Barbados

Barbados Villa Holidays available to book with The Villa Collection.  Barbados, often called ‘Little England’, is a long-time favourite for the rich and famous and the most popular Caribbean getaway for the British, with daily direct flights and a comfortable 8 hours flying time.

The island, although only 166 square miles (about the size of the Isle of Wight) is incredibly diverse in nature. The beautifully rugged northern and eastern coasts are fringed by the Atlantic and popular with surfers and hikers, whilst the centre of the island is largely covered with the lush green vegetation of sugar cane.

The southern and western coasts are framed by the Caribbean Sea, a much calmer sister to the Atlantic, and this is where the majority of tourism development has taken place. Barbados is blessed with stunning beaches on all coasts and there are no private beaches, so explore and enjoy!

There is a huge variety of things to see and do. If you can tear yourself away from the beach or your villa, there are world heritage sites, museums, gardens, caves, shopping, rum tours, and even zip lining for the adrenaline junkies!

Barbados is home to more than 12 golf courses, an abundance of tennis courts, diving and water sports. Enjoy a catamaran cruise where you will swim with turtles, or take a trip on a submarine and explore the underwater world.

If you didn’t get the chance to fly on Concorde, you can visit the one Barbados was gifted in the fantastic Concorde Experience located next to the airport, a brilliant opportunity for adults and children alike.

Duty free shopping is available island wide with high end jewellery and designer stores located in Bridgetown and the newly opened Limegrove Mall in Holetown.

One of our Directors has been fortunate to have  lived and worked in Barbados, so we consider this Gem of the Caribbean our second home.

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DINING, BARS AND NIGHTLIFE

Barbados is a diner’s delight! For a small island it packs a massive punch with regards the variety of cuisine available and pretty much any food can be found here.

From à la carte ocean front restaurants, casual beach bars, fresh street food, even the fast food is excellent.

The west coast is dotted with some fabulous fine dining options including The Cliff, Tides and Daphne’s, and check out first and second street in Holetown which has a variety of restaurants.

The south coast is no exception, albeit somewhat more casual, our favourites include Champers, Tapas and the causal Harlequin in St Lawrence gap.

Top Tip! Seafood and chicken are Barbadian staples and sourced locally, whereas most red meats would be imported.

So for a fresh, local option try out mahi mahi (also locally called ‘dolphin’), snapper, kingfish and of course the Barbadian national dish, flying fish!

For nightlife, second street in Holetown is the West Coast spot, or the popular St Lawrence Gap on the South, Barbados has some fantastic musical talent so be sure to take in a local live band.

Along the way, stop in a beach bar or rum shop for a rum punch, a cold local Banks beer or a cocktail!

Read our Blog on our favourite restaurants in Barbados!

Our Favourite Restaurants in Barbados – from Fast Food to Fine Fare

 

Travelling with your baby or toddler?

A family holiday is a precious time but we understand travelling with your babies and toddlers can be stressful too. We have teamed up with a local baby equipment supplier in Barbados to assist with your needs as a parent. A fully insured company, Baby Gear Barbados offers a wide range of equipment and services, from the necessities and such as nappies and car seats to toys and babysitting services,  please click below to view the full brochure of services.

Brochure of services

 

Alila Sandy Lane

Alila Sandy Lane

Alila Sandy Lane, Barbados

Alila Sandy Lane Barbados is a beautiful four bedroom residence with a lovely flowing open plan design, each room offering a glimpse of the breathtaking view. On arrival you are...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Sandy Lane
From £851per night
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Aliseo Sandy Lane

Aliseo Sandy Lane

Aliseo Sandy Lane, Barbados

Aliseo Sandy Lane is a beautiful villa located in the exclusive and renowned Sandy Lane Estate of Barbados. This tropical villa features nine en-suite bedrooms and can accommodat...

