat sailing. Mingle with other tennis enthusiasts and let your hair down at the welcome party, afternoon tea, sunset party, barefoot beach party and close it off with an awards party!

Antigua’s glorious weather and Curtain Bluff’s outstanding tennis grounds are sure to please any tennis enthusiast.


Jamaica Inn’s Mindfulness Retreat

Jamaica Inn’s mindfulness retreat offers a different sort of learning experience. Learn to relax, to calm your mind and switch off from the stresses of everyday life.

This four-day retreat is run by well-known Lena Franklin, Mindful Psychotherapist and International Spiritual Teacher. Workshops cover the art of mindfulness and meditation, the transformative power of thoughts, and mind, body spirit alignment.

Experience sunrise and sunset meditation sessions and activities designed to bring you tranquillity that you can take home. Enjoy learning mindful eating and experience the rest of the island on a market tour or sensory hike.

Complement your spiritual learning experience with things to uplift and soothe the body. Enjoy yoga classes, luxury spa treatments and relaxing hours in the sun, sea and water of Jamaica’s beaches. 

Jamaica Inn makes this retreat comfortable if you come with friends or alone. With sunset cocktails on the beach and community tables where you can eat with Lena or mingle with other guests. 


The Atlantis Historic Inn Surf Package

The Atlantis Historic Inn, sister hotel to our Little Good Harbour, is located on the Atlantic coast of Barbados. This is a quiet, peaceful and incredibly beautiful area of the country which is a little bit more off the beaten track. 

Just five minutes from the Atlantis is Soup Bowl, an internationally renowned surfing spot. Famous for its barrelling right-hand reef break, this spot is a favourite of eleven times world champion, Kelly Slater. 

This package provides access to these incredible waves and surf lessons where you can hone your skills. It is available year-round, excluding June and September. But the waves are best November to May when the north swells bring the heavy right-hand barrels that Soup Bowl is famous for. 

Barbados provides a surfers’ paradise with pristine beaches, and a perfect average of 30°C air heat and 27°C water heat. Balance your day practising your skills on the waves or exploring the wonder that is Barbados.

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Top Seven Places to Eat in Nevis

06/09/19

Nevis is located near the northern end of the Lesser Antilles archipelagoand has a stunning volcano known as Nevis Peak at its centre. The prominent volcano surrounded by pristine sandy beaches creates a Caribbean island to be reckoned with.

Whether you enjoy your holiday relaxing on the beach, hiking the volcano, enjoying the natural hot springs or engaging in some snorkelling or water sports, good food is always the perfect accompaniment.

Here are our top seven recommendations for delicious dining on Nevis.

Paradise Beach Bar

Paradise Beach’s exclusive beach bar is steps away from the hotel villas. Enjoy the tables or relaxing hammocks and chaise lounges right on the beach while you eat, drink and watch the waves lapping.

Breakfast on the beach is continental with home-made pastries and bagels. Wash it down with the freshest local fruit served whole or in a smoothie or salad. Add options of granola, yoghurt and the famous local Nevis honey and you have a tasty start to your day.

Or head to the beach bar for a wonderful and light lunch. The menu offers fresh salads, sandwiches and light fare made from local ingredients and the catch of the day. In the middle of the heat, delicious and light food is often the perfect match.

Return in the evening to enjoy the bar with the mixologists. A delightful and trendy range of cocktails is at your disposal.

Bring in a Private Chef 

Paradise Beach Hotel is something a little different for the Caribbean island of Nevis. Modern, chic and luxurious, it likes to surprise. One special treat is access to your own private chef.

Book in a private chef to come into your villa to cook for you personally. Always using the best, be it local produce, fresh seafood or homegrown spices. These chefs will create superb gourmet plates of food. 

Your fine dining is available all day, with a private chef available to serve you delicious breakfast in your villa. Whether you want pumpkin pancakes, banana mango muffins, your favourite omelette or a traditional Nevisian breakfast it will all be world-class.

If you are choosing to enjoy some luxury, have a corporate meeting or something to celebrate, your own three-course top-class lunch or dinner served from the comfort of your own villa is something unforgettable. Tailor your menu for you and your family/guests to get something truly perfect.


Bananas

Bananas is a gorgeous plantation-style restaurant, located right on the volcano hillside. It offers international comfort food with a good dash of the Caribbean thrown in. Their menu is both eclectic and mouth-watering. With a great atmosphere too, this spot is popular enough to be reservation only.


Mango's at the Four Seasons

Mango’s is situated on the edge of the Four Seasons at a walkable distance along the beach from Paradise Beach Hotel. The restaurant is situated right on the ocean, serving modern Caribbean cuisine and is a perfect spot to watch the sunset.


Sunshine's

Sunshine’s is a local restaurant and beach bar famous for its tasty rum punch and Killer Bee cocktail. It has scrumptious local and fresh food – simple but delicious. Try the ribs, chicken wings, fresh lobster or fish for some tasty, simple fare on the beach.


Montpelier Plantation 

Montpelier offers something pretty different. A six-course candlelit dinner served in a 300-year-old converted sugar mill. It provides a stylish ambience, with drinks, canapes and light, modern cuisine paired with fine wines personally chosen by the sommelier. Intimate, romantic and one of a kind!


Golden Rock

The Golden Rock comes highly recommended as a great breakfast or brunch spot. This open-air restaurant has stunning views of Montserrat at Antigua in the distance. Also open for lunch or dinner, you can enjoy local and fresh seafood and fish. Finish it all with a relaxing stroll around the botanical gardens. 

 

Wherever you look on Nevis, you will find excellent restaurants to taste both local and traditional food or modern and international cuisine. Enjoy the taste of Nevis! 

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Travel Agent Winners Attend Familiarization Trip!

17/08/19

Earlier this year Essential Detail hosted a booking incentive – the main prize: places on our luxury familiarization trip! This trip took place recently, lead by our Agency Sales Manager, Katie Wilkinson and attended by the winning luxury travel agents from Liphook Travel, Prestbury World Travel, Fred Olsen Travel, Travel Counsellors, Haselmere Travel and Baldwins Travel. 

They had an incredible experience visiting different Caribbean islands and staying in a selection of our exquisite hotels. 

This year’s Fam trip consisted of eight nights in the Caribbean, with time spent in East Winds – St Lucia, Young Island – St Vincent & The Grenadines, Bequia Beach Hotel– Bequia, Little Good Harbour – Barbados, and Curtain Buff – Antigua.

The lucky travel agents got to experience these beautiful properties first-hand. Indulging in delicious cuisine daily, pampering at the serene spas, sumptuous cocktails and the breath-taking environment, views and ocean that the Caribbean has to offer.

Each of the winning travel agents on the trip won a place following our Essential Detail Agent Incentivewhich took place earlier this year.  

Take a look at the wonderful time the travel agents had and some of their feedback: 

East Winds, St Lucia

"From the moment I arrived at the hotel, I felt totally relaxed. The gardens were beautiful and to see so many species of birds was a delight. The whole experience of staying here is one of total relaxation in an elegant informal surrounding. The staff were so friendly and attentive. I really enjoyed the Pilates and the teacher is fantastic! It was enjoyable to have music in the evenings whilst having dinner and I loved the open-air restaurant. Beautiful location and very, very friendly staff. I loved the reception held in the lounge plus rum tasting too."

Young Island

"Arriving at Young Island, by private ferry, was a great experience to start a holiday. I was lucky to be allocated a 'Luxury Suite with Plunge Pool, I especially loved the garden shower. Breakfast was amazing and enjoyed trying the homemade bread which was INCREDIBLE!!!! Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed on St Vincent and you can take a Pirates of the Caribbean tour to the set, which we did, and it was fab!"

Bequia Beach Hotel, Bequia

"Bequia is a stunning Island in the Grenadines, which has yet to be spoilt with mass tourism. The hotel, therefore, remains unique as far as experiences go. The rooms here were my favourite, my Junior Suite was so spacious and had great sea views, the bathroom was modern and light and again spacious! A real jewel of the Caribbean that would not disappoint anyone. Food fabulous at Bagatelle and Jacks bar/location was unbeatable!"

Little Good Harbour, Barbados

"The Fish Pot restaurant was a truly memorable experience. The food we experienced was exceptional, which I am sure is why so many people, not just guests, visit on a regular basis. Staff & Graham were so accommodating and friendly."

Curtain Bluff, Antigua

"The Sea Grape and Tamarind restaurant served the most varied and interesting cuisine. The spa is incredible, and they really give you the best experience from before sitting up on the terrace & after with refreshments and nibbles! Entertainment was really good on both nights and I would also recommend the Cellar tour (with wine tasting too!)  Beach was fantastic and with drinks plus towel service too. Loved the snorkelling trip and that both staff came into the sea with us to ensure we felt safe whatever level of swimmer you are. The spa area is right on the waterfront and is beautiful, the relaxation area, which is 5,000 square feet, overlooks the Caribbean Sea and it is really peaceful and tranquil."

Essential Detail hosts an annual fam trip every year. If you are a luxury travel agent and you would like to have a chance to join us on our next fam trip, sign-up to our mailing list to participate in the booking incentive 2020!

If you cannot wait until next year, take advantage of our Come & Stay programme - whereby our hotels offer two complimentary nights’ stay! To participate, you must be an Essential Detail Travel Agent. For full T's and C's contact: Katie.wilkinson@essentialdetail.co.uk 

Feedback on the overall trip...

"I have no suggestions on how it could have been improved, it really was an amazing trip and experience. Thank you so much, Katie and hotels for such a great trip and we really were a great group of friends by the end!!"

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Our Hotels Giving Back to the Community

10/08/19

One of the incredible things about our luxury hotels in the Caribbean is their ability to give back to the community. Not only with jobs for locals and the money tourism brings to the area but directly with charitable foundations. 

Guests who pay for luxury often want to help give back to the community what they’ve received in experiences.  The incredible relaxation, fine dining, stunning scenery and the friendliness of the Caribbean is something guests never forget. These foundations offer an excellent way of giving back and giving the community something they’ll treasure forever. Here are a few hotels from our collection of boutique properties which keep giving back.

The Jamaica Inn Foundation

The Jamaica Inn Foundation is a non-profit organisation which focuses on the education and wellbeing of Jamaica’s youth and the ongoing preservation of the marine life.

The marine life is being helped with a two-pronged attack, by the White River Fish Sanctuary and the Oracabessa Bay Turtle Project. These projects pay for two full-time wardens, protect against overfishing, restore local coral and protect the hatchling turtles. 

These projects are seeing incredible successes with 1600 hatchlings being recorded yearly and an on-target objective of increasing the fish population by 500% in just five years.

Guests staying at the Jamaica Inn during hatching season are lucky enough to be able to participate in the event, watching baby hawksbill sea turtles hatch and make their first journey into the ocean.

*All our hotels around the Caribbean who have turtle nests do what they can to protect the area. And guests are lucky enough to be able to watch the baby turtles hatch every year.


Curtain Bluff’s Old Road Fund

The Old Road Fund has been supporting the youth of Antigua in the West Indies for over forty years. In fact, to date over $US 1 million has been raised!

The Old Road fund has taken Curtain Bluff’s love of tennis and sports and turned it into life-changing opportunities for the local youth.

The fund is used to send youth to tennis camps, colleges and universities throughout the US. The excellent news is a college and university in Florida have now partnered with the Old Road Fund and are supplying tourism and hospitality scholarships. This empowers the locals to bring their knowledge and love of their island to the wider world – just as it should be. 

