Outwardly, Barbados is a fusion of Bajan fare fragrances and Oliver Messel-designed houses, yet venture further in and you’ll discover a laid-back surf scene and a child-friendly carnival spirit.
Like much of the rebel spirit peppered through British culture, Barbados rebels against the natural curved formation of the Caribbean’s other islands, as though even from its prehistoric formation it insisted on standing out from the crowd. It’s also undeniably influenced by Anglo-tradition. From crumbling heritage forts to the homesickness cures of afternoon tea on beachside terraces, to even driving on the same side of the road – it is obvious why the island is affectionately known as ‘Little England’.
The sun may be warmer and the rum somehow sweeter, but there’s still a sense of familiarity that runs through these colonial streets that make it seem like a small extension of home. And just like home, Barbados may be small, but its character is titanic.
A Bajan institution synonymous with conspicuous luxury, Sandy Lane exists in its own Palladian-style microcosm full of Rolls-Royces and celebrity patrons who treat it as a home-away-from-home.View
Tranquil, secluded and very British in manner, this charming boutique hotel in its tropical-garden setting stands out for its warm welcome and genuine hospitality, even by Bajan standards.View
A local institution, this cosseting family-run boutique hotel attracts a loyal repeat clientele who come back for its low-key attitude and laid-back informality – a rarity on the west coast.View
Just a short wander from historic Speightstown and perfectly positioned for exploring, high spec two or three bedroom residences and penthouses are supremely spacious and ideal for families.View
Something of an island icon, this powder-pink mansion has been kept in the family for two generations and strikes the perfect balance between charming English heart, and breezy Barbadian soul.View
Roll out of bed and on to the beach; built on the west shore before Barbados’ coastal restrictions, it’s near impossible to find a greater beachside location than at this legendary hotel.View
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