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26 Jul

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Top 6 Hotels in Barbados

July 26, 2018 | By |

Where to stay in Barbados

Sea Breeze Beach House

Sea Breeze Beach House Barbados
Tucked away on the southern coast, this newly renovated 4-star resort boasts two spectacular beaches, an adults-only Jacuzzi and a commitment to food culture that reinforces Barbados as the culinary capital of the Caribbean.

Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels Barbados

Focused on pampering families against a backdrop that is as elegant as it is exotic, Turtle Beach ensures fine, authentically Bajan fun, food and hospitality for all. It’s also part of our Spotlight Collection, so every stay comes with exclusive perks.

The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa

The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa

Be it by high tea in the afternoon, high-end dining in the numerous culinary amenities on site or highly soothing days in their signature Spa & Salon, The Club will leave you feeling rested and rejuvenated. This adults-only escape is also part of our Spotlight Collection.

Accra Beach Hotel

Accra Beach Hotel

Oceanfront rooms giving way to pristine, powdery beaches are a mainstay here — as is every other amenity you’ll ever need. Be sure to schedule a drink at dusk to enjoy their signature Sunset Bar as day gives way to night… then hit the lively Lagoon Pool Bar.

Port St. Charles

Priding themselves on luxury accommodations, Port St. Charles lets you experience Barbados like a local with access to every extravagance. Whether you need a water taxi for pickup, a stocked fridge for tomorrow’s brunch, restaurant reservations for tonight, or a fully catered dinner party at your villa — it’s all on offer here.

Sandals Royal Barbados

Sandals Royal Barbados

Offering 24-hour Butler Elite service, swim-up suites, and a roof top pool and bar overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this all-new, adults-only resort is tucked away in the famously lively St. Lawrence Gap of bountiful Barbados. You’ll have full access to incredible gourmet eateries, a wellness spa, unforgettable nightlife, and every luxurious amenity your mind can hope to summon.

26 Jul

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Barbados: Savour the Sublime

July 26, 2018 | By |

Warm and fuzzy
Surrounded by the characteristic white-sand beaches and coral-dense, turquoise waters that define the varied isles and atolls peppering the Caribbean Sea, the spirited island of Barbados is a treasure trove of cultural and culinary variety sure to fulfill every traveller’s expectations of their idyllic dream destination. Fun fact: this paradise was named after the bearded fig trees once plentiful on the island.

Best Barbados beach

What to do

Map your memories by mood
Test your ocean mettle against local surf pros in the south. Golf from dusk until dawn in the island’s centre. Sneak away to explore the rare wonder of tiny sea creatures, nestled in secret water caves, in the north. Punctuate a breezy moped ride across eastern sea-cliffs at sunset with a night of dining and dancing in the south and west. Barbados has every experience on offer. Unsurprisingly, should sipping on a sweet, tall glass of Mauby Drink while unwinding in a swaying hammock be more your speed, the island is sure to oblige.

Golfing in Barbados

Mood: From golden feels to platinum feels

Home to Holetown, the epicentre of Barbadian history, the Platinum Coast is aptly named. A sprawl of sparkling oceanfront sands are its defining draw. Rainbow reef gardens, plentiful leatherback sea turtles and a sunken barge off Brighton Beach also make it a snorkeller’s sanctuary. Still, those content to stay sun-dappled on the surface can spend the day sea-sprayed on water skis instead. For infinite shopping, nightlife and native nibbles, the sizzle of the St. Lawrence Gap is just south of the strip.  Also, Rihanna’s from around here, so there’s something enchanting in these waters…

Diving in Barbados

Mood: Mysterious bliss for the naturalist

Named after the hungry anemones that populate its colourful, coral floor, the clandestine water grotto of the Animal Flower Cave atop the northern tip of Barbados is a mere rental car away. Enjoy the Caribbean breeze on your skin by bicycle instead and head to the stunning sea cliffs of Cove Bay — consider that the ride isn’t complete without a stop at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve to grab a selfie with a green monkey.

