A tropical island in the Caribbean Sea, Barbados is stylish and filled with white sandy beaches, chic accommodation and luxury hotels. It is a stunning destination where many come to indulge in some winter sun. Barbados is a tropical island that offers a lively ambience; it is the perfect combination of relaxation and fun. There is a diverse range of accommodation including lavish resorts and boutique hotels. It is excellent for everyone from couples in search of a honeymoon, to families looking to spend Christmas in the Caribbean.
Barbados is often compared to nearby Caribbean islands such as Antigua and St. Lucia, however it is utterly unique. Barbados exudes a certain charm that makes it very popular with those who visit and many return year on year. The ideal winter sun destination, Barbados has beautiful daytime temperatures that are normally around the mid 20 degrees celsius. With direct flights from the UK taking just eight and a half hours, it is also a winter sun destination that is closer than you might think.
A country which is often visited by the rich and famous, Barbados has an air of sophistication and exclusivity. With stylish shops and boutiques alongside some incredible restaurants there is so much to enjoy. Visit the rolling hills in the north-west or the sugarcane fields and the rum distilleries across the island. One of the best day’s out on the island is to visit a rum distillery, to learn of the history and to sample the delicious spiced rum, full of vanilla and a depth of flavour.
The locals, or Barjans, are incredibly hospitable and welcoming, often encouraging visitors to try some of the specialities of the island, whether that’s Mount Gay rum, first made here in 1703, or the locally caught mahi-mahi fish. The island of Barbados has many surrounding coral reefs, filled with marine life, visitors can snorkel, scuba dive or even swim alongside turtles. Those in search of relaxation might prefer a catamaran cruise or to spend time in a hotel spa such as the stunning one found at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion.
There are many postcard-worthy beaches across the island. The west coast is particularly famous for its beaches, ideal for relaxing under the warmth of the sun, or to catch up on some sleep. Meanwhile Crane Beach in the south is often rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. On the east coast there are some fantastic beaches for watersports, with surfing in particular a popular choice.