The fund also supplies uniforms and sporting equipment for the local football and cricket teams.


East Winds’ Family Foundation

East Winds, Saint Lucia has gone the personal route with their family foundation. A project set-up to help the families of East Winds’ staff members.

In Saint Lucia, the average cost of books is $US 370. Much too expensive for the average family who often goes into great debt trying to buy the books and keep their children in school. 

With guests joining in to champion the cause, over forty children have been given their schoolbooks each year and last year school bags and stationery too. 

In Saint Lucia, and all over the Caribbean, education is a powerful tool for future generations. Helping children to stay in school results in educated youths who will be able to go on to empower their communities.


It goes without saying that these hotels are luxury, boutique and gorgeous. Offering something steps above the average hotel. But for the more culturally discerning guests knowing that they’re also giving back to the community by helping the environment and empowering the youths is a cherry on top of the cake. 

Guests can donate directly to the foundations or add some money on to the hotel bill. Every little helps and every dollar adds up to contribute to some wonderful causes making true changes around the Caribbean.
 

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Top Five Places to Eat in Barbados

09/07/19

You might choose Barbados for its excellent location, world-famous beaches or five-star hotels, but no holiday is complete without outstanding cuisine and incredible dining experiences. 

Here are our top five recommendations for fantastic restaurants in Barbados.

Little Good Harbour

The Fish Pot restaurant located within the old Fort on the waterfront offers incredible dining and open views of the Caribbean. Its wide menu is an ideal choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

The varied menu offers a modern approach to both Caribbean and international dining. With the freshest ingredients and local seasoning, the food is always delectable. 

If you want to make the most of the local seafood you have an outstanding selection. The catch of the day, Caribbean lobster, seafood and basil crepes, Fish Pot tapas, octopus salad and salmon cheesecake are just some of the incredible choices on offer.

Complementing this, is of course, a wide range of meat and vegetarian offers to suit the most discerning palate. The selection ranges from confit of duck and spinach and mascarpone risotto parcel to braised lamb shank, escalope of pork and Panang style vegetarian curry.


Atlantis Historic Inn

This oceanside restaurant is located on the Atlantic coast and is ideal for surfers and those exploring this scenic side of the island. The West Indian buffet lunch served on Wednesdays and Sundays is famous among locals and visitors alike. 

The culinary team have created a wonderful and incredibly varied menu of authentic Bajan and Caribbean dishes all sourced from local ingredients. The a la carte menu changes week to week to reflect local catches and what’s in season, so you are always enjoying the freshest and hottest cuisine available.

The lunch menu offers a great and relaxed way to enjoy the ocean in a beautiful setting. With a range of sandwiches and burgers on offer as well as the catch of the day, fish tacos, green pea and mascarpone risotto, cashew pesto pasta and more, there is something to suit any mood.


Champers

One of the leading restaurants on the south coast, Champers has a lot to give. The large menu offers international cuisine with a bold Caribbean taste. Settle down on the open terrace and feel the romance as the lanterns and candles flicker over a view of the Caribbean Sea.


The Beach House

As the name states, this restaurant has a beautiful beachfront location on the Platinum Coast. You can pop in for a coffee or cocktail, dine in the evenings on local fare with a Mediterranean twist or enjoy the completely traditional Bajan Sunday buffet. 


The Lonestar

This restaurant offers a magical setting with outstanding food and service, making it a favourite spot with celebrities along the Platinum coast. The menu is an eclectic mix between Italian and Caribbean, so come to enjoy a perfect pasta, risotto or Filet Mignon. 

Contact Essential Detail for further information about Little Good Harbour and Atlantis Historial Inn. 

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Come Sail With Us at East Winds Saint Lucia

29/06/19

Discover the best kept all-inclusive secret in St Lucia and immerse yourself in true Caribbean luxury. East Winds is a breath taking tropical garden flowing to a sandy, secluded beach. Featuring 30 cottage style suites tucked away amongst lush vegetation and a kaleidoscope of colourful bird life. East Winds is home to what many consider the best beach on the island, private, natural and beautiful.

Learn to Sail with Jus’ Sail on Traditional West Indian Classic Good Expectation

The sailing conditions in and around East Winds are an ideal environment to learn to sail. If you know nothing at all or have some limited skills and want to advance your knowledge a sailing course could be just the ticket. Perfect for everyone as a family holiday, a couple or send the teenagers off for the day while you relax on the beach!

Special Offer

Including 4 x half days sailing for 2 people, 1 x sunset cruise for the whole family, transport to and from the sailing lessons, accommodation, to include all food and Premium Drinks in a 2 person cottage for 7 nights and airport transfers US$4,875 including all taxes. Absolutely everything is included for the 7 night stay!

Prices are per cottage for 2 people staying 7 nights, please contact our office for further details. 

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Gala Dinner – Celebrating Twenty Years in the Industry

29/06/19

This year it’s all about Essential Detail celebrating twenty years in the industry representing luxury Caribbean hotels to the trade. Still run by our founders Annette Quinn and Helen Edwards it is really something to be proud of.

We decided to host a Gala dinner as a special celebration of our achievement and to acknowledge the special partnership we have with each one of our hotels. 

Held as part of our annual roadshow the gala was attended by our wonderful founders as well as everyone in the office: Siobhan, Katie and Jacquie. We missed Cheryl who was at home enjoying the first months with her new babies!

The evening shinanagins included a drinks reception, a delicious dinner and a very entertaining magiction! Part of event was to also say thanks to the hotels for the loyalty and trust that they have given Essential Detail over the years. After racking our brains as to what we can give them to show our appreciation, we came up with these rather wonderful Coconut Awards! Here are the speeches spoken during the awards which included snippets about the hotels along with a little history on each property:

“Curtain Bluff

We made contact with Rob in the summer of 2002 and persuaded him somehow or other to join our small portfolio of gorgeous hotels.Established over 50 years ago under the same private ownership Curtain Bluff has become one of the leading luxury resort hotels in the region today. 

Thanks to you, the trade, the UK share of their business has grown hugely in the last few years and Rob backs this up by referring to his detailed analytics: hearing a lot more English voices in the bar!”

“Little Good Harbour

We first met owner Andrew Warden in 2000, over a beer at WTM. At that time, he was still developing the hotel and restaurant. When he then asked us to visit the building site, we saw the potential of the boutique hotel gem that it has become, because it captured the essence of Barbados beach life in years gone by. 

And the Fish Pot soon became – and has remained – simply one of the most outstanding water-edge restaurants on Barbados, which I am sure many of you have visited.”

“Bequia Beach Hotel

A certain Katherine Hobbs from Caribtours introduced us to Bengt Mortstedt the entrepreneurial owner of Bequia Beach in 2011, and after a visit to the hotel by Helen and myself we soon persuaded him to come on board. 

Bengt recently commented to us that a decade had passed since he acquired the hotel – then just 10 rooms, a romantic little restaurant and a ‘rum shack’ on the beach. With him, we have watched the hotel blossom into the top resort on Bequia along with its expansion which includes gorgeous retro style villas, 3 restaurants, a luxury yacht and a private aircraft.”

“Young Island

We had known Vidal Browne owner of Young Island for many years from our tour operating days and after a drink at a bar in South Ken, he soon came board with Essential Detail in 2001.

We have enjoyed working with Young Island as a true Caribbean resort over the years and General Manager Bianca Porter is relentlessly passionate about keeping the romantic, private island experience intact, there is nowhere quite like it.”

“Jamaica Inn

We have represented Jamaica Inn twice over the last 20 years working alongside two dynamic managers, not least the wonderful Kyle Mais! Mango Cosmopolitans and Dry Martinis at their famous bar sealed the deal each time.

This iconic hotel celebrated its 60th Anniversary last year and the warmth of the Morrow family, the management and staff are key to the success and longevity of the wonderful Inn.”

“East Winds

This gorgeous hotel was one of the very first to join our portfolio in 1999 when it was owned by Giuseppe Olivares whom a number of you will remember very fondly, I am sure. 

It was over one of our regular lunches with him in South Ken (yes, the same watering hole!) that he suggested we set up a representation company, and the rest is history!

The simply inimitable skills of the current lady at the helm, Judith Milne, is testament to the high number of happy guests that continue to return along with her dedicated team who deliver an amazing inclusive experience.”

There are two more recent members of our portfolio who unfortunately couldn’t attend the roadshow. Firstly our ‘newbie’, Paradise Beach Nevis who joined the portfolio in January. 

We fell head over heels in love with this stunning property when we visited in December last year and met owner James Cabourne. Within a few weeks, they were on board and we realized then we hadn’t lost our touch! We trust that you will support this fabulous gem on Nevis.

And the other hotelier unable to join us tonight is Ann Chen, owner of Sandy Haven in Negril, Jamaica. However, we would like to thank you for your support since we launched this little gem into the UK market a couple of years ago.”

It was a lovely speech and really great to see all our wonderful hoteliers getting their coconut award – everyone had a lot of fun! 

Lastly, to thank, Jayne O’Gorman, MD at Azure for her lovely and amusing thank you speech. 

And to end, here is a funny piece from the event, a poem written for us from Lee Marshall Director of Agency Sales at ITC.

A POEM!

I thought it quite appropriate to share a little rhyme

I’ll only be a minute, so won’t take up too much time

Congratulations Essential Detail, it’s your anniversary

I’m reading out this poem, that’s been written, well, by me.

 

So best wishes to Essential, your anniversary’s china

And when it comes to representing, there is really no one finer

A brand that’s here for twenty years, is well worth celebration

Let us journey back to ninety-nine, so let’s have concentration

 

We didn’t have an I-phone, Instagram or Snapchat

Back then we had to talk to each other, can YOU remember that?

And in the luxury market, there was still room to swing a cat

With only one or two of us; yes, we really do miss that

 

So thank you Essential Detail, for twenty special years

We hope you liked the poem; don’t be shedding any tears.

You’re a very valued partner, here’s to another twenty

Enjoy the celebration, because we all love you plenty

 

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the evening. And thank you to all the trade for their support over the past 20 years.

Visit our YouTube page for more photos from the event. 

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New for Essential Detail… Paradise Beach, Nevis

08/06/19

We want to announce a brand-new hotel! It isn’t often that we add a new property to our portfolio, but there was just something special about Paradise Beach on Nevis island. So here is a warm welcome to our latest luxury, boutique Caribbean hotel!

Paradise Beach is a collection of chic lavish villas and beach houses nestled in fragrant gardens which lead down to the best beach on Nevis. All fitted out in the height of indulgence and privacy, this is something truly special. 

Nevis island is only 36-square miles, half the size of its counterpart St Kitts. Quiet, unspoilt, tranquil and heavenly are just some of the words used to describe this island. 

The sumptuous accommodation consists of two-bedroom beach houses, three-bedroom villas, four-bedroom garden villas, and four-bedroom ocean villas. All villas have their own private pool. These large beautifully situated beach-houses and villas are perfect for family getaways, holidays with friends or corporate retreats. 

The luxury found in your villa doesn’t stop there. With incredible care and attention given to every aspect of your stay. 

A concierge will coordinate everything before you arrive, so your villa is laid out to perfection with everything you personally need or require. A member of the guest services team is also there to ensure you have a wonderful trip, arranging anything you might need. 


