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

 

Ca Limbo Barbados

Ca Limbo Barbados

Ca Limbo Barbados, Barbados

Ca Limbo Barbados is a lovely family villa available for a west coast holiday rental.  Fully staffed and located on the famous Sandy Lane Golf resort area, it is ideally located t...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Location: Sandy Lane
From £570per night
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Calliaqua at Sugar Hill

Calliaqua at Sugar Hill

Calliaqua at Sugar Hill, Barbados

Calliaqua at Sugar Hill Barbados is a beautiful five-bedroom villa set in an acre of lush tropical gardens and commands stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. The villa is located on...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Sugar Hill, west coast
From £760per night
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Calmaro

Calmaro

Calmaro, Barbados

Calmaro is a true representation of beachfront luxury in Barbados. The property is nestled in a secluded location between Sandy Lane and Sunset Crest in St. James. Lush, mature gar...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: St. James
From £1,368per night
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Caprice

Caprice

Caprice, Barbados

Caprice is a luxurious and elegant 4 bedroom family friendly private villa directly on the beach at Reed's Bay in St James on the west coast of Barbados. Unwind in the spacious ...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: West coast
From £1,368per night
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Casablanca Sandy Lane

Casablanca Sandy Lane

Casablanca Sandy Lane, Barbados

Casablanca is a luxury seven bedroom villa located within the prestigious Sandy Lane Estate on the west coast of Barbados. This home has been elegantly decorated and meticulously d...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 7.5
  • Location: Sandy Lane Estate
From £1,900per night
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Cherry Red Royal Westmoreland

Cherry Red Royal Westmoreland

Cherry Red Royal Westmoreland, Barbados

Cherry Red holiday townhouse at Royal Westmoreland Barbados is an elegant, modern villa split over 3 levels and offers four comfortable and tastefully decorated bedrooms. This home...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Royal Westmoreland
From £410per night
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Coral Blu Royal Westmoreland

Coral Blu Royal Westmoreland

Coral Blu Royal Westmoreland, Barbados

Coral Blu Royal Westmoreland Barbados is a three-bedroom villa located in a popular gated-community on the west coast of Barbados. This is split-level Caribbean Villa and each of t...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Royal Westmoreland
From £342per night
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Coral Breeze, Mullins Bay

Coral Breeze, Mullins Bay

Coral Breeze, Mullins Bay, Barbados

Coral Breeze is located within the Mullins Bay development on the west coast of Barbados. Mullins bay is a private gated community located directly opposite the beautiful Mullins B...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: West coast
From £380per night
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Coral Cove The Mahogany Tree

Coral Cove The Mahogany Tree

Coral Cove The Mahogany Tree, Barbados

Coral Cove The Mahogany Tree Barbados is located on the one of the most popular west coast beaches, Paynes Bay.  This apartment is ideal for those seeking a private holiday retrea...

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Maximum Guests: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Location: Paynes Bay
From £300per night
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Coral House

Coral House

Coral House, Barbados

Coral House is an elegant two-story villa offering spacious and air-conditioned accommodation for up to eight adults. The villa is located in a quiet and secure residential locatio...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Location: Near Gibbs Beach, west coast
From £456per 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.