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Reasons why we love Barbados, and why you will too

A quick look at the compelling reasons to book a luxury holiday to Barbados

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The beaches

Beach, Barbados

With nearly 100 kilometres of coastline, Barbados boasts some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Mullins Beach, Gibbes Beach, Crane Beach and Paynes Bay are infinitely Instagrammable. Bathsheba on the east coast attracts surfers with its swells, while Accra attracts fun-loving families.

Bridgetown

Garrison Savannah, Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados’ capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and beautifully blends its history with modern-day Bajan life. Browse the shops on Broad and Swan Streets and then the fascination garrison before visiting one of the oldest synagogues in the Western World.

Crop Over

Crop Over, Bridgetown, Barbados

Crop Over is Barbados’ carnival. Culturally significant, this 300-year-old celebration comes at the end of the sugar-cane season and lasts for 12 weeks from May through August. Kadooment Day is the festival’s finale and features a grand parade, at which Bajan-superstar Rihanna usually parties with locals.

The food

Caribbean food, Barbados

From beachside shacks to fine-dining restaurants, Barbadian cuisine is a delicious mash-up of African, Caribbean, West Indian and European influences.

The rum

Caribbean rum

Barbados is considered the birthplace of rum, and Mount Gay distillery – founded in 1703 – is believed to produce the oldest rum found anywhere in the world. You can visit Mount Gay and enjoy a tour of the historic facility.

The sites & sights

Huntes Botanical Garden, Barbados

Barbados packs a massive punch for such a compact island if you want a break from the beach or pool. There are lovely botanical gardens, exciting subterranean caves, a fascinating military history to explore, days at the races to enjoy, as well as so much more.

The hotels

Cobblers Cove

The easternmost island in the Caribbean, Barbados boasts a fantastic array of hotels. Choosing where to stay from the luxe resorts on the western ‘Platinum Coast’ or the easy-breezy eastern shore is the type of challenge we all relish.