2018 IS THE YEAR OF CULINARY EXPERIENCES IN BARBADOS. TRAVEL THIS YEAR FOR A GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURE, A CARNIVAL OF TASTES, FLAVOURS AND AROMAS TO ENTICE AND INSPIRE ALL PALATES. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, THERE ARE EVENTS AND FESTIVALS DEDICATED TO THE ISLAND’S CULINARY CREATIONS AND EPICUREAN HERITAGE.
CROP OVER FESTIVAL
MAY - AUGUST
The most famous festival in Barbados and by far the most fun time of year to be there, this fabulous festival marks the end of the sugar cane crop season. We think it’s worth the trip alone to experience the exciting party atmosphere. From 03 – 06 August, Bridgetown Market is the place to be for delicious street food stands, live entertainment and jewellery, arts and crafts stalls.
FOOD AND RUM FESTIVAL
18 - 21 OCTOBER
Foodies will delight at seeing some of the world’s top chefs descend on this vibrant island for a week of cooking demonstrations, tasting sessions and glamorous parties at the most indulgent festival imaginable. Watch renowned chefs whip up local dishes, visit markets bursting with mouth-watering street food, sample drinks prepared by expert mixologists, and feast on beloved Bajan classics.
Barbados is known for its creative cuisine which carries notes of English, African and Indian heritage. Flying fish is the national dish, usually coated in breadcrumbs, fried and served alongside ‘cou cou’ – a mixture of corn meal, okra, water and butter.
The famous Friday Night Fish Fry at Oistins is a must-do when in Barbados! Delicious fresh fish is cooked to order and heaped on plates, and when you’ve finished sampling all the delicacies, from mahi-mahi to macaroni pie, there are market stalls selling trinkets, arts and crafts.
Barbados appeals to foodies far and wide, with an exquisite assortment of fine dining venues lined up along the coast. One of our favourites is Daphne’s, overseen by the acclaimed Chef Michele Blasi, and known for its Italian-Caribbean fusion dishes and unforgettable oceanfront setting.
Ocean Two, Barbados
There are so many characteristics we love about Ocean Two, from the three-times-daily Happy Hour at the swim-up pool bar to the laid-back Panorama Rooftop Deck, the fresh coconut bar on the beach and the heavenly memory foam sun loungers.
The location is also hard to beat – the resort sits on a secluded bay, yet walk for just five minutes and you’re at the famous St Lawrence Gap with its buzzing bars, restaurants and live music. The 88 rooms and suites are stylish and spacious, with each offering partial or direct ocean views. Relax on your private balcony or take advantage of blissful in-room spa treatments.
For all the opportunities there are to sit back and relax in the sunshine, there’s also a host of complimentary non-motorised watersports to enjoy; plunge into the turquoise waters of the ocean and discover an underwater world with snorkelling or diving to shipwrecks and coral reefs, take out a kayak or hobie cat, or learn to surf.
7 nights from £1,429 per person sharing a One Bedroom Ocean Front Suite including breakfast.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save up to 35% plus complimentary breakfast and a three course meal for two.
STAY: 17 Apr 2018 - 05 Jan 2019.
Cobblers Cove, Barbados
Cobblers Cove has all the grace and charm of an English country house hotel, with the addition of exotic tropical gardens, West Indian warmth and a golden beach which is perfect for soaking up the Caribbean sun.
You can expect the cuisine to be of the highest standard here, the hotel being a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux. Award-winning head chef, Jason Joseph, has woven together a menu replete with island-inspired dishes at the oceanfront Camelot Restaurant which is recognised as one of the very best restaurants in Barbados.
The 40 suites are simply stunning – all are located in charming cottages within the gardens or on the beachfront, with the exception of the two signature suites, Camelot and Colleton at the Great House, which are each furnished with a four-poster bed and their own rooftop terrace with private plunge pool.
7 nights from £1,899 per person sharing a Cobblers Garden Suite including breakfast.
OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 5.
STAY: 17 Apr - 16 Dec 2018.
Sea Breeze Beach House, Barbados
This gorgeous all-inclusive resort, set on the vibrant south coast, has recently undergone a $15 million refurbishment project which has seen it transformed into a beach house style boutique hotel.
With separate adult-only and family areas, a fantastic Caribbean holiday can be had at Sea Breeze whether you’re travelling with children, teens or as a couple. There’s so much to do here - take a dip in one of three swimming pools, enjoy complimentary non-motorised water sports or relax on the floating sundeck. Sea Breeze has four fabulous new restaurants including Mahogany Lounge with its island-inspired interiors, the elegantly-casual Aqua Terra for fresh seafood and sumptuous steaks, and Cerulean for sophisticated fine dining in an intimate, romantic setting.
We’re particularly enamoured with the Chef’s Tasting Room – a pop-up dining experience offering a five course taster menu with paired wines, designed exclusively for the occasion by the Executive Chef. If you’ve got kids in tow, take them to The Rum Shop Café for homemade Bajan pastries and sweet treats alongside fresh smoothies and ice cream.
