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Partnership with Sevenoaks Hockey Club

We are delighted to say that earlier this year we became a sponsor of our local hockey club, Sevenoaks Hockey. They are a family friendly amazing club with 19 teams along with a super thriving Junior section.

Natasha our Managing Director, plays hockey there herself.

https://www.sevenoakshockey.club/news/we-are-delighted-to-welcome-simply-luxury-escapes-as-a-new-sponsor-2695696.html

For More information head over to: https://www.sevenoakshockey.club/

Bequia Air

In partnership with luxury boutique resort Bequia Beach Hotel, passengers will enjoy a seamless VIP Transfer experience from Barbados (BGI) or St Lucia (UVF) airport direct to Bequia with Bequia Air.

With a transit time up to 50% faster than conventional scheduled services from Barbados, enjoy first class service with meet & greet services in Barbados & St. Lucia, superior comfort and speed aboard Bequia Air’s exclusive flights.

Bequia Air operates seasonally from select dates in Novemeber- April each year.

Click here to see the schedule: https://www.bequiaair.com/vip

 

Updated Barbados Protocols

No more testing if you are fully vaccinated!!

 

The full protocols are as follows:

  1. The Government of Barbados has announced a key change to its travel protocols. Effective Wednesday, May 25, 2022, fully-vaccinated travellers to Barbados will no longer have to take a COVID-19 test to enter the country.
  2. Children under 18 years, travelling with fully vaccinated guardians, will be allowed to adhere to the same guidelines as their fully vaccinated guardians.
  3. A valid vaccination certificate is required (in English) issued by National Public Health Organization, Hospital, Medical Center. Accepted vaccines by Barbados are: Astra Zeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm or Sputnik. You can get this on the NHS app.
  4. Guests are asked to download the BIM SAFE App through the App Store or register through www.bimsafe.gov.bb
  5. Complete the online Immigration / Customs form at least 24 hours prior to travel. It will be available to complete only 72 hours before arrival in Barbados. The form is also available at www.travelform.gov.bb

 

Full protocols can be found here: https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2022

 

Updated Antigua Protocols

Good News, Antigua have updated their protocols so fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to test.

Regarding Covid Protocols Antigua is currently operating with the following:

  • Fully vaccinated passengers are not required to test for entry into Antigua. You will just need proof of full vaccination (2 or more doses of the vaccine).
  • Unvaccinated minors between the ages of five and eighteen years old must present a negative RT PCR test/ Rapid Antigen test of four (4) days or fewer from the date of testing. Children below 5 do not require a Covid PCR test.
  • Presently, all arriving passengers, or the head of a family will need to complete a health declaration form issued on your flight, to be shared with Port Health Authorities.
  • The wearing of face mask in public spaces is mandatory throughout Antigua and Barbuda and social/physical distancing protocols must be adhered to. Therefore, all passengers arriving in Antigua and Barbuda must wear a face mask on disembarkation, while on the airport compound and in all public places.

All information can be found here: https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/travel-advisory/

Updated St Lucia Covid Protocols

We have some good news to share. St Lucia have removed the need for testing!

The full St Lucia Covid protocols are as follows:

  • There is no requirement for pre-travel test or quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers. Fully vaccinated travellers must provide a valid vaccination record as requested on check in, for boarding and on entry to Saint Lucia.
    • *Fully vaccinated means two weeks has passed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or since a single-dose vaccine. Vaccine proof must be presented on entry to Saint Lucia.
  • If you are travelling with children aged 5-17 years who are not vaccinated, and you would like them to also be exempt from quarantine, they will need to have a STANDARD PCR TEST for travel, as well as a PCR test after arrival at your cost.
  • All travellers must upload their documents prior to travel – fully vaccinated travellers upload the valid vaccine record: https://travelslu.govt.lc/
  • All arriving passengers must adhere to all protocols relevant to airport.
  • All arriving passengers will be screened, this will include temperature checks.

All Information can be found here: https://www.stlucia.org/en_UK/covid-19/

Covid-19 Update (Green, Amber, Red List rules)

Travel Corridor Restrictions- 1st June 2021

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

Green

Before you travel to England you must:

  • Take a COVID-19 test
  • Book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
  • Complete a passenger locator form

On arrival in England

  • You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive.
  • Children aged 4 and under do not need to take this test.
  • You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.

Amber

Before you travel to England you must:

  • take a COVID-19 test
  • book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 travel tests – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete a passenger locator form
  • On arrival in England

On arrival in England, you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8
  • Children aged 4 and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test.
  • You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

Red

Before you travel to England you must:

  • take a COVID-19 test
  • book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests
  • complete a passenger locator form

On arrival in England you must:

  • quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests

Test before travelling back to England

You must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to England.

