Featured holiday Barbados and St Lucia two-centre holiday Caribbean

10 nights/11 days
This is a 10-night two centre holiday where you stay on two of the Caribbean’s most popular and yet contrasting islands: Barbados and St Lucia. Barbados is renowned for its sophistication and glorious west coast beaches. St Lucia is known for its lush vegetation, rainforest and hot springs. We include five nights at the Sandpiper on Barbados, followed by five nights at Anse Chastanet on St Lucia.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast for 10 nights
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Barbados, St Lucia to London, economy
  • Local scheduled flight with Liat from Barbados to St Lucia
  • Transfers by car between airports and hotels
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Luxury two-centre holiday to Barbados and St Lucia

This ten-night two-centre holiday combines two of the Caribbean’s best-loved and in many ways, contrasting islands. Barbados is renowned for its beautiful sandy, west coast beaches and its fine dining. There is also the natural east coast with its surf beaches for walking along and sightseeing, gardens and caves, and plantations. St Lucia is much more mountainous, especially in the south where you stay on this holiday, and known for its dense, tropical rainforests, waterfalls, sulphur springs and banana and cocoa plantations. You have five nights on each island and we include an inter-island flight and private car transfers from the airport to each hotel and back.

Highlights

Visit Harrison’s Cave • Visit Animal Flower Cave • Visit St Nicolas’s Abbey • Visit the Pitons on St Lucia • Visit Soufriere • Visit Mourne Coubaril plantation


Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 10 nights.

From about

£3,890

Holiday Code FHCE04

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury two-centre holiday to Barbados and St Lucia

Arrive at Barbados airport in the late afternoon or early evening after your flight from London. A private car transfer takes you to the Sandpiper where you check-in for your five-night stay.

You have four full days on the island of Barbados at The Sandpiper. This contemporary, green hotel has beautiful views across the sea, a large number of grassy areas, tropical gardens of bougainvillea, Orchid trees, and coconut trees, and two communal pools. For alfresco lunches and cocktails, we would recommend visiting Harold’s Beach Bar, which, as the name suggests, is a thatched bamboo hut right on the white sandy beach. The hotel’s restaurant serves excellent European-Asian fusion cuisine from a menu that changes five times a week to keep the flavours fresh. The Sandpiper’s sister hotel, Coral Reef Club, has a number of facilities that Sandpiper guests are free to use. Relax in the Coral Reef Spa, which uses Natura Bissé products in a number of specially-developed treatments, or make use of the scuba-diving school. Complimentary transfers to Coral Reef Club are available from the hotel. Other water-sports are complimentary at the Sandpiper, including Hobie Cat sailing, laser and sunfish sailing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and snorkelling. Many spectacular sights on Barbados are not to be missed. Organise transport to Harrison’s Cave and Animal Flower Cave to see some of the island’s most breath-taking natural phenomena. Harrison’s Cave was formed by flowing clear streams that have cut their way through crystallised limestone. Explore, by foot or on a small train, the narrow tunnels and vast caverns. To the north of the island, Animal Flower Cave is cut into the rock at sea level, creating a calm seawater pool that is perfect for relaxed, atmospheric swimming. For a taste of Barbados’ cultural heritage, it is worth visiting the lovely St Nicholas’ Abbey. This traditional plantation offers tours of the perfectly preserved main house and the rum distillery, as well as moonlit dinner buffets in January, February, March, and April (check dates before travelling). The local Caribbean rum can be tasted at Mount Gay. Other points of interest include the popular Barbados Concorde Experience, and many outstanding beaches, such as Bathsheba Beach, Dover Beach, and Worthing Beach, where it is possible to swim with turtles.

There are several Liat flights throughout the day, with early departures and an afternoon departure. The flight takes about 40 minutes. Upon arrival in St Lucia at Castries you are collected and transferred to your hotel in the south of the island overlooking the Pitons.

