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Barbados - A tropical island paradise

Blessed with a sizzling tropical climate and palm-fringed white sand beaches, a villa holiday in Barbados is close to paradise. There’s so much to discover – from the natural beauty of tropical flowers and breathtaking rural landscapes, to plantation houses and historic towns proudly preserved in Bajan culture. The gentle, laidback rhythm of the island is both captivating and calming – the perfect combination for a summer holiday. The friendly, fun-loving Barbados natives are also famous for spicing up the balmy atmosphere with live Caribbean music, soul food and colourful calypso dancing.

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Royal Westmoreland

The exclusive Royal Westmoreland Estate encompasses the gently rolling fairways and pristine greens of the Royal Westmoreland Golf Club as well as a range of luxurious villas and apartments, perfectly placed for views of the course and the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea. The elegant clubhouse features a smart bar and fine dining restaurant with spectacular views across the manicured fairway of the 9th hole. There are also tennis courts and a gym at your disposal should you feel the need to work off some of the delicious Caribbean fare you’re enjoying during your villa holiday. When you crave the feeling of sand between your toes, Royal Westmoreland’s shuttle service can deliver you down the road to the beautiful Mullins Beach where your lounger, parasol and towels await. Indulge in a blissful dip in the pristine bay, perhaps followed by a chilled cocktail from the beach bar. When you’re ready to head back, your beautiful private villa is just a few minutes away.

  • 35mins fromGrantley Adams

Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane is synonymous with luxury and indulgence, famed the world over as one of the favourite sunshine destinations of celebrities and royals. The magnificent holiday villas within the Sandy Lane Estate are equally prestigious, sharing the breathtaking Sandy Lane beach with hotel guests and others in the know. Guests at some of the villas here are invited to use the extensive facilities at the Sandy Lane Hotel, including the array of watersports organised on the beach by the Beach Club staff. Several of the hotel’s own supremely elegant restaurants overlook the bay, serving some of the most exquisite meals you’ll find anywhere in Barbados. No fewer than three 18-hole golf courses are part of the Sandy Lane Estate and the chic clubhouse is a wonderfully elevated spot to sip a glass of wine and watch the Caribbean sunset. With nearby Holetown a great source of bars, eateries and clubs to suit every taste, a villa holiday in the Sandy Lane area is very hard to beat.

  • 35mins fromGrantley Adams

Schooner Bay

This small luxurious development of residences is set within landscaped tropical gardens overlooking stunning waters just outside historic Speightstown. There are watersports available through the Cobblers Cove Hotel a little further down the beach. It also has a good bar and restaurant should you feel like dining out locally. Speightstown is within easy walking distance of Schooner Bay, a delightful mix of old colonial buildings and colourful Bajan architecture. With sidewalk vendors selling fresh produce and souvenirs and fishing boats unloading at the town jetty, it’s a great spot to wander around and get a feel for everyday Bajan life. There are numerous local bars, cafes and restaurants and you can also pick up some delicious local fruits, fresh fish and seafood. The larger and livelier Holetown is just a short drive away and has dozens of bars, restaurants and clubs as well as good shopping opportunities. If you’d like to play a round of golf during your villa holiday, choose one of Sandy Lane’s three scenic courses just a few minutes’ drive from the resort.

  • 45mins fromGrantley Adams

Bougainvillea Beach Resort

Bask in the warmth of the sun and enjoy the alluring magic of the Caribbean at Bougainvillea Beach Resort. Set on a beautiful stretch of beach on the Southern Coast of Barbados, the resort offers everything you need for your island getaway, whether you are looking for a romantic retreat or relaxing family break. Offering a fantastic, central location, Bougainvillea is a stone's throw away from the bustling St. Lawrence Gap, renowned for it's lively nightlife, The Gap is filled with bars, restaurants and shops. Oistins is also just around the corner, and definitely worth a visit for it's Fish Fry!

  • 20mins fromGrantley Adams

Port St. Charles

The resort of Port St Charles is located just north of Schooner Bay, with the lovely sweeping sands of Heywoods Beach running along its sea-facing side. Gleaming craft of all shapes and sizes enter the chic marina through a narrow passage beside the beach, berthing right alongside the rows of elegant townhouse style residences. A number of mega-yacht berths are located on the offshore breakwater, along with a couple of mooring buoys for any exceptionally long luxury vessels. The smart villas and apartments at the marina overlook the stunning lagoon, with some also facing the turquoise waters off Heywoods Beach, each with their own berth to tie up their boat after a day on the water. The resort’s impressive yacht club, bar and restaurant is built on a man-made island and linked to the mainland by a bridge. Its charming sun deck, with steps leading down into the sea whenever you feel like a cooling dip, is a great place to watch the toing and froing of the various boats with a lovely view of the beach and along the coast.