Your villa has a fantastic kitchen, but this doesn’t mean you have to cook for yourself (unless you want to). In fact, the chefs, on request, will come to your villa and cook for you privately. Using the best local produce, seafood and spices to create magnificent gourmet dishes. And if you want to take home some of the local flavour when you leave, why not have private lessons too?


For gourmet good with a difference why not try room service with a twist? Choose from the menus of local chefs and the food will be served to you in the privacy of your villa. Or try a relaxed social evening at the Beach Bar. Just steps away from your villa, this exclusive bar can provide tasty cocktails, a charming thatched Tiki bar, dreamy hammocks and the view of the wide ocean waves.


No luxury holiday is complete without a glorious spa. In the tranquillity of your villa, any day of the week a spa therapist can come and provide custom designed treatments to truly relax your body. 

Though Nevis is a small island it has a lot to offer. Most prominent is a picture-perfect volcano, just ready to hike. A five-hour round trip is perfect for a day’s outing with a guide. Footpaths and ropes will take you up to a view of Antigua, Montserrat and the open azure waters. While vervet monkeys, wild goats and lush vegetation accompany you on your journey. 

As with many of the Caribbean islands, you see echoes of the colonial history around. With old plantations now beautiful estates, historical churches and the occasional ruin. Particular to Nevis is the home of Alexander Hamilton. Now most famous as a hit musical, the museum and home show the life of one of America’s founding fathers. 

If you want to enjoy the local wildlife, Nevis is a perfect spot. The island itself is filled with nature, hikes can take you through the lush rainforest or you can enjoy a pleasant stroll around the verdant botanical gardens. 

While the waters are teaming with life. Just minutes offshore you can snorkel and explore reefs filled with colourful fish, see underwater volcanic vents and even shipwrecks. Famous for its 800-900-pound Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles, snorkelling here is an experience never to forget. 

Contact us at Essentail Detail for more information and prices and all available offers at Paradise Beach, the best that Nevis can offer. 

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Four Exclusive Luxury Caribbean Wedding Hotels

25/05/19

Each of the Essential Detail hotels offer Caribbean weddings. Most offer only one wedding a day, some as little as one per week, meaning every wedding is always a truly special and personal affair. The hotels offer amazing packages and a team of experts to organise everything for you, from photography to flowers and wedding cakes.

These hotels, because they are small and exclusive, can offer hotel buyouts, where you have the entire hotel solely for the wedding party. Young Island even offers the entire island exclusively!


Little Good Harbour, Barbados

Little Good Harbour is a beautiful hotel built around an old fort in Barbados, in a quiet fishing village surrounded by lush tropical gardens with direct beach access. It is a perfect location for an exclusive, beautiful Caribbean wedding. 

With wedding coordinators on hand, you will be looked after from start to finish, with fast track in the airport, full support for the bride and groom and all the legal details taken care of. If desired, church weddings can also be arranged so you can enjoy Caribbean luxury without compromising on your ideal wedding.


Sandy Haven, Jamaica 

If you are looking for a destination wedding in the Caribbean, you can’t beat Sandy Haven. With wedding professionals available to handle every detail, you can enjoy a completely stress-free experience while they handle all the details. 

Whether it is just you and your partner or a full wedding party, Sandy Haven will make your stay perfect. Planning every aspect to match your ideal wedding. Jamaica does have specific legal requirements for the documents and timing of a wedding, but with the Sandy Haven specialists, you won’t have a thing to worry about. 

 


Bequia Beach Hotel, The Grenadines

The retro-chic Bequia Beach Hotel located on Friendship Beach offers unmatched flexibility in your wedding desires. Whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding, a romantic elopement, quiet wedding celebration or glamorous wedding party the team are standing by to make it happen. 

With talented guest chefs creating an ever-changing, locally sourced Caribbean-European dining experience your wedding meal will be top class. While your wedding night will be spent in luxury with a room overlooking the secluded beach and wide dreamy ocean.  

 


Young Island, The Grenadines

If you want to take your breath-taking Caribbean wedding to the next level, why not have an exclusive island wedding? From barefoot beach weddings to romantic garden ceremonies to reading your vows at sunset, anything is possible. 

Photo Credot: Amunike Forde Aerial Photography

Young Island is a resort on a totally private island. That means if you book an exclusive wedding at Young Island it is not just the hotel you will have for yourself but the whole island! If you want to create a truly memorable out of this world experience for you and your guests, not much can beat this. 


Not only do these hotels offer spectacular weddings but you can stay for your honeymoon too. Already in the Caribbean, there’s no need to travel farther for a luxury honeymoon! Whether you relax on one island or enjoy some island hopping, the Caribbean will give you a wedding and honeymoon never to forget. 

Discover the wedding packages availabile at each of our hotels by viewing or downloading our property manauls.

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Three Caribbean All Inclusive Hotels with a Difference

25/05/19

An all-inclusive holiday means that from your arrival to departure there is no need to think about money. No wondering how much you’ve spent. Or whether to choose the chicken or the lobster.

Standard all-inclusive holiday packages include meals and drinks with the price of your room. But these are no standard hotels and there is nothing ordinary about these holidays. 

An all-inclusive holiday like the ones given here is a true luxury. With elegance, fine dining, relaxation and activities all rolled into the one price.

In fact, Curtain Bluff and East Winds only offer all-inclusive holidays. So jump in and enjoy the Caribbean holiday of a lifetime. 

 


Curtain Bluff, Antigua 

Curtain Bluff truly gives you an unbeatable stay. All inclusive here does not just mean food and drinks, in fact, they include near-on-everything with your room! A hard to beat exchange for your money.

From start to finish there is no need to pay an extra penny when your room includes all food and drinks including room service and the mini bar. 

On top of that, there is a huge range of activities to enjoy. All water sports activities are included, with the like of waterskiing, snorkelling, scuba diving and windsurfing available. Other included activities include tennis, aerobics and a wide range of exercise equipment. 

Whether you are arriving as a couple, family or group the adventurous at heart will be wide-eyed with the free choice available. 


East Winds, Saint Lucia 

East Winds offers unbeatable cuisine in its all-inclusive package. From complimentary champagne and chocolates on arrival to a full breakfast, delicious lunch, lavish afternoon tea and a daily four-course dinner!

Once a week you can also treat yourself to a relaxed barbecue or luxuriate in a full silver-service dinner. 

If you are a foodie you can’t miss the all-day light bites menu, personally packed hampers for a private picnic, weekly champagne cocktail party and excellent wine menu.

Of course, full access to the pool and gym is included, but on top of that, yoga and Pilates classes are also on-the-house and an Exclusive Experiences package, learn more. 

If you are looking for an exclusive, intimate Caribbean hotel with food that can’t be missed this all-inclusive package can’t be beaten.


Bequia Beach Hotel, The Grenadines

Bequia Beach Hotel, one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets, has just announced a new all-inclusive package for holidays this summer.

In your package, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner either a la carte or buffet in any of the three wonderful restaurants. 

Jack’s Beach Bar offers truly fresh seafood caught only meters away. Whether you go for the cocktails or the famous tempura you can’t but be charmed by its bohemian beach-chic charm.

Bagatelle, located on Friendship Beach, is famous for its verandas offering a sweeping view of the ocean. With a Caribbean-international menu cooked by both local and international chefs. 

Blue Tropic, nestled in the hills, offers an Italian-style menu. It is perfect for a romantic evening with lush gardens and elevated views.


For further details on Curtain Bluff, East Winds and Bequia Beach Hotel contact our office or your preferred travel agent or tour operator. 

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Mindfulness Retreat at Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

21/05/19

Guests can now enjoy a Mindfulness Retreat this autumn from 10th to 13th October 2019 with Lena Franklin at one of Jamaica's most elegant hideaway hotels, Jamaica Inn.

Offering the ancient practices of mindfulness and meditation utilising a fresh, modern voice is the essence of Lena's work. As a Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapist and International Spiritual Teacher, Lena will teach you that “to journey inward is your highest calling.” 

Integrating Eastern philosophy with Western neuroscience, Lena’s holistic healing work is grounded in Buddhist Psychology, Mindfulness Meditation, LifeForce Yoga and Insight Yoga in addition to psychodynamic foundations. Lena has a mindfulness business based in Atlanta, GA where she sees individual clients, provides mindfulness corporate trainings, teaches personal growth workshops and guides meditation retreats around the globe.

Lena is also the Head of Mindfulness for Welzen, a mindfulness meditation app featuring practices and programs to enhance your health and happiness. Raised in a hybrid Buddhist/Christian household, Lena was introduced to meditation as a young child. Today, this mindfulness foundation has grown into a deep passion to guide others on a journey towards inner peace, emotional balance and a felt sense of wholeness. Lena has been featured in various media outlets including the New York Times, Modern Luxury and World Traveler magazines. Please visit her website to learn more about her practice and schedule of wellness trips, retreats, and continuing education offerings: www.lenafranklin.com

For further details and prices contact our team, or your preferred travel agent or tour operator.

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EAST WINDS - ST LUCIA CREATIVE WRITING RETREAT March 2020

27/04/19

Guests booking East Winds in November can enjoy an amazing week at St Lucia’s premier boutique allinclusive resort whilst honing their novel-writing skills! 

The week-long writing course will be run by editor Victoria Pepe, who has worked in publishing since 2007, at Little Brown Book Group, as a Literary Scout and freelance editor. Now at Amazon Publishing, specialising both in commercial fiction and in narrative non-fiction. She is the co-editor of I Call Myself a Feminist: The View From Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty.

The course is aimed at people who are keen to improve their writing skills - those who have an idea for a story but don’t know where to start or have written their first, yet to be published book. It covers finding the story, its structure, developing a point of view and the characters, plus the dialogue and editing.

Judith Milne, Managing Director at East Winds explains: “People choose to stay with us because of the experiences we offer. Our guests love learning new things whilst on holiday so we wanted to introduce this week for people to try. Local authors will also meet the group to talk about what inspires them. And of course, our guests will get out and about and experience the island on some special excursions. It promises to be an exciting creative holiday experience!”

What’s Included:

  •  Room category of choice (tour operator net rates apply / single or double occupancy)
  •  20 hours of Creative Writing Course over 5 days (10-11 & 13-15 November inclusive)
  •  Garden Tour & Cookery class with in-house Chef
  •  Private Meditation Session with in-house Yoga teacher
  •  Day Boat trip on 12 November to the Pitons, Soufriere, the Sulphur mud baths, snorkelling etc with lunch on board the boat (private for the group)

The package is based on net rates with all of the above complimentary inclusions. There will be a sunset cruise on 14 November which is optional at a cost of US$80pp, otherwise everything is included. How to register: Simply request for your clients at the time of booking. Confirmation will be on a first come first serve basis – the capacity is for up to 14 people. There is no additional charge to participate.

In association with The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority

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CURTAIN BLUFF Antigua 2019 property update

23/04/19

Curtain Bluff will be completing and further upgrading their 12 accommodations positioned on the bluff, starting on 01 June 2019. These rooms and suites will reopen for visitors on 27 October 2019, when the rest of the resort reopens after its customary annual closure.

* Over the last four years, Curtain Bluff has confirmed its reputation as Antigua’s #1 resort with upgrades to its four Hulford Suites, its porte-cochère and main public areas, the colonial-style Tamarind Restaurant and fully-equipped watersports centre. This summer’s extended refurbishment of these rooms and suites is the next phase. All will be transformed with beautiful new interiors, including new tiling, bathrooms and furnishings.

