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The world’s first Departure Beach

Departure Beach, Barbados

Check in, chill out and wring every last memory from your Barbados holiday, with our all-new Departure Beach

Until now, hanging around at the airport on departure day has felt like the inevitable price you pay for going on an exotic holiday. But no longer. You see, we’ve only gone and come up with a fantastic new way to make sure that the last day of your holiday is as good as all the others.

Announcing — ta-dah! — the Departure Beach. It’s essentially a super-cool Virgin Holidays lounge, but on a beach. Genius.

Soon, instead of kicking your heels at the airport, you could be taking a swim, giving your tan a final nudge to impress your workmates, and sipping rum punch with a happy grin on your face.

And as you indulge yourself with the inclusive food and soft drinks, sitting on a beach chair under the Bajan sun, you can congratulate yourself on choosing to travel with an operator that, like you, believes that holidays should be a pleasure from start to finish.

Why book the Departure Beach?

  • Spend less time at the airport and more time enjoying your final day on the beach or relaxing in our air-conditioned lounge
  • Transfers to Departure Beach are included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout our Departure Beach, even down to the beach
  • On-site Virgin Atlantic Bag Drop facility meaning you won’t see your bags again until you arrive back in the UK
  • Virgin Holidays reps will be located on-site and on hand to answer any last minute questions you may have
  • Freshen up before your flight home with full shower and changing facilities 

Check in, chill out

Let’s face it — airports are just an efficient means to a sun-kissed, deeply relaxing end, and nobody wants to spend a moment longer in them than they absolutely have to. With our Departure Beach, the last day of your holiday can be just that — a holiday. You check in and chill out by the ocean, enjoying exclusive Virgin Holidays facilities. And then, when it’s time, we’ll take you to the airport to board your flight. Doesn’t that feel better already?

Departure Beach Palm Tree

Here's how it works

We’ll pick you up from your hotel after breakfast. Next, we’ll take your hold luggage away[1] and whisk it straight to the airport so you don’t have to worry about it. You won’t see that unwashed laundry until it sails around the carousel back home. You check in on the beach (Brownes Beach in Carlisle Bay) and get your boarding pass there from a Virgin Holidays Resort Expert, who’s on site and on hand to help you with anything else you need. We’ll also provide you with a locker to store your hand luggage in.

Departure Beach Drinks

And then what?

In a word, relax.

Finish that gripping thriller on the beach or at the full-service bar (your soft drinks, tea and coffee are included), enjoy a spot of lunch (main meal and side included), or maybe go for a last refreshing dip in that blue, blue ocean (er, included). Naturally, if you do, we’ll sort you out with a beach towel and a small plastic bag to put your wet beachwear in for the flight home. And because nobody wants to be shaking sand out of their hair in arrivals, there are showers for you to use, as well.

Departure Beach Lady

All this and more

If you’d like to cool off, simply head into the air-conditioned lounge. Here you’ll find a fully stocked bar[2], a games console-equipped kids’ area, plasma screens and complimentary WiFi access. We’re also working on a host of other enhancements to the Departure Beach that we’ll announce when the time is right. For now, rest assured that if you’re visiting Barbados with us, we’ll make your last day the best it can possibly be.



                    Per adult                      

                 Per child                   

 Entry Prices  



To book your spot on the beach, call 0333 305 1769 or visit your local Virgin Holidays store

Entrance to the Departure Beach is complimentary for guests staying at Savannah Beach in Barbados, and Virgin Holidays cruise customers whose itinerary terminates in Barbados.


Terms and conditions

*Complimentary Departure Beach for Savannah Beach and Virgin Holidays Cruise customers is subject to availability.

Please note the Virgin Holidays Departure Beach is exclusive to those customers who have booked a package holiday through Virgin Holidays. It can only be booked in conjunction with a package holiday when it includes a departing Virgin Atlantic flight from Barbados returning to the UK. [1] Bag drop only available on Virgin Atlantic flights. [2] Local charge for alcohol, speciality coffees and smoothies.

Some areas of Departure Beach are not accessible to wheelchair users — please contact our Special Assistance team on 0344 557 3998 for more information.