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

 

Crystal Springs

Crystal Springs

Crystal Springs, Barbados

Crystal Springs is an enchanting and breathtaking beachfront villa on the west coast of Barbados overlooking Alleynes Bay. This incredible residence is set on 1.7 acres and boasts...

  • Bedrooms: 10
  • Maximum Guests: 20
  • Bathrooms: 11
  • Location: Alleynes Bay, west coast
From £5,579per night
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Easy Reach

Easy Reach

Easy Reach, Barbados

Easy Reach is a beautiful three-bedroom beachfront house located just a few feet from the white sands of Mullins Beach on the west coast of Barbados. The home has been tastefully d...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Mullins Beach
From £424per night
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Eden on the Sea at Merlin Bay

Eden on the Sea at Merlin Bay

Eden on the Sea at Merlin Bay, Barbados

Eden on the Sea at Merlin Bay  is a quaint townhouse in lovely landscaped gardens at this private  private, Mediterranean style development in The Garden area of St James, on th...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 9
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: West coast
From £424per night
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Eden Sugar Hill

Eden Sugar Hill

Eden Sugar Hill, Barbados

Eden Sugar Hill Barbados is a splendid colonial-style five-bedroom villa nestled in tropical gardens with magnificent views. A magnificent hall and marble stairs lead up to a gall...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Sugar Hill, west coast
From £1,348per night
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Elsewhere Sandy Lane

Elsewhere Sandy Lane

Elsewhere Sandy Lane, Barbados

Elsewhere Sandy Lane Barbados is an exceptionally beautiful villa situated within the prestigious Sandy Lane Estate. It has a Mediterranian style architecture with stucco walls a...

  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Maximum Guests: 16
  • Bathrooms: 8
  • Location: Sandy Lane Estate
From £1,001per night
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Elysium

Elysium

Elysium, Barbados

Elysium is the ultimate choice whether you are an elite traveller, planning a dream holiday, honeymoon, wedding, corporate retreat or need a special place to join old friends for a...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6.5
  • Location: West coast near Port St. Charles marina
From £1,386per night
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Emerald Beach

Emerald Beach

Emerald Beach, Barbados

Emerald Beach Barbados is condominium situated on Gibbs Bay set in an acre of beautiful landscaped gardens. Each of the six apartments available to book with The Villa Collection ...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Location: West coast
From £385per night
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Firefly at Merlin Bay

Firefly at Merlin Bay

Firefly at Merlin Bay, Barbados

Firefly at Merlin Bay is a lovely townhouse with ocean views. Merlin Bay is a private, Mediterranean style development in The Garden area of St James, on the west coast of Barba...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: West coast
From £270per night
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Firefly Sugar Hill

Firefly Sugar Hill

Firefly Sugar Hill, Barbados

Firefly Sugar Hill Barbados is a magnificent four bedroom villa on Plantation Drive in the exclusive gated community of Sugar Hill. This beautiful villa is set amidst tranquil a...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Sugar Hill, west coast
From £770per night
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Footprints Barbados

Footprints Barbados

Footprints Barbados, Barbados

Footprints Barbados is an incredible and breath-taking contemporary villa located in a beachfront location on the west coast of Barbados. This Bajan Villa has been designed to take...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5.5
  • Location: West coast
From £2,618per 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.