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A sophisticated Caribbean paradise boasting some of the world’s finest resorts
This small coral island is big on personality, culture and unadulterated Caribbean indulgence. With a culture that blends an array of national influences, Barbados has long been a favourite destination for those who seek the finer things in life. Retreat to one of the island’s most luxurious hotels set on white-sand beaches, discover award-winning restaurants, sample the laid-back way of life, mingle with the affable locals and enjoy the Barbadian rhythm of life.
- The fashionable west coast plays host to the island’s iconic resorts, chic hotels and impossibly clear waters
- People flock to the livelier south coast for the family-friendly resorts, nightlife and the island’s prime wind and kite surfing spots
- The UNESCO-listed capital Bridgetown was once a key British trading and naval port
- A stay in Barbados is easily combined with time spent on another Caribbean island
- The birthplace of rum – be sure to try a rum cocktail or two.
Best time to visit Barbados
• Barbados is a popular year-round destination as temperatures tend to range between the high 20s and low 30s
• The dry season is from December to June
• The wet season is from July to November when some showers are likely and humidity levels are high
• Hurricane season runs from 01 June to 30 November.
Barbados holiday highlights
Barbados sits in the Lesser Antilles and is the most eastern of all the Caribbean islands. Defined by crashing Atlantic waves on its east and lapped by the calmer azure waters of the Caribbean Sea to the west it is a land of contrasts and perhaps this is one of the many reasons why people keep coming returning time and time again.
The chic west coast attracts royals, dignitaries, icons of the silver screen stars and the world’s leading sports stars to its upscale resorts such as The Fairmont Royal Pavillion. Lavish private mansions line the palm fringed shoreline of the ‘Platinum Coast’ while world-renowned resorts, such as the exclusive Sandy Lane offer unparalleled service to those of a discerning nature.
Delightful Cobblers Cove offers the perfect blend of Caribbean charm and English elegance. Part of the renowned Relais & Chateaux group, this boutique hotel is tucked away in gorgeous gardens edging a stunning beach and is famed for its award-winning cuisine.
The parish of Christchurch is home to the lively south coast, offering an experience that differs significantly from the tranquillity of the western shore, a perfect destination for group or family holidays. The restaurants, bars, rum shacks and nightclubs of St Lawrence Gap and Oistins, and its famous 'Fish Friday', are the perfect remedy for those who seek to do more than simply lounge on the beach.
Thrill-seekers and watersports enthusiasts also flock to the south coast, and in particular Long Beach, Silver Rock and Silver Sands which claim to be the island’s premium wind and kite surfing spots.
Ocean Two Resort & Residences boasts an enviable setting on beautiful Dover Beach just a short stroll from St Lawrence Gap. Its rooftop deck offers spectacular 270º views of the coast and is a popular spot for enjoying the beautiful south coast sunsets.
Along the ruggedly beautiful east coast small fleets of fishing boats brave the large swells that roll in straight off the vast Atlantic, while daring surfers ride the rolling waves. A drive along the dramatic coastal road, with stops at the coral boulder studded beach of Bathsheba and the surfing mecca of the ‘Soup Bowl enroute, is a highlight of any trip to Barbados.
The captivating Bajan culture was born from a blend of West African, British and Indian roots. A game of cricket and afternoon tea can be enjoyed before an evening of calypso music and dancing. In the nation’s capital Bridgetown, Jacobean, Georgian and Victorian buildings sit side-by-side with vibrant wooden chattel houses. Barbados, known as the birthplace of rum, also boasts the oldest rum producer in the world – Mount Gay Rum – which has been producing this exotic spirit since 1704.