You have four full days on St Lucia. Anse Chastanet is an authentic, boutique hotel, with rooms on a hill-side overlooking the Caribbean Sea and the Pitons. Bedrooms are decorated in all the colours of the Caribbean, continuing the vibrancy of the views from your balcony, and adorned with signature features such as coralina or clay tiles, and glass or wooden louvered windows. On-site are several restaurants to choose from for lunch and dinner, including the open-air Treehouse Restaurant, which serves flavours of the Caribbean and the rest of the tropics under a canopy of tropical plants. The menu changes daily. Alternatively, dine in the Trou Au Diable Beach Restaurant, or in the Beach or Jungle Grill. Relax during the day or in the evening at the Kai Belté Spa, whose services include a beautiful open-air cabana which overlooks the reef. All products used in the spa are sourced at the organic Emerald’s Farm in nearby picturesque Soufrière. We recommend that you book treatments in advance of your holiday. For the more active visitor, the hotel’s scuba-diving centre is very highly respected and operates in an award-winning marine reserve. Reef-preservation is at the heart of the trips – be it beach- or boat-scuba, in the daytime or at night. Navigate around the Pinnacles, the Piton Walls, a shipwreck, and the Coral Gardens, which are home to creatures such as pufferfish, eels, seahorses, lobsters, and octopus. This is the perfect dive for any beginner, whilst offering the seasoned diver an incredibly unique experience. Other water-sports include snorkelling, windsurfing, and kayaking. Anse Chastanet offers more truly unique opportunities, including Jungle-Biking around one of St Lucia’s first colonial plantations. Excursions can be arranged through the hotel to destinations such as the island’s volcano and the sulphur springs. This is the hottest and most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles. Walk through the crater, pass bubbling mud pools, and soak in soothing hot springs. Trips are also available to the Diamond Botanical Park, complete with tropical vegetation, the Diamond Waterfall, and a quaint restaurant set in an old mill. You may also wish to take advantage of the Mineral Baths and Spa facility on-site. For those looking to witness the area’s fantastic wildlife from above sea level, Anse Chastanet offers yacht trips for dolphin watching, climbs up Gros Piton, and a rainforest hike. The hotel’s Chocolate Laboratory, which produces Emerald Estate Chocolate with cocoa from the organic farm, beckons to all visitors with a sweet tooth, offering guests tasting sessions as well as the chance to help make some high-quality chocolate.

You have the morning free to check-out before your transfer to St Lucia’s Hewanorra airport in the south of the island for the return flight to London, arriving the next morning.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 10 nights.

From about

£3,890

Holiday Code FHCE04

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Barbados, St Lucia to London, economy
● Local scheduled flight with Liat from Barbados to St Lucia
● Transfers by car between airports and hotels
● Five nights’ bed and breakfast in a Garden room at The Sandpiper, Barbados
● Five nights’ bed and breakfast in a Superior hillside room at Anse Chastanet, St Lucia
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Additional information The room types included in this holiday can be upgraded on request at a supplement. Please ask us for price details.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 10 nights.

From about

£3,890

Holiday Code FHCE04

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Barbados, St Lucia to London, economy
• Local scheduled flight with Liat from Barbados to St Lucia
• Transfers by car between airports and hotels
• Five nights’ bed and breakfast in a Garden room at The Sandpiper, Barbados
• Five nights’ bed and breakfast in a Superior hillside room at Anse Chastanet, St Lucia
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are daily flights with British Airways London Gatwick to Barbados and back from St Lucia Hewanorra. Liat flies between Barbados and St Lucia’s domestic airport at Castries. The flying time between the two islands is about 40 minutes. On each island we arrange for you to be collected at the airport and taken to the hotel by a private car transfer.

Additional information The room types included in this holiday can be upgraded on request at a supplement. Please ask us for price details.

Luxury two-centre holiday to Barbados and St Lucia

Expressions Holidays includes these hotels in this holiday.
Hotels included in this tour
Barbados
The Sandpiper

The Sandpiper in Barbados is a 5-star boutique hotel with Bajan charm. The white sandy beach merges seamlessly with the hotel's lush gardens, creating a private and peaceful hideaway.

Garden room

St Lucia
Anse Chastanet

Anse Chastanet is a boutique hotel in a beautiful natural location, nestled in a 600 acre property with lush foliage and soft sand beaches. The excellent spa facilities, traditional local art features and secluded setting afford guests a unique experience.

Superior hillside room

From about Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 10 nights.

Holiday Code FHCE04

Luxury two-centre holiday to Barbados and St Lucia

About Barbados

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Barbados is highly recommended as a destination for a first-time visit to the Caribbean, for those looking for excellent standards of accommodation, or if you want a tropical beach holiday with plenty of sightseeing activities and places to visit around the island. Perched in the sea to the east of the Windward Islands, Barbados is an immensely satisfying luxury holiday destination. The best hotels and resorts in Barbados are mainly found along the west coast, including The Sandpiper, a hotel offering a relaxing environment with a wide range of activities available; and The Coral Reef Club, an elegant and refined hotel with an old-world colonial feel amid beautiful gardens. Without the mountainous tropical rain forests of the Windward Islands, Barbados has natural attractions of its own: acres of rolling green sugar cane fields, exotic trees and shrubs such as banyan, mahogany and flamboyant poinsettia, a breath-taking coastline of soft sandy beaches lapped by the calm turquoise waters of the Caribbean on the west and expanses of wild surf crashing onto the wide sandy beaches of the Atlantic east coast. As you drive across Barbados you glimpse fine colonial-style plantation houses and come across villages brightly painted in classic Caribbean colours, surrounded by gardens of frangipani and hibiscus.

