With some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole Caribbean, Barbados really is the capital of luxury. As a tropical getaway, the island is the perfect place to escape for a bit of me-time. You’ll be able to indulge in the finest dining the island has to offer, sip rum cocktails on a deserted beach, and truly pamper yourself at one of the many five star spas. Escape the bustle of everyday life and explore the whole island…
Lie back on the beaches
As well as great beaches to catch the surf, Barbados has a number of calm and sheltered beaches, letting you lie back in the sun undisturbed. Head to the west coast for stunning white sands and tranquil waters, like those at Mullins Bay. Dotted with gourmet restaurants, adults-only spots, and private bars, the west coast is the perfect place to soak up the sun. A day rarely goes by on the island without the sun shining, so you can kick back and relax, and maybe even dip your toes in the sea.
Dine under the stars
There’s nothing quite as romantic as dining under the stars. With magnificent sunsets every night, Barbados really does become a tropical paradise for lovers at night. Excite your taste buds with glorious traditional Bajan cuisine, such as the island’s national dish, flying fish, and a plethora of other seafood dishes and locally spiced curries. The diverse menus offer everything from European to pan-Asian dishes too, so you’ll be able to find something delectable.
Raise your glass
Toast the vacation by sampling the island’s many rums. Mount Gay Rum distillery is classified as the oldest rum distiller in the world, so Bajans know how to mix their rum. From fruity cocktails and the world-famous coconut Malibu liqueurs, to more refined bitters, sip your drink on the beach courtesy of your own personal waiter. Rum shacks are found on most of the beaches around the island, so you’ll never be short on a refreshing drink.
Wander in the botanical gardens
A haven of tropical flora and luscious fauna, the island boasts a couple of stunning botanical gardens. The biggest, Andromeda Botanic Gardens, is spread over six acres in the town of Bathsheba on the east coast. Home to over 600 varieties of plants, including elegant orchids and fragrant hibiscuses, you’ll feel at one with nature as you take a stroll through the gardens, which look out over the calming streams and waterfalls along the coastline.
Swim with turtles
Strap on a snorkel and swim alongside these sociable creatures. The island has a healthy population of Hawksbill and Leatherback turtles spread across the surrounding waters, making it easy to follow their steady routine. If you don’t want to get wet, take a private catamaran or sailboat tour to where the turtles dwell.
Treat yourself to some retail therapy
When it comes to shopping on the island, make the most of the duty-free discounted prices. From boutiques to department stores and local labels, there are plenty of places to buy designer clothing and jewellery. Stop off for brunch at the trendy bistros too. Bridgetown and Holetown have streets of shops and malls, including Cave Shepherd Department Store which has everything you could wish for, including that extra special engagement or honeymoon gift.
Relax at a spa
The island hosts so many high-end spas you’ll be spoilt for choice. Rejuvenate your body and mind with an exclusive facial treatment, cleansing body scrub, manicures and pedicures, calming baths, and that all-important massage. For something extra special, book yourself a couples’ massage so that you can unwind together.
Dazzle with HollywoodPlay a round of golf
The island has more than just beautiful beaches, with six world-class golf courses for you to perfect your putt. Wake up early and enjoy a round of golf in the tropical sun and clear blue skies before you head to the beach to relax. Looking out over the glorious views of the island, there’s never a better place to improve your game.
Embrace carnival culture
Barbados has a thriving carnival culture, celebrating its famous Crop Over Festival over the summer. The festival commemorates the end of the sugarcane harvest, which spans from May until the start of August. Join the party and enjoy a whole host of live music, parades, market stalls and street food.
The festivities aren’t just in the daytime either; expect the party to move well into the night when
the island’s nightlife really kicks off.
Royal Westmoreland is a luxury estate located on the beautiful west coast of Barbados, offering fine dining, private beaches, a world-class golf course with a Caribbean twist, and exquisite jewels at the Diamonds International boutique.