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Luxury Travel: The Editor’s Edit 2016
Luxury Travel: The Editor’s Edit 2016
Jenny Basham, Reservations Manager for the Caribbean, Mexico, USA & Canada

Why to visit Barbados in 2016, by Jenny Basham, Carrier's Reservations Manager for the Caribbean, Mexico, USA & Canada.

Barbados celebrates 50 years of independence this year, and I could give just as many reasons as to why this remains one of my favourite Caribbean destinations. Yes, many involve the local cuisine – I love how there are endless ways to enjoy the best of Bajan food. Delicious lobster at the Friday fish fry at Oistins Bay Gardens, seared tuna with superb sunsets at fine-dining institution The Cliff, and now, a playful a la carte menu courtesy of new younger sister, The Cliff Beach Club. Every November, the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival pays homage to local and international culinary delights with cooking demonstrations, world-class rum, polo, shopping, beach entertainment and parties. November is the month to visit the island this year. A month-long events programme will take place throughout the capital; buildings will be lit up in the country’s national colours and the grand street parade is not to be missed on the last day of the month. Celebrating Bajan music, dance, fine art and photography, the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts also aims to unearth and nurture the talent of local artisans and performers.

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Barbados /Itineraries

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The summer of 2016 heralds the launch of what Regent are describing as ‘the most luxurious ship to sail the seven seas’, Seven Seas Explorer. Join her in December 2016 as she sets sail for her inaugural Caribbean cruise on a 14 night sailing from Miami calling at some of the Caribbean’s most ...

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Barbados /Hidden Treasures

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Barbados /Best Experiences

Top ten things to do in Barbados /

  1. Hire a car and explore Barbados's lush interior, finishing on the dramatic east coast for spectacular coastal scenery around Bathsheba
  2. Visit Fisherpond for the award-winning Planters Sunday lunch
  3. Swim and snorkel alongside the sea turtles
  4. Feast on the catch of the day at Oistins Fish Fry
  5. Stop off at a chattel house-style Rum Shop for cold Banks beer or Ju-c soft drink and a home made sandwich, or fish cakes with dash of Hot Pepper Sauce.
  6. Browse through designer boutiques at Holetown's Limegrove
  7. Watch a polo match at one of the island's four polo fields
  8. Head to Barbados in June for the annual and always colourful Crop Over festival
  9. Visit Harrison's Cave in St Thomas and gaze in awe at this natural wonder
  10. Head to St Nicholas Abbey, a 17th Century former plantation house, and take home a personalised bottle of rum from the working distillery

Barbados /When to go

Barbados is a year round destination with temperatures averaging 24°C-30°C, usually tempered by the cooling trade winds. The winter months between January to April are the most popular months to visit, characterised by warm, generally dry days. Whilst the summer months between June and October tend to be hotter and more humid, with regular showers and the possibility of tropical storms, visitors during these months will often benefit from quieter beaches and excellent offers at many hotels. School holiday periods are always busy, early booking is essential.

Barbados /Reviews

“I’ve just found another bathroom” said the other half on day two of our stay, giving you some idea of the size of our three bedroomed ‘home’ at this exceptional resort. ... more

I have travelled to the Caribbean many times and yet with each visit, I feel that I have learnt something new and intriguing about these alluring sun-kissed islands. On this trip, we were lucky enough to stay on both Barbados and The Grenadines – a pairing that I would go so far as to say is the perfect Caribbean combination.... more

Our expert Caribbean Sales Consultants, Lucy Barton and Jessica Read have recently returned from a luxurious trip to the charming island of Barbados. Travelling from the southern to the west coast along the star-studded coastline, staying in the finest hotels, enjoying the delicious Bajan food and soaking up the surrounding beauty.... more

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Approximate flight times
London to Barbados: 8 hours 35 minutes
Time Difference
GMT -4 hours

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