Luxury holidays in Grenadines

A chain of Caribbean islands and cays in the Lesser Antilles between St Vincent and Grenada, the Grenadines are a nautical playground of aquamarine-clear waters and bountiful beaches. Its stars are glamorous – Bequia and Mustique best known abroad for the discerning cast of celebrities and royals they attract: Canouan, Mayreau and Union Island are their lesser-known cousins. Then there are the uninhabited islands that fulfill the desert-island cliché with palm trees and powder-soft sands, untouched by civilisation. Five of them – the Tobago Cays (along with Mayreau) – make up the country’s only protected marine park.

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When to go

November until the end of April are the driest months in this tropical archipelago: sea-breeze-tickled days are sunny and hot and the Caribbean waters are clear and warm. From May to October, rainy season means occasional short-lived downpours, although May and October can be fine if you’re not wedded to all-day sunshine.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Kingstown St Vincent (SVD) is the gateway airport for the Grenadines; international flights landing at Grantley Adams International on Barbados (BGI) are the most usual access point for connecting regional flights. In high season Virgin Atlantic operates flights to SVD with a stopover at BGI (no change of plane). Flights from BGI to Union Island are another option, depending on where you’re staying. From St Vincent or Union Island, you’ll need onward boat transfers.
  • Automobiles

    Water transport trumps land in this archipelago with little road infrastructure.