“Le Figaro” offers you exceptional golf stopovers by coasting from island to island aboard a majestic three-master, Le Ponant.
Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Saint-Kitts-and-Nevis, Anguilla, Saint-Barthélemy… the names of these islands hum a sweet song that invites you to escape. The sweet music that rises from the Grenadines and the West Indies makes the spirit soar to these little corners of paradise.
Once again, Figaro Croisières has chosen dream destinations to invite you to escape the autumn gloom to enjoy the warm colors of the tropical summer. From December 4 to 18, 2017, Le Figaro golf cruises will visit the turquoise blue waters and green courses of the Caribbean. Exceptional spots for unique memories.
In order to combine all the pleasure of yachting with the joys of the little white ball, ¬Le Figaro invites you to board the Ponant, a sleek 88-meter sailboat, to experience two exceptional weeks in the Grenadines archipelago. from December 4 to 11, then in the West Indies from December 11 to 18.
spirit of discovery
Going to sea aboard a three-master is first of all to live a unique and comfortable navigation experience, imprinted with the spirit of discovery. New stopovers entered in the logbook in 2017: Canouan and the Tobago Cays, located in the Grenadines archipelago, are home to very beautiful anchorages, just as delicious as the stops in the bays of ¬Gustavia or Anguilla.
The rate of calls respected by ¬Le Ponant is only accessible to small-capacity ships. With 32 cabins, the three-master offers refined cruising yachting. Its outdoor restaurant, on the deck, offers a menu open to the ocean, with the flavors of gourmet cuisine. Every evening, for an outdoor dinner under a starry sky, the atmosphere is magical. During the day, non-golfers will appreciate the sun deck and the activities offered at each stop. For the others, Le Figaro has selected exceptional golf courses so that they can live their passion, club in hand, in privileged conditions.
From its elevated tees and thanks to a layout designed by the American Jim Fazio, the Grenadines Estate Golf Club in Canouan (Saint-Vincent-et-les-Grenadines) offers postcard views of the Caribbean Sea and the ‘Atlantic Ocean. At Royal West Moreland in Barbados, again, the spectacle on the fairways is breathtaking. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, the course which slaloms on the side of the volcano of Nevis is an exceptional playground. The macaques that live in the coconut trees seem to play golfers. The starting view of hole 1 of the Cuisin¬Art Golf Club of Anguilla, designed by champion Greg Norman, with – due south – the island of Saint-Martin, will imprint itself for a long time in your mind. Just like the unique promenade between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea at the Royal Golf Club in Saint-Kitts. A pearl from the end of the world… To make the most of these treasures of the game, golfers can count on Frédéric Regard, number one French player in 1987, ex-pro of the European Tour until 1995. This qualified teacher will explain to them the pitfalls to avoid on the selected courses and will provide on-the-ground coaching. It will also offer optional and endowed competitions for the most motivated.
Information and reservations, Phone. : 0 820 20 41 28.
Logbooks and routes
. From Martinique to the Grenadines then Guadeloupe, from December 4 to 10
DAY 1 – Monday, December 4
Fort de France (Martinique)
At Paris-Orly airport, scheduled flight to Fort-de-France. After a transfer to the seaport, boarding the Ponant.
DAY 2 – Tuesday December 5
Canouan (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
Long isolated, this island of the Lesser Antilles has recently opened up to visitors by focusing on sustainable tourism, allowing it to preserve its wild character.
Golf: The Grenadines Estate Golf Club (18 holes, par 72)
Located at the top of Mount Royal, this golf course, designed by Jim Fazio, offers an original course with significant elevation changes and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic.
DAY 3 – Wednesday December 6
Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
Small uninhabited islets, the Tobago Cays are the most beautiful showcase of the national wildlife preservation park created by the government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Its shallow waters are home to tropical fish and sea turtles.
DAY 4 – Thursday December 7
Port of Spain (Trinidad)
Port of Spain offers a striking contrast between modern architectural elements and the typical character of Creole houses. The religious buildings there reflect the mixing of populations and cultures.
Golf: St Andrews (18 holes, par 71)
St Andrews is located in a sheltered valley in the heart of the wooded hills of the Northern Range. From the narrow fairways and under the tall tropical trees, the player must remain focused.
DAY 5 – Friday, December 8
A visit to Scarborough, a small port with colorful houses, swimming on the many beaches or an excursion to the nearby tropical forest: this stopover allows you to discover landscapes as wild as they are steep.
Golf: Magdalena Grand Beach (18 holes, par 71)
Designed by Bob Hunt and Marcus Black¬burn on a coconut plantation, the course offers a wide variety of holes thanks to its lakes, palm trees and surrounding mangroves. It remains accessible to players of all levels.
DAY 6 – Saturday December 9
Independent for fifty years, Barbados has retained many traces of its British colonial past. They give its capital, Bridgetown, a certain charm around its narrow streets.