During the closure, they will also be expanding the gym with new fitness equipment and building an independent yoga pavilion. Please note: these renovations will not adversely affect the guest experience from June to August. All other rooms are open for booking. These are interior renovations only. The rooms and suites located on the bluff are at the top of the resort, away from the other beachfront rooms, the restaurants, spa, two beaches and other facilities. *room categories affected are: Bluff Room, 1-bedroom Bluff Suite, 2-bedroom Bluff Suite, Terrace Suite and Cliff Suite

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It’s All About the Chocolate in Saint Lucia!

15/04/19

It’s Easter, and we all know what that means – chocolate! Chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, Easter egg hunts and more fill these few weeks with a delicious and fun atmosphere. 

But have you ever seen cocoa, the origin of chocolate, being grown? Have you ever wondered what a toasted bean tastes like, and how it turns into the chocolate you know and love?

East Winds – Saint Lucia

East Winds has an incredible Bean-to-Bar Chocolate experience available as part of their Exclusive weekly activities. 

Learn all about the process of creating chocolate: harvesting, roasting, deshelling, grinding and finally adding the extras, such as milk, sugar or nuts. Discover what changes the quality of chocolate and how you can buy and enjoy the good quality stuff and not contribute to the palm oil crisis. 

While learning the incredible journey of the cocoa plant enjoy a tasting session. Try a raw bean, a roasted bean and even the shells which create a medicinal tea. Grind your own beans into a paste and create your own chocolate masterpieces to take home with you – or at least back to your hotel room! 

You will also be offered locally made chocolate and hot chocolate to wash it all down with. An incredible learning experience that is never anything less than fun and delicious. 

East Winds has an incredible summer offer: 35% off, for all dates until 31st August 2019 if you book before 31st May. So now is the perfect time to book your holiday and enjoy summer in the Caribbean with August’s chocolate heritage month.


Chocolate Heritage Month


It is not just East Winds offering incredible chocolate experiences – the whole island joins in! 

The cocoa plant is native to Central and South America but soon spread to the nearby Caribbean and beyond. Since the 1700’s St Lucia has been growing cocoa and exporting chocolate to Europe. In fact, in St Lucia, August is Chocolate Heritage month and celebrates all thing cocoa.

Tours: All around the island you can experience the heritage and roots of chocolate. On a plantation tour, see the cocoa beans black or red on the bush and learn how the farmers grow and care for the plants. You can even participate in the chocolate-making process with a course inside a cocoa fermentation house. 

Tastings: Or if you’d rather enjoy the delicious taste of chocolate than its origin, the cocoa bean, then you can sit back and indulge in the incredible array of chocolate creations. With brownies, mousse, cake, hot chocolate and even chock-tails there is something to delight everyone.

Spa: If you want pure indulgence, combine a relaxing spa experience with chocolate heritage month! Good quality chocolate actually has medicinal value, high in antioxidants it can restore and hydrate your skin. Enjoy a variety of treatments including facials, body scrubs, massages and more.

Learn more. 

Summary!

If you needed another excuse to visit Saint Lucia and enjoy the luxury that is East Winds, you’ve just found your answer: 35% off and a whirlwind chocolate adventure! To book or to learn more contact your preferred travel agent, tour operator or call our office for further details. 

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CELEBRATING 20 YEARS REPRESENTING THE BEST OF THE BEST IN THE CARIBBEAN

05/04/19

For the last two decades this specialist hotel sales and marketing company has been celebrating excellence at their collection of luxury boutique hotels in the Caribbean

Exclusively Caribbean, the brand is one of the longest standing trade representation companies in the region. Their aim has always been to provide an incredible range of UK sales support to their tour operator partners and specialist travel agents for the fabulous hotel collection that they represent.

The company was founded on 5th April 1999 by Annette Quinn and Helen Edwards, both of whom already had more than a decade’s intimate knowledge of the West Indies through their work in the industry. Over the subsequent 20 years they have built a portfolio of independent hotels with character. They have never ventured away from hotels within the Caribbean islands, so retain and continually improve their specialist knowledge of the region. Their whole team love sharing their passion for these boutique gems with their travel trade and potential guests.

Helen comments ‘We are proud that Essential Detail’s reputation has been built around personal service, synonymous with our privately owned resorts that are recommended for their uniqueness, their impeccable service, and delicious food. We encourage travel agents, tour operators and travellers to tap into the extensive, in-depth knowledge of the islands that our team has and we hope our endless enthusiasm is infectious!’

Whilst Annette has always encouraged island hopping through the beautiful islands and says ‘there are always new experiences to explore with every destination you visit, every time you visit. We are asked so often if we have a favourite island or hotel which is an impossible question to answer as they all have a unique appeal.’

The whole team are excited to be celebrating Essential Detail’s 20th Anniversary – the brand has always specialised in authentically Caribbean boutique hotels and remains true to this vision working with some of the best-loved hotels in the region, and promoting to the best loved travel specialists.’

ESSENTIAL DETAIL PORTFOLIO: East Winds, St Lucia … Little Good Harbour and The Atlantis Historic Inn, Barbados … Young Island and Bequia Beach Hotel, St Vincent & The Grenadines … Jamaica Inn and Sandy Haven, Jamaica … Curtain Bluff, Antigua ... Paradise Beach, Nevis

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Three Top Caribbean Spa Hotels

18/03/19

An incredible holiday is rarely complete without a relaxing trip to the spa. Spa treatments relax the body, refresh the mind and uplift the spirit, a perfect complement to a perfect holiday.

With natural ingredients, experienced staff and an out of this world setting, these three spas will do just that.


Jamaica Inn, Jamaica 

The Ocean Spa is wonderfully natural. It offers an incredible range of treatments, from the traditional to unusual and holistic. 

The Ocean Spa mostly uses their own ingredients. They have created delightful and unique treatments out of locally sourced products such as sea stones, coconut cream and bamboo. 

You can choose between coffee, mint, lemongrass, pina colada and more! And this is not for your spa drink. The Rainforest Body Smoothie is a stimulating treatment which eliminates toxins, increases circulation and removes dry skin. Enjoy the soothing setting of the spa while experiencing a treatment with a difference.

Other more specialist treatments available at the Ocean Spa are a lymphatic drainage massage, oncology massage, coconut cream nail treatments and enzymatic micro peel. But the list could go on!

You truly escape to paradise as you overlook the ocean and immerse yourself in the nature both outside and within your treatment. Top it all off with a sauna treatment or saltwater sea bath – no better way to relax and re-energize.


Curtain Bluff, Antigua

The Spa is truly unique with an incredible 5,000 square foot space just feet from the sea. It sits apart from the rest of the hotel and facilities, creating an intimate and soothing space. 

All treatments have wide ocean views, so you can relax and unwind to the sight and sound of the sea during your treatment. 

The Spa is particularly incredible for group and full-day packages. Starting the day with tea on the veranda and ending it in the cliff edge jacuzzi, is only topped by what comes in between.

The Spa offers an incredible range of eight facials, nine body treatments, fifteen massages and five hand and foot treatments the only answer is a package! And what a spectacular selection there is.

With incredible couples’ packages and unique bride and groom packages, there is no better way to relax, enjoy each other’s company and appreciate truly skilled treatments. 

Walk into The Spa and walk out a few hours later a renewed being.


Little Good Harbour, Barbados

The Little Spa is a one-stop-shop for all your relaxation needs. Offering facials, massages, wraps and a full complement of beauty treatments. Including manicures, pedicures and waxing. 

The Little Spa is also perfect for your little ones! With treatments specially designed for children it offers something unique. 

Rather than escaping the family for a spa treatment, why not make it a family affair. Or create a memorable mother-daughter afternoon – little girls love to feel grown-up! With kid’s facials, manicures and pedicures and even a ‘mum-and-me’ package you will both walk away with a unique and special memory.

Not to miss is also the full day package, which includes a delicious lunch. A wonderful array of treatments, including a rosemary and lemon scrub, steam shower, Swedish massage, manicure, pedicure and facial.

The Little Spa is there to soothe your mind and awaken your spirit. Whether it is relaxation you’re are looking for, or rejuvenation, there is a treatment for you. With custom packages on offer you can truly create your perfect spa day.

Spas done right are magical. They can:

Release your muscle tension
Soothe away your stress
Relax your mind
Undo those knots
Brighten your skin
Beautify your body
And send your spirits soaring


Just imagine a view of the ocean, the clear sky and warm sun, while relaxing and unwinding with your personal favourite treatment. There is no need to look any further for reasons to choose one of these superb Essential Detail Caribbean spa hotels. Contact us for further details. 

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2019 ESSENTIAL DETAIL AGENT INCENTIVE Part 2

12/03/19

Welcome to the second week of our Fam Trip incentive!

It’s great to see so many of you making contact with me over the past week and sharing your booking details. Not only can I enter your details into our prize draw to win a fantastic 8 night tour of the Caribbean staying in the most luxurious boutique properties, I can also put a lovely bottle of wine and a personalised welcome note in your clients room for their arrival. Your clients will love the little extras, personal touches and to feel special. 

Your clients are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches at our hotel collection, with a mixture of ultimate sea views or feeling the sand between your toes as you step out of your room, our collection has it all. 

Keep reporting your bookings to me to have a chance of winning this luxury prize.

Keep in touch!

Katie Wilkinson
Agency Sales Manager


How it Works

Over the next four weeks look out for our weekly emails to learn more about our fabulous hotels.  During this time period please report your bookings as per the terms below to increase your chances of winning a prize.


Prizes:

Win one of 10 incentive prizes!
Please report all your bookings to Katie Wilkinson at Essential Detail by 5th April 2019, including all those made between 01 January – 5th April*, for travel in 2019 and 2020. Each one is an entry into our prize draw to win one of 10 prizes!
* we appreciate the business you have already made 
since the beginning of this year!

1. 6 places to be won on our Extended Luxury Trip 17 -25th June FAM trip to St Lucia, St Vincent & Bequia (The Grenadines), Barbados, Antigua and 
Nevis, flying with Virgin Atlantic. 

2. 4 runner-up prizes –
A treat from Fortnum & Mason


Rewards:

Agents’ Rewards Programme
Essential Detail would like to reward you, our loyal agents through our ED Agent Rewards Programme. All you have to do is email Katie if you make a 
booking to ANY of the hotels we represent. Your 
clients will receive a bottle of wine and a welcome note with your compliments on arrival. Then upon your client’s return, you will be rewarded with 
Amazon vouchers - £10 for 7 nights or £20 for 10 
nights or more. 

Please remember to email Katie to report your bookings at:
katie.wilkinson@essentialdetail.co.uk


ONLINE TRAVEL UNI

Become and Essential Detail Expert! Visit our new online travel Uni www.caribbeanboutiquehotels.co.uk. This training program gives travel agents the information and knowledge to become a specialist on our Essential Detail hotels in the beautiful Caribbean. Completing this course is of one of the steps to become an Essential Detail Top agent. ED Agents Rewards include, receiving invitations to join our Fam Trips and Road Show events, incentives, our monthly newsletter and our generous travel agent “Come & Stay” program. Must be completed to enter our fam trip incentive 2019!


