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.
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.