Caribbean celebrations: our guide to the ultimate party pads

Whether it be a wedding, a birthday, or even just a much-anticipated get-together, we all agree that any house party would be improved tenfold by the background of the tropical paradise of the Caribbean, with its warmer climes, beautiful coastal scenery and laid-back way of life. For the ultimate house party and an experience that all of your guests will never forget, Chic Retreats has the definitive collection of party pads perfect for any occasion.

Best for pure privacy: Little Whale Cay

No need to worry about disturbing the neighbours here – at Little Whale Cay, you’ll have the luxury of an entire 93-acre island to yourself, with a host of stunning scenery including coral reefs, white sandy beaches and sub-tropical landscaped gardens. Little Whale House as well as two smaller guest cottages comfortably house twelve guests, and the island even has its own coral-stone church, making it a perfect location for a dream wedding. There’s plenty to keep everyone entertained as you enjoy the pure privacy of the island, including an infinity pool, gym, tennis courts and a flotilla of boats you can use for island-hopping and exploring the waters of The Bahamas.

Book Little Whale Cay from $896 per night for a minimum of 5 nights here

Best for families: Baraka Point Estate

A luxury villa estate situated on the beautiful beaches of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, Baraka Point Estate really has thought of everything you need for a getaway which is pure perfection for all its guests. With 8 dedicated staff, including your own private chef, and a wealth of fun activities, which include swimming in the infinity pool, water sports and sea excursions in your own private boat, a Spa and Wellness Pavilion and exploring the beaches on your very own 4×4 sand buggy, you’ll never want to leave this piece of paradise. Children will love exploring the island, heading out for adventures on the water, getting lost in the tropical gardens and relaxing in the Games Pavilion.

Book Baraka Point Estate from $18000 for a week’s stay here

Best for sophistication: Scotch on the Rocks

A luxurious two-story villa with five bedrooms, Scotch on the Rocks wonderfully captures Jamaica’s laid-back vibe and combines it with traditional beauty to create a private place which oozes sophistication. The décor is clean and fresh, accented with traditional Jamaican furniture, artwork and flooring, creating a perfectly relaxed atmosphere. Placed in a secluded spot near Runaway Bay, Scotch on the Rocks is extremely private, with a cook, butler, housekeeper and waiter on hand to ensure that your holiday is pure perfection.

Book a stay at Scotch on the Rocks from $5525 for 3 bedrooms

Best for fun-lovers: Villa LaVida

A contemporary and fully air-conditioned beachfront villa on the island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, Villa LaVida is perfectly equipped for a fun and exciting time in the Caribbean. Equipped to the max with every appliance you can think of, from espresso machines and juicers to PlayStations and Bose surround sound, the villa has all the comforts and luxuries a fun-loving and carefree party needs. The villa is also just metres from your own private beach, where you’ll spend most of your days relaxing, swimming, snorkelling or kayaking, while facilities at the nearby Nail Bay resort, such as the tennis courts, pool and bar, are also available to use free of charge.

Book a stay at Villa LaVida from $12000 a week

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Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.