From the rum-swilling buccaneers and colonial sugar barons of old, to the modern day jet set playing cat-and-mouse with the paparazzi on board their luxury yachts, Barbados has long enticed adventurers and pleasure seekers to its platinum sands. Today this tiny island in the eastern Caribbean offers everything from magnificent, tranquil beaches to dramatic cliffs, rugged rolling hills, superb restaurants and picture-perfect golf courses. And it’s particularly popular with British travellers; the quaint little villages, with their churches and cricket pitches, are rather redolent of home, albeit with the occasional monkey in the trees to remind you that you’re in the tropics.
WHERE TO SNORKEL WITH TURTLES: ALLEYNES BAY
One of the most thrilling experiences at your fingertips in Barbados is snorkelling with turtles directly from the beach, without having to even get on a boat. Alleynes Bay on the breathtaking west coast, is the most amazing spot for this incredible experience. Seeing
these creatures up close as they glide through the water is absolutely extraordinary and we think this should be at the top of your holiday agenda – you’ll remember it forever.
WHERE TO PARTY, BAJAN STYLE: CROP OVER
Crop Over in July-August is the most famous festival in Barbados and marks the end of the sugar cane crop season and we think it’s worth the trip alone to experience the exciting party atmosphere, where the celebrations never seem to end. From indigenous
arts and crafts displays to calypso and folk concerts, culminating in the most energetic and colourful ‘Grand Kadooment’ procession and street party on the final night of the festivities, this is a once in a lifetime experience for all ages to enjoy.
WHERE TO EXPERIENCE LOCAL LIFE: OISTINS FISH FRY
Get a feel for island life and sample delicious local fare at Oistins’ Friday night fish fry for a real taste of Barbados. Set in a fishing village on the south of the island, locals and visitors gather here every Friday in search of fresh catch of the day, fried then and there, along with a lively party atmosphere. Served up with typical Bajan macaroni pie, the helpings won’t leave you hungry.
TURTLE BEACH BY ELEGANT HOTELS, BARBADOS
A beautiful beachfront getaway located on the vibrant south coast,
this popular all-inclusive all-suite resort is an adventure playground
for water babies, so making the most of the hotel’s extensive facilities and trying out the complimentary watersports on offer is a must.
Families will want for nothing; the Flying Fish Kids’ Club offers endless fun such as beach scavenger hunts, and ice lollies are served on the beach as a refreshing afternoon treat. The Freeze Ice Cream Parlour is a popular new addition, serving up ice cream sundaes and delicious milkshakes. Be sure to swing by their new Half Moon Coffee Bar and Deli for a signature latte.
7 nights from £1,779 per adult and £489 per child based on a family sharing an Ocean View Junior Suite on All-Inclusive. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save up to 40% + complimentary
room upgrade between now - 18 Dec 2017. First child stays free between now - 30 Sep 2017.
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CRYSTAL COVE BY ELEGANT HOTELS, BARBADOS
At this warm, award-winning and vibrant resort, oozing Caribbean
charm and a relaxed ambience, we love the refreshing three-tiered
lagoon pool, complimentary motorised watersports and the Beach
Ambassadors who take care of your every need. Offering an allinclusive holiday of a lifetime for families, children become ‘Bajan
Adventurers’ taking on fun island activities and playing beach cricket with the locals. You’ll also have access to the facilities of sister hotels, Colony Club and Tamarind, just along the west coast.
7 nights from £2,135 per adult and £499 per child based on a family sharing a Pool/Garden View Junior Suite on All-Inclusive. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save up to 40% + complimentary room upgrade between now - 18 Dec 2017. First child stays free between now - 30 Sep 2017.
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THE FAIRMONT ROYAL PAVILION, BARBADOS
Are you dreaming of a peaceful Caribbean getaway with a true sense of style and exclusivity? Escape to The Fairmont Royal Pavilion and immerse yourself in the most beautiful surroundings on one of the best west coast beaches in Barbados. Rich in atmosphere and exuding elegance, we can think of nowhere better to relax. For those more active, there is complimentary tennis and non-motorised watersports, and romantic couples can indulge in a candlelit dinner under the stars. Fairmont take excellent care of our guests, and we love the little treats such as complimentary daily afternoon tea on the terrace and smoothies by the pool.
7 nights from £1,925 per person based on 2 adults sharing an Oceanfront Deluxe Room including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 40% between now - 19 Dec 2017.
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THE CLUB BARBADOS RESORT & SPA, BARBADOS
At this charming waterfront resort exclusively for adults, we love the amazing spa, fantastic range of activities such as complimentary waterskiing and sailing, and the lively evening entertainment.
DON’T MISS: The Rum Shop Bar, become a rum connoisseur on holiday and get certified.
7 nights from £1,735 per person on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Save up to 30% between now - 30 Apr 2018.
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THE SANDPIPER, BARBADOS
WHERE TO GUARANTEE INTIMACY AND EXCLUSIVITY
When was the last time you really spoilt yourself? Treat yourself to a luxurious holiday in Barbados at one of the most exclusive family run boutique hotels in the West Indies - this is a favourite for those seeking an intimate atmosphere and the utmost privacy. A real bonus is having access to The Spa at sister hotel, Coral Reef Club, which off ers luxurious rejuvenation treatments. The Sandpiper is also renowned for its award-winning restaurant that is surrounded by a romantic torch-lit pond and tropical gardens. Executive Chef, Christophe Poupardin, is a master in creating dishes with a Caribbean flair as well as fusion dishes from Europe and Asia. Don’t miss Harold’s Beach Bar for sundown cocktails and fabulous lunches.
