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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.

24 Mar

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What to do in Barbados

March 24, 2017 | By |

Barbados’ varied cultural sites and fascinating attractions are sure to please all types of travellers. It doesn’t get better than Barbados! Discover our top 5 activities.

On the Water
Barbados is the perfect spot for water sports of all kinds. From the calm Caribbean Sea to the active Atlantic, you’re sure to find the right setting for beginners and experts alike. Try scuba diving alongside colourful marine life, or stay comfortable and dry in the Atlantis Submarine.

Outdoor Adventures
You’ll find ample outdoor activities on this wonderful island. Explore off the beaten track with Island Safari tours, visit the Flower Forest or discover the underground wonders at Harrison’s Cave. You can also enjoy a round of golf on a championship course.

A Delectable Taste of the Caribbean
The culinary capital of the Caribbean, Barbados features both incredible street food and gourmet international fare on the south coast and west coast. For top local delights, check out Cutters and Oistins Fish Fry. For the best in fine dining, visit The Cliff, Primo Bar & Bistro, Champers or Tides.

Urban Exploration
For a city adventure, the island’s rich cultural heritage is on full display in Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. George Washington House and St. Nicholas Abbey depict life in centuries past, while Barbados comes alive in the evening in St. Lawrence Gap and 2nd Street in Holetown.

The Beaches of Your Dreams
Barbados boasts incredible beaches of all types: sun, sand and relaxation on the west coast, excellent water sports in the south, and rugged beauty on the east coast. Top picks include Crane Beach, Bottom Bay, Payne’s Bay, Carlisle Bay, Mullins Beach and Bathsheba.

24 Mar

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Beautiful Barbados

March 24, 2017 | By |

Barbados is luxury, sophistication, relaxation and tranquility all wrapped into one.

This Caribbean gem offers up the chance to explore beyond the ordinary. From its sunny skies and endless white-sand beaches to its wide range of accommodations, delicious cuisine and ample options for land and water sports, Barbados has something for everyone.

23 Mar

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Barbados for the Whole Family

March 23, 2016 | By |

Barbados is the perfect island for a family vacation because there’s so much to do no one could ever get bored. There’s something for everyone and for every age.

Celebrations of Rhythm

The #1 heritage show in Barbados! Share an evening of Barbadian history and culture complete with food, music, dance and a spectacular show with indigenous folk characters, fire limbo, Moko Jumbies (stilt walkers), drummers, singers and dancers.

Swimming with the Turtles

Perfect for the animal lover in your family. You’ll see a whole new world as you snorkel with these amazing creatures. The clear, blue waters of Barbados make this an unforgettable experience. Try a sailboat tour or a snorkelling picnic to make a day of it.

Island Safari

4X4 Land Rovers guarantee that this is a fun expedition. Discover the exceptional nature, history, culture and folklore of Barbados at captivating places usually inaccessible to ordinary vehicles. You really will see the most strikingly scenic parts of the island.

Segway Barbados

An eco-friendly outdoor adventure. The whole family will love this new way to get out and explore the beautiful scenery, stunning coastlines and natural wonders of Barbados. Plus, you get to enjoy all the fun of smooth-riding Segways.

Spy’s Watersports Flyboarding

The most fun you can ever have! The latest watersports craze is like becoming a real life superhero. Fly into the air, dive into the waves and try some tricks. It’s fun and surprisingly easy to learn. You’ll be a hero in just a few minutes.

Oistins Fish Fry

A true island original. At night, this little town is transformed with music and dancing, the aroma of fried fish and the most sumptuous Bajan dishes. It’s a great chance for the whole family to cut loose, meet some locals and really immerse yourselves in Barbadian culture.

23 Mar

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Peter Takes Us Home

March 23, 2016 | By |

Peter Mayers, a Bajan native, is the Director of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. for Canada. He takes us back to the island of his youth to tell us just why it’s such a magical place.

Why will Canadian families love Barbados?

Canadian families come for the beaches, culinary scene and rich list of events in Barbados; but they return repeatedly because of the warm, friendly people and celebratory spirit.

What do you remember most about growing up in Barbados?

The strong sense of community, which still exists today.

If you took us on a tour, where would we go?

The scenic spots like Harrison’s Cave, and the best beaches on the east and west coast. The historic spots like the Garrison Historic Area in Bridgetown (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Plus, no trip to Barbados—the birthplace of rum—would be complete without a trip to Mount Gay Rum or St. Nicholas Abbey.

What kinds of accommodations will we find?

Barbados offers everything from the elegance of world-class resorts and private villas, to family-friendly all-inclusive resorts and full-service suites.

The best thing for kids to do?

Discover! There are subterranean streams and waterfalls to explore, and an underwater shipwreck to see in a submarine tour.

Your favourite dish?

The catch of the day with grilled potatoes and veggies from Oistins Fish Fry.

Any tips for an amazing family vacation?

Visit during a festival for a truly unforgettable experience. You don’t want to miss the culture and colour of Crop Over in July.

Any fun expressions we should know?

There is a Bajan saying: Every day don’t break the same way! It means “every day is different”; and indeed it is, with so much to do in Barbados!

23 Mar

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Summer is for Barbados

March 23, 2016 | By |

This year, give your kids something priceless. Give them a summer to remember with a family vacation to the island of Barbados. Choose a family-friendly resort from the Air Canada Vacations’ Family Collection and enjoy discounts for kids, kids pools, a supervised kids’ club and more. Or if you’re feeling more independent, choose a villa and take the opportunity to discover even more of this great island.

