When it comes to classic Caribbean hotel-keeping and hospitality, polished Barbados is undoubtedly the doyen amongst the islands. You could say that tourism dates back to the 1700s when visitors like George Washington came here for the healthy environment. Barbados has been welcoming Brits in numbers since the 1950s (wealthy ones only in those days). Their lavish lifestyle set the keynote for the famous St James Coast cachet.
Since the 1970s visitors have come in ever-increasing volume not only during the traditional ‘high’ winter season but year-round – especially July through August, for the island’s biggest national festival, ‘Crop Over’.
Explore the island’s north and east coasts – rugged and wild, they’re a different world from the gentle St James shoreline. If you want to keep busy try surfing, catamaran cruises, kayaking, ‘submarine’ trips, mountain-biking and horse-riding!
Nightlife & Party with Locals
When the sun goes down in Barbados, the fun continues. Where to begin? Make for the south coast if you want a lively and easygoing scene. Swaying palm trees, calypso playing and sand beneath your feet, now you know you are in the Caribbean. The west coast is mostly more sedate, with hotels tending to provide more traditional Caribbean entertainment.
Gourmet Cuisine & Dining Out
Watch the sun sink slowly into the turquoise Caribbean Sea while enjoying a sumptuous dinner at any of the excellent restaurants in Barbados. Barbados’ choice of dining options is infinite. From fine dining to fast foods, the array of restaurants is one of the most varied in the Caribbean - from seafood restaurants, steak houses, world-wide ethnic specialities and contemporary continental cuisine to lively bistros, and eateries specialising in Caribbean favourites.
Local cuisines are definitely worth experiencing during you luxury holiday in Barbados.
World''s Best Scuba Dive Sites
You can dive in Barbados from both beach and boats on the west (Caribbean) coast, where there’s an abundance of sea life, corals, sponges, wrecks and good visibility amid the off-shore reefs.
World Class Golf Courses
Sunny weather all year round makes Barbados an ideal location for golf and the perfect vacation for golfers and ‘would-be’ golfers. The glorious weather conditions are complemented by some of the best championship courses in the Caribbean. Inevitably, perhaps, prices match the incomparable setting. Built on a former sugar plantation, Sandy Lane Golf Club is considered to be the best and most popular golf club on Barbados.
Family Luxury Holiday in Barbados
Barbados features an excellent array of beaches on the South Coast and extremely well-run Children''s Clubs throughout the island''s hotels.