Highlights of Barbados

Local cuisine including Fish dishes such as flying fish, dolphin fish and kingfish. Banks beer and Mountgay rum. Barbados has numerous restaurants of a very high quality, many of them along the west coast, including the Cliff and Carambola. Mullins beach bar south of Speightstown. Bathsheba and the east coast with its miles of sandy beaches and ocean surf. Barclays Park beach and beach bar on the east coast north of Bathsheba. The brilliance of the orange-red flamboyant trees in summer and the dark red of the poinsettias in winter. Fruit stalls for pineapples, coconuts and bananas by the road side. Local cricket matches on pitches surrounded by palm tree-clad hills. Deep sided lanes between the sugar cane fields with glimpses of gracious plantation houses here and there. Wooden houses of shocking pinks, mauves, blues and yellows. ‘British’ post boxes, road signs and bus stops. Plenty of sports available to play and watch; golf, horseracing, cricket, riding, polo, walking, tennis. Early in the morning it`s as if the whole nation is out jogging. Cropover festival in August.

Cultural highlights of Barbados

For short distances or dining out, use a taxi. It’s well worth hiring a car for most or at least part of your stay to have flexibility and independence. The quality of the roads is fine, bar a few potholes in the country and confusing road signs (be prepared to get lost, keep your petrol tank topped up and just keep asking the way). Barbados is very well developed for places of interest and well-preserved houses, plantations, mills, gardens and parks. For architectural interest visit St Nicholas Abbey, Drax Hall and Francia. For exotic gardens visit Andromeda and the Flower Forest. If you want to get away slightly from the main tourist areas travel into Scotland north of Speightstown. A drive across the interior provides beautiful scenery, with valleys and gullies and ridges, acres of sugar cane fields and the grey-green leaves of palm trees rustling in the breeze.

Facts in brief

Capital Bridgetown
Airport Grantley Adams International Airport
Size 166 sq. miles
Population 285,000

Luxury two-centre holiday to Barbados and St Lucia

About St Lucia

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to St Lucia is an opportunity to explore a lush, fertile island of volcanic peaks, rainforest and banana plantations which stands at the heart of the Windward Islands. Bitterly contested in bygone centuries by the British and French, St Lucia’s history is reflected today in the creole architecture and cuisine and the impossibly difficult to understand patois. The great range of luxury hotels and resorts on the island ensures that there is the perfect destination for every type of holiday. For example, Anse Chastanet is a charming hotel which offers a true flavour of the Caribbean whilst existing in harmony with its natural surroundings, whilst Sugar Beach offers luxurious accommodation with modern facilities in a stunning location. The character and aspect of the island of St Lucia between the north around Castries and the south around Soufrière is vastly different. In the north you have the bays, coves and sheltered harbours, white sandy beaches and tourist resorts whereas the south is famous for the volcanic, forest-covered Pitons, sulphur springs and rain forest. The north of St Lucia will appeal if you want a luxury Caribbean beach holiday with comfortable, contemporary accommodation and the possibility of venturing out for days, and the south is to be recommended for those who want the experience of life in a lush, tropical environment with the close proximity of the rainforest.

Highlights of St Lucia

Banana plantations. Creole architecture and gaily coloured houses in the villages. Jazz festival in May. Creole dishes of plantain, breadfruit, yam and christophene. Exuberant flowers, parrots and humming birds. Lush rainforest walks. Waterfalls, sulphur springs and botanical gardens. The poetry of Nobel prize winner Derek Walcott. Fishing towns of Anse la Raye, Canaries and Soufriere. Boat trips along the coast are also possible and afford breath-taking views of the mountains.

Travel around St Lucia

The west coast road from Castries to Soufrière has a good surface and width and just winds up and down the length of the coast. The scenery is dramatic and well worth experiencing by hire car. Signposting in Castries is almost non-existent so be armed with a detailed map but be prepared to get lost a little. South of Castries, Soufrière and Hewanorra airport are well signposted.

Facts in brief

Capital Castries
Airport Hewanorra International Airport
Size 238 sq. miles
Population 180,000
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