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Morning views…

Beachfront cottage on the private island of Petit St Vincent

in St Vincent and The Grenadines

Style notes

   tAnGlEd DrIftwOoD

      marine-inspired hues



Airy ceilings

Molton Brown cosmetics


Chic seaside luxury


with a touch of

Caribbean spice

No internet. Switch off.



Footprints in the sand… 




you might









Fully stocked bar &

                        Blissful spa 

my tip is to go for a hot stone massage 





Take me back…

For more information and to book visit the Petit St Vincent Website.  

See my review for British Airways’ High Life magazine here.

©Ianthe Butt 2012


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Tell someone you’re heading to the Cayman Islands chances are

the first thing they’ll think of are the offshore bank accounts.

Often overlooked as a holiday destination in favour of better known Caribbean islands, the Caymans offer so much more than tax breaks and are a great place to

sunworship and relax in style.

Consisting of three islands Grand CaymanLittle Cayman and Cayman Brac, Grand and Little are the best choices for holidaymakers.

The islands are located 480 miles south of Miami, with Grand being the hub for trans-atlantic flights.

Base yourself at the five star Ritz Carlton on Grand Cayman which overlooks the powder white sands of Seven Mile Beach.

Rooms are luxurious and staff are uber-friendly. Opt for an ocean-facing room to enjoy sunsets from the comfort of your own balcony.

On Seven Mile Beach sun worshippers can laze all day on loungers admiring the views while adrenaline junkies can try their hand at windsurfing or other watersports.

When you need a break from the sun head to Georgetown for some retail therapy. With no sales tax you can pick up great deals on luxury items including perfume and cameras. Jewellery shops line the strip and

drip with glittering diamonds,

emeralds and rubies.

Sometimes shops can become crowded with cruise ship passengers so hang back in a bar until they disappear for a more peaceful shopping experience.

Rackham’s restaurant which is set on an open-air pier and is where the island hipsters head for a casual drink is highly recommended. It’s good for a cold beer, great conversation with a sea breeze to boot. Also don’t forget to look down – schools of tarpon fish dart beneath the pier.

Just a short half an hour flight away is Little Cayman, which is home to more birds and iguanas than human residents.

With only a couple of places to stay and pristine beach as far as the eye it’s a real Robinson Crusoe island where you can get away from it all. Stay at The Southern Cross Club for

barefoot luxury:

stunning beach, delicious buffet food with a mix of jerk-style traditional Carribbean dishes and modern American and the option to dine al fresco on the beach under the light of

romantic tiki torches. Divine

With only a couple of bars

on the islands

it’s no city clubbing experience

but if you want to shake your moves then the Hungry Iguana (known as the Iggy) is the most happening place on the island and serves dangerously tasty chocolate cake shooters.

Both Grand and Little Cayman are as famed for

what you’ll find under the water…

as they are for their beaches.

With some of the best reefs in the Carribbean, the water is warm, clear and home to some amazing marine life

including sharks, rays and friendly Nassau grouper.

Scuba diving

or snorkelling is a must do, we warn you –

you won’t want to have to come up for air.

Originally published in Stilorama magazine.

© Ianthe Butt

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Base2stay in Kensington,the second hotel in the capital to gain the Green Tourism Business Scheme’s gold award, offers guests the chance to rent an electric car.

The smart Citroen C1 EV’IE is tucked away at the back of the hotel which boasts 67 rooms and is just a short walk away from

Earls Court Tube station.

As well as the obvious green benefits, users will also save hard cash paying

no congestion charges

parking fees or

petrol costs while using the vehicle.

Base2stay offers affordable luxury with rooms at value-for-money rates. It is able to do this by solely providing a room; the hotel has none of the unnecessary extras (bar, restaurant, gym) which are so often rarely used by guests and consume valuable energy and resources to run.

As well as being just a stone’s throw from the Science and Natural History Museums and The Royal Albert Hall, base2stay has a huge variety of restaurants on its doorstep, many of which offer discounts to guests.

I wanted to take a peek at the electric car, so popped over for an evening and trialled a luxury bunk bed room. It was compact yet offered everything a traveller could require, without either feeling cramped, or an extortionate price tag.

Decorated in warm brown and white tones, the room felt homely and the bunk bed was surprisingly luxurious. All rooms are equipped with a mini-kitchen (microwave, sink, fridge) where you can find

free fair-trade tea and coffee.

Refreshingly there was no over-priced minibar to tempt you to fritter your money away, and instead a vending machine on the first floor offered snacks at high street prices.

Families can book rooms next door to one another which can be joined to create a

small home atmosphere

and couples/friends can opt for standard, deluxe or luxury bunk bed options.

All rooms have the same facilities and a higher cost indicates a larger room size.

Free wi-fi is offered to all guests and all rooms have a flat screen TV on the wall. Staff are friendly, helpful and have even taken to  growing thyme, mint and basil for guests to use on patio areas outside some ground floor rooms.

This is a great place to base yourself for sightseeing or to rest your head after a hard day’s work that won’t break the bank.

Rooms range from £93 to £239 per room per night. For more details see base2stay.

This article was originally published in Daisy Green Magazine.

© Ianthe Butt 2011

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