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Elite Island Hopping In The Caribbean

January makes me rather glum. But last year I discovered there was a cure – it’s called the Caribbean.

Some of you may remember that this time last year I took part in an envy-inducing project in Barbados. It was a unique blogging project involving a 4-part blogger team who travelled to The Club Barbados Resort and Spa in succession, a project that gained itself the name Barbados Blogathon.

I’m delighted that the organizers of that project, Elite Island Resorts, have invited me to take part in a sequel. This year’s relay will involve the same blogger teams taking turns to fly out to the Elite Island Resorts in the Caribbean, but this year we won’t just be seeing one island. For this year’s project is an island hop – an #EliteHop.

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(Thanks to Travel With A Mate for this nifty image)

What is #EliteHop?

#EliteHop will be different for each blogger taking part. Resorts have been especially selected for the blog teams according to their interests. We will each be flying in and out of Antigua in order to hand over the baton and any tips we have picked up along the way, but where we go from there is different for each individual.

What does this mean for me?

Last year I became a little obsessed with tracking down the celebrities in Barbados so this year I am heading straight to where we know a whole heap of celebrities have recently stayed. Just a few months ago the St James Club Antigua was host to Nicole Scherzy, Mary J Blige, Dermot and the rest of the X Factor crew – this month it gets me and Abigail King instead!

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(Hopefully I won’t have to sing for my supper!)

I crossed over with Abi in Barbados last year and she had lots of great insider advice for things to see, do and eat at the Club Barbados and around the island. I look forward to picking her brains again when I arrive in Antigua, as well as joining her on a zip-lining excursion and checking out the hotel spa.

After that I am on my own ‘bloginson cruseo*’ style as I am heading off for some much needed rest and writing on the private Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines. For my 3 nights here I am plan to make the most of the serene beaches and tranquil waters; I could do with some time and space for reflection and this looks like a stunning setting to do it in. There will be at least one day trip though, I can’t resist taking a look at the nearby waters where they filmed ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.

* A term coined by Karen Tippett that I have eagerly adopted.

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(It’s mine! All mine! Pretty excited about my first time on a private island resort)

Next I’ll be heading back to Antigua to explore a different resort, the Galley Bay Resort and Spa, and hand over my baton to Niamh from Eat Like A Girl who is next in line for the #EliteHop.

Follow Along

As always, you can follow along live on my TwitterFacebook and Instagram channels.

The other bloggers taking part are Travel With A Mate, Inside The Travel Lab and Eat Like A Girl. Check out their adventures and perspectives on the project by searching for the hashtag #EliteHop.


Thanks

This exciting project is made possible thanks to our friends at Elite Island ResortsBritish Airways Holidays and No 1 Traveller. They’ll be looking after all of the bloggers on this trip and sharing all the photos, videos and posts we create.

 

About Author

Travel blogger and freelancer writer who loves boutique hotels and brunching. I've been blogging for 10 years, visited 60+ countries and called London, Sydney, Melbourne and (oh so briefly) New York home at various points during the last decade. Now travelling with a baby and trying to make it as stylish and stress-free as can be!

13 Comments

  • Turf to Surf
    January 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Wow. This sounds amazing! I’m totally jealous… and I LOVE the BVI’s. If anyone ever offers to sail you around the islands on their boat, DO IT. It’s magical.
    -Tasha

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    • Jayne
      January 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Haha – I shall keep my eyes peeled for offers. 🙂

      Reply
  • Elle Croft
    January 5, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    WOW! Sounds like an incredible trip, especially the private island part. I look forward to reading all about it. And good luck with the celeb spotting!

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    • Jayne
      January 7, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Thanks Elle, no promises on the celeb front – I’m terribly short sighted haha

      Reply
  • Janice Stringer
    January 6, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Love the idea, as I sit here in squally weather in southend on sea, of island hopping in the Carribean. You’re an inspiration! 🙂

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    • Jayne
      January 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Thanks Janice, I’ll try and bring some sunshine back with me!

      Reply
  • Sarah Fazendin
    January 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Love following your journey! If you meet any great local activities/tour operators please let us know, always on the look out for awesome local people who can help organize excursions, etc.

    Thanks! Sarah

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    • Jayne
      January 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks Sarah – I definitely will, am looking forward to finding out more about those things myself 🙂

      J

      Reply
  • Rachel
    January 14, 2014 at 2:47 am

    That is a very lovely island.. did you mean, you got the island all by yourself??? That’s awesome!
    I love your instagram slide on the side bar.. pretty distracting. 😉

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