Destinations

Barbados: Splendid Serendipity in a Lush Landscape

Barbados is decidedly one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, and also one with a long list of pleasant diversions. On this unique island, it isn’t enough to enjoy sugar sand beaches and pristine blue water. The options are truly intoxicating.

On Barbados, there is the opportunity to watch or even play world-class polo, have a round of championship golf at one of a half dozen courses, dive wrecks and reefs in pristine conditions, or watch a traditional cricket match. Rich in culinary, cultural, and historical perspectives, Barbados invites a serendipitous luxury vibe that makes it a favorite destination for those engaged in the yachting lifestyle.

Apes Hill Land Golf Course

Even the Beaches Are Diverse

Known as “Bim” or “Bimshire” colloquially, this 166-square-mile dot on the map is the easternmost of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean, giving it distinct types of beaches. Seventy miles of soft sand await exploration.

High, rugged cliffs and heavy surf on the Atlantic side provide some great waves for surfing and wind-powered thrills for experienced sportsmen. Rounding clockwise to the east coast’s invigorating waves at the Soup Bowl, wonderful tidepooling and endless beaches prove inviting. Along the south coast, a combination of lively beach culture and pleasant beaches for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. The calm seas and cloud-soft sands rimming the west coast offer a tranquil respite.

Cultural Tapestry Woven of Diverse Talents

Art and music feature prominently in visits to the island, embracing Bajan dialect and phrases along music styled in reggae, jazz, calypso, soca, spouge, and Tuk band beats. Sprinkled about the island, St. Lawrence Gap is ground zero for clubs, music, and nightlife with spots like Sugar Ultra Lounge leading the way.

Or listen to a review at The Plantation Theatre, a carnival-style dinner and Bajan stage show, visit one of a dozen fine art galleries, and dine on everything from expertly prepared local dishes to fine five-star cuisine.

Shopping the Luxe and the Eclectic

At Limegrove Lifestyle Center impressive shops from Bvlgari, Gucci, Hugo Boss, and Tag Heuer, to local favorites stocking unique handcrafted items share a beautiful destination with select restaurants and a pretty setting. With a chocolatier and a cinema, there are even delights for non-shoppers. There is even a Vilebrequin for stylish menswear and swim attire.

Photo Credit Rayburn Tour

Cruising Around

Engaged in the island’s broad variety of pursuits, time will pass far too quickly cruising the curves of the coast. Barbados’ location, however, invites island hopping to the 32 additional islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 111 nautical miles away.

These gorgeous islands that the Pirates of the Caribbean films have used as locations have tremendous appeal for their secluded beaches, luxury resorts, and lush, tropical landscapes, like those on the private island resort at Petit St. Vincent, where a 3,000-bottle wine cellar, Balinese-style treetop spa, and the absence of phones, internet, and television make the experience a true and complete exhale.

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Kathleen Turner

Writing engaging, intelligent, accurate copy for the luxury audience, KLTurner covers wine, sailing, travel, and a variety of luxury profile topics.

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