I’ve been visiting Barbados on family holidays since the age of four – this island has provided me with a lifetime of memories and truly feels like my home away from home, with friendly locals and a safe atmosphere that make you feel welcome from the minute you arrive. Indulging in Bajan culinary delights is my favourite pastime when visiting. From the delectable flying fish at Champers to the speciality dish cou-cou at Brown Sugar, the food is as diverse as the people. You can’t afford to miss the Friday Fish Fry at Oistins, for fresh grilled swordfish and lobster mixed with infectious street music, where you can dance the night away. Aside from the food, I love admiring the local history and architecture of St. Nicholas Abbey where you can explore the rum distillery and sample some of the local spirit. If you like to hit the waves, a visit to the east coast is a prerequisite for any surfer – championships are held there annually.
Brightly-coloured rum shops, carefree calypso rhythms and fragrant Bajan cuisine – sunny Barbados is every bit luxurious with a deliciously eclectic flavour. Revered for its polished resorts, coral sand beaches and silky-sweet rum, this welcoming island in the Caribbean archipelago may be small in size – it only takes an hour to drive from north to south – yet it’s undoubtedly large in character. There are plenty of things to do on a luxury Barbados holiday, particularly in the western parishes of St. Michael and St. James; unwind on the world-renowned white sand beaches, captivate the senses at the bustling local markets or explore the exotic coral reefs beneath the Caribbean Sea. As the island’s capital, historic Bridgetown enthrals with its upmarket boutiques and colonial architecture, whilst some of the finest hotels and villas in Barbados – including the star-studded Sandy Lane resort – grace the aptly-named Platinum Coast. For a taste of Barbados nightlife, travel south to St. Lawrence Gap, where cocktail bars and international dining experiences line the streets neighbouring Dover Beach – a prime destination for water-sports. Those seeking tranquil picnic spots and unspoiled terrain can head to the east coast, where you’ll discover Bottom Bay and its quiet, palm-framed beachfront, velvet-soft sands and coral cliffs. Historic sites and points of interest are nestled amongst the rolling pastures and sugarcane fields further inland; explore the depths of Harrison’s Cave by tram to see the majestic stalactites and stalagmites first-hand. Relax on deck on a catamaran cruise, spot the green monkeys at play in Flower Forest or hire a car and relish getting lost on this remarkable island; Barbados is a place to enjoy all year round.