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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 destinations for a luxury Caribbean holiday. 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 /Hotels & Villas

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Cruise /Regent Seven Seas - Serene Islands

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 ...

Cruise /SeaDream - Island Escapes

Join SeaDream I on a journey around some of the less well known Caribbean islands. Your luxury yacht will depart from Bridgetown, Barbados and head for the French-Caribbean island of Martinique, where the pretty coastal town of Le Marin offers watersports, sailing and white sandy beaches. On to St ...

Cruise /SeaDream - Caribbean Gems

Sail around the unspoiled islands of the French West Indies, beginning in Saint Martin with its colonial houses and smart cafes. Onwards to chic St Barths, where incredible shopping, beaches and restaurants can all be enjoyed during an overnight stay in port. The next port of call is just of the ...

Cruise /SeaDream - Grenada & The Grenadines

A short voyage aboard luxury yacht SeaDream I, with the opportunity to explore the famous Platinum coast of Barbados, before sailing around the tiny islands of the Grenadines. Ports of call include Mayreau and the Tobago Cays where you can snorkel in the crystalline waters. The voyage also drops ...

Cruise /SeaDream Yacht Club - Caribbean Jewels

Sail around the unspoiled islands of the West Indies in all-inclusive luxury on board SeaDream I. First port of call is the island of Mayreau where you will start your voyage in style with SeaDream's Signature Champagne and Caviar splash experience in warm Caribbean waters. Continue along St ...

Cruise /Silversea - Festive Island Escapes

Join Silver Wind as she departs Fort Lauderdale to explore contrasting Caribbean islands on this eight night Christmas voyage. First port of call is Key West, where you can sway in a hammock or charter a deep sea fishing boat, or simply soak up the laid-back vibe. A couple of days relaxing at sea ...

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Top 5 things to do in Barbados /

  1. Visit Barbados between June and August for the annual and always colourful Crop Over festival; expect calypso music, Cohobblopot carnival shows and bustling markets of local arts, crafts and fare
  2. Experience a day at the races at the Garrison Savannah Racetrack, based in the Garrison Historic Area in Bridgetown - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  3. In the bustling seaside town of Oistins, enjoy live music, explore the local markets and feast on the catch of the day at Oistins Fish Fry
  4. Head to the west end of Miami Beach Barbados - also known as Enterprise Beach - for calmer waters dotted with colourful fishing boats
  5. Visit the 1660's plantation house of St. Nicholas Abbey to savour the tranquil surroundings, before taking home a personalised bottle of rum from the working distillery

Barbados /When is the best time to visit Barbados

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 and April are the most popular, 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. As Barbados is a highly sought-after destination, we recommend booking at least a year in advance for the best availability. School holiday periods are always busy.

Barbados /Reviews

After experiencing the beauty of Barbados first-hand, our travel expert Merridith shares her hotel recommendations for the island best known for its white sand beaches, silky-sweet rum and exuberant culture.... more

“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. They travelled 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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