EAST WINDS ST LUCIA 
We have been promoting this 30-room all-inclusive boutique gem for 20 years! Its unstuffy luxury and impeccable standards are what guests love and why they return time and time again. The wellness aspect and guest experiences all soak up the infectious tropical environment. 
True boutique luxury, magical location and magnificent gardens - exceptional!


LITTLE GOOD HARBOUR BARBADOS
Another gorgeous hotel that has been with us since the beginning. The north west coast location is superb but there’s a sense of real quiet and privacy here. Everyone loves the fully equipped stylish suites and the buzzing Fish Pot restaurant is arguably one of the island’s best.
A place to slow down, unwind, relax and have fun -perfect!


YOUNG ISLAND ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES
We have been promoting this all-inclusive private island hideaway for 18 years along with it’s totally stress-free guest experience.  Adventurous travellers opt to add a few magical nights on board the resort’s catamaran to explore neighbouring islands.
Barefoot private island living, no glamour and no glitz - wonderful!


BEQUIA BEACH HOTEL BEQUIA, THE GRENADINES
We were delighted to launch this newly built retro-chic property on the beautiful island of Bequia over 8 years ago and it has been a huge hit with UK guests. Set on the island’s best beach with 3 restaurants and a chill out cocktail bar creates the perfect chill-out experience
Eclectic suites at this very individual hotel - exquisite.


CURTAIN BLUFF ANTIGUA
The success of Curtain Bluff lies in its longevity with the same private ownership for over five decades  
... and we’ve been promoting the hotel for the past two! Its unique position on a bluff with TWO sandy beaches, the $13million refit last year and the incredible array of included activities all create an experience second to none.
Warm hospitality, two beaches and endless activities - world-class.


JAMAICA INN JAMAICA
Charming, convivial and luxurious sum up this intimate resort which we adore working with … for many, many years! One of the best loved hotels in the Caribbean, its’ fascinating history, stunning private beach, amazing cocktails, divine food and spectacular suites all come highly recommended. 
An iconic luxury beachfront retreat for over 60 years - unforgettable


SANDY HAVEN JAMAICA
Just three years ago we launched this classy 35 room boutique hotel to the UK market. Right on Negril’s famous white sand hip strip means guests can embrace the local vibe. The overall design is contemporary with a stylish nod to Jamaica in terms of the art and décor. 
A modern beach-chic spot to chill and let loose. Fabulous. 


PARADISE BEACH NEVIS
A brand new member of our portfolio, 13 simply stunning beach houses and villas with private pools, nestled in aromatic gardens leading to simply the best stretch of beach on Nevis. A superb concierge service attends to guests’ every need. 
The epitome of top luxury Caribbean-living. Pure indulgence.  


Get in Touch

If you need help to make those all important sales 
please do not hesitate to contact me - I’m here to help!

Telephone:
020 8977 6099

Email:
katie.wilkinson@essentialdetail.co.uk

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The Three Top Luxury Caribbean Hotels for Families

01/03/19

From our portfolio of luxury Caribbean hotels, we have handpicked the hotels that we think are perfect for families. 

When going abroad with children there is a lot to juggle. You want your children to have an amazing time, but equally you don’t want to sacrifice your holiday. We want you to relax, to enjoy, unwind and experience world-class activities and excursions. I know that can seem like a big ask, but we have found just the hotels for you.


Curtain Bluff, Antigua – The kids will be busy, and your time will be yours!

Curtain Bluff truly has something for everyone. They have left no stone unturned in ensuring every member of the family has the best time possible. 

More incredible is most of these activities are included within your all-inclusive holiday price! So, as well as enjoying your luxurious room, incredible food, and superb beaches you can also fill days with any activity you wish.

Tweens and teens can enjoy kayaking, windsurfing, the pool, snorkelling on the reef or even basketball. You won’t hear any complaints of boredom at Curtain Bluff! 

While younger children can attend their very own Kids Club and playground. On certain dates kids can also enjoy a creative club, letting their artistic side loose. Children will really feel that the holiday is designed for them.

Best of all, while they are rushing around enjoying their stay, your time is yours. 

You may just want to relax on the beach, enjoy a spa treatment, or partake in some yoga. But if you want to keep active there is a state-of-the-art fitness centre, incredible tennis courts and water skiing. Not to mention, aerobics classes, Caribbean cooking classes and of course island excursions. 


East Winds, Saint Lucia – A truly family holiday!

East Winds is known by guests as a home away from home. The staff are incredibly experienced and friendly. Excelling in their job of making every single guest comfortable. 

No one in the family will forget a spectacular snorkelling excursion, beautiful live entertainment and all sorts of water sports. From pedalos and kayaks to sailing on a Hobie Cat, it is all a big family adventure.

You can also simply spend an afternoon in the pool, kids with the pool toys, and parents enjoying the swim-up bar! Sometimes a simple day is the best day.

Best of all any child above the age of 8 can enjoy every activity available in the all-inclusive package. This makes it a truly family holiday. No one will ever be left out.

All of this can be enjoyed from the base of your very own deluxe cottage. In the heart of the tropical gardens or the Oceanfront Suite and only steps away from the beach, bar and pool. You can settle in and have a space for the whole family. All while you enjoy a world-class holiday.


Bequia Beach Hotel – One for the adventurous family!

Bequia Beach hotel is perfect for the more adventurous family. If you have been to the Caribbean before and would love anther incredible, but different, trip, this is the place for you.

Located on the pristine and more remote island of Bequia, the island will be your playground. 

For those wanting to experience Caribbean nature, there are hikes to the island’s highest point, Mount Pleasant. Trips to the wonderful turtle sanctuary and gorgeous beaches to enjoy.

If you want to appreciate the local culture, there is plenty on offer at Port Elizabeth. Certainly worth a visit, are the 280-year-old Firefly Plantation’s incredible orchards, or Hamilton Fort, the remains of which date back to the 18th century.

Last but not least you can take incredible sailing trips to the beautiful and secluded islands of the Grenadines. Enjoy snorkelling and spotting the sea life and day trips to the islands of Mustique or St Vincent.

If you really want to go all out, you can even spend a few days hopping around the idyllic islands in your own private and staffed yacht!

Beach Wear for the Fashionable Family! 

The whole family can also dress to the nines with the Bequia Beach Bums clothing line! Your little ones looking cuter than you thought possible. And you in striking summer beach wear.

A holiday with the whole family can be a perfect break. A way to enjoy each other’s company, do something a little different and give your children a chance to see the world. And of course, time to break away from the routine of school and work.

So, make it a trip never to forget with one of these world-class Essential Detail Caribbean hotels. For further details contact our team. 

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2019 Essential Detail Agent Incentive!

28/02/19

Welcome to the 2019 Essential Detail Travel Agent Incentive! 2019 is a year of celebration here at Essential Detail.

Helen Edwards and Annette Quinn founded the company back in 1999 and have enjoyed along with their team 20 fantastic, fun and fabulous years working with some of the most Luxurious Boutique hotels within the West Indies. This year we have decided to celebrate this magnificent achievement, by offering a place to 6 of our very valued Essential Detail agents to join us on an 8 night Luxury Caribbean Fam trip supported by our partners Virgin Atlantic and of course our gorgeous boutique hotels. We are offering you the opportunity to escape with us to St Lucia, St Vincent & Bequia (The Grenadines), Barbados, Antigua and Nevis! Our hotels continue to offer the most luxurious boutique hotel experience, which we would love you to experience too. Simply report your bookings to me to be in a chance of winning one of six places! Read on to find out more. Keep in touch Katie Wilkinson Agency Sales Manager.


How it Works Over the next four weeks look out for our weekly emails to learn more about our fabulous hotels. During this time period please report your bookings as per the terms below to increase your chances of winning a prize.

Prizes: Win one of 10 incentive prizes! Please report all your bookings to Katie Wilkinson at Essential Detail by 5th April 2019, including all those made between 01 January – 5th April*, for travel in 2019 and 2020. Each one is an entry into our prize draw to win one of 10 prizes! * we appreciate the business you have already made since the beginning of this year! 1. 6 places to be won on our Extended Luxury Trip 17 -25th June FAM trip to St Lucia, St Vincent & Bequia (The Grenadines), Barbados, Antigua and Nevis, flying with Virgin Atlantic. 2. 4 runner-up prizes – A treat from Fortnum & Mason.

Rewards: Agents’ Rewards Programme Essential Detail would like to reward you, our loyal agents through our ED Agent Rewards Programme. All you have to do is email Katie if you make a booking to ANY of the hotels we represent. Your clients will receive a bottle of wine and a welcome note with your compliments on arrival. Then upon your client’s return, you will be rewarded with Amazon vouchers - £10 for 7 nights or £20 for 10 nights or more. Please remember to email Katie to report your bookings at: katie.wilkinson@essentialdetail.co.uk
 


ONLINE TRAVEL UNI Become and Essential Detail Expert! Visit our new online travel Uni www.caribbeanboutiquehotels.co.uk. This training program gives travel agents the information and knowledge to become a specialist on our Essential Detail hotels in the beautiful Caribbean. Completing this course is of one of the steps to become an Essential Detail Top agent. ED Agents Rewards include, receiving invitations to join our Fam Trips and Road Show events, incentives, our monthly newsletter and our generous travel agent “Come & Stay” program. Must be completed to enter our fam trip incentive 2019!


Get in Touch If you need help to make those all important sales please do not hesitate to contact me - I’m here to help!

Essential Detail is a very personal representation company supporting the UK Travel Trade. Our Caribbean Portfolio includes 8 exquisite boutique- style hotels which we know inside out, they are all privately owned, unique and offer impeccable service and great food.

TERMS & CONDITIONS Every booking reported to Essential Detail made between 01 January - 05 April (for travel in 2019 and 2020) will be entered into a draw to win one of 10 prizes! Remember, the more bookings you report, the more chances of winning!
 


EAST WINDS ST LUCIA We have been promoting this 30-room all-inclusive boutique gem for 20 years! Its unstuffy luxury and impeccable standards are what guests love and why they return time and time again. The wellness aspect and guest experiences all soak up the infectious tropical environment. True boutique luxury, magical location and magnificent gardens - exceptional!
 


LITTLE GOOD HARBOUR BARBADOS Another gorgeous hotel that has been with us since the beginning. The north west coast location is superb but there’s a sense of real quiet and privacy here. Everyone loves the fully equipped stylish suites and the buzzing Fish Pot restaurant is arguably one of the island’s best. A place to slow down, unwind, relax and have fun -perfect!
 



YOUNG ISLAND ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES We have been promoting this all-inclusive private island hideaway for 18 years along with it’s totally stress-free guest experience. Adventurous travellers opt to add a few magical nights on board the resort’s catamaran to explore neighbouring islands. Barefoot private island living, no glamour and no glitz - wonderful!
 


BEQUIA BEACH HOTEL BEQUIA, THE GRENADINES We were delighted to launch this newly built retro-chic property on the beautiful island of Bequia over 8 years ago and it has been a huge hit with UK guests. Set on the island’s best beach with 3 restaurants and a chill out cocktail bar creates the perfect chill-out experience Eclectic suites at this very individual hotel - exquisite.