7 nights from £2,095 per person including breakfast. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 6 + four complimentary dinners for two + a 30 minute spa treatment per person between 7 May - 28 Oct 2017.
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COLONY CLUB BY ELEGANT HOTELS, BARBADOS
WHERE TO ENJOY A FOODIE EXPERIENCE
A tropical haven of tranquillity in a wonderful beachfront location, we love the relaxed Bajan ambience at Colony Club. The Luxury Poolside Rooms have direct access to the stunning pool for early morning dips, and there’s an impressive range of complimentary watersports at the on site Aqua School. This is the perfect place to indulge in delicious but healthy food on holiday, as the resort has a fantastic new menu incorporating fresh vegetables and fruit straight from their organic garden. The Lobster & Jazz Evening under the stars is not to be missed; spend an evening dancing to live music on this gorgeous Barbados beach.
7 nights from £1,569 per person including breakfast. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save up to 40% + complimentary room upgrade on selected dates. Kids stay free between 01 June - 22 Oct 2017.
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OCEAN TWO RESORT & RESIDENCES, BARBADOS
WHERE TO SPEND TIME AS A FAMILY
Take your little ones to Ocean Two, a wonderful setting for the whole family to indulge in the joys of beach life. Families love the fully equipped, spacious and modern one and two bedroom suites. From May to September you are more than likely to spot turtles here, and helping out the hotel’s turtle conservation project is just one of many highlights at this stylish island getaway. Take to the warm Caribbean Sea with a snorkel and mask to explore the beautiful reef just off shore, and the friendly watersports team are on hand to teach the older children how to boogie board. The coconut station on the beach is an absolute must for a refreshing cool drink, the most natural treat that the island can offer.
7 nights from £1,159 per person including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 40% + complimentary breakfast between now - 19 Dec 2017.
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TAMARIND BY ELEGANT HOTELS, BARBADOS
WHERE TO FIND AMAZING OCEAN VIEWS
At the colourful Tamarind, you’ll be spoilt with spectacular ocean views, contemporary rooms and a relaxed atmosphere. Kids and teens will be busy making friends in the Flying Fish Kids Club and Club Tamarind or splashing away in the three swimming pools or enjoying the complimentary watersports. We particularly love Tamarind’s ‘Elegantly Bajan’ initiatives that encourage guests to explore local Bajan culture to enrich your family holiday experience.
7 nights from £1,485 per adult and £499 per child including breakfast. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save up to 40% + complimentary room upgrade between now - 18 Dec 2017. Kids stay free between 01 June - 22 Oct 2017.
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THE HOUSE BY ELEGANT HOTELS, BARBADOS
WHERE TO BE ROMANTIC
Exclusively for adults, this peaceful all-suite retreat offers the perfect luxury escape for hopeless romantics. You’ll be pampered from the moment you arrive with 24 hour ambassador service. Start your stay with a 30 minute jet lag massage a Champagne breakfast served in a stylish open-air lounge, then later enjoy a delightful afternoon tea -all complimentary. Of course, having Daphne’s, one of the island’s best restaurants, next door is more than enough reason to choose this luxurious and elegant retreat.
7 nights from £2,125 per person including Champagne breakfast. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save up to 50% + complimentary room upgrade between 01 Jun - 18 Dec 2017.
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CORAL REEF CLUB, BARBADOS
WHERE TO INDULGE IN A WELLNESS RETREAT
One of our most treasured family-owned luxury resorts on the tropical shores of Barbados, and the epitome of West Indian elegance. At Coral Reef Club you will experience the warmest of welcomes from your hosts, the O’Hara family, who place personal service as a high priority. You can expect delightful special touches such as complimentary homemade fresh fruit sorbets served on the beach each morning. We recommend trying The Spa Wellness Retreats to achieve profound restoration for the body and senses through personalised exercise programmes, relaxing spa treatments and healthy culinary options. Wellness Retreats run from 12 – 19 May and 20 -27 October 2017.
7 nights from £2,095 per person including breakfast. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 6 + four complimentary dinners + a 30 minute spa treatment per person between 07 May - 28 Oct 2017.
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WAVES HOTEL RESORT & SPA BY ELEGANT HOTELS, BARBADOS
Opened in August 2016, this mind and wellness retreat nestled on a beautiful beachside cliff is one of our favourite all-inclusive hotels in Barbados. The hotel’s promotion of healthy eating and cultural activities provides the perfect opportunity to unwind and feel utterly revitalised. Enjoy complimentary activities such as daily yoga and Pilates, try something new each day to make the most of the fabulous offerings. Foodies will delight in the fresh dining options including Mediterranean inspired fare at the ocean front restaurant Seascape and sushi and Asian cuisine at Shiso.
7 nights from £1,789 per person on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Save up to 35% between now - 04 Jan 2018. First child stays free between now - 30 Sep 2017.
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