Discover the undiscovered: the hidden Caribbean

Avoid the crowds and throw yourself into traditional island life, eating, swimming, and hiking with the locals.

There’s something magical about an island. That sense of isolation and solitude that everyone who has ever owned an email or mobile phone has dreamed of. If you’re worried that every island in the Caribbean has become over-touristy, look no further than a trip with Western & Oriental.

For a true feel of the French Caribbean and your very own slice of peace and quiet try the island’s largest town Pointe a Pitre for fresh matete (crab curry), oussoua(fresh shrimp), and a stiff rum cocktail at one of the friendly streetside bars. Sunbathe your stress off on one of the white sand beaches that ring the island, or don flippers for a crystal clear reef snorkelling experience.

The volcanic landscape yields soaring viewpoints, sweaty hikes, and envy-inducing photos. Dive into one of the island’s pounding waterfalls after a long trek for a natural shoulder massage, get acquainted with exotic wildlife on the Waitukubuli Trail, and soak your aching body into a steaming hot spring. Offshore, paddle away from the white beaches and get close and personal with the colourful marine life.

A seven-night Guadeloupe Getaway with Western & Oriental costs from £1434 per person including flights. Combine a visit to Dominica with a trip to Barbados from £1335 per person including flights. To book, call a Destination Expert on 020 7666 1254 or visit .

Pick up a copy of the October edition of Good Things magazine out on the 2nd. To download a digital copy click here or buy in store at select Waitrose and Tesco stores, WHSmith High Street, WHSmith Travel, Wholefoods, Marks and Spencer and News on the Wharf.

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