Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Best for Less

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Best for Less

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WAIT until next year and you can swank at Sandy Lane, Barbados (above) - great if you love pink, plaster nymphs and OTT architecture - and save [pound]1,580. From 4 January to 20 March, a week's B&B with BA flights drops from [pound]4,170 to [pound]2,590 per person through Seasons in Style (0151 342 0505). We said they couldn't sustain those crazy prices.

Skip the office bash and throw a Barbados house party instead. Save [pound]2,160 on two weeks at Villa Croeso, a Gone with the Wind, plantation-style beauty sleeping eight, with mahogany beds and chandeliers on the "platinum" west coast, until mid-December. Normally [pound]1,460 per person with Owners' Syndicate (020 7801 9801), now [pound]1,190; flights on Virgin.

Pick up some culinary tips from Gary Rhodes (he's building a villa next door) at the Calabash, Grenada. Save [pound]475 on seven nights for the price of five, plus three free a la carte dinners (lots of Gazza's dishes). One week, B&B, until 27 November, costs [pound]1,100 per person, usual price [pound]1,575 through Carrier (01625 547000).

Cap Juluca, Anguilla, still has the world's sexiest bathrooms with private gardens for drying off au naturel. The beach - like walking on powdered silk - attracts celebs and supermodels like a Versace opening. Seven nights B&B, 17 November to 21 December, costs [pound]1,575 per person, a saving of [pound]181, with Harlequin Worldwide (01708 850300).

Jumby Bay, Antigua's ritziest allinclusive, has a white-sand beach to expire for, and it's virtually empty before the Christmas rush. Go now, get 14 nights for the price of 10, until 22 December, and save [pound]1,172 per person.

Usual price [pound]4,663, now [pound]3,491 with Caribtours (020 7751 0660).

Honeymoon favourite Young Island, Grenadines, is pulling in the foodies with new head chef Tamara Barnard. …

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