  • Bedrooms: 9
  • Maximum Guests: 18
  • Bathrooms: 10.5
  • Location: Sandy Lane Estate
From £1,782per night
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Atelier House

Atelier House

Atelier House, Barbados

Atelier House occupies a stunning location for a Caribbean retreat, offering dramatic ocean views of the famed west coast of Barbados. This stunning property is surrounded by a hal...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Location: St James
From £1,215per night
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Bali H’ai

Bali H’ai

Bali H’ai, Barbados

Bali H'ai is a unique beachfront villa nestled within gardens with Mahogany trees and overlooks the beautiful azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. The villa is located on the west co...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: West coast
From £486per night
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Battaleys Mews

Battaleys Mews

Battaleys Mews, Barbados

Battaleys Mews is a secured community of 30 three bedroom homes offering over 2000 sq. ft. of living space, each well-appointed with contemporary furnishings. The location is  ide...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Location: Mullins Bay, St Peter
From £324per night
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Blue Point

Blue Point

Blue Point, Barbados

Blue Point Barbados is an elegant four-bedroom beachfront holiday villa set in lush tropical gardens and fabulously located south of the famous Gibbes Beach on the west coast. At ...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Gibbes Beach
From £1,401per night
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Bluff House

Bluff House

Bluff House, Barbados

Bluff House Barbados is a luxury six-bedroom villa that enjoys a prime location, mere steps away from the legendary Sandy Lane. The interior has been exquisitely furnished througho...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: Near Sandy Lane, west coast
From £1,863per night
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Bohemia Sandy Lane

Bohemia Sandy Lane

Bohemia Sandy Lane, Barbados

Bohemia Sandy Lane Barbados is luxury five-bedroom villa located within the exclusive Sandy Lane Estate. The villa is an elevated position with wonderful ocean views and is close t...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Sandy Lane
From £1,361per night
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Bonavista

Bonavista

Bonavista, Barbados

One of our favourites! Bonavista Barbados is a beautiful four-bedroom villa located on a white sand beach in the heart of the West Coast of Barbados. On arrival you are welcomed at...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Gibbes Beach
From £1,037per night
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Bougainvillea Beach Resort

Bougainvillea Beach Resort

Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Barbados

Bougainvillea Beach Resort is one of Barbados' most popular resorts. Located on two stunning beaches in the heart of the activity packed south coast, this hotel offers a great choi...

  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Maximum Guests: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Location: South coast
From £178per night
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GETTING THERE

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both have a scheduled daily service from London Gatwick and will often fly twice a day in high season. Flights depart mid-morning and arrive Barbados mid-afternoon.

Most return flights leave late afternoon and arrive in London between 6am- 7am the following morning.

Thomas Cook and Virgin Atlantic also fly out of Manchester during the winter.

Capital: Bridgetown
Flying time: 8 and a half hours
Language: English
Country Size: 166 square miles
Time Difference from UK: -4 hours Winter/ -5 hours Summer
Currency: UD Dollars and Barbados Dollars are accepted equally. The Barbados dollar is fixed is 2:1 to the US Dollar and roughly 3:1 with the GBP Sterling
Voltage: 110 volts, 2 pin plugs
Driving: Left hand side of the road
Airport: Grantley Adams International, located on the South East
Entry Requirements: British citizens do not require a visa. You will require a valid passport with 6 months validity.
Drink the water: Barbados has pure drinking water and it is very safe to drink!
Beaches: All the beaches in Barbados are public and have public access.
Health and Safety: No inoculations are needed to travel to Barbados.
Barbados is a very safe island and the locals are very friendly and accommodating.
As with any destination be vigilant and don’t leave high worth items without supervision.

Barbados weather is generally warm and sunny all year round with an average daytime high of 30°C / 86°F. In fact, Barbados has over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year!

The prevailing northeast trade winds blow steadily so that although it is bright and sunny, it is not unbearably hot. The nights are usually slightly cooler.

The rain typically comes in quick showers and you are more likely to experience rain during the wet season of July – November. The dry season lasts from December to June.

Note: Barbados has not been directly hit by a hurricane since 1955 and due to its easterly location, is less likely to experience storms during the wet/hurricane season than other Caribbean island locations.