Three hundred and seventy years ago, Barbados became known as the birthplace of rum. Barbados rum is distinguished as the strongest and most refined in the world.
But there’s more to Barbados than sipping rum. A chilled out vibe, perfect climate, and fun waves. Constant trade winds make it perfect for wind- and kitesurfing. From Europe, London (BA) has 12 departures per week with direct flights to Grantley Adams International Airport. Virgin Atlantic offers direct flights to Barbados (BGI) from London Gatwick (LGW). Leave the city life behind you and jet away to the turquoise seas and laid-back life of the Caribbean.
Take to the green at one of the island’s six world-class courses? With a stay at Tamarind by Elegant Hotels in Holder’s Hill, you’ll be on the beach and close to Sandy Lane Golf Course. Within close proximity of Sandy Lane Beach and Green Monkey Golf Course: The House by Elegant Hotels.
The famous rocks set down by the hands of gods. Bathsheba is home to Soup Bowl, the island’s most iconic surf spot. A 10min walk north you’ll find a mellow beach break. Another fun gentle beach break can be found at Ragged Point.
Explore Silver Sands at Christchurch if you’re chasing the wind, as this is one of the top kitesurfing spots in the world. With a stay at Silver Point Hotel, you’re within close proximity of Barbados Golf Club. MoonRaker Beach Hotel and Ocean Spray Beach Apartments are two other fantastic places to Live The Barbados Life.
If you consider yourself a foodie, then Barbados is the place to be. Bajan fare fuses African, Caribbean, West Indian and European food to create a unique and authentic culinary experience. More importantly, it’s always lobster season on the island.
No doubt, we’re going to book at Sea-U Guest House. This small, boutique-style hotel is tucked within a lush tropical garden along the seaside slopes of the village of Bathsheba on the east coast of Barbados, the most natural side of the island.Here you can enjoy unspoiled beaches, breathtaking views and mingle with locals. With hammocks strung between coconut palms, the Atlantic Ocean waves breaking against massive limestone boulders, Sea-U is a place for those who are looking for a decidedly significant change of pace from a busy life. Rustic-chic rooms with weathered-wood walls offer ocean-view balconies and free Wi-Fi.
Treasure Beach Hotel is understandably popular with celebrities. Elysium Luxury Villa boasts stunning design with contemporary local art. The villa sits on a beautiful ridge half a mile from the famous beaches of Barbados’ platinum coast.
There’s no lack of fine dining opportunities. The Cliff is often included in lists of the Top Restaurants in the world. The Cliff Beach club is a lovely place for a fine lunch. Try a mojito at their upstairs bar and enjoy one of the best restaurant views on Barbados.