You must take a test even if:

  • You’ve been vaccinated
  • You’re traveling from a country or territory on the green list
  • You’re a UK citizen

You must take the test in the 3 days before the service on which you will arrive in England departs.

For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you can take the test on or after Tuesday and will need to have the negative result available before boarding on Friday.

What Type of Test

This could include tests such as:

  • A nucleic acid test, including a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or derivative technologies, including loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) tests
  • An antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device

Children aged under 11 do not need to take a test.

Exclusive Special Offer for June 2021

We have the pleasure of sharing an exclusive special offer with you for hotels managed by the Van Isacker Group who offers representation services for luxury hotels and resorts, focusing on the UK and European markets.

For bookings made in the month of JUNE for departures in 2021 and 2022 you will receive $250 resort credit additional to any existing offers in the market place.

The hotels which this offer applies to are:

Calabash Grenada
Calabash Grenada
Eden Roc
Eden Roc
Secret Bay
Secret Bay
Curtain Bluff
Curtain Bluff
Cap Maison
Cap Maison

Fun Filled Family Activities for All to Enjoy!

The Caribbean is one of a handful of bucket-list destinations which is deservedly enduring in its allure. When it comes to unique selling point the Caribbean has an abundance of these. Of course, the instantly Instagram-able pristine beaches, warm clear waters and tropical landscapes are ubiquitous in the region, but every island has something different to offer in character, culture, climate and cuisine. With a flurry of activities and places to see, with our expert help, you will never be bored!

 

Island Hoping Round The Grenadines

St Vincent & The Grenadines (SVG) is made up of 32 picture-perfect islands and really is a get-away-from-it-all destination. St Vincent is the main island; a lush, mountainous landscape with a dramatic volcano and undulating coastline with numerous yacht-filled harbours. To the South, The Grenadines are scattered like a string of pearls across the clear azure waters, ripe for exploration. While it may be a little harder getting here (fly to Barbados then transfer by boat or local airline), you’ll be rewarded for your efforts by the islands arresting natural beauty and warm hospitality. The profusion of private islands where you can stay adds to the sense of exclusivity and privacy.

Some of our unspoilt gems in SVG include; Petit St Vincent a real paradise island, unspoilt by modern technology. Rolling hills, encircled by two miles of white sandy beaches. This retreat offers all the luxury you could want not least the freedom of being disconnected from everyday life. With no formal check in, no room keys, no televisions or phones; this is escapism in the truest sense. One of the most popular islands in The Grenadines, Bequia could be described as the Caribbean’s best kept secret, and The Liming is its newest addition. With just nine villas, plus the five-bedroomed Gingerlily Mansion House and Junior Suite, this property is small but perfectly formed. Each has a private infinity pool or hot tub, and is surrounded by lush gardens. This Place is truly tranquil! Sharing this island, the Bequia Beach Hotel maintains a reputation as one of the finest properties on the Bequia Island. Situated on arguably the most beautiful beach in Bequia – Friendship Bay – this elegant and charming hotel offers a choice of luxurious suites, villas and rooms. Finally, on our to see list, Palm Island Resort & Spa,another private property, Palm Island is 135 acres of privacy and indulgence. With just 43 stylish guest rooms, it almost feels as though you have the whole island to yourself. So, whether you just want to dangle your toes in the crystal waters, or fancy a leisurely cycle around the inland trails, this is the perfect place to switch off. To save yourself the headache of having to decide between these perfect destinations, why not visit a few of them in one holiday and see the best of the islands in one perfect luxury holiday.

If that just isn’t enough, you can explore all of  SVG, island hopping with Star Clippers sailing vessel or Dream Yacht Charters luxury yachts. Set your own itinerary and enjoy the stunning Caribbean waters at your leisure. Qualified sailors can take a ‘bareboat’ to explore the beauty of the Caribbean unaided, or you can hire a fully crewed yacht where all the hard work is done for you. For more details on your exploration of St Vincent & The Grenadines send us a quote or give us a call to help you create your perfect luxury holiday.

Sailing in the Caribbean

If your undecided about which of the fantastic Caribbean Islands to visit then we have a couple of sailing options for you which will allow you to discover the beauty of the whole Caribbean.

Star Clippers offer a cruise experience that is like no other. If you are looking for an adventure on the waves which includes the atmosphere and character of traditional sailing but still with the comfort and luxury found on most modern cruises; you have come to the right place.

For a more personalised boating holiday, you can’t beat a Dream Yacht Charter. Offering the world’s most extensive fleet of luxury yachts, our partner company has an unrivaled selection of luxury vessels available to hire with or without a skipper.

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