Golf: Royal West Moreland 18 holes, par 72)
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr on a sugar cane plantation, this course offers a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea. Surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, the greens are a real challenge.
DAY 7 – Sunday December 10
Pigeon Point (Saint Lucia)
Halfway between the Grenadines and Martinique, Saint Lucia is shared, from a cultural point of view, between France and the United Kingdom. Considered one of the warmest islands in the Caribbean, it boasts amazing marine biodiversity and thick tropical forests.
Golf: St Lucia Golf & Country (18 holes, ¬par 71)
Drawn to the north on the hills, this course offers a heavenly playing environment. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic, each hole offers an extraordinary panorama.
. From Guadeloupe to Saint-Kitts & Nevis, from December 11 to 18, 2017
DAY 1 – Monday December 11
At Paris-Orly airport, scheduled flight to Pointe-à-Pitre. After a transfer to the seaport, boarding the Ponant.
DAY 2 – Tuesday December 12
Saint John’s (Antigua and Barbuda)
The island of Antigua is renowned for its white sand beaches and turquoise waters. It has preserved traces of English colonization, including the former Victorian residence of the commander of the garrison, which has since been transformed into a museum.
Golf: Cedar Valley Golf Club (18 holes, par 71)
The hilly terrain offers a varied course with bunkers and lines of trees punctuating the fairways. The 12th hole, famed for its vantage point overlooking Saint John’s and the Atlantic Ocean, is Cedar Valley’s signature hole.
DAY 3 – Wednesday December 13
Basseterre (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
Small volcanic and mountainous island, lush forest, fine sandy beaches… Basseterre has preserved a magnificent heritage from its colonial, French and then British past.
Golf: Royal St Kitts (18 holes, par 72)
Located on 50 hectares, the course is relatively easy. However, water obstacles and some 80 bunkers add to the complexity of the game.
DAY 4 – Thursday December 14
From its Scandinavian past (the island was sold by Louis XIV to Sweden before being returned to France in 1878), Saint-Barth – and the port of Gustavia, in particular – has kept its dashing white-roofed houses red. Between two swims on the fine sandy beaches, visit Corossol, an authentic little fishing village.
DAY 5 – Friday December 15
Road Bay (Anguilla)
Tiny confetti resting in the Caribbean Sea, Anguilla is the embodiment of earthly paradise with its thirty beaches, each one more beautiful than the next. A dazzling flora and fauna complete the idyllic picture of this island sought after for its discretion.
Golf: CuisinArt Golf Club (18 holes, par 71)
Designed by Greg Norman, the course attracts golfers of all skill levels. Its particularity: uneven terrain, with changes in levels punctuated by natural aquatic obstacles (ponds, saltwater lagoons, etc.).
DAY 6 – Saturday December 16
Nevis (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
Smaller than its neighbor Saint-Kitts, Nevis has turned to eco-responsible tourism for several years. Between long deserted sandy beaches and green landscapes, this island will seduce lovers of wild nature.
Golf: Four Seasons Golf (18 holes, par 71)
Regularly ranked in the top 5 of the West Indies, the Four Seasons is renowned for its changes in levels – its course winding on the flanks of a dormant volcano – and its panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea.
DAY 7 – Sunday December 17
Economic lung of Guadeloupe and modern city, Pointe-à-Pitre preserves an important cultural and architectural heritage, witness of its colonial past.
Golf: Saint-François international golf course (18 holes, par 72)
Created by the architect Robert Trent Jones Sr, the Golf de Saint-François offers a course of 5,990 m, able to satisfy experienced players, as well as novices, who wish to confront fairly technical greens.
DAY 8 – Monday December 18
You will spend an unforgettable moment in the heavenly setting of Club Med La Caravelle, in Sainte-Anne, on the edge of the white sandy beach of Les Salines, before taking your flight back to Paris.
(Price per person based on double occupancy. Rates for single and child occupancy on request. Reduced rates for all reservations before April 15, 2017)
For golfers: 4,950 euros in the cabin on the Marie-Galante deck, 6,170 euros in the cabin on the Antigua deck
For non-golfers: 3,950 euros in the cabin on the Marie-Galante deck, 4,500 euros in the cabin on the Antigua deck
These prices include: regular flights Paris Orly/Fort-de-France or Paris Orly/Pointe-à-Pitre, and Pointe-à-Pitre/Paris Orly in economy class, airport-port transfers, full board (from dinner on the 1st day breakfast on the last day, “open bar” package, cocktails and gala dinner, drinks and wines at discretion), entertainment and shows, port taxes (€350/person) and airport taxes (€280/person), green fees for all courses of each cruise. Compulsory license, with updated index less than a year old (max index men: 28; max index ladies: 35). Each golfer will have to bring his own equipment, the rental on each site is not guaranteed and very restrictive.
Information and reservations, tel. : 0 820 20 41 28.