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Lizzi’s Luxury Edit: The ABC Islands

I mentioned in one of my previous blogs that British Airways is introducing a new direct route from Gatwick to Aruba on 26 March. Why is this a big deal for Luxury Travellers? If you are looking to go somewhere special that is lesser known to the British market, Aruba has to be at the top of your list. Previously, you had to fly via another Caribbean Island or via Amsterdam to get there. But now, a direct flight will make the island more accessible, especially for those who have a week or less to enjoy their holiday.

Here’s a little bit about Aruba, to whet your appetite: Aruba is an overseas Dutch territory, so it will have a different feel from the likes of Barbados, which is steeped in British history. It is also very close to Venezuela and in the local Creole dialect, there are hints of Indian and African, English and Dutch influences which are reflected in the Dutch architecture and wonderfully varied cuisine.

Aruba, a small island only 20 miles long and 6 miles wide, has been a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since its inception in March 1815. Like the Netherlands, Aruba is generally flat and is surrounded by white sand and turquoise beaches. Water sports are big in Aruba, such as tubing, banana boat rides, jet ski rentals, flyboarding, parasailing, and more! Additionally, windsurfing and kite surfing are very popular as there is often a warm breeze. But there are also calm waters for those who love snorkelling and diving.

There are beautiful hotels on Aruba, such as the Ritz Carlton and there are also some gorgeous boutique hotels, too, such as the Aruba Ocean Villas and the Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa.  Many of the hotel rooms allow you to step right out onto the white sand, seconds from the warm sea.

As if this wasn’t enough to get you excited about flying to Aruba, the neighbouring islands of Bonaire and Curaçao make up the ABC islands. These tiny islands will suit those clients looking to escape the crowds and have a real Robinson Crusoe experience but in style. I suggest the Baoase Luxury Resort, Curaçao, for barefoot luxury, the Harbour Village Beach Club on Bonaire for luxury and first-class service and the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort an adults-only hotel on Aruba for romance.

If you would like me to quote for a luxury holiday to this dreamy slice of heaven, now only a direct flight away from London, please get in touch. I’d go there before the secret gets out!

Feeling inspired? Book your next getaway now. Get in touch with Lizzi by emailing [email protected] to book your 2023 island escape!

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