Barbados – The Birth Place of Rum
One of the most developed of the islands. Its size is similar to the Isle of Wight, and with probably the best infrastructure making it the ideal introduction to the region. It also has one of the highest repeat followings, drawn by the excellent hotels, the superb restaurants, the good beaches particularly on the West coast where all of our hotels are located.
An easy island to explore, so car hire will enhance your flexibility. The south coast has good beaches and tends to be the place for wind related water sports as well as having a lively nightlife scene. The west coast has equally good, maybe even better, beaches, calmer seas, the most upscale hotels and a more restaurant, rather than nightlife, focus.
On this, you have Established names like The Cliff, Cin Cin, The Tides, Lone Star and a relatively new upscale addition, Scarlet – Rather funky and known for it’s great cocktails. For contrast you have totally Caribbean beach front chill out shacks like Bumbas, or inland rum shops like Chris’s Place.
One of the many highlights of Barbados is getting up close and personal with the amazing sea turtles. Most hotels can arrange this, but it is very easy to hire a boat for personal excursions, if you want to spend some more time exploring the lovely island.
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The East coast, (see above image) facing the Atlantic, is wild, windy and rugged, with high seas, so only the most confident or foolhardy would consider venturing in, but its marvellously unspoilt, with small villages and deserted beaches. Also worth considering would be Harrison’s Cave, with its amazing stalactities and stalagmites… Barbados Wilflife Reserve where you can usually glimpse the famous green monkey… and Andromeda Botanical Garden, where you have one of the largest collection of tropical plants.
Bajans love their sport, and apart from cricket, you will see football and basketball played all over the island, as well as probably the loudest game of dominoes you are likely to encounter. Horse Racing is popular, taking place in Bridgetown most Saturdays in season. Not to forget the amazing Golf courses littered around the island, Sandy Lane probably being the most exclusive.
HOTEL LEVY – NEW TAX . From 01 July 2018 , the newly elected Barbados Government imposed a new tax , ranging from US$ 8 per room per night for first class hotels to US$10 in deluxe hotels . This is payable directly to hotel . This applies to all bookings , new or existing . The new tax is to support the island infrastructure which is in need of updating if the high standards expected by overseas clients , and indeed locals , are to be maintained .
Barbados – A Chic Location
Hotels in Barbados