Barbados has so much to offer families. Enjoy long, calm beaches on the Caribbean side, incredible local restaurants for every taste, and activities for every age. And all this, with the welcoming warmth of true Bajan charm.

18 Mar

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It’s all happening in Barbados

March 18, 2015 | By |

Whatever your perfect vacation, Barbados has it all.

Culinary Capital of the Caribbean

Barbados is an epicurean hotspot, with international chefs flocking to the island to participate in the vibrant culinary culture. Champers, The Cliff and Daphne’s are popular choices for an evening of fine dining. Don’t miss the annual Food & Wine and Rum Festival and the year-round dine around program,  re-Discover Barbados*.

* Contact your Air Canada Vacations representative at destination for details.

High energy

Bit of a thrill seeker? Check out flyboarding on the west coast of Barbados with Spy’s Watersports — one of Barbados’ newest attractions! Enjoy snorkelling, swimming with turtles, music and drinks on a catamaran cruise. Learn to surf or kite surf in Bathsheba. Inland, an island safari will take you off the beaten path to Barbados’ beautifully rugged terrain.

Historic Bridgetown

The fascinating history of Barbados is written in the stones of the colonial capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating back more than 400 years, experience British architecture, the secret tunnels from Garrison to Carlisle Bay, and St. Nicholas Abbey, a former plantation house that now produces its own St. Nicholas Abbey Rum.

Forever Begins in Barbados

Luxurious, stylish and above all romantic, Barbados is the perfect spot for your destination wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or couple’s getaway in the sun. With such a wide variety of accommodations, venues and activities you’ll definitely find what you’ve been dreaming of for a price that all your guests will enjoy.

Retail therapy

If shopping is your escape, Barbados will make you smile. Visit The Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, in Holetown, home to high-end brands including Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Burberry. For local items, head to Broad Street and Pelican Village in Bridgetown. If art is your favourite souvenir, you’ll love the wonderful shops in Chattel Village.

Culture Beats

Colourful, lively and unforgettable festivals are everywhere in Barbados. In August, Crop Over marks the end of the sugar harvest with parades, music, street parties and lots of traditional food. October is Open Water Festival, a traditional swimming race while December boasts the incredible three-day Classical Pops Festival where musicians from the world’s best symphonies share their passion.

 

18 Mar

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Barbados – something for everyone

March 18, 2015 | By |

From charming B&Bs to graceful all-inclusive resorts; from authentic local fare to international cuisine; and from a cold drink on a lazy day to an action-packed adventure -it’s all here on this perfect island. Air Canada Vacations has over 35 resorts to choose from and daily non-stop flights from Toronto and weekly from Montreal, so you can go whenever you like and stay as long as you like.

Whatever your passion may be, Barbados is just the right size. The Caribbean coast shimmers with warm glamorous beaches while the Atlantic side is great for hikes, picnics and surfing at famous Bathsheba. For shopping, try historic Bridgetown, a World Heritage Site, dotted with markets and duty free.

Take it all in, one deep island breath at a time.

 

23 Feb

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4 decadent rooms and suites at Sandals Barbados

February 23, 2015 | By |

Caribbean Village Honeymoon Premium Room

Located in the Caribbean Village, this stylish room offers absolute comfort, intimacy and relaxation. The inviting bedroom features a four-poster king-size bed, along with mahogany furniture and a flat-screen television. Enjoy a private balcony or patio that leads to the resort’s beautifully landscaped gardens.

Crystal Lagoon Swim-up One Bedroom Butler Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub

This oversized suite boasts an elegant bedroom, separate expansive living room, en-suite bathroom featuring a circular tub and double vanities, private patio with Tranquility Soaking Tub and zero-entry access to the stunning Crystal Lagoon, as well as exclusive Butler Elite service.

Ocean Village Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub

An incredibly luxurious suite with an oversized bedroom, separate living room, en-suite bathroom with a claw-footed tub and dual control walk-in shower, Sandals’ personal Butler Elite service, and private balcony with an outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub.

Ocean Village Beachfront Club Level Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub

Located in the exclusive Ocean Village, this opulent oceanfront suite boasts a spacious bedroom with sitting area, a foyer, a private balcony featuring a Tranquility Soaking Tub offering panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, and the attentive service of Club Sandals Concierges.

23 Feb

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Must experience in Barbados

February 23, 2015 | By |

Island Routes

Natural Cave & Flower Forest Tour

Enjoy a scenic drive to one of Barbados’ most famed attractions, Harrison’s Cave, the island’s only drive-in cave! Next, enjoy the tranquility of a lush tropical garden where flowers, plants, birds and even monkeys fill 50-acres of Bajan paradise.

Island Routes

Bridgetown Shopping and Historic Walking Tour

Explore the city of Bridgetown on foot! Your tour will take you past the Parliament Building, Queens Park, Heroes Square and Lord Nelson’s statue. After that, it’ll be time to hit the shops! You’ll find everything from handmade crafts to high-end apparel.

Unlimited Scuba Diving for Certified Divers

Did you know only Sandals includes unlimited scuba diving for certified divers? Explore the most exciting dive sites with top-of-the-line equipment, PADI-certified instructors, expert captains, and a fleet of state-of-the-art, custom 49′ Newton dive boats.

Yoga & Yoga Pavilion

Transform body and mind at the dedicated yoga pavilion, a tranquil haven in a beautiful tropical setting. Daily classes for all levels and all equipment are included in your Sandals Luxury Included® vacation.