Barbados Animal Flower Cave

Mood: Elegant adventure and sport

If your tastes are more equestrian in nature, seek out the pristine Ape Hill Polo Club in the verdant parish of Saint Andrew. Or head out for a trek through the Scotland District — an explorer’s wonderland and, remarkably, the only part of the submarine Caribbean mountain range stretching from Trinidad to Puerto Rico that remains well above water. Stroll through rows of sweet-smelling mahogany boughs on Cherry Tree Hill pausing only for refreshments and energizing ocean views. The refreshment? Satisfying sips from freshly split coconuts — they’re an easy grab in these parts.

Horseback Riding in Barbados

Mood: Lushness, love and lunch

Taking its name from the frothy surf that licks its eastern shores, the swells of the Soup Bowl offer a romantic backdrop for an intimate beachside picnic. No basket? No worries. Tuck into some traditional food at the local restaurants on the sea cliffs of coastal Bathsheba. Dining at dusk overlooking the ocean always proves unforgettable, but a well-timed day trip to this region will end in sightings of seasoned surfers dominating waves along the shoreline. Do leave a little time to escape inland to six full acres of tranquil floral forests at Andromeda Gardens, the botanical beauty of this coastal region.

Best swimming Barbados

Mood: Turf and surf

Informed by an eclectic blend of influences from the African, Indian, Irish, and British islanders who’ve graced its shores, Bajan cuisine is a sensory indulgence with a sharp Creole flair. Snack shacks and fine eateries abound on the Christchurch boardwalk but local fare at Oistin’s Fish Fry, an authentic outdoor market, is a must-taste. Burn it all off at one of the many surf schools on the southern strip, or by hitting the links — the Barbados Golf Club offers leisure activities inland. But do save room for a cocktail or two after dining, surfing or golfing: Barbados is hailed as the proper birthplace of rum.

Best food in Barbados

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01 May

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Top 3 Hotels in Barbados

May 1, 2018 | By |

Port Ferdinand Luxury Resort & Residences

Embrace total wellness at Port Ferdinand Barbados. With the soothing spa services of The Sandbox Tree Spa, paddle board yoga, Pilates, personal training in their fully-equipped fitness centre, and quality time and entertainment in the Adult Recreation Centre, this resort makes your health, relaxation and leisure their top priority.

Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels

New to the award-winning Elegant Hotels Group, the redesigned, eco-chic wellness Waves Hotel & Spa resort is located on the pristine beaches  of the island’s Platinum West Coast. You will find a selection  of island-inspired treatments and rituals that will provide a healthy escape to those seeking a holiday for the mind, body and soul.

Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa

You’re in for a sweet surprise at the Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa that offers a charming blend of luxury, serenity and seclusion on Barbados’ exotic West Coast. This adult-only boutique hotel combines Mediterranean design and tropical vibes with all-inclusive suite accommodations. Treat yourself to relaxation at the Sugar Cane Spa with hydrotherapy, massages, a dipping pool, and much more!

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What to Do in Barbados

May 1, 2018 | By |

Mind, Body & Soul

Barbados is recognized as the home of rest and relaxation in the West Indies. Experience a refreshing mix of natural wonder, recreation, much-deserved pampering, and embrace music and fitness during the Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival. Wake up at sunrise for a peaceful yoga session by the ocean, compete in fun and friendly sports games, and indulge in spas of the utmost luxury.

Take it all in

With a cool breeze blowing from the ocean, yoga in Barbados will leave you feeling a calm like never before. Take part in a magnificent sunrise or panoramic rooftop class followed by a dip in fresh water lagoon pools. Then join in the excitement of the festival with activities such as the Sir Garfield Sobers Golf Classic, the Barbados Island Fit Games, the Barbados Cycling Festival and many others!

Retreat to Barbados

Offering an intimate connection with Mother Nature, the Naniki Retreat provides a home-away-from-home lifestyle in cottages with magnificent views of rolling hills and the Atlantic Ocean. Specially designed healing therapies include yoga, reiki, massages and an ozone sauna chamber that detoxifies the body. Make your way to an oasis of natural beauty where peace and serenity overcome the stress of daily life.

Yoga in Barbados

Invigorating yoga

Stand Up Paddle Yoga combines strength and stability, and the only requirement is that you don’t mind getting wet! If you prefer to be by the sea instead of in it, Samudra Yoga is definitely the right style for you, allowing you to feel refreshed and revived right by the turquoise waters. For an outdoor experience in an indoor environment, try Bawa Yoga, with classes taking place in a gazebo surrounded by beautiful almond trees.

