What’s better than to spend new year’s eve under the sun?
To spend new year’s eve under the sun, on a boat sailing the Grenadines islands with hubby & friends! 🙂
It was something we were talking about since quite some time & finally this year we did it!
To not be bothered with the organization of such a trip, we did something I usually never do: we booked an all-inclusive holiday through a travel agency. & I must admit, it truly was perfect!
On the 31st of December we arrived at the airport ready for our next adventure!
Which started really well, as we could be upgraded to business class (the plane being quite empty, we only had to pay a small fee. Worth asking every time you take a long haul flight, you never know!).
I’ve never travelled in business class before – except for one time I was travelling from Paris to Rome, but it was a 2 hours flight so it doesn’t really count.
Anyway, travel this way is really another experience! You have so much space!! I wish I could always travel business class ;))
We arrived in Martinique at the end of the afternoon & went straight to the marina to meet our crew & to board our catamaran!
It was 6 of us plus there were 6 other guests & 2 crews. But it was very comfortable as every cabin had its own ensuite bathroom. Plus, usually people who go on a boat holiday are open-minded & easy going as they know they have to share a relatively small living space with others. And indeed, our fellow travelers were very nice.
We shared a big appetizer while the captain explained us the itinerary & the rules of life on board, we set the sail & off we went!
The first night you sail all night long & the ocean can be quite rough. You may wanna take some pills against sea-sickness, even though you usually don’t suffer from that.
We thought we could stay up to celebrate midnight. Moreover, the captain told us that at midnight we would have been sailing off Santa Lucia & able to see 7 different fireworks from different towns. But at 9.30 pm, thanks to jet lag, we fell asleep.
Nevermind, we woke up in 2017 in paradise!
Our first stop was the island of Bequia.
We obviously jumped in the water first thing in the morning & spent hours swimming & observing the colorful fishes & yellow corals.
I spy a lobster…
…& a stingray!
We relaxed on the beach, watching the local children play.
While others preferred to fish.
In the afternoon, we gained the land to have a walk through the little town of Port Elizabeth.
The path to reach the town centre offers beautiful views over the bay.
Once in the town centre, you’ll find a number of cute bars to have a drink.
For my part, I finally had my first coconut of the holiday!
We could also finally try Greg’s drone!
& I can just say… WOW!!!
From above you just discover a new place! The view, the details, the colors… everything’s amazing!
To finish this perfect day, we enjoyed our first sunset of the year <3
Second day in the Caribbean, second island!
Right after breakfast, we set the sail, direction Mustique island.
Mustique island is a private island, property of a group of aristocratic, English families (including Mick Jagger, for the gossip ;p).
Many stars spend their holidays on the island & even William & Kate use to go there.
Indeed, you’re not allowed to walk everywhere on the island & there are so many security guards everywhere! Which indeed were not very happy with us using the drone on the beach… ;p
But look at the images, they are worth a little rebuke by the guards 😉
Our catamaran! ^
Only some beaches are “open” to visitors & if you’re not staying on the island, you can only visit for a couple of hours.
That said, we made the most of it!
Starting with some snorkeling
& a long walk on the beach, enjoying the infinite shades of blue.
Making all sort of new friends along the way…
At the end of the morning, it was time for a drink at the legendary Basil’s Bar.
I know, it doesn’t look that legendary from the outside… ^
If we didn’t meet any celebrities, we enjoyed a fresh coconut with a beautiful view! 🙂
The bar is nothing special, but it worth a visit just out of curiosity 😉
And then it was time to sail away again to Tobago Cays, my favorite place of all the islands we explored!
Tobago Cays really is paradise on earth, the islands are teeny-tiny & completely wild, we swam with turtles, observed iguanas… But I’ll tell you more in the next post! xxx
All drone photos courtesy of photographer Gregory Prouvost.