Fulfilling one of his wish list dreams, Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100 years old and an inspiration for all Silver Travellers, jetted off to Barbados in December 2020 for the holiday of a lifetime, courtesy of VisitBarbados and British Airways.
His daughter told BBC Breakfast, “He sat in 29 degrees outside, he read two novels, he read the newspapers every day, and we sat, and we talked as a family, we went to restaurants (because we could there) and he ate fish on the beach and what a wonderful thing to do.” Source – Liverpool Echo
Although there’s no need to wait until your 100th birthday for your holiday dreams to come true! Barbados is the answer with its lush tropical scenery and powder sand beaches with views of the Caribbean Sea. The Bajan lifestyle combines relaxation, fun and passion, especially when it comes to cricket, with the locals being warm and welcoming. You could spend your time ‘liming around’, local slang for relaxing with friends, however, be sure to explore the island to get the best from your trip and create great memories.
The island has a packed calendar of events, with events to suit every interest happening year-round – music and culture festivals, horse racing, art exhibitions and sailing competitions. All in gorgeous weather and stunning surroundings, with high levels of Covid-19 security.
From adult-only 5-star hotels, with superb spas, to boutique chic properties, with stunning villas that have beautiful pools amidst tropical gardens, perfect for a multi-generational holiday, the island offers so many glorious places to stay. Enjoy the lively buzz of restaurants and bars on the West Coast and South Coast of the island or take a look at the eastern Atlantic coast for accommodation with rugged sea views. In the north, there are quieter spots where you can get away from it all for more rural tranquillity.
With its fabulous climate, especially in the UK’s winter months, Barbados is home to sports of all kinds. Golf is a particular favourite: immaculate courses such as Apes Hill, Sandy Lane and the Barbados Golf club are world-class. A superb alternative to the beach.
Often called the ‘sport of kings’, polo on the island attracts internationally renowned players, including the British royal family, and is a wonderful spectator sport. A visit to one of the splendid grounds, including Buttals Polo Club, Lion Castle, Clifton and the flagship Barbados Polo Club, is a real treat: a smart outing, with the laid-back Bajan vibe and Argentinian gauchos.
The water sports on offer are excellent – sail on a crewed catamaran along the west coast, swim with the turtle in the gentle, warm sea. Or try a spot of surfing, knees allowing, or watch it, near Bathsheba on the dramatic east coast. Silver Sands in the south-west is well known for lively wind and kite surfing. Give the popular SUP a go, perfect for those looking for a less frantic water sport. Prepare to fall in a few times before you get your balance!
Barbados hosts a varied and internationally recognised culinary scene: it has sometimes been called ‘culinary capital of the Caribbean’. Opt for a romantic, cliff top table for two in the moonlight, or a long, lazy lunch on the sand with the family. Or head to Oistins for the Friday evening fish fry: join local families having supper bought from the street stalls, with a truly Caribbean atmosphere. For more local flavours, visit the Mount Gay rum distillery and Worthing Square Food Garden or your selection from a number of restaurants situated within St. Lawrence Gap.
History and culture
In 2011, UNESCO appointed historic Bridgetown and its garrison as a World Heritage Site: it is a fortified port town with military and mercantile importance going back centuries.
For further fascinating historical insights, the Barbados National Trust looks after buildings of architectural importance, including a windmill and synagogue, as well as gardens and areas vital for indigenous flora and fauna.
Whatever you fancy, it’s all available in Barbados from designer labels through to interesting art and local crafts for mementoes of your holiday, with many places offering tax-free shopping to tourists.
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