  • 50mins fromGrantley Adams

Saint Peter's Bay

St Peter’s Bay is not only a stunning sandy beach, lined with luxuriant palm trees, it’s also home to nesting green turtles and as such has the privilege of witnessing the adorable young take their first uncertain steps towards the sea. Being invited to watch or help them on their way is one of the great joys of staying as a holiday villa guest at St Peter’s Bay and certainly adds to the magical memories.The resort’s contemporary style apartments and penthouses are immaculately presented, with distinctive balcony arches to welcome cooling sea breezes. The beach is literally steps from the tropical gardens and pool areas and the sparkling waters are just perfect for swimming and snorkelling. There’s a lovely bar and dining gazebo just set back from the beach where you can watch the sunset over a Caribbean cocktail. Water taxis can take you up and down the coast to visit neighbouring resort Port Ferdinand, whilst not far away is the popular Mullins to the south or the yacht club at Port St Charles Marina to the north. Speightstown is also within easy reach so you can easily stock up on fresh fish and delicious local produce for your stay.

  • 40mins fromGrantley Adams

The Crane Resort

This idyllic, sun-soaked resort is located on the stunning Crane Beach and offers breathtaking views of the sparkling, turquoise ocean and soft pink sands. Combining elegance, charm and natural beauty, The Crane provides a fantastic array of facilities and is a great choice for those who want a fun filled break, with the perfect combination of seclusion and luxury. Enjoy tasty dishes from around the world in one of The Crane's fabulous award-winning restaurants, or simply indulge with a relaxing massage or body treatment in The Serenity Spa. Fitness fanatics will appreciate the fully equipped Fitness Centre and flood-lit Tennis Courts, whilst children will love having fun at the complimentary Kid's Club. This tropical paradise awaits!

  • 15mins fromGrantley Adams

Port Ferdinand

This state-of-the-art recently built Marina has a wonderful setting close to Six Men's Beach and within walking distance to Speightstown, which has a large variety of shops, restaurants and bars. Located on the historic northern coast of Barbados, the resort attracts a vast number of individual yachts and boats of all styles. The relaxed lifestyle is based on and around the water, with a splendid free form pool, relaxing spa, modern gym and the popular golf simulator all competing for attention!

  • 45mins fromGrantley Adams

Gibbes

Just around the corner, a ten minute walk from the popular Mullins Beach, Gibbes Bay is a stunning stretch of tree-lined beach that’s always beautiful, and never crowded. It may lack sun loungers and parasols, but if you’re looking for tranquillity, this is most certainly the place to be. The southern end of the bay is ideal for snorkelling, with a good chance of spotting turtles on your underwater adventure. For other watersports, it’s best to head to Mullins. Behind the beach, luxury villas enjoy what is undoubtedly one of the best sea views on the island, with just the occasional yacht or catamaran gliding past to break up the glorious expanse of blue. At the weekends, they may even anchor in the bay for lunch and a leisurely swim. Gibbes holiday villa guests will relish the peace and privacy of this gorgeous location, and when it comes to eating out or enjoying a round of golf, it’s a short drive to the Royal Westmoreland Golf Club and the restaurants and shops at Holetown and Speightstown.

  • 45mins fromGrantley Adams

Mullins

The very lovely Mullins Beach is not only cherished for its tree-lined golden shore and calm, dreamy waters, but also for its popular beach bar and restaurant and proximity to both Speightstown and Holetown. Those staying in the smart gated community overlooking the bay are just steps from the soft sandy beach and a favourite sun lounger for the day. Sip a chilled beverage in the shade, watch the kids frolicking in the shallow waters or venture in for a cooling dip and a chance to spot a turtle or two. With waterskiing, turtle watching, banana boating and glass bottom boat trips all on offer here, there’s plenty to entertain the whole family. Watch the nightly sunset show over a rum cocktail before deciding if you feel like dining out – the beach bar restaurant often has live music or you may prefer to head into Speightstown or Holetown for a wider choice of cuisine.

  • 45mins fromGrantley Adams

Reeds Bay

Situated on the west coast of Barbados, Reeds Bay is known for its quiet and unspoiled beach boasting crystal clear blue waters. The Royal Westmoreland Golf Club is just a short drive inland and features a smart bar and fine dining restaurant with amazing views of the manicured fairway of the 9th hole. A small selection of amenities can be found nearby Reeds Bay including some local restaurants and shops. For a wider choice the popular Speightstown can be reached within a 10 minute drive north, or Holetown to the south.