JAMAICA INN JAMAICA Charming, convivial and luxurious sum up this intimate resort which we adore working with … for many, many years! One of the best loved hotels in the Caribbean, its’ fascinating history, stunning private beach, amazing cocktails, divine food and spectacular suites all come highly recommended. An iconic luxury beachfront retreat for over 60 years - unforgettable


SANDY HAVEN JAMAICA Just three years ago we launched this classy 35 room boutique hotel to the UK market. Right on Negril’s famous white sand hip strip means guests can embrace the local vibe. The overall design is contemporary with a stylish nod to Jamaica in terms of the art and décor. A modern beach-chic spot to chill and let loose. Fabulous.
 



PARADISE BEACH NEVIS A brand new member of our portfolio, 13 simply stunning beach houses and villas with private pools, nestled in aromatic gardens leading to simply the best stretch of beach on Nevis. A superb concierge service attends to guests’ every need. The epitome of top luxury Caribbean-living. Pure indulgence.
 

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Five Unique and Romantic Caribbean Dining Options for You This February

13/02/19

February, the month of romance is here. You already know that the Caribbean with its pristine beaches, perfect weather and friendly locals is the romantic spot for you. But now, here are some incredibly romantic dining options to add to your list of reasons to visit!

Did you know that the Essential Detail Caribbean boutique hotels have incredible spots for you to dine? With the white sandy beaches, relaxing blue seas and clear skies the stage is already set for your perfect romantic evening. Here are five romantic spots dotted throughout the Caribbean for you to enjoy.


Bongo’s Restaurant and Dining Terrace at Sandy Haven, Jamaica

The name Bongo’s Restaurant and Dining Terrace might not shout romantic, but guests state it is: ‘perfect for a romantic escape.’ The restaurant has a stunning beach backdrop while the restaurant works tirelessly to create dining that is artistic, beautiful and flavoursome. 

Whether you are there with the whole family or just your special someone, there is something on the menu for everyone. Casual outdoor eating, intimate indoor dining or the weekly cocktail party provide the perfect setting for whatever your romantic escape might be.


Private Almond Decking at East Winds, Saint Lucia

East Winds is famous for its beautiful setting and incredible standard of food. With a different four course gourmet meal served every night of the week and a large carefully curated wine collection, you will always get a truly special meal.

However, on top of this exceptional quality given daily, East Winds gives you even more. For special events such as anniversary’s, engagements and birthdays the almond decking gazebo is specially decorated by the head gardener and you can even have an input into the menu, designing every detail perfectly for your special occasion. With your own dedicated waiter and wine waiter for the night, at no extra charge, it will be an occasion like no other.


Jack's Bar, Princess Margaret Beach, Port Elizabeth

A romantic meal doesn’t have to be a posh one. If you would like a casual beachfront setting, where you can take in the sun, sea, salt and fresh air then Jack’s Bar is the one for you. It is set directly on the pristine Princess Margaret Beach with nothing to take away from your incredible island experience, and only delicious food to be enjoyed.

Particularly famous for their Jack’s fried chicken and tempura okra, and with fresh seafood caught daily right on your doorstep there really is something for every palate. Not forgetting the range of drinks on the menu. You can enjoy signature cocktails and a range of beer, wines and spirits. In fact, you might find you spend your whole afternoon enjoying the beach from Jack’s Bar!


The Fish Pot Restaurant at Little Good Harbour, Barbados

The Fish Pot restaurant at Little Good Harbour is so good it is recommended as a reason, in itself, to visit Barbados! The restaurant is in a unique, beautifully restored 18thcentury fort that offers gorgeous panoramic views over the Caribbean Sea.

With a chef that always opts for the freshest ingredients and local seasonings, the menu is a delightful take on both Caribbean and international dishes. Famous for its mouth-watering lobster ravioli, pan-fried mahi-mahi and sea-bass, you can’t get better seafood in Barbados. If you want a restaurant with a unique setting and gourmet food for a romantic meal, you can’t get better than this.


The Atlantis Hotel, Barbados

The Atlantis Historic Inn is a romantic and unique boutique hotel with only nine bedrooms and a world-renowned restaurant. This restaurant is the perfect setting for a romantic evening, with views over the Atlantic Ocean and authentic West Indian cuisine. 

The restaurant also offers special unique packages for functions, so if you would like to use it for a special Valentine’s meal, surprise engagement, anniversary celebration or even birthday, the team will create the perfect setting for you.

With deserts to die for and a broad selection ranging from chocolate voodoo cake and coconut cream pie to vegan banana bread there truly is a sweet temptation on the menu for everyone.


What romantic means to everyone is unique and different and that is why each restaurant we have suggested provides a uniquely aesthetic setting, a distinct environment and of course an exceptional menu. These Caribbean restaurants offer you a range of casual beach-front options to privately hosted special dinners. They truly are the perfect romantic spots for every couple this February!

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East Winds’ New and Unique Hand-Painted Mural

31/01/19

The beautiful East Winds hotel is always working on upping its aesthetic game and improving all aspects of its guests stay. This time the new addition is an incredible hand-painted mural. An artistic impression of the flora and fauna you would expect to see during your holiday.

The mural is created by the talented British wildlife artist, Brin Edwards. It gives you a tour of the wonderful environment of Saint Lucia. All of which is on hand right outside your hotel room during your stay at East Winds. 

Play the game of spotting in the mural, and on the island: Antillean Crested hummingbirds, bananaquits, ruddy turnstones, Carib grackles, mangrove crabs, green turtles and frigates. 

Take a look at the mural day-by-day as it goes from a plain white wall to a piece of artwork! Click link to see video. 

And no picture of life (or stay) at East Winds would be complete without, of course, Stanley the dog featured within the mural! 

You may come to East Winds for its incredible cuisine, award-winning service or relaxing spa but spotting some local wildlife on the beach, trees or around the hotel can often be a special experience you will never forget.

Brin Edwards is already famous at East Winds for illustrating the wonderful nature guide, written by Managing Partner, Judith Milne, which is found in all hotel rooms. It allows guests to take a self-guided tour around the property to spot all the unique wildlife that is on hand. 

And any previous guest will spot Brin Edwards handy-work on the annual Christmas cards. A beautiful addition to the mantelpiece every December. 

East Winds has a tradition of commissioning artists to create unique pieces for the hotel. Local artist, Michelle Elliott has created numerous pieces around the hotel, many of which can be found in individual guest rooms. 

We are happy to see one of our hotels continuing this beautiful artistic tradition and hope many of you will see it in person!
 

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Four Incredible World-Class Healthy Activities for 2019

30/01/19

Here at Essential Detail we know that many people start the year with good intentions for their health and fitness. Unfortunately for many, that means facing the local gym. But that’s not for you! Here are four incredible, world-class, FUN ways to get healthy in 2019.


Play tennis where the stars play at Curtain Bluff, Antigua

Curtain Bluff is a resort like no other, claiming four championship hard courts and three resident pros! With night lights, private classes and paired games there is something for everyone. Challenge a pro, work on your backhand or simply enjoy a friendly game all while enjoying incredible sea views and ocean breezes.

Learn more about the tennis at Curtain Bluff


Enjoy yoga and Pilates in the open-air pavilion at East Winds, St Lucia

East Winds has tailored their hotel with your health and fitness in mind. The yoga pavilion offers free yoga and Pilates classes four days a week. With teachers on hand to help with any level of skill and no need to sign-up or book, a class can be the perfect addition to your relaxing day. The pavilion and open-air fitness area are always available for your use if you want some private practice or meditation.

Learn more about the yoga and Pilates at East Winds


Enjoy a treatment or two at the award-winning Jamaica Inn Ocean Spa

The Ocean Spa caters to your every health and relaxation need. With more than ten types of massages; from hot stones to aromatherapy, relaxation to deep tissue there is everything you need. All use incredible locally sourced ingredients to help your body reach the healthy state you are looking for. Remove those toxins with a Rainforest body treatment or reduce cellulite with a Blue Mountain scrub. There really is something for everyone.

Learn more about the Ocean Spa at Jamaica Inn


Sail around the Grenadines on the Sail Away package at Young Island, St Vincent

Young Island sub charters the Leopold 46’ catamaran Panthera for incredible sails around the Grenadine islands. Use your sailing skills for unbelievable days visiting Bequia or Mustique, staying on the Panthera. Navigating the SVG by sea is a special experience, and one that will get you fit and relaxed as you both sail and chill-out on the open seas.


Attain your health goals in 2019 in an unbelievable setting. Jamaica, St Vincent, St Lucia and Antigua offer white sandy beaches, the azure sea, world-class hotels, fresh food and numerous ways to get fit and healthy in ways you can only love! 

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Essential Detail Hotels comes up trumps in the 2019 Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards

29/01/19

We are delighted to learn that four of our Essential Detail hotels were recently awarded the Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2019.

Congratulations to Jamaica Inn, East Winds, Curtain Bluff and Bequia Beach Hotel who were all chosen as four of the Top 25 Caribbean Hotels!

Jamaica Inn and East Winds were awarded as two hotels within the Top 25 Romantic Hotels in the Caribbean and Top 25 Hotels for best service in the Caribbean.

And finally, Jamaica came 17th in the top 25 Destinations in the World to visit!

If you would like to learn more about these hotels contact us at Essential Detail

T. +44 (0) 20 8977 6099
E. office@essentialdetail.co.uk

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New Look for Cottage 5 at Jamaica Inn

09/01/19

Jamaica Inn, Jamaica has recently updated one of their two bedroom luxury cottages – Cottage 5.

Every year they update one of the cottages and this year they chose to renovate the kitchenette in Cottage 5. 

Quartz countertopsops, updated appliances and a custom driftwood piece all make the area feel brand new.

The bright tangerine colour on the walls, dark wood accents and crisp white furnishings enhance the flow and energy of the space making it feel larger, open and bright. The cottage has been continuously booked since the start of the new year and its easy to see why.

Each two-bedroom cottage, is perched on a bluff with stunning ocean views. All cottages feature direct access to the sea, outdoor showers and all have private infinity plunge pools. The deck at Cottage 5 was updated with new railings all accenting the signature plunge pool and outdoor space.

The master bedroom in all cottages feature ocean views and the second bedrooms can be converted to either a king or two (2) twin beds upon request. The arrangements are perfect for couples or a family traveling together. 

 

To book Jamaica Inn contact your preferred travel agent or tour operator, alternatively, contact our office for further details. 

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THE TRAVEL UNI WINNER!

18/12/18

We recently launched an incentive to sign up to our Travel Uni and one lucky person would win the Christmas goodie bag pictured below. We are pleased to announce the winner is Karen Andrews from Tropical Sky. 

 

Thank you to everyone for signing up, we had lots of people enter the draw and become a Caribbean Boutique Specialist.

Everyone is a winner though because for those who signed up will all benefit from the following: 

Invitations to our Essential Detail Fam Trips
Access to free nights with our 'Come & Stay' programme
ED Travel Agent Rewards

If you have not yet signed up please feel free to, it takes approx. 20-30 minutes to complete and will give you the key selling points for each of our hotels.

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Merry Christmas from Essential Detail!

18/12/18

From everyone at Essential Detail and on behalf of our hoteliers we would like to wish all of our travel partners a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2019!
 

Our office will be closed on Friday 21 December at 5.30pm and reopen on Wednesday 02 January 2019 at 09.00am.

Urgent messages will be answered on official working days in between, but for anything important relating to our hotels, we encourage you to contact each property directly during this time. 
 
Have a fantastic Christmas and we all look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!
 


If you would like to order one of our Essential Detail 2019/2020 Calendars please email us and we can pop a batch in the post for you.  