The spa experience

Barbados offers some of the most lavish spas that will cater to all of your indulgent needs. Enjoy European style relaxation at the Red Lane® Spa in the luxurious Sandals® resort. Visit the Chakra Spa to experience true Barbadian treatment with the popular Chakra ceremony wrap using Barbadian cane sugar and spices. Or spend some quality time with your partner while enjoying a soothing massage on the beach. Whatever your spa preference, you’ll leave feeling completely rejuvenated.

Beach and Wellness Festival

This two-day festival consists of events that reflect the authentic wellness scene of the island to help you decompress, clear your mind, and revitalize your body. Take part in yoga classes of all styles, calming meditation sessions, fitness workouts for all, massages on the beach, a line-up of wellness experts, and plenty more!

It’s your chance to take in all the amazing things Barbados has to offer! Stroll through the open-air Kula market featuring vendors like Brighton’s Farmers’ Market and Holders Farmers’ Market. Wander around and discover arts and crafts, clothing, juice stations and other local goods. Resident chefs will be cooking up a storm of BBQ delights and well-known local artists will add to the vibrant outdoor atmosphere with live music.

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22 Jan

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Where to stay in Barbados

January 22, 2018 | By |

Whether travelling to Barbados as a couple, a family, a group of friends, or on your own, the variety of hotels in Barbados means you’re sure to find one that is exactly what you’re looking for. Check out our top 3 recommendations for where to stay in Barbados.

The Crane Resort
This luxury resort is ideal for families! With five pools, the Calypso kids club, and a beach with waves that are perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing, guests of all ages are in for a great time. The Crane Resort offers award-winning restaurants including Zen, rated #1 for food in Barbados, and L’Azure, famous for fresh seafood and panoramic views of the ocean.

Sea Breeze Beach House by Ocean Hotels Barbados
This casual style resort offers the calm and leisure of a beach house with superb all-inclusive service. Boasting unique culinary experiences, including famous Caribbean dishes as well as various international cuisines, panoramic ocean views, pristine beaches and a private pool, not to mention an in-room spa option, this intimate hotel offers an indulgent vacation experience for romantic escapes.

Tamarind by Elegant Hotels
Blending Mediterranean influences with casual, contemporary Caribbean style, this 750-foot crescent of white sand beach on the island’s luminous West Coast has an ideal setting. Enjoy some of the best flavors in Barbados with beachfront dining at Daphne’s, theme nights and private dining. Or expand your options to sister properties with the Taste of Elegance Dine Around Programme.

22 Jan

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Top Culinary Experiences in Barbados

January 22, 2018 | By |

There are plenty of adventures in Barbados that will get your appetite going. Embark on food tours, take part in festivals, or simply stroll along the streets that are bursting with culinary delights.

Bite into tradition

With so many tasty traditions to discover in Barbados, you won’t know where to start. Indulge in local delicacies, such as the famous national dish cou-cou and flying fish and experience the Oistins Fry Fish while discovering what a ‘bread and two’ is. Take in a casual lunch at Martin’s Bay or Fisherman’s Pub, or enjoy some fine dining at Primo Bar & Bistro or The Cliff.

Work up an appetite with a culinary tour in Barbados. Lickerish Tours weave in the history of the island with the traditions of local cuisine. Lick De Bowl Food Tours reveal hidden culinary treasures amidst scenic and historic sites, while Pigtail and Breadfruit Tours highlight the origins of Barbadian identity within food culture.

What do you get when you combine history and delicious food? Dinner with George! Travel back in time to the 18th century and have dinner with George Washington while experiencing the Barbadian food and culture of that era. Savour a five-course meal in a decadent setting lit by candles and lanterns, and marvel as George retells his life stories!

Available during the winter season.

Sugar, rum, and everything nice!

Home to sugar and rum, this island lets you immerse yourself in culture during the Barbados Sugar & Rum Season, from January 15 to April 15. Enjoy events including rum distillery tours, cooking classes and food pairing, chocolate and pastry making classes, and spirit tasting. Take part in the plantation feasts or beach and street parties to taste some Caribbean BBQ, all while experiencing the hospitality of friendly locals.