  • 40mins fromGrantley Adams

Speightstown

Speightstown is a charming traditional Bajan town. Full of history, the town was the first port and commercial centre established on Barbados – with ships leaving the harbour bound for Bristol and London with their cargoes of sugar. In Speightstown, you can see some great examples of original Barbadian architecture, as well as Georgian houses with wonderful wooden balconies – a reminder of the town’s past. The town boasts a fantastic, traditional atmosphere and plenty of culture. Meet the locals and enjoy some of the delicious fresh produce as you purchase fruit and vegetables, as well as fish, freshly caught from the aquamarine Caribbean waters.

  • 45mins fromGrantley Adams

Your Barbados Villa holiday

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Fun packed days in Barbados

To discover some of Barbados’s colonial history, pay a visit to St Nicholas Abbey, a fascinating Jacobean style former sugar cane plantation house built in the mid-17th century with a rum distillery and steam mill. There’s also Sunbury Plantation, one of the island’s most popular museums, with its collection of horse drawn carriages. Plant lovers will enjoy the Flower Forest’s 53 acres of tropical flora and trees and the Andromeda Botanic Gardens, set on the hillside overlooking the Atlantic with its rare species of succulents, palms and bearded fig trees. Folkestone’s Marine Park near Holetown is well worth a visit. If you’re an experienced diver you can visit the amazing artificial reef just off the coast created by sinking the fire-damaged ship, Stavronikita. Snorkellers can still explore the inshore reef and there’s a visitors centre with plenty of information on the area’s marine life. For magnificent views of rolling waves crashing onto the rocky shore, visit the dramatic east coast beach at Bathsheba. Known as the ‘Soup Bowl’, the venue holds regular local and international surfing competitions and it’s a great place to take a picnic and watch the experts.

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Atmospheric evenings in Barbados

Barbados holidays are ideal for those seeking an active vacation. From kayaking, fishing and horseback rides to playing a round of golf or game of tennis – sports enthusiasts are well catered for. Those preferring to watch can take in a cricket match, horse race or surfing competition in the famous Bathsheba ‘Soupbowl.’ The island also has an enchanting cave formation with waterfalls and emerald pools; wildlife reserves, and marine tours which are a hit with everyone. Diving holidays in Barbados are popular along the pretty reef, alongside fishing trips, sailing, windsurfing and kiteboarding.

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Retail therapy in Barbados

There are plenty of shopping opportunities throughout the island, with crafts, paintings and prints by Bajan artists some of the favourite buys. Bridgetown is undoubtedly the main shopping location, with department stores, boutiques and market stalls selling all manner of goods, both local and imported. Look out for locally-produced rum, handcrafted pottery and batik products. As a popular cruise destination, the capital also has a large number of duty free outlets, with high-end watches and jewellery – in particular gold, emeralds and diamonds – among the most desirable itemd. At Oistins market, pick up fresh flying fish to grill at your private holiday villa, along with a bottle of the island’s famous hot pepper sauce!

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Beaches in Barbados

Whichever location you choose for your villa holiday, you’ll want to sample some of Barbados’s magnificent beaches for yourself and there are certainly plenty to choose from. The western Platinum coast has a gorgeous silvery shoreline lapped by gentle Caribbean waves and each resort has access to the nearest beaches, many offering watersports, parasols and sun loungers. Snorkelling in the clear turquoise waters here is a great way to view the shoals of tropical fish inhabiting the island’s coral reef. You can even swim with turtles offshore at the beautiful Paynes Bay. For those who enjoy a little more surf, the pink-hued Crane Beach on the southeast coast is simply breathtaking, backed by limestone cliffs and swaying palm trees and great for bodyboarding. Along the dramatic east coast, the waves of the Atlantic Ocean are wild, wonderful and ideal for surfing and it’s a great idea to take a trip over there during your stay for a very different beach experience.

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  • Cool down on an underground tram ride through the beautifully illuminated limestone stalactites and stalagmites, deep pools and cascading waterfalls of the amazing Harrison’s Cave. It’s located around 20 minutes inland from Holetown and easily accessed by bus, taxi or car.
  • Barbados’s submarine trips are a great way to discover life beneath the waves without even getting your feet wet. Spending around 40 minutes at depths of up to 150 feet, this is an unforgettable experience, viewing shipwrecks, coral reefs and shoals of brilliantly coloured tropical fish up close.
  • Don’t miss the Friday Night Fish Fry at Oistins, a weekly social event for locals and visitors of all ages. Try freshly caught flying fish, marlin or swordfish, all cooked to perfection on the barbecue, followed by live music and dancing. If you visit the fish market during the day you can buy the catch of the day to grill in the comfort of your own private villa.
  • Take to the seas for a pirate party on a sailing ship, or perhaps a peaceful sunset cruise along the island’s idyllic coastline.

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