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What the media is saying about Curtain Bluff

29/11/18

Oscar Wilde knew what he was talking about when he said: “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

It’s good to be in the news. Especially when the magazines, newspapers, bloggers, online publications, and even a top apparel company are saying such wonderful things about Curtain Bluff. And it’s not just the editors who are swooning. The readers’ surveys are saying again and again that Curtain Bluff are sweeping away the competition (Travel + Leisure readers just ranked us among “the World’s Best Beach Hotels” and Trip Advisor users voted us #1 resort in Antigua).


Here is a sample taken from recent media coverage (since November 2016):

UK MEDIA

In February The Mail on Sunday devoted an entire page to the resort, calling it a “Caribbean Classic.” “I am in love with it,” wrote actress Tina Hobley. “I ended up being blown away by the wonderful world of Curtain Bluff…Usually I think the world’s a big place, so why would you want to go return somewhere? But, hand on heart, I would go back to Curtain Bluff in a flash.”

The Daily Mail followed up with a long online article that described Curtain Bluff as“a well-kept secret for the (lucky) few who know they are on to a good thing,” noting that its “old-world values make it first choice for the most discerning vacationer.”

“Roosting cozily on a rocky peninsula,” wrote Condé Nast Traveller,“the 72 rooms and suites are absorbed into a tropical grove with meandering pathways…To one side, a beach so calm it feels like walking into a just-run bath…to the other, a much more dramatic stretch of sand.”

In its article “the best spa hotels in the Caribbean,” The Daily Telegraphdescribed our rooms as “contemporary and luxurious, with plush fabrics and marble bathrooms. They all have fantastic views of the sea.” As for the excellent spa: “…it has a cliff-edge hot tub and four treatment rooms with views out over the ocean.”

In its article, “Where To Go For Winter Sun,” Harper’s Bazaar listed only seven resorts worldwide. And yes, you guessed it, Curtain Bluff was front and center.

“Fine dining at its best…the food is mouth-wateringly tasty, the live music adds an infectious buzz and the wine flows freely all night.” National Geographic Traveller


AMERICAN MEDIA


The famous American apparel brand, J Crew, chose to shoot some of its spring 2017 catalog at Curtain Bluff. After the shoot the company went out of its way to praise the resort, “we stayed at the island’s famous tennis resort Curtain Bluff…besides being a pretty dreamy place to spend a few days, you can get some feel-good vibes knowing that the resort started a fund to help support its local community with educational grants and health care.”

In addition to being a leading search engine, Orbitz.compasses on travel recommendations to its eye-popping 24.3 million visitors per month. In its April 2017 roundup of “the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for family vacations” it wrote “Kids of all ages, as well as their parents, will love the easygoing ambiance, unlimited watersports (including tubing and waterskiing), luxe spa and gorgeous beaches.”

The lifestyle web site, Islands.com, summed up our atmosphere when it wrote: “Time spent at Curtain Bluff immerses you in understated luxury fused with a warm, old fashioned family vibe.”

AFAR magazine called Curtain Bluff an “Antigua classic” and gushed that “constant love, improvement, and expansion has turned this island home-away-from-home into a 72-room world-class resort.”

The revered style arbiter, Architectural Digest, raved about their newly renovated Hulford Suites and the look for the fall “On 28th October, Antigua’s intimate Curtain Bluff will welcome guests after a six-month closure and a $13 million refresh.”

“Curtain Bluff is a low-key retreat that feels more like a private club than an all-inclusive resort – thanks, in part, to its family ownership…After only a short while, it’s easy to see why so many families come back year after year. Many of these ‘repeaters’ affectionately refer to Curtain Bluff as their island home, smitten with the friendly staff, laid-back vibe and everything-included affordability.” CiaoBambino.com

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Newly refurbished Captain Bligh’s Bar at Young Island, St Vincent & The Grenadines!

29/11/18

From Autumn this year guests staying at Young Island can experience the fresh new décor and furniture at Captain Bligh’s Bar.  Named after Captain William Bligh, the 18th-century explorer who brought exotic plants from Tahiti to St. Vincent helping to colonize the island, relax in an aura of refinement fit for a brave sea captain.

Sweet sounds of Caribbean music fill the air as drinks are poured and toasts are made in this intimate spot. For your sundowner cocktails, wine or beer, this is the place to begin your evening at Young Island. 

This is one of two bars at Young Island.  The second is the Coconut Bar just offshore, take a leisurely swim over to this bar, climb up and claim your seat. Be sure to try their signature Coconut Delight served fresh in the actual coconut plucked just for your drink.

Enjoy Caribbean drinks, specialty rums and liquors. Sip on tropical tipples while gazing at stunning boats gliding across the waters of this international sailing hub.

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Jamaica’s Best Hotel Spa

29/11/18

The Ocean Spa at Jamaica Inn has been crowned as “Jamaica’s Best Hotel Spa” at the prestigious World Spa Awards held in Maldives last month. This globally recognised award enhances the reputation of Jamaica Inn as among the leading hotels in the Caribbean and the best luxury spa hotel in Jamaica.

The World Spa Awards celebrates and rewards spa industry excellence and is positioned as the pinnacle of achievement for luxury spa hotels worldwide. The programme is divided into a number of categories including; Best Hotel Spa, Best Resort Spa and Best Spa Brand with votes cast by professionals working within the spa industry including senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents, media and by the public.

The World Spa Awards cited the Ocean Spa’s “Locally-inspired ethos” as one of the main reasons for its selection as ‘Jamaica’s Best Hotel Spa’.

Housed in a collection of rustic thatch-roofed huts surrounded by tropical gardens, the Ocean Spa’s philosophy “In Balance, with Nature” is reflected in the locally inspired treatments which use products drawn from the plants of the island, sourced from local organic farmers and wild-gathered. Treatments include a selection of facials, massages and body treatments, along with private yoga. Don’t leave without experiencing the services of the world class Ocean Spa on your next visit to Jamaica Inn!

Learn more about Jamaica Inn, Jamaica 

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Become a Caribbean Boutique Specialist and win an Essential Detail Goodie Bag!

29/11/18

Discover everything there is to know about some of the best luxury Caribbean hotels around by joining our Travel Uni to become a Caribbean Boutique Specialist.


If you are a travel agent, all you need to do is complete the modules (takes approx. 20 mins ) and you will be entitled to a number of exciting extras including: 

* Invitations to our Essential Detail Fam Trips
* Access to free nights with our 'Come & Stay' programme
* ED Travel Agent Rewards
 

Plus, if you complete the modules by the 17th December 2018 your name will be entered into a draw to win a goodie bag including a bottle of bubbles, a Jamaica Inn coffee table book, luxury candle, Hotel Chocolat Christmas box, ED coffee mug, and a pineapple frame. 

Sign up today. 

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Our Future King: Prince Charles at 70 publication featuring East Winds, Saint Lucia

22/11/18

Prince Charles book launched at the Ritz London hotel 14 November, 2018 — To mark the 70th birthday of Prince Charles, Our Future King: Prince Charles at 70. Celebrating a lifetime of achievement and heralding his current and future roles and responsibilities, this highquality, coffee-table book charts the Prince’s seven decades; from his early years through to his present status as one the most significant figures on the world stage, and includes one of our exquiste all-inclusive Caribbean boutique hotels, East Winds, Saint Lucia! 

The fully illustrated hardback was launched in the refined setting of the Ritz London hotel in Piccadilly.

Our Future King: Prince Charles at 70 is edited by the best-selling, awardwinning author Robert Jobson, who has chronicled the story of the House of Windsor for the past 30 years. Robert is the royal editor of the Evening Standard in the UK, the royal contributor for NBC’s Today Show and Forbes magazine in the US, and is a regular on the Seven Network’s Sunrise and The Morning Show in Australia, and on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme in New Zealand. 

Speaking at the launch, Richard Freed, CEO and owner of the SJH Group, said: “This commemorative album is yet another prestigious publication in our long list of books celebrating landmark events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. We are extremely proud of this book and honoured to be working with the likes of Robert Jobson and alongside such exceptional companies and organisations on this project.”

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New Family Foundation at East Winds, Saint Lucia

19/10/18

Recently East Winds, Saint Lucia presented their first batch of school books to a number of local Saint Lucian families. These books were purchased with the money raised either through a one-off donation or ongoing support from their generous guests. Thank you to everyone who has helped support this worthy cause.

Details about the Foundation by Judith Milne, Managing Partner
The average cost of books is EC $1,000 per year or US $370. Those families who did manage to keep their children in school often did so by borrowing the money to pay for books, at high-interest rates, with the result of causing general hardship for the whole family as they struggle to pay off the loan before the next set of books is needed.

In a country like Saint Lucia, education for future generations is a powerful tool to support the families that we have come to care about and to help create a positive future for their children. Helping to keep children in school results in educated young people who are able to contribute to their communities and their family, breaking the cycle of poverty that affects so many families in the Caribbean.

If you would like to help us help our families, either through a one-off donation or ongoing support then please contact me at judith@eastwinds.com.

When you stay with us the donation will be added to your final bill when you check out. We suggest a donation of US $1 per night per room. If all of our guests make this small donation then we will be able to keep all of the East Winds family children in school until the age of 16. Now wouldn’t that be a wonderful achievement?! 

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ESSENTIAL DETAIL AUTUMN NEWS & UPDATES Part 2

18/10/18

What's new at our Caribbean hotels 2018-2019? Part 2 of 2 blogs. 

Curtain Bluff, Antigua

·      All guests and trade feedback is that they LOVE the new look curtain Bluff following the multi-million $ refurbishment of the resort last year

·      Repeat bookings higher than ever

·      Refurbished CeeBee Kid’s Club is huge hit with UK families with a cool beachfront ‘basecamp’ and activities from crab races to mocktail lessons!


Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

·      Celebrating 60 years and voted #1 in Jamaica & #6 in the Caribbean by UK Conde Nast Traveller!

·      Croquet & Rose weekly activity on their famous lawns by Teddy’s Beach Bar

·      The hotel’s very own Turtle Whisperer!

·      New waste recycle baler adds to the Inn’s environment initiatives

·      New saltwater pool at the Ocean Spa

·      One-of-a-kind authentic Jamaica cultural experiences (music/art/cuisine)


Sandy Haven, Jamaica 

·      New poolside lounger

·      New decking at the beachfront Almond Tree Grill

·      Refurbishment of Bongo’s fine dining restaurant… new backdrop-li wall, patio, elegant furniture throughout and transparent roofing under the stars!

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Essential Detail Autumn News & Updates Part 1 of 2

18/10/18

What's new at our Caribbean hotels 2018-2019? Part 1 of 2 blogs. 

