Holiday Guide to Barbados

The Perfect Barbados Holiday Guide

You may be saying “Woah, I’m going to Barbados” but you won’t be flying via Coconut airways as the 1975 pop song suggests! Nor will you be as excited about ‘palm trees’ as the singer was, as you will be busy enjoying the abundant luxury travel experiences on this beautiful Caribbean island.

What’s special about Barbados? It’s 166 square miles of perfect white tropical sand and lush plantations, hugged by a wonderful climate. It also has some of the friendliest and most laid-back locals on the planet.

Holidays to Barbados offer a fabulous choice of stunning beachfront resorts that cater to a diverse range of interests and age groups. This includes romantic couples-only options (that make the perfect honeymoon holidays) or luxury hotels that offer excellent child-appeal.

As it is considered to be one of the safest Caribbean destinations – and has excellent local transport – Barbados is great for solo travellers. Also, it has enough charm and warmth to make family holidays unforgettable for the right reasons if you have mature travellers or babies in your group

The Best Time For Barbados Holidays

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The ideal months for Caribbean holidays in general are January to April. This is also when Barbados is best, with drier and less humid weather.

There are hotter months to enjoy the year-round sun in this tropical paradise and you don’t mind a few tropical rainstorms. Going out of season means great deals on luxury holidays in Barbados.

Perhaps avoid August to October though, if you are concerned about hurricanes.

The Best Things to do in Barbados

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Enough of the practicalities, why is Barbados a strong contender to be on any list of perfect holidays?

Its pristine beaches are plentiful and well spread throughout the island. They sit astride crystal clear, calm, turquoise waters on the glamorous west Gold Coast, and ever-shifting waves on the largely undeveloped east coast.

Barbados is also one of the best countries in the world to visit for a scuba diving holiday. Some of the best dive sites include SS Stavronikita, Carlisle Bay Marine Park and Barracuda Junction.  Water sports of all kinds are offered in Barbados’ fabulous resorts. Your water activity coaches may well be friendly and infinitely likeable Bajans. As will your tour guides for exploring the island’s historic plantation houses, colonial towns, botanic gardens and mysterious caves.

What’s the Food Like in Barbados?

Caribbean shrimp

There is plenty of fresh local cuisine to sample if you want the full Caribbean holiday experience. Barbados is known as the land of flying fish, so expect to see that on the menu!

However, as Barbados has popular with settlers and tourists for hundreds of years, there are international dining options too. Including some British favourites for anyone who looks for familiar flavours!

As the Caribbean is a magnet for the wealthy, Barbados is a great place to treat yourself to fine dining in high-end restaurants as one of your luxury travel experiences.

It’s highly recommended that you try some of the creative local cocktails, as the Bajans can work magic with the rum distilled from the island’s bounty.

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Where to Stay in Barbados

How can you select the right luxury island resort, for your superlative holiday experience in the West Indies? Much depends on whether you want lots of local activities or utter peace and tranquillity on a deserted Barbados beach.

A good insider’s tip for luxury accommodation in Barbados is that the Elegant hotel brand offers you the freedom to dine in any of their Barbados locations when you opt for an all-inclusive stay in one of their resorts.

Here are our four choices for top Barbados luxury holiday resorts.

Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels – single travellers, and low-key luxury

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Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels – single travellers, and low-key luxury

Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels is a superb option for solo travellers to Barbados or friends off on Caribbean adventure. It’s luxury for an affordable price. The hotel is a great all-inclusive resort for families too, with a wonderfully informal vibe, without compromising on high standards in its facilities and customer service. Though it’s a relatively sociable and lively Barbados resort, you can still lounge by the pools in peace or relax while admiring stunning ocean views.

Mango Bay – weddings and honeymoons

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Mango Bay – Romantic holidays, weddings and honeymoons

This could be your perfect holiday destination if you’re planning to get married in Barbados. Or, seeking the ideal luxury Caribbean honeymoon. Nestled idyllically on the Gold Coast of Barbados, the Mango Bay resort is the epitome of understated elegance and casual refinement. It has the all-inclusive holiday advantages you need, and fabulous wedding and honeymoon services. It’s also intimate and quiet. There are fabulous water sports, spa and dining options within the resort, and it’s a short distance from the great bars and boutiques in fashionable Holetown St. James.

Tamarind by Elegant Hotels – family-friendly resort

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Tamarind by Elegant Hotels – family-friendly resort

Having kids’ clubs and activities for teenagers in your luxury island resort can make a world of difference to mum and dad! At the Tamarind it helps you make the most of a 750 ft of a pristine white beach, while trained professionals deliver bespoke children’s programmes.

The Tamarind by Elegant Hotels promises ‘sun and fun for everyone’ and delivers that along with glorious ocean views from beautiful suites and rooms. There’s unforgettable waterfront dining too. It’s even possible to grab ‘kids stay and eat free’ offers at this all-inclusive luxury holiday destination.

The Club Barbados Resort & Spa – adults only

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The Club Barbados Resort & Spa – adults only

For couple’s holidays to Barbados, one of your best options is this decadently luxurious hotel, spa and beach. It delivers the right mix of activities – such as water sports and island tours – but also the privacy and quiet serenity you want on an adults-only holiday to Barbados. We can recommend the amazing couples massage!

The bars and restaurants at Club Barbados Resort & Spa offer authentic Bajan drinks and dishes and Bridgetown is a short drive away for a lively evening out among local people or daytime exploration.

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Best Way to Book Perfect Holidays to Barbados

The best luxury holiday experiences often involve tropical beaches, reliable sun, and the bliss of clear seas, cool lagoons or fabulous hotel pools. However, much depends on picking the right resort for you, one that caters specifically for couples’ holidays in Barbados, Caribbean weddings and honeymoons, family vacations or single travellers.

We would be pleased to match your wish list, to Barbados’ wonderful places to stay.