I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in the UK autumn is, so-far, a bit of a grey affair. It’s around this time of year that I start to miss the warmth of the South of France, where we spend a lot of the year on our boat – and start to look to where I can get a sunshine top up. For Lorna and I, as for many people, the answer is a winter break in the Caribbean.
Swapping leaden skies and puddles for blue horizons and soft sand beaches seems like a great deal to me. But I think you do need to be careful where you book to avoid the crowds who agree! As the founder of a luxury holiday provider I’ve been lucky enough to experience a lot of the Caribbean and discover some of its unexpected corners, beautiful and untouched by the rampant commercialism of many of the bigger islands. If you want a relaxing break with a difference then here are my top three suggestions for a sunshine break this winter….
As a South African by birth I have a great attachment to my home country. I don’t think I am being biased to say it has stunning scenery, wonderful weather, interesting cities and great food and wine. South Africa, and in fact, Africa in general, is, in my opinion, only just really beginning to fulfil its potential in tourism. So I am always really interested to read about people’s experiences there. This week I have been doing a little wish list compilation on places to go and things to see and do on the continent on some of my favourite travel blogs. If you need inspiration to visit, then one of my top five posts will definitely get you booking your ticket to explore.
My wife and I have spent a lot of time in the South of France. With a house being renovated here and a mooring for our boat as well, we’ve got plenty of reason to come and go so often. Beaulieu-sur-Mer is where we’ve built ourselves a base, but we often visit other little cities and towns along the coast too. With the boat it’s easy, we just sail down the coastline for a couple of hours and pull up to take a look around.
My one complaint about the South of France, beautiful it may be, is its beaches are awful. The water is clear and warm, but there’s no real sand, just mostly rocks to lay on. Coming from South Africa where I grew up with wide, sandy beaches and waves big enough to surf, a rocky seaside doesn’t quite cut it. But, knowing how much I appreciate a nice beach, a number of people have told me that I better head for Corsica.
With our good friends visiting us in the South of France for a couple of weeks, Lorna and I thought it would be a good time to plan a trip there. It’s only a 4-5 hour journey on the boat, which is quite a pleasant trip when you’re driving over yourself and the sun is shining. Continue reading →
I know I’ve said it before, but South Africa is a really beautiful country. And it has pulled out all of the stops for us since we arrived. Anyone reading this from England will no doubt want to hear about the weather (as it’s always a popular topic), so I’ll let you know that it’s been nothing but sunny and warm since we landed.
It’s still true – Lorna is a much better skier than I am. After days of chasing her down the slopes in Val Thorens though I think I’ve improved a lot. I’m still not as graceful as she is, but I manage to get to the bottom of the slopes in one piece, without having fallen over or got in anybody’s way. Continue reading →
Despite its troubles, South Africa is a beautiful country. It has hundreds of great places to visit and has some of the most fantastic scenery and wildlife in the world. But, there is one place above anywhere else that you need to visit if you’re going to South Africa – the Londolozi Game Reserve. Continue reading →
I have been quoted in a few recent interviews saying that Brits should go to Anguilla. And it’s true. Anguilla really is one of the most mesmerizingly beautiful places I’ve ever been.
I’m a little worried that since everyone’s now been made aware of what Anguilla has to offer that hoards of people will now flock there! But, it really is such an amazing holiday destination that I can’t pretend that I don’t enjoy going there and stop recommending it to people.