Little Good Harbour, Barbados 

·       All ten 1-bedroom Suites now refurbished with stylish new bathrooms

·       Fish Pot Restaurant extended and upgraded with a fresh new look

·       New customised diving trips with personalised scuba instructor

·       Turtle swim experience - boat departs hotel's floating jetty


Bequia Beach Hotel, Bequia, The Grenadines

·       Decor refresh throughout all accommodations

·       Every room has new music systems, cool fridge’s and full length mirrors

·       All lighting converted to LED as part of the resort's 'going greener' campaign

·       New 2-bedroom Penthouse Family Suite & 3-bedroom Villa + Pool coming soon


Young Island, St Vincent and The Grenadines

·       Brand new look in the refurbished Captain Bligh Bar... new decor and furniture 

·       New Sail & Stay 1 week all-inclusive package with 2 nights on crewed catamaran 


East Winds, St Lucia

·      New hotel website - hotel's total 2 year refurbishment project is now complete

·      New East Winds own 'Market Square' on the beach for the guests twice a week showcasing local artists, the hotel's own jewellery collection, beautiful local ceramics and wood carvings

·       East Winds' own kitchen garden supplies organic produce to their restaurant for every meal - the garden, plus a living Banana Museum, are watered by the hotel's own recycling plant

·      Wine-pairing and talks from hotel's sommeliers - 1st female Caribbean master

·      East Winds hotel dog, Stanley, has grown up!

Read Part 2 of our hotel's Autumn Updates.

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East Winds, Saint Lucia Market Garden

13/09/18

The East Winds Kitchen Garden was established in 2017 to stabilise the supply of organic fresh fruit and vegetables to the kitchen. 

East Winds rotate our crops through the year to supply the kitchen with fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables for guests and staff enjoyment. It is a wonderful opportunity for guests to visit a garden full of locally grown food and see the traditional farming methods used in Saint Lucia.

In addition to the fruit and vegetable garden they also have their own living Banana Museum. An example of every type of banana is grown here and harvested in the traditional Saint Lucia style before the fruit finds its way to the East Winds kitchen.

Both gardens are watered using Water Recycling Plant installed in the hotel in 2017. It means that no water meant for the local population is used in the garden, we have a supply of our own water, recycled on site.

Learn more about East Winds, Saint Lucia.

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Curtain Bluff 20th Annual Antigua Tennis Challenge 3 - 11 November 2018

13/09/18

Antigua’s five-star resort, Curtain Bluff, invites you to their 20th Annual Antigua Tennis Challenge and to celebrate the 44th season of hosting tennis weeks! 

Guests will enjoy a fantastic week of tennis with tennis legends and professionals as well as great dining, rooms right on the beach, one of the highest rated staffs in the Caribbean, a fantastic selection of water sports and spa activities, and of course plenty of fun and pampering! 

• Open to tennis players of all levels and beginners 

• Learn and play with top tennis professionals 

• Special Tennis Challenge discounted rates 

• Gourmet dining included along with all drinks (bottles of wine excluded) 

• Live nightly music 

• Two pristine beaches— water sports on bay side

For prices contact your preferred tour operator, travel agent or contact our office for further details.

Price includes lodging, three meals daily, bar drinks, afternoon tea, hor d’oeuvres at cocktail time, a weekly beach party luncheon and nightly entertainment. 

• Swimming Pool Free-Form with two 75ft. Lap lanes 

• Water-skiing, Speedboat, Ski Equipment and Instruction 

• Sailing, Windsurfers, Hobie-Cats

• Snorkeling, Masks, Snorkels & Fins 

• Scuba Diving (for certified divers only) 

• Sea Kayaks- single and double 

• Dive Boat for Scuba and Snorkel trips to Cades Reef 

• Beach Lounge, Sun Chaises, Hammocks & Sun Floats 

• Exercise Facilities, Fully Equipped Exercise Room 

• Aerobics classes, Yoga and Pilates 

• Tennis, Four Lighted Championship Courts, Pro shop and three Full-Time Tennis Professionals (Charges for private instruction) 

• Squash, one International Court 

• Golf Putting Green and Equipment 

• Bocci Courts • Half Basketball Court 

• Concierge Service 

• Room Service at no extra charge—during room meal hours 

• Bar service from 10am to 10:30pm • CEEBEE Kids Club

 

ADDITIONAL CHARGES

• 5,000 sq.ft. Spa including Beauty Salon 

• Private Tennis and Squash Lessons 

• Gift Shop, Tennis Pro Shop and Spa Shop 

• Golf at Jolly Harbour or Cedar Valley- both 18 hole courses 

• Wine from the Cellar is available at prices listed 

• Physical Fitness Trainer

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Croquet and Rosé Champagne

31/08/18

Summer is a time for rest, relaxation, and new experiences! As of 15th September, every Saturday at 3pm Jamaica Inn guests can enjoy a relaxed game of Croquet whilst drinking chilled Rosé Champagne on the pristine lawns in the Jamaican sunshine.

 

 

Guests taking part will enjoy a complimentary glass of Rosé, complimentary croquet lessons with an on property expert plus a selection of Rosés available at a special price. This is one of many things you can do at one of Jamaican's best loved boutique hotels.  

Learn more about Jamaica Inn.

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Luxury Fam trip Part Three

01/08/18

This is part three of five blogs written by Katie Wilkinson following a luxury fam trip to the Caribbean, which she recently hosted with Siobhan Randles, visiting several of our exquisite Essential Detail hotels.

On arrival at the lavish new reception at Curtain Bluff, Antigua, we were each greeted with a fresh cold towel and a cool rum punch by the warm and friendly owner, Chelle Hulford and Resident Manager, Wendy. After being handed our keys we were escorted to our breathtaking, Beachfront, Junior Suites. Unlike most hotels in the Caribbean, Curtain Bluff has two beaches. One beach for activities and one which houses all the rooms and suites (meaning all the accommodation has a beachfront view - good tip to know when booking your clients here!).

Having arrived on a Tuesday, we were fortunate to be invited to Chelle’s cocktail party at her home on the top of the Bluff House.  The views from here are incredible. On a good clear day, you can just about make out the island of Montserrat not too far away. We raised a glass to the gorgeous evening, whilst watching the sunset. It’s easy to see why the Bluff House is a popular location for a wedding drinks reception. There is something very special about the place that makes it so magical and tranquil. 

After a wonderful night’s sleep, we met for breakfast at the newly refurbished Tamarind Tree restaurant where we discussed the day’s activities. The hardest decision was which beach to spend the day on and how many of the endless number of water sports, spa treatments and activities we could squeeze into one day! One thing was for certain, we were all in agreement to do as much as we could to get the best out of our day at this beautiful, all-inclusive resort. Before this though we had a guided tour of the property, where Wendy was happy to show off all the new additions to the property and the luxurious rooms and suites.

The key thing to know about Curtain Bluff when selling it to clients is that there is something for everyone. The all-inclusive service includes a whole list of activities such as tennis, yoga and watersports plus a spectacular choice of cuisine and fine wines. Curtain Bluff’s refurbishment means that it’s very much suited to everyone whether you are the modern-day couple, a family of all ages (the new Kids Club is a fantastic new facility for young children) or the older client returning time after time. This fabulous resort really is for everyone.

Travel Agent Feedback

"Stunning location, fabulous rooms, excellent food and the staff are a credit to Chelle." Louise Mould.
 
"Curtain Bluff really is heaven on Earth, all the luxury and facilities of any of the very best 5*  hotels I have encountered and at the same time the total relaxing personal uncrowded feel of the best boutique hotel." Martin Flanagan Travel Counsellors
 
"Very Impressive 5* property, it has a lot of charm and character." Donna Choolan Evans Travel PA
 


Having just stayed at Curtain Bluff, I would be more than happy to discuss any questions you may have about the property. Please contact our office for further details.

For the latest offers, visit our Specials page.

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Luxury Fam Trip Part Two

31/07/18

This is part two of our Fam Trip blog written by Katie highlighting the hotels visited during this week long trip and what the group got up to.


Visiting Bequia Beach Hotel, The Grenadines

“Arriving on Bequia we were greeted by Jenson and his smart open back truck to take us to the fabulous 1950’s chic Bequia Beach hotel. What a treat we had in store at Bequia Beach Hotel for our travel agents.  Greeted on arrival with a chilled class of rum punch we were taken to our wonderful beach front Junior Suites that we were delighted to call home for the next two nights. These rooms are split level suites with separate sitting area in an attractive 3-storey building with lovely ocean and garden views and large bathrooms - offering the largest double accommodation at the hotel.

Bequia island is one of the most beautiful and secluded islands within the Grenadines.  If you are searching for a true hideaway island that’s hidden from the tourist radar, this is it!

During our stay we had the chance to explore the island which is highly recommended. You will find peaceful and secluded white sand beaches with extraordinary panoramic views. Dining is available all over the island, guests have a choice of Caribbean and European dining at numerous local restaurants - an excellent choice for such a small island.

We had great fun making cocktails, being pampered with luxurious spa treatments at the hotel spa, had lunch at the beachside Jacks Bar and dancing at Bequia Carnival!

We managed to relax but also make the very most of our two night stay before jetting off on a private charter to Saint Lucia.” 


Feed back from the travel agents on Bequia Beach Hotel

"Bequia was by far my favourite Island capturing my heart from the moment I arrived!’ Bequia Beach Hotel is a truly charming property with authentic warm Caribbean hospitality." Fran Wetherby Travel
 
"Bequia Beach is a hidden Gem – Understated Luxury in well maintained grounds and great well finished beach front junior suites." Matthew Baron Baldwins Travel.
 
"Bequia Beach Hotel is a beautiful low rise property with exceptionally friendly staff. The rooms are lovely and large." Donna Choolan Evans
 

Learn more about Bequia Beach Hotel and the offers available. 

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Essential Detail Luxury Agent Fam Trip Part One

31/07/18

Our Essential Detail Luxury Fam trip took place last month, hosted by Agency Sales Manager Katie Wilkinson and Product and Marketing Manager Siobhan Randles. The girls set off with six wonderful travel agents from London Gatwick with British Airways for a fabulous week to the Caribbean, where they had the chance to really show off some of our gorgeous hotels.

This five part blog written by Katie highlights the hotels visited during this week long trip . . .  and what the group got up to.


Staying at East Winds, Saint Lucia

“Wow! On arrival into East Winds beautiful and lavish tropical gardens, home to several species of plant and birdlife, it was, for me personally, great to be back and for the rest the group a pleasure to be here for the first time. Our stay would be for one night only, a taster of what this boutique hotel has to offer. It was at full occupancy and there was a wonderful buzz about the property.

We enjoyed a plentiful beach BBQ for lunch, followed by an afternoon at leisure enjoying snorkelling, sailing and drinking delicious cocktails on the beach and around the pool. We took turns in making our own cocktails at the self service swim-up pool bar, which was great fun!

Before sunset we took to the sea on a Sunset Cruise which included an abundance of canapés and chilled Champagne, before returning to a delightful 4 course evening meal (with silver service) and entertainment, at the beachfront Flamboyant Restaurant.

For a 30-room hotel we were impressed with the amount on offer at East Winds.  Having a menu of weekly Exclusive Experiences, watersports, Pilates and yoga, there is a wealth of things to do set in a stunning tropical setting. Given the refurbished of the rooms, beach bar, furniture and pool area, along with incredible food and friendly and attentive staff,  we can easily see why this hotel is so popular and guests return time and time again.”


Feedback from our agents about East Winds


‘A very special place, - it is very apparent that Judith is very hands on and it shows in the seemless service and operation of the whole resort.’ Francesca Dubery
 
‘My fave hotel of the ones visited. A very small boutique hotel, beautiful grounds which they take huge pride in, I saw so many Hummingbirds!' Donna Choolan Evans
 
‘Superb attention to detail and customer service.’ – Louise Mould
 

If you would like to know more about East Winds please feel free to contact us

See East Winds latest offers.

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Why Sandy Haven Resort, Jamaica?

26/07/18