All rooms and suites feature private balconies and contemporary décor. The resort has recently unveiled its brand new oceanfront suites which range from spacious, open-plan junior suites to three- or four-bedroom suites that are perfect for families. You’ll want to get out and sample the Bajan nightlife the south coast is renowned for, too; you’ll be just a short stroll from the famous Oistins Fish Market which pulses with reggae music and mouth-watering street food every weekend!
SEA BREEZE BEST BITS
- Beautiful beaches: There’s over 1,000 feet of white, sandy beach at Sea Breeze and the swimming conditions are ideal
- Floating sundeck: Bask in the sun, a short swim out to sea, on the resort’s private floating sundeck
- In-room spa treatments: Relax into a pampering spa session in the comfort of your own room or suite
- Swimming pools: After a refreshing dip in one of three pools, sink into some of the comfiest sun loungers in the Caribbean and enjoy the poolside drinks service
7 nights from £1,679 per person sharing a Classic Standard Room on All-Inclusive.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save up to 40% plus private dining experience.
STAY: 17 Apr 2018 - 05 Jan 2019.
Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados
For something special, why not treat yourself to a private dinner for two on your very own balcony, expertly-prepared dishes delivered to you as you savour the sight of the sun sinking below the vast horizon of the ocean.
One of the features we like best about the Fairmont Royal Pavilion is their in-room spa treatments. Indulgences such as hot stone therapy, mineral salt scrubs, reflexology and facials can all be enjoyed in the peace and privacy of your own room or suite. There are a wide range of activities to enjoy here, too – get on the water with windsurfing, snorkelling and kayaking; swim with turtles or watch them nesting on the beach; and burn off some energy on the tennis courts.
7 nights from £1,899 per person sharing an Oceanfront Deluxe Room including breakfast.
OFFER: Save up to 40%.
STAY: 17 Apr - 08 Dec 2018.
The old-style splendour of the Caribbean comes to life at the remarkable Fairmont Royal Pavilion. Its grand architecture and design reflect the hotel’s rich heritage and a choice of refined dining venues and luxurious accommodations cater beautifully to even the most discerning of traveller.
The hotel has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation and unveiled stunning modern suites with soft hues and crisp linens providing a peaceful enclave for your stay. Every room and suite boasts unobstructed views of the ocean and the balconies or outdoor decks with their daybeds are the perfect spots to gaze upon the views. We’d recommend the Beachfront Junior Suites which come with the benefit of fast-track airport service, your own private butler and evening canapés.
Each day, complimentary afternoon tea is served at the poolside Taboras restaurant; we love the freshly-baked scones and delightful pastries. For dinner, we couldn’t recommend the sumptuous à la carte fare at Palm Terrace Restaurant more highly, served up in style as it is amongst leafy palms and tropical plants.
Coral Reef Club, Barbados
The treasured Coral Reef Club has been owned by the O’Hara family for over 60 years and is renowned for its impeccable service, old-world charm and fine cuisine. The colonial-style buildings exude elegance and stand majestically amongst acres of manicured grounds, birds flitting between mahogany and frangipani trees, fragrant bougainvillea and flowering shrubs bursting with vibrant colour.
Set within this tropical paradise, the hotel’s acclaimed spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments as well as a crystal steam room and a hydro-pool. It’s difficult to find a dining experience that beats eating al fresco at Coral Reef Club’s ocean-side restaurant where fresh fish, seafood and Caribbean classics are featured on the ever-changing menu. Evenings pulse with the meldies of steel bands, jazz, reggae and calypso music, while the soft glow of sunset lights up the ocean.
7 nights from £1,839 per person sharing a Junior Suite Pool/Garden View Room including breakfast.
OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 6 plus four complimentary dinners.
STAY: 14 Jul - 24 Aug or 30 Sep - 31 Oct 2018.
The Sandpiper, Barbados
The Sandpiper sits nestled into acres of flourishing gardens on the Platinum Coast, its gorgeous stretch of sandy beach dazzling to the eyes. The award-winning restaurant opens up onto a romantic torch-lit pool and tranquil koi ponds. Headed up by Executive Chef Christophe Poupardin, the restaurant features ever-changing menus of creative cuisine, coloured with Caribbean flair, as well as fusion dishes from Europe and Asia.
Weekly restaurant highlights include the Wednesday night cocktail party followed by a mouthwatering buffet of West Indian and international fare, and the Sunday barbecue accompanied by live steel pan music. Sundowners at Harold’s Bar are always a favourite with our guests – set on the beach with stunning views over the gently lapping waves of the Caribbean Sea, this is the perfect place to sip an expertly-blended ‘Harold’s Smile’ cocktail while watching one of those world-famous Bajan sunsets.
7 nights from £1,839 per person sharing a Garden Room including breakfast.
OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 6 plus four complimentary dinners.
STAY: 09 May - 10 Aug or 01 - 31 Oct 2018.