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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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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.

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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.