A great day in Barbados and an interesting one in St Vincent and Mustique.
After visiting MH’s family in Dominica for Christmas, it was my turn to visit my family in Barbados. I just love the island – it has so much to offer. The beaches on the west coast are super, but I would encourage everyone to just drive around the island. It has so much scenic variety and is all easily accessible.
And of course we just had to visit a few hotels, just to refresh our memory. So made stops at Coral Reef, Sandpiper and Saint Peter’s’ Bay. All looking superb.
We left St. Lucia on the early morning LIAT flight, a short 35 minute journey, which actually left ahead of schedule and arrived even earlier. We had breakfast at the upscale Limegrove shopping area in Hole Town. Of course this is the time for families to bond again, and it makes it very special. Our son Dominic really enjoys it as he gets to see his numerous cousins in Dominica, and then his sister and nephews and niece in Barbados.
The next day MH and I left bright and early again for the early morning flight to St.Vincent with connection to Mustique. What a contrast to the previous day. LIAT were delayed for 40 minutes, and made a tight connection worrying. We arrived St. Vincent after getting the pilot to radio ahead, and thought we had just made it. Wrong! The charter schedule had apparently been changed to an hour earlier, although I think the fact several Government members were visiting Mustique had just as much to do with the earlier departure. As is normal in situations like this in the Caribbean, every explanation gives you a slightly different story. Anyway, we spent three hours in mental limbo seeking alternatives, and eventually found space on the early afternoon charter, and that would give us two complete hours to discover Mustique! Having grown tired of the delights of St. Vincent airport, we did find 45 minutes to drive into Kingstown, the capital.
It is a bustling place, with some great colonial building – in different circumstances I would have enjoyed discovering the city. Maybe next time.
So a short 15 minute flight to Mustique. Frankly neither of us were in the best of moods, but within minutes we had just fallen in love with the place. Colonial elegance in the Cotton House hotel. An incredible selection of beaches. Lush forest and mountains, a small fishing village which is home to the world famous Basil’s Bar, and some incredibly luxurious villas. Water sports, tennis classes, horse and pony rides, trekking, or just totally chilling. MH Has done several mega bookings here recently with clients looking for alternatives to the Indian Ocean, and Mustique ticks all the boxes. We now have special contract rates and it will appear on our website very soon.
The two hours literally flew by. We saw so much in record speed, and made it back to the quaint airport for the charter flight, this time to our base in St Lucia. A 25 minute scenic journey and you arrive at the international airport at Hewanorra in the south of the island. Brilliant, a 60 minute drive up the island, and we can pick up Dominic who is coming into the inter island airport in the north from Barbados on LIAT. Good, indicator shows flight on time so just go for a cooling beer. Hang on, announcement saying flight delayed, more information later. And so it went on, for almost three hours. He eventually came through the immigration doors with a face like thunder and was not the least bit interested in our own “adventures” of the day. One of the main frustrations I find in travel is when a flight delay far exceeds the journey time, as in this case – a 35 minute flight delayed almost three hours.
St Lucia does make a much more logical gateway to Mustique than either Barbados or St Vincent currently. This might change when the new St Vincent international airport opens, but whilst February 14 has been muted as the opening date, the actual year seems far less certain!
So an early interesting couple of days. I suppose it’s all part of the travel experience.
Images shown here are all Mustique and I think give just a glimpse of the style.