Caribbean

Isle de France, St. Barth

By Gary Walther Some luxury hotels have a double identity. They promote the alluring side, and they scarcely mention the other side, which sometimes has its own allure. Case-in-point: One of THD’s favorite hotels in the world, the Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France. (That very long name? The Cheval

The Master Suite at Necker Island’s Great House.

by Gary Walther The Hotel Detective hears lots of stories in his line of work, but three weeks ago, sitting next to Richard Branson at dinner on Necker Island, his private-island Caribbean resort, which has just reopened, he heard a great one. Do you remember the hit record Tubular Bells?

Mambo, leading the hunt for tarpon in Belize

    Story & photos by Barnaby Conrad III   “Permit,” said Mambo. “Three o’clock.” We stood on a coral flat ten miles off the coast of Belize, staring into the shallow water. The guide’s dark hand pointed to the glassy surf caressing the edge of the flat. “Twenty pound,”

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by Ian Keown “Noel Coward patted me on the knee and said ’Dear boy, if only you’ll stop going on about your damned cottages, I’ll buy one of them‘.” The Honorable John Pringle, OJ, CBE, a courtly octogenarian with a properly plum-y English accent, was recalling his encounter with the

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By David McKay Wilson Biking in Bermuda is not for the faint-hearted. The roads are narrow, with hedge rows and rock walls at times flush with the pavement’s edge. But on a three-day jaunt in late November to the 21-square-mile speck of British colonial land in the mid-Atlantic, we discovered

Ian Keown is a freelance writer based in New York City. Over the past 30-odd years his byline has appeared in Travel & Leisure (as a contributing editor), Gourmet (as contributing editor), Caribbean Travel & Life (contributing writer),  Diversion (as contributing columnist), Departures, ForbesFYI, San Francisco Examiner, Worth and Opera. His guidebooks include his own series of lovers’ guides: Guide to France for Loving Couples, Very Special Places: A Lover’s Guide to America, European Hideaways and Caribbean Hideaways (which the Miami Herald called “the bible.”).   He is the recipient of the  Marcia Vickery Award for Travel Writing and the first Anguilla 40 Award for in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Anguilla Tourism.

By Ian Keown “Love at first sight” – it’s a phrase you hear many times on a jaunt through the Samana Peninsula of the Dominican Republic.  On a recent week-long visit I heard it from expatriates hailing from France, Germany, Spain, the Azores, the Basque Country, Toronto and Colorado.  Travelers,

Ian Keown is currently a contributing writer for Caribbean Travel & Life. Over the past 30-odd years his byline has appeared in Travel & Leisure (as a contributing editor), Gourmet (as contributing editor), Diversion (as contributing columnist), Departures, ForbesFYI, San Francisco Examiner, Worth and Opera. His guidebooks include his own series of lovers’ guides: Guide to France for Loving Couples, Very Special Places: A Lover’s Guide to America, European Hideaways and Caribbean Hideaways (which the Miami Herald called “the bible.”).   He is the recipient of the  Marcia Vickery Award for Travel Writing and the first Anguilla 40 Award for in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Anguilla Tourism.

Stay at these under-$200-a-night hotels and you won’t have to run up a scary tab for taxi fares every time you head out to dine, drink, dive or shop  by Ian Keown Let’s say you’re on a tight budget but you’ve found a great deal on a hotel.  Whoopee!, you

The Lone Star, Barbados

A day of sun, sea and sand doesn’t mean giving up fine dining at these gourmet beachside restaurants

Cotton House, Mustique

By Amiee White Beazley With all of the hype surrounding the island of Mustique – its prince and princesses and celebrity visitors – I was afraid I was being set up for disappointment. Far from it. The West Indies island is as close to the definition of paradise one can

A chaise with a view at Four Seasons Resort Nevis

  By Ian Keown I’m from Scotland, for heaven’s sake, the land of the dour and the disciplined, so what am I doing lolling around like a sybarite in a beach cabana with flat-screen TV, i-Pod dock, DVD player, Monopoly, room service, four loungers, a fridgeful of soft drinks, Schonwald