If your dream of an idyllic island retreat includes castersugar sand beaches, translucent jade-green sea as warm as a bath and a laid-back lifestyle where the biggest decision you’ll have to make is where to go for dinner, the Grenadines – particularly Bequia, Canouan, Mustique, Mayreau – known as the ‘jewels of the Caribbean’, are for you. For a really romantic excursion, take a catamaran cruise to Tobago Cays National Park.
Where to stay: Buccament Bay resort, St Vincent, is an all-inclusive luxury resort with infinity pools set before the white sandy beach. Rooms start from around Dh3,930. Visit www.buccamentbay.com for more information.
Getting there: Flying time is 14 hours 50 minutes. Return flights from Dubai to Barbados from Dh4,235 with Virgin (www.virgin-atlantic.com). American Airlines offers flights from Miami to Barbados from Dh2,141, and from Barbados to the Grenadines see www.svgair.com.