Rum is always flowing in Barbados. Tour the Mount Gay Visitors Centre, St. Nicholas Abbey and Foursquare Rum Distillery to learn about the history of rum. Or explore the rum shops where you’ll learn about the island’s culture and mingle with locals, while indulging in some Barbadian cuisine and, of course, tasting various local rums!

22 Jan

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Barbados: Where Sunshine Meets Culinary Delight

January 22, 2018 | By |

2018 is the Year of Culinary Experiences in Barbados, culinary capital of the Caribbean. From casual fare to luxury dining, restaurant menus boast the most delicious fusion of flavours and a diverse range of culinary traditions. Let your taste buds experience the world in Barbados! With daily flights from Toronto year-round and several flights each week from Montreal during winter, it’s easy to plan your next getaway.

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28 Nov

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Best Activities in Barbados

November 28, 2017 | By |

Cave & Critters Tour
Nature lovers can embark on a journey to explore one of the world’s most beautiful underground gems. Journey into Harrison’s Cave to see natural forming stalactites and stalagmites, still glass-like pools and rushing streams. Then make your way to the wildlife reserve and spend an afternoon with its resident animals.

Bridgetown Shopping and Historic Walking Tour
History lovers can take in the beauty of the historic buildings, monuments and rich culture on this guided walking tour of the city. End the day with some leisure time spent duty-free shopping along Broad Street.

Golf Tours
Golfers can enjoy a day out on the beautiful greens of the island with one of three golf tours for all levels. Choose from unlimited golf throughout your weeklong stay, a three-day package to three different golf courses, or a day of golf on the most scenic course of the island.

28 Nov

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From day to night in Barbados

November 28, 2017 | By |

Fun filled days

Every day at Sandals Barbados is another day in paradise! Spend hours laying on the pristine beaches, in the seaside infinity whirlpool or being pampered at the signature Red Lane® Spa. Explore the beauty of the ocean with unlimited scuba diving for certified divers, bodyboarding and water activities to keep you moving all day long!

Sandals Royal Barbados boasts the first rooftop pool overlooking the ocean. Enjoy unparalleled views as you splash away in the water, relax on a lounge chair or sip on a fruity drink at the bar. The possibilities are endless, but the magnificent scenery remains the same.

Late-night Barbados

Every night is a celebration at Sandals with various theme nights, the manager’s weekly cocktail party, unlimited premium spirits, and lively entertainment. Bowl a strike at Lovers Lane, the bowling alley at Sandals Royal Barbados, or take in the view of the ocean lit up by the moonlight as you enjoy a night chilling out at the rooftop bar.

A night out along ‘The Gap,’ with its nightclubs, fine dining and local shopping, is not to be missed. Dance the night away at The Cove or Old Jamm Inn, indulge in a wide range of cuisines at the specialty restaurants or shop for souvenirs at Chattei House Shopping Village. This bustling street has it all!

24 Mar

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Where to stay in Barbados

March 24, 2017 | By |

Barbados offers accommodations for all tastes, from family-friendly hotels to fun all-inclusive resorts to secluded luxury retreats. Check out our top 3 hotel recommendations.

Accra Beach Hotel & Spa
A perfect choice for families, Accra Beach Hotel & Spa features an adults-only pool and kids’ pool, an ideal beachfront location and the only Polynesian restaurant on the island. With a mile-long boardwalk and a relaxing spa, guests of all ages will find what they are looking for and much more.

Colony Club by Elegant Hotels
This luxurious retreat on the island’s west coast offers gourmet dining, motorized and non-motorized water sports and spacious, comfortable accommodations. A great spot for guests looking to disconnect and reconnect with the incredible natural environment of Barbados.

Sandals Barbados
This all-new Luxury Included® adults-only resort is only 15 minutes from the airport and is situated in the lively St. Lawrence Gap area, with great shopping and nightlife. The resort offers three unique villages, gourmet cuisine and an excellent beach and zero-entry pool. It’s the perfect spot for romance, fun and relaxation.