Haiti is the French half of the large Caribbean island of Hispaniola, the other half being the Dominican Republic. In January 2010, Haiti was rocked by a devastating earthquake – worst affected was the capital Port au Prince. The aftermath of this event will be felt for many years to come and unfortunately, Haiti is now one of the least visited parts of the Caribbean due to political instability and lack of tourism infrastructure. Please check with the foreign office for latest travel advisories.
Intrepid travellers still venture to Haiti and enjoy the culture, natural beauty and fascinating history – castles, arts and music plus spiritual tradition make it a fascinating destination. It used to be the ‘Pearl of the Antilles’ and a favourite holiday spot for rich Americans and international jet setters including Ava Gardner and Errol Flynn. The country has a natural beauty with rich bio diversity, unspoilt mountains and coastlines and includes a World Heritage Site.
There are many museums and galleries in the capital, alongside trendy restaurants and nightclubs. The Barbancourt Rum Distillery is based in a hillside castle and has operated since 1765. The north of the peninsula is filled with ruins and forts including the Citadelle at the 3000ft top of Pic la Ferriere. The southern peninsula has high mountains and waterfalls. Bassin Bleu is a series of beautiful pools of deep clear blue water joined by waterfalls where visitors can swim. Parc Macaya is a fabulous rainforest national park with stunning views and exhilarating hikes. A blue saltwater lake is found at Etang Saumatre and is home to 100 species of waterbirds plus flamingos and crocodiles.
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Ian & Andrea Rollo – French Caribbean (Jan 2017)
February 22, 2017
All I can say is AWESOME!!!!!! The staff and other visitors at The Body Holiday were so friendly, I didn't feel uncomfortable as a solo traveller (after the first fifteen minutes of watching others obviously!) at all. The hosted communal evening meals were lively, friendly, interesting discussions with perfect strangers, several of whom I subsequently spent meal times with. The service was fantastic, the staff were friendly and I will definitely be looking to travel there again. I would also like to say thank you for putting me on to such a wonderful spot and I would love it if more places were so open to solo travellers and accommodating to different needs. All in all I would score it 10 out of 10!
Sarah Legg – St Lucia (May 2016)
August 10, 2016
Our holiday to Dominican Republic was a huge success, thank you! We loved the beautifully conceived "travel packs" that added a "wow" factor! The holiday was also a cloak-and-dagger operation for me to propose to Sophie. The hotel excelled itself on providing 10 restaurants with a la carte offerings - food was superb. Thank you for all your help in making this special holiday happen!
David & Sophie – Dominican Republic (May 2016)
June 4, 2016
Everything was spot on. The second hotel was excellent - well recommended. Shirley heights on Sunday and the excellence 360 island trip are brilliant.
Dan Marsden – Antigua (Aug 2015)
December 6, 2015
Cuba – what an amazing country ... the noise and bustle of Havanna, the cars, the history, the people, a place stopped in time, interesting scenery, history and culture and the most beautiful beaches!
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July 24, 2015
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Ian & Helen Isaac – Barbados (Jan 2014)
February 21, 2014
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September 4, 2013
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