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Barbados

  • Two small yacht boats anchored just offshore

Brightly-coloured beach huts, rebellious calypso rhythms, and cuisine that famously packs a punch – sunny Barbados brings a scrumptious shack-full of eclectic flavours.

Brightly-coloured beach huts, rebellious calypso rhythms, and cuisine that famously packs a punch – sunny Barbados brings a scrumptious shack-full of eclectic flavours.

Outwardly, this country is a fusion of Bajan fare fragrances and a delectable, sumptuous side where predominantly family-run havens have a timelessness that speaks for itself. Yet venture below the superficial and you’ll discover a twist punchier than the rum itself.

Exchanging glamorous sunbathers for vivacious souls who’ve quickly synced to the island’s beat, they’re inspired by everything from a side-street Souse kitchen and the unmissable sports scene that Barbadians have made their own, to the simple act of swaying to the smooth backdrop of serotonin-seducing tunes at dusk. Above all though, it’s these folk that serve as a reminder that while this island may be small, it’s spirit is nothing short of carnival.

The Fish Pot restaurant in Barbados
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    On the agenda
    in 2024

    With the turning over of new leaves and travel plans in the pipeline, we invite you to delve beyond the destination and into the marvelous moments to be had on meaningful journeys that will make your year.
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    Featuring...
    Coral Reef Club

    Tranquil, secluded and very British in manner, this charming country house hotel in its tropical garden setting stands out for its warm welcome and genuine hospitality, even by Bajan standards.
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    Featuring...
    Sandy Lane

    Since its opening in 1961 Sandy Lane has acquired a regal status among other Caribbean resorts and it’s not hard to see why.

In pursuit of…

A man playing the steel drum instrument
…lolling beach-side by day, sampling a different eatery by night

Locally known as ‘liming’, good times wiling away the hours with good company is all in the ethos of the island. And no matter if it’s basking ocean-side or hitting up an 18-holer, there’s always one thing left to talk about: what’s on the menu? While firm-favourites like mahi-mahi and flying fish are never too far away, a deeper dive into the food venture reveals road-side fish shacks and seriously impressive eateries that capture that breadth of Bajan flavour. Seasoning every bite with a loving story, sharing that local pride for each dish becomes heavenly tranquil; until the calypso beat kicks in, and you’ve already found that you’re up off your feet and dancing.

While this island may be small, it’s spirit is nothing short of carnival.
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A sense of place

Get to know our favourite spots in Barbados, from the iconic powdery white sands of the West Coast to the hubbub of local lifestyle in Bridgetown.

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    West Coast

    Powdery white sand beaches, iconic streets lined with restaurants, and a vast array of independent hotels that feel absolutely timeless; if there’s ever an iconic image of Barbados that springs to mind, this is probably it. With a family feeling to the coastline that’s almost impossible not to fall in love with, returning is almost necessary.  

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    Bridgetown

    The hubbub of local lifestyle and true Bajan spirit, Bridgetown steps in with its historical insights, vibrant architecture, and array of sports that this island made their own. With restaurants, nightclubs, and many a rum beach shack, this is the spot to uncover Barbados’ story as told from the grassroots.

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    St Lawrence Gap

    An electric magnet for the young at heart, the south of the island takes centre stage for all-night dancing by the beachside. Bringing all the best of Calypso, hip-hop, reggae, and more, there’s a synonymous dance between creativity and freedom that the spirited types just can’t help tapping into. 

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    Harrison’s Cave

    Because unmatched beauty on this island isn’t just reserved for the land up above, Harrison’s Cave brings an incredible web of geological formations, caverns and crystals that are sure to spark any adventure-lovers attention. And, with a wildlife reserve nearby, there’s even a chance to see the famous Barbados green monkey jumping through the treetops.   

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It's essence...

SMOOTH
RHYMTHIC
REBELLIOUS
Destination essentials
  • Mar - Apr
    SPRING HIGH
  • Nov
    AUTUMN HIGH
  • May - Aug
    SHOULDER
  • Sep - Oct
    LOW
SEASON
  • 8hrs 30min
    LGW - BGI
Flight
  • -4hrs
    GMT
Time difference
  • BBD
    BARBADIAN DOLLAR
  • English
    Local Bajan also spoken
Currency / Language
Get in touch your way…
We customise every trip to you and our quotes are bespoke. We’re here to offer advice, recommendations and answer your questions.
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Caribbean & Mexico

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    Jamaica

    If we could bottle up Jamacia’s soulful aura, we’d confidently release it in the form of song, to inspire letting loose and getting into the local groove for that truly euphoric feeling.  

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    Mexico

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