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Eating out is BIG in Barbados, and you’ll be spoiled for choice. There’s expensive The Cliff, relaxed and seductive Daphne’s, trendy Lone Star, and contemporary Cin Cin on the west coast – all classy restaurants overlooking the sea and frequented by celebrities. The romantic settings are awesome but can be pricey. Tantalise your taste buds at the Fish Pot Restaurant at Little Good Harbour, minutes from Port St Charles: it is part of a converted fort that sits on the beach at Shermans. Here you can choose tasty appetisers such as grilled king prawns or tempura fried soft shell crab and mouth-watering main courses such as braised lamb shank, roast rack of elk, or seared scallops.
On a clifftop above Accra Beach is Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant, a leading restaurant on the south coast and in Maxwell Bay near the fishing village of Oistins you’ll find Azul restaurant enjoys an enviable waterside setting. On the east coast The Crane offers Japanese sushi and Thai delicacies, and the popular Atlantis Hotel sumptuous lunch buffets. For great value Bajan food and lots of atmosphere take lunch at the Waterfront Café in Bridgetown, flying fish with cou cou is typical. You’ll also find street food stalls dotted around Bridgetown serving fishcakes, barbecued chicken and barbecued pigs tails and, on a Friday or Saturday night, visit Oistins fish market. Stop by a Roti stand and tuck into a West Indian wrap stuffed with curried chicken, beef, vegetables, curry and chick pea filling or, for an extra kick, try goat!
There’s a Kids’ club, fun, games and babysitting services at Bougainvillea Beach Resort; an excellent kids’ club at Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels and Southern Palms Beach Club and Hotel has a lovely beachfront location with mini-golf, water sports, beach games and boogie boards; it’s a room-only hotel with self-catering options and spacious suites with kitchenette, ideal for families. The Savannah Beach hotel, exclusive to Virgin Holidays in the UK, has a family entertainment centre that includes a supervised kids’ club, a teens’ club with interactive social gaming and a family room with table football and a pool table, great for a family holiday in Barbados.
Enjoy Champagne breakfast daily and fine dining at The House, an adults-only fab hotel located bang on Paynes Bay beach on the west coast - it’s intimate, has plenty of privacy for romantic dining and oozes ambiance. The Waves Resort and Spa, also on the west coast, has a relaxing spa area for adults only and relaxing 4-poster day beds are dotted around the property.
As for activities, why not sail away on a sunset Champagne cruise, hire a Jeep to explore, chill out at romantic waterside restaurants, or let your hair down at a beach extravaganza dinner show. Barbados is a perfect island to spend a romantic break with the one you love.
Say ‘I do’ in lush gardens full of bougainvillea and hibiscus such as at the Colony Club by Elegant Hotels or the Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa, in a gazebo with beautiful sea views at Sea Breeze Beach Hotel, or beside a beautifully decorated arch and torchlit fountain at Mango Bay.
With exotic tropical gardens, vivid flora, coral sand beaches, swaying palms, stunning sunsets, the warm Caribbean Sea and fabulous hotels, who can resist choosing to marry or honeymoon in Barbados?
You’ve got to visit a symbolic rum shack while you’re on the island so call in at Nigel Benn Aunty Bar in the parish of St Peter; it’s a rum shack not much bigger than the size of a London taxi. The shack was bought from the winnings of the famous British former boxer known as ‘The Dark Destroyer’ for his aunt, and is decked out with Old Brigand rum ads. The rustic rum shops are fascinating, they’re domino hotspots and quite rowdy when local men get absorbed in the game.
Hidden away in the Parish of St Thomas you’ll find Fisher Pond Great House, a historic plantation house where the owners put on one of the best Bajan Sunday buffet brunches you’ll find. Beautifully decorated tables are set in tropical gardens as well as inside the elegant house. The renowned food critic Michael Winner loved it, so that says it all!
The best time to visit Barbados is from December to May when there is little rain, lots of sun, and humidity is lower. Typically Barbados is hot year round but constant trade winds help keep humidity down. The months from June to November are the wettest although days can pass without any rain and, as is normal in the Caribbean, there is a hurricane season between July and November although they are very rare.
Scuba diving in Barbados will open up the doors to reefs blossoming with sponge, coral and plant life, where you can spot hawksbill turtles, giant sand eels, sea horses and shipwrecks. Don’t like diving, or have children in tow? Then discover the underwater wonders by day or night without getting wet on the family-friendly Atlantis submarine. For fitness fanatics there are also guided hikes and horse riding trails along coasts, on beaches, and through the countryside and, for an extra kick, a ziplining experience.
Each week, Virgin Holidays will run a complementary shuttle from the South Coast and West Coast down into Bridgetown, the historic capital and UNESCO World Heritage site. Whether you choose to explore the history of the island’s colonial past, visiting Nelson’s Statue, St Michaels Cathedral or National Heroes Square , get enticed into the glitzy souvenir and duty free shops for great bargains and smart watches and jewellery to remember your trip by or just find a spot to watch the boats bobbing, you will have a memorable time. Please see your Virgin Holidays representative at your welcome briefing for times and full details.
Car Hire - Being such an easy island to navigate your way around, hiring a car is the best way to explore the island. Don’t forget to bring your driving licence! Please speak to our Concierge rep for more information.
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